Who doesn't love a parade? You get all that pomp and circumstance (whatever that means) and you spend all day marching around sometimes in the sweltering heat, other times in the freezing cold. Gasp, that doesn't sound like much fun to me. So, unless you will be marching during a beautiful day with amazing weather you may need to do something special to make that parade day into a fun day.
Don't just go into it with the hope that everything will work out though, instead, stack the deck in your favor by creating some great parade crafts for kids to get you in the proper mood. The very best ones might even grab you some attention while your marching around.
If your parade crafts are good enough, maybe you'll even get recognized for your fantastic talents in your community and get pulled onto the top of the head float where everyone will see you and cheer and maybe even throw candy to you. Yummy candy, maybe this will be a great day after all!
Patriotic US Flag Fans - Aren't these awesome - learn how to print and mae these patriotic fans...especially for US flags.
Make Musical Maracas and Rattles from Gourds - This is a fun craft for kids, parents, and teachers. Use gourds, amply grown in the Fall, to make musical instruments.
Ideas for Costume Hats - Here are a bunch of illustrations on how to make quick hats for costumes.
How to Make Coffee Can Drums - Learn how to make this cute coffee can drum along with some denim, yarn, and a few other things.
Making Parade Horns - Learn how to make these party horns with an old cardboard paper towel tube.
Making Maracas & Rhythm Shakers - Find out how to make these maracas with a plastic container, a stick, and seeds / beans / rice.
How to Make a Confetti Blowing Pipe to Celebrate Festivities and Parties for New Years Eve - Tomorrow is New Years Eve so it is time to party (partaaaaaaaaaaaay). So how about making a toy confetti pipe to make cool little fireworks to celebrate the upcoming New Year. We will show you how to do this with the easy illustrated steps below. Have fun.
How to Make Real Wooden Tambourines - Use wood, nails, and metal bottle caps to make these tambourines. This is a woodworking project to do with an adult.
Ideas for Parade Hats - Learn how to make some pretty cool parade and party hats for Celebrations.
How to Make Wrist Bells - Learn how to make these wrist bells with ribbon and bells. A little bit of sewing is involved.
Easy Pinwheel Pencil Craft for Kids for Independence Day on July 4th - I love making pinwheels with my kids because they get as much enjoyment out of it as I did. They are very easy to use and they only require a few supplies that most people have in their homes or home offices.
Tin Lids Noisemakers for Celebrations - Make these handmade noisemakers that beat on 2 tin lids to make lots of noise on New Years Eve or on other celebratory events.
3D Star Wand : Parade Crafts Ideas for Kids - Will you be watching a 4th of July parade this year? The children will need something to wave, and this 3D star wand could be just the answer!
Art-rageous Cars - During Houston's annual Art Car Parade, a caravan of crazy-looking vehicles decked out in wacky ways tour the streets of the city. Kids can create a wacky version of the event with this craft.
A Star-spangled Ride - Want a bike that'll stop traffic? First, splatter-paint some stars and add them to your bars -- handlebars, that is -- and to a safety-flag pole. Spiff up your wheels with straws and garlands, then hit the road! (Our decked-out bike should be ridden at a parade pace, not at high speeds.)
Bat Hat Visors - Make a smiling bat to amuse your friends all day long.
Bonnie Bagpipes - No one is sure how bagpipes began, but people in the Balkans, Ireland and the Highlanders of Scotland were responsible for the bagpipe’s development. No one is sure about the origins of tartan plaids, either. Many people believe that tartans became associated with clans or families in Scotland in the 1700s. That’s when it was possible to mass-produce fabric in factories.
Bubble Wands - Send airy bubbles afloat on summer breezes with these star-spangled bubble wands.
Butterfly Puppet Party Bags - Capture party excitement on the wings of these Butterfly Puppet Party Bags. Put on a puppet parade, and then fill each child's party bag with goodies to send home!
Can-do Stilts - Give your favorite patriot a boost with a pair of classic tin can stilts. Our design allows you to empty the can while keeping its top and bottom sealed for safety and stability.
Carnevale Capers - Visit Venice during Carnevale—or any time. Design striking decorative masks in a classic Italian celebratory style!
Celebration Cymbals - Get ready to march in a band! Lead the beat with your own colorful, fun cymbals. Long ago, these delightful percussion instruments were invented in Asia. Musicians around the world play cymbals in parades, orchestras, and bands.
Chinese Lion Dance Costume - The kids will have great fun making this super Chinese Lion Dance costume - and wearing it in their own Chinese New Year parade!
Chinese New Year Dragon Parade - Research Chinese New Year and create dragon puppets to use in a parade.
Clown Shoes - Clown around in these clunky shoes! Make a circus costume to match. Call your friends for a parade!
Crowning Glory - Our infinitely customizable crown begins with duct tape and flexible straws. We then topped ours with glittery pom-poms, pipe cleaners, and snips of garland. But, hey, it's a free country: embellish yours however you choose!
Double the Merriment - Mardi Gras, a day of feasting and merrymaking, is celebrated in many Christian cultures just before the beginning of Lent. It is the final day of Carnival. The translation of the French Mardi gras is "Fat Tuesday." Germans call this day Fastnaught Day and in England it is Shrove Tuesday. Many of the customs date back to ancient secular celebrations of spring.
Dragons on Parade - What Chinese New Years Parade is complete without a colorful dragon? Print out a pattern and create a dragon using our instructions.
Dr. Frank 'n Monster - While Dr. Frankenstein stitched his monster out of recycled people, you can stitch this outfit largely from cast-off clothes!
Easter Bonnet - Anyone would be proud to wear an Easter bonnet like this in the Easter parade! Children will enjoy decorating their own and adding their own personality.
Easy Bunny Ears : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - With or without the fuzzy boas, you can easily make bunny ears using our metallic forms.
Easter on Parade : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - It's Easter! And time to turn a young lady's fancy to bonnets and baskets. Wearing one of these bonnets, festooned with flowers, lacy doilies and ribbons, she's bound to be the hit in any parade. She'll have as much fun making her millinery masterpiece as she will making the charming little basket and filling it with brightly colored eggs. Sherry Clark designed the projects as a great activity for an Easter's-on-its-way party that could include its own stylish parade.
Elephant Procession : Parade Crafts Activities for Children- In Sri Lanka, several peraheras or Buddhist processions are held each year. Visitors from around the world take part in the festivities. The most important perahera is held in the city of Kandy to honor a sacred tooth relic of Buddha. Dozens of elephants are colorfully decorated to walk in the processions.
Feathery Faces : Parade Crafts Activities for Children- Join in the fun of Mardi Gras! Have a ball making these elaborate, decorative masks. Display them for Halloween and other occasions, too.
Felt and Foam Parade Banner : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Make our foam "Friends" to decorate your parade banner.
Fans : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - These stars-and-stripes fans are fun to wave while waiting on the
sidelines for the parade to begin.
Festive Ribbon Dragon : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Celebrate Chinese New Year by crafting this mini version of the monster-size dragon used during holiday parades and festivities.
Firecracker Hat : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - It's hard to improve on Independence Day traditions like barbecues, flags, and patriotic parades. Still, we couldn't resist coming up with a wearable, and of course safe, variation on the tradition that often leaves kids the most wide-eyed: fireworks.
Fireworks Flowers : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Dressed in the red, white and blue, these pretty coffee filter flowers look like patriotic fireworks. Make a bunch of these easy but beautiful flowers for your 4th of July barbecue or picnic.
Flowered Easter Bonnet : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Pretty as can be! Make this hat to wear in your own little Easter Parade or use it as a centerpiece.
Foamie Pirate Hat : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Shiver me timbers! It's a hat for the fiercest pirates to make.
Frog Hat : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Fun for dress up or to wear everyday!
Ghastly, Ghostly Noises : Parade Crafts Activities for Children- Looking for a fun activity for Halloween, Mardi Gras, or the New Year? Kids can make noisemakers ahead of time to give as party favors.
Handheld Ribbon Streamers : Parade Crafts Activities for Children - Kids will have fun at parades and other celebrations with these handheld ribbon streamers. With just a few strands of ribbon you can create an accessory that looks cool when kids run or dance with it.
Handprint Mardi Gras Mask - Get your hands ready for this great Handprint Mardi Gras Mask. Great for your own special Mardi Gras Parade.
Horses on a Trail Ride - Saddle up and take a trail ride on your favorite steed! Join the mounted police on parade or in a Musical Ride!
Hot Wheels - Spiff up your wheels with red, white, and blue -- and join the July Fourth parade with flair.
Independence Day Sun Visor - The kids will enjoy making this perfect accessory for your Fourth of July picnic. Hopefully the sun will come out on the day!
Jester's Hat : Crafts Ideas for Parades - Making your hat for Mardi Gras? Make it in purple, green and yellow foam.
Jeweled Crowns - Make dazzling, sparkly crowns to wear on special days or any day!
July Fourth Flag - Celebrate the country's birthday with the fanfare it's due -- waving a handmade fan that looks like the American flag.
"Kiss Me" Crowns - Whether you are marching or a spectator, here's a great hat to wear to your St. Patrick's Day parade.
Leprechaun Hat with Ears - Our leprechaun hat is just right for you wee folk on St. Patrick's Day.
Liberty Shaker - Make a joyful noise in honor of America's independence with this homemade rattle rouser.
Lucky Parade Hat - Top off St. Patrick's Day or any morning when your lads and lasses feel lucky. These hats can be personalized for parades all year long!
Make A Drum - Whether you're part of the playtime band or part of the parade this drum is sure to make a hit. Decorate it in the colors of your flag for the holidays.
Marching Drum - No Mardi Gras parade could be complete without a marching drum! Here is how your children can make their own.
Mardi Gras Crown - This fun Mardi Gras crown is great for kids of all ages - just decorate according to age and ability. The kids will be proud to wear them in their Mardi Gras parade!
Mardi Gras Cup Shakers - These Mardi Gras cup shakers are fun to make and produce a satisfyingly loud noise for your Mardi Gras parade!
Mardi Gras Jester Hat - Kids will have fun making and wearing this fun, floppy Mardi Gras jester hat!
Mardi Gras Masks - Masks are what Mardi Gras parades are all about, and if you are going to have your own Mardi Gras celebration at home you will need to give the kids free reign in designing their own.
Mardi Gras Mini Float - What fun! Have your own parade and wear a mini Mardi Gras float!
Mardi Gras Shakers - To make these Mardi Gras shakers you will need to raid the junk cupboard for supplies. Kids can use them in a very noisy Mardi Gras parade!
Mighty Masks - Mardi Gras can happen year-round with these fanciful faces. Kids travel anywhere in their imaginations and unmask new creatures.
Mini Music Makers - Easy to make from empty film canisters and craft sticks. Thanks go to Dawn of Morganton, North Carolina.
Mohawk Helmet - Let your kid jazz up his standard headgear with a spiky new 'do. A couple of small bells add pizzazz.
MP-Me Player Costume - Fun finishing touches make this costume really rock. The music player sports a pair of old headphones, with the cord bundled and tucked safely into a waistband.
Native American Foamie Headdress - All you need is tacky glue, our kit and a kid who likes to make stuff!
Paper Bag Hats - Here's one of our favorite ways to turn around a dull day: make silly hats for no reason at all. Our design, made out of paper bags and basic art supplies, allows plenty of room for kids' creative touches.
Paper Plate Castanets : Parade Crafts Instructions - Here is another way for your children to make some noise this Mardi Gras!
Paper Plate Tambourine - This fun musical instrument is perfect for playtime or parades.
Parade Float - Adults and kids get in on the action with festive cardboard box floats. Celebrate with your own parade!
Parade Stick - Who can resist a parade? Now even the spectators can join in by waving their parade sticks.
Party Popper Craft - Follow these directions and you can create party supplies using a toilet paper roll. Not only do these make colorful party decorations but they also double as party favors when you fill them with small treats.
Paper Poppers - Celebrate the Fourth of July with paper poppers that put pop and pizzazz in your holiday celebration.
Patriotic Baton - Strike Up the Band and start the Parade! Everyone can join in the fun with their own baton made from this FreeKidsCrafts original project.
Patriotic Flip Flops - Summer is here and that means ditching the tennis shoes for sandals and flip flops. Make some fun and crafty flip flops to celebrate the Fourth of July. Wear them to the parade and everyone will want to know where you got them!
Patriotic Fun Glasses - Make these fun patriotic glasses to wear to the parade!
Patriotic Parade Batons - Are you and your family enjoying a town Fourth of July parade? Make and take these batons to show your colors!
Patriotic Parade Hat - Strike up the band and join in the parade with your own Patriotic Parade Hat.
Patriotic Pinwheel - A simple-to-make pinwheel for older children. (This craft uses a push-pin, so it is not suitable for younger children.)
Patriotic Pom-poms - Cheer on the Fourth of July parade with a red-white-and-blue pom-pom made from plastic shopping bags.
Patriotic Top Hat - Here's a chance for children to tip their top hats to their country's leaders and their own creativity while showing their patriotic colors.
Patriotic Treat Can - This fun coffee can craft makes a wonderful tabletop decoration if you fill it with flowers and flags, or it can even be filled with treats and given as a Gift .
Patriotic Twirler - This colorful twirler is simply two flexible straws joined together, with a tassel of tissue paper taped to one end.
Patriotic Wand - Children can make this stunning patriotic wand to wave at the Independence Day parade, to decorate the house, or just for fun!
Patriotic Water Bracelets - Water bracelets are easy to make and fun to wear. Put these patriotic water bracelets together for the 4th of July or just anytime! Wear them to the July 4th parade and display your craft talent with pride.
Pumpkin Face Costume - A few colorful brush strokes turn your child's face into a striking jack-o'-lantern.
Pumpkin Head Visors - You'll smile all day wearing a pumpkin head visor that you made yourself!
Purim Gragger - Noisemakers are a delightful part of many holidays. Get into the spirit of Purim by making a Haman gragger - or use similarly authentic designs for other festivities.
Really Easy Easter Bonnets - Make a fancy hat for Easter. It's a easy as 1-2-3!
Red Coated Riders - From the Arctic to the Atlantic, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police are on patrol and parade. Create a stand-up Mountie and horse to honor their courage and precision.
Red, White, and Blue Baton - This festive baton in patriotic colors is the perfect accessory for a holiday party or parade.
Roll up a Flute - The Dizi flute (also called the Di, D'Tzu, or Zhu Di) is the most popular flute in Asia. It’s made from bamboo, often with silk wound around it to prevent cracking. The sound is made by vibrating rice paper that was soaked in garlic juice.
Science Head Boppers - Calling all brainiacs! Make sure to make your very own zany head bopper.
Shamrock Boppers - Wear a St. Patrick's Day headband and luck of the Irish will follow you everywhere!
Silvery Flutes - Imagine you're James Galway or Kokopelli playing your own Silvery Flute! Can you whistle to make your own beautiful melodies?
Sparkling Dragon - Celebrate Chinese New Year with a magnificent dragon parade! Or design this accordion-fold mythical creature to reenact fantasies.
Star-Spangled Wavers - These batons promise to be the stars of any Independence Day celebration.
Star Spangler - This colorful constellation is a blast to wear, whether you're watching a parade or marching in it.
Statue of Liberty Crown - Made from a visor, our statue of liberty crown stays secure and fits comfortably on your child's head.
Statue of Liberty Crown - This Statue of Liberty crown is perfect for your Fourth of July picnic or parade! Team it with our torch craft and your kids will have a perfect dressing up outfit for Independence Day!
Statue of Liberty Torch - Make a Statue of Liberty torch and crown with your kids and dress up for Fourth of July this year! All you need is some kitchen foil and a cardboard tube, and some imagination.
Super Star Shirts - To make these bold designs, use a stencil made from freezer paper -- it's waxed on one side and adheres to fabric when ironed. Then hold an outdoor paint-splattering session, peel away the stencil, and behold your stellar work.
Trams on Parade for Moomba - Join in the Moomba fun! Parade down St. Kilda Street in Melbourne, Australia, with trams decorated for the celebration.
Trash Can Drum - Young percussionists can march to their own beat on this easy-to-make instrument.
Uncle Sam Hat - Perfect for your Independence Day parade or picnic, this Uncle Sam Hat is fun to make and will help your child celebrate the Fourth of July in style!
Valentine Headband - This headband has cute antennae that bounce and wiggle when you walk around.
Wacky Headwear - Life can be so serious! Lighten everyone's day with a laugh. Which comedians make you laugh? How do they do it? Do they tell jokes or fall down a lot?
Wagon Boat Mini Float - You won't believe how easily this ship shapes up using a pull-along wagon, some brightly colored duct tape, and scrap cardboard. The nautical bumpers, made from plastic bottles, can also keep your sailor's thirst quenched during the voyage down Main Street.
Wearable Flags - Baseball Caps - Show your support for your team or country by decorating a baseball cap with your flag - fun to make and wear!
Whirl & Twirl Party Hats - Make your own fun with these “whirl & twirl” party hats! Welcome a new year; celebrate Mardi Gras, dress up for Halloween, or mark birthdays, all with kids' creativity.