Here’s a fun kids craft for the Fourth of July! These popsicle stick star wands are so fun and festive to make for a family picnic, fireworks display, or parade.

This year, most festivities will be at home. I wanted to find some fun things that are easy to do with kids to make the day special!

Grab some simple craft supplies, and you’ll be ready to go. I’ll show you what we used, but other than the popsicle sticks, you can easily substitute materials you have at home.

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These star wands are fun to wave and twirl! If the wind is blowing, the ribbons will dance in the wind.

Here’s what you need to make one:

  • Popsicle sticks – 5 per wand
  • Paint – we used red and blue acrylic paint
  • Star hole punch
  • White paper
  • Paper straws
  • Ribbon – red, white, blue
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Elmer’s glue or Tacky Glue

The paper straws worked really well for the handle, but you can easily substitute bamboo skewers or dowel rods if you need another option. Or even a nice straight stick from the yard! Regular straws may work, but depending on the straws, they may be too weak and flexible.

How to Make Popsicle Stick Star Wands

Build stars out of popsicle sticks and hot glue. Start with an “A” shape as shown below.

Then add the final two sticks. I found that the stars came out the best when I glued the left bottom popsicle stick before the right bottom stick.

Once you’ve made your stars, it’s time to paint! I got out red, white, and blue paint, but ended up not using the white.

We decorated our stars by gluing on tiny white paper stars. We bought this star hole punch at Hobby Lobby, but here’s a star hole punch on Amazon.

Glue on the paper stars with Elmer’s glue (pva glue) or Tacky Glue.

Then glue on a paper straw for a handle. Hot glue is the best for this step, but Tacky Glue will work too.

Tie on some ribbon for a fun final step. The ribbons make the wands fun to wave and twirl!

Use your star wands for a backyard July 4th parade, or take them to wave at a fireworks display. So much fun!

Have fun celebrating July 4th!


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  1. Evelyn Jul 8, 2022

    Great craft! Chopsticks would also work instead of straws. I am going to make this with my grandkids tomorrow!


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