Pack kid-friendly goodies like M&Ms, popcorn, glow band bracelets, crayons, and more into a small box or bottle carrier to keep them occupied as you wait for the fireworks to start.
What you'll need: indoor adhesive vinyl ($14 for 40 sheets, ), cardboard bottle carriers ($11 for 4, ), glow band bracelets ($15 for 30, ), patriotic M&Ms ($9, )
You don't even need glue to put together these easy table decorations!
What you'll need: red plastic utensils ($5 for 48 pieces, ), blue paper napkins ($6 for 125, ), paper star napkin rings ($11, )
This more time-intensive craft makes a great rainy day project — and an adorable Instagram post leading up to the big day!
What you'll need: party poppers ($15 for 12, ), assorted tissue paper ($23 for 200 sheets, )
Fill your extra picture frames with these nautical designs that you can print out yourself, or download the USA banner for a patriotic addition to your home.
What you'll need: picture frame ($15, )
This sugar-sweet centerpiece will score an instant home run with the kids.
What you'll need: mini buckets ($13 for 12, )
A party-ready garland doesn't get easier than this — just cut regular disposable cups into the festive spirals.
What you'll need: plastic cups ($4 for 50, )
Our favorite decor is the kind that doubles as dessert. Bonus points if your brownie flag has a blueberry for all 50 states.
What you'll need: 9x13 inch baking pan ($20, )
All-white flowers like hydrangeas seem instantly all-American when presented in a vase that evokes the stars and stripes. Measure the vase's circumference, then cut lengths of patriotic ribbon to size. Attach with double-sided tape to cover the vase.
What you'll need: vase ($11 and up, )
$8 for six
Hang a few of these festive paper lanterns from a tree for a makeshift outdoor chandelier.
A few swipes of paint give standard terracotta celebratory style — and the planter is extra peppy when paired with red, white, and blue blooms.
What you'll need: pots ($2 and up, ), star stickers ($11 for 500, ), paint ($17 for 6,), foam brushes ($7 for 20, )
The magic of washi tape strikes again with this easy way to jazz up typical plastic flatware or serving spoons.
What you'll need: patriotic washi tape ($8, )
Pickle jars get a second life as glowing luminaries decoupaged with stars and stripes.
What you'll need: small American flags, ($10 for 12, )
A hollowed-out watermelon is required for this DIY centerpiece, so that obviously means you'll get to snack on a juicy treat!
What you'll need: small American flags, ($10 for 12, )
While not that attractive on the floors of grocery stores, these pallets can turn into a beautiful American flag with the help of some paint and stars.
What you'll need: stars ($12 for 100, ), red, white, and blue acrylic paint ($10 each, )
This DIY bandana wreath is an easy way to decorate your door for the 4th of July.
What you'll need: wire wreath ($6, ), bandanas ($12 for 12, )
These fun candle holders make for a crafty evening of dyeing rice!
What you'll need: pint-size mason jars ($15 for a set of 4, ) red food coloring, ($5, ) blue food coloring, ($5, ), tea light candles ($6 for 30, )
Might as well make good use out of the expanse of grass sitting outside your house. Be sure to use spray paint meant for marking grass so that there's no damage.
What you'll need: marking paint ($11 each, )
Okay, so these little "sparklers" don't actually put on a light show, but they definitely dress up your front porch.
What you'll need: red, white, and blue acrylic paint ($10 each, ), twine ($4, )
"Oh say does that DIY star-spangled banner yet wave..."
What you'll need: burlap ($16, ), red, white, and blue acrylic paint ($10 each, ), foam brushes ($7 for 20, )
If you still have a soft spot in your heart for Mason jars, give them the star-spangled treatment like this festively-painted trio.
What you'll need: pint-size mason jars ($15 for a set of 4, ), red, white, and blue acrylic paint ($10 each, ), foam brushes ($7 for 20, )
An assortment of fabric scraps come together to create this tie-dye project. Try using a mix of patterns and solid colors for an even more dynamic look.
What you'll need: embroidery hoop ($7, )
This entire spread embraces an adorable nautical theme, but the Instagram-ready backdrop takes the cake — the exploding fireworks are actually made from sliced wine corks!
What you'll need: red, white, and blue acrylic paint ($10 each, )
Run paper lanterns up backyard boughs: The inexpensive white orbs turn any tree into a national monument — especially when they're belted with red-, white-, and blue-striped ribbon; affix with double-sided tape.
What you'll need: white paper lanterns ($10 for 10, )
Betsy Ross would delight in this entryway festooned with her signature work. Simply stick mini flag toothpicks into a Styrofoam wreath until it looks full. Top it off with a garland of flags clothes-pinned onto twine.
What you'll need: mini American flag toothpicks ($15 for 500, )
For safer-than-sparklers favors, try these festive Fourth of July pinwheels.
What you'll need: wooden dowels ($4 for 10, )
Soften outdoor chairs with no-sew pillow covers crafted from contrasting bandanas. Sandwich one cushion between two scarves, then join each corner together with a rubber band and hide bands with thin ribbon, as shown.
What you'll need: bandanas ($12 for 12, )
A tower of potted plants marks a tread-on-me path. Gather three pots and saucers. Fill each pot with soil; stack with saucers in between. Tuck in-palette impatiens into the soil; pop in a pair of flags.
What you'll need: pots ($2 and up, ). saucers ($7, )
Show off your red and white (see dishtowel) and blue (see hydrangeas). Fold a towel in half over a gallon-size zip-seal bag and cut the towel 1/8 inch larger than the bag. Staple the towel together along the sides; hang with clothespins; add water and flowers.
What you'll need: dish towels ($10 for 4, )
Navigating the backyard buffet is a breeze for plate-balancing guests when you station grab-and-go silverware in glass canning jars. Trim a trio of jars with ribbon remnants, and fill with reusable flatware.
What you'll need: mason jars ($15 for a set of 4, ), patriotic ribbon set ($12, )
No need to shop for a special seasonal table topper. Raid your cabinets for items in star-spangled shades instead. Here, crisp cotton napkins — cinched 'round a pair of potted plants with kitchen twine — and a tray transform into a fast, festive centerpiece.
What you'll need: oversized cotton napkins ($21 for 6, )