Along with being a patriotic holiday, the Fourth of July  is a day for gathering with friends and family. Save some cash  and DIY  some festive decorations that will also help keep bugs away — and a few other fun projects that will make getting together even more special. And several of these DIYs  upcycle things you already have around the house !
Patriotic Bug-Away Candles
Not only are these DIY candle holders  a festive addition to your holiday table, but they also help keep bugs away from your food spread.
These festive, eye-catching toppers  will take your cupcake game to the next level.
DIY Bug Spray
You only need two ingredients to make this all-natural bug spray  that's safe to use around kids, pets, and food.
In addition to making helpful DIYs for your get-together, don't forget to put together some simple eats  that are festive and delicious.
These cute painted pineapples  would make for great decor on the patio tables. And they're still edible!
DIY Hand Sanitizer
Fourth of July is all about having fun, eating, and potentially getting a little messy. Keep your hands clean with DIY hand sanitizer  that fits in your purse.
Scented Bug-Repellant Candle Jars
These beautiful floating candle jars  are wonderfully scented with smells that bugs aren't excited about — keeping them away from guests.
Keep ants away from your picnic table or beach barbecue with this smart ant bait . Since the disks fit in a small glass container, they won't take up too much space in your picnic basket.
Clean up messes quickly with DIY cleaning wipes  that are so easy to make. Bonus: you can even upcycle a metal can for a festive look.
These easy-to-make pinwheels  will add a pop of color to any Fourth of July celebration. They can even be used as fans in the Summer heat.
For a sweet treat with a holiday twist, these chocolate-covered pretzels  are natural crowd-pleasers.
If you plan to party late into the night, these crafty tea-light holders  are sure to come in handy.
Ribbon Wands and Flags
Jazz up the home with these patriotic ribbon wands and flags , which are super easy to re-create.