As the fireworks fly high into the sky and the hot dogs are being grilled, I always pause and remember why we are celebrating this day. The 4th of July means so much to me, when I was a kid we would decorate the boat for the yearly boat parade and after that was over I would play on the beach with all my friends and then all of the neighbors would meet at one house and we would eat all of the amazing food that everyone would bring. Then just as it was starting to get dark, 3 loud booms would happen and we would hop in the boat and head to the middle of the lake to watch the fireworks.
Now that I am older, I still enjoy all that the 4th of July has to offer, but I also love to create fun and easy 4th of July decorations and outdoor activities that anyone can make. You don’t have to break the bank to create these easy DIY projects, most of them can be make for under $5 and you may already have some of the items that are needed in your home already.
You can get the kids started on some of these projects ahead of time, it’s a great way to keep them busy during these hot days leading up to the 4th.
First, paint the toilet paper roll, this is where you really get to be creative, have fun with the paint, make polk a dots or stripes. Let the paint dry at least 10 minutes in between coats. Next, cut the tip off of the balloon and place it over one end of the balloon, tie a knot in the other end of the balloon. Now it’s time to create the confetti, you can buy confetti, but what’s the fun in that. If you have a hole puncher or in my case a book making puncher, the confetti is very easy to make. If not, let the kids have fun cutting a bunch of paper into small pieces. I used red, white and blue card stock. Put the confetti into Ziploc bags until you are ready to use the poppers. When ready, put a handful of confetti into the popper and pull back on the knotted balloon while holding the toilet paper roll and let go and watch the confetti fly.
Patriotic Seat Cushion
2 bandannas, I used Patriotic colored, but you could use red, white or blue too
Hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
Bag of polyfil
Place the bandannas on top of each other, and gather one of the corners and tie a piece of twine into a bow to hold it together. Do this for all four corners. Next, hot glue all but one seam together. Fill the “pillow” with poly fil, but be sure to place it in there while keeping it flat. Once it is full enough, hot glue the last seam shut. You can also use sewing glue for this project.
First, draw a design on the front of the glass jar using the paint marker; fill it in with 1 coat of chalkboard paint. You will need at least 3-4 coats of the chalkboard paint, but be sure to let it dry at least 20 minutes in between coats. Using the end of the paint brush, dip it in the acrylic paint, once color at a time and dot polk a dots around the chalkboard design. Let this dry overnight. Fill the jar with different fireworks and write Snap, Crackle and Pop on the different jars with chalk. Wrap a piece of Americana ribbon around the top of the jar and adhere it with a glue dot.
Decorative Utensil Holders
Red, white and blue bandannas
This is the easiest craft ever, grab the bandanna in the middle and scrunch it up and place it into the Mason jar, leaving the edges hanging out. Fill the jars with the different items needed for a party, silverware, straws and napkins. You could also place a small American flag into each jar for a little more decoration.