We spent an afternoon creating this fun Fourth of July crafts display. The firework garden spikes were perfect for all skill levels. The twig bundle was fun for an older child and can be re-decorated for other holidays. The crochet bunting was a longer and more involved project but it looks great year after year.
These Firework Garden Spikes take a couple of hours and are made out of cardboard tubes.
You will need:
Paint the paper rolls white.
While they are drying, cut out stars and the caps. The caps are made out of about 2 inch diameter circles. Cut a slit up one radius then slide them into a cone. Tape or glue to hold in place.
We chose two patterns as you can see from the picture. It created a uniform and tidy appearance in our flower pots.
Cut streamers into small pieces and glue them onto the caps. Make half red and half blue.
Next cover half of the rolls with blue streamers. Even though you are covering half of the painted rolls, the paint makes them sturdier. The other half of the rolls cover with red streamers so that they look like stripes with the white showing through alternately. Finish the tops of these striped ones with a blue band of streamers.
Decorate with the paper stars to finish them off. Now glue the caps onto the tops.
Finally attach red and white curling ribbon to look like sparks coming from the bottom and tape the skewers to the inside of the paper rolls.
To make your patriotic bunting you will need:
This pattern is from a crochet book that Da Momma got me about two years ago. I would tell you what it was called if it still had the cover!! Bee-Jay and I did give the pattern a spin by making some of the triangles striped.
Anyway, here's the pattern!
Create a slip knot and chain 2.
We made two of each color; two red and white striped, two blue and white striped, two solid red, and two solid blue.
Row 1: 1 single crochet into second chain from hook.
Row 2: Chain 1 and turn. 3 single crochet into the same stitch.
Row 3: Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet into each single crochet to end.
Row 4: Chain 1 and turn. 2 single crochet into next stitch, single crochet 1 into next stitch, 2 single crochet into last stitch.
Row 5-25: Repeat row 3 and 4 until you have 25 stitches.
Row 26-31: Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet until end.
Row 32: Chain 1 and turn. Single crochet until end. Do not turn, but work 2 more stitches into the last single crochet. Then, work in single crochet down the edge to the point. Work 3 single crochets into the stitch that makes the point, then work up the other side in single crochet.
Fasten off yarn and weave in ends.
Taking your white yarn, create a slip knot and chain 35.
Take your first solid blue triangle and single crochet along the top. Chain 10 and attach your red and white striped triangle the same way. Chain 10 and attach the blue and white striped one next. Lastly, chain 10 and add the red solid triangle repeat the pattern 1 more time.
Chain 40 and turn. Single crochet into 11th chain from hook. single crochet until there are only 6 chains left. Chain 5, skip next 5 chains and single crochet into last single crochet.
Fasten off and weave in ends.
I bought a twig bundle from Pier 1 Imports about a year ago. I needed something tall and inexpensive to sit on an awkward stair landing.
It has been fun changing up the theme of this bundle with the changing of the seasons. This is the first year we've decorated it as one of our Fourth of July crafts. Inspired by a picture we found online, we used worn out decorations from last year. We're pleased with its new look.
If you would like to mimic this look, we used:
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