Memorial day is less than a week away and chances are you are busy getting ready to spend this day with your friends and family. Since 1868 our nation has taken pause on Memorial Day to pay tribute to the men and women who have fought for this country. In honor of this patriotic holiday, we are going to spend the week talking about different do-it-yourself projects that you can make for your Memorial Day Celebration. To kick things off, let’s talk about how to make beautiful Memorial Day Centerpieces in just a few minutes.
The supply list for this project is both short and cheap. Virtually everything can be purchased at your local craft store. If you can’t find the Mason jars at your craft store, they should have them in the canning section of your local grocery store.
- Mason Jars
- Patriotic Ribbon
- Star Buttons
- Hot Glue Gun
- Artificial Flowers (red, white, or blue)
Decorating the Mason Jars
For this project, the patriotic ribbon will cross in the front of the jar. Because of this, you will want your ribbon to be about four inches longer than the circumference of your jar. Start by roughly positioning the ribbon where you want it to be. Once you are satisfied. Tack the ribbon to the jar using your hot glue gun. I like to tack it the center back of the ribbon directly to the Mason jar with a dot of hot glue. I then tack the front of the ribbon where it crisscrosses to the jar again. For a special finishing touch, glue star-shaped button with a flat back on top of the point where the two ribbons cross.
Repeat this for as many centerpieces as you would like to have. You could have one per table, a line of them going down a long table, or periodic centerpieces lined up along a deck railing.
Fill the Jar with Red, White, or Blue Flowers
Now that you have all your jars decorated, go ahead and fill them with red, white, or blue flowers. You can use everything from red roses to big white hydrangeas; the choice is yours. If Memorial Day cookouts are a time-honored tradition in your family, consider purchasing artificial flowers. This allows you to use the same centerpieces year after year. Once you have them filled with your favorite stems, simply place them on your table and enjoy.
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