Make a quick and easy 4th of July centerpiece for your table!

I just finished a new 4th of July table centerpiece.

Since I have been in the middle of a serious moss-covering binge, it was time for something different.

 

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So I decided to decoupage some styrofoam balls!

This is a super quick, easy, inexpensive project!

 

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

First, you need some patriotic napkins. Miss Vicki found these for me at TJ Maxx.

 

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

Then, some styrofoam balls. I got these at Hobby Lobby. In retrospect, I wish I had bought their paper mache balls because styrofoam does melt a little when you decoupage it.  Lesson learned.

 

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

And you need a chip brush and decoupage medium. I use 1Gel from Heirloom Traditions to decoupage with (remember this project with the gift wrap on the drawers?). 1Gel is easier to work with than Mod Podge because it isn’t as thick and it dries without air bubbles. Plus its a transfer medium, a decoupage medium AND a top coat all in one.  ( If you’re doing some HTP shopping, check out my favorite chalk type brushes too – they are amazing and will come in handy when painting furniture or working with chalk-type paint on your next project. )

 

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

So your first order of business is cutting the cute stripes off the side of the napkin. Keep those however for the striped balls. Also, I cut in from every corner on the napkin so it will fold around the Styrofoam ball easier.

 

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

Note: cutting a straight line is CLEARLY not mandatory for this project.

#kindergartnercuttingskills

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

Cover a section of the ball in the 1Gel and fold the paper up. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  Also, please note my glaze covered hands. #painterproblems

The balls will look a little scary at first. But let them dry overnight (or, set them out in the 100 degree Kansas City heat so they will dry in 30 minutes for a blog post. Either one.)

For my visual learning friends, check out this Facebook LIVE video that I did making the project. (and be sure to set up your Facebook so that you are notified whenever I go LIVE!)

 

4th of July table centerpiece | Magic Brush

And they are done. I threw mine into a bread bowl and this is my 4th of July table decor!

See, decor projects do not have to take all day. This is seriously about a 20 minute project beginning to end!  And even the kids can help!

Have fun!

Jen

For more fun painted home decor ideas, check out my chalkboard paint slide show! 

 

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14 comments
  1. Pam
    Pam
    June 30, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I made the Pallet Flag, for this July. All the neighbors have been so nice, bragging
    about it. Guess they thought I was an Artist. (Little do they know) Ha!
    anyway, I enjoyed making one for our “Hot”, Kansas City.
    Wishing you a fun and safe July 4th.
    Pam

  2. Pam
    Pam
    June 30, 2016 at 12:33 am

    I made the Pallet Flag, for this July. All the neighbors have been so nice, bragging
    about it. Guess they thought I was an Artist. (Little do they know) Ha!
    anyway, I enjoyed making one for our “Hot”, Kansas City.
    Wishing you a fun and safe July 4th.
    Pam

  3. Sharon
    Sharon
    June 30, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    Very nice, and so easy. Can’t wait to share!

  4. Connie Saunders
    Connie Saunders
    July 5, 2016 at 1:30 pm

    I love this idea and the possibilities are limitless! Beautiful napkins are available for all occasions…I am visualizing these balls wrapped in fall napkins! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Marie
    Marie
    May 30, 2017 at 7:42 am

    This is absolutely fabulous! I can’t believe those are made with napkins. They are perfect for rustic 4th of July decor. Thanks for sharing your tutorial with us at Merry Monday this week!

  6. How to DIY this 4th of July!! Here are some great tips!
    June 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    […] Jennifer Allwood at the Magic Brush is such an inspiration to me. I love following her for the coaching and tips she gives for running  small business, but she also has some killer DIY and home décor posts too! These little Styrofoam balls are covered in napkins, and look how cute they are! See her post here on how to do this! The MagicBrush Jennifer Allwood […]

  7. Kelly
    Kelly
    June 13, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Did you use cloth or paper napkins?

  8. Vicki Silvey
    Vicki Silvey
    June 13, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    Hi Kelly,

    They are paper napkins!

    Vicki at The Magic Brush, Inc.

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