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4th of July Game Idea: DIY Patriotic Gunny Sack Race

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For our “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party shared earlier this month, we styled a few fun game ideas too – one of them being a Patriotic Gunny Sack Race with DIY Gunny Sacks! These were so fun and easy to make… look for a few behind the scenes pictures and decorating ideas below! (And download the free printable race + start and finish signs here.)

gunny sack race

Here we used pillow cases for our gunny sacks (inexpensive and easy to find in your local store or home closet). I bought the cheapest ones I could find at Target. ;) We used sparkly ribbon, fabric flags, and poms poms to give the pillow cases some patriotic flair! And for an extra hand-crafted feel, we cut burlap into triangles (for a banner), stars and “USA” letters!

usa gunny sack

We recommend arranging all your designs first so you’re definitely happy with the placements, then busting out the hot glue gun to quickly make the designs stick.

patriotic gunny sack diy tutorial

Here’s a peek at our finished designs. Which one do you like best? I love them all but am kind of partial to “USA”…. although maybe it’s because that’s the one my daughter jumped with below. :)

patriotic gunny sacks

usa gunny sack


Click here to check out the rest of our Patriotic County Fair Game Ideas, including blue ribbons you can use to award the “Best Gunny Sack Hopper”! ;)

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By |2018-12-19T16:43:25-07:00June 23rd, 2013|July 4th / Patriotic, Party Decor Projects|

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Jennifer Sbranti is the founder of Hostess with the Mostess®, a creative living and party planning resource established in 2006. She lives in Northern California with her husband, Sonny, and daughters Macy (8) and Rylie (6). Sbranti’s work has been featured in media outlets such as Good Morning America, The Today Show, Real Simple, People, InStyle Weddings, and Extra! TV. She has designed creative content and unique live events for several well-respected brands, including Mattel, Coca-Cola, The Hershey Company, Toys”R”Us, Pottery Barn Kids, and Starbucks.


  1. Angela (shewanders) June 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm

    Clever and festive! Love the pillow case embellishments

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