Now that the Fourth of July is closer on the horizon, we’re in full patio party organizing mode! Hosting festive BBQs is one of our favourite parts of the summer and, being the crafty people that we are, we’re sure you can guess just how many DIY decor ideas are swirling around our heads right now. We’ve hosted so many Independence Day parties in the past, however, that we can’t help feeling like it’s time for some new ideas and pieces. That’s why we’ve been scouring the Internet lately for more DIY decor ideas!
Just in case you love the concept of making awesome Fourth of July decor of your own just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance.
1. Quick-sew paper star garland
If you’re the kind of person who knows even the basics of working a sewing machine but you’re also the kind of crafter who loves doing things a little more unconventionally than usual, then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Lia Griffith made these fantastic layered paper stars that have been sewn together all down the centre in a garland. Nice and easy!
2. Fourth of July sun catchers
Are you actually scrolling through our list hoping to come across an idea that your kids can get in on the fun for too? Well, if you’ve never made melted crayon sun catchers before then we’re sorry to tell you that you’ve been missing out on something fun! Take a better look at this tutorial from The Suburban Mom to see how these lovely Fourth of July sun catchers were made.
3. Fourth of July burlap and ribbon mason jar vases
Maybe you’re looking for something a little more classy looking and possibly rustic inspired, since that’s the aesthetic of your home already and you’re hosting an actual dinner? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way My Frugal Adventures turned old mason jars into vases and centre pieces using trips of burlap and red, white, and blue ribbon.
4. DIY paper pinwheels
If you’re going to hand make all of your decorations, would you also like to make something that not only makes a cute visual but that your kids can also play with? Well, particularly if you enjoy paper based crafts like origami, then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Lia Griffith made these simple paper pinwheels!
5. DIY American flag pillow cover
Did we actually really catch your attention with the idea of using sewing techniques to make some Americana decor because those are the skills you actually have the most practice with? Then perhaps you’d prefer to make an outright sewing project that your friends can use and appreciate! Check out how this lovely DIY American flag pillow was made on Farmhouse on Boone.
6. Hand painted patriotic hand towels
Perhaps you’re still scrolling through our list hoping to find more decor bits that are simple enough for your kids to help you with? Maybe you’re just the kind of crafter who always prefers to make something that’s both decorative and has a practical function to it as well. In either case, we have a feeling you’ll get right along with the way Sparkle Living made these hand painted Fourth of July hand towels!
7. Tissue paper pom poms
Is your personal aesthetic one that involves fun textures and eye catching things, and you’d like to let that transfer over into your decor choices for your BBQ? In that case, especially if you love paper projects as much as we do, we have a feeling you’ll really enjoy the way Lia Griffith made these fantastic tissue paper pom poms to hang all over. They even show you how to stripe them red, white, and blue within each pom pom like you see here!
8. Wooden star candle decor
Perhaps the DIY skills that you’ve practiced the most and developed the farthest are actually those involving wood and a little bit of handiwork? In that case, even if you’re a little bit of a beginner, we have a feeling you’ll get along quite well indeed with these wooden star shaped candle holders outlined step by simple step on The Country Chic Cottage. We think they make great centrepieces!
9. Fourth of July tin can wind socks
Just in case you’re still looking for an idea that your kids can get in on and have a lot of fun making and then displaying themselves, here’s another concept for your consideration! Reach into the recycling bin for some cleaned out tin cans and then take a look at how Real Coake made these adorable Fourth of July wind socks step by step.
10. Tissue covered foam stars
Just in case you’re the kind of person who loves a good crafty session that simply lets you make something cute and nice to look at, here’s a bit of Americana that you can make with simple things from your local craft store! Check out how Lia Griffith used decoupage techniques to cover foam stars with tissue paper following a Fourth of July colour scheme.
11. Fourth of July painted lawn stars
If you’re going to host a Fourth of July barbecue, are you the kind of person who would much prefer to go all out and really impress your guests? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how The Concrete Cottage used environmentally safe paint to spray the shape of stars all over their lawn in red, white, and blue!
12. Hand pained patriotic burlap banner
Perhaps the idea you’ve liked the most of everything so far is that of making a banner or garland of some kind, but you’ve done a lot of paper crafting lately and you’d simply prefer to work with another material? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at the way See Vanessa Craft made these fun burlap Fourth of July banners, the little flags of which they painted in differently patterned Americana inspired colours and shapes.
13. Painted patriotic flower pot
Has your very favourite kind of crafting to do actually always been straight up hand painting and you think that’s what you’d like to do to spruce up your patio for the Fourth of July too? Then we have a feeling you’ll get along very well indeed with the way Lolly Jane hand painted a simple set of terra cotta planters for their space! We love the way they added a sort of rough vintage look in purpose, like stylish weathering.
14. Sandy fourth of July lantern jars
Have we actually piqued your interest quite well by talking about both mason jar crafts and the idea of making some kind of candle decor or centre piece, but you’re having trouble choosing between the two? Well, who ever said that you have to choose exclusively one or the other? Instead, check out how Thrifty Decor Chick combined the two by making these cute, sand-filled mason jar flag candles!
15. American flag ribbon backdrop
If you’re going to go to all the trouble it takes to decorate your home with DIY pieces and crafted trinkets for the Fourth of July, would you also like to make sure you include a cute spot for guests to take pictures so they an really remember the occasion? Then perhaps the idea of making an Independence Day backdrop would appeal to you! We’re huge fans of the way Laughing Latte created just that by attaching strips of red and white ribbon to a branch and painting scarves on a blue hanky in order to make a backdrop that looks like the American flag!
Have you made other kinds of fantastic DIY fourth of July decor pieces before that everyone at your party loved but that you don’t see anything quite similar to here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!