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Closeup of red, white, and blue strawberries.

4th of July StrawberriesThis is a page about 4th of July strawberries. Decorate fresh strawberries with a Fourth of July color scheme for your holiday party or family meal.

 

finished wreath

Making a 4th of July Mesh WreathThis is a page about making a 4th of July mesh wreath. Use rolls of red, white, and blue mesh to make a seasonal wreath for the 4th.

 

Front view of the project.

Two Pictures in One Photo DisplayBegin with two of your favorite photos and some molding strips from a home improvement store. The instructions and accompanying photos necessary to complete this project can be found on this page.

 

A circular folded paper with crepe ribbons.

Making a Stars and Stripes Door DecorationUsing folded, stars and stripes, motif paper you can make these little medallions to decorate for the Fourth or Memorial Day.

 

Serving trays decorated with buttons and a crocheted center, in red, white and blue.

Making Floral Patriotic Wall Hangings from Serving TraysRed, white, and blue plastic divided serving trays, buttons, and some scrap yarn can be worked up into some fun floral patriotic wall hangings. It just takes some time and imagination, and a bit of crochet skill, but not a lot of money.

 

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks Artwork  three color fireworks

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks ArtworkUsing a toilet paper tube that has many slits cut part way in from one end, you can create fun fireworks paintings. The kids will enjoy this project. It is fun for the Fourth, New Year, or anytime.

 

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Patriotic Window Display - arrange plates with stars in upper left on all plates

Patriotic Paper Plate Window DisplayThis super simple paper plate craft is perfect for the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. Grab some flag plates and start gluing to make your own patriotic paper plate window display.

 

Exploding Fireworks Ribbon Crowns - two red and white and two blue and white crowns

Exploding Fireworks Ribbon CrownsThese ribbon crowns resemble exploding fireworks. They can be assembled using a wide variety of colors. Use them to decorate headbands, hair clips, or even give them away as party favors.

 

Star Straw - star straw in a drink glass

Star StrawIf you're hosting a Fourth of July party, this would be a cute touch to add to your straws!

 

Fourth of July Star Decoration - finished star on brown background

Fourth of July Star DecorationThis is a cute and frugal Fourth of July decoration, measuring about 15 inches tall. There are many different ways you could display this in your home. For example: hang on a door, wall, fireplace mantel, or table.

 

Chenille Stem Firework and Star Decorations - one finished firework design hanging

Chenille Stem Firework and Star DecorationsI love chenille stems. They are so cheap and versatile. I made these up today.

 

American Flag Clothespin Platter - finished plater

American Flag Clothespin PlatterHere is a decorative platter I made from wooden clothespins I found for a dollar. I painted them and then clipped them onto a plastic lid I would have otherwise thrown out. Alternatively, you could clip these clothespins onto a ring to make a nice wreath.

 

A pair of Fourth of July candle holders made from clay pots.

4th of July Clay Pot Candle HoldersClay pots and saucers can be painted with patriotic colors and used as decorative candle holders for the 4th. This is a page about making 4th of July candle holders.

 

Finished project hanging from a hook.

Paper Bag Flag Heart CraftYou can make this easy paper flag motif wall hanging as a stand alone piece or even incorporate it into a seasonal garland. This is a page about how to make a paper bag flag heart craft.

 

Scrappy framed flag with button "stars".

Rustic Framed Fabric Flag CraftUse torn strips of red, white, and blue fabric to make this rustic framed flag for the 4th or any time. Buttons serve as the stars. This is a page about making a rustic framed fabric flag craft.

 

Napkin Decoupaged Flower Pot - flowers in pot

Napkin Decoupaged Flower PotI bought a pack of star patterned napkins last year at an Independence Day sale for 20 cents and saved them for crafting purposes. Here, I've used them to decoupage an old, worn flower pot to give it new life. Filled with red flowers, it makes a nice centerpiece for the 4th of July.

 

Zip Tie Fireworks Decor - three fireworks bursting decorating hanging in a cluster

Zip Tie Fireworks DecorThese are cheap and cheerful decorative pieces just in time for 4th of July. I used a colourful assortment pack of zip ties I got at the Dollar store, along with some pipe cleaners, to make these fun dimensional bursts of colour. This is an excellent all-ages craft!

 

Patriotic Decorative Jar filled with red, white and blue candy.

How to Make a Quick and Easy Patriotic Decorative JarMake this cute red, white and blue centerpiece by decorating a large jar with ribbons, stickers and other items. This page shows how to make a quick and easy patriotic decorative jar.

 

Red, white, and blue wooden star decoration.

Patriotic Wood Star CraftWooden star shapes are easy to find at your local craft store. Decorating them with red, white, and blue paint or other mediums gets you started on making patriotic decorations for your home and garden. This is a page contains instructions for making a patriotic wood star craft.

 

Summer Door Decor - finished red door hanging

Summer Door DecorI had some placemats for almost two years and finally took the time to make them into something special.

 

Recycled Decorative Candy Jars - finished jars sitting in a cookie tray on the balcony rail

Decorative 4th of July Recycled Candy JarsRecycled jars can find a new purpose with a bit of holiday decorations added. Fill with candy or other snacks and enjoy. This is a page about making decorative 4th of July recycled candy jars.

 

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Patriotic Straw Wall Art - finished wreath hanging

Patriotic Drinking Straw Wall ArtMake a cute little 4th of July wreath with some colored straws. This patriotic drinking straw wall art is sure to be an eye catching decoration for your home this 4th of July.

 

Finished wreath.

Independence Day WreathThis red, white, and blue Independence Day wreath is fun and easy to make. Hang it on a door or in a window to celebrate the 4th. This is a page about how to make an Independence Day wreath.

 

A display of 4th of July themed glow products.

Glow Sticks for Fourth of JulyFor only 97 cents each, you can buy assorted glow accessories like: necklaces, headbands, flags, wands and more. This is ideal for summer camping nights, or specifically Fourth of July when it's fireworks at night! The kids will have a blast with these lights and be festive!

 

Fourth of July Pie - baked pie

Fourth of July Berry PieIt's easy to make a flag pattern with stars and stripes of dough when making a berry pie. This cute design makes it perfect for Independence Day.

 

4th of July Fruit Tray

4th of July Party Food IdeasThe 4th is a great holiday to make some fun and colorful food items in addition to the typical summer fare. This is a page about 4th of July party food ideas.

 

Jello firecrackers in red, white and blue with a cherry.

Making Jello FirecrackersThis is a page about making Jello firecrackers. These festive tiny desserts will be a big hit at your 4th of July party. They can be made for children or in an adults only version.

 

Star and Flag Strips Wall Hanging

Star and Flag Wall HangingWith just some wooden stars, a button, and some strips of ripped fabric, you can make this wonderful wall hanging.

 

star shaped wall hanging

Crochet Americana Star Wall HangingWith some yarn, buttons, and wooden embellishments of your choice, you can make this unique wall hanging to show off your pride in the USA!

 

Uncle Sam Independence Day Placemat

Uncle Sam Independence Day...Invite Uncle Sam to your Independence Day festivities and celebrate in style with this placemat. Make one to use as a table centerpiece, or make more placemats so that each guest will have his or her own.

 

garland in progress

Making a 4th of July Scrap Fabric GarlandThis is a page about making a 4th of July scrap fabric garland. Scrap fabric garlands are fun and easy to make for any occasion.

 

4th of July Straw Rocket

Making a 4th of July Straw RocketThis is a page about making a 4th of July straw rocket. Here is a fun to make kid craft for the 4th.

 

4th of July Parade

4th of July Float IdeasThis is a page about 4th of July float ideas. When you are planning to decorate a float for a holiday parade, you want it to be inexpensive, creative, and meaningful.

 

American Flag

Maintaining a FlagThis is a page about maintaining a flag. Many citizens fly the national flag for holidays and others display it year round. One responsibility of flying the flag is to keep it in good repair.

 

Fourth of July Doughnuts

Fourth of July RecipesThis page contains fourth of July recipes. The 4th of July means picnics and backyard barbecues each with its own variety of traditional and new recipes to make the day special.

 

People Watching Fireworks on Independence Day (July 4th)

Celebrating Independence Day (July 4th)This is a page about celebrating Independence Day (July 4th). The 4th of July often means picnics, parties, and of course fireworks.

 

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4th of July Decorations

4th of July Decorating IdeasThis page contains 4th of July decorating ideas. Red, white and blue are the colors of the day with many patriotic themes to choose from.

 

Fireworks on the Fourth of July

4th Of July Safety TipsThis is a page about 4th of July safety tips. Keep the 4th of July safe and fun by following a few tips.

 

4th of July Centerpiece

4th of July Centerpiece IdeasThis is a page about 4th of July centerpiece ideas. Make a patriotic centerpiece to celebrate the 4th.

 

4th of July Fireworks

4th of July Party IdeasThis page contains 4th of July party ideas. Besides fireworks there are many ways to enjoy summertime fun on Independence Day.

 

adding red jello layer

4th of July Dessert RecipesColorful, festive desserts can be created for this summer holiday. This page contains 4th of July recipes.

 

Dog with an American flag.

Keeping Pets Safe on the 4th of JulyThis page is about keeping pets safe on the 4th of July. Independence Day can be very stressful and confusing for your animal friends.

 

People watching a fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

Photo: Watching FireworksI find that it's nearly impossible to capture the "awe" of fireworks on the 4th of July because everyone is looking at the sky.

 

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Glowsticks Instead Of Fireworks For The Fourth Of JulyWe camp on the 4th of July in an area where fireworks are not allowed so we came up with this idea. Buy red, white and blue glowsticks, necklaces, etc. at your local 99 cent store.

 

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July 4th Activities for a Senior ProgramMy mom runs an active senior program and needs fun, maybe even wacky, ideas for July 4. Such as a games, crafts, contests, etc. Any ideas would be helpful.

 

Patriotic Window Display - plates hanging in the window

Patriotic Window DisplayThis is so super simple it's fun and easy.

 

finished wreath

4th of July Mesh WreathI saw the rolls of mesh at the craft store and wanted to try making a wreath for the 4th of July. I love how it turned out!

 

Scrappy framed flag with button "stars".

Framed Fabric FlagUse odds and ends of fabric strips to add to your decor.

 

Serving trays decorated with buttons and a crocheted center, in red, white and blue.

Floral Patriotic Wall Hangings from...With a bit of work and about 2 hours, you can have this fun project in your home. It's all very easy and you can customize them to your own liking.

 

garland hanging outside

4th of July Scrap Fabric GarlandSince our daughter's birthday is on the 4th of July I wanted to make some fun decorations that I could reuse. I am tired of buying the flimsy, cheap decorations at the store that only last one year. So I made this awesome garland to hang outside!

 

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks Artwork  three color fireworks

Toilet Paper Roll Fireworks ArtworkWith a toilet paper roll, you can achieve fireworks or make a dandelion/flower card using the same concept. This is a very fun activity for both adults and kids. You can make a great piece to hang on the fridge afterwards, or to gift as a card.

 

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Red White and Blue Jello

Red, White and Blue JelloThis video shows you the step by step instructions for making a layered jello parfait.

 

A confetti launcher made from a toilet paper tube, decorated in red, white and blue for the 4th of July.

Toilet Paper Tube Confetti LauncherThese cute confetti launchers are a great way to celebrate the 4th of July without dangerous fireworks. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

4th of July Scrap Fabric Garland

4th of July Scrap Fabric GarlandThis scrap fabric garland is a great way to decorate for the 4th of July. Watch this video and learn how we made it.

 

Red, White & Blue Bundt Cake

Red, White & Blue Bundt CakeThis video is a step by step guide to making a Red, White & Blue Bundt Cake.

 

4th of July Mesh Wreath

4th of July Mesh WreathThis easy mesh wreath is a wonderful way to show your American spirit this Independence Day. Learn how to make it in this short video.

 

A paper rocket shot from a regular drinking straw.

4th of July Straw RocketThis human powered straw rocket is a great way to celebrate Independence Day without fireworks. Learn how to make them in this short video.

 

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Fireworks Safety GuidelinesWhat is the minimum legal distance that someone should be located away from an assembly of 75 people under a tent if he is to launch large fireworks overhead?

 

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Fun 4th of July Activities in San AntonioMy husband and I are going to San Antonio for the 4th. Any fun ideas, places to eat?

 

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Fourth of July Birthday Party IdeasMy name is Nathaniel and my son is having a fourth of July party and its supposed to be huge! We have a pool and it's a boy/girl party.

 

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Finding a Family Circle 4th of July Decoration from the 1980sI would like the instructions for a 4th of July decoration that was in Family Circle magazine prior to July 1984. It consisted of making a drum with poster board and Styrofoam then covering Styrofoam balls with fabric.

 

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