There was a day in our history when people actually spent time on Fourth of July decorating. They were homemade but sincere, and represented deep patriotism. I think that patriotism still exists today, and we can celebrate with Fourth of July decorations that are easy to put together and low cost. Here are some excellent ideas to get you started, and take hardly any time at all! Our featured idea, above, is to make patriotic paper chains, by DIY Network.
* Make old fashioned Fourth bunting with fabric and yarn!
* Pick up some red, white and blue bandannas and wrap them around your existing throw pillows, then knot in the back. You can use this indoors, or on the porch or deck. Good Housekeeping has even more ideas for your Fourth of July decorating!
* Use red, white and blue ribbon from the dollar shop to tie up your napkins, wrap around your door wreath or create streamers of ribbon from the back of each chair.
* Print out American flags from the internet, and use them to cover the inside of a window. Be sure to face the flags to the outside, and fit them up edge to edge. The result is a patchwork of different styles of American flags shown from your front windows which is quite eye catching. One place to print out free flags online is Free Printable Flags.
* Wrap dollar store American flags around water bottles.
* Buy red, white and blue craft foam from the craft store. Cut them into star shapes of three different sizes. Layer the different sized shapes onto each other and glue together. Tie the stars from porch overhangs, trees and mailboxes to let your Fourth of July decorating spread patriotic cheer! The kids will love to help with this! Crack of Dawn Crafts shows you how to do it, and even gives you a template to cut the stars from!
* String white holiday lights through trees to create fireworks appeal! Drape them from porch rafters as well, or wrap around deck railing.
* Cover coffee cans, boxes or other containers with patriotic paper, and use to hold utensils, napkins, or condiment bottles.
Use your imagination, and make your Fourth of July decorating the most memorable yet!Image Credits: BHG, DIY Network, Good Housekeeping, BHG, Crack of Dawn Crafts