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!
- Serve up this Red, White, & Blue 4th of July Toast for a festive breakfast kids will love.
- This Patriotic Appetizer Dip is a delicious treat for your next fourth of July feast.
1. Free Patriotic Printable
From Simple as That
Add some patriotic flare to your home décor and invite Abe’s words of wisdom to your fourth of July party with this DIY red, white, and blue wall art. This is a free printable which comes with a great tutorial, showing you exactly how to get this quote to beautifully transfer onto a canvas. If you are running short on time, you could also just easily print and frame the print instead.
2. Stars and Stripes
From 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!
Show your American pride this upcoming summer season with Cindy’s patriotic pinwheels! They are perfect for decorating flower pots and centerpieces for your Fourth of July festivities or other patriotic holidays. And the hard work is already done for you because these nifty pinwheels have a free printable PDF design. Cut along the dotted line and fold the tips to the center for a beautiful decoration!
4. Bandana Banner
From Life in Wonderland
Buntings and banners like this are great ways to perk up an outside area and get it ready for your Fourth of July festivities. Red, white, and blue bandanas are a colorful and inexpensive way to celebrate America and spruce up your space! This super simple banner doesn’t even require sewing- just fold each bandana into a triangle and then iron them for crisp edges.
5. Decorative Fire Crackers
From The Pike Family
Fireworks are one of the most fun elements of any Fourth of July celebration. Create your very own firecrackers without the risk of disaster with these simple instructions for decorative firecrackers made from wood! They are cheap and simple to put together, making them perfect for any party budget or DIY skill level. They look adorable sitting on the deck or fireplace mantle.
6. Patriotic Mason Jars
From Addicted 2 DIY
I am completely obsessed with painted mason jars right now. You can decorate them in any way to suit your celebration, and they look so great as centerpieces or night light luminaries. These Fourth of July themed jars feature patriotic red and white stripes and bold blue and white stars. I love the unpainted polka dots that would make for a beautiful decoration after dark!
7. Painted Window American Flag
This painted window American flag is so beautiful, I might just have to keep it up year-round! This brilliant blogger revamped an old window frame by painting the frame in a rustic white and adding a painted flag to the window panes. This painted window flag would make a terrific dessert table backdrop or welcome sign for any Fourth of July celebration.
8. Paper Bag Luminarias
From Aunt Peaches
Ward off mosquitos and decorate for your backyard Fourth of July barbecue at the same time with these wonderful Patriotic Luminaries from Aunt Peaches. These American flag luminaries would be so simple and could add so much to the evening’s festivities. It would be a great craft to get the kids involved with too. Have them punch the holes in the blue area for stars and add the red stripes.
9. Star Spangled Banner
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.
10. Lawn Stars
From The Concrete Cottage
I am star struck! I love this idea for spray painting stars right on your lawn, especially if you are celebrating the Fourth of July with a backyard barbecue or potluck party. Plus hey, no one will even notice the weeds if they are covered in adorable stars! With a cardboard stencil, you can have a whole medium-sized yard covered with stars in less than an hour.
11. Fireworks Table Cloth
From Mommy Makes Things
This tablecloth would be just perfect for a dessert table or buffet. It definitely lays the foundation for some awesome food.
12. Flag Swag
From Sophie’s World
Sophie makes these do it yourself flag swags look so simple. They are pretty easy to recreate yourself and add a fun pop of patriotic color to your Fourth of July party decorations. Stiff flag printed fabric can easily be transformed into one of these swags with some expert fan folding and a large binder clip. They naturally swag, offering a beautiful and expensive looking touch of red, white, and blue.
13. Paper Cone Wreath
From My Blessed Life
Whether you hang it right on your front door or on the posts of your back porch, this paper cone wreath is a beautiful addition to your home around the Fourth of July or Memorial Day. The wreath is simple and inexpensive to put together yourself, with crafting materials that you probably already have on hand. Customize it to fit whatever paper you can find that goes with the red, white, and blue color scheme!
14. Utensil Holder
From 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
From 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
From Kiki and Company
This super fun Fourth of July freebie will take your patriotic cupcakes to a whole new level! Printable cupcake wrappers and cupcake toppers make decorating a breeze, and they come in five different adorable patterns. Mic up the patterns and colors for fun cupcake combinations that your guests will go crazy for. My personal favorite is the red and white chevron paired with pretty red polka dots!
17. Mason Jar Candle Holders
From Made from Pinterest
With the Fourth of July fast approaching (can you even believe it?!) this fun and easy craft is sure to bring some American color into your home for the ensuing celebration. Your kids can even help too! Trendy mason jars are filled with three layers of colored long grain rice and a tealight candle. Let your kids help dye the rice with a plastic baggie that they cake shake, shake, shake.
18. All American Favor Containers
From Jennifer Edwardson
These favor containers are just terrific, especially if you are hosting a Fourth of July bash or patriotic themed birthday party. Some creative and simple paper folding creates these awesome favor holders, perfectly sized for some delicious treats. I would fill these paper cones up with some red, white, and blue treats like jelly beans or M&M’s!
19. Patriotic Luminaries
Can you get any more American than pickles? Well, that depends on taste but these patriotic luminaries are pretty darn American no matter what you eat! Emptied out pickle jars are beautifully decorated with small American flags from Target with double sided tape and mod podge. Add a little twine to the top of the jar to fancy up the pickle jar and pop a tea light inside for a beautiful evening decoration.
20. Party Hat Placeholder
From Country Living
Learn to fold these charming paper hat place cards, then add colorful cards, rosettes, and toppers. Make a cute sparkling hat topped by coiling a pipe cleaner around a pencil then placing it on top of the hat. The step-by-step instructions make this DIY project super easy and they are so cute on your Fourth of July tablescape. 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 dun to a grownup celebration.
21. Beverage Signs
The Fourth of July is almost here, and I am scouring the internet for free printable decorations to add some special and colorful touches to the celebration. These printable beverage signs definitely make the list! Large sized signs are perfect for larger drink dispensers and small sized signs are great for smaller pitchers. All you need to do is print out the signs, cut them out, and use some tape to attach to your drink table.
22. Ruffled Patriotic Wreath
From Creative Capital B
This patriotic wreath is absolutely fabulous, and would look great on any front door or posts on the back porch. And you will never believe how easy it is to follow the tutorial provided! A round foam wreath form is decorated with pieces of red, white, and blue felt along with white cardstock cut out stars and crafting wire. I would be so tempted to leave this wreath on my door all summer long!
23. Patriotic Door Décor
Easy to make yourself and pretty original, these DIY patriotic door decorations are the perfect way to spruce up your entryway for the Fourth of July. Welcome guests to your celebration with this beautiful door décor made with a natural mossy wreath, repurposed white frame, and beautifully patriotic details. So before you spend a bunch of money on a store bought wreath, make sure you check out this cute and inexpensive DIY.
24. Patriotic Printables
Decorating for the Fourth of July or any other patriotic holiday is easy with these free patriotic printables from Today’s Creative Life. Planning a Fourth of July celebration couldn’t be more simple, festive, and fun when you print out these red, white, and blue bottle wrappers, banners, and patriotic door décor. These printable decorations are the perfect way to ramp up your Fourth of July party.
25. No-Sew Pillow
From At Picket Fence
Talk about casual and chic Americana! It doesn’t get any better than this no-sew bandana pillow for decorating inside and outside at your Fourth of July party. Inexpensive bandanas are morphed into a perfect pillow for a down-home celebration by placing a pillow in between and tying the corners together with some pretty patterned ribbon.
26. Parade Wands
From Eighteen 25
Do you start your Forth of July celebrations with a parade? If you are joining the corwds to cheer on the floats, bands, and dancers you need to bring along a few of these Fourth of July parade wands! Wooden dowel handles are topped with a flurry of red, white, and blue ribbons to make an adorable wand to wave around at the parade. It would even be fun to make a bunch of these to wave around during fireworks!
Celebrate the 4th of July with these great sources gathered by the crew at Spaceships and Laser Beams.
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- Patriotic Paper Balloon Lanterns
- Paper Straws
- Patriotic Cupcake Kit
- Star Gleam ‘N Burst Centerpiece
- Large Serving Tray
- Red, White and Blue Patriotic 4th of July Star Decoration
- Patriotic Fireworks Food Picks
- Rock Candy Sticks
- 4th of July Patriotic Tattoos
- 4th of July Flag
- Patriotic Potato Sack Race Game
- Patriotic Shutter Shades Glasses
- Star Fun Pix
- Polyester American Flag
- Patriotic Food Color Mix
- Star Whirls Party Accessory
- Printed Drink Cups
- Patriotic Gummy Military Heroes
Check out more great ideas to help you celebrate America’s birthday.
- 15 Fourth of July Party Ideas
- 13 Recipe & Crafts for the Fourth of July