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.

Patriotic Jar Lanterns

These outdoor lanterns are another must for any outdoor party. A bit of tissue paper and Mod Podge transforms ordinary mason jars into an impressive stained glass creation. Check out the full instructions at Here’s to Handy Andy.

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

— Susie Foresman

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