Easy Prep, Easy Clean Up: 4th of July Utensil Packets

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Picnic Utensil Packet

Summer is in full swing and it is time to start planning for Independence Day. With all that we have going on during the month of June, my kids can’t believe how fast 4th of July comes around! We usually go to a parade, have a barbecue with friends and watch fireworks in the evening. At picnics and barbecues, there is so much good food to carry that grabbing your utensils can be difficult. For this year’s celebration, make some fun utensil packets inspired by these cutlery pockets. The 4th of July utensil packets include a napkin, a straw, fork, spoon, knife, salt and pepper.

Iron edges of freezer paper packet

To get started, cut rectangles of freezer paper that measure about 3 1/2-by-5 inches. (Freezer paper is a plastic coated paper found in the household supply aisle next to the aluminum foil and waxed paper). Place two rectangles together, with the plastic coated sides facing each other, and iron three of the edges together to seal them, which  makes a packet.

If you don’t have freezer paper, use whatever paper you have and glue three of the edges together to make a packet.

Cut edges with decorative scissors

Cut the edges of the packet with decorative scissors, if desired.

Trace canning lids with permanent marker

Use a permanent marker to decorate the packet. I traced canning jar lids to make circles and wrote a number 4 in the center.

Stamp wooden utensils

Next, stamp “Fourth of July” on disposable wooden spoons, knives and forks.

Fold a patriotic napkin

Fold a red, white and blue napkin and tuck a decorative paper straw, the utensils and salt and pepper packets into the napkin.

4th of July utensil packet

Fold up the bottom corner of the napkin and put the filled napkin in the freezer paper packet. Store all of the 4th of July utensil packets in a metal pail or in a basket so they stay in one place and are easy to grab. Happy Independence Day!

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