Monday, June 21, 2010


(ooo, sorry for the blurry pic - should've had my glasses on!)

I found these cute little chipboard "bitty boxes" in star shapes at a local craft store. Thought they'd be perfect for creating some quick patriotic napkin rings.

I used just the tops, and as you see, I slapped on a quick coat of blue craft paint. But the color was bit too bright. So, I used my distressing ink to tone down the brightness a little.

Poking holes in the center of each of the stars,

I threaded buttons with sections of covered elastic.

Then I simply pulled them through the holes and tied off the elastic on the back.

I had to experiment a little with the length of the elastic, and found that about 7 inches worked well.

The wood tray that's the anchor of my patriotic centerpiece has been almost every color under the sun!

A tomato sauce can gets a second life as a votive holder
after being painted and dressed up with a sleeve of patriotic scrapbook paper.

Sauce cans are especially nice for recycling into candle holders because the inside of the can is white!

Try painting them - or not - fill the cans with water and freeze. Once the the water freezes solid, start piercing the the can with an awe or ice pick to create a random design or a design you drew on the can prior to freezing. After you're done poking, and the ice melts, pop in a votive and you'll have just the cutest little candle holder. Make up a bunch and hang them from a tree in your yard to enjoy in the evenings!

Drug store flags that were tea-dyed are placed in a vintage cream bottle from the Hagerstown (Maryland) Dairy.

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Darlene said...

Those napkin rings are DARLING and I love all of your decorations! So patriotic and CUTE!!

Kerin said...

Good Morning!
Wow! You are so speedy at getting prepared for the 4th! Way to go!
Love the napkin rings, and all of your decor is too cute. Looks like you will be having a festive holiday :)
Hope today is a good one!

Lisa said...

Great idea's Carla. I have seen the tin can punch out but never thought about hanging them in a tree. I may have to try that.


Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

So many cute ideas today!! I love finding new ways to re-cycle a can. And the napkin rings are very cute. :)

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

Hi Carla,
Just stopping by to say thank you for your kind words when my mom passed away. They meant a lot to me.
These are adorable ideas you've shared here. Thanks for the details. I hope you're enjoying your Summer.
Mary Lou

Caitlin said...

Hi Carla,

These napkin rings are so fun and festive! I really love how the blue starts complement the red napkins!

I'm one of the editors from and I thought you (or your readers) might like our version of Patriotic Napkin Rings.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

What cute cute napkin rings you made. I haven't seen that distress inks stuff. I am going to have to check that out.

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