DIY 4th of July – Memorial Day Centerpieces

No Vase?

No Problem!


Looking for easy, inexpensive, yet impressive DIY centerpieces

for the 4th of July or Memorial Day?

Well, check out these ideas!

These centerpieces won’t blow away with the summer breezes. They will stay right where placed because of the weighted “vases”.

Not only are these centerpieces great for Memorial Day or the 4th of July, but by adjusting the colors to your liking, they make lovely centerpieces at any casual outdoor wedding or party.



4th of July Easy Tutorial

Plan early! Pin this for the future. Great tutorial for when you don’t have vases!

I got this centerpiece construction hint from a friend that worked as a floral designer.

It sure cuts down on the cost of multiple centerpieces.




Brown Lunch Bag with flat bottom (If you want taller centerpieces, use a tall, flat-bottomed, brown paper bag from a liquor store. Another option is to use white bags from a bakery)


Cat Litter or Sand


Paper Towel or Newspaper


Choice of Silk Flowers


Red, white & blue ribbon, twisty garland or raffia  

(I bought red, white & blue curling ribbon at the Dollar Tree)

No Vase? No Problem! 4th of July

Materials Needed for 4th of July or Memorial Day centerpieces. (Not pictured: cat litter or sand)


Open bag and scoop cat litter or sand and fill almost half way.

4th of July materials

4th of July fpm

Take some paper towel, wad it up, and place on top of the sand or cat litter.

This gives your centerpiece so much weight that it will  stay on the table even when windy!

Add the flowers and tie tightly with a twisty patriotic garland, patriotic curling ribbon or just plain raffia.

w4th of July Centerpiece

Tied with red, white, and blue curling ribbon.

Patriotic Centerpiece

Centerpiece tied with a piece of twisty red, white & blue garland.



Red, white and blue napkin rings from paper towel or toilet paper rolls add to the theme.  Complete directions are found here.

Another option for a decorative napkin ring is using a piece of twisty garland.

4th of July Napkin Rings

This centerpiece uses the taller liquor store bag.

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Another easy and quick centerpiece idea is from

Outdoor Centerpiece

Use a ball jar wrapped with fringed burlap and tied with a ribbon. For 4th of July or Memorial Day, use a patriotic ribbon! After the party, reuse the jars for jam!

If you’re on a budget, but want that extra special touch, these ideas are a super way to go! When I look at some of the table settings for the 4th of July on Pinterest and in magazines, I wonder, “Who sets such a formal table for the 4th of July?”. To me, 4th of July is casual, no mess paper plates and napkins! These decorations fit right in with “casual” and “outdoors”.

Besides that, as I said, they are so inexpensive, quick and easy!!!

(My kind of qualifications for a project!)


I hope these ideas are helpful and fun for you to use!

Yea! Red, White and Blue!

Celebrate the freedoms that we enjoy!


Are you the formal or informal type

for 4th of July / Memorial Day



Phyllis (Oma)


Linking post to these parties….

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4th of July t-shirts

Before the 4th of July, my grandkids made these T-shirts and then wore them on the day of celebration. It was an easy project for preschoolers and they were very proud of their creations.  Each one looked great! The idea came from Family Fun magazine.

To start, tape off the stripes evenly across with masking tape or painter’s tape. (I did this for them before hand). The taped areas will stay white. I ,also, taped off a square area in one corner for the stars.  You can cut out stars using masking tape, stickers or contact paper. Stick them on the area where you want them.  Before painting, be sure to line T-shirt with newspaper so the paint doesn’t bleed through the other side. Have the kids dab over the areas with red (for the stripes) and blue ( for the star area) paint.  When the paint is dry, just remove the tape.

Your project doesn’t need to look like the flag. It can just be any combination of red, white and blue. I used sponge  brushes and let the kids have at it. The kids dabbed the paint on with the brush as the area doesn’t need to be totally covered with paint to look good! Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the fabric paint to set the design.  Be sure to use a paint shirt!









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