3 DIY Independence Day decorations
Red, white and blue rockets
For a handy centerpiece to light up your table, grab some empty cardboard toilet paper and paper towel rolls. Wrap the tubes in red, white or blue construction paper. Whatever glue you have on hand—Elmer’s, glue sticks, hot glue—should be adequate. Then, create a cone out of another piece of construction paper and use hot glue or tape to attach it to one end of the cardboard tube so that it looks like a rocket. Let it dry, then place a dab of hot glue on the end of a stick you found in the yard or a wooden skewer, and glue the side of the cardboard tube to the stick. Grab a flowerpot—empty or blooming—and shove a few of the rockets into the dirt. You can also purchase Styrofoam balls at a craft store to hold the rockets in place.
Patriotic paper garland
Grab a stack of red, white and blue cardstock, a pair of scissors, a hole punch and some string, twine or fishing line. Cut circles, triangles, stars, hearts or whatever else you like out of the cardstock, then punch two holes in it, one at the top and one at the bottom. Threat the string through the holes, knotting one end to the paper to keep it firmly in place. Leave space—a few inches to half a foot—between each cutout. When it’s as long as you want it, hang from trees, string along a fence or place wherever you like!