Homemade 4th of July Decorations:
If you're looking for homemade decorations for the Fourth because you're planning a party, you might like some of the other resources at my 4th of July Party Planning Headquarters, including:
- 4th of July Decorations
- Planning a Fourth of July Party
- Fourth of July Centerpieces and Table Decorations
- Fourth of July Yard Decoration Ideas
1. Window Paint Decorations
You don't have to be an artist to buy a stencil and paint red, white, and blue stars, American flags, and other patriotic symbols in the windows. And taking them down.... easy! All you need is a wet cloth and you're done.
2. Painted Patriotic Chinese Lanterns
3. Red White and Blue Colored Rice Centerpiece
Of course, you leave the white rice plain. But for the red and blue tinted rice, you can check here for instructions on coloring your rice with food coloring for this and other craft projects.
Also, check my July 4th Centerpieces page for more ideas for homemade centerpieces for the Fourth. (coming soon!)
4. Easy Homemade Paper Bunting Decoration
Using a triangle shaped stencil, mark and cut out the number of flags you need to cover the length of your ribbon. Decorate each flag individually as desired, glue to your ribbon, and hang wherever you like!
5. Patriotic Star Salt-Dough Ornaments
To make these, cut out patriotic shapes such as stars, flags, bells, etc., using a basic salt dough, oatmeal dough, or cornstarch dough recipe. Decorate as desired in patriotic colors and patterns. Have fun with it and let the kids help out!
6. Festive Fourth of July Clipboard Sign
Some good uses for this homemade 4th of July decoration include a door hanger, to identify different types of food at the table, to describe the menu of of 4th of July party food available, or to display a copy of the Declaration of Independence as part of your table decorations!
7. Hanging July 4th Candle Holders
To do something similar at home, simply buy straight-sided small mason jars, and place a few 4th of July decorative tidbits in each once. Using medium-to-light-weight wire, create a loop to hold each mason jar, as well as a hook for hanging. Place a white votive candle in each, and tie with a decorative patriotic ribbon.
This simple homemade 4th of July decoration is also a good one to translate to any holiday-- do a version for Christmas, Halloween, Easter, you name it.
8. 4th of July Popcorn Favor Boxes or Centerpieces
Starting with a simple plain popcorn box
(you can find them for sale really cheap here), fill it with 4th of July decorations and goodies, including candies, flags, flowers, pinwheels, red white and blue tinsel, you name it.
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