DIY centerpieces… second thoughts?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

the mouth of the “vase” being so large is going to make it hard for you to arrange the flowers like in the picture. You might be able to use clear tape to make a grid first and then only put the flowers in the center of the grid but I think the mouth is still going to be too large

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I think that the vase in the inspiration picture is really lovely. I prefer the clear, light, and airy look over the opaque look of the vase.

 

Another idea: If you want to use the green color, what about getting a clear vessel from the dollar store (dollar tree is a great option if you have one in your area) and painting them a transluscent color with glass paint? I did that for my centerpices (I can direct you to a link if you’d like) and it came out really well.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

if you are taking it to a florist to fill then I wouldn’t worry — they will likely use some foam and stick the flowers directly in there…. I was just concerned you were going to just try and stick a handful of flowers in there and they would just fall flat to the sides

 

I don’t know if this is a really stupid questions but…. did you test it to make sure it holds water? usually pots like that have drain holes in the  bottom

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MiraJo:

Sure! I used:

A bowl from the dollar tree, a glass candlestick from the dollar tree, and Pebeo Vitrea Glass Paint in Turquoise (a very small amount) mixed in with Pebeo Gloss Medium (clear paint) to achieve a lighter color (the turquoise is very concentrated and comes out quite dark when not mixed into a much larger amount of the gloss medium) and a bit of the pebeo “thinner”. I tried MANY kinds of paint (including Marthat Stewart glass paint) and the pebeo vitrea was by far the best. I can give you some more specific painting advice and direct you to some other tutorials if you decide to go through with it. I will say that the paint doesn’t come out perfect, especially because of the shape of the materials, but it’s very difficult to notice the imperfections when they’re on the table and full of flowers. 

 

After painting and letting them dry I siliconed them togehter, and voila, a pedestal bowl. 

 

Here’s some more information and our inspiration picture here.

 

 

 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@MiraJo:  One more point about your original piece is that a florist told me that our centerpieces (above) would not be good for hydrangeas (with oasis foam) because hydrangeas need/drink A LOT of water. Just a thought. If your florist thought it would be ok then I wouldn’t worry, but you might want to ask as it might not be something they’ve thought of.

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

The bowl was cut glass from the dollar tree. 

Painting the bowls and candlesticks was definitely time intensive, not as easy as spray painting. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I bought the paint at an art suppat store. It’s available online from dick blick (but you have to pay shipping). Make sure you get (plenty of – once you decide rig you’re doing it) gloss medium.. The brand is Pebeo Vitrea Glass Paint and it comes in tons of colors.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

@MiraJo:  I think it will look really pretty! I tend to prefer the opaque over the clear myself personally, but I also think it depends on the styling of your event. For example, for my cocktail hour it will be nice and sunny out so I want clear glass, but for the night and dark hours, I like of ivory (which is one of my wedding colors) on opaque glass highlighted by tealights and votives scattered for glow. I am also thinking of using babies breath.

I am excited to see how your centerpiece develops!!!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i think itll look beautiful, especially with the flowers and babys breath.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

One more commethe about the dollar tree pedestals. They also look lovely in clear glass. 

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