{Uncle Sam Pins or Magnets}

Hi there, Meredith’s friends and followers!  I’m Amy, aka One Artsy Mama, and I am thrilled to be here today to share a festive holiday craft with you!
This Artsy Family loves holidays and family get-togethers, so one thing we look forward to every summer is getting together to celebrate the 4th of July with a cookout and steamed crabs {yummm!}.  The extra-cool part is that not only will hubby’s parents, grandmother, and grandfather be there, my parents and grandmother come too, which I just love.  So many families don’t have the blessing of being able to all get together…and even though my grandparents lived in the same state, I honestly can’t remember a time in my life when all four of them were in the same room together.  So I feel like it’s an amazing gift for my 4 year old Little Crafter to get to spend time with all of those family members together and enjoying each other’s company.
Here’s a fun 4th of July “favor” we had fun making for everyone:
UNCLE SAM PINS {or magnets}


– wooden craft spoons
– red, blue, and white craft foam {our red was plain, our white and blue had an adhesive backing}
– googly eyes
– cotton balls
– glue
– pin backs or magnet tape
– scissors
– thin permanent black marker
STEP 1: Cut hats from red craft foam.  Ours were 2 1/4″ tall, the base was 2 1/8″ wide, and the tall part of the hat was 1 1/8″ wide.
STEP 2: Cut stripes from white craft foam.  Ours were 1 3/4″ long and I just eyed up the width.  You need 3 stripes per hat.  Also, cut a strip from blue foam to cover the bottom of the hat.
STEP 3: Adhere stripes to hat {if your foam isn’t adhesive, just use glue} and glue hat to handle of wooden spoon.  Adhere blue strip to bottom part of hat {not pictured}.
 STEP 4: Glue or stick 2 adhesive googly eyes on each spoon below the hat.
STEP 5: Seperate a cotton ball into several smaller pieces of fluff and glue one to the bottom of each spoon for a beard.
STEP 6: Use a black marker to add a nose.
STEP 7: Attach pin backs or magnet tape to back of spoons. The ladies usually prefer to wear theirs while the men would rather put them on the fridge.
It’s also usually our job to bring the dessert, so we like to keep things healthy and festive with patriotic fruit kebabs like these:
What about you?  How do you celebrate Independence Day?  I’d love for you to stop by and visit us at One Artsy Mama if you get a chance; we’ve got lots more ideas for holiday and every day fun!
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