Welcome to Kids Craft Camp!  So excited to be hosting  30 days of fun crafts to keep kids active and entertained this summer! You won’t want to miss a day of these fun crafts for kids from some amazing bloggers! Please be sure to pay them a visit!

Welcome Toni from Design Dazzle!

Fourth of July kids crafts made using recyclable containers! Easy craft to make! - Design Dazzle

Hello!! I’m Toni with Design Dazzle and I love to create and design! Thank you to Cindy for inviting me to be a part of her Summer Craft Camp!

So what better way to celebrate Independence Day than by using recycled containers to make 4th of July crafts with your kids! These simple decorations are made using empty containers like an oatmeal or hot chocolate container and craft foam. Get your kids in the spirit of Independence Day by showcasing holiday decor.

Here is the tutorial to make the 4th of July Firecrackers:


  • 3 Empty Cylinder Canisters of different heights
  • Foam Sheets (Red, White and Blue) (found at Michaels & Hobby Lobby for cheap!)
  • Acrylic Paint (White and Blue)
  • Tinsels Streamer Wands (Red, White and Blue)
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • OPTIONAL:  Contact Paper,  Washi Tape,  4th of July Themed Ribbon


  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Paint Brushes
  • Scissors
  •  Xacto Knife



I always keep empty containers that I think I could possibly use for a project. These canisters came in handy to make the fireworks decor. They are different heights and had various circumferences for display purposes.

4th of july recycled crafts

What is so great about this project is that the foam sheets are so easy to use and kids can decorate them however they want to! Cut the foam sheets to the right size to wrap around the canisters. I made some tick marks when I wrapped the foam sheet around the canister and then just drew a straight line and used scissors to cut it out.

Stripes were painted on the red foam sheet. For the white foam piece I used the Cricut machine to cut a star out of the contact paper to make a stencil (look closely to see the stencil). I then painted the star onto the middle of the white foam along with blue stripes at the top and the bottom of the foam. Washi tape and ribbon were also used to decorate.


Have the kids decorate the foam sheets however they would like. These are just some ideas for you and your kids but they are your firecrackers and you are the artist, get creative!


Trace the lids for each of the canisters on foam and cut those out for the tops of the firecrackers. An adult should hot glue the pieces onto the corresponding canisters.

4th of July kids crafts using foam and empty containers - Design Dazzle

Use an Xacto knife (adult only) to cut a little hole in the top of the firecrackers to stick the tinsel wands and 4th of July toppers (found at Michael’s). They look like the fuse of the firecracker. I also made one out of shimmery pipe cleaners. So you can really use whatever you like when you make your own.

4th of July Kids Crafts - Design Dazzle

Your kids will feel a lot of pride in having made such cute decorations!

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Here is a sneak peak at Design Dazzle’s Summer Camp going on now (and some of the super fun projects we are sharing). I turned a night stand into a darling lemonade stand (or snow cone stand) complete with free snow cone printables. Also, a life-size outdoor “kerplunk” game made from tomato cages. You will want to make our super GIANT bubble recipe for you and the kids (and don’t giggle too much with the secret ingredient!! ; ))


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  1. Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post. Many thanks for providing this info.

  2. Wow! This blog looks exactly like my old one! It’s on a entirely different topic but it has pretty much the same layout and design.
    Wonderful choice of colors!

  3. These could decorate a table for a 4th of July party! They look great and give the kids something fun to do!

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