How to Make Wedding Centerpiece – Part I

How to Make Wedding Centerpiece – Part I

Wedding Centerpiece

How to Make Wedding Centerpiece – Part I

Wedding Centerpiece

1. Bridal Handbag Centerpiece Pair

Fashion meets function for your next floral-inspired event — bridal shower, Mother’s Day brunch, or best friend’s surprise birthday party. Now, if only there were matching shoes!

Materials:

• STYROFOAM™Brand Foam: o Disc, 10″ x 2″

• Tissue paper, one sheet each: lavender/cream wedding-themed; white; silver

• Artificial florals: cream roses, six; rosemary stems, eight

• Ribbon, 2 yds. each: 1/2″ lavender; 3/4″ white; 1/8″ metallic silver

• Clear/silver crystal bead garland, 2-5/6 yds.

• Silver craft wire, 20-gauge x 1 yd.

• Floral pins

• Serrated knife

• Candle stub or paraffin

• Ruler

• Small disposable bowl and spoon

• Waxed paper

• Scissors

• Floral shears

• Wire cutters

• Needlenose pliers

• Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

• Thick, white craft glue

• Optional: disposable gloves; hair dryer

Steps:

1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut foam disc in half. Rub cut edges together to smooth rough surfaces.

2. Tear tissue paper sheets into uneven 4″-6″ pieces. Mix one part white glue with two parts water in small bowl, filling bowl about halfway; stir with spoon. If desired, put on rubber gloves.

3. Dip white tissue pieces one at a time into water/glue mixture and smooth onto sides and edges of first foam disc half, allowing pieces to overlap. Repeat with silver tissue on second foam disc half.

4. Dip wedding-themed tissue pieces into mixture and smooth onto sides and edges of both foam pieces. Place disc halves on waxed paper to dry overnight; if desired, speed drying with hair dryer.

5. Cut two 17″ lengths from wire and four 20″ lengths from bead garland. Carefully tie or glue cut garland ends together. Wrap two garland pieces around each wire length and shape into handle. Use glue gun to glue handle ends into top of each handbag as shown.

6. Cut four 17″ lengths from each ribbon color. Tie one length around bottom of each handle on both bags. Trim ribbon ends in a “v.”

7. Trim rose stems with floral shears. Use glue gun to attach three roses to center top of each bag under handle.

8. Cut four 3″ and two 5″ pieces lengths from bead garland; tie or glue cut ends together. Use glue gun to attach garland lengths to bags under roses, forming loops. Secure loops with floral pins dipped in glue if needed.

9. Trim rosemary stems and glue two under roses on each side of both bags.

2. Flower and Leaf Candle Wedding Centerpiece

The beautiful, soft colors of this floral arrangement is perfect wedding reception centerpiece decor, or great for a bridal or baby shower. They are so easy to create, easily cut to size and no one will ever guess you made them yourself!

Materials:

• STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: o 18″ x 12″ x 2″ Block

• Ivy garland, 6′ length, two

• Small pink silk daisies, 12

• Glass votive holders, four

• Pink votive candles, four

• Quilt batting

• Decorative or scrap paper, at least 8″ x 14″

• Wire cutters

• Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks

• White craft glue, thick

• Serrated knife

• Candle stub or paraffin

• Fine-line black permanent marker

• Pencil

• Ruler

• Scissors

Steps:

1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Measure and mark one 8″ x 14″ rectangle (A) and two 2″ x 4″ rectangles (B) onto foam block; cut out. Cut one B rectangle in half lengthwise to create two 1″ x 2″ x 4″ pieces (C).

2. Refer to diagram and use glue gun to glue B lengthwise to center top of A, forming 4″- tall structure. Glue C pieces to ends of B piece as shown.

3. Use glue gun to glue votive holders to foam in straight line, two on top of B piece and one to top of each C piece.

4. Wrap batting around votive holders, extending batting to edges of A; secure batting to foam with glue gun.

5. Trace 8″ x 14″ base onto decorative paper and cut out; glue to bottom of foam.

6. Cut 40 medium-sized leaves from ivy garland. Beginning at top edge of A, use glue gun to glue leaves to batting-covered foam; allow leaves to drape downward to cover foam. Continue adding leaves until batting is completely covered right up to edges of votive holders.

7. Cut four larger leaves from ivy garland; use glue gun to glue one leaf to center front of arrangement, one to center back, and one to each side of votive holder grouping.

8. Cut 18 medium-sized leaves from ivy garland; use glue gun to glue leaves to foam beneath first row of leaves attached in Step 6. Foam should be completely covered; trim leaf points as needed.

9. Use wire cutters to trim daisy stems to 1″ length. Glue and insert daisy stems into foam around base of votive holders as shown.

10. Place candles in votive holders.