Tutorial: DIY Tissue Paper Pom-Poms this tutorial is pretty good. Use square sheets or tissue for a rounder Pom Pom. Tie the middle with ribbon and tied several on ribbon and hung them for a backdrop. Use thin tissue paper and fluff gently.
Fourth of July Crafts for Kids: Flour Lawn Stars. Cut out star stencil, sprinkle grass with water (to make the flour stick) and then sprinkle with flour. This idea also works for Canada's July Birthday. Just substitute the star for a Maple Leaf.