DIY 4th of July!

July 1st, 2009





It’s been a while since I’ve shared a project with all of you and the coming holiday seemed like the perfect opportunity to get crafty. Hopefully this set will make your 4th of July just a bit more festive! This downloadable PDF includes sparkler cards, matchbook wrappers and straw tags. Simply print, cut, tape and voila – instant party!

What You’ll Need:

8.5 x 11″ 80lb white card stock (like this from Paper-Source)
8.5 x 11″ 80lb white text paper (like this from Paper-Source)
Color Printer
Paper Cutter
Double Sided Tape
Standard Hole Punch
Matchbooks (found at my local grocery store)


1. Download the Matchbook and Straw Tags Template and print onto white text paper. Download the Sparkler Card Template and print onto white card stock. Print using the highest quality settings on your color printer to ensure that the patterns and text are clear.

2. Trim out all the shapes using scissors or a sharp blade and making sure to trim off all the black edges. Use a standard hole punch and punch where indicated to allow the straws to be thread through. Carefully trim out the small rectangles in the Sparkler Holders to weave the sparklers through.

3. Secure the wrap around the matchbooks with double sided tape, making sure not to cover up the striker strip. Crease the edges with your fingers or using a bone folder so that they are crisp. Thread the straw through the holes and position towards the top of the straw. Thread the sparklers through the slots.

I hope you all have a fantastic and joyful holiday! Cheers!

*For personal use only (non-commercial use). Thank you.

77 Responses to “DIY 4th of July!”

  1. mo Says:

    Soo wonderful and festive! Now I can pull together a last minute gathering. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Kristen Says:

    I LOVE this. So delightful. Thanks for posting!

  3. Alison Says:

    This is such a cute set! Makes me wish I was American. XD

  4. Dee Wilcox Says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this adorable idea! We’re having friends over for lunch on the Fourth & evening fireworks, and I had no idea how to pull the party together. I just found out I have the 3rd off (yay!!), so now I have both the time and the inspiration! :) Thanks!!

  5. Laurel Says:

    i love this!!

  6. Bess Says:

    Oh wow, this is so cute! Well done, you’ve inspired me to do something similar for Canada Day 😉

  7. Carol Says:

    Those are so cute!!

  8. Vicki @ Piccolo Takes All Says:

    And WHY exactly, isn’t Martha Stewart banging down your door?

  9. Katie P. Says:

    Shazamablama! How can fireworks even compare with this awesome spectacle!?! This is over the top fantastic. Once again Kathleen, thanks for helping me make my holiday look amazing!

  10. Anabell Says:

    Beautiful! I love them. Thanks for the post.

  11. Whatever DeeDee Wants Says:

    Such a cute idea!

  12. Kayleen T. Says:

    Absolutely love these…plus their my company colors so I’m a little partial 😉 Such a cute idea!

  13. Laurie LeBlanc-Rickaby Says:

    That is very cool!!

  14. tiina Says:

    I love the design of these tags! Your readers can truly trust that you have always the best diy project ideas for the holidays. I’m in Finland right now, so our usual 4th of July party doesn’t happen this year. But I will definitely share a link to your blog with my readers. Thanks again for sharing your ever so stylish ideas!

  15. Kyong Says:

    Too cute Kathleen. Now if only I could summon the energy to do this!

  16. paula Says:

    what fun! just gorgeous.

  17. Heather Says:

    THANK YOU! I was just trying to think of a cute way to pack up sparklers…. and you’ve now made it so easy for me. LOVE all the freebies, ideas, and inspiration!!

  18. Joanna Says:



    Will use

  19. Jocel Says:

    Very cute indeed! Thanks for sharing. Wish we were allowed fireworks in our county :(

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  21. April Says:

    Such a fun & festive idea! Great design. Thanks for sharing.

  22. Jessica Says:

    This is great! So pretty…

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  24. Jaclyn Says:

    These are so fabulous I had to post about them on my blog. Thank you for adding more fun to the 4th of July!!

  25. Rachel Says:

    Wow, these are fantastic! Thanks SO much, I’ll be linking.

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  27. Jolie Musick Says:

    I can’t wait to make these! I am running into town to buy the supplies to make them today. They will be perfect decorations for my family’s 4th of July party by the lake. Thanks darlin!

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  30. Amanda @ Kind Over Matter Says:

    These are GORGEOUS! I will be making these tomorrow for our BBQ on Sunday!!! Linked to you too!

  31. Genevieve Says:

    I love this DIY…I’m planning an evening wedding for August 2010 and was thinking I’d love to have sparklers for our grand exit…this is a perfect idea for them!

  32. Laura Says:

    These are SO cute!! Happy 4th!

  33. Alison Says:

    These are awesome. Hope you don’t mind but I link to these on my blog.

  34. Danielle Says:

    Thanks for these! They were a hit at my party -see my blog.

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    Cute, cute, cute! Looks like a nice party!

  37. Katy Says:

    Awesome! Awesome! And more Awesome! Thank you Twig & Thistle!

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  41. Hannah @ SugarBlossom Says:

    These are fabulous, I just found them via a different blog and love what you have done. I can’t wait to share them with UK brides for Guy Fawkes night wedding celebrations! xx

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  43. ira Says:

    thank you for sharing this. i use the straw tag template for my daughter 3rd birthday,which theme was polka dot aqua n red.the straw tag really suits with it.tq!

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    I tink it is so nice.

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    Thanks for sharing your downloads. Will make some for my BBQ this 4th of July.

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