Friday, March 29, 2013

Spring Centerpiece

I always like having a centerpiece on our dining room table. I made our current one two and a half years ago, so it was time for an update. I was inspired to make a new spring-inspired centerpiece after seeing all the cute Easter decor at Hobby Lobby recently. After some debating, I settled on a nest design which was pretty easy to create, and very inexpensive! The entire project cost me $10 since I had some of the supplies already (the cake stand I put the nest on was an additional $10 at HomeGoods, but I plan on using it for other things as well).

Here's my list of supplies.
  • Small grapevine wreath
  • 9 paper mache eggs
  • White acrylic paint
  • Mod Podge
  • Springy fabric (I bought a third of a yard since the repeat on the fabric I chose was so large, but you could get away with less if the pattern is small)

I got this adorable fabric at JoAnn Fabrics
As I said, these are super simple to make and I'm sure you can figure out the directions from the above supplies list, but here's a quick rundown of how I created the centerpiece. 
  • Paint the paper mache eggs white. You want the eggs to match the background color of your fabric. You could obviously choose any color, but white will be the easiest to match.
  • Cut out designs from your fabric. Cut as close to the design as possible. The smaller the pieces of fabric are, the easier it will be to handle in the next step. If you don't want to use fabric, you can also use tissue paper or paper napkins. I initially thought of using scrapbook paper, but even the thin kind is too thick to work well.
  • Glue fabric pieces on to eggs with Mod Podge. You'll want to cover the eggs in the Mod Podge to make an even finish. After they dry you can spray them with a sealer if you want, but it's not necessary. 
  • Once eggs are dry arrange them in the wreath on your table and enjoy your pretty new centerpiece!


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