How to make a 4th of July Centerpiece with Fireworks, Flags, Banners and Pinwheels

What do you think about when you hear the words “4th of July”?

For me it’s… White picket fences, fireworks and the good old red white and blue. 

Or a 4th of July Celebration Centerpiece with Fireworks, Flags, Banners and Pinwheels all

rolled into one.   I created this 4th of July centerpiece a couple years ago, since it’s one

of my favorite projects, I thought I’d share it again.   Enjoy!

How to make a 4th of July Centerpiece…

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  1.  Paint the round disc with Navy Blue paint.

2.  Cut two 1” x 12” strips of the red striped paper and one 1” x 2” piece. Adhere to the side of the disc with double stick tape roller.

3.  Die-cut 7 fence sections.

4.  Paint 15 round toothpicks white. (set four aside to use later.)

5.  Cut 11 toothpicks in half. Glue one toothpick half on each end and middle of the fence with the pointed end facing down.

6.  Insert fence sections onto the top edge of the disc.

7.  Paint the 4” cube red.

8.  Cut five 3 ¾” x 3 ¾” pieces of Navy & Ivory dot paper. Adhere to the sides and top of the cube. Glue cube to center of the disc.

9. Paint two bamboo skewers white. Cut skewers to 5”.

10.  Glue small blue beads to top of each skewer.

11.  Create small ½” flags from scraps of paper and cardstock. Adhere onto a 12” piece of blue and white twine.  Tie ends of the twine to top of the skewers to make a flag banner. Insert into disc.

12.  To create Bottle Rockets:  Paint two bamboo skewers red.  Cut two pieces of red striped paper 1 3/4” x two. Wrap around pencil to curve paper. Remove pencil and roll tightly to form a small tube. Wrap a 1/2” strip of navy dot paper around tube.  Glue a small piece of twine inside of tube to create the bottle rocket wick. Glue tube onto red bamboo skewer and insert into disc. Create second bottle rocket for other side of the disc.

13.  Punch two 3” Navy and Ivory Dots scalloped circles.

14.  Cut two strips of red card-stock: 1 1/4”” x 12” and 2 1/4” x 6 1/2” . Adhere the two strips together to form one long 2 1/4” x 18” strip of red card-stock.

15.  Using scoring board and scoring tool. Score card-stock every 1/4” down the entire length. Fold strip accordion fold. Glue ends together with a strong adhesive to form a cylinder.

16.  On a flat surface, gather the bottom of the cylinder tight while spreading and pushing down on the top to create the Rosette.

17.  With a strong adhesive, attach one of the scalloped circles to the center of the Rosette. Hold into place until the adhesive starts to hold.

18.  Turn the Rosette over and attach the second scalloped circle onto the other side of the rosette.

19.  Create a second smaller rosette using a 1” x 12” strip of red striped paper. Score strip every 1/4”.  (repeat steps 16 and 17)

20.  Glue blue button into center of the rosette to hold in place. Glue onto center of the scalloped circle. Add star sticker to center of button.

21.  Paint a bamboo skewer with Navy paint. Cut into a 5” piece. Insert into back of finished Rosette.

22.  Insert finished Rosette into top of the 4″ cube.

23.  Create small pinwheels by adhering two pieces of 1” x 1” paper together.  On each corner, cut diagonally two-thirds of way to square’s center, dividing each corner into two points. Bring every other point to center so that the points overlap. Glue into place.

24.  Glue small red button to center of each pinwheel.  Glue onto white painted toothpick and insert into base.

25.  Create and print computer generated “CELEBRATE” and “4th of July” onto white card-stock.  Cut and layer to size and adhere onto picks and skewers and insert onto centerpiece.

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Way to Go Cubbies!


Last night, while watching the “nail biting” World Series…

my daughter texted me asking me if I could locate the picture of her in her cubs outfit.

She’s been a Cub’s fan for quite some time.

I’d forgotten that I had made it into a scrapbook page.

So…I thought today was a perfect day to share this Throw Back Thursday page.


Throw Back Thursday: Class of ’79

This time of year it’s Graduation Time.  Time for all those “know it all Seniors” to Graduate.           I remember it like it was yesterday.

Class of 79 Collage

A month or so ago, I received an invitation for my 35th Class Reunion.  Has it really been that long?

My son came up to me while I was looking at my old High School Year book and said to me              “I’m glad I didn’t have to live during that time, everyone looks so weird.”

I said, “What do you mean weird, we weren’t weird.”

I had my signature look, the old man’s vest “borrowed” from the Drama Club Prop closet, my long knotted scarf hanging loose around my neck.  I was cool!  

I remember 1979, rolled up “Chic” jeans, Disco, Bee Jees, Saturday Night Fever (my first “R” rated movie), sleep-overs, Steak and Shake on Main Street, my first plane ride (to Hawaii!!!) and a few other things I probably shouldn’t mention.

Anyway back to my reunion… 

At first, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go.

I was afraid that if I didn’t go I’d regret it, but, not sure how I’d feel if I did go.  All the old insecurities came racing back.  I do not look anything like that freckled face, skinny 100 lb. girl with the long dark hair (and signature look).  But of course, I’m sure no one else looks like they did either.

So… I did what any gal would do, I messaged my girlfriends.

After much discussion and procrastination, It was decided that we’d all meet and drive together.  It was also decided to ditch the hubbys and go stag.  Just like old times.  (Girlfriend code, of course!)

In a few weeks, we’ll meet at the old High School for a tour and then later in the evening we will all meet in the country for our reunion to be held in a barn.  We’ll dance to the music played by an old classmates band and probably have a night we’ll be talking about for years to come.  It’ll be fun seeing the old gang to talk, laugh and catch up.  (and I’m sure we’ll all have an extra pound or two)

I wish I knew where that old vest was, I really should have returned it by now.

My Mother’s Hand

A little Throw Back Thursday

Six years ago, for my Moms 70th birthday, the family made her a special scrapbook.

Everyone in the family made a special page, kids, grandkids, son-in laws, daughter in law, even dad made a page.  She loved that book.

Since Mothers Day is in a few days, I thought I share the page I made.

My Mother's Hand

My Mother’s Hand

Look closely at this picture.  At first all you see is my worried face.

Look  a little closer and you’ll see my Mother’s hand.

My Mother hand has always been there for me, ready to hold, sometimes scold,

to guide me and sometimes to gently be behind me, just to let me know she is there.