Your DIY Guide to the Most Festive Fourth of July
God bless America. And fireworks. And sparklers. And star-spangled bikinis. The Fourth of July is upon us, and it’s one of the few occasions we’re very much okay with going all out with decorations. From appetizers to balloons to bunting, here are 18 stylish—and delicious!—red, white, and blue projects that have earned our stamp of approval.
Stay cool and colorful, and get more fruit into your family’s diet, with these red, white, and blue ice cubes. Just pack some rubber ice cube trays with fruit, add water, and freeze. Experiment with stick-shaped trays for a stripey look.
This may come as a surprise, but there is something more festive than balloons… star-spangled balloons! Use a star-shaped paper hole punch to cut out miniature stars and glue them onto inflated latex balloons with a glue stick. Ta-da!
In the mood for a real DIY project? Take a lesson in chemistry 101 and make your own sparklers from scratch! Granted, it’s more expensive than buying a pack at the local fireworks shop, but you’ll feel empowered when you successfully mix ingredients like strontium nitrate, boric acid, and steel powder.
Once that science experiment is complete, add some celebratory flair to those DIY sparklers with these printable sparkler packet labels. Just download, print, and slice a little slit in the paper, and they are complete!
No outdoor party is complete without some candles to set the mood and keep the bugs away, so make a few of these cute Fourth of July matchboxes and scatter them around your tabletops. Guests can grab them when it’s time to light those sparklers, as well as take them home as a cute memento.
No Independence Day bash should be without a flag cake of sorts, and this all-American pie with lemon-butter crust, which is made with cherries and blueberries, is right up our alley. It has rustic charm and the perfect amount of sweetness.
Temperatures will be high in many places across the country this weekend, and popsicles are the perfect way to cool off—better yet if they can boost your buzz. Made with vodka, triple sec, blueberry puree, and a few fruit juices, these Fourth of July cocktail popsicles are just for grown-ups.
A light antidote to those heavy burgers and hot dogs you’ll be grilling, this sugar-free macerated fruit salad is bright, clean, and simple, made with berries, peaches, melon, mint, and lemon juice.
Flag cakes, pies, and desserts are go-tos for Fourth of July, so it’s fun to switch things up with something healthier that works as an appetizer too. This fruit, cheese, and nut platter covers all the necessary Old Glory colors without the sugary overload.
Fruit popsicles are always popular on the Fourth, but some of us prefer chocolate to strawberry and the like. If you’re one of them, try these homemade magic shell popsicles, which get their red, white, and blue flair from food coloring–dyed white chocolate and glittery candies.
If you’re keeping the holiday low-key with a small group but still want to make a festive dessert, this trifle in a jar with layers of ladyfingers, berries, and cherries makes a nice individual serving.
Water cooler paper cups have never looked cooler. A few stickers, cupcake liners, and a bit of ribbon make an adorable container for patriotic candy. Kids will love these.
Cheerful and sweet, these firework cake toppers are celebratory but not too kitschy. To make them, you need just a few supplies, including strips of fabric, washi tape, and wood skewers.
You’ll love this savory twist on the standard raspberry-and-blueberry combo. With a lemon juice, sea salt, honey, and ricotta spread, this fruity appetizer is beautifully balanced.
Get patriotic with these festive kebabs made with little sweet bites of star-shaped watermelon, banana, and berries. Want a savory option? Try tomatoes, mozzarella, and eggplant.
Firecracker ice pops are a summer staple, but who knows what’s in the variety you buy from the ice cream truck or the grocery store? Re-create them at home with this healthier version that features vanilla almond milk and berry purées. You won’t feel one bit guilty for eating both pops.
Skip the store-bought decorations, and make your own. This striped watercolor bunting has artsy flair and a bit of a nautical vibe. Hang it above your buffet or in any corner of your entertaining space that needs a little celebratory pep.
What do you like to DIY for the Fourth? Tell us in the comments below.