Sunday, June 30, 2013

my vintage Fourth of July place card and party favor


Are you hosting a Fourth of July celebration this year?

If you’re a regular to my blog you know how much I love giving you ideas for your tablescapes and today I’d thought I’d show you how to make my firecracker place card and party favor.

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I think it’s sweet..

It’s for those of you who want to add a vintage touch to your table. And it only costs a few dollars.

Here’s what I used:

  • paper towel rolls 
  • antique decoupage 
  • roll of blue crepe paper streamer 
  • a piece of red tissue paper
  • Martha Stewart labels for $2.99
  • taffy pieces and poppers 
  •   cellophane gift bags and stickers
  • hot glue gun & scissors


Once I cut the rolls to the desired length, I used a small brush and covered the entire roll with antique decoupage because I wanted a darker, vintage look for my place cards.


But the decoupage also acts as a glue for the crepe paper strips too.

If you already have your crepe paper pieces cut, you can quickly wrap the streamer around the decoupaged roll and it sticks. That’s your first layer.

I measured 3-4 pieces of crepe paper for each side

(to measure I simply wrapped the crepe paper streamer once around the roll and used this one size to cut the rest)



I applied hot glue dots to hold the remaining pieces. Adding one on top of the other.


Once finished, I hot glued a Martha Stewart label on each one and

decorated with a dollar’s worth of Fourth of July stickers I bought at Wal-mart


I made lots of little cuts to the crepe paper. Then with my fingers, I fluffed the ends.


I slipped a cellophane party favor bag into the roll and added taffy pieces and a few poppers.


I trimmed the bag and tied it. Then I put crumbled pieces of red tissue paper in each end.


Here’s a shot of the front and back of these place cards.


And here’s a glimpse of the table setting I created to give you more ideas for a casual dinner. I’ll be showing you photos of my entire tablescape in my next post.


In the meantime if you’re interested in seeing more ideas for your table you can check out my little chalkboard place cards HERE.


And here’s my DIY painter’s drop cloth I made with blue stripes. I think this would look festive for a fourth of July celebration too.

You can see how I made it HERE last summer.

This week we’ve got hot, muggy weather all week. By Tuesday it’s going to be 109 degrees and I’ve got my eye on my garden, making sure my pots don’t dry out. Just a little reminder during the heat waves… don’t forget your potted flowers may need extra water!



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Leslie said...

This is so festive Leslie! Wonderful tutorial - have a great 4th!

Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. said...

Oh cute! I love the firecracker place cards Leslie! And the flowers in coke bottles - simple and pretty! Happy 4th of July!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

How fun is this and what a great tutorial. Hope you have a super 4th. Hugs, Marty

Donna@anangloinquébec said...

We have been listening to the news about the hot weather in the southern US! Amazing temperatures!
You look well prepared for July 4th. I missed your post on the striped drop cloth but will be checking that out. We are moving our daughter into her apartment for school this week so on the look out for inexpensive decorating ideas! Keep Cool Leslie.

eileeninmd said...

How cute, I love the firecracker place cards. What a great idea. And the coke bottles with the flowers is great too. Wonderful tips for the 4th of celebration. Have a happy week!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Hi Leslie!!!! These are so fun, and I simply cannot believe July is here tomorrow! It happens every summer; my husband and I get engrossed in a home project and half of our summer is eaten up before we head back to school.

No dearest,you are NOT the only blogger who is confused about this Google Reader thing! I have really no idea what it's all about, but with the help of some blogger pals, I at least got my Bloglovin' contraption set up and email subscription for those savvy bloggers who know what to do with that and need it! As for me, I'm with ya; I just want to write, create, connect!

Happy fourth! Anita

Sarah said...

Leslie, your poppers are adorable. I'm going to remember that for next year.
We hit 106 and 107 Friday and Saturday. During the early morning hours a thunderstorm blew through. It gave us much needed rain and dropped the temps a bit. Today was in the mid 90s.
Stay cool and have a happy 4th. ~ Sarah

michele said...


so many sweet details and thoughtful creations by you.



Sunflowers With Smiles said...

such a cute festive place card! Wonderful job and thanks for sharing!

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

These are a lot of fun, Leslie! I'm sure your guests will feel very special!

Sew a Fine Seam said...

How cute Leslie! I made a quick Independence day craft today for a centerpiece for a tablescape I put togehter. I'll be sharing the simple craft tomorrow and the tablescape wed or thurs!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So sweet and festive. Thanks so much for the tutorial and for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

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