Some people say that the most important part of any celebration is the guests—and while we can’t disagree with that, we’d put the decorations second on that list. After all, a few crafty decorations can turn even the smallest gathering from drab to fab. For your Fourth of July party this year, you and your kids can make a few of these simple decorations to give it that extra pizazz.

Stars and Stripes Mantle

If you’re anything like us, you’ve probably accumulated an impressive collection of patriotic memorabilia—from kitschy flags to star-spangled ornaments. Sometimes it’s hard to find the perfect spot to stash all these trinkets, but thanks to Hoosier Homemade, decorating your mantle will be a no brainer.

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What patriotic decorations will you be using for 4th of July?

— Susie Foresman