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Craft: Hot Wheels

Hot Wheels

Total Time Needed: 1 Hour

Spiff up your wheels with red, white, and blue - and join the July Fourth parade with flair.


  • Coffee can lids
  • Red, white, and blue plastic tape
  • Paper towel tubes
  • Scissors
  • Crepe paper


  1. SNAZZY HANDLEBARS: With scissors, scallop the outer edge of a lid, then make a single, straight cut from the edge to the center. Next, cut a circle from the center of the lid and fit the cutout onto the handlebars. Tie on a helium balloon for good measure.
  2. FESTIVE FRAMES: For a row of slip-on fringe, wrap colored plastic tape around a cardboard paper towel tube. Add individual streamers by sticking one end of a 10-inch piece of tape to the tube. Then, fold the hanging portion of the tape in half, pressing the sticky sides together. Finally, use scissors to make a cut the length of the tube so that the cylinder can be slipped onto the frame.
  3. HIP HUBS: Use a craft knife (adults only) to make a cut down the length of each straw. Slip a straw onto each spoke of the rear wheel. Weave crepe paper through the spokes of the front tire.
  4. DESIGNER HELMETS: Just use strips of colored plastic tape to create stick-on lightning bolts, initials, or racing stripes.


National Bike Month (in May) calls for fitting decorations as well. Kids can dress up their bikes for a spin around the neighborhood.