Last Minute 4th of July Centerpiece with Free Printable {featuring Amanda Parker from Shindig Parties}

Last Minute 4th of July Centerpiece with Free Printable {featuring Amanda Parker from Shindig Parties}

Please Welcome
Amanda Parker from Shindig Parties To Go

Amanda is the mom of three spunky kids and wife to a great guy who keeps her laughing. She a born DIYer and creative junkie that loves it all. Her interests include decorating, sewing, painting, photography and, of course, gorgeous parties! She loves to save a buck and will take on just about any project if she thinks she can save a little by doing it herself. These days, she spends most of her time styling children’s birthday parties and designing party printables for her Etsy shop.

I am super thrilled to have Amanda here today showing us details on putting together a fun and inexpensive centerpiece for the Fourth!

Fourth of July Centerpiece
Contributed by Amanda Parker

Since the 4th of July holiday is right around the corner, I thought I’d put together a festive party table with a fun little centerpiece that you could use just about anywhere to decorate for Independence Day.. You’ll only need a few inexpensive supplies and the free download of printables that I designed and in no time at all you can create a “Wow” kind of centerpiece to use for the holidays.

Here’s what you will need:

– Chipboard letters in U, S, and A (I bought mine at Hobby Lobby for $1 each on sale)

Free printables download with patterned papers and stars (print onto photo paper for best results)

– Red and blue spray paint (or you could use acrylic paint and a paintbrush to paint the sides of your letters)

– Glue stick and hot glue gun

– Scissors

– Uncle Sam hat (I bought mine in the $1 bin at Target)

– Wooden dowels and skewers

– Ribbon (I bought a July 4th ponytail holder from Target for $1)

– Container

– Styrofoam or florist foam

– Piece of tupperware to fit into Uncle Sam hat

– Centerpiece container such as a tin tub, a vase, a bucket, etc.

Step One: Take each of your chip board letters and spray the edges red or blue. Let dry.

Step Two: Download and print the free July 4th printables set onto photo paper for best results. I like a soft gloss finish and a premium weight, but use whatever you have on hand…. glossy or matte works fine, too.

Step Three: Take each of your chipboard letters and place on the right side of your printed patterned paper and trace around the letter with a pencil. Cut out the traced letter with scissors. Repeat for each letter.

Step Four: Apply glue stick glue to thoroughly cover the top of your chipboard letter. Place the corresponding paper letter cut out on top of the chipboard letter and match up all sides. Press down firmly to glue the paper to the chipboard letter.

Step Five: Cut out the page of star cut out printables. Grab your smaller stars and glue them randomly to your patterned chipboard letters to add a little pizzazz. Next, hot glue a wooden dowel to the backside of the chipboard letter making sure that you vary the heights of the wooden dowels for each letter. Repeat steps 4 and 5 for each letter U, S and A.

Step Six: Take the larger stars from your star cut outs printable page and hot glue a wooden skewer to the back of each star to make star picks.

Step Seven: Place a tupperware plastic container inside of the hat to make it stand on its own. Next, take a left over piece of florist foam or styrofoam and hot glue it inside your plastic container. Then take a wooden dowel and cut it to the appropriate height for the Uncle Sam hat based on the arrangement of your letters and stick it into the florist foam.

Step Eight: Take your centerpiece container and place a block of florist foam or styrofoam inside to fit. Next, arrange each of your letters and stars in the styrofoam to create your U.S.A. display.

Step Nine: Hot glue some ribbon to the side of your container for a little added decoration and then fill the container with your shredded paper to cover the styrofoam and you’re done! Great job!

I bet you’re wondering how I’m going to use the centerpiece, right? Well, I thought it would be a great centerpiece for a red, white and blue themed party table using a July 4th printables collection from my shop and some fun snacks and desserts. Nothing on the table was expensive or difficult to make. In fact, I usually try to find everything on the grocery store aisles and just “spruce” them up a bit with holiday colored sprinkles and candies.

The table features store-bought cupcakes, brownie bites embellished with flat marshmallows, sprinkles and M&Ms as well as cones of popcorn also mixed with red and blue M&Ms. Some sour cherry candies in small nut cups and “cake pops” made from ready made chocolate truffles placed on sticks round out the party foods. It was quick and simple, too, and almost everything could be bought days before to reduce the “last minute” party stress.





I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and party table! Thanks so much, Stephanie Lynn, for asking me to be a part of your party week. It was truly and honor — Happy July 4th everyone!

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It’s Always a Party at The Parkers is Amanda’s blog overflowing with incredible party ideas, inspiration and do-it-yourself projects. Amanda’s creativity and talent shine in her breath taking styled parties, most of time utilizing the designed printables from her Etsy shop, Shindig Parties To-Go. Amanda not only generously shares lots of free printables on her blog – she shows you step by step how to use them – making it a perfect go-to for holidays, parties and every kind of celebration!

Amanda parties can be found featured on many of today’s top entertainment sites including
Amy Atlas and Pizzazzerie.
Amanda is also a monthly contributor at Lil’ Luna.

Shindig Parties TO GO was showcased earlier today {here} as Amanda is giving one lucky reader
Their Choice of a Full Customized Party Package!
Make sure you stop by and enter to win this fabulous giveaway!

Amanda thank you so much for the inspiration you not only have shared here today, but continue to share across the web!

Click the button above for all the posts previously published in this series
We would love to see your party creations {link party here}
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~with another coming up shortly!~


  1. excelente trabalho!!! Ficou maravilhoso!!! Parabéns! Vania Angelo Brazil

  2. What an honor to be here, Stephanie Lynn! Thank you for asking me to be a part of your Celebration Inspiration week!! I hope everyone has a wonderful 4th of July holiday!!

  3. Great prints and ideas-thanks so mcuh. I will be using this for this weekend. Have a great 4th!

  4. Wonderful ideas, can I ask what your background is made out of or how you made it?

  5. Hey, these are cute and fun, but when I went to download them and print it,it said I have to sign up and pay $9 to be able to do it. It says free printable here on your site but when it takes you to the print place it charges. I’m confused. Is there something else I should be clicking on?

    • Hi Shauna – I just tried the link that says ‘free printable’ above – and it did work. It should take to you a website called SCRIBD. It will ask you sign in but you can simply click ‘not at this time’. You have to download the printable to you own computer and then print it from there. Please let me know if you are still having any trouble.


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