Come Independence Day, everything looks better with stars and stripes. Give your home the star-spangled treatment with these simple 4th of July crafts. We have ideas that will keep kids occupied, as well as some more advanced projects for adults that when completed, can double as your patriotic decor. Get your hot glue gun and your crafting scissors ready, because you’re going to want to try these crafts out for yourself.

Whether you’re an old pro at crafting, or you’re just looking for something to keep everyone busy until the fireworks, there’s something for all ages on this list — including a DIY picnic blanket that you’re going to want to use all summer. When you’re done crafting, be sure to check out more of our favorite summer DIY ideas.

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Patriotic Pallet Art

Add whatever patriotic phrase you like to this DIY painted wood project. Plus, you can keep this professional looking rustic decor up year-round.

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Popsicle Stick Vases

On the other hand, this craft is super easy for kids to do. After the kids paint some popsicle sticks red and blue, give them hand glueing them to a old tin jar — then you’re free to use these vases for flowers, storing utensils, or whatever else you need.

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Painted Burlap Place Settings

Crafts that you can use really are the best crafts, and your barbecue will certainly get some mileage out of these adorable, red, white and blue place settings.

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DIY Picnic Blanket

All it takes is a star stencil and some red and blue fabric paint to turn your old tarp into a festive picnic blanket fit for the occasion.

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4th of July Candle Jar

Keep the mosquitoes away and enjoy the great outdoors for as long as you can by filling this DIY candle jar with some citronella.

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Stars and Stripes Banner

The easiest (and least permanent) way to add a festive touch to your walls? A hanging banner. This printable star and stripes banner makes it simple, too — all you have to do is cut!

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Patriotic Pom Pom Wreath

Follow this color pattern, or let your own creativity shine with your own pattern of red, white, and blue crafting pom poms.

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No-Sew Bandana Seat Cushions

Soften seats with no-sew pillow covers. Sandwich a cushion between two bandanas, then join each corner together with a rubber band and a thin ribbon.

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Patriotic Suncatcher

This easy craft for kids also doubles as 4th of July decor — that’s something worth celebrating!

What you’ll need: tissue paper ($6,, white stars ($3,

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Denim and Burlap Lighted Garland

TBH you can live these string lights up all year round because denim never goes out of style.

What you’ll need: string lights ($9,, burlap ($16,, denim ($12,

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Patriotic Napkin Holder

See? You can even make your plastic cutlery look patriotic.

What you’ll need: plastic utensils ($10,, little bitty bags ($7,, twine ($10,

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Confetti Poppers

Your kids will get a kick out of these red, white, and blue poppers — and you’ll havewith the post-party cleanup. (Apologies in advance.)

What you’ll need: balloons ($13,, confetti ($4,

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American Flag Corn Hole

Seriously, it doesn’t get more American than this.

What you’ll need: painter’s tape ($7,

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Paper Stars

Thanks to a printable template, these red and blue stars are much simpler than they look.

Get the tutorial at Lia Griffith »

What you’ll need: cardstock ($14 for 50 sheets,

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Balloon Flag

Let freedom ring with this red, white, and blue balloon display. Just make sure to use a strong tape so that they don’t blow away!

What you’ll need: balloons ($11 for 100,

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Games Station

To keep kids entertained, set up a cleverly named snap, crackle, and pop station filled with snaps, sparklers, and bubbles.

What you’ll need: mason jars ($20 for 12,

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Burlap Flags

The best thing about this project is that you probably already have everything you need in your supplies cabinet (yes, even the novice crafters!).

What you’ll need: burlap ($15 for 10 yards,, paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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Patriotic Shutter

If you start with a white shutter, all this festive DIY requires is strategically-placed tape and two coats of paint.

Get the tutorial at Hoosier Homemade »

What you’ll need: paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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Patriotic Flower Pot

A few swipes of paint give standard terracotta celebratory style — and the planter is extra peppy when paired with red, white, and blue blooms.

Get the tutorial at Lolly Jane »

What you’ll need: terra cotta pot ($12 for 8,, paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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Uncle Sam’s Hat

While this top hat project is stunning as a centerpiece, it could also double as a photobooth prop. We’re all about the family photo opp.

Get the tutorial at Consumer Crafts »

What you’ll need: paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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USA Wreath

This bold door decor showcases the American flag’s iconic prints.

Get the tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous »

What you’ll need: red and white ribbon ($13 per roll,, chalkboard flags ($8 for 11 feet,

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Firework Backdrop

This entire spread has us smiling, but we’re particularly impressed by the cheeky firework-inspired backdrop.

Get the tutorial at Hostess With the Mostess »

What you’ll need: corks ($21 for 100,, paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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American Flag Log

You’ll need to grab a drill to make this candle log, but for a final result as rustic and patriotic as this, we’re game.

Get the tutorial at Redhead Can Decorate »

What you’ll need: paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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Starry Tea Towel

Add a subtle starry touch to a plain white tea towel with this whimsical craft.

Get the tutorial at Sparkle Living »

What you’ll need: paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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American Flag Luminaries

Pickle jars get a second life as glowing luminaries decoupaged with stars and stripes. Not a pickle fan? Mason jars also work.

Get the tutorial at Keep Calm and Decorate »

What you’ll need: mason jars ($20 for 12,

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Red, White, and Blue Utensils

The magic of washi tape strikes again with this easy way to jazz up typical plastic flatware.

Get the tutorial at Tikkido »

What you’ll need: patriotic washi tape ($11 for 5 rolls,

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4th of July Wreath

Patriotic pinwheels create a poppy paper firework effect on your front door.

Get the tutorial at Design Improvised »

What you’ll need: patriotic pinwheels ($8 for 6,

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Mason Jar Flags

This creative twist on the painted mason jar gives your buffet an instant Americana theme.

Get the tutorial at It All Started With Paint »

What you’ll need: mason jars ($20 for 12,, paint ($18 for 18 bottles,

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Red, White, and Blue Paper Flowers

These impressive paper flowers start with simple circle shapes, so even novices can dress their patio table.

Get the tutorial at Live Laugh Rowe »

What you’ll need: cardstock ($14 for 50 sheets,

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Flag Banner

Trade your everyday door number for a more festive sign this season.

Get the tutorial at Just a Little Creativity »

What you’ll need: canvas banner ($6,, paint ($18 for 18 bottles,


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