The 4th of July is almost here & I needed a new centerpiece to celebrate. I wanted to use what I had on hand to make it, so I started with 3 Pringles Cans. These were the basic pieces for my centerpiece.
Here’s how I made it.
I started with 3 empty Pringles cans. After the boys had finished all of the chips, I washed out the insides & dried them well. Since I wanted them to be staggered in height, I measured 2″ from the top on one & 4″ on another one. I cut on the opened section to keep the metal bottom in tack.
I actually used a hand held miter saw & scissors to cut them, but if your hand is steadier than mine, you could use a razor.
Next, I covered the cans with white contact paper. (I lined up the metal end closely to the edge of the paper & cut the contact paper about an inch longer than the can.) Once they were covered, I slit the paper about every inch & tucked them into the opening.
To make the cans with the red stripes, I added some painter’s tape at an angle.
I used a kitchen sponge cut into about 1 inch wide strips. Then I dipped the small end of the sponge into some red paint. Might I suggest using rubber gloves? Sponge painting is messy. It was easier for me to inset my hand into the can & add the paint to the cans. That way, I didn’t have to touch it to turn it. and putting it down to dry was easier too.
Set it aside to dry. Once it was dry to the touch, I removed the painter’s tape. Stripes made!
For the blue one, I added some star stickers to the white contact paper. Then I used another piece of the sponge to paint the can with ‘Liberty Blue’. I thought that was fitting for the holiday. ahem… Once the paint had dried to the touch, I used a pin to lift the edges of the stickers up, and then just peeled them off.
I wanted to mark the center of the metal end of the Pringles can. An easy way to find the center is to draw around the can onto a piece of paper. Cut the circle out, fold it in quarters & clip off the corner. Open it back up & the hole is made in the center.
Then I just set the paper circle on the metal end of the can & marked it with a black Sharpie. Then I used a hammer & nail to make the hole. (You can wiggle the nail around to make the hole larger if needed)
I took the last of my Dollar Tree decoration apart. I separated it into 3 sections & taped the long strands to the metal stems of the star sprays. This way I made 3 smaller sprays.
Then I pushed the sprays into the hole in the can. Once the sprays were in the hole I used some hot glue on the inside to secure it.
To turn these Pringles can firecrackers into a centerpiece, I cut a piece of red & white fabric to fit a small white tray. To just put the firecrackers on the tray wasn’t much of a centerpiece. It needed more & some more sparkle!
I painted some wooden stars & letters using the same red & blue paint that I used for the firecrackers. But I made sure that the letters weren’t going to be the same color as the stars. Once they were dried, I glued the letters to the stars. Then I glued the stars onto a large wooden stick that I’d painted white. (basically a tongue depressor) Once the glue had dried, I added some Mod Podge & some crystal glitter.
Then I took a larger wooden star & heart and used some painters tape to mark off a section to resemble the blue on a flag. I painted the area in with the liberty blue.
I removed the tape, then added some red stripes, some tiny star stickers & I wrote in some sayings. I used two of my favorite sayings – “God Bless America” & “United We Stand”.
Putting it all together. I set the star letters in front of the firecrackers. I added my glittered Uncle Sam to the side of the firecrackers. I used double sided tape to attach the heart & star to the front of the tray. But, something was still missing.
It needed the national bird! That’s when it seemed to all come together.
I can’t wait to put this in the center of my tablescape!
Happy Creating everyone!
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