Bring on the decor fireworks to turn your Fourth of July cookout into the perfect patriotic bash. These nine DIY decorations will help you put the red, white and blue into every corner of your event and they’re a beautiful way to dress up your outdoor areas for this sunny summertime celebration.
1. Turn mini cups into party lights
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Create festive fairy lights from mini plastic cups. Add white and blue stripes of paint to small red drink cups and then just pop a hole in the bottom to fit a row of LED string lights. If you don’t have small cups, upcycle some small white K-cups.
2. Turn scraps of fabric into a flag banner
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Any patterns or textures will work for this craft, as long as all the fabric is red, white and blue. Cut a few simple flags and arrange them on a ribbon, for a patriotic banner that can easily be hung over your patio or deck, or displayed artfully across a buffet table.
3. Wrap Mason jars in colorful yarn
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This simple craft will take just a couple of minutes but it will charm your guests throughout the entire event. Wrap a few Mason jars in flag-colored yarn and fill them with plastic-ware, tea lights or anything else your barbecue needs.
4. Use red, white and blue nail polish to marble decor
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Turn candles, votives, glasses or anything else into marbled beauties covered in red, white and blue nail polish. It’s easy and fun, and adding that marbled design makes anything look elegant and chic.
5. Make candy rockets from paper towel rolls
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Mini rockets are the perfect way to decorate your Fourth of July tablescape and they’re great fun for kids. Cut paper towel tubes to size, decorate them with colorful paper, ribbons and washi tape and then fill them with candies and treats.
6. Tie scraps of fabric into a rag flag
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Turn red, white, and blue fabric into scraps to create this totally unique rag flag look, perfect for decorating your porch or patio. Tie fabric scraps with this simple method, and then add a patriotic message in bunting to the top of the flag.
7. Create fun shooting star napkin rings
For this super simple and totally adorable design, add strips of fabric to cut pieces of paper towel rolls. Finish it off with trim and add sparkling sticker stars to complete the patriotic look. These napkin rings are the best festive touch to top off your cookout!
8. Turn Mason jars into patriotic lanterns
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Painted Mason jars are not only super simple to make, but they’re a great way to line your walkway or banister with glowing tea lights. Make a few extra Mason jar luminaries to line your tablescape and give your barbecue some colorful lighting.
9. Make a table runner from burlap and ribbon
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Make an understated and rustic table runner using burlap and red and blue ribbons. This character-packed runner is a great base for colorful summer blooms, patriotic votives and tons of delicious Fourth of July barbecue treats!
For more great Fourth of July decoration ideas, inspirations and how-tos, check out our patriotic decoration page on Hometalk!