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26 July 4th Decoration Ideas That Wow

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Celebrate America’s birthday in fabulous red, white and blue. Get ready for the party with free printables, plus find ideas to welcome guests at the front door, then wow them with stars and stripes and send ’em home with a cute favor. There are ideas for banners, centerpieces, luminaries, pinwheels, utensil holders, place card hats, a no-sew pillow and parade wands. Happy Birthday, America!


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1. Free Patriotic Printable :: Simple as That

Invite Abe and his words of wisdom to your 4th of July party! This is a free printable which comes with a great tutorial, showing you exactly how to get this quote onto a canvas. If you’re running short on time, just print and frame it instead.
cup with stars decoration idea
2. Stars and Stripes :: The TomKat Studio

This is a really easy DIY decoration — just buy striped blue and white paper cups and stick a red star in the middle. I love the simplicity of this!
3. Pinwheel :: Cindy Hopper; Skip to My Lou via Alpha Mom

Aren’t these pinwheels just gorgeous? And the hard work is all done for you, because they have a free printable PDF design. Great for tabletop décor and kids have fun playing with them.
4th of july banner idea
4. Bandana Banner :: Life in Wonderland

Bunting and banners like this are great ways to perk up an outside area. The bandanas are a perfect celebration of America. Colorful, easy, and inexpensive to boot-what’s not to love?
july 4th decorative fire crackers
5. Decorative Fire Crackers :: The Pike Family

These decorative fire crackers are great decorations for a 4th of July party. They’re cheap and simple to put together — perfect for any budget or level of DIY skill!
6. Patriotic Mason Jars :: Addicted 2 DIY

These jars would be great as centerpiece bases or use them as night light luminaries for your party. They’re easy to make ahead of time, and they’re so gorgeous you can reuse them every year!
7. Painted Window American Flag :: The Creative Crate via U Create

Don’t you think that this would make a terrific dessert table backdrop or welcome sign? I might just keep it up year round!
8. Paper Bag Luminarias :: Aunt Peaches

Ooh, this would be so simple and it could add so much to the evening festivities. It would be a great craft to get the kids involved in too — have them punch the holes in the blue area for stars!
star spangled banner decoration
9. Star Spangled Banner :: Kasandra

Do you get any better than ticking and denim? Looks great! Even if you don’t sew, I think this would work with fabric and hot glue, too, so it’s perfect for beginners.
4th of July Painted Lawn Stars
10. Lawn Stars :: The Concrete Cottage

I’m star struck! I love this idea for lawn stars, especially if you’re having a barbecue. And hey, maybe this way, no one will notice the weeds?!
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11. Stars and Stripes Table Cloth :: All You

This tablecloth would be just perfect for a dessert table or buffet. It definitely lays the foundation for some awesome food.
flag swag decoration idea
12. Flag Swag :: Sophie’s World

Sophie makes this look so simple – what a great idea! It’s an easy way to add a pop of the old red, white and blue to your 4th of July party decorations.
July 4th paper cone wreath decoration
13. Paper Cone Wreath :: My Blessed Life

Front door or back porch? This paper cone wreath would work wherever you put it, and it’s simple and inexpensive to put together yourself. Customize it to fit whatever paper you can find that goes with the red, white and blue color scheme!
14. Utensil Holder :: Parties for Pennies

Look what Heidi made from a brown paper bag! Isn’t this lovely? It would work for whatever style of party you’re doing — seated lunch or dinner party or barbecue, it’s perfect!
15. Patriotic Bunting :: Parties for Pennies

Here’s another amazing idea from Heidi. This bunting will perk up any area, and would be great for both indoor and outdoor parties..
16. Cupcake Wraps :: Kiki and Company

Don’t you just love the idea of these cupcake wraps? Use these free printables with 9 different designs to dress up homemade or store bought cupcakes and up the ante on your dessert table. They’re definitely the cherry on top of any celebration!
17. Mason Jar Candle Holders :: Made from Pinterest

These mason jar candle holders are super easy, quick and really low budget. You might even have everything you need to make them already, so you won’t even have to go to the store!
All American Treat Container Ideas
18. All American Favor Containers :: Jennifer Edwardson

These favor containers are just terrific — especially great if you’re having a 4th of July themed birthday party! Aren’t they sweet?
patriotic luminaries decoration idea
19. Patriotic Luminaries :: Keep Calm and Decorate

Can you get more American than pickles? Well, that depends on taste. But these patriotic luminaries are pretty darn American, no matter what you eat! Empty pickle jars and inexpensive flags are the basis for these super little lights.
4th of July decoration idea - party hat placecards
20. Party Hat Placeholder :: Country Living

The step-by-step directions make this look easy and they’re so cute! I love the idea of these party hat placeholders for a kid’s party, but they’d also be fantastic for adding a bit of quirky fun to a grownup celebration, don’t you think?
21. Beverage Signs :: Whipperberry

These signs are good looking, free, and printable – this is what great Americana party décor is all about.
DIY Ruffled Patriotic Wreath
22. Ruffled Patriotic Wreath :: Creative Capital B

This patriotic wreath is absolutely fabulous, and would look great on any front door. This is a great tutorial, so you won’t have much trouble putting this together.
23. Patriotic Door Décor :: Today’s Creative Life

Still haven’t found quite what you’re looking for? Well, here’s another way to welcome guests to your celebration. I like that mossy wreath and the white frame makes the quote really pop against the red door.

24. Patriotic Printables :: Today’s Creative Life

Still haven’t found quite what you’re looking for? Well, here’s another way to welcome guests to your celebration. I like that mossy wreath and the white frame makes the quote really pop against the red door.
25. No-Sew Pillow :: At Picket Fence

Casual chic Americana — it doesn’t get better than this no-sew bandana pillow. Inexpensive bandanas morphed into a perfect pillow for a down-home celebration — just right for outdoor parties!
26. Parade Wands :: Eighteen 25

Craft or décor? I think these are both! Get the kids involved with this one — they’ll absolutely love it!

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Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it’s okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.