If you’re looking for inexpensive ideas to create 4th of July centerpieces, all you need is a little creativity and access to a crafts, hobby or even retail store. Here are three 4th of July Centerpieces that will impress your guests and cost you very little.
4th of July Hat as base for Centerpiece (the rest is up to you!)
1. Use a 4th of July hat purchased from a novelty or crafts store and place it upside down in the center of your table. To give it weight and something to attach items to, you can place florist foam in the bottom (glue or tape this to bottom of hat for support). Sand poured into a baggie and then covered with tissue paper also makes a strong base.
2. Next, insert pieces of red, white and blue tissue paper so that it drapes over the edges of the hat. Now you have the basis for a host of decorating ideas.
3. You can use red, white and blue balloons placed inside the tissue and hat and keep it simple. Or, you can purchase small American flags and stick them inside the foam for support, along with red, white and blue stars (also attached to small wooden sticks). You can also combine the flags and stars and use different size sticks for height variation.
4. Crinkled paper or more tissue paper can be used to cover the foam that shows through.
4th of July Hat, florist foam, red, white and blue tissue paper, red, white and blue balloons, American Flags, red, white and blue stars
Vase with red, white and blue Sand
1. Layer red, white and blue sand in a clear glass vase (any craft store should carry sand).
2. Gently shake after adding each layer in order to give the sand a flat surface. You can vary the layer colors in any fashion you like.
3. Finally, add one or two American flags, flowers (from your garden would be a nice addition), or stars which adhere to small wooden sticks.
Vase, red, white and blue sand, American flag, flowers, or stars
Vase with Fruit
This third idea for a 4th of July centerpiece not only creates a beautiful visual, it also provides dessert later on!
1. Take strawberries, raspberries and blueberries and fill them in a large glass bowl, or wide-mouth vase.
2. When serving dessert, add whip cream to add the white part of the red, white and blue equation.
3. Sprinkle confetti, glitter, or small cut out flags around the bowl or vase to add color and festivity.
Strawberries, Raspberries, Blueberries, Whip Cream, large glass bowl or wide mouth vase
Here are a few tips to keep in mind when creating your centerpiece for the Fourth:
• If you’re not sure where to start, think about the dimensions you’d like for your centerpiece. Writing this down as well as illustrating what you’re trying to create helps you begin.
• Write down a list of supplies you’ll need before going shopping. It’s easy to forget an item or two. Remember sometimes you already have the supplies at home that you’ll need.
• It’s not necessary to spend a lot of money to be creative. Try stores like Target, Michael’s Crafts, Liquor Barn or Factory Card Outlets in addition to craft and hobby stores in your area.
Sources: www.celebrations.com/content/4th-of-July-Decorations, www.party411.com/holidays-4july.html, www.womansday.com/layout/set/print/Content/Crafts/Fourth-of-July-Centerpiece, www.ehow.com/how_2029419_july-fourth-centerpieces.html