Fourth of July magnet craft

Fourth of July magnet craft

Looking for an Independence Day craft to do with your kids? How about a creating magnets that resemble the American Flag? You can use these magnets on your refrigerator, or hand some out at your Fourth of July party.

The first thing you need to do is cover your work space with old newspapers. The craft can get a bit messy. You may also want to instruct your children to put on some old clothes that they no longer care about if you don't have any art smocks.

Now you can help your children create the clay that they will use to craft their magnets. Get out a mixing bowl and add 1 ¼ cups of flour, ½ cup of water and ½ cup of salt. Combine the three ingredients together and set them in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes.
Remove your homemade clay from the refrigerator and roll it out. Cut out as many rectangles as you can. These will be your flags. The size of the rectangle is up to you. You can make small flags or large flags. Use a ruler if you want the rectangles to be exact.

Set your flags out to harden. This will take two or three days.

Paint your flags after they have completely hardened. You'll need a blue square in the top left-hand corner with as many white stars inside as you can fit (most likely you won't be able to get all 50 in). Then paint alternating red and white stripes on the rest of the rectangle, starting with red.

Set your flag aside to dry. Once the flag is dry, hot glue a magnet strip to the back of the flag. Magnet strips are sold at almost all craft stores. Display on your fridge or give away as a gift.