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4th of July Crafts for people who can’t cut or draw

DIY Rocket out of toilet paper rolls

DIY Rocket out of toilet paper rolls

If I had a crafting blog it would be called, “Crafts for people who can’t cut or draw”. I can’t do either of those things. People assume they can’t craft if they aren’t good at those two things, but oh no no no. There are so many crafts that involve so little artistic skill. It’s usually nothing more than patience and the knowledge that it doesn’t really matter. That being said, crafters who are good at those two things, make much better crafts than me. But it’s not a competition. Is it people?
So, for the fourth, I pinned a ton of awesome crafts for the boys and me to do. We have already done several of these little rockets out of toilet paper rolls. Tomorrow we are gonna make the kind that you can pull a string and confetti falls out. I call those “fire crackers” for some reason. These crafts are made for people who can’t cut or draw. Just look at my horribly hand cut circle. IMG_3262Tragic. It doesn’t matter. The tutorial was very easy (note we did not paint ours. We opted for using origami paper instead.) There were several things the boys could do on their own with this. Carter cut the tissue paper (for the fire cracker) in a square and he threaded the twine through the interior circle. Henry threaded the twine through the punched holes at the top of the rocket – which is a great fine motor skill exercise for him. He really concentrated and went through a lot of trial and error to get it right. I love to see my kids get it wrong and keep trying until they get it right. They also glued (read: glue sticked) the paper to the tp rolls, used the circle cutter (with my help) for the tops of the rockets and decorated the rockets all by themselves. Seriously – I didn’t do any of those Thomas stickers!
Here are some other quick and easy crafts for the fourth. Proficiency in cutting/drawing, not required.
This rocket ship is pretty easy even though all the directions are in Arabic (I think?). I speak the language of “craft” so that was no problem. Plus she took good photos so I could easily follow. Apparently in Arab speaking countries they don’t use a lot of tape. I don’t know why. I used tape for this whole thing. No glue at all. Arabic crafters be cray cray with their glue and shizz. This is for a child over 4.
Paint dots American Flag If you have children 3 and under and you don’t have paint dots. Stop reading now. Go to Michaels and get some. They are so easy. So not messy and never run out of paint! Plus you can make this super easy, super fun American Flag. The tutorial has a free printable!!
Construction paper American Flag. Henry is obsessed with American flags. It’s pretty cute. He points them out every time he sees them, which is a lot these days. He loves to cut, but cutting the full length of the paper seems beyond his skill set. Still I think he will enjoy this one.

one is the loneliest crafter

the turkey of marriage equality

the turkey of marriage equality

So far I have made several hand turkeys. One with crayons, one with dried beans, one with paint. I have also made a turkey out of a toilet paper roll. My children have made zero turkeys (except Henry sort of made one, but really my mom did it). I pin all sorts of crafts for every occasion on pinterest. I save toilet paper rolls, egg cartons, jars, pine cones, scrap paper, even fallen leaves in hopes of one day making any of these “15 Fabulous Fall Leaf Crafts” . I set up nice little crafting stations with beans and multi-colored dry pasta neatly arranged. Henry and Carter have no interest.

"wow mom. You really organized those beans in a way that inspired me to create," said Carter never.

“wow mom. You really organized those beans in a way that inspired me to create,” said Carter never.

See the turkey I made with beans above.  Sigh. I will not be deterred.  We will make reindeer out of clothes pins and snow men out of cotton balls!  More likely, I will make those things, but it’s gonna happen.