On the Fourth of July each year Americans gather to have parades, cookouts, and watch fireworks to celebrate America’s freedom and independence.  Celebrate July 4th this year by creating this fun American flag craft and bookmark!

American Flag Craft


  • Red, Green, Black and Blue colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Paint
  • Q-tips
  • Plate or palette
  • White paper
  • Pencil
  • Pen or thin marker
  • Colored Pencils
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Hole punch
  • Ribbon

Step One:

Put small amounts of paint on a plate or palette.  On your black piece of paper paint lots of dots using Q-tips to look like sparkly fireworks!  I like to mix white with my colors to make them pop off the black page even more!  Create about 5 big fireworks to fill your sky.  Set aside to dry.

Step Two:

On a regular piece of white paper, draw the American flag on a pole.  You can have it waving like this one, or straight.  Remember that the flag has 50 stars on a blue square background, and 13 red and white stripes (the first and last stripe are always red).  I like to draw with pencil first and then outline my drawing with a black pen or thin black marker.  Try drawing the flag yourself, but if it is too tricky, you can print out this template instead.  Color in the flag using colored pencils.

Step Three:

Tear a green piece of paper to look like a hill and glue it at the bottom of your black paper.  Cut out your American flag and glue it on top!  Now you are ready to celebrate the 4th of July!


Create a 4th of July bookmark!  Print out this bookmark template and color in the American flag.  Cut out both rectangles.  Cut out a blue and red piece of paper to 8.5 x 3.25 inches.  Glue the red and blue pieces of paper together and then glue the flag on one side and the July 4th facts on the other.  Punch a hole in the top and tie some ribbon in the hole to create a tassel.  Sit outside and read a book this summer with your new bookmark!

Looking for a read aloud to learn about the Fourth of July in your homeschool?

Here are some of our favorites:

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We hope you and your family have a very Happy Independence Day! If you make a Fourth of July craft, we’d love for you to share it with us. Tag us on social media at @homeschoolcompass or use the hashtag #homeschoolcompass. We can’t wait to see what you create!

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Rebekah grew up fascinated by the lives of missionaries from her church and had a desire to serve and love others, as well as a passion for art. After studying art and the Bible in college, God led Rebekah to Thailand where she was an art teacher for seven years at a Christian school for Thai children. She loved her students and found great joy in helping them create works of art and showing them God's love. Rebekah is now back in Massachusetts where she grew up and looking forward to creating art as a visual expression of both grace and truth.