DIY 4th of July – Memorial Day Centerpieces

Posted by on April 23, 2013 in 4th of July, Crafts, Holidays | 9 comments

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.

DIY Centerpieces #centerpiece #paper-bag #flowers

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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  1. Love them all! Thanks for sharing with us at the Creative Craft Challenge Link up!

  2. Great ideas!!

  3. Love your ideas! I’m a military wife and mom and love patriotic decorations. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Kitty litter! Who’s a thought it?! Thanks so much for sharing it on Waste Not Want Not Wednesday, I’ve pinned it.

  5. I love that simple burlap-wrapped jar idea. am here from the linky party over at the Fine Craft Guild.

  6. Love the patriotic flair of these decorations! As you say, it’s usually a casual affair on 4th of July – it certainly is at my house. These decorations look fun and easy! Catherine

  7. What fun ideas! I love patriotic things. My house is covered with Americana… I love using what you have instead of running out and buying a bunch of things for a craft. Thanks so much for sharing this! Krista @ A Handful of Everything

  8. Wow, I love the look of these simple, stuff you already have, projects. Great for kids in the summer. Thanks so much…found you through Inspire Me Fridays (#26) Lisa

  9. Hi Phyllis! 4th of July will be here before we know it and I can’t wait!
    Thanks for linking up for WW :))

Love to hear from you!

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