Got handlebars? Then it's all about Fourth of July streamers for your kiddos' rides. Made from toilet-paper tubes, paint, stickers and curly-cued ribbon, these streamers by Alpha Mom are an easy project for the kids to gussy up their wheels in time for the parade.
Rockets’ red glare
Paper towel rolls turn patriotic with this cardboard rocket idea by Crafting Therapy. Top your rockets with pointy paper hats, decorate with colorful designs and finish with looped ribbon tails. This is a great way to use up all of the scrap materials shuffling around the your box o' crafts. String 'em from your bikes, trikes and wagons for the Fourth of July block party.
If you need to spruce up some wheels for the Fourth of July parade, and only have time for one quick detail, borrow his idea from Sophie World for some special spokes decorated with red, white and blue straws. Or, twirl on some glitter pipe cleaners for some sparkly spokes.
Put safety first this Fourth of July, and let the kids decorate their helmets like in this idea by Flour Power. Simply twist some festive pipe cleaners and stars onto whatever real estate you can find — helmets, straps, handle bars and training wheels. All is fair game for parade pizazz!
Leader of the band
Make and Takes has the perfect craft for all those junior drum majors and majorettes out there. These parade batons are made from paper tubes decorated with the ever-so-handy-crafting-MVP: duct tape. Set out the supplies, and let the kids personalize their own batons with stars, stripes and colorful tassels.
Shields and streamers
So, we kinda want to decorate our adult-sized bikes after seeing this inspirational 4th of July bike decor by Inchmark. Crepe streamers are woven through the wheels and wrapped around the frame, cardboard shields are decorated with stars and stripes and handlebar streamers galore. Watch out! The whole family will be ready to roll.
Add some 4th of July charm to your bicycle baskets with these paper decoration ideas by One Charming Party. The flowers are made from paper cupcake wrappers, and the mini-pinwheels will look great when they're rotating in the summer breeze.
Jingle bell July
Who says those mini jingle bells have to stay in hibernation until the holidays? We love this idea for a Fourth of July noisemaker by Family Chic. Tiny bells are attached to slotted wooden spoons and adorned with strips of patriotic fabric. The neighbors will know your family's parade is coming from blocks away!
Editor’s note: This article was originally published in June 2013, and updated in June 2017.