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3 DIY Independence Day decorations

 
What’s red, white and blue all over? Your Fourth of July bash, of course! Glam up your space, whether you’re grilling it up outside or sticking to the living room, with three easy crafts you can whip up in minutes.

 

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!

 

Beachcomber paperweight

Even if you aren’t celebrating by the coast this summer, you can still bring the shore to your Fourth of July party. Head to a crafts store and pick up some acrylic paint. If you don’t have any seashells at home, you can probably grab some at the dollar store. Soak fresh-from-the-beach shells in a bleach and water mixture, air dry and then paint to your heart’s delight! These can be great to weigh down stacks of plates and napkins, or simply as decoration.
 

BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 6/29/2011 2:33:00 PM

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