Personalized July 4th Fireworks Placemat
By: Amanda Formaro
Age: 6 and up
Having a picnic or barbecue this 4th of July? Have the kids make these cute personalized placemats to use at the party! They’ll love making them, and family and friends will love the results.
What you'll need:
- 1 sheet of black construction paper
- Glitter glue in red, white, gold and blue
- Clear adhesive shelving paper (recommended: Con-tact paper)
How to make it:
- If child is right handed, have them start their design on the left. If they are a lefty, have them start on the right side of the paper. In order to not smear the designs, children will need to hold their hand above the paper.
- Decorate paper with the red, white and blue glitter glue. To make fireworks, first draw an “X” but without the center touching. Do this by drawing the lines in the shape of an “X” without intersecting them. Draw additional lines between the ones you just drew. Add dots to the end of each line with alternating colors.
- Use gold glitter glue to write your name at the bottom of the paper.
- Place paper carefully in a safe spot where it can remain undisturbed for several hours to dry.
- Cover paper with clear adhesive shelving paper on both sides, trim the edges.
- Glitter glue is available at most discount department stores in the craft section.
- To help children with their designs, first draw the designs onto the paper with a pencil and have them trace over them with glitter glue.
- Have children practice using the glitter glue on a piece of scrap paper before attempting to work on their black paper.