In this house, 4th of July is a BIG deal! Fireworks, sprinklers, swimming, family! You name it, and it’s on the list! This year is no different and it was time to find some frugal and fun ideas to make this holiday just a little bit more special!
15 Frugal and Fun 4th of July Ideas
One thing we know for sure, when it comes to 4th of July, there are picnics, BBQ’s, grill-outs, and food everywhere you turn! This year, check out some of these fast and easy dishes and snacks that you can take with you or create at your own party at home!
These snack jars, including snacks like blue M&M’s, white chocolate covered pretzels, and Red Vines are the perfect patriotic treats! This was found at DIYTime.info and one of the best parts of this is it’s super fast and simple! Don’t have containers like these? No worries! Make a quick run to your local Dollar Store and I’m sure you’ll find something that you can use for this idea!
Rice Krispie “Pops” with a twist were found at BakingBeauty.net and are just so darn cute that the kids will be snacking on these all day! The recipe can be found in the link, but grab some food coloring, some popsicle sticks, and some free time and you’ll have these whipped out in a jiffy! Fun!
This Fruit & Pretzel Flag Tray that was found on Pinterest brings a bit of healthy snacking with some strawberries and blueberries, along with some yummy white chocolate covered pretzels on the side! I have to admit, chocolate covered pretzels are my FAV, so this treat looks like it’s going to be making a 4th of July appearance at our house!
In a variation of the above Flag fruit tray, this one will prove to be another hit! Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, along with chunks of cheese to create your “stripes” will be a yummy addition to the treat table! Find this at TheBetterMom.com. These two Flag trays may have similar looks, but having one on each end of a buffet table will prove successful with the different tastes at most 4th of July parties!
Now these are a great dessert to make with the kiddos and they’ll have a great time helping out! This was found at OurBestBites.com and it looks like a hit to me! Make some sugar cookies, whip up a nice cream cheese frosting, and grab some Red, White, & Blue M&Ms to create the American Flag! These look mouth-watering and pretty easy, too!
Need something quick and easy for a picnic you’re headed off to? Grab some Red Vines and cut up some 4th of July Scrapbook paper into strips, tape the strips together around the Red Vines, and voila! You have some Twizzler Treats! This super fun, frugal, and fast idea was found at RoomToInspire.BlogSpot.com!
Now these might take a little more effort, but you have to admit, the kids are going to think they are the most fun hot dogs that they have ever had in their tiny lives! Introducing Rocket Hot Dogs, found at TheyAreCrafty.BlogSpot.com. Everything involves a quick trip to the grocery store, wrapping some croissants around the hot dogs, and topping it off with a triangle of cheese all skewered on a patriotic cupcake liner and lollipop stick. Decorate around it how you want and you will have a bonafide hit on your hands!
Last but not least, what kind of 4th of July party isn’t complete without some S’mores to look forward to around a blazing fire later in the evening as fireworks are going off?!?! These S’mores Container ideas, found at BalancingHome.com, are definitely going to kick things up a notch in the presentation department! And guess what? You’re going to be able to do this totally on the cheap! If you don’t have any french fry holders (and if you don’t, check Amazon or the Dollar Store, you never know when you might find a deal!), just grab some paper cups or make your own cones with themed-scrapbook paper for the event! Stuff them full of all graham crackers, chocolate bars, and marshmallows for some individual s’more servings and you’ll look like a pro!
After having your menu under control, it’s always nice to have some awesome home decor around the house to celebrate the holiday. Check out these easy DIY Crafts that can be done on the cheap!
This might be a bit more time-consuming with 4th of July quickly approaching, but I promise it really isn’t that bad. I’ve made one myself! Grab some paint, find a pallet (check your local hardware stores, I’ve always been lucky to be able to grab a few that they were just going to throw away anyways) and get to work! This idea was found on Pinterest, but it sure has become a hit over the last few months. Get some star stencils to make sure you paint those stars as perfect as possible, paint the slats of wood, and go crazy! It’s such a fun 4th of July decoration!
This Apothecary Jar with Colored Beans was found at Makoodle.com. You may have the perfect jar or vase in mind for this idea, but if not, take a quick peak at Amazon or at your local Dollar Store and I’m sure you’ll find something well within your budget. Next, grab some kidney beans, black beans, and white beans based on the website instructions, layer them, and you’re done! 4th of July festivities in a jar!
Get the kids ready to help out with this fun DIY 4th of July project! This Colored Sand Mason Jar idea came from AttaGirlSays.com and is a quick and easy way to throw a little festive decor into the house or better yet, out on the deck! Grab some colored sand from your local craft store and layer it in mason jars for a Red, White, and Blue look. Now comes the fun part… throw some sparklers in there! Or some tealight candles! Those are just perfect-o fun at night once the sun goes down!
Grab the little ones and have them work on this Patriotic Paper Chain, found on APumpkinAndAPrincess.com. Cut strips from some 4th of July themed scrapbook paper, or even use red, white, and blue construction paper with some star stickers. Be as creative as you want with this one and the kids will love the craft time preparing for the 4th of July!
Ready to make some Colored Paper Star Topiaries? This idea was found at CraftsnCoffee.com and gives a full tutorial for how to make this. It may look a bit more intimidating than it actually is, but I swear you’ll be able to do this in no time! It’s a great DIY project and don’t forget… you can use these for Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the 4th of July! Multiple uses throughout the year!
So I’m totally obsessed with Mason Jar projects right now! This DIY Red, White, & Blue Mason Jar project comes from ItAllStartedWithPaint.com and I can pretty much guarantee I’m going to start this one as soon as I’m done with this blog! 🙂 Check out the tutorial in the given link and be able to use these for holding silverware for the picnic, flowers on the deck, or anything else that comes to that creative mind of yours! Love it!
What better way to end these fun and frugal ideas than with presents! These 4th of July Kiddo Treat Buckets come from KamiBuchanan.BlogSpot.com. Be careful, though. Kami’s wonderful Blog shares some AMAZING ideas for a 4th of July party and these kiddo treats are just a “drop in the bucket”! No pun intended, Hahaha… 🙂 The dollar store will have many of the items you may need to put something together for all of your little guests and remember… the more occupied you keep them, the more socializing you’ll be able to do with the rest of the adults!
I hope that this gets you started on some wonderful and quick projects for the upcoming 4th of July holiday! I don’t know about you, but I still can’t believe we are approaching the 4th of July already! Enjoy, be safe, have fun, and I hope you love making these frugal food and craft ideas as much as I do!
Oh and here are some handy dandy links to supplies you might need to create the ideas above…
- Food coloring
- Popsicle sticks
- White chocolate candy melts
- White chocolate covered pretzels
- Red, white, & blue M&Ms
- Red Vines candy
- 4th of July scrapbook paper
- Red, white, & blue construction paper
- Star stickers
- Red, white, & blue craft sand
- Star-shaped sand art necklace bottles (let the kids use the leftover sand to create patriotic necklaces!)
- Mason jars
- White tealight candles
- Red, white, & blue citronella tealight candles
- Lollipop sticks
- Patriotic cupcake liners
- Graham crackers
- Star stencils
Do you have any other Frugal and Fun 4th of July Ideas that you’re planning on whipping up? Be sure to share in the comments below! 🙂
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