Memorial Day is an annual holiday in the US that remembers and honors any individual who died in service for the country. It is an opportunity for families to get together to grieve loved ones, appreciate their sacrifice and commit to standing up for liberty and justice. Because the holiday always falls on the last Monday of May, the weather is usually nice and it is always popular for people to host barbecues. If you are having a get together at your place for the occasion, here are some of our favorite quick and easy Memorial Day projects that you can do leading up to the holiday or on the holiday itself. All of these Memorial Day crafts also happen to be great activities to do with your kids!
1. Rustic American Flag Printables
Of course we had to start out this list with one of the most classic Memorial Day projects of all – making American flags. Find our rustic American flag design, which have a more dusty red and weathered white rather than the traditionally bright red, white and blue colors. Making these flags is as simple as printing and cutting out the designs, and then attaching them to wooden dowels. There are two different sizes included in the download for variety. When you’re done, you can hand them out on Memorial Day, or style a little centerpiece.
This craft is great for creating some patriotic Memorial Day decorations you can hang around your gathering. Start by picking up some of our Americana tissue paper, then follow our tutorial for folding and cutting the paper into these festive pom pom shapes. The tutorial includes instructions for making multi-colored poms or monochromatic poms, so think about which you would prefer for your specific decor. After you craft up a set of them, you can use the excess twine to hang them.
Any summer gathering seems to be incomplete without paper pinwheels gently blowing in the breeze, so we designed these red, white and blue pinwheels with stars, polka dots and checks. Download the designs and print onto both sides of a sheet of cardstock for contrasting patterns in your pinwheels. This is super easy for kids to craft, and once they are finished they can keep them for some holiday entertainment.
Another fabulous Memorial Day craft for kids is making some classic windsocks. The best part about our windsock project is that you probably already have all the materials you will need. Of all of our Memorial Day projects, this will probably be the most engaging for your kids. Grab some toilet paper rolls and scraps of colorful fabric, then follow our tutorial here. Use these for outdoor fun with your little ones all summer long!
These are more of a Fourth of July craft, but our firecracker treat boxes can also be patriotic for Memorial Day. Just like the windsocks above, you will need recycled toilet paper or paper towel rolls to make these. Pick up some Americana tissue paper and follow our tutorial for wrapping the toilet paper rolls with paper. We promise these treat boxes will be a hit with the kids!
For a super fast DIY to decorate for Memorial Day, we recommend our patriotic bottle labels. All you have to do is print them onto full-sheet label paper, cut them out and stick them to your serving bottles. Printed on the labels are the phrases “land of the free” and “home of the brave”, so they are especially fitting for Memorial Day. It can be popular to hand out water on Memorial Day when the weather is really hot, so you can also stick these onto plastic bottles.
Once Memorial Day is over, feel free to keep these decorations for Fourth of July! Yes, it is always nice to have a three-day weekend to enjoy, especially with nice weather, but at the same time we should not forget the importance of the occasion. Have a safe and happy holiday! To join our community of creatives and start crafting with us, take a look at our membership options. Always feel free to add your project requests and suggestions to the comments below, and follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to see the latest and greatest from our studio in your news feed. Cheers! ~ Lia & Team