Every summer, in July, we host a barbecue with family and friends. I am always on the look-out for patriotic decor that is unique.
I needed a centerpiece, and couldn’t find anything other than flags (been there, done that!).
So I made my own 4th of July crafts! I was able to customize it how I wanted, and it was inexpensive. Double bonus!
Here are the supplies that I used to make mine- you can customize it by adding your own elements to the hat.
- Paper Mache Top Hat
- Acrylic Craft Paint in: Deep Red, Deep Blue, Cream, & Brown
- Rusted Tin Stars (I used 2 inch, and 1 1/2 inch)
- Rusted Tin Star Garland
- Rustic Red, White and Blue Star Spray
- Metallic Gold Berry Spray
- Thin Wooden Dowels
- Gold Shred
- Floral Foam
- Hot Glue Gun/ Glue Sticks
- Sand-it Gadget
- Gold Spray Paint
After the lines are drawn, you can begin to paint the stripes on the hat. Start with the lighter color first. It is much easier to paint dark “mistake” lines over the top of light stripes.
I used a flat brush for all of my painting- and I was happy with the results.
Next, paint the hat band blue.
Take a Sand-it Gadget, or sand paper, and go over the hat liberally.
Then, take a damp paper towel, and apply a small amount of brown paint to the towel. Use the towel to rub the hat with brown paint.
This will give it an antique look.
Your hat is finished!
That was the hard part!
Now you can begin to embellish the top of the centerpiece.
Using a hot glue gun, adhere a section of floral foam to the top of the hat.
I created some custom star picks for my project.
Simply glue some rusted tin stars to a thin wooden dowel:
I started arranging my elements beginning with this as the center piece.
Continue to fill in the top of the hat, securing the picks into the floral foam.
To fill in small areas, I used a gold berry spray. Most pre-made sprays can be broken down into smaller pieces.
Then, hot glue rusted tin stars to the hat border.
A custom centerpiece that looks great inside, as part of your holiday decor-
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Shaunte is a 30-something, chocolate-loving, SAHM from Utah. She has been scrapbooking since 1997, the dreaded era of photos cropped with deco scissors. Since then, her work has evolved into a clean, linear, photo-focused style. Her favorite subjects to scrap are her husband and five kids (never a lack for subject material there).