July 1, 2010

4th of July craft

All right, folks.  This is as crafty as we get around here.  L and I made fireworks like what we found on Catholic Icing.  It was fairly fun, once I was able to let go and allow her to put the strips of paper wherever she wanted, use too much glue, and shake out the glitter.  She even got to practice her cutting skills.  :)

Please note the amazing cutting skills of my daughter. 

Construction paper cut into strips.
I also cut out the inner circle of paper plates to use at the center of the firework.  All the strips of paper were glued to the paper plate centers.

We then dabbed glue on the ends of various strips of paper and sprinkled on glitter.  It would have worked a lot better with a glitter glue pen but we don't have any of those fancy things.  ;)

Next I traced some circles on printer paper and in the center wrote things like, "God Bless America", "Happy 4th of July," and "Immaculata Pray for Us" (since Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception is the patron of the US and our country needs all the prayers it can get!).
Last step was actually decorating with them.  I'm not sure if they look like fireworks or not, but they add little splashes of color and patriotism around the house and both of those are good things, I think. 


  1. I love them! And love that you turned into a lesson about Mary!

  2. That's so cool, Bonnie! I'm sure Lydia had fun.

  3. Love them! I might copy you.

  4. Those are seriously so cute, Bonnie. What a good idea - I wish I had known about it for my campers! I can totally relate to your first paragraph about letting go and just letting them use too much glue and stick everything where they want to. Art projects are my favorite part of camp, but with 4 and 5-year-olds, the results just aren't always what you think they'll be :) You and Lydia did a great job, though. I can't believe she can cut already!!!! Sounds like she had a fun afternoon with Mommy.

  5. Rosie - She can't actually cut, which is okay because she's 2. The blue paper I gave her to cut she just knicked up all over the place. :)

    Kaitlin - that's so great that you thought I turned it into a lesson about Mary. But I didn't. I should have, but I was trying so hard to be virtuous and not make my daughter cry during our "fun" craft time that I didn't even think about teaching her about what I was writing - I just wrote them to get it over with. lol