Sunday, 9 November 2008

Crafty Bride #5: Rustic Wooden Centrepiece

The common misconception about reception decor is that you HAVE to have masses of flowers covering every surface. You don't. Despite the fact that it can save on the budget, it's actually a real breath of fresh air to see what else can be done with the centrepiece. As I'm often asked for alternative ideas by brides, I thought I'd share this one with you from Design Sponge.

I love the simplicity of this rustic arrangement, there's little involved in creating it, yet it creates a real impact. Above all, you can enjoy making it yourself which is the whole point-right?!

You Will Need:

• A slice of wood (11" dia x 2.5" h)
• Glass cylinder vases (11" h, 9" h, 6"h x 3.5" dia) look for these in homeware stores such as BHS, Ikea or The Range
• Pillar candles in 3 varying heights to fit the candles
• Ribbon and yarn
• Fabric, wood or dried flowers
• Double sided tape (or glue gun)
• Scissors

1. Cut 3 pieces of  ribbon/yarn (one arm's length per piece). Wrap each vase with ribbon/yarn. Attach the ends with double sided tape (or glue gun) to the surface of the vase. I chose to wrap with a knobby yarn, satin ribbon and grosgrain ribbon to create a variety of textures. I also wrapped the ribbon/yarn at different heights on each vase to create more interest. 

2. Attach fabric/wood/dried flowers to a piece of ribbon and tie around the tallest vase.

3. Insert pillar candles into vases, arrange cluster of vases on wood slice, keeping the sides with the tape facing the centre.

4. Arrange fabric/wood/dried flowers on wood slice around the vase cluster. Light the candles and enjoy your rustically elegant centrepiece!

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