Frugal DIY: 4th of July Fireworks Flowers in a Vase

With 4th of July coming up next week, I wanted to give just a few quick and inexpensive ideas for decorating a festive party table. This time last year I had been planning the food all week and purchased the red plates cups and dug out a blue table cloth I had left over after a birthday party. Once I got it all set up, it was missing that festive pizzazz. So in the hour or so before everyone showed up, I used some stuff I had around the house to dress up the table with a homemade centerpiece.

I wanted something that emulated the look of fireworks and this is what I came up with. This project was made from  6 pieces of of scrapbook paper (2 of each color) and 8 lollipop sticks and scotch tape (or glue).  (I think it would be super cute with red, white, and blue too!)

Start by folding pleats in the paper that are about 1 inch in width.

Trim the ends of the paper to give a scalloped or pointed edge.

Do this with 2 sheets of paper then crease each pleated sheet in the middle.

Pinch the  center of each pleated piece and  fan out the folded paper and attach the ones that touch and the two ending folds of the both papers to create a cirlce. I used tape (because I was in a hurry),  but you could also use glue.

Then I needed something to make these pinwheel flowers stand up in a vase. I happened to have some lollipop sticks from a previous project left over, so I taped some together in varying heights to stagger the different colors and sizes. You could use straws, or popsicle sticks, or any stem like object you can come up with. I also used tape to attached the pinwheel to the “stems.” I only had a clear vase to display the arrangement, so I lined it with a red piece of paper to add more interest.

Thanks for sharing Morgan!


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