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Do you go all out for July 4th? Independence Day decorations can easily descend into cheese-dom, but you don't have to dig out all the stars, stripes and Uncle Sam decor in order to be festive. Mixing red, white and blue colors and patterns is equally fun, and you will be able to use your decorations throughout the rest of the summer, too. Here are ten decorative projects that are high on style and low on cheese:

1. Star Medallions from Martha Stewart

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2. Candle holders from Shelterness

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3. Striped Napkin Rings from Saucy Pants
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4. (Above) Watercolor Striped Bunting from The Sweetest Occasion
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5. Sparkle Skewers from the The Proper Pinwheel

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6. 3D Star Garland from Get Creative Juice

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7. Waterproof Coasters from Merriment Design
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8. Pinwheels from The Long Thread

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9. Containers from Better Homes & Gardens

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10. Six Pack Caddy from Design*Sponge

Re-edited from a post originally published 7.2.2013 - cm