Craft: Make a Fourth of July party favor

By Columbus Alive
From the June 28, 2012 edition

Ready to party like it’s 1776? Here are how-to instructions on two inexpensive, Pinterest-inspired Fourth of July party favors. Check out the Columbus Alive Style section’s Fourth of July Pinterest board (pinterest.com/alivestyle) for links to more star-spangled party ideas.

Sparkler flags

What you need:

- Sparklers (two per flag)

- Color printouts of the American flag (two per flag)

- Poster board

- Glue

- Scissors

- X-Acto knife or cutting blade

How to make them:

Simple. Glue the color printouts (you’ll find plenty in a Google Image search and re-size at your leisure) to either side of a piece of poster board. With the X-Acto knife, cut two slits through all layers of the flag — one slit near the top, one slit near the bottom. Weave two sparklers — handle side first — into the slits. These flags are especially cute when presented in a small flower pot with patriotic ribbon tied around it; double it as a table centerpiece. (Not to overstate the obvious, but take the sparklers out of the paper flag before you light them.)

Covered matchboxes

What you need:

- Matchboxes (Giant Eagle sells packs of GreenLight matchbooks for $1.39)

- Patriotic patterned card stock (available at any stationery or craft store)

- Glue

- Scissors

How to make them:

Even more simple. Cut out squares of red, white and blue patterned paper, wrapper paper or card stock and glue them to the match boxes. Guests can pick their favorite and use the matches to light their sparklers.

Photo by Tessa Berg