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Holiday Gathering

Introduction

Here's another idea for July 4 party decor. Start with napkins, a runner, and seating cards in bursts of red, white, and blue. Then add a set of paper pom-poms attached to skewers to bring more fireworks to the table. Stick the skewers into sand-filled jars, as we did, or into a cake or a cheese plate.

Materials

  • Napkins, a runner, and seating cards in bursts of red, white, and blue
  • Paper pom-poms
  • Skewers
  • Sand-filled jars (optional)
  • Vellum
  • Scissors
  • Kitchen scrub brush
  • White pen

Steps

  1. Step 1

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    Fold a 3-by-15-inch piece of vellum in half twice lengthwise. Cut slits every 1/8 inch, leaving inch at the top uncut. Unfold the paper, and attach a 1-inch piece of double-sided tape to one uncut corner; adhere to a bamboo skewer, and wrap the paper around several times.

  2. Step 2

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    Once you reach the other end, use another piece of double-sided tape to secure. Curl the lower strips with the edge of a scissor blade, as you would a ribbon.

  3. Step 3

    Dip the bristles of a kitchen scrub brush into fabric paint from a crafts store. Press bristles firmly onto fabric.

  4. Step 4

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    Use smaller bottle brushes to create patterns on paper place cards; then handwrite names with a white pen.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, July 2007

Reviews (27)

  • 10 May, 2013

    Really great idea, but i feel the best place for this paper was from http://www.spspaper.com. I have always shopped with them and they usually have the best prices anywhere on the internet. Thanks and this is a great idea and can not wait til try!

  • 2 Jul, 2012

    job2play- I am actually looking for a raft to do with the residents at our elderly home too! what a coincidence, that must mean this is a good project to do:)

  • 1 Jul, 2010

    Where do you buy the red and blue vellum? I checked Joann's and Michael's - neither had it.

  • 29 Jun, 2010

    THIS IS ANOTHER CUTE IDEA AND I CAN HARDLY WAIT TO TRY IT!! SO EASY TOO!!! THANKS!!

  • 31 May, 2010

    i can't wait to use this in my nursing home. I love to make things they can help with and the sand is a great sensory exercise tool. plus they like to make things that are pretty.

  • 30 Jun, 2008

    I am just cracking up at the thought of people getting poked by the skewers. You don't give them to toddlers to play with! I think people are more than capable of showing a tad bit of self restraint and leaving them where they are -- as a DECORATION -- and not snatching them and stabbing other party guests in the eye. I think they're cute, and I plan to make them.

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    What a great idea. It will certainly be a big hit with our children, and grandchildren. Thankyou Martha! Happy 4th of July...

  • 28 Jun, 2008

    My grandson made the pom poms last year for the Fourth. He put them in old blue bottles. They made quite a statement. Everyone loved them.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    So festive and fun! Like having the fireworks show right on your table! Love it!

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Cute cute idea! I can't wait to try it!

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    I googled "paper drinking straws" and located this manufacturer. http://aardvarkstraws.com/index.php
    You could always make your own by wrapping a strip of paper around a pencil and gluing or taping it together. =)

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Winterbeach, if you feel this is a silly craft (and I'd have to assume you probably view most handicrating as silly as well?) then what in hades are you doing subscribing to this in the first place? I think you are silly! I also think this is a very cool idea and will use it for my 4th of July get together with joy!

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Rellimroof, what's colored rain? I do a lot of crafts, but I've never heard of this. It sounds interesting, though.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    colors outside the lines- do you know where to get paper straws? I have been looking but no luck so far-hate those plastic ones

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    if you want the sand to look white, use salt instead of sand. that's what i do. i'd also add a few things to the jars to pep them up a bit. perhaps sea glass or something. great start though. i'm going to have to use this idea.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Goodness gracious winterbeach..... Paper is compostable and the skewers can be reused for quite a few things, just use some imagination. I do like the idea of using soda straws if you are worried about safety. Use paper straws and you can compost those too.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    If you see the skewers as a potential hazard, why not use drinking straws to make the pom poms.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Vellum is a special kind of paper. It is the transparent paper used on modern wedding invitations where the words are printed on the vellum and a pattern or picture is on the paper beneath. http://www.paperandmore.com/ You can see what vellum looks like in the picture of the sunflower if you follow this link.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    What's vellum? Is it that spongy thin foam or is it some kind of special paper? Thanks.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    These are a quick festive craft. They would perk up any decor. I think that I will make a few and add to my 4th of Jully floral arrangements.
    I was thinking that the colored rain from Christmas would possibly work.
    I am going to give it a try.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Then I suppose I shouldn't invite you to my barbecue, I'd hate to see what you could do with a chicken kebab.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    I think the sparklers/fireworks are fantastic. A wonderful decoration. I plan on making some for our gathering on the 4th!!!! The cats will love them.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    I don't think anyone in my supper club is going to feel the need to pull out the pom poms to poke themselves or anyone else...

    They are also something I will keep to use from year to year. Love this idea!

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Crafts, as art, beautify our surroundings. They do not need to be practical or environmentally sensible. Silly is getting miffed over the perceived uselessness of arts and crafts.

    I think this craft is fun and festive and actually plan to make these with my kids today. They love silly things.

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    when I see those skewers with pompoms I see potential eye injuries, poked mouths and more landfill. Silly "craft"

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Odd, it didn't post my whole post, not that it was big to start with!

  • 27 Jun, 2008

    Looks cute