Frugal Kid Crafts: Patriotic Napkin and Utensil Holder

by Mackenzie on June 28, 2013

Frugal-Kid-CraftsHere is a project that is perfect for this week’s Summer Camp At Home: Independence Day theme brought to you by Sharon at Mom on Dealz.

Patriotic Napkin and Utensil Holder



  1. Cut the white construction paper into 3 pieces that will wrap around each of the toilet paper rolls.
  2. Cut the red construction paper into strips that will be the “flag stripes”.
  3. Cut out 6 stars from the white paper and color them blue.
  4. Glue red strips onto the white paper to create “flag stripes”.
  5. Glue blue stars to represent stars on the flag.
  6. Wrap the toilet paper holders with the created “flags”.
  7. Hot glue 2 or the rolls side by side and glue the 3rd roll about an inch and 1/2 away (room enough for napkins) onto the cardboard square.
  8. Fill the holders with napkins, forks, knives, and spoons (or straws like we did) for you 4th of July BBQ!

Educational Adaptations:

  • Language Arts: 1. Read books with your child before and/or after this craft that are on the topic of freedom, The Declaration of Independence, or other patriotic topics (depending on their age and skill level). 2. Have your child record the steps taken to create this project to practice writing down steps in a process-this is a huge skill in school.
  • Math: Identify and discuss the various shapes used to create the project. Have a hunt around the house for other objects that are these shapes (cylinder, square, circles, etc).
  • Social Studies/History: Discuss the reason we celebrate the 4th of July (signing of the Declaration of Independence).

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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