by Brenda Arnold
Rubber Duck Table Centerpiece:
A fun baby shower or spring party centerpiece can be made by arranging glass marbles in the bottom of a clear glass or goldfish bowl, filling the bowl two-thirds full with water and then floating rubber ducks on the water's surface. Depending on the size of the bowl you could choose to have all small rubber ducks or a mommy (and daddy) duck with duckling(s). A fun variation is to add the ducks to your holiday punch bowl.
Dad's Tools Turned Centerpiece: Use Dad's tools to decorate the dinner table. You can use green floral foam and place it down in one of Dad's tool boxes. Start arranging all of Dad's tools like wrenches, screw drivers, hammers, and more like they are flowers. Once you have Dad's tools pressed into place you can fill in around them with shredded green tissue paper, whole green tissue paper, dried moss, or even fabric bunched up.
Eggshell Tulips: Make a bouquet of delicate eggshell tulips for Easter or a Springtime table setting, using eggshells and pipe cleaners.
Supplies: Eggshells, Green pipe cleaners, Tempera paint and markers Hot glue or white glue
Directions: Clean eggshell halves and dry them gently. Or, for an easier craft with more durable flowers, use foam egg carton sections. Cut the cartons sections to look like a tulip.
Using tempera paint, decorate the shells to look like tulips. Let the paint dry overnight. When the paint is completely dry, add details to the tulips using markers. Twirl one end of a green pipe cleaner into a spiral shape (this will be glued onto the base of the tulip). Glue the spiral to the tulip (if using white glue, let it set for a few hours).
Fresh Pine Centerpiece: These arrangements cost very little to make a beautiful centerpiece for your Christmas or Thanksgiving table.
Container for centerpiece (bowl, planter, etc)
Floral foam for fresh flowers
Small gold Christmas bulbs
Fresh Pine and Spruce branches
Waterproof glue (household goop)
Faux Snow or white or gold paint
Glue the floral foam to the center of your dish. Allow the glue to dry completely. Place your candles in the center of your foam and add enough water to completely saturate the floral foam. Begin inserting pieces of pine, starting at the outside edge of the foam and working your way toward the center. Add any springs of pine or spruce throughout the arrangement to cover any hollow areas.
To add pine cones to your arrangement, simply wrap floral wire around the bottom of your cone, and twisting the wire to secure it to the cone. Leave enough excess wire so that you can insert the wire into the foam. Half of the pine cones used in each arrangement has white snow added to the edges of the cones. To do this, simply paint on a little faux snow (white paint works too) along the edges of the pine cones. Add a few Christmas or Berry Picks, a ribbon or simply add a few artificial floral leaves.
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