DIY: Spring Centerpiece

Why hello there!  I’m Shan, the redheaded counterpart of the duo that is Eat. Sleep. Make.  My sis-in-law, Jen, and I spend a ridiculous amount of time making things, talking about making things and thinking about making things.  We go shopping and say to each other, “Hmm, we could make that.”  I’m sure most of you can relate to that, too!

When Heather asked us if we wanted to be the newest members of her team, I think our response to each other was , “HECK YES!”  Needless to say, we are super excited for the chance to hang out with this girl on a regular basis.  We think she’s awesome.  How could we not?
So, now, let’s get to business! I absolutely love throwing  small parties in the spring and summer… using my patio in the back and my front porch.  Sometimes I just can’t seem to get fresh flowers to do what I want, so I made this modern, yet oh-so romantic centerpiece using silk flowers.  I love that I will be able to dress up a table more than once with this!
You’ll need:
-A wooden box or bowl
-Wood burner
-Styrofoam sphere slightly larger than your box
-Glue gun
-Moss mat
-Silk flowers
Keep in mind that you get what you pay for when it comes to silk flowers!  It’s good to splurge on the more expensive ones, but try to use a coupon or wait for a sale.  (I got mine 50% off at Michael’s.)
I chose to go with a classic chevron design on my wood box.  I sketched the design with a pencil first and then burned over it.  I used the wood burner like a marker to fill in the triangle.  This took some time and patience, but I love the way it turned out!

My box was about 5 inches wide in the center, and my sphere was 6 inches in diameter, so obviously, I needed to shave 1/2 inch from each side of the sphere.  I actually just used my giant bread knife to do it.  (I kinda made a royal mess, but it worked!)  After that, I covered the top of the sphere with a cut of the moss mat using a glue gun.
I used a pair of needle nose pliers to poke holes through the moss and the foam so I could start sticking my flowers in it.  If you mess up a hole or put one where you don’t want it, no big deal… the moss covers back up nicely.  
Now, just place all your flowers where you want them!  I chose fluffy peonies so I wouldn’t have to use as many flowers to get a full looking bouquet.
Two-thirds of the way through this project I decided I hated it and that it was going to be the ugliest disaster of all crafting disasters.  BUT… I decided to push on and see what happened.  And wouldn’t you know.. I LOVE IT!  I can’t wait for all my flowers to start blooming now so I can throw my first spring party on the patio!
The sun was setting, but I just couldn’t get over how romantic the table looked, so I decided to throw these photos in, too.
Thank you so much for joining us here at The Lovely Cupboard!  We look forward to hanging out with you all again soon! xoxo 
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