Greet guests with this fun, patriotic wreath. Buy a pack of at least 70 clothespins and spray-paint them in red, white, and blue. Glue stars punched from cardstock on the blue pieces and arrange all of the painted clothespins on a 12” wire wreath. Hang up your homemade project on your door (and use it next year, too).
Photo and idea from Miss Butterbean. Get instructions here.
Patriotic Fireworks Garland
Hang this paper garland on the mantel, outdoor table, a wall, or on your front porch railing. Choose your cardstock or scrapbook paper with interesting patterns in a red, white, and blue color theme. Fold the paper accordion-style and fan it out, then you can either connect the “fireworks” together with string to make a garland or attach a stick to create a fan.
Photo and idea from I Heart Naptime. Get instructions here.
American Flag Mason Jars
If you can’t get enough of mason jars, this is the project for you. Create a centerpiece by painting the flag pattern on a row of three jars. Place them on a tray or rectangular plate and fill with pretty flowers – simple white ones will work best and won’t take away from the flag design.
Photo and idea from Maison de Pax. Get instructions here.
This silverware holder will complete any place setting. Or if you’re planning a party with a buffet table, you can set these at one end of the table so guests can grab a utensil sleeve before they sit down. You’ll need some thick white fabric, swatches of red, white, and blue fabric, and some basic sewing skills.
Photo and idea from The Merry Thought. Get instructions here.
Firework Rocket Photo Booth Prop
Nowadays, no party is complete without a photo booth. Set one up and make these “fireworks” for guests to pose with. All you need are old toilet paper rolls, scrapbook paper, rope, and wooden dowels. They can also work as table decor, too.
Photo and idea from Spark & Chemistry. Get instructions here.
Washi Tape Cutlery
Need a last-minute decorating idea? Take your plain plastic cutlery and add some washi tape in a patriotic theme. You can get creative with mixing and matching the different patterns and colors. It’s a small festive detail that will really surprise your guests.
Photo and idea from Tikkido. Get instructions here.
If you aren’t allowed to light fireworks in your neighborhood, or you have younger kids who might not be ready for that, this is a genius solution. Take jumbo straws (like those used for smoothies or bubble tea) and seal one end with glue. Then fill the straws with confetti and top it off with a small, rolled-up piece of card stock with gold confetti strips attached.
Photo and idea from Handmade Mood. Get instructions here.
Indigo Stars and Stripes Napkins
Red White and Blue Tassels
Can’t get enough of the dip-dyed trend? Bring it home for your Independence Day party. Create a tassel out of yarn and dip it in bleach to create a two-tone, ombré effect. Take another string of yarn and use it to connect the tassels together so you can hang it on your mantel or wall.
Photo and idea from My Sister’s Suitcase. Get instructions here.
Burlap Table Runner
Dress up your table with a super-easy, no-sew table runner. Cut slits in the burlap to weave in red and blue ribbons. This vintage, Americana-inspired craft is festive enough for a 4th of July party, but not so flashy that you can’t use it for other celebrations.
Photo and idea from Domestically Speaking. Get instructions here.
If you plan on using plain white plates and simple cutlery, make each guest’s place setting even more special with a personalized placemat. Using the American flag as inspiration, take a red placemat and paint white stripes using painter’s tape as a guide.
Photo and idea from Centsational Girl. Get instructions here.