(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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