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Budget DIY 4th of July Decorations

I’m back today with another fun 4th of July craft project!  These firework ornaments are a perfect way to add a little spirit to your home, inside or out.  As I explained in my last blog post, the fireworks were cancelled this year so I’m trying to find cute little ways to keep the fun and excitement in this 4th.  I had a vision of hanging firework decorations that looked like they were floating in the air and I love how these turned out!  Another favorite thing about these ornaments is how cheap they were to make!  You can grab a bag of 100 clothes pins for under $2!  Let me show you how easy they are to make!

Patriotic 4th of July decorations

Clothes pin craft ideas


Lots of clothes pins – each ornament takes 8 to make

Fishing line for a floating effect, you can also use string or ribbon

Glue (I used the cheap washable stuff from the Dollar Tree) 

Red, white, and blue paint of your choice

Firework decorations


Budget DIY 4th of July Decorations

Separate the clothes pins and glue a thin layer of glue to one of the flat sides of the clothes pin, press together and place it on it’s side to dry.  You’ll need 8 clothes pins glued together total, however you only want to glue 7 together at first.

NOTE:  I used basic glue but I think hot glue would also work great.  Sometimes I just don’t want to deal with hot glue drama like finding a plug, glue strings, and 3rd degree finger burns.

Budget DIY 4th of July Decorations

Once the 2 sides of the clothes pins are dried it’s time to assemble and glue the shape.  On a glue-safe surface glue the 4 ends together creating an X shape.  Continue by gluing the side pieces and last the bottom, making sure the center edges stay securely together.  Once the shape is created add a little extra glue so it dries strong.  Let the glue completely dry.

Cut a piece of fishing line to your desired length and glue the clothes pin together with the fishing line in the center.  Once dry, glue the last clothes pin at the top.

Budget DIY 4th of July Decorations

Budget DIY 4th of July Decorations

Once the glue is dry it’s time to paint, I used my favorite Rustoleum gloss spray paint in Apple Red, Sail Blue, and White.  Remember to paint both sides because the ornaments do rotate, adding to the magic!

I placed a piece of tape over the fishing line so I wouldn’t get paint on it.  I did get paint on a few sections of the line but it easily scratched off with my nails.

Easy 4th of July Decorations to Make

Hanging the ornaments is really easy because they’re so light weight.  Inside I was able to hold them up with just tape on my fireplace mantel.  To hang outside I tied the fishing line to thin craft wire and then attached the wire to our string lights.  I guess in theory you could also tie the fishing line directly to whatever surface you want but I was worried it would be hard to untie at the end.

DIY Firework Clothes Pin Ornaments

We hung these from our patio string lights, but they would look adorable anywhere!  Hang them from a chandelier, inside a window, a pergola, or your front porch.

DIY Firework Clothes Pin Ornaments

DIY Firework Ornaments

Ok… I’m kind of obsessed with these now.  I’m already making more because I love the cheerful effect so much!  They seem pretty sturdy too, I dropped some and they didn’t break.  Speaking of the 4th, are you looking for a delicious dessert to make this year?  I’ll be posting my favorite red, white, and blue dessert in a few days that’s so simple to make and tastes AMAZING!