Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Patriotic Star Centerpiece

Blitsy Patriotic Table Centerpiece

Picnic season and outdoor BBQ celebration season is here! The summer offers many opportunities to get together and celebrate so why not make a fun patriotic centerpiece?
I have a fun step by step tutorial showing how you can make a fun and festive piece.  

These are the steps

1.  Paint boxes with acrylic paint. I painted lids and sides.
2.  This step is only necessary if you plan to decorate sides with paper.  You cannot place paper on the entire side because then the lid will not fit.  So you need to mark where the paper will go.  To do this, place the lids on the boxes and draw a pencil line around the bottom of the lid. This will give you an idea of how wide to cut your paper. 
3.  Cut paper strips to cover the sides.

4.  Decorate the tops of each box as desired. The Doodlebug Designs - Fourth of July paper collection came with some red acrylic letters ( Doodlebug Designs - Ladybug Assortment ABC's) so I added them to a box.
Here are some other ideas for decorations
  • Buttons
  • Doodlebug Designs - Ladybug Assortment ABC's ( red acrylic letters) #148
  • Ribbons and lace trim
  • Floral berries
  • Metal charms
  • Die cuts and decorative punched borders
  • Mini flags used on cupcakes
  • Resins and beads
  • String pearls
  • Stick pins
  • Chandelier Garland (crystals)
  • Crystal flourishes and gems
  • Chevrons and mini banners

Here are close ups of the tops:

5.  Decorate sides of boxes as desired with punched borders, flower, tied string, lace, or whatever fits your taste. I added little dots of Liquid Pearls to the sides and some on the top as well.

Time to make some star box toppers!

6.  You may have a star punch or die that will work nicely. I did not, so I drew a star pattern. I folded a small piece of patterned paper and made sure my star pattern was on the fold when I cut it out.
I glued the stars to a wooden barbecue skewer.

Add some bakers twine to the wood skewer.

Another Option - Add Cupcake toppers

Doodlebug Designs - 12x12 Asst paper pack - Fourth of July
Doodlebug Designs - Ladybug Assortment ABC's  ( red acrylic letters) #148
Ranger Liquid Pearls  - White Opal
DCC Star  Boxes 4in x 2in
Spellbinder Die Di-Lites Medallion S2-014
Acrylic Paint  - Red, White and Navy Blue
Martha Stewart Doily Lace Edge Punch
Lacy Trim
Decorative Stick pins - Stars
Floral Berries
Pearl Dots
American Flag
American Crafts  - Premium Ribbon - Baking String
Toothpicks or Wood skewers

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