{Eco-Tutorial} A Festive Fourth: Upcycled Decor

With the Fourth of July creeping up this weekend you may be on the hunt for fun decorations that will set the mood for your patriotic soiree. But before you skip away to your local party store – try your hand at these simple upcycled crafts that you can make at home with things you already own!

Newspaper Starbursts

To make these festive decorations all you need is a bit of scotch tape, yesterday’s paper, and a pair of scissors. First grab one sheet of newspaper and create 1 inch folds to make a paper accordion. Next, run a piece of tape around the center and fold in half. Cut a quarter circle across the corner to create a scalloped edge. Then fan the paper into a circle and secure each end with tape to create the finished starburst. Once made you can hang these cheerful decorations from your ceiling or tree branches with string – or use them on a tabletop to add texture to your centerpiece.

Jelly Jar Lanterns

These elegant luminaries will add a touch of eco-friendly class to your party! To make your own soak some jelly jars in hot water with a touch of dish soap. After ten minutes the labels will slide off with ease and you can rinse the jar. Next, grab some red, white, and blue ribbon or fabric scraps and tie around each jar’s lip. To top your lanterns off, pop in a candle and light for instant ambiance.

T-Shirt Napkins

Pull out those old tired t-shirts and transform them into bright reusable napkins! The number of guests you’re entertaining will determine how many tees you will need. For a set of four napkins one shirt will do the trick. To start, cut out eight matching rectangles from red or blue t-shirt cotton. Using white thread or embroidery floss, stitch two cut rectangles together using a large cross stitch on each corner. If you really want to pay homage to the stars and stripes, and are savvy with a needle, use shapes from the flag instead of crosses to bind the layers.

Do you have a great decoration tip that uses green materials? Share it in the comments below!

This post was written by

Pierogi Picnic – who has written posts on Eco Etsy.
Lydia Krupinski is the avid upcycling mad-woman behind popular Etsy shop Pierogi Picnic. When she's not busy fantasizing new ways of using old threads, Lydia can be found wrangling volunteers and fosters for Chicago’s oldest and most respected animal welfare organization – The Anti-Cruelty Society. And should you be lucky to catch her on a day off, you'll probably find her canoodling with one of her four rescue pets, crafting up new eco-tutorials, exploring the city by bike, reading along the lakefront or resting in her urban homestead.

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  1. Happy 4th Annie!

  2. Love your festive star busts the whole layout is nice Happy 4th of July

  3. So happy you like the starbursts! These are one of my all time favorite party decorations – enjoy!

  4. Ooh, can’t wait to try my hand at these festive starbursts!! I might have them hanging all over my studio by the end of the process :) Thanks for the low-cost upcycled decorating ideas!
    Cheers,
    Nikki

  5. We are having family over for the 4th of July holiday weekend and I just love these fun Newspaper Starbursts. Thanks for sharing.
    Smiles, Paula