Vintage Firecracker Patriotic Décor

Vintage Firecracker Patriotic Décor

I’ll be perfectly honest…in the months leading up to summer, I struggled to come up with a single patriotic project idea. I bemoaned this to everyone- my husband, my friends, and my mom- but it all changed on a dime when I went to a new favorite thrift store and found this beat up old star-shaped basket.

Star shaped basket at thrift store to be repurposed into patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It was just sitting there- waiting for me!

It was literally just sitting there, as if someone else had pulled it out, mulled it over, and set it back- on display for the repurposing blogger (ME!) that hadn’t yet made it down that aisle. It was a sign for certain, and without a plan in mind, I brought it home. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

After I devised a partial plan in my head, I prepped the basket for painting. While the white paint would have worked for July 4th, of course, I wanted the basket to have a bolder look that would pop and get noticed. Initially, I planned on just using some craft paint…

Star shaped basket at thrift store to be repurposed into patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

It *seemed* easy enough…

But I HATED the result. The color was on target, but that was the only good thing about it- and no, I’m not sharing a two-bit photo of my two-bit paint job, haha! Let’s just say that I stomped my feet and set up shop to spray paint it- which was a HUGE improvement.

Star shaped basket from thrift store to be painted and repurposed into patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

SO much better- you have no idea!

As the paint dried, I debated what to fill the basket with. Red and white flowers would be a simple and easy solution- but that didn’t really appeal. But then I remembered a DIY idea that (I think) first appeared on Country Living’s website– making vintage firecrackers from cardboard tubes! So, I gathered some supplies…

DIY vintage firecracker fireworks decor using repurposed cardboard tube for patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Let’s get (fire)crackin’!

There are lots of ways to make these and personalize them, but this is what I ended up using:

With supplies spread out in front of me, I cut a long, narrow rectangle of tissue paper, wrapped it around one end of a tube (with about 1¼” of overhang) and taped it in place. Then, I plopped a pipe cleaner inside the tube and tightly wound the tissue paper overhang around the pipe cleaner (like a piece of hard candy is wrapped). This created my firecracker “wick”.

DIY vintage firecracker fireworks decor using repurposed cardboard tube for patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 1: Wick

Then, I measured enough craft paper to cover most of my firecracker tube and taped it in place, allowing a bit of tissue paper to show at the top near the wick.

DIY vintage firecracker fireworks decor using repurposed cardboard tube for patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 2: Wrapper

All that was left was adding the vintage clip art from The Graphics Fairy! Again, I used clear tape- but Mod Podge or a glue stick should work as well. I just didn’t want to deal with the mess!

DIY vintage firecracker fireworks decor using repurposed cardboard tube for patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Step 3: Vintage graphic

How cute are those!! I think these might be my favorite kind of firecracker- DIY, vintage, and silent so they won’t terrorize our kitties!

DIY vintage firecracker fireworks decor using repurposed cardboard tube for patriotic July 4th decor by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Aren’t those fantastic?

With my firecracker décor complete, it was time to assemble my basket. I put a few handfuls of river stones in the bottom- they settled into the corners of the star, weighing it down enough to prevent getting knocked down or blown over. Then, I layered in some packing peanuts to stabilize my inserts- “firecrackers” and festive party décor– and covered the top in white paper crinkle!

DIY July 4th decor with a repurposed star shaped basket and DIY vintage firecrackers fireworks using an upcycled cardboard tube by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ta-da!

A perfect and fun-to-make display for your porch or table centerpiece with a firecracker feel. Thank goodness for that humdrum basket just waiting for me at the thrift store!

Looking for more repurposed patriotic ideas? Check out my full collection here!

Craft on!

S


PIN ME!DIY July 4th decor with a repurposed star shaped basket and DIY vintage firecrackers fireworks using an upcycled cardboard tube by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Comments

  1. Truly inspired! What a great makeover!

  2. CUTE! I have the same star basket! (I see a can of spray paint in the very near future! 😉 )

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Yessss!!! Someone else said they had a red one- I wondered if there was originally a red/white/blue set!

  3. Monique Bertrand says:

    That is too cute! 😍😍

  4. Cute! It even looks like it’s shooting off sparks!

  5. You are brilliant! You are the McGyver of decor!

  6. How you can see an item and visualize such a great decoration astounds me!! Thanks for sharing on the Pleasures of the NW’s DIY party!

  7. That is soo cute! How lucky to find that star-shaped basket! Love the idea of making the vintage firecrackers too.

  8. So really cute. I love how to did all of this. It has such a vintage/retro feel to this. I am sure it makes a great table centerpiece.

  9. That is the cutest! I just love the vintage clip art firecrackers and the basket worked out perfect! You are very talented!

  10. way cooler. and btw, I LOVE affiliate links. Make life much easier and craftier.

  11. What a great makeover & cute firecracker ideas. It would make a cute gift basket!

  12. I love this, Sarah! The star basket is great and the fireworks look terrific. Thanks for sharing at Snickerdoodle. Pinning.

  13. That basket was an awesome find. I love how it turned out…so cool and festive.
    Thanks for sharing at Waste Not Wednesday.

  14. This is the transformation!!! So beautiful, so inspired!!! Bravo 🙂

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  15. I had a star basket like yours and gave it to Goodwill a couple of years ago. LOL now I wish it was still in my stash. Your Firecracker centerpiece is the perfect blend of vintage and sparkle.

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