By Anna Kocharian

Published on June 15, 2018

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Photography by Trisha Zemp

It’s almost that time of year when we gather with friends and family to partake in the classic pastime of celebrating America, Yep, we’re talking about the Fourth of July and naturally, an equally festive party comes top of mind.

Before you set out to procure your decorations of choice, take a peek at the style-focused DIYs we rounded up ahead. Encompassing a whole slew of party-perfect ideas, these easy-to-make crafts will impart your fete with a vibrant pop of color and a whole lot of personality. Take a look. 

What’s a party sans a garland? Definitely an incomplete one. We love this simple yet impactful DIY, that offers a festive take on a standard banner. In lieu of water-coloring the mini cardstocks, you may alternatively opt for paint chips instead.

 

Get the how-to on The House That Lars Built. 

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Photography by Mary Costa

How sweet are these mini strawberry cups! We’re all for adding a pop of color to the menu and there’s no better way to do so than with summer’s best berries. These picture-perfect cups make for the ideal dessert for a hot summer’s day and can be prepped ahead of the fete. 

Get the how-to on Oh Joy.

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Photography by Jane Merritt

Bring on the fireworks—and we’re not just talking about the ones at the end of the evening. We’ve got the dessert table in mind and any means with which we can put a fun and dynamic twist to it. These firework-inspired paper cake toppers will contribute the ultimate dose of character and style to even the most basic of confections.

Get the how-to on The House That Lars Built. 

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Photography by CHRISTINA HOLMES

Jell-O shots anyone? These boozy, basil-infused watermelon shots put a refreshing twist on the classic, making them ideal for a summer fete. Prep them the night before and don’t be afraid to get creative with color! Get the recipe here.

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Photography by MICHAEL WILTBANK
No 4th of July BBQ is complete sans flowing spirits and chilled beers. This year, we’re all for elevating our go-to summer brews with a little extra flavor and spice. Utilize stirs sticks and patterned straws to impart the cans with an added pop of color and texture. Bonus points for layering in mini fruit kebabs and tinsel sticks!
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Light up your outdoor space with these whimsically playful paper lanterns. Decked with stars and streaming ribbons, they’ll be an effortlessly chic addition to your tablescape. 

Get the how-to on Martha Stewart

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What’s more American than pie? Luckily, berries are currently in season, which means plenty of fresh fruit tarts to go around. This Lemon Berry Mascarpone Tart from My Baking Addiction is just what the dessert table was missing.
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Photography by Jeff Mindell

We are here for a loud and unapologetic display, and this DIY is one that will certainly fit the bill. Consider it your very own July 4th parade. Now, whether this extravagant balloon display is purely decorational or a bit functional, we’ll leave that part completely up to you. 

Get the how-to on Studio DIY

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We’d like to think that these firecracker cookies from Oh Happy Day are just about as exciting as the real things themselves! Recreate the mouthwatering sugar cookies with the little ones and send them off with guests at the end of the evening. 

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Photography by BRITTANY AMBRIDGE

A theme within a theme? Count us is. The 4th may call for copious amounts of grilled goods, but for those in the mood for a more elegant affair, why not opt for a clambake instead? Deck your table with a patriotically-themed color palette and get cracking with the crustaceans!

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Photography by ANNA KILLIAN VIA THE HOUSE THAT LARS BUILT
Deck the wall above the buffet table with a textured accent, preferably one that comes in a patriotic spectrum. This DIY entails multi-colored yarn and large wooden beads, resulting in a multi-dimensional display. 
 
Get the how-to on The House That Lars Built.
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Photography by TIM GIBSON VIA OH HAPPY DAY

These charming cupcake flower toppers bring on a pop of color to the dessert table, while also contributing to the party’s decor scheme. Here’s how the creative behind Oh Happy Day made them!

What are your go-to decor DIYs for the 4th? Sound off in the comments below!

This story was originally published June 20, 2017, it has been updated with new information.

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