Thursday, June 28, 2012

Stars, Stripes, & Coffee Filters - Toddler Art Project

Stars, Stripes & Coffee Filters

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years or older (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Patriotism, 4th of July

Books: Hats Off for the Fourth of July by Harriet Ziefert, McDuff Saves the Day by Rosemary Wells, Apple Pie 4th of July by Janet Wong (for older kids)

Red Construction Paper
Blue Party Streamers
Basket Style Coffee Filters
Glue Sticks
Adults get to use Scissors

Prep: Cut stars from the red construction paper (if you make them about 2” - 1 sheet will yield 12 stars). Cut strips of blue steamer about 12”. Cut lengths of yarn 18” – 24”.

Activity: Each child gets 1 star, 1 coffee filter, 2 streamers and a piece of yarn. Glue the coffee filer onto the banner by putting glue all over the inside then folding it in half over the yarn. Do the same with the streamers. Then glue the red star onto the white. Have an adult help make loops at the ends for hanging.

Notes/Tips: You can make these as long or as short as you want by adding extra pieces (then challenge your tot to identify the pattern)! You can use blue stars and red streamers too. For an older kid version, have them draw on the filters with red and/or blue washable markers, then spray or drip water on them in advance. Just be sure to let them dry before it is time to assemble the banners.


  1. Such a fun and easy craft for all ages. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!! I will be featuring this in my holiday round up tomorrow!

    1. I am so excited!!!! This is the first project to be featured anywhere!!!