Paper Towel 4th of July Tie Dye Decorations (Kids Craft)

Typically by now my kids would have made several 4th of July crafts during this time of year but our schedules have been super hectic.  All 6 of my kids have participated in camps and I have felt like a chauffeur carting them back and forth.  Not to mention trying to finish our homeschool curriculum and preparing for the new school year to start next month. It has left little time to sit and do crafts. So we are getting down to crunch time and while my two older boys are at wrestling class my little ones and I sat down and decided to do a fun easy craft.  It is not just any craft but one we decided to use as 4th of July decorations. 


Fourth of July is just around the corner so if you are looking to do a fun easy craft with your kids this one is for you.  Most of us already have the supplies to make these but if not they are easy to purchase. 


White colored, thick 2-ply paper towels (a good brand)

Sharpie markers

Rubbing alcohol (Isopropyl) 

Dropper, spray bottle or syringe 

There are a few different ways to do this craft.  You can either use the paper towel in the shape it comes in or you can cut it out into shapes. Before you get started make sure you put down newspaper on whatever area you are working at because it can get a bit messy.  We decided to do the original paper towel shape and stars shapes.  Next using the Sharpie markers make firework type designs or just color the paper towel in red and blue on your paper towel. Then use either a spray bottle, syringe or dropper filled with rubbing alcohol and spray it on your Sharpie design. The colors will run making it look like a tie dye design. Allow your creation to fully dry and then hang up as a decoration. We used double sided tape and hung ours in the front window of our house so that passerby’s can see.


Tip: You can do this craft using washable markers as well which would give it more of a tie dye effect while the Sharpie markers do give a tie dye effect but you can still see the original design drawn. 


Be sure to check out some of my other 4th of July posts:

4th of July kids craft round-up

4th of July Popsicle stick craft

4th of July tin windsock can craft

4th of July tie dye medallion decorations

Tips for a fun and frugal 4th of July picnic


What last minute 4th of July crafts have you made with your kids? 



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  1. I forgot about the sharpie marker and rubbing alcohol trick. I remember doing it with my oldest when she was a toddler. So much fun!

  2. What a cute craft DIY! My kids love to do hands-on things like this. Afterall, it is not too late to get crafting!

  3. That’s such a great idea for a craft. I think my kids would have a lot of fun with this. I may have to do this tomorrow!

  4. This is so fun! Kids will surely love this!

  5. What a fun idea for the Fourth of July!

  6. We like to make edible crafts! In other words food! We made sugar cookies! that was a yummy adventure that can also be used as decorations….so it’s a craft…right?

  7. Heather says:

    Love this craft. Looks like a simple and fun way to celebrate the 4th.

  8. Celebrate Woman Today says:

    Wow, this is my 3rd comment trial.
    Love your craft which can be a great time together for parents with kids.
    Homeschooling will benefit from the easy and such amazing crafts, too.

    • Sorry about that. Do not know why your comment did not go through. I will have to look into why. Thank you for letting me know.

  9. This is pretty patriotic and an easy DIY! I love this concept and probably can do this craft for any holiday!

  10. We did a similar project like this with T-shirt’s at the library one summer. We used highlighters as well. It’s a little less messy than actual tie dye, but it’s still fun

  11. This looks so fun! My niece will surely enjoy a craft like this. She likes to decorate stuff.

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