Sunday, August 19, 2012

Rainbow Leaves Centerpiece

Submitted to Crop Chocolate - Rainbow Challenge and Shopping our Stash Challenge 64  - try a new technique.  My new technique was, well, pretty much everything.  I have never used floral wire, styrofoam or made a centerpiece :)

Many of you know that I manage The Arts at UC Davis.  We are coming up upon our annual Arts Fall Luncheon, and I found a version of this online and thought it'd be cute to make them as table centerpieces for the luncheon.  I'm calling it rainbow because I cut leaves in red, orange, yellow, green, blue and violet.

Products used:

Red:  Dots and Stripes; Orange:  Trinity Surf and Swim; Yellow:  Echo Park Country Drive, Green:  EP For the Record; Blue: Doodlebug Blue Jeans; Violet:  BG Kioshi.  Other products used:  Floral wire, mod podge, washi tape, twine, styrofoam and spray mount.  Oh ya, and an empty green bean can.

It was so easy to make.....

First, I cut a bunch of leaves using Nestabilities dies.  Remember to cut two of each leave you want to use because you have to glue them to floral wire like this...

Then, I went and pulled some twigs off  a bush in the yard. A hint, I didn't want to pull "live" twigs off, so I used the deader portions, but the twigs were pretty brittle. I think I'll use something a little greener for the next one I do.  Wrap the floral wire around the twigs.

 I embellished my can with some washi tape (in rainbow colors of course) on some scrap paper and spray mounted it to the can. I also covered the whole thing with mod podge for good measure.  My dear husband cut some styrofoam to fit inside the can.  I think I need to add some moss or something to the top.  Hmmm.... I stuck the twigs into the styrofoam and arranged the leaves artfully (ok, I think it's artful - be nice!!) I also embellished the can with some bling, die cuts, twine (in rainbow colors!) and a flower I got from UmWow Studios.

And voila, a fun and funky centerpiece for the Arts luncheon!

 Hope you like my rainbow leaves centerpiece.

Craftily yours,

Karen (karey2005)


  1. This is so cute and just sensational! Great centerpiece! Love the way you used the washi on the can too. So much fun and I know it's going to be a hit!
    Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash.

  2. what a sweet arrangement! great idea and fabulously executed!
    Thank you for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

    Hugs, Alica ;)