Get your 4th of July party to flow a little smoother with these 14 brilliant 4th of July hacks that’ll instantly jumpstart your party.
Brighten Your Backyard Party with DIY Yarn String Lights
5-inch balloons and petroleum jelly are the secrets to this easy-peasy DIY. The glue takes about 48 hours to dry so be sure to make these in advance. What I love about these is you can store and reuse them every year!
Repurpose Old Jars into Patriotic Luminaries
Courtesy Keep Calm and Decorate
These luminaries look like a million bucks but costs less than $10 to make (assuming you already have jars). Melissa used old pickle jars, but you can use any glass jars you’d like including candle and mason jars!
Use a Star Hole Puncher on Streamers for an Extra Festive Look
Liven up your streamers with a star hole puncher. Save the star cutouts for hack #10!
Get into the Spirit with These Patriotic Watercolor Tattoos
Courtesy Persia Lou
Making your own temporary tattoos is super affordable and Persia Lou has some amazing 4th of July tattoo designs you can print for free! A great way to get the kids involved is to ask them to help design prints.
DIY Easy Snack Cones with Scrapbook Paper
Courtesy Martha Stewart
Use scrapbook or other sturdy paper to form snack cones for the party. Set aside your blue, white and red paper for this simple hack.
Hack a Popsicle with a Cupcake Liner
Courtesy Smuckers Uncrustables
Don’t let your kid’s beautiful 4th of July clothes get ruined by a drippy popsicle. Prevent stains with a cupcake liner.
Protect Kids’ Hands from Sparklers with a Cup
Courtesy Meck Mom
I’ve seen this hack with red solo cups, but this clear cup idea is definitely more aesthetic!
DIY Patriotic Bean Bag Toss Game with Old Jeans
Courtesy Chica and Jo
The bean bag toss game’s a family classic. Make your own with dried beans, planting saucers, and an old pair of jeans.
DIY American Flag Corn Hole
Courtesy Collectively Christine
This DIY requires some woodworking skills, but it’ll be an amazing addition to your party.
DIY Toilet Paper Roll Confetti Launchers
Courtesy Happiness is Homemade
These confetti launchers are a safe alternative to fireworks and just as much fun. Save your toilet paper rolls for these super easy launchers.
Have a Glow-in-the-Dark Water Balloon Fight
Courtesy The Scrap Shoppe Blog
What’s a 4th of July party without a water balloon fight? Take yours to the next level by inserting glow sticks for a one-of-a-kind experience. For this hack, fold a glow stick into thirds and insert into the balloon prior to filling with water.
Set Your Pool/Lawn Aglow with Submersible Tea Lights
Courtesy Beckham and Belle
This super easy hack requires just a few tea lights and balloons. The key is to not overinflate the balloons so they remain round.
Take Amazing Sparkler Pictures with Your Family
Courtesy One Good Thing
These pictures are so fun and really make the night memorable. All you’ll need is a point-and-shoot or DSLR camera to take these signature photos. Make sure to practice beforehand since the letters will be mirrored! Check out One Good Thing for camera settings.
Brighten Your Cooler with Glow Sticks
Courtesy Ella Elbells
Surprise guests by adding a few glowsticks in your cooler. The party will last long after the fireworks!
Still planning on what to make for dessert? Check out 15 Effortless 4th of July Dessert Recipes for inspiration!
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