With the Fourth of July just around the corner, it’s time to plan the festivities! Even though this year’s celebration in Norwalk may look a little different due to social distancing measures, it doesn’t mean you have to be any less festive. Bring the celebration to your home by infusing it with patriotic decor. Here are three Fourth of July crafts you should try this year to kick off your celebration:

1. Easy Patriotic Mason Jars

This is a quick and simple way to add a patriotic splash to your bookcase, windowsill, or table. For this project, you’ll need the following:

  • Mason jars
  • Burlap
  • Patriotic-themed ribbon
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors

Use the scissors to cut a strip of burlap long enough to reach around the middle of the jar. Position and secure with glue dots. Now, overlay the burlap with a patriotic ribbon and secure by tying a bow. Now, fill your jar with beautiful white hydrangeas, red carnations, or any other floral arrangement that aligns with the red, white, and blue patriotic theme. Alternatively, you can place battery-powered tea lights in the mason jars to create cute, shabby chic lanterns.

2. Bandana Star Garland

This garland will add an American flare to any space. Hang it above your couch, drape it from a bookcase, or use it as a table runner. For this project, you’ll need the following:

  • A star-shaped stencil
  • Red, white, and blue bandana-print scrapbook paper
  • Hole puncher
  • Twine
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

Use a star-shaped stencil and a pencil to trace the shape onto red, white, and blue bandana-print scrapbook paper. (You can also create your own stencil by printing a star on computer paper, cutting it out, and tracing it onto cardstock. Cut the shape out of the cardstock, and you’ll have yourself a stencil.) Cut the shapes out with scissors. Use the hole puncher to create a hole at the top of each star. String them together with twine. Hang in the desired location and enjoy!

3. Patriotic Lollipop Topiary

This one is both fun to look at and delicious—our kind of crafting project! These lollipops are positioned to create the look of a topiary. Just make sure you keep extra lollipops on hand to replenish the design in case you or your guests can’t resist eating one here and there. For this project, you’ll need the following:

  • One galvanized bucket (five or six inches in diameter) or another similar container
  • One styrofoam ball in a slightly smaller diameter than the bucket or container
  • 40 Tootsie Pops with red and blue wrappers

Place the styrofoam ball inside the container. If the ball doesn’t fit securely inside, you may need to glue it to the container. Tighten the wrappers around the lollipops by twisting them at the base. Insert the lollipops into the styrofoam ball. Work in lines to create a nice, tight design without gaps. Work outward until the ball is completely covered in lollipops! Eat, replace lollipops in vacant spaces, and repeat!

No matter what your Fourth of July celebration in Norwalk may entail this year, remember to bring the festivities home as well! Adding these three easy crafting projects to your home decor will be a great way to continue the celebration long after the fireworks conclude.