Ah, Memorial Day. The unofficial kickoff to summer is right around the corner. It's the perfect time to gather friends and family for a backyard barbecue. It's also the right time to show your red, white and blue with crafts that honor our veterans and our country. Here are a few ideas:

Paper poppies: Memorial Day is often referred to as "Poppy Day" because the bright red flowers have become a symbol of remembrance for wars past. The Memorial Day poppy itself serves as a way to honor those who died serving their country. These are often made by veterans and distributed in exchange for donations that go to help veterans service organizations. But if you can't find any to purchase, you can still remember and honor veterans by making your own paper poppies with your kids.


Popsicle stick flag: This cute craft stick flag is a great project that kids can do outdoors or indoors to celebrate the Memorial Day holiday.  

Patriotic windsock: My daughter just came home from school with a windsock very similar to this one. It was easy for her to create and will make an awesome decoration for this weekend's barbecue!

Beaded American flag: Older kids and crafters might enjoy making this beaded American flag. The project is simple, but the little candy-like beads would be far too tempting for little ones. Once completed, this craft also makes a cool suncatcher for the front window.

Patriotic placemat: Got red, white and blue paper? Then you have everything you need to make this patriotic party placemat. 

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