To celebrate Memorial Day and honor those who lost their lives serving in the military, we’ve put together three simple DIY crafts for you to make this month. Luckily, these magnets can be repurposed for the Fourth of July, Veterans Day, Flag Day, or any other time you’re feeling patriotic throughout the year.

American Flag Popsicle Stick Magnet

What is more symbolic of the U.S. military than the American Flag? This DIY popsicle stick American flag will challenge you to tap into your creative (and patriotic) side!

What You’ll Need

  • 8 popsicle sticks
  • red acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • blue acrylic paint
  • cardstock or cardboard
  • scissors
  • glue
  • paint brushes
  • small disc magnet

Steps

  1. First, paint your popsicle sticks. You will paint two completely red, two completely white, two one-third blue and two-thirds red, and two one-third blue and two-thirds white.
  2. Once the paint has dried, arrange the popsicle sticks to alternate red and blue with the four blue ends in the upper left-hand corner.
  3. Flip the popsicle sticks over and glue a piece of cardstock or cardboard to the back to hold the popsicles together.
  4. Turn the assembled flag over and paint stars on the blue portion of the flag.
  5. Once the stars have dried, glue a magnet in each corner on the back of the flag.
  6. Display your popsicle stick flag on any magnetic surface!

Roll Rocket Magnets

Did you know that fireworks are the oldest and most simplistic form of rockets? With this roll rocket magnet craft, you can create your own decor rockets to hang around your home.

What You’ll Need

  • craft rolls or toilet paper rolls
  • red acrylic paint
  • white acrylic paint
  • blue acrylic paint
  • a drinking glass or another object with a round opening
  • white cardstock paper
  • scissors
  • glue or tape
  • hot glue gun
  • blue marker
  • red marker
  • red satin ribbon
  • white satin ribbon
  • blue satin ribbon
  • small disc magnet

Steps

  1. First, paint the craft roll or toilet paper roll with red, white, and blue acrylic paint.
  2. Then, trace a circle on white cardstock paper. Cut the circle out and cut a small triangle, like a slice of a pie, from the side.
  3. Decorate the circle with red and blue markers.
  4. Wrap the circle around itself at the triangle cut-out and glue or tape together to form the top of the rocket.
  5. Hot glue the top of the rocket to the painted roll. The easiest way to do this is to place glue around the rim of the roll and place the cone on top.
  6. Decorate the outside of the roll with anything else you want.
  7. Cut pieces of satin ribbon and glue them to the inside of the roll.
  8. Glue two magnets to the back of the roll, one at the top and one at the bottom.
  9. Stick the completed rocket to any magnetic surface!

American Flag Pony Bead Magnet

You can never have too many American flag decorations for Memorial Day. We associate red, white, and blue with our flag, our country, and our independence. Do you know what those colors stand for? The red in our flag represents hardiness and valor, the white symbolizes purity and innocence, and the blue stands for vigilance, perseverance, and justice. Bring some red, white, and blue into your house with this American flag pony bead craft!

What You’ll Need

  • 1 popsicle stick
  • fishing line or illusion cord
  • red and white pony beads
  • blue star beads
  • tape
  • hot glue gun
  • small disc magnet

Steps

  1. First, cut 9 pieces of fishing line or illusion cord. Each piece should be long enough to hold 13 pony beads and have extra line at the top and bottom.
  2. Make 5 strands of line with alternating red and white pony beads. Then, make 4 strands with 3 star beads at the top and 7 alternating red and white pony beads at the bottom. Tie the first bead to each line to keep all of the other beads on.
  3. Arrange the strands to create an American Flag. Glue the top of each strand to the back of a popsicle stick and add tape once the glue has dried to secure the strands.
  4. Glue two magnets to the back of the popsicle stick, one at either end, and hang the finished craft from any magnetic surface!

Brighten up your Memorial Day weekend with these fun, easy, and inexpensive crafts that pay tribute to those who served. For more magnetic holiday and event craft ideas, check out our DIY blog!