Friday, March 4, 2011

It's In The Packaging

You know how an inexpensive gift can look fabulous if you package it beautifully? The same is true with centerpieces. Because I have the opportunity to do several centerpieces a year on a very tight budget I've figured out ways to make a single flower look almost as good as a full bouquet.
First start with the vase. You've likely seen these hurricanes around blogland. They're made from a dollar store candlestick and vase. Glue the two using a strong adhesive. I've made two sets of these using different sizes of vases.Next, use an inexpensive filler which can also be purchased at the dollar store. Rocks, marbles, sea glass, all give added visual interest to a bouquet without a lot of added cash. The filler also helps anchor the flower so that one flower doesn't look so lonely. It's also good to use a flower with a larger head like a spider mum.
Finish off the arrangement by adding interest to the outside of the vase. I wanted this centerpiece to have a masculine vibe so I wrapped the vase with wide ribbon tied with twine. I sat the whole thing on top of a small mirror and a piece of hardboard (from the building supply section).
The entire centerpiece, vase and all, cost around five dollars.
It's all in the packaging!

6 comments:

Donna said...

Wow, I love it! What a great idea glueing candlestick holders and vases together. I like how you added the filler, too. Very pretty!

Donna

Antiques & Uniques said...

Great, great look on a budget! Excellent ideas!!Thanks.
Carol in GA

'T' said...

you inspire!

Beth Eaton said...

I just made some of these myself! I have seen them around for a long time and just got around to it. I LOVE the first pic without the wrap around outside. I like being able to see the stem!

Erin said...

Beautiful and Brilliant as always!

Andrea@ourbluefrontdoor said...

I made those too from the Dollar Tree(love the DT) I picked up some shells there too and I was amazed at how many shells where in the package. Several were the same size, but to use them as a filler it's perfect. Bang for a buck!! Thanks for the inspiration

Andrea xxoo

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