These star-spangled, red-white-and-blue party decoration ideas will have your Fourth of July bash shooting off fireworks. Most of these simple projects don't require any fancy supplies—bring on the sparklers, balloons, and dollar-store bandanas!—so you get the most bang for your buck.
Mix up some non-toxic colored powder (hint: it's cornstarch!) for your Fourth of July bash's photo ops, following the recipe on A Beautiful Mess. It's what our Founding Fathers would have wanted.
Made from crepe paper-wrapped paper towel rolls, these firecrackers from Fancy Shanty can be used as invitations to a backyard barbecue, or they can be filled with candies and handed out as party favors.
If you have a printer and some tape, you can make these clipart ice cream cone wrappers from Chickabug.
Criss-cross some inexpensive streamers from the party store—and boom, instant table runner. Thanks, Good Housekeeping.
Draw fireworks onto white paper lanterns freehand, as shown above from Better Homes and Gardens.
More brilliance from Better Homes and Gardens: Carved watermelons are the new carved pumpkins.
You're never too old for oversized sparkler wands. Find the how-to at Martha Stewart.
These 3D star cake toppers and wall decorations, created by scoring and bending ordinary paper, can be made in any colors you like, including red, white, and blue. Stick them to a wall or attach them to a skewer to make cake toppers, like A Subtle Revelry did, above.
Pineapples, spray paint, and sparklers combine for one show-stopping centerpiece, from Leah Bergman of Freutcake.
Before the bash, wrap silverware in inexpensive bandanas that double as napkins, as shown above from Two Shades of Pink.
Because it's just not a party without a pinata. Follow the tutorial on DIY Studio.
Hand-painted watercolor stripes give this bunting a laid-back vibe. Find the how-to from Studio DIY on The Sweetest Occasion.
How cute is this paper cup Erin Phraner of Hey, EEP! decked out with patriotically-patterned washi tape? The semi-homemade strawberry ice cream inside doesn't look so bad either.
One more reason to stock up on pipe cleaners and striped paper straws: Festive firework drink stirrers from Homey Oh My.
You can buy this red, white, and blue star garland ($8) from TransparentEsDecor, or you can try DIY-ing it by machine-sewing colored paper stars in a straight line, leaving about one inch between each shape.
Star-spangle some clear balloons with stick-on shapes and store-bought metallic fringe. To make hers, Haeley of Design Improvised used a helium tank to blow up the balloons, but you can also ask a local party store to inflate them and then jazz them up at home.
Print a bunch of clipart sparkler sleeves, place a couple sparklers in each, and hand the packs out to guests when it's time to shine. Get the clipart for both the sparkler holder and the matchbook wrap on Alice & Lois.
Pimp your ride in patriotic red, white, and blue—then join the parade (or just parade around town). Liz from Say Yes confirms that this small-town tradition isn't just for the kids.