17 Patriotic Memorial Day Crafts for the Entire Family

Teach your kids the meaning of Memorial Day and honor lost soldiers with these easy Memorial Day crafts! The entire family can get involved with these.

Memorial day DIY ideas

What are you doing to celebrate Memorial Day this year? If you don’t have any plans just yet, why not try some of the Memorial Day craft ideas below? They’re fun, patriotic, and allow you to spend some time with your kids.

They also give you the opportunity for a small history lesson! Take some time to teach your kids the history behind Memorial Day (did you know it was previously called Decoration Day?) while you do the crafts below.

Memorial Day Wreaths

Want to show your appreciation for the lost soldiers on Memorial Day with a DIY wreath? Check out these 5 ideas below! Most of them are so easy and the kids can help you with them too! Best of all, you can reuse them year after year.

1. Egg Carton Poppy Wreath

Step by step poppy wreath

This is about as easy as it gets for the Memorial Day wreaths on this list. All you need is a paper plate, some red and black paint, a black sharpie, scissors, glue, and an egg carton.

That being said, for being so simple to make, this homemade poppy wreath turns out really nice. I could see this being a great intro craft project for kids.

Get the full tutorial from Crafty Morning.

2. Pom Pom Wreath

Red white and blue pom pom wreath

If you want to step things up a notch from the poppy wreath above, this red white and blue wreath is a fantastic idea. It takes a bit more craftiness though so be prepared to invest some time into it!

Get the full tutorial from Flamingo Toes.

3. Flag Wreath

American flag wreath

Here’s another red white and blue flag wreath, but this one looks a tiny bit easier than the one above. All you’ll need is a foam wreath, some different colored fabrics, craft stars, white craft paint, and some other common craft tools.

Get the full tutorial from Ann’s Entitled Life.

4. Lego Wreath

American flag wreath made with lego

You already know the kids are going to have a blast helping you with this one! The toughest part will be finding all the right lego bricks to put it together.

Get the full tutorial from Mama In The Now.

5. Stick Flag

Memorial day wreath made from sticks

Here’s another really easy idea that the kids can help out with. They can help gather the right sticks and twigs, and then help with the painting process too! The end result is really neat.

Get the full tutorial from Non-Toy Gifts.

Patriotic Memorial Day Crafts for Kids and Adults

Ok, now that you’ve seen the wreath ideas, time for the other Memorial Day crafts we found! Below you’ll find decor ideas, keepsake crafts, and more.

6. Paper Poppies

Three paper poppies

We love our paper flower crafts and these paper poppies look fantastic! The full tutorial below contains a free printable template too which makes things super easy.

Get the full tutorial from Sugar Spice and Glitter.

7. Pallet Flag

American flag pallets

We included this idea in our pallet crafts post and it’s perfect for Memorial Day! All you need are two pallets and some paint and you can make the coolest most patriotic piece of outdoor decor on your block!

Get the full tutorial from Mom Spark.

8. Popsicle Stick Uncle Sam

Craft stick uncle sam

Uncle Sam played a big part in recruiting soldiers to the US Army during WW1 and WW2 so this craft couldn’t be more suitable for Memorial Day. It also gives you a great opportunity to teach your kids a little bit about the figure in a short history lesson!

Get the full tutorial from Glued to My Crafts Blog.

9. Easy Soldier Craft

Two simple soldiers made with paper

Here’s another easy Memorial Day craft for kids that will potentially help them better understand what Memorial Day is all about: recognizing and honoring lost soldiers.

Get the full tutorial from Fantastic Fun and Learning.

10. Star Slime

White slime with blue and red stars in it

We’ve released our own tutorial on how to make glitter slime but this star slime is definitely more patriotic! The kids will have a lot of fun playing with it too…it’s very goopy.

Get the full tutorial from I Can Teach My Child.

11. Fork Fireworks

Fork firework craft

As long as you don’t mind getting one of your forks covered in paint, this craft is awesome. Super simple painted fireworks!

Get the full tutorial from Crafty Morning.

12. Pom Pom Bald Eagle

Cute bald eagles made with pom poms

Ok, is this not the cutest idea ever? As the national symbol of America, these pom pom bald eagles couldn’t be more suitable for Memorial Day!

Get the full tutorial from The Soccer Mom Blog.

13. Toilet Roll Bald Eagle

memorial day crafts for kids

While we’re on the subject of bald eagles, I did a bit of searching and also found this toilet roll bald eagle craft. Love it! We have an entire list of toilet paper roll crafts and I love how easy and cheap they are.

Get the full tutorial from Homeschool Preschool.

14. Patriotic Luminaries

American flag luminaries

These luminaries, believe it or not, are made from glass pickle jars! You can really use any jars you want though. They’re then simply wrapped in small American flags for a patriotic look! Such a great idea.

Get the full tutorial from Keep Calm and Decorate.

15. Popsicle Stick Flags

Popsicle stick flag banner

Even if you don’t have the time to make a ton of these popsicle stick flags, just one makes for a great piece of decor! I do love how the crafter turned hers into a patriotic banner though.

Popsicle stick crafts are always pretty fun and easy too so you shouldn’t have too much trouble with these!

Get the full tutorial from Ginger Snap Crafts.

16. Tin Can Luminaries

Red white and blue tin can luminaries lit up

Here’s another luminary idea but this time with tin cans. As you can see from the image above, different designs can be punched into the cans using a nail and hammer, and once lit up, they look really neat. Try to come up with some of your own design ideas for Memorial Day!

Related: DIY Tin Can Crafts, Projects and Ideas for Upcycling

Get the full tutorial from Crafts For All Seasons.

17. Patriotic Rock Painting

Patriotic rocks

You know we love our rock painting ideas so we couldn’t pass up these patriotic rocks! Use them as inspiration and make your very own Memorial Day rocks. You can reuse these on Independence Day too!

Get the full tutorial from Team Colors By Carrie.

Final Thoughts

What do you think? Find any Memorial Day crafts and this list that you can’t wait to try? Leave a comment below and let us know your thoughts!

While you’re here you should also check out our Memorial Day hub. We’ve got deals, more craft ideas, and recipes to help you celebrate the day.

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