Easy 4th of July Centerpiece Table Decoration

Yesterday was flag day and that started me thinking about another patriotic holiday just a couple weeks away.  Last year I created this table setting for the 4th of July.

Patriotic Tablescape With PinWheel Centerpiece



The centerpiece was so much fun to make.  I never got around to sharing just how I made it last year.


If you’re looking for a festive, easy-to-make centerpiece or table decoration for an upcoming Independence Day celebration, you’ll love this one!


For this centerpiece you’ll need a handful of pinwheels of varying sizes.  I found these in Hobby Lobby, if I’m remembering correctly.  This is the perfect time of the year to shop for them…they should be readily available in most craft stores right now.  Check the dollars stores and large discounts stores, too.  You’ll also need some red, white and blue ribbon.  I used 1.5 inch wide grosgrain ribbon, also from Hobby Lobby.

You’ll need a tall container, preferably white.   A white container provides a nice contrast with the bright colors of the pinwheels and ribbon.


I found this metal one in Marshalls several years ago.  It’s 12 1/2 inches tall and has a 6 inch opening.


You’ll also need a small amount of kitty litter.  You could probably use sand but I think litter works best.

Start by pouring in enough litter to fill the container about two-thirds full.


Next, insert the largest of the pinwheels.  I always like using odd numbers in arrangements and find that normally works well, so I began with three of the large pinwheels.


Next, I added in some of the medium and short pinwheels, just interspersing them here and there inside the container.  I used one silver star as a single accent in the arrangement.  The kitty litter really works great for keeping the pinwheels nicely in place.


As a final touch, I tied a piece of the red, white and blue grosgrain ribbon around the top of the container.  You could use burlap ribbon or anything that strikes your fancy.


Here’s how the arrangement looked in this 4th of July tablescape.

Patriotic Tablescape With PinWheel Centerpiece



For an even fuller arrangement, consider tucking in a few good size flags.


These can be found just about everywhere this time of year, including dollar stores, hardware stores, large discount stores and craft stores.


I used the fuller arrangement with the flags for this table setting  in a makeover of the porch for a 4th of July party last summer.


Have fun making your own Independence Day centerpiece.  I think this year when I make it, I may tuck some really tall fireworks into the mix…perhaps with some streamers or ribbon attached.  Ummm, now where can I find those?

Stay tuned, I think I feel a new 4th of July table setting coming this way soon. 😉

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  1. I’m “saluting” you right now! Just so perfect! I got these little r/w/b buckets with stars n stripes n polka dots, etc. lined inside with saran wrap…individual containers for Calico beans!!! The kiddos love it! franki

  2. I feel like celebrating!! I love the 4th, so your wonderfully festive tablescape is reason enough, but it was a year ago, while scouring the web for patriotic decor, that I was led to BNOTP! I have never left–& you have provided untold hours of aesthetic enjoyment! Thank you so much for the beauty & the high standard of quality you provide on your blog, Susan.

  3. What a great centerpiece, Susan! And so easy! Thanks for sharing how you did it.

  4. Ann S Mindicino says

    Hi Susan, Love this post. I have been collecting ideas for July 4th. It is my husband and my sister in law’s birthday. I don’t know how to upload a photo here but on my Pinterest page I pinned “red, white and blue” pretzels and “red, white and blue” ice cream cones. Those pins were repinned over 100 times. Nice to know we have a lot of patriotic, creative people out there. I am going to make the pinwheels for our annual July 4th barbeque. Thanks.

  5. That is so fun, festive & patriotic! I love it!

    I really like your new look over here in WordPress. It’s so easy to find your wonderful posts!

  6. Laurie Carlton says

    Hi Susan…. your patriotic decorations just make my soul so bubbly-happy. I looked at your previous one, and loved it so much. You have practically re-birthed me after a few years of being in an emotional drought! I have always loved decorating, but due to some issues I had to overcome for the past 5 years, that part of me was literally shut down and unreachable – till just about a month ago. And finding your blog site among other wonderful decor sites on facebook helped me come back to life, literally. Your site, especially the Tablescapes – was the main ’emotional charge’ that finally zapped me back to life and helped me get reconnected to that part of myself that had been dead and dormant for so long. Don’t ever think for one second that what you do here is not of value, because I can assure you, it is of GREAT value to those of us who for whatever reason have gone into personal hibernation and can only sit at our computer and soak up lovely photos or inspiring, encouraging words. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    A question – Is your porch the only or main room for seasonal or holiday decorating? I think it is wonderful to have such a room as your porch, that contains all the furniture elements to basically “do it all”. Sofas, dining table, chairs, walls etc. I have in past years wore myself out with doing ‘too much’. For a few years I was changing almost everything in our apartment back then, all 4 seasons – and finally one year I quit doing Easter completely. The main catalyst was fatigue…lol..but, also, I do not decorate in pastels at all… they just are not me. So I sought to stream-line my color schemes to cover a longer time period, and not have to change things as often. I use yellow, blue, and white (with just touches of red for accent) for 6 months – variations of it to go from late Spring, to Summer and Fall. And then for winter I totally eliminate all yellow items and pack them away, and add more red. Red is predominant from December to May, and yellow starts coming back out – whenever I feel like doing it…lol. By May I start getting antsy for my yellow, my favorite color. I don’t remember if I ever invited you to see pics of my various past kitchens in my f.b. albums – which are public for viewing. If I have not, I would love your opinion when you have time. They will show you how I totally revamp the same room with a seasonal change. I have looked at the photos over this past trying time, and so missed the ‘me’ that I was back then. It took a long time, but, I finally am getting her back ! In large part – thanks to YOU – your shares helped the desire come back alive. God bless you for all you share and give. You change and affect lives for the better, in a most wonderful way. Sincerely, Laurie

    • Laurie, your words touched me deeply, put tears in my eyes. What a lovely gift you have given me this Friday afternoon! Your enthusiasm and love for life is so wonderful and so infectious l, I know those dearhearts who read your words today will feel inspired! Thank you so much for such a beautiful comment!
      To answer your question, when my son was little I decorated a lot more than I do now. I still go crazy inside (and outside) decorating for Christmas but for the other holidays, I just decorate a little here and there inside. The table settings I put together around holiday time, give me a chance to have a lot of fun with the holidays. Those are usually my favorite tables to create. If you click on the “Holiday” heading at the top of the blog and scroll down through the various holidays, you’ll see another sub-heading called Decor pop up under some of the holidays. That’s where I have links to some of my inside decorating for the holidays. You’ll find some Christmas, Halloween and a little Easter decor. Can’t remember now what else is under that heading. I’m just a big kid inside, refusing to grow up. 🙂

  7. So beautiful my friend. Very patriotic. I’d want to salute your table every time I walked by. LOL!
    I made some really cute paper firework stars and made a tutorial to go with it if you want to check it out.
    Have a lovely day.

  8. Oh, wonderful Susan! Great ideas and tutorial for your fabulous 4th. of July table. I’m inspired now for my countrie’s celebration table too! Meanwhile I’m into Father’s Day, lol..
    Happy weekend,

  9. WOW! That looks like so much fun to make! So cute!

  10. Your table decorations are wonderful. I love your patriotic porch.

  11. Hi, Susan.
    I think it is time for me to send you a big “THANK YOU” !
    It is so long time since I’m following your wonderful blog that I enjoy every day!
    I’ve never commented before because I don’t know your e-mail address, and I don’t know if you will get this comment. I hope so. My name is Cecilia. I’m Italian but I live in Germany. Although I love both countries I have to confess that my heart belongs to America! I love the country so much (see my e-mail address!), of course Americans and last but not least your beautiful houses! I love the way American women do decorate their homes and you Susan are soooo talented!!! I love your house, especially your porch! And especially your today’s post because , guess what, I ADORE the red, white and blue! In my home I have all the year round some American flags or pictures that represent American flags, lots of signs which say “God bless America, land that I love” (the most of them handmade by myself!) and here and there (but for sure in every room of my house) something that reminds us of the USA! All my friends think I am crazy! I tell them that’s true! I’m crazy about the U.S.!!! So what? I LOVE AMERICA and I want to show my love for this beautiful country! That’s the reason why I follow blogs from the States, daily! Yours, dear Susan, too!
    Thanks for that, very much!
    I wish you all the best!

    • Oh Cecilia! You are an American at heart! I hearby declare you an honorary American! 🙂 Your love for our country is very touching. I think sometimes we forget how wonderful this country is so thank you for that reminder, sweet friend! I hope you get to visit here soon and often!
      Big Hugs sent your way!

      • Oh Susan!
        It is an honor for me being declareted an honorary American! You made my day!
        Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!
        And be sure, my new friend, I will certainly follow your wonderful blog every day, in the future, too!
        Thank you, again!
        Hugs from Germany!

  12. Hi, Susan. Your comment about firecrackers made me think of a tutorial I just saw on a blog called ” I Gotta Create!” It was posted on June 8th. She made some pretty cute looking firecrackers out of Pringles cans. I remember your porch decorations from last 4th of July. Thanks for the center piece tutorial today. You are so creative and I love your blog.

  13. just a lovely idea! we enclosed a back porch but looks nothing like yours! i am so jealous! wonderful post and hope your weekend is Wonderful !!

  14. Great look and easy! That’s my style!
    I have a start with the flags I should look for some pinwheels!

  15. Hi Susan, Your porch is decorated just right for this time of year! I have seen the porch picture before and ever since have been on a lookout for the “Summer breeze…” sign. Would you share the source as I would love to have one in my home?

    • Hi Sallie,
      Thanks! I found my sign in a local antique/thrift store, but you google “summer breeze makes me feel fine sign” you’ll find them online. I paid $35 and I think they are around that online, too.

  16. I may have to be a big fat copycat!!! This is so cute and EASY! That is what I need these days. XO, pinky

  17. Love the pinwheels!! This really put me in the patriotic mood! Need to get my red/white/blue/ decor out ASAP!! Stopping over from my new blog at http://cairncottage.blogspot.com/
    Have a great Father’s Day Weekend!!

  18. Your centerpiece inspired me to go out and get some patriotic goodies myself this weekend! Yours looks great! I got red, white, and blue solid and patterned paper lanterns at our Dollar Store, inexpensive red taper candles, and a rustic bucket to put the candles, some small American flags, and a patriotic pinwheel in that we got on Memorial Day. I don’t have cats, but will be going to buy my first-ever bag of kitty litter to anchor it all in the bucket. 🙂 Can’t wait to share this little creation and my porch in a future post! Thanks for the inspiration!

  19. Susan,
    This centerpiece is TOO CUTE FOR WORDS! I love it. I think I have most of the materials on hand and can’t wait to get started. It will go perfect with the napkin rings you showed us last year! Thanks for always sharing such terrific ideas with all of us.

  20. Lindy@Itsy Bitsy Paper says

    Wow, this is great as always! Very festive. I hope you will link up to my Patriotic Project Parade!


  21. Love all your Americana! I have an old open hutch in my living room that has the Warren Kimble dishes year round. They are among my favorite!! Right now our dining room table is set up with some of the dishes! Still love them after all the years. Thanks for your site, truly enjoy it!

  22. HI…I just love your patriotic presentations…. I am in the corner of Washington and Idaho…could you tell me where you got the little metal red chairs that you put your cupcakes on??? They are darling!

    Thank you…a new reader

  23. I saw this on a 4th of July roundup and just had to pin it. I hope you’ll share your best post of the week on my Friday Flash Blog Linky Party going on ALL weekend at The Jenny Evolution.


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