I’m very happy to be posting my first craft! I have belonged for a while, look at many things, get lots of great ideas, but rarely follow through with them. I start, but then I get bored and move on to something else. Is it possible to have crafter’s ADD?
Anyway, here is my submission: a decorative table centerpiece.
What do you get when you combine 1 package postal wrapping paper, 2 packages of whiffle balls, 1 bag of rice, 2 sheets of poster board (2/$1), 1 package of tealights, a 2-pack of double broilers, and 1 package of mini accent stones? Yeah, I don’t know either.
Those things belonged in my original vision (version 5.2), but I changed my mind as I was still working. The basic idea still stayed the same, but the components changed a bit.
Here’s what I actually ended up using:
• 1 package of brown postal wrapping paper
• 1 package of whiffle balls (used 3 of the 5)
• 1 package of tealights
• 1 roll of foil
• 1 package of craftsticks
• 1 bag of rocks
• 1 package of tissue paper (red only)
• 2 pieces of poster board (2/$1)
• 1 skein of yarn
• 1 hula skirt
I supplied various types of glue, the bowl I used as a mold, and some pictures I printed from my computer.
(I know this is getting wordy, but this is my first real post, and I’m an English teacher—I love words, so please bear with me). The first part is the faux-leather bowl. It’s made with pieces of torn, crumpled wrapping paper glued/papier-mâchéd together. I formed it by using a bowl as a mold. I then knit a rope of sorts out of the raffia in the hula skirt. I glued this along the edges.
In the bowl are decorative balls and pom-poms. The balls are the whiffle balls covered with the wrapping paper. I then glued the little accent stones onto 2 of the balls. The third ball I covered with yarn. I also made little pom-poms out of yarn and raffia.
I made a candle holder out of craft sticks and aluminum foil. I made a base and frame out of the craft sticks. I used 2 layers of foil for the walls, each of which I used a thumb tack to make a sun design around. It’s big enough for several tealights or a bigger candle. Excuse the pictures. It’s really hard to photograph foil well. It looks much nicer in person.
The final part is the sculpture/vase cover. I made it using posterboard. I traced my design onto the posterboard and cut out 12 pieces. I glued 3 together for each of the 4 sides, creating a thick side for each. I then glued the sides together. I had printed off a design from the computer, and I glued some of them onto the sides of the vase-sculpture-thingy (anyone have a good word to describe it?) After that I spread glue all over each side and glued down tissue paper. One last coat of glue over that, and that was finished. It can stand alone and look nice as it is, or it can cover a vase and have flowers coming out of it.
I know it’s not the greatest project ever, but I am really pleased that I was able to finally finish a project, and I’m impressed with what I and others have been able to do with just $10! Thanks for looking!