Paper rockets blast off from a shiny sand-filled bucket in this fun 4th of July decoration. To make each rocket, roll scrapbooking paper into a tube and secure with glue. For the nose cone, cut a slit to the center of a paper circle; overlap ends and adhere together using gule. Glue a ribbon strip inside the rocket to resemble a fuse, and glue a long dowel inside the tube to support rocket.
4th of July Water Bottles
One incredibly simple way to add a little 4th of July spirit? Wrap small flags around water bottles. Cheap plastic or fabric flags work best -- paper flags would wither as the water condenses
4th of July Flowers and Candles
Top your 4th of July table with patriotic homemade
candles and festive vases. Our tip to making these centerpieces your own? Red-white-and-blue patterned paper! Simply attach to clear candleholders with adhesive.
4th of July Chair Cover
Add flair to your chairs with cloth
napkin covers. Fold a napkin in half and iron to crease. Cut four pieces of ribbon; glue one inside each napkin corner. Tie to close. Hot-glue or stitch red cording to spell "4th" and you're done!
Editor's Tip: Use any cording scraps to add firework bursts to your chairs.
Fireworks Popcorn Bucket
Make a festive container for carting treats to the fireworks display. Buy unused paint cans (available at hardware stores). Cover each can with red, white, or blue scrapbooking paper, and supply the kids with stickers and markers to personalize their cans. Line the inside of the can with a large baggie before filling with snacks.
Blue Glassware Centerpiece
A collection of blue bottles and
drinking glasses makes a charming 4th of July centerpiece, especially when filled with flags or red flowers, such as these peonies. A blue table runner ties the look together.
4th of July Lantern Table Setting
For a unique 4th of July centerpiece, spray-paint matching antique or thrift store finds with metallic red, white, or blue paint. When paired with American flags and color-coordinated flowers, you'll have a whole table setting ready in no time!
Festive Flag Wreath
This rustic welcome wreath adds instant patriotic charm to your front door. Wrap rope around a lifesaving ring or wreath base using hot glue to secure before adding a few American flags for a 4th of July touch.
Show your American pride with these colorful letters. Buy plain wooden letters (available at crafts stores) and get creative with red, white, and blue acrylic paint. Mix and match solid
colors with stars and stripes.
Editor's Tip: Looking to save these for years to come? Coat the letters with polyurethane for durability.
4th of July Lanterns
Illuminate the outdoors with a festive
porch decoration. Search for fireworks-pattern lanterns or create your own with stencil designs atop 12-inch white paper lanterns.
Editor's Tip: Unfold the lantern a day in advance to stretch it out for easy decoration.
Red, White, Blue Fan Favors
Paper fans help guests keep cool on hot summer days. These darling ones add patriotic flair to any event. Insert sturdy straws or dowels between the ends of opened mini decorative paper fans. Glue a circle of firework-pattern paper to the center.
Editor's Tip: Find fans at a local party supply store; look for ones that are intended to hang by a string from the ceiling.
Red, White, and Blue Picnic Servers
Spice up recycled
containers (oatmeal containers work great) with scrapbooking paper to make easy utensil holders. Cut paper to size and use a glue stick to adhere to the outside of each cup. Purchase a small container of chalkboard paint to make easy labels.
Editor's Tip: Short on time? Scrapbooking and crafts stores often carry premade chalkboard labels.
4th of July Napkin Ring
Upgrade your 4th of July dinner table with patriotic
place settings. Attach one end of a 12-inch piece of festive striped ribbon to the flat side of a D-ring; secure with glue. Layer a box of sparklers on top of a dinner napkin and tuck under your ribbon loop.
Labeled Serving Buckets
Get your red, white, and blue on at the dinner table this year -- even plain buckets can get dressed up for the 4th of July! Use sticker labels or make your own labels with fun sayings like "Yum!" or "Enjoy!" Attach a label to the front of each bucket.
4th of July Flower Centerpiece
This fun 4th of July centerpiece takes just minutes to pull together. Fill a clear mason jar with fresh red, white, or blue flowers and add a miniature American flag to finish.
Flag Napkin Ring
Create a fun and easy 4th of July table setting with purchased miniature American flags. Just wrap each flag around a table
napkin, pin in place, and you're all set.
4th of July Buckets
Share your patriotic sentiments with guests by labeling oversize buckets with vinyl letters (find them at office supply or crafts stores). Fill the buckets with ice to keep beverages cool during a hot 4th of July celebration, or use them to hold boxes of sparklers.
4th of July Flags
Make your own 4th of July flags! Purchase wooden skewers and a spool of festive flag ribbon at your local crafts store. Wrap a 3-inch length ribbon around the top of each skewer; secure with tape.
Add bunting to your
porch to welcome guests this 4th of July. Buy several yards of patriotic-pattern fabric (determine length based on where the bunting will hang). Starting at one end, gather the fabric about every 24 inches and secure the gathers using red, white, or blue yarn. Use the same color of yarn to attach the bunting to a porch rail.
Three-Vase Patriotic Centerpiece
Red-white-and-blue striped paper lanterns can become makeshift 4th of July centerpieces for your table. Just slip each lantern over a clear glass and tuck a handful of white blooms inside.
Editor's Tip: A solid background -- such as a blue table runner -- will make these decorations pop.
Patriotic Table Edging
Turn a plain table into something special for your 4th of July celebration. To make, apply double-stick tape to the table edge to hold a crepe paper streamer in place.
Editor's Tip: Pleat the streamer by pinching the top of it all around the table. Secure the pleats with tape if necessary.
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