cheap, easy, "green" fourth of July craft for kids!

June 24, 2010

Looking for something easy and cheap to do with your preschooler to get the Independence Day festivities going? Try these fun fourth of July bottle cap cakes

I was doing really well with staying ahead of the game for Father's Day, but then I blinked and realized it was almost Independence Day! I generally like to keep crafting costs to a minimum anyways, but this month I really need to spend $0 because my cat decided to take a midnight visit to the animal ER after consuming about 5 feet of twine one day last week. Let's just say, she used up her lifetime medical funds in one evening. 

So, we are pinching pennies this month and as a result, I have to make do with whatever I can dig up around the house for crafts. 

Bottle caps are always a good, cheap, crafting supply, so Juliet and I brought out the jar and sorted the red, white, and blue ones. We only had 1 red one, so we painted a couple white ones with red tempera paint and that solved our problem easily. 

We decided to stack the caps and then decorate our tiny cakes with ribbon and gems. We had some red, white, and blue ribbon in my ribbon box and some rhinestones in the craft box. You could use whatever you have: puffballs, stickers, confetti, scrapbook paper, etc. Kids don't care--they just like gluing stuff on!

I let Juliet handle the glue--so there was A LOT of it flying around, but in the end everything was stuck together quite nicely. Currently, the cakes are adorning our kitchen table--sitting atop some red, white, and blue scrapbook covered cereal boxes. 

If you are looking for some good patriotic songbooks for kids, check out yesterday's booklist!

SYS Thurs

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welcome to our wonderland said...

don't pets always do that to us when we don't really have the funds :) gotta love them they are family! :)

I LOVE this craft!

Ticia said...

Those turned out super cute, and I don't see any evidence of too much glue.

Mary Ann Dames - Reading, Writing, and Recipes said...

These bottle cap cakes are very clever. I'm sorry to hear about your cat. Ours had the same experience except it was with Christmas ribbon. Since then all ribbons, bows, and ties have been banned from presents.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

Just goes to show that cats are NOT smarter than dogs. ;) Cute craft! I particularly like the ribbon rosette.

Debbie said...

These are so cute! Great idea!

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

So cute...what a great idea....Hope you will stop by and visit.. I have a surprise giveaway that I will draw for on Sunday night.

artsy_momma said...

That's a lot of twine! Cute bottle cap idea :)

Michelle Willow said...

Simple and very effective! Great idea to reuse bottle caps for this!

ABC and 123: A Learning Cooperative said...

I LOVE it, I thought this was a baking project from the thumbnail. Totally didn't expect it to be a "green" fourth of july activity! Very creative and inventive use of something that would end up in the trash.

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