20 DIY Fourth of July decorations
Fourth of July fiesta garland
Forget Grandma's patriotic bunting. If you want an updated look this Fourth of July, all it takes is tissue paper, string, glue and scissors. Chiara Alberetti Milott at Oh Happy Day mixes in rich burgundies, eye-popping pinks and several shades of blue to liven up the usual holiday palette.
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Red, white and blue citronella candles
Once the fireworks are over, keep the festivities going late into the evening with these outdoor candles. Citronella oil repels insects and chopped-up crayons add color. A craft suitable for older kids or younger ones with plenty of supervision. Brenda Ponnay shows how it's done at Alpha Mom.
Fourth of July fabric and lollie garland
Edible décor is always fun, but when it explodes in your mouth it's literally a blast. Marshmallows decorated with Pop Rocks are a clever twist on the standard lollipop, courtesy of Meaghan Mountford at The Decorated Cookie.
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Patriotic tin can luminaria
Kick the can? Not when they're punched, painted and filled with votive candles. This new take on the standard outdoor luminaria is equally at home on a picnic table or lining your walkways. They're inexpensive and simple to make. Crafts for All Seasons shares a step-by-step tutorial with good advice on how to expertly punch holes without denting the can.
Stars and stripes napkins
You don't need Betsy Ross's sewing skills to create these Fourth of July flag-inspired napkins. Fabric squares in blue and white, craft paint, a rubber stamp and masking tape make this an easy, foolproof craft. Liz Stanley at Say Yes to Hoboken has the details.
Fourth of July star streamers
DIY rag flags
Red, white and blue sidewalk chalk
Fourth of July confetti rockets
Who doesn't love a shower of confetti falling from on high? (Maybe Mom when she has to vacuum afterward.) But kids will have as much fun crafting these paper rockets as pulling the string to release the colorful contents. Brenda Ponnay provides a step-by-step tutorial at Alpha Mom.
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