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Create a Festive Fourth of July Centerpiece!


Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate each year! I recall celebrating as a child by making decorations out of paper plates, tinfoil and anything else I could find hiding in the kitchen or junk drawer. Remember the tutorial for recycled wine cork fireworks we recently shared? This week, we’re continuing the theme of an affordable, repurpose-friendly celebration with a centerpiece made of tin cans. It’s a great stash-buster project for using up red, blue and silver scraps from your craft room.

What you need:
• Assortment of 14 empty and clean tin cans (such as soup or vegetable cans)
• Assorted embellishments, such as:
o Scrap assortment of red, white and blue ribbons and trims
o Scrap assortment of red, white and blue fabric scraps
o Thin silver tinsel trim
o Red, white and blue paper scraps
o Handheld-size American flag
• Silver and red glitter cardstock
• Large glitter chipboard letters in red, blue and silver
• Small silver glitter adhesive letters, “t” and “h”
• Large star-shaped paper punch
• Scissors
• Hot glue gun
• Pencil

How to create:
1. Determine placement of cans. Turn all tin cans upside down and create seven stacks of two cans each. Make sure bottom can is larger than top can so that they stand sturdily.

2. Prepare lettering. Pull assorted red, blue and silver glitter chipboard letters for the words “happy,” “of” and “July.” Set aside.

3. Punch two stars from silver glitter cardstock. Set aside.


4. Create “4th” decoration.

a. Lightly draw a large “4” onto scrap paper, then trace around lines about 1/2 inch on all sides to create a three-dimensional shape (fig. 1). Cut out number 4 to create a template.

b. Trace around template in mirror image on wrong side of red glitter cardstock; cut out.

c. Use hot glue to adhere silver tinsel trim around outer back edges of number 4.

d. Adhere a “t” and “h” to front of an American flag toothpick, then glue into place on back of number 4 so that piece extends from upper right when viewed from front.

5. Apply an assortment of base decorations to all cans, then hot glue glitter chipboard letters and “4th” decoration into place on top of base decorations. Samples shown consist of the following combinations:


H: 2-1/2-inch-wide red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon and silver pipe cleaners.
A: 4- x 6-inch American flag.
P: 1/4-inch-wide red grosgrain ribbon, 1/2-inch-wide strip of blue and white striped fabric and blue baby rickrack.
P: Thin silver tinsel trim.
Y: 2-1/2-inch-wide strip of red gingham fabric.
(Spacer can: apply punched silver star)
4th: 1/2-inch-wide red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon and thin silver tinsel trim.


O: Thin silver tinsel trim over a 3-1/2-inch-wide strip of scrapbook paper cut with scallop-edge scissors.
F: 1/4-inch-wide red rickrack over a 3-1/2-inch-wide strip of blue and white striped fabric.
(Spacer can: apply punched silver star)
J: American flag toothpicks.
U: 2-1/2-inch-wide red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon and a silver pipe cleaner.
L: 3-inch-wide strip of blue and white striped fabric.
Y: Red and white twine with thin silver tinsel trim.


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Happy Crafting,

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