How to Make an Easy and Inexpensive Patriotic 4th of July Centerpiece

2 Materials
30 Minutes

This oh so Patriotic 4th of July Centerpiece is a wonderful way to give three cheers for the Red, White, and Blue – it’s also super easy to make and cheap!

I love almost anything patriotic. I always have for as long as I can remember. I got it from my Dad. He was in the Marine Corps and instilled that love in me from an early age…and I am so thankful to him for that.

And, while my Dad didn’t make crafts, if he did, he would like this 4th of July Centerpiece because well, it’s red, white, and blue, there are flags involved, and he always fussed over everything I did. 😉

I had just about everything that’s needed to make this on hand and then a quick trip to the Dollar Tree rounded out my supply list and this simple centerpiece was ready from start to finish in under an hour.


Mason Jars

White Rice

Food Coloring


Small Flags or tea lights


Dye the Rice with food coloring (you can find all the details on how to dye rice here)

Once the rice has been dyed and allowed to dry, start layering it in each jar – red rice on the bottom, plain white rice in the center and top it all off with the blue dyed rice!

Leave a little bit of room at the top to add either votive lights or flags.

I think the tea lights would be a pretty option if you’ll be having friends over at night but if the centerpiece is just for you, indoors, flags are the way to go!

I placed my jars on a cake plate and then wrapped some battery-operated lights around the bottom. I love the way it looks and even though this is inside, my flags were waving like crazy (that’s what I get for leaving the ceiling fan on while taking pictures).

And here is the tea light option (no flags - we don't want to start a fire!).

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  • "D" "D" on Jul 01, 2021

    Mary Beth, I have to ask...please explain the reason for vinegar & do you use white or apple cider??? Thanks again!


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  • Julie Julie on Jun 20, 2021

    This is a great idea! But I have a suggestion. Why not try the battery operated tea lights you can find at the Dollar Tree? Then you can also use your flags as well! I'm thinking it's the best of both worlds! I think I'm gonna try it. I'll let you know! HAPPY 4TH!!!icon

  • "D" "D" on Jul 01, 2021

    This is great...I am so inspired. I've got the jars, all is need is rice & color...Thank you so much! Happy 4th of July...God bless!

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