31 Creative Ideas for July 4th Decorations

Hosting a family gathering for a July 4th barbecue is an American tradition that I look forward to every year.  So here are several red white and blue tutorials on how to decorate for a patriotic family gathering.  Including how to decorate your porch, front door, mantel, bikes, parades, and floats.

You’re going to love all the things you can make out of red, white, and blue as there are over 377 patriotic tutorials and recipes perfect for 4th of July. More are being added every day on the Tip Junkie Patriotic site.

Family Gathering

Family Gathering

 1.  Red, White and Blue Patriotic Party {Backgrounds} ~ This is a perfect party tables, dressed in all red white and blue! The blue polka dot backdrop helps to pull the theme all together. Using this as an inspiration photo for your next event, your guests will be blown away!

Celebrating the Fourth of July on a Budget

2.  Celebrating the Fourth of July on a Budget ~ Are you wanting to celebrate 4th of July in style, but on a small budget? I was excited to challenge myself and figure out how to style something that would “WOW” your guests regardless of how much you spent on the party. I think you’ll love these ideas!

Patriotic Pennant Banner with Printable Template

3.  Patriotic Pennant Banner with Printable Template ~ Use this pattern to cut triangles out of a variety of fabrics. You’ll need approximately three pennants for every 2? of banner; for a 12? banner, cut 18 triangles.

Fourth of July Printable Decor

4.  Patriotic Flair {free printables} ~ These classic party printables are a must have for your Memorial Day, Independence Day, Military Welcome Home Parties, Flag Day and Labor Day celebrations. It’s a great patriotic set that features stars and stripes and classic colors. The set includes a banner, fill-in menu, place cards, water bottle labels, party circles that can be used for cupcake toppers or embellishments as well as patterned paper for medallions.

Red White and Blue Decor

Patriotic Table Decor

5.  DIY Paper Starbursts ~ Create adorable patriotic starbursts from sheets of red, white and blue paper.  Hang them for a festive flair.

Paper Crafted Patriotic Fireworks Tutorial

6.  Paper Crafted Patriotic Fireworks Tutorial ~ How to make some easy fireworks paper decor for your Fourth of July barbecue or maybe just to gussy up your mantle for the occasion.

4th of July Decor

7.  Simple Star Garland {4th of July Decor} ~ What is more patriotic than stars, red, white and blue?! This DIY garland is perfect for the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday! Hang it on a mantel or around the family message center as seen here!

Stars and Stripes Paint Chip Banner Template

8.  Stars and Stripes Paint Chip Banner Template ~ How to make a paint chip banner that says “stars and stripes” perfect to decorate for any patriotic holiday.

Red White Blue Fabric Outdoor Banner

9.  Red White Blue Fabric Outdoor Banner ~ Simply tare 3/4? strips of cotton fabric and tied them onto some cotton cording to make this shabby chic red, white, and blue outdoor banner.

Tie-dyed Fourth of July Bunting

10. Tie Dye Bunting Tutorial ~  Turn inexpensive white cotton fabric into fun patriotic bunting using this tie dye bunting tutorial.

Picnic Table Decor

11.  Mason Jar {July 4th} Centerpiece ~ These festive sand layered July 4th centerpieces are absolutely darling!  Mason jars were layered with sand, baker’s twine was tied around the lip of the jar, and the free printables were attached to paper straws.  Just by changing the colors and theme you could incorporate this idea for any occasion or season.

DIY Picnic Table Decor

12.  Denim Placemants {July 4 Crafts} ~ Upcycle some of those old jeans into a fun denim placemat that will be perfect for your 4th of July barbecue.

How to make a Bandana Tablecloth

13.  Patriotic Bandana Tablecloth ~ Want a fun patriotic tablecloth for your Labor Day picnic?  This great tutorial will show you how  to make your own using red, white, and blue bandanas.

Plastic Picnic Pocket BBQ Garland Tutorial

14.  Plastic Picnic Pocket BBQ Garland Tutorial ~ We’ve placed napkins, plastic utensils, and even corn on the cob trays inside each pocket.  But we’re sure you can think of even more ideas for this type of garland!

Patriotic Napkin Rings {DIY Decor}

15. Patriotic Napkin Rings {DIY Decor} ~ Dress up your table in red, white, and blue with this easy sewing tutorial for patriotic napkin rings.  The post also has a free pattern for a table runner and garland and a free template for fun patriotic hot dog trays.

Patriotic Paper Lollies, Perfect for July 4th Tutorial

16.  Patriotic Paper Lollies, Perfect for July 4th Tutorial ~ These fun paper crafts get the nickname “Lollies” because they look like giant lollipops.  They would look great as a centerpiece at your 4th of July BBQ.

Patriotic Mason Jars

17.  Flag Mason Jars ~ Transform plain mason jars into patriotic red, white and blue flag ones using craft paint.  They’re adorable as centerpieces or containers for utensils.

Fourth of July Barbecue

Stripe Outdoor Banner Tutorial

18.  Stripe Outdoor Banner Tutorial ~ Your neighbors will love this easy to make and festive fabric outdoor banner.

Fourth of July Barbecue

19.  Printable Patriotic Banner and Bottle Wrappers ~ This adorable banner is printed with a music sheet background to tie into the party theme “Let Freedom Ring”.  Love it!  You can also print the free coordinating water bottle wrappers.

July 4th Barbecue

20.  Mason Jar Sippy Cups {Red White and Blue} ~ Mason Jars are so trendy right now, and this is a kid friendly spin on the trend! All you need is the jar some patriotic paper and a straw! Easy and Cute! Best of all this could be used for almost any event from birthday parties to holidays!

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21.  Printable Patriotic Pinwheels ~ These free printable pinwheels are a great decoration for your patriotic party and a fun activity to keep the little ones occupied.


Fourth of July Bike Clip Art

22. Fourth of July Bike Clip Art ~It’s easy to get in the spirit with our printable patriotic clip art. P rint our bike clip art to make festive medallions, spoke covers, labels, and other Fourth of July decorations.

Decorate a Bike Basket
23.  Decorate a Bike Basket ~ For the  bike basket, attach some simple decorations and these festive flowers.


Bike Parade

24. 4th of July Neighborhood Bike Parade ~  Have each person decorate their bike in Red, White, and Blue and have everyone watching wave flags or twirl patriotic pinwheels.

Mantle Decor

Mantel Decorating

25.  Pottery Barn Inspired Patriotic Banner {4th of July Decor} ~ Inspired by a Pottery Barn version, this banner is 4th of July decor perfection! Make one using her step-by-step tutorial! Then decorate for any patriotic holiday with your festive banner!

How To Make Garland

26. 4th of July Bunting Banner Tutorial ~ This patriotic fabric and burlap bunting banner is a cute decoration indoors or out.  Hang it from your mantel or drape it across your picnic table.

DIY Mantle Decor

27.  4th of July Mantel Decor {Holiday Mantel} ~ Here is some lovely inspiration for a 4th of July themed mantel! Great because not only can it be used for the 4th but any other patriotic holiday as well! She even gives a fabulous tip about using washi tape to decorate that could be used for any holiday or event with different colors!

July 4th Mantle Decor

28.  Patriotic Star and Stripes Holiday Decor {Crafts} ~ This is a great craft that can be used to decorate your home not just on the 4th of July, but any patriotic holiday. Using particle board, a metal star, sand paper and spray paint you will be creating a great piece of holiday decor that can be used for many years to come!

4th of July Subway Art

29.  Patriotic Subway Art ~ I love that this subway art piece uses non-traditional shades of red, white and blue for their patriotic/pledge allegiance piece.


Patriotic Wreath

30.  4th of July Starburst Wreath ~ Using straws and cardboard this starburst wreath makes for a cute DIY project. This is an easy and inexpensive craft that won’t take up a lot of time, but is great for the 4th of July or any other patriotic holiday!

July 4th Wreath

31. July 4th Wreath {diy} ~ Create a cute patriotic wreath with this fabulous tutorial!  Using straw wreath form from your local craft store, some fabric and paper scraps you will be able to make a great statement wreath for your door this 4th of July holiday season!

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Creative Ideas for July 4th Decorations

4th of July Starburst Wreath
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  1. Thanks for such a great selection of patriotic crafts. My oldest’s birthday is on the 3rd so I am always looking for new, inexpensive red, white, and blue ideas. Some of these are getting made ths week!

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