Memorial Day is just around the corner, and if you’re having a barbeque, a pool party, or a bonfire to celebrate with friends – you’ll need some great decorations to really get the party started. You don’t need to spend a lot of money on decorations you may never use again, you can do it yourself instead. Check out these easy Memorial Day party decorations you and the family can have fun making together!
1. Bandana Table Runners
While not exactly a “craft” or a DIY project, using bandanas as table runners is an easy, unique way to decorate your picnic table or dining room table for the holiday. Place the bandanas along the table, overlapping each other to appear like a full length table runner.
You can also use red, blue, and white bandanas as hot pads to place your dishes on.
2. Bandana Garland
If you’re going with a bandana theme, you can quickly and easily tie red, white, and blue bandanas together to make a garland. Taking the corners of two bandanas, tie a small, tight knot at the corners of the bandanas until you’ve reached the desired length of the garland.
Hang the garland on your porch railing, drape it along a buffet table or your fireplace. It adds a bright pop of red, white and blue that gets everyone excited for the holiday!
3. Hand Print Flag Art
Get the kids involved with this one!
With a large sheet of craft paper and some red and blue paint, you can keep the kids occupied for a while AND tackle a patriotic décor project for your party. Lay the large piece of construction paper in an open space in the yard – or if you’re forced to stay indoors, use a large tarp or sheet of plastic to cover the area underneath and around the paper. With red and blue paint, your kids can recreate the American flag!
Once it’s dry, hang it on the outside of your home, or put it in a large picture frame to lean against the mantle of your fireplace!
4. Red, White & Blue Coolers
To solve the drink placement problem, find a few large tin ice buckets that are either patriotic colors, or can be painted easily.
Pick up a few packs of inexpensive red, white, and blue star stickers in various sizes at almost any location that sells crafts and office supplies. By randomly placing the stickers on the ice buckets, you’ve created a simple and festive cooler that also adds some décor to your party.
5. Confetti Balloons
You can get inexpensive packs of red, white and blue balloons at most convenience and dollar stores as well as bags of red, white, and blue confetti around Memorial Day. Also – you can do this craft with clear balloons to make the confetti stand out more.
Fill the balloons with a handful of confetti before blowing them up. Once you do blow the balloon up, be careful when tying a knot that the confetti does not fall out. Tie your balloons around your yard, porch, and home! While setting off fireworks, or at the end of the party – pop the balloons and watch the confetti fall out.
6. Mason Jar Red, White & Blue Lamps
A quick and easy paper Mache project for the kids!
Gather as many mason jars as you can as well as tissue paper, glue, and small tea lights / candles. Soak strips of red, white, and blue tissue paper in a mixture of water and a heavy glue. Once the strips are fully coated, place them randomly along the outside of the jars. Once completely covered in a single layer of paper Mache, allow the mason jar to dry.
Set the jars along the driveway, sidewalk, or around your patio and place a tea light, LED light, or a small candle inside and light your lamp!
7. Paint Your Lawn
You can buy a specific type of paint – used to line soccer and football fields – that can be used and washed away of grass.
Carefully paint large stars in your yard or lawn. It’s a simple way to create a real wow factor!
8. Patriotic Paper Chains
Who doesn’t love a good paper chain!
It’s a great way to keep the kids busy (for a long time) and you can hang them almost anywhere you would like. Buy large packets of red, white, and blue craft paper and equip the kids with a fast-dry glue – or scotch tape if you’re wary about kids alone with glue. Cut the craft paper in strips and link the hoops together until you have a long strand.
Hang your paper chain along a table, your porch railing, or on the trees and bushes in your yard!
These are just a few of our favorite DIY Memorial Day decorations. Let us know your favorite patriotic crafts!