D.I.Y 4th of July Centerpieces

finished centerpiece

Fourth of July is right around the corner. I wanted to continue with a budget friendly 4th of July and share with you how you can achieve fun and festive centerpieces without breaking the bank. I did two designs. One which requires a silhouette cameo and other which does not. I hope you enjoy!


Items needed for USA CENTERPIECE:

red tissue paper

ONE patriotic boxes (Joann’s had them for  $1 with 60% off each)

1 patriotic star straws


1 Patriotic Fun Pix for cupcakes

Foam USA sign (Dollar Tree)


Hot Glue Gun

Step One

Copy of measure the box

Place your favor box top of your sheet of Styrofoam. Outline the box so that you have accurate shape and cut the square out.

Step Two:

Copy of straw in styrofoam

Take your straw and gently poke a hole in the middle of the Styrofoam.

Tip: The straw should be able to hold itself in place when you let go. 

Step Three:

Copy of sytrofoam in teh box

Take the straw out and place your Styrofoam square in your favor box.

Step Four:


Take your foam sign and cut majority of your stick off. Be sure to leave about 2 inches from the top like picture below.

usa cut off

Step Five:

USA with ribbon and straw

Take a straw and put the sign tip into the straw. (It should slide in a little snug.), than tie the ribbon and make a pretty bow.

Step Six:

Copy of add cupcake topper

Take the Patriotic Cupcake Topper and gently slide it into the foam piece at the top.

TIP: Be sure to make sure it’s aligned and in the middle of the sign.


Step Seven:

cut tissue paper in half

Take your sheet of tissue paper and cut it in half (save the other half for the other centerpiece).

Place the tissue paper on top of the box so that the box is in the middle. Push the tissue paper inside the box.

Tip: Tissue paper should be on top of the Styrofoam

Step Eight:

Take your sign and poke it through the tissue paper where the hole you had already made is. Tuck the tissue paper in and it will look like the centerpiece below on the left.

finished centerpiece


Silhouette Cameo

White and blue card stock

red tissue paper

red ribbon

ONE patriotic boxes (Joann’s had them for $1 with 60% off)

3 patriotic star straws 



Hot Glue Gun

Step One:

Begin by cutting out the stars you would like to use for the centerpiece.

 I used the 3d star garland from Sweet Afton. I made two whites and one blue.

Step Two:

Once you assemble them allow them to dry while you follow steps one through three from above.

Step Three:

Take the other half of the tissue paper and place the tissue paper on top of the box so that the box is in the middle. Push the tissue paper inside the box.

Tip: Tissue paper should be on top of the Styrofoam

Step Four: 

three straws

Poke the straw through the tissue paper into the previously made hole in the middle of the Styrofoam. Than add two more straws, one on the left and one on the right.  Gently poking them through just like you did the one in the middle.

Step Five:

shite star

Take your star and find an opening at the bottom.

Tip: If you can’t see an opening, you can gently squeeze it together to find the opening.

Step Four:

star example with arrow

Apply a small amount of hot glue to the inside of the star on the back piece of paper (where the red dot is located).

Place one straw (from the box that you made holes with earlier) on the glue than add another dot of glue on top of straw and close the star so that it adheres to the straw.

Repeat this step with the other two stars and straws

Step Five:

finished centerpiece

Tie red ribbon around each straw and place back in box. Fold tissue paper in the box and you have another easy peasy centerpiece.

Total Cost for both centerpieces: $10

Hope you enjoyed the tutorial. If you have any awesome ideas, add them below and don’t forget to comment, share and pin.

Until Next time,

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Fourth Of July Decor Ideas on a BUDGET

Patriotic Party Decor Ideas

Fourth Of July is quickly approaching and with all the family vacations and summer time fun that’s taking place, I know you all want to enjoy a good cook out, or get together with friends and family without breaking the bank. Well have no fear, we have put together party items that are budget friendly and easy to style.

From burgers, hotdogs, potato salad and more you are sure to have a favorite of food, but don’t forget about those who have a sweet tooth. You can set up a small display like this one with yummy treats like the cake in a jars and rice krispy treats done by Peace Moore of Lovely Chic Occasions. If you don’t have time to order but want to make your own check out these recipes for cakes in a jar. You can also opt for store bought items like the mini cupcakes or a cake.  I purchased mine from my local walmart. I added Wilton Fun Pixs from Joann’s to give the cupcake a patriotic flare without breaking the bank.


Another easy and inexpensive way to jazz up your patriotic party is to add matching plates, utensils and cups. I took a visit to my local dollar tree for some inexpensive items and I found those patriotic plates with red and white stripes as well as blue stars (see photo at below). The blue stars would work great as children plates or even dessert plates. For the utensils I grabbed red to contrast with the white napkins and to stay true to the party theme.
patrioticdrink2 Cup and Straws2

For the cups, I opted for a clear cup for two reasons, first because you can put fun drink combinations like this one from SlapDashMom (on your left). Just add the patriotic star straws (to your right) I got from Joanns and you are all set.

To tie all the pieces together you can try a number of different decor pieces. Again to keep the cost very low, I opted for patriotic lanterns and fans from the dollar tree.

main table

It will add a little more color and patrioticiness (I made that up lol) to your party.

For your final touches add super cute centerpieces to your table and a matching tablecloth. Red, blue or white is fine of course or you can even opt for one with stripes like this one from FantasyVintageBridal on Etsy or this one Navy and white star tablecloth from Dreamzzzzz. Keep in mind that this is not a budget friendly item but it sure would be pretty on a table :).

blue stripped tablecloth *photo from pinterest

star tablecloth

*photo from pinterest

Last but not least, One of my favorite items is the patriotic flag wreath (see third picture above). While this is not a budget friendly item I love it very much and I use it on my front door to help us celebrate this holiday. You can find this wreath at First Impressions by Christi .  

All in all I hope you were inspired you to decorate your home without breaking the bank for the holidays. Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog post. I will share D.I.Y budget friendly centerpieces.  Don’t forget to comment, share and pin. 🙂

finished centerpiece

Until next time,

Glitter Girlz Signature