With the Fourth of July fast approaching, it’s time to start planning—and making—your holiday decor. Here, we round up ten DIY projects that are easy to make and will effortlessly bring a patriotic sensibility to your dining room or outdoor patio celebration.
Add some Fourth of July spirit to those plain tea towels you’ve got sitting in your kitchen drawer. All you need is some freezer paper, a patriotic design, and tubes of red, white, and blue acrylic paint. Hello!Lucky’s tutorial provides a downloadable popsicle template, but you can easily use another (or design your own) for a different look.
Help younger guests participate in the celebration by giving them their very own sippy cups. Don’t worry, though—the mason jars and grown-up paper designs ensure these cups will look at right at home with your other decorations. Once you’re done, Two Shades of Pink suggests swapping out the paper top to use these glasses all year round, or throwing away the paper tops altogether and using the mason jars for another project.
This kid-friendly craft does double duty as a decorative flag and delicious dessert. Best of all, you can easily transport the Oreo cookies to a party by following The Pink Flour’s advice and stacking layers of Oreos between sheets of wax paper after the chocolate hardens.
This rustic table runner is deceptively easy to make. In fact, it doesn’t even require sewing; you just cut equally spaced slits in the burlap and weave the ribbon through them. Just don’t forget to tie off the ends of the ribbon as Domestically Speaking suggests, or they might slide out.
The fabric circles that adorn these candle wraps by The Country Chic Cottage were created with Yo-Yo makers, inexpensive sewing tools that can be found at craft stores. The burlap wraps are a great way to temporarily update candles for the holiday (since they slide right off) and will coordinate perfectly with the burlap table runner featured above.
Add some greenery to your Fourth of July tablescape with Sweet Bella Roo’s America mason jar planters. Cover the jars in a base coat of white paint first, then add some red stripes or blue stars to give them patriotic flair.
This project is a great way to corral utensils, napkins, and other table settings while still staying in the holiday spirit. One Krieger Chick used an old wooden toolbox she found, but any caddy will do. Spruce it up with a coat of paint and a chalkboard plaque, put your entertaining essentials in the various compartments, and let the party begin!
No need to run out and buy a new serving keg if you’ve got a watermelon on hand. This 2-in-1 tutorial from Prudent Baby shows you how to hollow out a watermelon and attach a spigot—and how to make aqua fresca with all that delicious watermelon you just scooped out.
Even if you’re not one for flashy decorations, you can still show off your patriotism with this chic foam-and-fabric wreath from Design, Dining and Diapers. The red and cream palette complements neutrals well, and will fit in wonderfully with most any decor.
Put your old scrapbooking materials to a new use with this project from Burlap and Blue. With a little bit of paper, ribbon, and Modge Podge, take these miniature tin pails from plain to patriotic. Use them to store utensils or show off your collection of mini American flags.
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