While shopping at The Dollar Store, I came across the supplies to put together this 4th of July craft for kids: Stars and Stripes Baskets. My preschooler wasn’t too thrilled to begin with, because he thought we were heading into The Dollar Tree to buy cheap toys. Once we started putting together this July 4th preschool craft though, he realized that making a Stars and Stripes basket was actually quite a bit of fun!
P.S. Adults can make this fun 4th of July craft as well, and it makes a great picnic decoration for your Independence Day cook-out!
Supplies for a Stars and Stripes Basket
All these items or similar items can be purchased at The Dollar Tree.
- plastic basket with holes that you can weave the ribbon through
- curling ribbon in red, white, and blue
- foil star stickers
How to Make a Stars and Stripes Basket
Cut a piece of ribbon that is around 1 1/2 times the length of the side of the basket.
Tie a knot in the ribbon, leaving a tail if you are planning on curling the ribbon. You may need a double knot depending on the size of your holes for your preschooler, since they tend to pull the ribbon hard while weaving.
Thread the ribbon through the first hole. You can leave the knot on the outside of the box and curl the ribbon for decoration or you can put the knot on the inside and trim it. As you can see, I chose to put the knots inside the box on the first two rows and on the outside on the last three rows.
Once you have finished weaving the ribbon through the side, knot it to secure it on the other end. As you can see I didn’t worry about if my ribbon twisted while I weaved it, and I didn’t feel like the twisted ribbon detracted from the overall look.
Curl any outside ends.
Use foil star stickers to decorate top.
You can decorate just one edge or all the edges. It’s up to you!
Fill with napkins and use at the next picnic.
Stars and Stripes as a Preschool Craft
While, I made my Stars and Stripes Napkin holder, my preschooler made one along with me. I loved how the weaving helped him practice his fine motor skills which are so important for writing. He loved picking out colors of ribbon and stars, and his basket was nice enough to use as a table decoration too. (Though he insisted on using green stars instead of sticking to red, white, and blue) This project was very easy, and I think would make a great easy July 4th craft for home, preschool, or camp!
Do you want more easy July 4th crafts for preschoolers? Don’t forget to check out my popular Fireworks in a Bottle. I’ll let you in on a secret too. I’ve a got a perfect 4th of July holder for that plastic ware that I’ll be posting as soon as I can!
Hi! I’m Bethany. I’m a mom, weekly Greenville News columnist, and blogger also at Kidding Around Greenville SC. Welcome to my parenting blog No Twiddle Twaddle, all about adding a little magic to kids’ lives through play and reading. If you are new, don’t miss my popular posts: 10 Tips for Reading to Babies, Skin Therapy Play Dough, and 10 Lessons Motherhood Taught Me.