Our patriotic popsicle stick stars are an affordable way to decorate your home for the 4th of July. We love finding new things to make with popsicle sticks for kids! Every Fourth of July, I find myself thinking of my Gram. Her birthday was on the 4th of July. Her husband (our Pop-Pop), was born on St. Patrick’s Day. I always thought it was funny and unique that both a husband and wife had holiday birth dates. When I was little, I always thought how lucky they were to share their birthdays with such festive holidays and I imagined it made their birthdays more exciting and enjoyable!
As soon as I was old enough to drive, I made sure that I spent every 4th of July with my Grandmother. Even when I was a teenager, I never made plans until the late afternoon. I always wanted her to know that her birthday came first for me, before the parties and barbecues. I would bring her a little birthday present (usually a pig-themed gift) and we would sit and have tea and cake with my grandfather. It was always a day I looked forward to.
Both of my grandparents have now passed away and although I miss them dearly, they left me with an endless amount of happy memories. I was very lucky to have both of them in my life until I was well into adulthood. I know that not many people get to have that, but I wish that they did. My grandparents were amazing people and they were the foundation of our family. Their love was infinite and I hope my children will cherish their grandparents as much as I cherished mine.
Now that I have children of my own, I get to tell them stories about my Grandma Martha and I have so many stories to share. I talk about all of the fun things we did together. I tell them about our sleepovers with giant blanket forts, her cooking, her garden, and how soft her skin was when I would kiss her. I think it is important for my kids to hear stories about my childhood and it’s important for them to know that like them, I grew up loved.
Our Grandma was the best at coming up with kids crafts ideas that used all sorts of recycled materials way before it was even trendy to do so. Some of her favorite things to do with us was coming up with new things to make with popsicle sticks for kids. Needless to say, we made a lot of popsicle stick projects because they were affordable and kept us entertained for hours. These popsicle stick stars pay homage to her birthday. I loved making them with my kids and I hope you have fun making them with your kids too!
KID’S CRAFT: POPSICLE STICK STARS
Step 1: Have children form sticks into star shapes. They do not have to be perfect – imperfections add character!
Step 2: Depending on the age of the child, glue the sticks together with the glue gun.
Step 3: Paint stars blue and red.
Step 4: Glue jute twine to the back and hang!
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