Saturday, April 24, 2010

Spring Time Centerpiece

This last Easter was celebrated with Brian's family, so I made my Mother in Law this center Piece!

I had been eying the this scrolling tea cup for some time at Michaels wanting it for myself but at the same time, wondering what the heck I was going to do with it as it's not the most petite of tea cups. And then all those pretty spring flowers that are always on sale in the store inspired me to create what you see.

The tea cup is part of the craft store garden section. I walked it over to the floral craft section where I found a large foam ball that fit perfectly inside. Once at home, I gathered up my materials, all which can be bought at Michaels or any other craft store.

Dried moss
Tacky glue
Foam brush
Empty sour cream container or same size dish
Something to protect your space from drops of glue and messy moss.
Assorted flowers
Jeweled garland
Wire cutting tools

Start by coating half your foam ball with full strength glue. I just squeezed it on and used the foam brush to move it around. Then break apart your moss selecting the most desirable tuffs and start patting them in place, you may want to hold them down for a second and glue may get on your fingers, but it will peel off. (that's the fun part!)

Continue all over the glue spots with moss, pressing and maybe filling in vacant spots with little bits of moss.
Let dry on the container for a bit.
Then switch it over and continue to the other side.

I let it completely dry over night. Turning in on the container before bed to prevent sticking.
Then in the morning I cautiously put the ball in the Tea Cup. This time, covered in moss it does not fit so easily into the Tea Cup as it has some extra padding! But using your fingers, you can easily guide /push it in.

There is no need to glue your flowers in, because as you work you may change your mind and want to pull every out.
I started with the big flowers (pink roses)
and them placed the other pink flowers around and lastly added the filler (white flowers)
I knew the focal point would be facing the cup with the handle on the right side.
I used wire cutting tools I use for jewelry to cut the floral stems and just pushed them into the moss and foam. For some smaller flowers that had no wire, I simple used a wire scrap piece to make the hole and them pushed the flower in.

I wanted to add butterfly's to the arrangement but the ones in the store were either the wrong color or overly glittered. So I bought a pack of plain colored undecorated butterfly's and used my stickles to add the color I wanted.
In this case I picked the pink butterfly's and used fruit punch and crystal stickles.

I set them aside to dry while I worked on the jeweled garland filler.
I cut it apart using my tools and then curled the ends.
I stuck varies pieces here and there all our the arrangement.


It turned out so pretty!
I hoped to have helped you in making your own!
Don't buy one, make one!
And for my giveaway, I have some extra materials to make some more tea cup creations for my shop but in a much smaller a real tea cup?
So....for the giveaway... I'll be making one extra to give away here on my blog!

If you'd like to win one of my creations, please comment here and leave your e-mail.
I'll pick a winner on Tuesday night before my next post for Eileen Hulls Blog Hop!

Thanks for stopping by and Good Luck!
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