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How to Make an Easy Americana Tablescape

Hi! I’m Jen, a member of the Heidi Swapp media team and the creator and party-planner behind the Create Often blog. I’m thrilled to be sharing this DIY patriotic party décor idea with you today.

Outdoor dining is number one on my list for the upcoming summer holidays. While my husband is planning his BBQ menu, I love creating a tablescape that guests will remember. This Americana tablescape is easy to pull together, in just a few simple steps!

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I picked up a table runner, chargers and candleholders from my local Michaels. Their new Summer Heritage Décor collection is versatile enough to style any patriotic holiday this summer. Keeping the color scheme with white, blue, and gold will allow me to use the décor later in the year, but adding touches of red pulls Memorial Day and 4th of July in nicely.


I love a centerpiece I can use anytime of the year! These beautiful succulent photo holders are customized for the summer holidays but the flag and photo can be changed out for other summer occasions like graduation, a wedding, or even a baby shower. The best part is you can make it in minutes and you don’t have to have a green thumb!

Here’s how to make them:

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Start off using the Heidi Swapp Instax Photo Frame Kit. The kit comes unfinished, which makes it easy to customize each shadow box to match your color scheme.

  1. Paint the wooden frames.
  2. Add floral foam to the frame box with hot glue. Here, I cut 1 block in half to use in both boxes.
  3. Gather a variety of faux succulents, cacti or even small floral stems to add a little glam to the centerpiece.

Maker Tip: Look for florals that have a touch of red to tie in the colors of the summer holidays.

Americana_JenEvans-2 Americana_JenEvans-13 4. Glue craft moss to the floral foam to hide it. Trim the succulents & stems and push them into the foam. Arrange the tall ones in the back and small and medium in the front. Use hot glue if necessary.

5. Cut gold floral wire to 12” long with wire cutters. Use your finger to wrap the wire twice and press together to make a photo holder. Measure it to stand 7” tall and snip off excess. Then just poke the wire into the foam and add your photo.

The best part of this center display is the custom Instax photo! When using the Fujifilm Instax Share™ Wireless Printer, you can print image from your phone into an Instax print!

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Fun prints with sayings and sentiments are the latest trend in home décor and adding these to your tablescape is a fun way to foster feelings of nostalgia for your guests. I created these patriotic images that you can download for free!


Click here to download these free printables! 

I saved the files to my phone and added more holiday stickers to them using a photo-editing app. Then I printed them using the Fujifilm Instax Share™ Wireless Printer. Watch how easy it is!

 You could easily swap out your favorite photos on this centerpiece to go with any event.


 Add a couple of American flags and just like that, your patriotic centerpiece is ready to party! Celebrate the summer holidays with a beautiful tablescape, good food, family and friends. Memories are sure to be made.

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Michaels Makers Red, White & Blue Challenge

With summer quickly approaching, that means patriotic picnics & BBQs are in our future. We challenged a few of our Michaels Makers to show us how they decorate and celebrate, Americana style.

Whether you’re hosting family & friends for a festive celebration or just updating your décor in red, white & blue, our Makers have quick & easy tips on how to pull it off!

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How do you MAKE your home patriotic? Share your DIY project ideas with us on Instagram using #MakeItWithMichaels!

Patriotic Flip Flops

Patriotic Flip Flops

How many of you have big Independence Day plans? Perhaps you’re hosting a patriotic picnic or maybe just taking a dip in the pool and venturing out for a night full of fireworks. Whatever your plans may be, there’s no doubt that you will be rocking some sort of red, white and blue. Plus, it’s summertime so why not craft yourself a pair of Patriotic Flip Flops? These are so simple to make that you’ll want to craft them for the whole family!

Here’s what you’ll need to get started:Flip Flop Materials

1. Cut T-shirtsCut T-shirt

Lay T-shirts flat on a cutting surface. Using the scissors, cut off the bottom hem of both T-shirts.

Fold the shirt in half and cut strips about 1″ apart. Continue cutting strips all the way up to the sleeve.

Take all the pieces and cut them in half-lengths. Now cut all the pieces into 6″ strips.

2. Tie onto Flip FlopsTie on Strips

Take one 6″ strip and stretch it. Now wrap around the outer side of the flip flop strap and tie it in a double knot. Continue with the rest of the strips and alternate colors until you have reached the inner side of the flip flop.

Trim the strips to desired length.

Continue with the other flip flop, doing the same technique.

3. Show Your PridePatriotic Flip Flops

In just a few steps, you have fancy firework flip flops! How easy is that?

Did you craft anything for the 4th of July? I’d love to see what you made in the comments!

Celebrate the Winter Games with Patriotic Projects!

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Make your own torch for the Winter Games!


The 2014 Winter Games are almost here! Starting February 7th, athletes from around the world will come together and compete for the gold, silver, and bronze. This sporting event represents more than a simple competition. It  is one of the few times when the entire world peacefully comes together to celebrate their athletes and simultaneously observe that the we aren’t as different from each other as we think.

Whether it is figure skating, skiing, snowboarding or the strangely nail-biting, excitement-inducing sport of curling, we can’t wait to cheer for Team USA! For as long as I can remember, I would watch the hours and hours of opening ceremonies coverage with my family. It is such a fun tradition! We usually have snacks and wear a little red, white, and blue. Do you like to celebrate the opening ceremonies too? Take a peek at our patriotic projects perfect for welcoming the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi!

Make a torch that will stay lit throughout the entire games with tissue paper!

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Patriotic Glitter Mason Jar


Show your spirit with these glitter mason jars painted in red, white, and blue.

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Find more Winter Sports projects here!


Get ready for the games and decorate with a a foam ring garland. Give out your own awards with this wood medal project. Finally, put on your team uniform and make a DIY t-shirt!

Ok, are you almost ready to start chanting for our team? USA! USA! USA!

What projects are you going to make for the games this year? Do you have a favorite winter sport to watch? Let us know in the comments!