Patriotic Paper Plate Garland
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 7 and up
This makes a fabulous group project! There are enough letters in the phrase “Happy 4th of July” that up to 15 kids can participate all at once. You can also shorten the saying to make the project easier for smaller kids.
What you'll need:
- 15 9-inch paper plates
- Red and blue craft paint
- White yarn
- Hole punch
- Glitter glue (clear, pink, gold or red)
- Favorite letter font
- Glue stick
How to make it:
- Using a compass, draw circles in following diameters: 3 inches, 4 inches, and 6 inches. Cut the out the patterns.
- Using your favorite font, print out the phrase "HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!" in large letters, with plenty of space between each letter – you might want to print each letter on a separate line.
- Place the largest circle pattern onto one of the paper plates. It should come to about where the outer ridge of the plate ends. Trace the circle lightly with pencil. Repeat for all the plates. (See photo.)
- Using the tracing marks as a guide, paint the outer ring of each plate red and set aside to dry. (See photo.)
- Place the medium circle into the center of one of the plates. Trace around it lightly with pencil. Repeat this step for each plate. Paint the inside of the center circle on the plates blue and set aside to dry. (See photo.)
- Draw a 3-inch circle around each of the letters. Position the letter in the center of the circle and trace the circle lightly with pencil. Repeat for all the letters and cut out.
- Use glue stick to cover the back of the letter, then place it onto the center of the blue circles and smooth out. (See photo.)
- Paint the outer edges of the plates with glitter glue and let dry.
- Use the hole punch to make two holes, about an inch apart, centered above the letter in the red section of the plates. (See photo.)
- Thread the yarn through the back of the plate, then back through the second hole. Continue this until you have the letters that spell out "HAPPY 4TH" on one section and "OF JULY!" on another. (See photo.)
- Your letter will stay where you put them, but you can easily slide them back and forth to make them closer together or farther apart. Hang and decorate the ends with a little crepe paper if you wish.
- This project can be done with miniature paper plates; you will need to reduce the copy size for the letters if you do.
- For a shorter project, change the wording to "Happy 4th" or "July 4th".
- If you prefer, you can use crayons instead of paint for this project.