After my lastdining room post I got a lot of questions about my centerpiece.
I had been so excited when I stumbled on this old window box and I immediately filled it up with some pretty flowers and candles which a lot of you liked. Today I thought I’d show you how easy it was. There are so many creative ways to make a centerpiece if you have a wood piece like this but this is what I used:
- grocery store bouquet from Trader Joes
- berries from my garden
- four pillar candles I already had
- jars for my flowers
- three pots of succulents (I only use real)
- green moss
- crumpled newspaper
In case you’re one of those creative folks who might want to make your own box, I just measured mine and it’s three feet long and eight inches wide with an inside width of 5 1/4 inches. It’s 6 1/4 inches tall.
I began by putting in my four candles and three pots of succulents. And I started crumpling up newspaper.
Before I began I also pulled out my jars and decided which ones would fit into the space best.
I only used two mason jars and three of the skinny neck jars for the flowers. The skinny neck jars were originally Starbucks six packs sold in the grocery store.
I used them HERE first.
If you use fresh flowers a lot you probably already do this instinctively.
But I thought I’d show you how to arrange the flowers in the jars. For this project it was important to have flowers near the rim of the jar to camouflage it once it was in the box. After you cut your stems you need to step back and look at proportion. You want your flowers to blend in size. (Classic flower arrangements have the tallest flowers in the center and a gradual decrease in flower size).
I usually keep trimming and rearranging until it looks right. But for this project I wanted a casual look so I didn’t spend too much time on the flowers.
Adding filler flowers adds textural interest. I just used what was included in the bouquet and I added succulents, a personal favorite of mine.
Can you see how I used the paper?
I went outside and cut some berries off a few bushes. And draped the berries from the jars. And I used the bright green moss to fill in all the open spaces.
I love green moss, in fact it’s weird how much I love green moss. It’s one of those itty-bitty gifts from nature that always looks so cheery. I also love this authentic white, chipped paint finish…
(because I didn’t have to make it… yayyy!)
Well, I hope this little post inspires you to make your own centerpiece. I’d love to know if you do. Remember, it’s all about creating. Being in the moment and enjoying yourself.
Whatever you end up making will be special because you did it.
enjoy your weekend!
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