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A Fun & Festive Fourth

The Fourth of July is a little over a week away, and it’s one of my most favorite holidays. It’s so much fun to gather together with friends, families, and neighbors and share food and fireworks in celebration of our country’s history. To get you in the mood, I gathered up some decorating ideas that are so simple and each is a way to say three cheers for the red, white, and blue! 

Outdoors, tie up red striped cotton fabric with blue ribbon or rope to create your own unique bunting.

fabric bunting bhg


On the porch or above the dining table, use colorful markers to add festive firework motifs to plain paper lanterns.

embellished paper lanterns bhg


For an easy DIY craft, print out the template for these Happy Fourth coasters and adhere them to plain chipboard. 

happy fourth coasters


Suspend large glittery stars on a string to set the party scene.

simple glitter star banner bhg


Play off the traditional colors of the day by inserting red blooms into a collection of blue glass cups and bottles. 

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Haunts Around the House

Halloween is such a fun holiday for young and old and the day is drawing near for creative costumes, festive parties, and trick-or-treating.  To get in the mood and set the scene around your home, here are a dozen crafty ideas for adding a haunted vignette to your spaces in an afternoon.    

Cutout Halloween motifs with black paper or vinyl and adhere them to white plates and platters inside your hutch.    

halloween hutch bhg


Use black foam and white paint to create creepy coasters or placemats for your haunted tabletop.

spider web coasters bhg


Wrap glass vessels in gauze and insert googly eyes for a whimsical mummy container that holds snack or party treats.  

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Use stickers on colored paper or computer printed covers to bind spooky books filled with spells and wicked words. 

halloween book bindings bhg


Cutout faces with orange and black construction paper to make jack-o-lanterns and use battery operated candles to light them up at sunset.  


jack o lanterns bhg


Ghost cutouts framed behind glass bring haunted fun to your bookshelf or mantel.

frightful ghosts art bhg


Attach skeletons to your glassware for a fun embellishment at snack time (download the dancing template here.)  

dancing skeletons on glasses bhg


The frame from a broken umbrella becomes a haunted chandelier frame when decorated with webs, spiders, and mini lanterns.

web chandelier bhg


Spray paint branches black and add a few ravens for an eerie display in your entry.

black branches and ravens bhg


A doily turns a plain black pillow into a whimsical spider web when attached with fabric glue and embellished with string or paint. 

lace doily spiderweb pillow bhg


Keep the decorating simple by adding plastic spiders and ravens or crows to your existing vignettes around the house.  

spider invasion bhg


Cut a tree from black craft paper and add family silhouettes for a spooky scene in your living room.  (Tree template available here.)

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Have you crafted anything special for your Halloween home this month?  Feel free to share your ideas in the comments! 



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