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Cheap decoration ideas for the Fourth of July

Making this Independence Day your best yet - without breaking the bank!

June 26, 2023
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Last updated:
Jan 15
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The gist: By harnessing your creativity, using materials you already have, and a bit of good ol' American spirit, you can create a Fourth of July celebration that is both cost-effective and memorable. 

Are you looking to spice up your Fourth of July with some fabulous and frugal decorations? You're in the right place. We're about to take you on a glorious ride filled with DIY ideas that would make even Betsy Ross proud. So, whether you're throwing a bash or just adding a bit of red, white, and blue to your everyday decor, stay tuned! 

Patriotic Mason Jars

Let's start by upcycling those lonely mason jars hiding in your kitchen. You know the ones I'm talking about. Clean them up, grab some paint, and let your inner artist shine. Paint some with stripes, others with stars, or even in solid red, white, and blue. They make great centerpieces or mantle decorations and can even be used as utensil holders for your Fourth of July BBQ.

DIY Flag Wreath

You can't get more American than a flag wreath gracing your front door. Use an old wire hanger, some clothespins, and a bit of paint. That's right, you're going to paint those clothespins red, white, and blue, and then arrange them on the wire hanger to resemble our beloved Stars and Stripes. Your neighbors will be green (or should we say red, white, and blue?) with envy.

Paper Fireworks

Why wait until dark to see fireworks? Create your own paper fireworks to hang from the ceiling or trees. You just need some colored paper (you guessed it, red, white, and blue), scissors, and a bit of string. Make them as big, small, loud, or subtle as you want. And the best part? These fireworks are completely child and pet safe!

Star-Spangled Banner Pillow Covers

Now, we're not suggesting you start a sewing revolution, but some simple pillow covers could add a festive touch to your living room. Use some inexpensive fabric or repurpose old T-shirts to create covers in red, white, and blue. You can add stars or stripes using fabric paint or markers. The result? A comfy tribute to the land of the free.

Tin Can Windsocks

Everyone loves a good windsock. Especially when it's made from upcycled tin cans. Paint the cans, poke some holes in the bottom, thread through some string, and then add streamers of red, white, and blue crepe paper. Hang them up outside, and watch your homemade windsocks dance in the summer breeze.

There you have it, compatriot, your guide to celebrating Independence Day on a budget. It's not about how much money you spend, it's about the love, passion, and spirit you put into it. So let's keep the spirit of the Fourth of July alive, not just in our decorations, but in our hearts. Happy decorating and happy Fourth of July!

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