Independence Day Decorations with Faux Vintage Firecrackers

Independence Day Decorations with Faux Vintage Firecrackers

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 white wicker basket that was star-shaped. I knew immediately that it was destined to become Independence Day decorations.

White wicker basket at the thrift store for upcycling into Independence Day decorations by Sadie Seasongoods

It was literally just sitting there, as if someone else had pulled it out, mulled it over, and set it back. As if it was on display for the repurposing blogger (ME!) that hadn’t yet made it down that aisle.

I finally had an idea AND the central project piece for the Independence Day decorations that I wanted to make. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Upcycling Some Patriotic Decor and Independence Day Decorations

After I devised a partial plan in my head, I prepped the white wicker 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 blue craft paint to bring it to life…

Painting a white wicker basket for 4th of July party ideas as patriotic centerpieces by Sadie Seasongoods

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.

White wicker basket that was spray painted blue for July 4th party decorations and patriotic decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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 paper towel tubes!

Making Vintage Firecrackers from Paper Towel Tubes and Old Postcards

So, I gathered some supplies…

Recycling some paper towel tubes into vintage firecrackers to use in Independence Day decorations by Sadie Seasongoods

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 cardboard 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”.

Transforming the paper towel tubes or cardboard tubes into vintage firecrackers for patriotic decor by Sadie Seasongoods

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

Old postcards and Independence Day card that will be used to decoration firecracker decorations by Sadie Seasongoods

All that was left was adding the old postcards that I printed out 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!

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!

Independence Day Decorations with Firecracker Decor

I put a few handfuls of river stones in the bottom of the wicker basket. This gave it some weight to prevent getting knocked down or blown over.

Then, I layered in some packing peanuts to stabilize the firecracker decor, and festive party decor– and covered the top in white paper crinkle!

Independence Day decorations and patriotic decor with a white wicker basket and vintage firecrackers by Sadie Seasongoods

Perfect and fun-to-make patriotic decor / Independence Day decorations. Just what you need for your 4th of July party or barbecue!

Independence Day decorations by upcycling some paper towel tubes and old postcards into firecracker decor by Sadie Seasongoods

If you enjoyed this upcycling idea for Independence Day decorations, then my patriotic centerpiece in a vintage colander might interest you as well!

Independence Day decor in a vintage colander that was embroidered with bakers twine with vase fillers and desk flags by Sadie Seasongoods

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  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 🙂

  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.

  16. What a great centerpiece. As someone said, the mix of sparkle and retro is great together! I need to remember the Graphics Fairy when I need pix of something–I love retro and Victorian looking stuff..


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