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Lighted Floral Vase

Finding big, fun-shaped vases is a great way to add a unique style to your party atmosphere.  My favorite place to treasure hunt is Marshall’s.  I found this 4ft tall vase for $12.00!!! What a buy.  During normal hours (non-party), I will just leave my big vases sitting in a corner as a great accent piece, sometimes with florals  or stems in them.  But when the party is near, I bring them to life with lights and LOTS of florals.  Here’s how:

  • Thread a 50-light strand down through the mouth of the vase.  I used white lights for this vase since it will not matter much with the deep red color of the vase.  However, don’t be afraid to play with different color lights for different party themes or Holiday themes.
  • Select your florals/pics.  I liked this vase for many reasons, but the small mouth was the selling point.  When you have a smaller mouth vase, you will need less florals and fillers…keeping your costs WAY down!
  • Don’t worry about having a long stem floral….the only thing you will find that will reach the bottom of a tall vase and still stick out of the top will be branches or stems.  I used a small piece of pine garland to close the mouth even more, and it helped to grab the stems and keep them nice and tight in place with NO glue or floral foam!  Color me a happy crafter!
  • Take your small piece of pine garland…wired garland a must….and wrap it around the outside of the vase’s mouth.  Take some of the pine stems and tuck them into the mouth to help close the size and to give the stems something to keep them tight and high.
  • I want this particular arrangement to be high/tall.  So I selected my biggest/fullest pic…my poinsettias.   I will have this vase against a wall, so I will only need three flowers:  One for the middle, one on the left, and one on the right.  Set the flower stems gently into the vase.  Don’t panic if they feel wobbly or they lean over.  We will fix that by adding more pics which will tighten up the mouth and allow for stability with the florals.
  • I select my second tallest pics to be inserted next.  I am using two because they are quite wide, and I don’t want it too cluttered as I build the arrangement upwards.  Slide the two middle pics behind the flowers.
    
  • My last row is my tallest pic.  It is wide and tall, so I am using only one.  Slip it behind all the florals in the back.
    
  • Once all of your florals are in place, you begin the “primping”!  Fluff it or scrunch it according to how you want it to look.  Florals are made of wire, so you can control almost every part of them and place them in the direction that you need them to go.  Don’t be afraid to bend things.  You don’t have to “settle” for how they look once you place them in the vase.  However, if you like it, then by all means, leave it be!

You are in charge of those flowers…make them move, bend, adjust to what you like.

If you have a cord from the lights that keeps popping out to the side and becomes an eye sore, then take some clear tape and take the cord to the back of the vase.

Plug it in, and you should have a beautiful piece of art that will create lighting for your party or just for you!

Fall Glow Stick Centerpiece

Glow sticks, as we know them, are those gel-like things with neon colored lights
that you find wrapped around people’s heads, necks, wrists, etc.  I would like to introduce you to my “Glow Stick Centerpiece” – an easy and inexpensive decoration that will get you a “WOW’ from your party guests, and family too!  Easy to make…fun…inexpensive to make…beautiful.  What an awesome combination!

I needed a centerpiece for my kitchen island which is a little over 8 feet.  I love lights, and I have an outlet on each end of my island.  I also wanted some sort of flowers so I could get some beautiful fall colors that would get me through Halloween and Thanksgiving without having to re-decorate!  I also did not want to have a “wide” centerpiece as I use my island as my main eating
table when we have parties.  This centerpiece is long and thin, allowing me a
lot of room for big, fun place mats and dinnerware.

It took me a little bit of time (about two weeks) before this centerpiece idea
all came together.  I finally decided that I wanted a nice, thick stick/branch with orange lights wrapped all around it and topped with beautiful fall mums and fall leaves (artificial).

Items Needed:

Item

Where to Get It

Cost

Black Branch: cut to fit your table or windowsill Michael’s Crafts/Joann Fabrics $14.00 without coupon or sale.  This will get you several decorations!
Option B:   for Branch Woods $0
Option B:  Black Spray Paint Walmart/Home Depot $1.50
Artificial Fall Flowers Michael’s Crafts/Joann Fabrics $2.50 +.  WAIT for that sale or coupon if you can
lights (orange)  Any Craft store/drug store  $4.99
Glue sticks and Glue gun  Any Craft store/drug store  $3.99
Additional floral pics if desired  Any Craft store/drug store  $1.00 each and up

As noted on the Cost column for the black branch, if you buy your branch, chances are you will get enough to make a few decorations.  I made one for my kitchen island and one for the fireplace mantel!

Simple How-To Directions:

  1. Cut (size) your stick to fit in your centerpiece display area
  2. Wrap the lights around the stick, keeping the spacing even
  3. Pull/cut the leaves/flowers at the base of the stem…as close as you can get so you do not have a stem on the back side which will make it more difficult to glue.
  4. Hot glue the leaves on the branch.  I used several leaves to form little clusters along the branch.

You are done!  Plug it in and enjoy!

Tips:  I love orange lights for fall.  As the photos show, they produce a warm, soft glow that reminds me of a harvest moon.  Also, if you like a little more bling, find some florals that have a sparkle to them.

If you are feeling ambitious, make them for your windowsills!  Just select a length of lights appropriate for your project.  You will probably want 50 lights for a windowsill.  I don’t think you would want to put a 100 string set on a piece smaller than 5 ft.   You will be wrapping the lights around that stick for a long time, and then you will have to glue the florals to the wire.

Have fun with your fall glow stick centerpieces!  Stay tuned for more perfectly simple party ideas!

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