The 4th of July is one of my favorite holidays. I adore small town parades (I should have a bumper sticker that says “I brake for small town parades”, just ask my family), grilling out, spending time with family and friends and, of course, fireworks. Independence Day combines the best of all these ingredients. You know me, I like to add a crafted treat to almost any event, so making 4th of July treats for kids (and everyone) is a happy and easy DIY to give as party favors or as gifts.
The 4th of July holiday is about as American as you can get. I really do love small town Independence Day parades. the smaller the better. Once when we were stationed overseas, the on-base pizza delivery truck was in the 4th of July parade – now that’s my kind of small town parade. Last year we saw a small town parade that include miniature horses pulling a wagon (anyone a Little Sebastian fan?)
Last year my second “baby” was away over the 4th of July. If you’re a regular here at Organized 31, you know how I live for sending my babies care packages. It’s my concrete way of showing my love and how much I miss my babies when they’re not here. Last summer I sent my baby a care package to share with her roommate that included these 4th of July treats. I heard later that they were a big hit with both my baby and her roommate. These firecracker treats only take minutes to make and are the perfect little Independence Day treat.
4th of July Treats for Kids
- Flat Package of Candy – look for candy that won’t melt and bonus points for finding red-colored candy
- Red Card Stock Paper
- Contrasting Ribbon or Paper
- Blue Stamp Ink
- Star Rubber Stamp – If you don’t have rubber stamping supplies, you could draw stars freehand with a blue permanent marker
- Paper Cutter or Scissors
- Double Stick Tape
- Paper Crimper – Optional
Cut the paper so that it is about 1 1/2 inches longer than your package of candy and wide enough to wrap around it with about 1 inch overlap so you can tape it together.
Tape the paper together into a tube firecracker shape. Add a long piece of double stick tape at one end of the tube to keep it closed. Use the paper crimper to crimp the end shut well. If you don’t have a paper crimper, simply press the tape and paper together well.
A plain firecracker 4th of July craft treat would be nice, but it would be even more fun if I decorated it more.
I had this twill tape in my stash of recycled ribbon. I liked the nostalgic texture of the twill. If you don’t have ribbon, you can use a strip of contrasting paper. Stamp blue stars on the ribbon in a random pattern. If you don’t have stamping supplies, simply draw stars with a blue marker on the ribbon.
I also had this white string in my ribbon stash. A simple knot in one end and it becomes a fuse for the firecracker. Simply tape it inside the open side of the DIY firecracker craft package.
Slip your candy inside the firecracker wrapper and you’re ready to celebrate.
What will you be doing this Independence Day? These 4th of July treats for kids will makes your plans that much more of a celebration.
4th of July Ideas from my friends:
Quick, what’s the quintessential 4th of July party dessert? Yep, watermelon. My friend, Cynthia at Feeding Big, has put her spin on the holiday favorite with her Watermelon Pizza. You’ve got to check it out because it will be a hit at your 4th of July get together this year.
Looking for fun 4th of July Party Activities? My friend, Corinne at Wondermom Wannabe has you covered with her 4th of July Party Activities ideas for your get together.
Pineapple is my favorite fruit anytime of the year, but especially in the summer. Andrea at Homemade for Elle shares her yummy homemade Pineapple Fruit Dip that will be a staple at all my summer get-togethers.
More 4th of July Crafts , Recipes and Ideas:
- Patriotic Decorated Clothespins
- Easy Patriotic Upcycled Jar
- Easy Patriotic Decoration
- Tie-Dyed T-Shirt Quilt Picnic Blanket
- Red, White and Blue Dessert
- Captain America Cupcakes
- Consider Your Behavior During the National Anthem