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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Starburst Table Toppers

tin cans, rinsed clean with tops and labels removed
Star template
Red, white, and blue acrylic paint
Red, white, and blue art tape, 1/2-inch width
Star stickers
Craft sand
Red, white, and blue cardstock
Drinking straws (not the bendable type)


Paint the exterior and the top 1 inch of the interior of each can. Use one color of paint for each can. Let them dry.
Decorate each can with tape and stickers.
With the pencil, draw star outlines on the cardstock, using the star template, as shown.
Cut out the stars. Each star will be two identically-sized pieces, with slits cut in the center so that they slot together at a 90-degree angle, see template.
Cut a 1/2-inch long slit in the top of a drinking straw and then slot that onto the bottom of the star.
Fill the can with craft sand in a color that contrasts with the color of the paint on the can. Be sure to fill it up high enough so that it overlaps the painted interior of the can.
Trim the straws to get a range of different heights. Place the straws inside the cans and display them on your picnic table.


shared at Finding Fabulous

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