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Eco 4th of July Craft

Jun 30, 2016
Scarlet Paolicchi

red white and blue rocket decoration

This fun, eco-friendly 4th of July craft is great because the kids get to make their own paper rockets that they will have a blast playing with. You just need a few basic supplies that you probably already have laying around the house or in the recycling bin. In a few simple steps you will have fun decorations that you can personalize as much as you like.

craft supplies paint glitter scissors


  • Toilet paper tubes or paper towel tubes
  • Paper
  • Acrylic paints
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bamboo skewers (optional)
  • Leftover tinsel or red streamers (optional)
DIY July 4 Decor


First gather up all your empty toilet paper tubes and paper towel tubes. These will make the body of your decorations, and if you have both sizes it will provide for variety.

Grab your paints and go to work decorating your rocket’s body. You can be as creative as you like, but since this is a 4th of July craft, I chose to stick to red, white and blue with stars and stripe patterns. You can make each one look the same or you can go for variety. After decorating, set aside to dry for about 10 minutes.

While the tubes are drying, draw and cut out circles from your paper. You can use a protractor or find a round object to trace such as an oatmeal canister. The circles should be about 6 inches in diameter. Save your paper scraps for the rest of this craft.

The circles will become the rocket’s nose, so you will need one circle for each rocket you want to make. Decorate your circles using paint--once again I stuck to red, white and blue with stars and stripes. Allow to dry.

Next you will take a circle and make the nose by holding your fingers a couple inches apart on the circle and pushing them toward each other. The extra paper will gather underneath and you will fold that over and tape or glue it down to make it disappear from sight.  

When your nose is ready, use the hot glue to attach it to the paper tube. Now you have rockets in their most basic form, and you can certainly stop here and let the kids use them as toys, or keep going to make them more decorative!

You will be attaching bamboo skewers in this step, so if you plan on using them as toys do not proceed any further. The skewers are dangerous, make that clear to your kids. Wad up your extra paper scraps and stick inside the paper tubes to puff up the space.

Now, to add that extra touch to your rockets, glue red streamers or tinsel at the end. Carefully use the sharp end of the skewer to stick the rocket in the ground and line your walkway, or place them into bottles to use as inside decoration.

I hope you enjoy making your own 4th of July decoration and reusing some things from your recycling bin! 

Do you think you will try this craft?

Photo courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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