Gather your friends and use these patriotic decorating, entertaining, and recipe ideas for this year's 4th of July celebration. From festive star banners and refreshing watermelon coolers to raveworthy party favors and more, your 4th of July party is bound to be summer's biggest shindig.View Slideshow
Simple supplies and techniques combine to transform cheap crafts-store ball ornaments into stunning decorations.
Embellish an ornament by covering it with decoupage glue, then adding bits of punched patterned paper. Brush remaining glue over the ornament and gently smooth to seal the paper. Allow the glue to dry before hanging.
Cut out strips of your favorite patterned paper and stuff them into a clear ornament. Top with a color-coordinated ribbon for a designer effect.
Wash the inside of your ornament and let dry. Coat the inside with metallic acrylic paint in the color(s) of your choice. Allow each coat of paint to dry completely before adding another (use two or three colors for maximum effect). Then, apply a rub-on sticker and color-coordinated gem to the outside.
Have an abundance of card stock scraps? Roll scraps and put them in a clear ball for a stunning tree accent. Use rub-on letters to add a cheery thought to the ornament. Top it off with a ribbon hanger.