For many of us the 4th. of July means baseball, parades, picnics, barbecues, and other fun family activities. I’m sure we all have our own special way to celebrate our Nation’s Independence Day. In our house it’s definitely a backyard barbecue while the kids light up the yard with sparklers.
This year spruce up the house with these 4th. of July Craft Ideas! You don’t need fancy tools to make them, just red, white, and blue paper, cardstock, paint, scissors, and glue. If you’re more adventurous wood pallets!
My grandsons and I spent a weekend crafting and come up with these!
I’m excited to share them with you! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Dress up the picnic table with these Patriotic Star Straws! Fun, practical, and super easy and inexpensive to make!
Card stock – red, white, blue, or appropriate prints
Template – click here for the free template/printable
Paste or glue
- Download template/printable and save to your desktop. (you can use the images as a printable or you can use them as the template to cut out stars using colored or printed cardstock)
- If using as a printable: Upload it to a photo editor like photoshop or picmonkey.com a free online photo editor and resize the stars to desired size. Mine are 3″ and 4″. Print stars on card stock, they will be red and blue stars.
- If using as a template: Resize the stars if needed by uploading to your cutting machine app and resize before cutting – if cutting by hand then upload it to a photo editor and resize if needed, print stars and cut out.
- Cut out an even number of stars.
- Glue or paste 2 stars together – backsides facing. Let dry.
- Using a craft knife make 2 horizontal slits in the middle of the star. Slits should be a bit wider than the straw and about 1/2″ apart.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
- Insert straw in the slits.
Use the straws in your favorite iced drinks![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Send friends these patriotic cards!
You can even frame them and use them as decor! I used my Cricut Explore Air to print and cut the pieces and layered them on to a card base. I used vellum embossed on my Sizzix Big Kick as a background and I added bows and twine to make them extra cute!
To use the template with a cutting machine just download, save, and upload to the cutting machine app, like Cricut Design Space! You can resize, print, and cut it according to your machine’s instructions.
If you don’t have a cutting machine, no worries! I’m sharing the printables! All you have to do is print them out – if you need to resize them just download and save to your desktop. Pop it into a photo editor to resize, save, and print!
Once you have all the pieces printed and cut out you can layer them on to a card base or a poster board, or whatever media you want. You can embellish your card or poster with bows, ribbons, twine, glitter, and more!
50 States Flag Printable click here! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Fire works Printable Click here!
I used this for the inside of my card, but you can use it on the front too![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
State of Liberty Printable click here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Inside of card printable click here![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Finally here’s a mini wood pallet I got from the craft store. With a bit of paint and a stencil I turned it into this Patriotic 50 States Flag wall decor! I’m sharing the stencil template here!
Wood mini pallet – available at craft store, or upcycle a regular pallet!
Acrylic Paint in red, white, and blue
Stencil Click here!
Download and save to desktop. If using a cutting machine upload to machine’s app and resize and cut stencil.
If cutting by hand download, save to desktop. Resize in a photo editor, print, cut out stars and words with a craft knife.
- Download, print, cut stencil as instructed above.
- Mark off area on pallet to be painted blue. Paint that section blue.
- Paint “stripes” on slats, each slat should be either red or white – Top strip must be red. Alternate red and white as you go. Allow paint to dry completely.
- Place stencil on slats and fill in stars using a stencil brush with white paint. Fill in state names with blue paint.
- Remove stencil by lifting directly off surface to avoid smearing.
- Allow to dry overnight.
- Spray with 2 coats of clear sealer. Allow to dry between coats.
If you’re looking for recipes for your July 4th. barbecue try my son’s burger recipe! It’s the Best Darn Burger Ever![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
I love the Fourth of July! I love the fanfare, picnics, parades, barbecues, fireworks, and all the hoopla that surround our great nation’s birthday. And I adore the colors! Red, White, and Blue are my all time faves!
There are so many cool DIY crafts, recipes, activities, and party ideas for this great holiday it’s hard to know where to begin, my grandkids and I are just dying to fire up the Cricut Explore Air (affiliate link) and make some cool decorations!
Here are some fun Fourth of July ideas I found around the web to kick start your celebrations!
Decorate your front lawn and sidewalks with stars!
Let the kids do the decorating with this green idea from Pink and Green Mama. They show you how to do it using flour from your pantry. It’s and easy, fun, and inexpensive way to show your Fourth of July spirit!
You can also use red, white, and blue spray paint on your grass; it won’t hurt your grass and will disappear the next time you mow the grass. Just cut out a star shaped stencil and spray away, it’s a great way to add color to your outdoor holiday decor.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Spray paint an old pallet into this patriotic flag, it’s a great way to spruce up your yard or patio
Learn how to make this from Debbie’s Doos![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Fourth of July Mason Jars!
Lately I’ve been having a love affair with jars, mason jars, pickle jars, and all other jars. They are so versatile; you can use them as vases, lanterns, utensil holders, and more. I love these patriotic jars. Click on the links to learn how to make them!
Vases – Sweet Haute
Star Lanterns – Saved by Love Creations
Stars & Strips Lanterns – Addicted 2 DIY
Utensil Holders – It All Started with Paint
Flag Luminaries – Keep Calm and Decorate
Tin cans, buckets, and tubs are also great. You can use them as pot or utensil holders, drink coolers, vases, and even windsocks. Click on the links to learn how!
Windsock – The Wilson World
Utensil Holders – Stockpiling Moms
Vase, Cooler, Pot holder – All You[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
These paper fans will keep everyone cool during a Fourth of July picnic or cook-out.
Learn how to make them from Number 2 Pencil!
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Make this patriotic Fourth of July wall plaque with the free printable from Living Locurto.[spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Or this framed 50 state flag printable from No Biggie![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Invite friends and family to your Fourth of July cook-out with this FREE Printable invitation from Kori Clark.
Welcome guests to your Fourth of July shindig with this free printable sign from Catch My Party![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Don’t forget the popcorn, it’s great for baseball spectators!
Serve them up in these free printable popcorn bags from Hostess with the Mostess![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Cool everyone off with my refreshing popsicles. Click here for recipe![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Cupcakes are another favorite specially topped with these patriotic pinwheel toppers from Nest of Posies![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
A summer picnic or cook-out wouldn’t be complete without summer’s favorite fruit, watermelon!
Make this pretty salad by Wit & Whistle![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
The kids will love these cool layered drinks from In Katrina’s Kitchen! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
This Firecracker Popcorn from The Nerd’s Wife will surprise the kids when they pop it into their mouths.
It has pop rocks![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Make these patriotic water bottle labels learn how from BHG![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
End the evening with firecrackers and a S’mores Bar![spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
End the day with a bang!
Make your own confetti rocket poppers with this great tutorial from Alpha Mom [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Photo booths are always fun and make any event memorable.
Make some of these props with free printables from Fox Hollow Cottage! [spacer height=”20px” id=”2″]
Have sparklers handy by keeping them in a bucket. Paint your bucket red, white, or blue!
How ever you decide to celebrate the Fourth of July this year have a great time!