These DIY 4th of July painted lawn decorations are really easy and are a fun addition to your outdoor Independence Day party decorations.
There are a few parties that I hold pretty much every year, and pretty much the same people show up to those parties every year. Which means I am always trying to find something new to do for decorations.
I know most people probably wouldn’t notice if everything was the same (or care if they did notice), but for me, it’s like wearing the same dress to two family weddings…just not going to happen 🙂
My annual 4th of July party is one of these occasions. So I’ve been trying to figure out what I wanted to do differently this year.
Then I found this great idea for painted lawn stars by Jeannine at The Concrete Cottage. And I knew exactly what the new thing would be for this year’s Independence Day celebration.
Keep reading to see how to make these 4th of July painted lawn decorations.
What You Need
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This is the same spray paint that is used to draw the lines on sports fields and mark where underground pipes are when you are digging. In other words, it is meant for spraying on grass.
While you could use regular spray paint, these cans work when they are pointed straight down which makes it much easier to get the paint in the right place.
The paint also dries really fast…less than 5 minutes so you don’t have to worry about it getting tracked into the house.
- Piece of cardboard
- Lawn star design cut file
- Pen or marker (I used a Sharpie*)
- Printer. If you don’t have a printer at home, you can either draw the images free-hand or take the pictures to somewhere like Staples and have them print it for you.
- Pair of scissors
- Utility knife* (optional)
How To Make The Stencil
Since I don’t have a lot of confidence that I can free-hand draw a perfect star, I decided to print the images.
Printing them at home presented a bit of a challenge since my printer will only handle standard letter size sheets of paper, and I wanted my stars to be bigger than that.
So I decided to print half the pattern on one sheet of paper. Since I was only planning on using the printed version to draw the image onto the cardboard, I could flip it over to draw the other half.
(You can download my star design by signing up for our newsletter above).
Here are the steps for making the stencil:
1. Cut out the printed half star.
2. Draw around the outline of the star onto the cardboard.
3. Flip the half star over and line it up to the first half.
4. Trace around the edge so that you get a full star on the cardboard.
5. Use scissors or a utility knife to cut the star out of the cardboard.
Note: I think using the utility knife is easier but make sure to put the cardboard on a surface that can be cut (I put it on top of another piece of cardboard). Also, always start your cuts at the points and cut towards the middle. That way if you go a little too far, you’re cutting into the part that will be removed anyhow.
5. Cut the cardboard into a square around the outside of the stencil.
Drawing the Stars
Since my stars were still a little small, I decided to paint them on a background which would make them stand out a little more.
To do this, I sprayed blue spray paint* around the outside of the stencil to create a square outline.
Then I moved the stencil out of the way and filled in the middle of the square with the blue.
Finally, I put the stencil back and used the white spray paint* to paint the white star in the middle.
To get the cleanest image, make sure to hold the can straight down, about 4″ above the ground.
Also, if you’re spraying in an area that has a lot of mulch or leaves (like I was here), it helps to move the loose bits out of the way before you start spraying…otherwise, the air from the spray paint will move them around and you won’t get clean edges. (That’s experience talking.)
After I did the first one (just to make sure it would turn out), I did all of the blue squares.
Then went back and filled in all of the stars. If the outside of the stencil has a lot of paint on it, you might want to wipe it off with a paper towel before you start the stars…you’ll get less paint on you.
My original plan was to do some of them in red, but I like the blue and white so much I ended up doing them all this way.
The whole thing took less than half an hour!
The Finished 4th of July Lawn Decorations
I love the way my stars turned out.
They lead the way to one of my seating areas at the back of the yard.
Another great thing? Since the paint is meant to be outdoors, you can make these DIY 4th of July painted lawn decorations a few days ahead of time…less work to do on the day of the party!
A lot of the paint will come off when you mow the lawn, though, so you’ll have to plan around that.
Now I just have to get the table settings finalized and I’ll be all set for this year’s festivities.