There was a day in our history when people actually spent time on Fourth of July decorating. Their crafts were homemade but sincere, and represented deep patriotism. I think that patriotism still exists today, and we can celebrate with 4th of July decorations that are easy to put together and low cost. Here are some excellent ideas to get you started with your patriotic decorations, and they take hardly any time at all!


These hanging star Fourth of July decorations are a simple DIY project. From ‘Lowe’s‘, follow this tutorial to create a string of stars that are weather resistant and only take a few hours to make. These are made from cork!


Need to keep the kids happy while waiting for fireworks? These DIY tissue paper firecracker treat boxes from ‘Lia Griffith’ will do the trick! Don’t forget extras, the grown ups will want some too! Plus, they make great patriotic table decorations. Fast, easy 4th of July project.

Quick and Easy Fourth of July Decorating


String white holiday lights through trees to create fireworks appeal. Drape them from porch rafters as well, or wrap around deck railing. Or, make your own DIY patriotic string lights with this tutorial from ‘Ehow‘.

Quick Fourth of July Decorating


From ‘Martha‘, create these patriotic tissue paper fans and hang these 4th of July decorations with painters tape. You could make these in other colors for different kinds of celebrations as well.


Make these Fourth of July luminaries from old jars with this tutorial from ‘Keep Calm and Decorate‘. These could be used on a front porch, or as table settings as well for an Independence Day BBQ.


This Fourth of July decorating idea can be used indoors or out. Make this patriotic chandelier to add red, white & blue to your entertaining and celebrating! From ‘Brit & Co.‘, this is an easy Fourth of July craft with personality. All you need is some craft scraps and an embroidery hoop.


Fold these paper stars into Fourth of July decorating with these step by step instructions from ‘Lia Griffith‘. If you ever folded a paper airplane, you can make these!


Use some old fashioned Fourth of July decorating ideas! Try this DIY bunting with fabric and yarn from ‘BHG‘!



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.



Next we have a 4th of July decorating idea from your childhood! An easy and family fun Fourth of July craft is to make patriotic paper chains, by ‘DIY Network‘.

Quick and Easy 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. These are the kinds of Fourth of July decorating ideas that you can do in five minutes before your guests arrive! Did we mention, ribbon is really cheap? Photo by ‘Good Housekeeping‘.



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.


Try this easy 4th of July decorating idea! Wrap dollar store American flags around water bottles. From ‘BHG‘.



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!



Finally, cover coffee cans, boxes or other containers with patriotic paper, and use to hold utensils, napkins, or condiment bottles. You can find free printables with Fourth of July decorating themes at ‘Pretty My Party‘. Or check out the craft store for scrapbooking paper in patriotic themes. Photo by ‘BHG‘. And while you are setting the 4th of July table, check out our post on Easy No Bake Summer Dessert Recipes over at OhMeOhMy!



Use your imagination, and make your Fourth of July decorating the most memorable yet! We think you will want to jump right on over to our posts on Front Porch Fourth of July Decorating Ideas and 12 Backyard Ideas for Patios, Porches and Decks!

Note: This post has been refreshed with updated projects.

Image Credits: Martha, Lowes, Lia Griffith, EHow, Keep Calm and Decorate, Brit & Co., Lia Griffith, BHG, Good Housekeeping, DIY Network, BHG, Crack of Dawn Crafts


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  1. Ginny May 15, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I absolutely fell in love with your paper chains on the railings. I actually did mine with foam strip. I put them up in time for Memorial Day last year and they stayed until Labor Day. I had people stop and feel to see what I used! I get full sun most of the day, and I am getting ready to put them back up again this year! Thanks for sharing your idea!!!?


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