Statue of Liberty Crown and Torch Noise Maker
Liberty Island in New York Harbor is home to the Statue of Liberty. The statue was a gift to the United States from the people of France. Originally the statue was constructed in France, shipped to the U.S. in crates and was then assembled on its pedestal on Liberty Island. The statue commemorates the American Declaration of Independence.
Here are a few fun facts about the Statue of Liberty:
- The seven rays on her crown represent the seven continents and the seven seas.
- She is as tall as a 22- story building.
- There are broken chains and a shackle at the foot of the statue, representing freedom from oppression.
- She is actually made out of copper. The green color you see is the natural patina that occurs when copper becomes weathered.
- “Liberty Enlightening the World” is the official name of the statue, given to her by her sculptor, Frederic Auguste Bartholdi.
Now that your head is filled with fun factoids about the Statue of Liberty, you and your kids are fit to make and wear a crown in her honor! Along with this crown, we’ll make a torch that also serves as a noisemaker, great for an Independence Day parade!
You will need:
2 4-inch cardboard tubes
Recycled yogurt cup (or something similar)
Recycled cereal box cardboard
Light green paint
Handful of pony beads
Tissue paper: red, orange, yellow
Print the pattern here
Tools: paintbrush, tape, scissors, white craft glue
Hot glue gun (optional)
NOTE: I used a hot glue gun and white craft glue in this project. You can do this entire project with white craft glue, there will just be more drying time.
Paint the paper plate, both cardboard tubes, the yogurt container and 3″x5″ piece of cardboard with light green paint.
Use the pattern to cut the center out of the paper plate.
Use the pattern to cut the 7 crown rays from the center piece of the plate.
Turn the paper plate crown so that the plate is right side up. Tape the rays to the plate.
Cut the cardboard into two equal pieces.
Glue a cardboard tube to each of the cardboard pieces. If you only painted one side, be sure to glue the tubes to the unpainted side.
From one of the tubes, trim all the excess cardboard then glue that end to the bottom of the yogurt cup.
Take the second tube and cut slits in the cardboard square.
Using hot glue, fold each of those slits up and onto the side of the cardboard tube.
Place beads inside the tube that is glued to the yogurt cup.
Take the second tube, the one that is not attached to the yogurt cup, and cut two slits down the sides.
This will allow you to make the end of the tube smaller by squeezing the ends together.
Insert the squeezed end into the open end of the tube that is glued to the yogurt cup. Carefully push the tube down as far as it will go.
Turn the torch so that the yogurt cup is now at the top. Add some white craft glue to the inside of the yogurt cup. Take several squares of red tissue paper layered together and tuck them inside the yogurt cup.
Add white craft glue into the center of the red tissue paper and take some orange tissue paper squares and tuck them inside. Add more white craft glue then finish off with yellow tissue paper.
|Project created by Amanda Formaro for Kix Cereal. Amanda is a well-known craft expert and author of the books “Rubber Band Mania” and “Duct Tape Mania”, the first two in a series of craft books for kids. She has been writing and crafting on the Internet for over fifteen years. Find out more on her blog, Crafts by Amanda, where she shares tutorials with step-by-step photos for adults and kids alike.|