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Host the perfect springtime event with a little help from these stunning floral craft ideas
Add lots of glamour to your table with little effort by fashioning some inexpensive napkin holders. Using floral wire, make a circle – about two inches in diameter – and wrap the ends around the loop to secure in place. Cut the stem of your main flower down to around one inch and secure it to the wire with floral tape. Continue attaching flowers and greenery around the centre flower to achieve your desired fullness. Wrap the rest of the wire in tape for a seamless finish and you're done! For extra practicality, you can use artificial flowers, such as those from the Craft Buddy Assorted Flower Grab Bag.
Add some spring to your tablecloth by embellishing it with a variety of blooms. All you need to do is adhere mini magnets to the back of fabric flowers, like Craft Buddy’s 70 Diamante Satin Flowers, with fabric glue. Make sure to position the magnet just above the raised centres of the flowers so that they sit flat against the tablecloth, then attach a second magnet to the reverse of the cloth to hold the arrangement in place. With absolutely no sewing required, these adornments can easily be changed for each season – why not try experimenting with curtains and lampshades too?
Simple yet stunning, botanical prints are the perfect way to bring the outside in, and what better way than by making your own practical coasters? Simply use a flower press or a thick book to dry out your favourite flowers, petals or leaves. You can either sandwich the plant material between two glass panels and conceal the edges with some decorative tape, or glue the plants to your glass coaster and place a plastic disc cut to size over the top.
Wreaths aren’t only for Christmas – just ask this super simple and elegant embroidery hoop decoration. With this project, you may want to cut all of your faux flowers and greenery to size before you begin, as this will make the assembly easier. Select an embroidery hoop of your choice or make a selection of decorations in different sizes with a set like the Hobby House Embroidery Hoop Set. Use a hot glue gun, such as Crafter's Companion’s Hot Glue Gun to glue your greenery to the hoop – you can cover the whole ring or focus on a segment. Layer on and secure your flowers and you’re done!
Send your guests home with a little piece of spring by putting together some simple floral party favours. If you’re using fresh flowers, trim them on the morning of your event to keep them looking their best, then simply tie them up with homemade ribbons – use pinking shears to cut up pretty, floral fabrics.
Did you know that a regular, upside down pine cone can look just like a beautiful zinnia flower with a simple coat of paint? To complete this transformation, stock up on pine cones, such as the Creativ Pine Cones and give them a base coat of white paint. When dry, cover them with bright acrylic paints, like the Glitz Crafts Primary Acrylic Paint Kit, and add a blob of yellow at the centre. Decorate with sparkles, arrange them in a bowl or include them in your spring wreaths!
Create your own spring tablecloth or runner with leaf printing! Make sure that your leaves are clean, then evenly coat the more prominent underside with fabric paint on a sponge roller. Place the leaf paint side down onto your fabric, add a sheet of paper on top and then roll over the design with a rolling pin or brayer, such as Rare Earth’s Large Brayer. You can use the same leaf multiple times – print any larger leaves first and get lots of practise before committing to your pattern. All that’s left to do is experiment with different colours and embellishments, and remember that hand printing is not supposed to be perfect!!
Send out your spring garden party invites in style with some super simple pressed flower stationary. Press your flowers in a flower press or thick book and wait for them to dry – brightly hued blossoms with flat bottoms work especially well here. Use tweezers to transfer the pressed flower to the centre of a larger clear sticker, face down. Press the sticker onto paper, envelopes, cards or gift tags and voila!