Ring in the 4th of July With 8 Budget-Friendly Party Ideas

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Deck out your space in red, white and blue using budget-friendly bandanas and our simple how-tos.
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If you’re on the hunt for easy, affordable party decor options, look no further. You can make all of your DIY decor dreams come true with the magic of bandanas! From a tablecloth to a chip bowl and everything in between, it is shocking how many expensive party items can easily be replaced by bandanas.

Time to Get Festive

To create a bandana wreath, simply fold a bandana in half and cut along the fold. Take a wire wreath frame and wrap the halved bandanas around the frame, looping them through themselves. For a festive theme, fill two thirds of the frame using blue bandanas and alternate red and white bandanas on the remainder of the wreath.

Red, White and Blue Bandana Wreath On a Wooden Door

A Wooden Door Decorated With a Patriotic Bandana Wreath

This beautiful wooden door is adorned with a patriotic wreath. The simple wreath is created using red, white and blue bandanas wrapped around a wire wreath form.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Perfect Pillow Cover

Transform an ordinary throw pillow into a festive holiday decor piece with just two bandanas and some twine. Simply place the pillow on a bandana and place a second bandana on top. Tie off each corner with a pretty piece of twine for the perfect patriotic pillow you can easy easily undo as soon as the party's over.

Patriotic Bandana-Covered Pillow Sitting On a Red Chair

A Red Chair With a Patriotic Pillow Crafted From a Bandana

This otherwise plain red chair is turned into a patriotic piece of party decor with the use of throw pillow covered in a blue and white bandana and tied off on the edges with twine.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Dress Up Your Table

Don’t worry about buying tablecloths that are destined to be stained and end up in the trash. Instead, make an effortlessly beautiful (and washable!) one out of bandanas. Just use a sewing machine to run a seam down the sides of two bandanas and repeat until you’ve reached the proper size of your table. It’s that easy!

A Patriotic Bandana Tablecloth WIth a Tower of Cupcakes

A Tower of Cupcakes Sits On a Patriotic Bandana Tablecloth

This festive tower of cupcakes sits atop a red, white and blue tablecloth made out of bandanas. The cupcakes are coated with white frosting and finished off with patriotic cupcake toppers.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Bandana Banner

Forgo the plastic and create a pennant banner that is as unique as it is beautiful. Just fold two bandanas in half to create triangle shapes and tie together at the corners. Add as many bandanas as you like, and when you’re all done, simply untie and repurpose or store away for your next party!

Bandanas Tied Together to Made a Red, White and Blue Banner

A Patriotic Pennant Banner Made of Bandanas On a Fence

Red, white and blue bandanas are tied together to create a pennant banner. The patriotic banner hangs contrasting against a white fence.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Deck the Halls With Bandanas

To make this beautiful garland, simply fold a bandana in thirds, turn and fold in half twice. Next, use scissors to cut all the folded edges off to create individual layers of fabric. Cut 1/2-inch strips out of the remaining fabric. Repeat with different colored bandanas. To create the garland, roll out your string and knot the strips around the string in stacks of three. Alternate colors or stack three different colors together for each knot.

Fringed Patriotic Garland Made of Tightly Tied Bandana Strips

A Patriotic Garland Constructed of Strips of Bandanas

This beautiful patriotic garland is made up of multiple strips of red, white and blue bandanas. The strips of bandana are tightly clustered on twine giving the garland a messy "fringed" look.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

It’s Easy as Pie

Making a pie wrap out of bandanas is as easy as…you guessed it, pie. Just lay the bandana out, set the pie in the center, and tie the opposing corners together on top. Slide a pie server under the knot and finish off with a cute label for a photo-ready finish.

Repurposed Bandana Pie Wrap With Slot for Server and Tag

Pie Wrapped in Patriotic Bandana With Server and Flavor Tag

This pie is protected by a bandana that has been repurposed as a patriotic pie wrap. The knots on the top allow a pie server to slide right into place and twine holds a tag with the flavor of the pie listed on it.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

No-Nonsense Napkin

To dress up the cutlery at your party and make every guest feel right at home, fold a bandana into quarters, lay the cutlery out on the bandana facing the top corner and roll up like a napkin. Tie off with a piece of twine to hold everything together nicely.

Bandana Napkins and Twine are Used to Hold Cutlery

Cutlery Wrapped in Bandanas Inside a Metal Basket

Red, white and blue bandanas are wrapped around cutlery, tied off with twine and used as napkins. Napkins and paper plates sit inside of a metal basket accented with a bright, red bandana.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Spice Up Your Chip Bowl

A Red Bandana Lining a Basket Serves as a Chip Bowl

Chips in a Bowl Lined With a Patriotic Red Bandana

This basket is transformed into a patriotic chip bowl by simply lining it with a red bandana. The white basket with the red bandana looks festive against the bandana tablecloth.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

Skip the messy look of opened, scattered chip bags and turn a cute basket into a party-approved chip bowl by lining it with a bandana. Once the party is over, just pull the bandana out, empty the crumbs, throw it in the wash, and it’s ready for whatever DIY comes next!

Patriotic Decor at a Backyard 4th of July Party

People Celebrating the 4th of July with Patriotic Decor

A group of people laugh in the background of a patriotic 4th of July party. The decor consists of white balloons, decor made of red, white and blue bandanas and a tower of festive white cupcakes.

Photo by: Jalynn Baker

Jalynn Baker

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