Looking for an Independence Day craft that’s easy for the kids to do and looks great on the wall? Look no further! We’ve got a fun fireworks straw painting that’ll keep the kiddos entertained while you put the finishing touches on the berry flag cake. (You are making one of those, right?)

I can’t take credit for this craft. Remember those uber talented editorial assistants I was talking about? Yeah, Gretchen came up with this idea! The Bug loved the idea that she was learning how to paint with a ‘real’ artist. Word to the wise — the speckle/sparkle technique used here has really caught on with the Bug; and she may have speckled the television remote yesterday. The good news? It’s watercolor paint. Comes right off!

Chances are, you have most of these items laying around the house. No mad dash to the art store for some obscure epoxy.

Have a blast making this fourth of July craft!

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Fireworks Straw Painting

Materials

  • Watercolor Paints
  • Water
  • Paintbrush
  • Straw
  • Watercolor Paper

Instructions

Be sure to have a big surface to paint on — we were outside on the front porch, but you may want to cover a table inside for this craft. It cleans up easy, but a little pre-planning will make it EVEN easier for clean up!

Fourth of July Kid Craft: Fireworks Straw Painting - (cool) progeny

Use water to wet your watercolors and make a big dollop on the page. You want the paint to pool a bit.

Fourth of July Kid Craft: Fireworks Straw Painting - (cool) progeny

Using a straw, blow on the paint. You’ll see it start to spread! The bigger the breath, the more the spreading.

Fourth of July Kid Craft: Fireworks Straw Painting - (cool) progeny

Now comes the fun part – speckling! Or, sparkling, as the Bug decided. To do this, make sure to get a good amount of painting on the brush. Then rub your your finger over the end of the bristles, causing the paint to fleck all over your paper. Don’t worry about rainbow colored hands; watercolors pretty much come right off with soap and water.

Fourth of July Kid Craft: Fireworks Straw Painting - (cool) progeny

There you have it! A fun and easy art project. We’ve got a little video to show you the sparkly action, too!

You can even use tape to make words on the picture before your kids paint (just be sure the paint is dry before removing the tape!), like Gretchen did for this little message to our CP fans…

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