47 Easy 4th of July Crafts

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47 Easy 4th of July Crafts


Becky Turner

There’s no shortage of fun ways to celebrate Independence Day, and one of our favorites is patriotic 4th of July Crafts. Collect hot glue guns, a little burlap, and every red, white, and blue artwork you can find to bring these simple and festive ideas to life. Bonus, many of them do double duty as party decorations.

Hosting friends and family? Make everyone feel at home with a DIY American flag placemat or a 4th of July garland for your front door. If you’re not planning your own family celebration, give your interior a festive treat with flag pillowcases, star-adorned dish towels, burlap entry banners, or fabric rosettes made from vintage grain bags. The kids will also love to get involved in the making bash – have them make red and blue sun catchers or mini popsicle stick flags.

When you’re done, let’s bake, grill, and swim!

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Turn old-fashioned metal containers into star coolers.

Make: Use a pre-made star templateOr cut your own from thick kraft paper – white acrylic paint, then use a paintbrush to add star arrangements to the outside of the container.

It’s easy to turn a hinged carpenter’s ruler into an earthen wood craft.

Make: Shape a carpenter’s ruler into a star shape, using hot glue to secure the overlapping lengths together. Wrap colored twine under each point for trim, leaving excess string at the top to tie to the back of the chair.

Arrange beautiful pinwheels among stacked soda tanks and bottles for a spectacular centerpiece.

Make: Cut two pieces of ribbon that are twice as wide; sew the pieces together to form a square. Cut small slits from the corners to the center. Hot glue alternating dots to the center, with a button on top, and attach to the pins. (Tip: Use Dritz Fray Check to prevent fraying).

Stacks of mixed-and-matched red and blue transfer discs make for a colorful holiday ensemble. Topped with striped napkins decorated with star cookie cutters tied with twine.

Celebrate America’s favorite pastime by hanging a baseball-themed garland on your front door.

Make: Wrap a 12″ wireframe with off-white cotton tape. Wrap a striped decorative webbing around the frame as a hanger. Hot glue the old baseball to the frame. There is a simple bow at the top.

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Cherry pie, check. Hat and sunglasses, check. Let the relaxation begin.

Do: Gather nine hoods of the same size (here 22 x 22 inches) and sew together in a square grid pattern (three rows of three). It is then fastened to a piece of waterproof canvas such as Ottertex. Add a quilting knot in the center of the bandana to hold the layers together.

Vintage Potato Chip Pots

Brighten up the gray staircase with seasonal blooms in vintage potato chip jars, perfect for a festive red, white and blue cheer.

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We bet the berry and mint lemonade tastes even better with a homemade Stars and Stripes straw.

Make:
Use a star paper hole punch to cut out star shapes. Cut two slits about the width of the straw in the center of the star, and cut through the straw.

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bandana covered string lampshade

The classic hijab’s red, white and blue color palette makes it the perfect material for party string lights.

Production: UUse the tip of a hot glue gun to melt the small hole in the bottom of the heavy-duty clear plastic cup. Download the shadow template. Cut out the template from the second page. Trace template on hood; cut out. Use the Mod Podge to attach the cutout hood to the outside of the cup. Thread the mini bulb string lights through the holes in the cup. Secure with hot glue.

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Painted Star Game Board

Star-shaped game boards (old and new will do) painted in festive colors look great hanging above a beverage station or buffet table.

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DIY paper sparklers and small store-bought American flags make a cheerful centerpiece in rock-filled mini milk jugs or glasses. Complete the look with vintage lanterns and blue hydrangea.

Simply tie a colorful headscarf to cutlery and napkins to add instant sparkle to your Fourth Celebration table!

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A soft spot is always welcome at an outdoor party, and these holiday cushions are just that!

Make: Measure the seat of the chair you want to cover and cut 1 inch thick upholstered foam to size. Cut two headscarves to the appropriate size.Sew the bandana together, leaving an opening large enough to slide in the foam
pass. Turn the right side out, insert the foam, and sew the opening. Sew a ribbon or bandana strip to the back corner of the cushion to attach to the chair.

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Your palette of flowers and rags has never been so cute.

Make: Fold the towel in half over a gallon-sized ziplock bag, then cut the towel 1/8 inch larger than the bag. Pin towels together along the sides; hang with clothespins; add water and flowers.

Hang a star-shaped wreath of bandana pattern paper above the themed table for added sparkle in red, white and blue.

Make: Use the template to cut out stars from scrapbooking paper in a hijab pattern. Punch a hole in the top of each star and thread the string through the hole.

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Decorate a picnic table with flowers in a turban-covered ceramic pot.

Make: Use Mod Podge to attach the hood to the outside
For a crock pot of the desired size, fold the fabric to an inch from the top edge and trim off excess fabric as needed. Once dry, fill with seasonal flowers or ferns.

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Oversized Fabric Pinwheel

The oversized windmill was the perfect backdrop for the Fourth Celebration.

Make: Use heavy-duty double-sided fusible webbing to pair two fabric squares. Then cut diagonally from each corner toward (but not through) the center and alternate dots to the center with hot glue. There is a metal soda cap on top.

Look for (hand-stitched) stars and ticking stripes on the grand 4th of July placemats.

step 1: Cut a 15-by-11-inch rectangle from striped fabric and a 6-by-5-inch rectangle from denim.

Step 2: Use a “disappearing” pen (available at craft stores) to draw five-point stars on the denim. Outline through each point through need and fine white gauze.

Step 3: Sew the denim to the top left corner of the tick stripe. (Ironing adhesive can also do the trick.)

Step 4: Pull the thread along the edge of the placemat to create a loose frayed edge.

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Red, white and blue paper straws garland

Get the kids involved in this party decoration – cutting straws is an easy task for little hands.

Make: Cut paper straws to gradient lengths and group them to form a pennant shape. Thread a needle with baker’s twine and then through the straw.

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Adorable patterned fabric (fruit-themed here, but you can also use the stars and stripes) adorn the lids of the mason jars for themed straws.

Make: Remove the metal cap from the endless strip of the wide-mouth 16-ounce jar and trace on a piece of cardboard; cut out and use a hole punch to make a hole big enough to hold a straw. Cut a piece of red, white, and blue berry print fabric 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard circle. Apply spray glue and center fabric on top to one side of cardboard; fold excess fabric over edge and secure with hot glue. Cut fabric above the cardboard holes. Insert the cuff and add the straw.

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Blue and Red Beaded Wreath

String wooden beads into a festive wreath. You can dye the beads with watercolor paint diluted with water.

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Form cones with patriotic patterned tissue paper. Hide your favorite treats inside. We love baby potatoes (who doesn’t?), but french fries, chips, and other finger foods also work well.

Burlap American Flag Silverware Rack

Enjoying your Fourth of July feast will be even more exciting with these adorable silverware sets. Make a few packs and display in white wicker baskets at the beginning of the buffet line.

Get the tutorial at the old saltworks.

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Set aside an afternoon of crafting and help your kids bring these charming ornaments to life. Put them on display on July 4th (and beyond!) to take advantage of the beautiful summer weather.

Get the tutorial at The Suburban Mom.

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4th of July mason jar vase

American Flag Pillowcase

Once you decorate your pillows with these DIY flag-decorated covers, your sofa will be the life of the party.

Get the tutorial at Boone’s Farmhouse.

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Decorate your kitchen with these adorable DIY tea towels that use an iron for a cool, faded look.

Get tutorials at Sparkle Living.

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4th of July Tin Can Windsock

Kids will love hanging their recycled tin can creations on the tree in the backyard on July 4th. Just make sure to empty and clean each jar before starting work.

Get the tutorial at Real Creative Real Organized.

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4th of July painted burlap banner

This banner can be customized to any size to fit your front porch. It’s the Fourth of July holiday, but low-key enough to be forgotten all summer long.

Get the tutorial at See Vanessa Craft.

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This lovely and bright planter makes a great Fourth of July decoration for your porch.

Get the tutorial at Lolly Jane.

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Blogger Julie turned an old crib spring into an American flag and displayed it prominently in her backyard.

Get the tutorial at Redhead Can Decorate.

We’re no strangers to repurposing old blinds, and this red, white and blue idea is good enough to display all year.

Get the tutorial at Hoosier Homemade.

This is a wreath we proudly show off our front door.

Get the tutorial at Blooming Homestead.

4th of July Painted Lawn Stars

Red, white, blue, and…green? Use grass-friendly spray paint and DIY stencils to form decorative star decals to make your lawn the most patriotic on the block. Kids can even turn these shapes into a fun holiday game.

Get the tutorial at The Concrete Cottage.

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Keep your 4th of July party going late into the night with these red, white and blue string lights.

Get tutorials on eHow.

Use glitter tape and a piece of wood to create this shiny flag.

Get the tutorial at No. 2 Pencil.

Add some American flair to the mantel with pinwheels, ribbons, and framed flags.

Get tutorials at Tatertots and Jello.

Easy Popsicle Stick Crafts are the perfect way to get your kids involved in 4th of July decorating.

Get the tutorial at Giggles Galore.

Patriotic Map Door Hanger

This bold hanging silhouette of the continental United States can also serve as a lovely accent in your home.

Get tutorials at Smile Place.

The best part about this holiday bouquet is eating it after the party!

Get the tutorial on Gluesticks.

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