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Guest Post: Nature-Inspired Spring Centerpiece

May 18, 2011
This post was originally posted on The CSI Project. Today, I’m glad to share it with you here.

I love spring. It’s so full of promise and beauty. I also love creating crafts using things I already have around the house. My husband doesn’t complain so much about the crafting budget, then.
I want to share with you a project that combines both. Upcycle some things from around your home, go exploring in your yard for fresh springtime picks, and get your craft on!

First, you’ll need to gather your supplies.

1 yard muslin fabric
1 recycled soda cup
1 candle
1 candle holder (on the smaller side)
floral moss
bark from a tree such as poplar, birch, or aspen (or bark-patterned paper)
cherry blossom branches (feel free to substitute flowers from your area)
small twigs/sticks
1 sheet cardstock
1 small statue or medium candle
1 egg
Sounds like a lot of materials, but it comes together wonderfully.
We’ll start by making a simple table runner. Prepare your fabric and press it. Cut two rectangles about 19″x30″.

Cut one of the rectangles in half so that it measures 19″x15″. Cut 1/2 inch from the other rectangle to allow for seam allowances. It should measure about 19″x29 1/2″.

Stitch the two smaller rectangles together using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave a 5″ opening. Press the seam open. Pin the larger rectangle to this backing.
Sew all the way around using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Clip the corners. Turn the runner right side out through the opening.
Slipstitch the opening closed. Press your table runner. Place on your table, as this will be the base for the rest of the centerpiece.
Next cut a 1″x11″ strip of cardstock and hot glue the ends together, making a circle.
Working your way around the circle, put some hot glue on the cardstock and then press floral moss into it. Fill up all of the spaces both on the outside and the inside. When you are finished, it will resemble a nest. Place on the table runner.

Now comes the dirty part. Carefully peel the outer layer of the tree bark off. It will be like paper. Try to get as much of the thicker bark and dirt off, but don’t worry if you leave a little bit.
Once again, working your way around your recycled cup, hot glue sections of the bark down. Cover the entire surface, and leave some excess at the top. It should have a natural, organic feel, so don’t try too hard to get all of the pieces to fit together perfectly. Place on your table runner.
Cut your cherry blossom stems. Leave enough to create a taller arrangement out of your bark “vase.” Weight the “vase” with some water and arrange the cherry blossoms.
Arrange all of the elements. Place the candle in the holder, along with some twigs. Place the egg in the moss “nest.” I found a cute little wooden bird statue that I placed in among the other pieces, but another candle or smaller vase would work just as well. The key is to have a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. I have faith that you will know what looks good to you.
One tip for getting extra height, like on my bird statue, is to use a small container and drape extra muslin over it. It will completely blend in.
I’ve designed this as a table centerpiece, but it would work just as well as a mantel display.
Happy Spring!
 
p.s. Please ignore the fact that my nail polish is all messed up in these photos! 🙂
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2011 7:05 pm

    new GFC follower from http://www.nightowlsperch.comcome by and follow back, if you havent already!Thanks!

  2. May 23, 2011 8:57 pm

    I really really like this display Amanda! Beautifully done hun!

  3. May 25, 2011 6:26 am

    Beautiful! And thanks for having stopped by my giveaway.

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