11 July 4th Crafts, Recipes, and Activities If You Aren't Going To A Barbecue

July 4th has come at last, and as holidays typically do, it snuck up on me. As much as I'm looking forward to the three-day weekend, I always feel pressured to make sure it is a fun one. I could always throw my own fireworks display or host an awesome barbecue, but I'm feeling broke, lazy, and antisocial. All I want to do is CRAFT! If you don't have patriotic July 4th plans, here are some things you can do, make, or bake this weekend instead.

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take a trip to a musem

Learn stuff! Take a day to walk through a museum you’ve probably been meaning to go to. Though many may be closed on July 4th, you can make a weekend out of it.

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popsicle cakes

These popsicle cakes from StudioDIY are the tastiest and cutest way to celebrate summer.

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grapefruit mint poppy seed soap

You probably haven’t made soap since an elementary school birthday party. Get back in the saddle with this summery grapefruit mint poppy seed soap from A Beautiful Mess.

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netflix, duh

Give yourself permission to just veg out in front of the TV for a bit. Have you seriously not finished Orange Is the New Black yet?

diy cocktail glasses

Add some personality to your glassware with these decorated cocktail glasses from StudioDIY.

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confetti manicure

Pamper yourself with this celebratory manicure from StudioDIY (Make those confetti dots red, white, and blue for some patriotic flair).

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write that script/novel/short story you've been meaning too

I know I’ve been meaning to write every weekend for what feels like years. Take the time to finally sit down and do it. Even if it’s just a clever tweet!

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diy heart sweater

Before you put you finally commit your winter sweaters to storage for the season, try adding some love to them with this DIY idea from A Beautiful Mess.

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paint the inside of your cabinets

This project is the perfect spontaneous weekend task. Just follow this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess and you’ll be in good hands.

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yay wall art

I’m so obsessed with anything Vintage Revivals does but especially this kind-of-3-D wall art. Yay!

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vinyl wall stickers

These no-commitment and low-pressure stickers make the perfect weekend wall makeover. You can order these on Etsy or cut your own from colorful vinyl sheets.

Confetti Triangles, $30,