Fourth of July Parade Decorations

Round up the neighborhood kids and deck them (and their rides) out in all things July 4th. A festive motorcade will get everyone in the mood for fireworks and hot dogs!

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Heather Weston

Wheely Cute

Streamers, ribbon, and Fun Fringe ($6) dress up bikes, trikes, scooters, and wagons for the parade.

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Heather Weston

Wild Flower

These festive blooms are easy to make by layering painted coffee filters.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

3 coffee filters
Red and blue paint
Paintbrush
Chenille stem
Bobby pin or rubber band

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Peter Ardito

Wild Flower: Step 1

Paint the inside of a coffee filter red and another blue. You only have to coat the ruffled edges of the filter. Let dry.

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Wild Flower: Step 2

Stack 3 filters and puncture the center with a chenille stem. Wind 1" of the chenille stem in a knot in the inside of flower. Bunch filters in back and wrap 2" of stem around them tightly to secure.

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Wild Flower: Step 3

Fluff the coffee-filter layers to form a flower and attach it to a bobby pin or a rubber band using the chenille stem.

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Heather Weston

Quirky Crown

Believe it or not, this hat is made from duct tape and drinking straws!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Fabric measuring tape
Duct tape
7-10 drinking straws
Scissors
Metallic chenille stems
Letter stickers

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Peter Ardito

Quirky Crown: Step 1

Measure around child's head. Cut a piece of tape 1" to 2" longer than that length. With sticky side up, place straws on tape. Cover with another piece of tape.

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Quirky Crown: Step 2

Twirl the ends of the metallic chenille stems around your pointer finger, and insert one into the hole of each straw.

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Quirky Crown: Step 3

Spell out the child's name with letter stickers across the front. Attach a small piece of tape to the two ends to form the crown.

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Heather Weston

Sparkler Sticks

Attach curly gift ribbons ($1) to a dowel to make a simple baton that's fun to shake.

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Heather Weston

Draggin' Wagon

Make this adorable noisemaker with colored tape and recycled tin cans.

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Tin cans
Screwdriver
Hammer
Colored tape
Office dot stickers
Clear packing tape
Twine or ribbon
Scissors

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Peter Ardito

Draggin' Wagon: Step 1

Wash cans and let dry. Place screwdriver on closed end of can and make a hole by tapping with a hammer.

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Draggin' Wagon: Step 2

Decorate cans with colored tape and dot stickers, and cover surface with clear packing tape to protect from scrapes.

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Draggin' Wagon: Step 3

Thread twine through the hole and make a knot on the inside of the can. Cut the string at least 2' long and tie securely to the back of the wagon.

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