- A strip of patriotic cloth running the length of the table. (You can buy this at a fabric store. I bought mine in a bag of cloth scraps at a yard sale for 50 cents.)
- A tin bucket that is patriotic. (Mine cost $3 new at a craft supply store.)
- Fill the bucket with sand, and stab in some Fourth of July windmills. (I got my windmills at a craft supply store.)
- As a finishing touch, stab some cocktail toothpicks into the sand. Mine were blue and red, and they look like fireworks.
It took me less than five minutes to set this up. You might have to iron the cloth; otherwise throw it in the dryer for a couple of minutes for the wrinkles to fall out. If you are going to use the cloth year after year, you could hem it. Or you could use fabric glue instead of a needle and thread to give the illusion that it’s hemmed. To do this, iron the edge down, let it cool for a few seconds, then glue it. Do this little by little along the entire length of the cloth. But finishing the cloth isn’t really necessary, so if you only have five minutes, forget it and get the same great look.Tweet