DIY Centerpiece Kits!
Ready to DIY your centerpieces but feeling a little overwhelmed with all the options? Our DIY centerpiece kits are here to help make it easy for you! Each kit includes everything you need to make a beautiful classic centerpiece.
Here is what is included in the kit:
- Mix of 8 sola wood flowers (American Beauty) in cream/natural coloring
- Artificial seeded eucalyptus bunch
- Floral wire stems
- Dry floral foam
- 5x5 dark brown stained box (an unfinished box is an option and is explained in the second half of this blog!)
Add the Foam!
The two pieces of foam included in the kit fit perfectly inside the wood box! Use hot glue to secure them to the bottom.
Stem Your Flowers WITH the Greenery!
Each greenery sprig will have multiple leaves on it. Slide the bottom one off the stem and glue your flower onto the stem, pushing the single greenery up and into the glue drop. Now your greenery is attached to the flower base!
For the extra leaf that you took off the stem, use one of the wire stems that came in the kit to attach a new flower and that leafy bit together.
Some of the greenery sprigs may have the seeded eucalyptus bit. Those I attached to a wire stem by sliding the stem into the hole and looping the wire stem over it. You can use pliers to squeeze the loop tighter and ensure the greenery is secure.
With the greenery already attached to each flower, you will be sure to cover any holes where the foam might otherwise peak through! As we do with most projects, add your largest flowers first and then use the smaller flowers to fill any gaps. Your quick and easy centerpiece is ready to shine!
How to Transform the Unfinished Box!
The box finish (dark stain/unfinished) is the only difference between what is included in the two DIY centerpiece kits. Below are two simple ways you can change the appearance of the unfinished box to make it really stand out at your special event!
Paint the Box!
You can either spray paint or brush paint your preferred color onto the box. For this example, I used craft smart "Rose Gold" directly out of the bottle (no water) and applied it to the box with a paint brush. To help ensure there are no brush strokes on the wood and if you want to see a hint of the wood grain coming through, you can use a damp paper towel or a baby wipe (while the paint is still wet!) on the painted box to wipe off excess paint.
Repeat On All Sides!
Use a Napkin to Transform the Raw Box!
Here is what I used for this technique:
- Our raw, unfinished centerpiece box
- Rice glue
- Glue scrapers or spreaders
- Napkins or tissue paper
Separate the Napkin Layers!
Napkins are usually 2 or 3 ply. You'll want to pull the napkin apart so the design is on just one layer. If you are having trouble separating them, you can make a small tear in the corner of the napkin to help!
Ok. Hear me out. Mod podge is a great tool. But when it comes to napkins and tissue paper, rice glue has my heart. It is meant for fine paper projects (and results in wayyyy less wrinkles in your paper!).
A few notes when working with rice glue:
- A little goes a long way.
- Add a few dabs of the glue to parts of the board. Use the glue scraper to fully cover the wood piece.
- You'll have extra glue, You can scrape it with the spreader and put it back in the rice glue bottle!
- You want a thin layer of the glue on the entire surface. Too thick and you run the risk of ripping the napkin in the next steps.
Add the Napkin!
The most important part of this step is to try and lay the napkin down in one shot. Readjusting the placement of it over and over will likely cause the napkin or tissue paper to rip. Once you have it in place, press down on the napkin with your fingers, trying to smooth out any wrinkles or imperfections. After a minute or two, you can then use a clean glue spreader over the top of the napkin to continue to smooth out the napkin.
Quick note - if there is white in your design, it may become clear showing the wood surface. I really like that effect but if you want a true to color napkin design, you can paint the wood surface before adding the glue and napkin!
Time to Sand the Edges!
Give the glue a few minutes to dry first and then sand the box edges to remove the excess napkin. To ensure clean lines, sand only in one direction. I like to sand in an up to down direction each time.
Repeat On All Sides!
And there you have it! 3 easy ways to use and customize these DIY centerpieces for your event. Happy crafting!
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