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.
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.
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.
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.
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.