I hope you’ve enjoyed this week’s Spring Decor Blog Tour and the Spring Tablescape Blog Hop. (All the links are at the end of this post.) I certainly enjoyed preparing our living room for spring and we are really loving the updated look. Although the fruit and desserts have been consumed, our breakfast room table still has the flowers and other pretty items gracing the table that I created for my spring tablescape. To wrap up this special week, I wanted to share with you how to make 2 pretty and easy spring tablescape projects ~ ones that really made my table and living spaces extra nice.
Creating a tablescape is like creating a beautiful room: you start with an inspiration, add the foundation items, then embellish with accessories and the pretty extras that give personality and a personal stamp to any space. One of the 2 little spring tablescape projects that I created was the inspiration for the tablescape and served as a decorative accessory and the other one provided the personal touch and exclamation point. Even better, the directions for these projects can be utilized over and over again in your tablescape designs.
Nothing adds more ambiance, grace, flair and personality to any setting than flowers. Regardless of the type of flower or the container you use, flowers can be one of the best ways to spend your decorating dollars. And a little DIY crafty project also can add great style to your tablescape
How to Make 2 Pretty and Easy Spring Tablescape Projects
Knowing how to arrange flowers is a talent and a skill that I wish I was better at. Fortunately, I learned a couple of tricks many years ago from a friend who was an event planner.
DIY Flower Arranging
TIP: Scotch tape can be your best friend for arranging flowers. When the opening of your planter is narrow ~ like the ones on my coffee table here
you can simply place your stems in the vase. I used 2 hydrangea stems in each of these vases and they stood up straight because the neck of the vase was only about 2~inches wide.
But when the neck your container is wide, you will need some way to hold individual flowers in place. This is when scotch tape becomes your best friend. The 2 jars in this container were each about 4 inches wide. For this arrangement that I created for the Spring Decor Blog Tour, to insure that the stems stand up, I placed strips of tape across the top in a crisscross pattern.
TIP: Make sure that your container is dry. Scotch tape will not stick to a wet surface.
The next step is to remove all the leaves from the stems.
TIP: For roses, remove any wilted or browning petals.
Cut the stems to the height that you need and push the stems through the openings between the scotch tape, starting in the center, and continuing until you have a tight, full appearance.
For the tea~pot in my Spring Tablescape, I followed the same procedure.
Yes, it does seem like you are throwing out a lot of greenery, but any leaves in the water will add bacteria that will cause your flowers to deteriorate faster. Discarding wilted petals is what the professionals do. This practice keeps the roses looking fresher.
TIP: Check your roses every few days and remove the wilting petals. Your arrangement will look prettier and last longer.
Insert as many stems as you can for a full and impressive display. I used 14 rose stems in this arrangement. The scotch tape holds them securely. Not using the scotch tape would not result in such an attractive (I think) arrangement.
DIY Place Cards
I love adding some sort of place card to my tables, not for telling people where to sit ~ although that can be an option ~ but because it gives you another opportunity to bring color, whimsy or another decorative element to the table. Looking around the kitchen, I decided to bring in these ceramic cups that I bought in Atlanta a couple of years ago. They sit in my kitchen cabinet. They were the right size for a cute place card.
The place cards ~ or sticks ~ are easy to make. You need a short stick (Found in the cooking section of the grocery store or the craft store.), your paper of choice, glue, an adjustable round cutter (mine is a Friskars), and markers for writing your guests’ names.
I chose this floral pattern which I already had on hand (I’m always picking up scrapbook paper when I see a pattern I like.). I made 8 2~inch circles. Then I made 4 1 1/2~inch circles using a blank index card.
I wrote my guests’ names on the white circles using a bright pink Sharpie and a teal Tombow pen. Glue each name card circle to a flower circle.
I used Elmer’s Glue to attach the paper circles to the sticks. Lastly, glue the remaining flowered circles to the back of the stick.
While those were drying, I cut pieces of florist foam to fit inside the cups, filled the cup half way with water, inserted the roses (I saved 4 just for this project.)and then the sticks into the foam. The last step was to cover the foam with moss. Pretty cute, uh? If I didn’t love those ceramic cups so much, I might have given them away. Next time, I’ll look for some cute, inexpensive containers to serve as give~away favors.
If you would like to see another similar project using the same method, here’s How to Make Cupcake Toppers I did last fall.
I hope these are tips and ideas that you can and will use in your own tablescaping adventures. Thank you to all the fabulous bloggers who shared their time, talent and creativity this week. Have a wonderful weekend to all. It’s the first weekend of spring 2017 and I plan to enjoy it. Tomorrow on the newsletter, I’ll share how to make pork scaloppine, so if you are not a subscriber to It’s Scrumptious Saturday, please sign up for a great cooking lesson and recipe.
Saturday I’m attending a Cricut workshop at Jo~ann’s. I can’t wait to learn how to use this amazing machine. Sunday afternoon, I’ll be heading to East Texas for the Brighten Workshop with Joyce from At Home with Jemma and Carole from Garden Up Green. It will be a busy, fun weekend.
Please visit the other lovely ladies that I’ve been sharing spring tablescape ideas with this week. One more day of inspired creativity.
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