4th of July Centerpiece {Guest Post}

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We were recently virtually introduced to Val the Craft Gal via a mutual friend {Thanks Megan!} and I was totally WOWED by her creativity. I was so happy she agreed to stop by Magnolia Lane to share her very fun 4th of July centerpiece just in time for the holiday. Take it away, Val!
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Hi I’m Val from valthecraftygal and I am so excited to a guest post here on 11magnolialane today! I have always enjoyed creating/repurposing & making things whether its with fabric, painting, creating cards, etc. and seeing what I can do even on a tiny budget! I’m thrilled to share my “Uncle Sam Hat” centerpiece with you. Happy 4th of July!
Valerie
Here is how I made an inexpensive 4th Of July centerpiece:
It began with a with 5 cent plastic hat…
sprayed it with primer.

I let it dry

then took acrylic paint (dark red, dark blue, brown and cream)

painted the lid and stripe around the hat blue.

I gave it a couple coats

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and used my hair dryer to speed it along.

I took paint stir stick to measure out stripes,

painting the white stripes first.
I cut out star stencil using a ruler for straight lines,

then sponge painted on stars.

I touched up some of the rough edges with blue paint–although not perfect-It’s not a big deal!

Then I added red stripes

and painted the top blue.

When it was all done, again I used hair dryer to finish it off.

Next, i “grunged it up” with brown paint,

by using a slightly wet paper towel and rubbed on brown paint, then just wiped it off.

I cut hole on top for container–I used coffee can without a label.

and glued Styrofoam to top..

and then gathered my various thrift store finds…candles, fans, flags, bows and curling ribbon.

First, I hot-glued tooth picks to fans so I could stick them in the foam…

putting them in…

then I made curling ribbon fastened to toothpicks.

I made a whole bunch!

Then I glued paper onto the foam

before sticking in the toothpicks with curling ribbon.

I took the can and placed it in the center…

And, its all done! I just added the bow.

 Celebrate!

 I can store it for next year too.

 Happy 4th!!

All this for under $3!
Thanks Val for sharing this today!  Pop on over to her blog and see her whole 4th of july tablescape.
We hope all of you have a very happy 4th of July!

Thanks for stopping by!

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