10.16.2015

Who Says Beautiful Centerpieces Can't Be Easy and Fast?




Centerpieces often set the tone for a special occasion or casual gathering while lending charm to your everyday décor.  My 3 Easy Steps to Create a Beautiful Centerpiece makes it easy to make a centerpiece that evokes the tone or occasion you’re looking to achieve.  The key word here is easy.

Step 1:  Define the Style
The first element to begin with is an eye-catching center.  Depending on the size of your table or the space you will be placing the centerpiece, your center should be about 18" tall.  Chose an item based on your home’s décor and your personal taste and style.  You will be able to use it in any room of your home in various ways over and over again.


I found this great hurricane with a wrought iron scroll base at a boutique a few years ago.  It works perfectly because the glass hurricane is raised allowing space for layering and the iron scroll base adds interest and character.  Here are a few other types of hurricanes that would work great...

Above is Lenox Garden Crystal Hurricane Lamp currently on sale on Amazon for $31.18.  The styles below can be found on-line at Pier 1 Imports.  You can find hurricanes at several places, including Wal-Mart and Target.





I really love this Hammered Glass with Metal Strap hurricane from Pier 1.  
There are many different options other than hurricanes – use what you love and that best suits your style and taste for the center.


Step 2:  Define the Theme
You will need 2-3 garlands from a crafts store or boutique.  The options are limitless: grapevine garlands, garlands with berries, leaves, seasonal fruit or objects, or twigs (if you happen to grow grapes, use your own vines).  The choices are endless.  If you want to make a centerpiece using this process for a baby shower, use darling airy garlands based on the colors you’re using for the shower and add some baby items or fruit, like lemons and limes, to add color and interest.  Inserting fresh baby's breath throughout would be darling!  


Glass hurricanes are a great option.  You can fill them with various items (like fruits, objects, seasonal items, candle) further adding interest and color to your centerpiece.  


Step 3:  Assemble
As you assemble your centerpiece, think in terms of layering.  Place your center on the table and wrap your garlands one at a time around the hurricane intertwining them as you go.  Adjust the garlands as needed, but there is no wiring, gluing, or picking or trimming.  



You can also use a wreath.  For my centerpiece I began with an inexpensive, simple, seasonal wreath and added two garlands.  One garland showcasing radiant fall leaves, and the other a twig vine with pinecones, acorns, and berries.  Add some filler or a candle in the glass hurricane - a fun garland wound around inside the hurricane works beautifully, too.


 You do not have to be a designer to create a beautiful centerpiece and you do not need to invest hours and hours laboring on a project nor spend a lot of money.  It's as simple as 1-2-3.  

Begin with a center such as a hurricane, chose 2-3 garlands that evoke the atmosphere you're trying to achieve, and place the hurricane in the center of a wreath and/or layer two garlands around the hurricane.  Easy! 


I wanted to evoke an autumn atmosphere for my dining table and I love how it turned out.

(Note:  I store my garlands by hanging them on nails in my storage room.  You can cover them with plastic to keep them from getting dusty.)

If you try making a wreath using this process, please email a photo to decoratedmantel@gmail.com.  I would love to see what you create, and with your permission I would love to post your creation on my blog.  Have a great weekend!

Warmest regards,

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