Festive Designs for Your Independence Day Celebration

By Julia Marchand

With Independence Day right around the corner, you may be looking for new and exciting ways to celebrate. Of course, a parade and fireworks are basically mandatory, but don’t forget to dress up yourself and your home! These are two of my favorite ways to enjoy holidays since they really set the tone for whatever merriment is approaching.

Photo 1                                                      Image via GoodwillEasterSeals.org 

The first thing I like to do to prepare for an upcoming event is to pull together at least one themed display at home. Just setting something up on a tabletop or bookshelf doesn’t take long, but can make a great statement. You don’t even need to have guests over to appreciate it! I find that changing up my surroundings even just a little at a time keeps my home feeling fresh and inspiring. This quick and patriotic display made by Sarah for Goodwill Easter Seals (Saint Paul) is exactly what I’m talking about. It’s bright, bold, and brilliantly priced since she found everything at Goodwill!

Photo 2                                                                                                                     Image via GoodwillFabulous.com

Be a firework this fourth by decking yourself out head-to-toe in red, white, and blue like Molly and Penny, the sisters behind the blog Goodwill Fabulous. Can you believe that the dress Molly scored for $4.99 from her local Goodwill originally retailed for $138? That’s about 96% off! I’d say the hunt is well worth it for a price like that. What do you think?

Photo 3                                                                                                    Image via ItAllStartedWithPaint.com 

Another aspect of Independence Day that I truly adore is how social the holiday is. This is not one of those intimate family days like Easter nor is it a one-on-one type evening like Valentine’s Day. It’s an all-you-can-eat, everyone’s invited, break out the sparklers kind of jubilation! As such, it might be a good idea for you to have some snacks and activities on hand. Here are some fantastic ideas for themed décor and pastimes from Marion Goodwill Industries (OH) including the super simple silverware stash above!
But perhaps the most patriotic thing about celebrating the Fourth of July by shopping at your Goodwill is that every dollar you spend is going back into your own community. Eighty-three percent of collective revenues raised through the sale of donated goods support and grow Goodwill’s critical community-based programs and services. Thrifting at Goodwill is such an easy and effective way to help keep your unique community strong to ensure that we can continue to applaud it every July 4th for a very long time.

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Independence Day DIY Ideas

Independence Day

Independence Day is the perfect holiday. There’s sunshine, good food and we get to be patriotic as we celebrate our country. Whether you’re throwing a barbecue or just having a few friends over for some Fourth of July fun, how you decorate will set the mood. Here are some easy DIY ideas for how to make your party as patriotic as it can be.

American Flag Mason Jars
Mason Jars

All this requires is three mason jars and some red, white, and blue paint. Paint your first mason jar all blue and then add white stars to it after the first coat has dried. To complete your flag, paint the other two jars with alternating red and white stripes. This decoration is functional too. You can put utensils or flowers in them.

Paper Fireworks

Paper Fireworks

Fireworks are one of the best parts of Fourth of July celebrations, and you can have them in your own home. Not the real thing of course, but you can make paper fireworks to hang up on your wall. First, get some scrapbook paper from your local craft store or Goodwill (red, white, and blue of course). You can cut the paper in any size you want, but we wouldn’t go smaller than 4 inches because it will be harder to fold. Then fold the papers back and forth like an accordion and once you’re done, staple the folded paper in the middle. Now all you have to do is fan out the folds and you have whirling, multicolored fireworks to hang up around the party. Another idea is to upcycle toilet paper tubes for some fun décor!

Patriotic Goodie Bags
Paper Bag 2

This is another functional decoration, and its super simple to make, not to mention cheap. You’ll need brown paper lunch bags and red, white, and blue crafting tape. Once you have all that just put some tape on the bottom of the bags in alternating patterns. You can fill these bags with cookies, chips, or even red, white, and blue confetti. Lay them out around your party or hand them out as party favors. Any way you use them, they’ll be a cute decoration.

DYI Clothing Projects
Jean Shorts

We’ve all seen the pics of denim jeans from Goodwill cut off and made into shorts. Well, let’s take those Goodwill finds a bit further and add some designs with bleach. It’s such an easy and fun project for those times over the summer when you hear, “I’m bored, what should I do?”
Watch this video for step by step directions:

Another fun shorts idea – You will need shorts, red, white, and blue fabric paint and a star stencil. Use stencil to make stars and paint around them with blue, then paint stripes! Voilà!

Flag Shorts

For additional ideas visit our Pinterest page at: http://www.pinterest.com/mariongoodwill/fourth-of-july

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