This simple buffet
silverware holder adds pizazz and patriotic spirit to your next outdoor
It is perfect for Memorial Day parties, Fourth of
July get togethers, and Labor Day cookouts.
It is very easy
to make, a great craft for an older child. It is made out of
empty vegetable cans.
empty vegetable or soup cans, cleaned
out and labels removed
Red and white labeling
Strip of blue cardstock or
Silver or gold star stickers
glue gun and glue
Begin the buffet silverware holder by wrapping the red tape
around the top of one of the cans, right underneath the rim.
Once it is wrapped around once, trim the tape with the
2. Using the white tape next, overlap the red tape by at
least half, and wrap the white tape around the can once.
Note: If you want your craft to have the proper amount of
stripes the American flag has (13), then you will have to overlap the
tape more than half, unless you have larger cans.
3. Continue alternating colors of red and white stripes down
the can until you reach the bottom.
The last stripe probably will not fit exactly, but just fold
the remaining tape under the bottom of the can as shown.
5. Now that you have one can finished, do the same
pattern for another can. For the third can, you will need to cut a
strip of blue cardstock or construction paper to a length that
will wrap around the can. The width should the width
of the first seven stripes, if you are making the correct American
flag. For my craft I had the blue section the width of four
stripes. Use your best judgement. Wrap this around the top of
the third can and hot glue in place.
6. Using the next color of tape (in my case red), wrap a
piece of tape around the bottom of the blue paper, overlapping it a
little to help secure it more. Then continue with the stripes
to the bottom, as you did with the other cans.
7. Decorate the blue portion with the silver and/or gold star
To finish the buffet silverware holder, apply a thick strip
of hot glue to the sides of the cans to glue them together in a row,
and allow to dry.
The buffet silverware holder is now ready for your next
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