Summertime Decorations


Celebrate midsummer with this summertime wreath.
Celebrate midsummer with this summertime wreath.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Everybody loves summer, and for good reason. The weather is great and the days are long. Why not celebrate this wonderful time of the year with these summertime decorations for kids?

Each of these summertime decorations for kids celebrates a different aspect of this favorite season. Summer may not last for long, but your memories and the good times you are sure to have making these decorations certainly will.

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Sun Catcher Activity

Bring the sun's rays into your home with this fun and easy-to-make sun catcher.

Summertime Wreath

The Swedish celebrate midsummer by making summertime wreaths. Try it for yourself!

Catch the Sun Activity

This catch the sun activity sparkles and shimmers while reflecting the sun's light.

Glitterworks Activity

Try this glitterworks activity and create your very own personal fireworks display.

Keep reading and you'll learn to celebrate the summer with a homemade sun catcher.

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Sun Catcher Activity

A finished sun catcher.
A finished sun catcher.
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Try this sun catcher activity and make a discarded yogurt lid into a dazzling summertime decoration.

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What You'll Need:

  • White paper
  • Permanent markers in several colors including black
  • Yogurt lid with clear plastic "window," tape
  • Gold thread

How to Make a Sun Catcher:

Step 1: Practice drawing a simple geometric design on white paper. Make thick, black lines around large, simple areas. Fill the areas with color.

Step 2: When you create a design you like, copy the black lines onto the yogurt lid. Then fill in the blank areas with colored markers.

Step 3: Tape a loop of gold thread to the lip of the lid. Hang your sun catcher!

Celebrate the middle of summer with the project on the next page.

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Summertime Wreath

Mold the reeds to form a circle
Mold the reeds to form a circle
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Make a flower summertime wreath to celebrate midsummer -- among other things, it's a Swedish tradition!

What You'll Need:

  • Bundle of dry reeds (available at a craft store)
  • Large tub
  • Water
  • Paper towels
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Dried flowers

How to Make a Summertime Wreath:

Step 1: Place reeds in a large tub of warm water and soak them for 15 to 30 minutes to soften. Then dry the reeds with paper towels.

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Step 2: Gently bend and mold the reeds to form a circle, overlapping the ends and tying them in place with twine. Also, tie the reeds together with twine at regular intervals (about four inches apart) all around the circle.

Step 3: Let the reeds dry completely. When the reeds are dry, insert the stems of dried flowers into the reeds, and secure them in place by tying pretty ribbons around the reeds and flower stems.

To prepare your own dried flowers ahead of time, pick some wildflowers and tie them together with string. To dry, hang the bouquet upside down in a dark closet for several weeks.

The sun's got plenty of rays to spare -- catch a few for yourself with the summertime decoration activity on the next page.

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Catch the Sun Activity

Try this catch the sun activity and you'll have shimmery stationery or a hanging sun-catcher to show for it when you're done.

What You'll Need:

  • Colored writing paper
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Waxed paper
  • Pressed plants
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Pinking shears (optional)

How to Make a Catch the Sun Craft:

Step 1: Fold a piece of colored writing paper in half and cut it to the size you want. Unfold it and lay it out on a sheet of newspaper. Tear off a piece of waxed paper and lay it over your cut paper.

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Step 2: Arrange the pressed plants on the half of the paper that will be the front of your card until you have a design you like. Tear off another sheet of waxed paper and lay it on the first.

Step 3: Now carefully slide the waxed paper stack off of the paper and onto the newspaper. Cover with another sheet of newspaper and carry the whole thing to an ironing board. Help kids use a warm iron to fuse the waxed paper together.

Step 4: When it is fused, trim the waxed paper to fit the colored paper and fold in half with the colored paper inside. The arrangement of plants will form the front of the card. If you like, trim the edges with pinking shears.

Make a fireworks explosion on paper -- keep reading to learn how!

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Glitterworks Activity

Trace your fireworks display with glue
Trace your fireworks display with glue
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This glitterworks activity lets kids capture the rocket's red glare without ever lighting a match.

Many people love fireworks. They're a big part of what makes the fourth of July so exciting. So why not express your love of those explosive sky lights with brightly shining glitter?

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What You'll Need:

  • Newspaper
  • Black construction paper
  • Pencil
  • Glue
  • Glitter
  • Fireworks designs

Cover your work surface with newspaper. Be creative -- try to draw your favorite fireworks display using black construction paper and a pencil. The pencil marks will show a little -- as shiny imprints.

Trace your explosion with a thin line of glue. Sprinkle glitter on the glue. Let the glue dry for five minutes, then carefully shake the excess glitter off the page and into the glitter container to recycle it.

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