12 Easy DIY Projects for Your Fourth of July Garden Party

You’ve thought of almost everything for your Fourth of July celebrations: family and friends gathered around a massive table heaped with summer-fresh food, plenty of icy-cold drinks, fireworks and fun. But why not elevate your party with some fabulous and affordable DIY projects that will put everyone in a patriotic mood? Here are 12 ideas:

This red, white and blue wreath is the perfect front door decoration to get guests right into the swing of things.

Have an old wooden gate or fence section lying around? Transform it into a festive patriotic decoration for your front porch or patio. Or, make use of a couple of old pallets by creating this show-stopping hand-painted flag. Follow the tutorial by Jennifer Allwood from The Magic Brush and you’ll have a piece of art you’ll use for years to come.

Add some charm to your al fresco dinner table with these rustic bandana place settings, which will put a smile on your guests’ faces. String up a couple of homemade outdoor garlands, which will add color and texture to your space.

Give that pile of terracotta pots new life with a few licks of paint, and you’ll have gorgeous flower planters that make an instant July 4th container garden. Pop in some red, white and blue plants transplanted from your flowerbeds – think lobelia, petunias, salvia and geraniums – to add more wow factor.

For some kid-friendly crafts the whole family can do together, check out how to make tin can windsocks or stars-and-stripes paper lanterns.

Let there be light with these adorable string lights project, or raid your recycling bin to find tin cans to make these lovely luminaries that are fun and simple to do. If you have a pile of empty Mason jars in the garage, put them to use by turning them into pretty lanterns that cast a soft glow when the sun sets.

Now all you have to do is enjoy your picnic and party the night away! Share your holiday garden photos and ideas with us!

PHOTO INFO:

Tin Can Luminaries:
Courtesy of Karen Hunady, Crafts-For-All-Seasons.com

Bandana Place Settings:
Courtesy of Jessica Sykes, TwoShadesOfPink

Patriotic Pallet Flag:
Courtesy of Jennifer Allwood, The Magic Brush

Red white and blue flowers 2 (better photo):
Photo Credit: Pascal Volk Flickr via Compfight cc

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