Fourth of July DIY Extravaganza: 10 Tips That Won’t Cost the Earth

July 3, 2014 Updated: June 24, 2015

Decorating your home for special occasions need not cost the earth. Here are some easy to follow craft tips for all the family to enjoy and get involved.

1. Patriotic Glass Jars

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Patriotic Mason Jars via Too Much Time on Hometalk.

Create your own American flag and Independence Day decorations by recycling your empty glass jars.

Simply paint the outside with blue, white and red acrylic paint using masking tape for straight lines.

The jars can be used as vases, a centerpiece, or a utensil holder at your 4th of July party or barbecue.

Click here for full instructions from Too Much Time.

2. DIY Hero Mason Jars

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DIY Hero Mason Jar via Holly Bertone on Hometalk.

This DIY Hero jar is perfect for Memorial Day, the 4th of July or any patriotic holiday.

Cut out your favorite pictures from magazines, newspapers and lay them on a clear plastic sheet or cut out plastic bag.

Then glue them to the plastic applying Mod Podge or liquid acrylic glue.

Also apply glue to the front when inserting them inside the jar.

Click here for full instructions from Holly Bertone.

3. Easy Patriotic Luminaries

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Patriotic Luminaries via Keep Calm and Decorate on Hometalk.

Reuse your pickle jars and turn them into tea light holders for your outdoor dinner party or BBQ.

Soak the jars in warm dish soap water to take out the labels.

You can glue fabric flags or blue, white and red scraps of fabric on the outside of the jars. Et voila!

Click here for full instructions from Keep Calm and Decorate.

4. Reused Pallet Wood Flag

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4th of July Pallet Wood Flag via Always Something on Hometalk.

Repurpose a discarded wood pallet or worn-out planks and turn them into a proud national flag.

For full instructions from Always Something click here.

5. Denim Flag Shorts

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4th of July Denim Flag Shorts via Made in a Day on Hometalk.

Want to stand out at your 4th of July BBQ? Turn your denim shorts into a flag!

Click here for full instructions from Made in a Day.

6. Denim Flag Wreath

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Denim Flag Wreath via Made in a Day on Hometalk.

Some of your denims no longer fit you? No problem, turn them into this original patriotic wreath!

For full instructions from Made in a Day please click here.

7. Bunting Galore

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 Patriotic Red White & Blue Banners via Concord Cottage on Hometalk.

Its time to open your box of fabric scraps and turn your blue, white and reds into a colorful bunting display!

For full instructions from Concord Cottage please click here.

8. Bunting Express

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Patriotic Bunting via Home Made Modern on Hometalk.

Have no time to make July 4th decorations?

Not to worry, ask a friend to help you tear your old shirts in long stripes, tie them to a rope, et voila!

For full instructions from Made Modern click here.

9. Burlap Runner Made Easy

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Patriotic Burlap Runner via Domestically Speaking on Hometalk.

Use a length of burlap or when possible saw together recycled jute sacks.

Cut slits along the edges and weave in laces in the colors of the national flag.

For full instructions from Domestically Speaking please click here.

10. A Coaster Finish

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Patriotic Coasters via A Dose of Paige on Hometalk.

And as a final touch for your new fabulous runner, why not reuse leftover tiles and make your own set of coasters?

For full instructions from A Dose of Paige, please click here.

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