Fun 4th of July Crafts
Take your Independence Day celebration to the next level by dressing up your food table with these red, white, and blue paper stars. Cut and assemble the stars from patterned paper and attach them to bamboo skewers to create an easy display. Add them to a condiment spread at a Fourth of July burger bash or use them to accent cocktail garnishes on a bar cart.
Paper Pop Garland
This easy craft doubles as a Fourth of July activity for the kids and seriously adorable party decoration. Turn toilet paper or paper towel tubes into a banner staring the classic red, white, and blue ice pops we associate with the holiday—except this kind won't melt in the sun! Set up a station with cardboard tubes, craft paint, and wood sticks and help the kids make their own pops. When they're dry, thread a needle and string through the back of each tube and display them wherever you're celebrating.
Skip the store-bought party accessories and make your own (inexpensive!) backyard barbeque decor. Cut pieces of lightweight cotton fabric to size and use paint to add red, white, and blue designs. We painted a long table runner with red stripes and added a blue plaid pattern to the napkin ties.
A patriotic paper bunting is an easy way to quickly dress up any celebration. Plus, this fun Fourth of July craft idea is totally kid-friendly! To make them, fold a piece of lightweight scrapbook paper accordion-style and use our easy technique to create the half-circle shape. Make as many pieces as you like, then thread a long piece of twine through the top fold of each one and secure with glue.
The kids will love making the words for this festive 4th of July party decoration! Cut strips of red and blue paper and have the kids fold and glue the strips to form letters, then hole-punch them and string them into a banner to form a word or phrase. Get the full instructions in our party kit!
Instantly upgrade your Fourth of July picnic by adding red and blue stripes to your cutlery. Besides being more environmentally-friendly, we prefer wooden utensils over plastic because they're so easy to decorate; all you need is a paintbrush and food dye!
Cupcake Liner Fireworks
This inexpensive craft comes together in three easy steps: Dye, cut and glue paper cupcake liners to turn them into a set of kid-friendly fireworks that work for any kind of celebration. Dip varying sizes of plain paper cupcake liners into red and blue dye, and cut around the edges to create a firework shape before layering and attaching to the skewer. Use these as party decorations or have kids hold them in the neighborhood Fourth of July parade.
Patriotic Snack Buckets
Life, liberty, and happiness—honor the words from the Declaration of Independence in your 4th of July decor. These galvanized tubs hold snacks, drinks, and sparklers for the celebration. Coat large galvanized tubs with white metal primer, then paint each tub a different shade of blue. Use letter stickers to spell "life," "liberty," and "happiness" on the tubs.
Mimic the fireworks in the sky with homemade paper rockets in this fun 4th of July craft. To make a rocket, roll scrapbooking paper into a tube and secure with glue. To make 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. These make an adorable 4th of July party favor!
Who doesn't love a great 4th of July parade? Even small kids can easily assemble these patriotic baton crafts and wave them high while waiting for the next float with candy to pass by.
Patriotic Beanbag Toss
For a quick and easy addition to your 4th of July party, try making a fun game everyone will enjoy. Rinse and clean six metal cans, then paint patriotic stripes with acrylic paint. Let them dry for a few hours before handling. To play the game, stack the cans in a pyramid and toss beanbags to knock them down for a fun, all-ages yard game. Whoever knocks down the most wins! This is one of our favorite 4th of July games for kids.
Editor's Tip: You also can plant flowers in each can and use them as table centerpieces!
Kids will love sprucing up their bikes in star-spangled style (and you'll love using up leftover cardstock and ribbon). Set out some tape, miniature flags, and other red, white, and blue crafts supplies, such as construction paper and streamers, and let the kids dig in before the neighborhood 4th of July parade.
Star Place Mat Applique
Set the table for some holiday fun with a star-spangled placemat—or use these to decorate for a 4th of July picnic. Apply high-tack fabric adhesive to the back of white canvas fabric. Cut a variety of star sizes. Remove adhesive backing from each star and press firmly onto ready-made red and blue placemats. Embroider a French knot in each star center.
Add a little patriotic flair to your wardrobe with star-spangled flip-flops made especially for watching fireworks. Use hot glue to attach glow-in-the-dark stars to each flip-flop strap (we found red-white-and-blue flip-flops, but you could use solid-color ones, too).
Red, White, and Blue Drink Holders
Plain foam beverage insulators become canvases for creativity on the 4th of July. Dress up store-bought red, white, and blue drink holders in patriotic style by using paint pens and attaching sticker stars and stripes. Pair these with a cold drink and our best recipes for 4th of July drinks, grillers, and desserts.
4th of July Snack Cartons
Waiting for the fireworks to start can make kids (and adults!) antsy. Make the wait pass quickly with snacks served in festive take-out containers. Give kids red, white, and blue take-out boxes (available at crafts or party stores) and an arsenal of stickers, ribbons, and other embellishments; let their imaginations do the rest. Fill the decorated containers with a homemade popcorn recipe or trail mix, grab a blanket, and settle in for a spectacular show.
Adorable Flag Centerpiece
The star of your table is right here! Watch our tricks for making a flag-theme table topper.
U.S.A. Door Banner
Celebrate your love for the grand ol' U.S.A. (and for your hometown especially!) with this super simple 4th of July craft. To make it, cut fabric shapes for the banner, the country and your state. Use hot glue and felt, or look for high-tack adhesive fabric. Stack the shapes, then layer stars to mark your hometown. Sew a rod pocket at the banner top, insert a wooden dowel, and hang with ribbon to make a gorgeous DIY Fourth of July decoration.
Spread patriotic spirit throughout your home with pillow appliques that show off your favorite places in the U.S.A. Press fabric adhesive to the back of canvas fabric. Print off monument shapes from the Internet, trace on canvas, and cut out. From contrasting canvas fabric, cut squares to pillow size (including seam allowances). Remove adhesive backing from monument shape and follow directions to adhere it to a fabric square using an iron. Set sewing machine to a close zigzag stitch and sew around edges of monument shape. With wrong sides together, use a straight stitch to sew squares together, leaving an opening for turning. Turn, insert a pillow form, and hand-sew opening closed.
Lady Liberty Crown
Start the party on a patriotic note with these adorable Lady Liberty crowns. They're easy to make and mess-free, too -- no glue required. Purchase 12x18-inch sheets of green crafts foam, then use crafts scissors to cut out each one using the free pattern as a guide. You'll end up with a wide band shape with spikes. Make a slit at the base of each spike, as noted on the template, then thread the spikes through the openings. Slide the whole crown onto a plastic headband.
Cheap Metallic Garland Craft
It's a cinch to make this inexpensive (and sparkly!) 4th of July garland.
Red, White, and Blue Tulle Wreath
Welcome your 4th of July crowd with a fun and festive wreath on the front door. To make it, purchase a 12-inch wire wreath form and red and white tulle from a crafts store. Cut 35 strips of each tulle color that measure about 6x15 inches each. Simply knot the tulle onto the wire, switching colors after every five knots. Finally, curl a piece of blue star garland into a circle and tie it to the wreath with a small piece of tulle.
4th of July Wind Sock
The kids will love this easy-to-make July 4th craft that blows and flutters in the summer wind to celebrate Independence Day. Glue scrapbooking paper around a clean frozen-juice-concentrate container, then extend paper a few inches beyond the can. Twist white chenille stems around a pencil for a curly shape, then tape them to the inside bottom edges of the wind sock. Add streamers in the same way. Inside the top, tape two equal-length pieces of fishing line across from each other so the wind sock is balanced; tie together at the top for easy hanging.
We love this kid-friendly firework craft! Paper party crackers are easy to make, and only require 4 materials. Look for cracker snaps (sticks that pop when you pull on each end) at your local party store, and insert one into a toilet paper tube so it sticks out both ends. Fill the tube with candy and treats, roll it in crepe paper and tie with a gold cord. Add fringed tissue paper to the ends and set out at your patriotic celebration.