January 31, 2012
Creative Centerpieces – Take Two
If you’re looking for something different for wedding decor, hopefully this series of posts will help you out!
This is a really simple – but really full – centerpiece. It’s just limbs from a Japanese Maple Tree. You want to keep the branches tall and stems visible. For an added touch – put a leaf beside each name card. A couple of other tree types you can use – Crab-apple branches are another option for fall; use quince and birch in winter and olive branches in summer.
This is a great idea for a beach wedding. Use candle adhesive to secure slender tapers to the bottom of a clear glass vase. Carefully pour in a few inches of sand, and then arrange shells on top. Besides refracting the candlelight for added ambience, the vase will protect the flames from breezes.
I like the simplicity and elegance this centerpiece has. And you don’t have to use fruit. You could use anything really – since it’s just papier-mache. Here’s the how to (from marthastewartweddings.com): Brush the fruit with primer intended for plastic and let dry. Then brush on white acrylic paint to completely cover the fruit (you may need to apply two coats). To create the papier-mache surface, cut white tissue paper into 2-by-3-inch rectangles and 3-inch squares. Mix a solution of equal parts all-purpose white glue and water. Working in sections, brush glue mixture onto the fruits, then adhere paper, overlapping pieces slightly and smoothing them onto the fruit. Let dry and repeat for a second layer.