How to Make a Patriotic Table Top

HOW TO MAKE A PATRIOTIC TABLETOP

I have always found that sitting in the backyard is relaxing & enjoyable, but I never had a table for our drinks. I needed to change that! I pulled out my sheet of pressed wood yesterday and went to work.

SANDING

I used my flower container as my guide and traced my circle onto the wood. Of course, I needed the table top to be larger in size than the top of the flower container, so I measured the circle to find the direct center of the circle and hammered a nail in the center. Then I held my measuring tape & Sharpie marker a few inches past my original circle and just basically drew another larger circle around the first one, then cut it out with my Evolv Jigsaw. (you can see my original circle in the photo above)  The table top is 22″ in width, in case you were wondering.

TABLE TOP FITS

 

Next, I gave it a good sanding. After all of my wood projects, I always run a vacuum over the piece of wood to remove all the dust particles.

SPRAY PAINTED RED

Next, I spray painted my table top red, and gave it a few coats.

STENCILING THE TABLE TOP

After the red paint dried, I brought it inside to stencil on the stars. I used one of my metal star cookie cutters and a Sharpie marker and just traced the stars all around the table top.

HAND PAINTING THE STARS

I then hand painted the white stars, one by one.

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I finished off the table top with a few coats of Polyurathane to seal it from the elements. Now, the table top just gets placed on top of one of my unused flower containers and has been made into a table.

I have now solved my problem of where do I place my drink when we are relaxing in the backyard. So, what do you think? Where do you place your drinks?

Happy Fourth of July

Everyone is hustling and bustling around town, and stores are packed with shoppers that are stocking up on buns and hot dogs for their Fourth of July parties, but don’t forget about your treats!  We have an easy idea for you that everyone will enjoy, Patriotic Strawberries!  We featured these last year, but thought that we would share them again, as they are delicious, not to mention easy to make. 

If you have a melting pot, use this to melt a little over a cup of your white chocolate melts (found at any craft store) and dip your strawberries in the white chocolate, then dip them into blue sprinkles.  That’s it!  Now, wasn’t that easy?    If you don’t have a melting pot, you could melt your chocolate in a glass measuring cup in the microwave at 10 second intervals, but be careful not to burn your chocolate.  The melting pot works best because it keeps the chocolate evenly heated and will not burn the chocolate.  When you use the old method of melting chocolate in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, the chocolate will melt, but it will also cool while sitting on your counter, that’s why we recommend for you to use a melting pot as it works best! 

Making decorations for the Fourth of July is simple.  Even a red bow on a flower pot spruces it up.  Or, how about pulling out your big colored rubber bands (we know you have a supply in your home somewhere) and pull the rubber bands over a glass votive holder, red band, white band, red band (you get the idea).  The glow of the candle, of course, will not shine through the rubber bands, but it decorates your table in Patriotic style! 

We have made some of our own wood patriotic crafts, like our patriotic wood house boxes, our patriotic monogram “R” that adorns our front door in style, and even used some pieces from a pallet and made a quick and easy patriotic flag to hang in our garden on the fence.  All it takes is a little red, white, and blue and some creativity to pull off a festive Fourth! 

And, you can’t celebrate the Fourth without fireworks, so we wanted to share with you some of our outstanding fireworks photographs that we took last year.  You can click on the photographs to enlarge them, if you wanted! 

Have a Happy and Safe Fourth! 

Fourth of July Crafts

With the Fourth of July creeping up upon us, I decided to create some homemade crafts for the 4th.  Remember my wood house box that I was unsure as how to paint it?  Well, I decided to design them in a Fourth of July theme.  I still need to pick up some embellishments for the house boxes, like wood stars and a few wood “4” numbers, and some more wood “feet” for the boxes.  Take a peek at how I finished the two house boxes, and let me know what you think!  I will make a house that is blue with white stars all over it too!

 

 

Then, while I was finishing off the houses, I decided to re-purpose an empty wine bottle.  (it is fun “emptying” the wine bottle too)  I cleaned off the wine bottle with all the labels, cut out some different sized stars from cardstock and attached them to the bottle with double-sided sticky tape.  Then, I took out the gold metallic spray paint that I used for my Easter eggs and sprayed the entire bottle and let it dry out in the sun.  Then, very carefully, I peeled off the stars from the bottle.  (you have to be careful when you do this or you will scratch the spray paint)  Next, I dropped a string of white Christmas lights into the bottle, leaving the end of the lights coming out of the top of the bottle, then plugged it in.  Whala, instant starry charm for the Fourth!   NOTE:  When the lights were in the bottle and lit, I noticed that I could have used a second coat of the gold spray paint on the bottle, but the next bottle I do, I will do a second coat for sure!)    Also, an empty wine bottle can be spray painted red too!  Use your painters tape to make stripes around the bottle and add your cardstock stars to the bottle too, then spray paint it red and add your white Christmas lights! 

So, what do you think?  I can now use the adorable painted houses on our Fourth of July table to hold silverware, napkins, cups, or anything that I can think of and the bottle will sit on the table to light up the night when we have our fire pit.