13 May 2011

Cheap & Chic Centerpiece



This week, I was asked to create a centerpiece for an upcoming  bridal shower.  The party needed to be done a budget, so my goal to was create a focal point that was high impact, yet cheap.  I automatically thought of pom poms.  However, I wanted to put a new twist on the whole idea.  Here's what I came up with:



What You'll Need To Create This Project:

Clay Pots:  $.89 & $1.29 - Walmart
Spray Paint:  $.97 - Walmart
Floral Foam: $3.99 (6 pack) - Michaels
Bamboo:  3.99  (sold in bundle) - Michaels
Spanish Moss:  $3.49 (large bag) - Pat Catan's/Michaels
White Cardstock:  $4.49 (70 sheets)  - Amazon/Walmart
Decorative Ribbon: $1.79 -  Walmart
Tissue Paper:  $1.00 (9 pack) - Walmart
Floral Wire, White:  $1.00 (small pack) - Walmart
Floral Leaves:  $1.00 - Dollar Tree
Glue Gun:  Under $5.00 - Walmart/Dollar Store
Extra Glue:  $3.59 (large pack) - Walmart
(Scissors optional)


If you break it down, the "estimated" total cost for this entire project is around $20.00.  And, if you already have some of these items on hand it's even cheaper, not to shabby!

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Tutorial


First, I created my pom poms (if your not sure how to create one, this video is a fantastic guide).  I made various shapes and sizes (my blue poms had pointed edges, while my fuchsia poms had round) for visual interest.

In between time I spray painted my clay pots, white (making pom poms is a very tedious task, sometimes you just need a break).  Once dry, I decided to distress my pots for more of a shabby chic feel.


Next, I attached my pom pom to a bamboo stick using super glue (if you open your pom slightly, you'll notice that the tissue creates pockets, the perfect place to house glue).   I also attached my hydrangea leaves at this time (these were left-overs from my various wreath projects).

I then cut my floral foam down to size (note, I only used one block for the entire project) and placed it in my clay pot. I add a little more glue inside for stability. I then inserted my pom pom "flower" creation.

Once my pom creation was in place, I thought it was lacking pizzazz.  So, I added ribbon to the clay pot along with a personalized tag (I know, it probably would of been easier to do this step in the begin, but this project was very spur of the moment so I was coming up with ideas as I went).

And, lastly I added the spanish moss!

Close-up on clay pot.  I like how the distressing gave it a blue-grey appearance.


The middle arrangement (featured above) was huge!  It was actually taller then my kitchen island, now that's making a statement (smiles)!  But after looking at it, I thought it was missing something, it seemed bare.  So I added a little more ribbon to complete the look. 

I made extra pom poms to place randomly on the table.

And, Viola the completed look!


I love the whimsical look of this tablescape!


What's great about this centerpiece is it's perfect for an occasion! And, it looks fantastic placed together or separate!


 I would love to do a sunflower themed party; yellow pom pom flowers and dangling brown ribbon would be darling!



Have any Pom Pom projects?  I would love to see them!

Thank you so much for visiting!

Warm Wishes,
Jodie




I'll be "Linking Up" with these wonderful parties:

40 comments:

  1. This is the cutest idea I have seen in a while! Just precious!!! :-)

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  2. I love it!! What a great way to decorate on a tight budget. :)

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  3. I love these! Hydrangeas are one of my favorite flowers. I may have to make some of these!

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  4. I love these! Really cute, and really look like they fill a room! I will try this for my next party, thanks for the post!

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  5. I think this is great! I am having an Alice in Wonderland Tea party Bridal shower and I was thinking about having them hang the pom's from the ceiling but I like this idea much better! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Stunning! A fabulous display on a limited budget; genius.

    I will be starting a new feature on my blog shortly, where I will be linking up some of my favourite projects. I hope you will consider allowing me to feature this?

    I am your newest follower :)

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  7. SO cute, and fun, love it!

    Carlee
    www.ladybirdln.com

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  8. Those pom pom topiaries make me flat out happy! Beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by head above water!

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  9. Wonderful! These look fantastic, I can't wait to give them a try! ~Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

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  10. Gorgeous. What a creative idea that you made look so fabulous. I really love this and will definitely be borrowing this idea. :)

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  11. Pom Poms are all the rage these days....this is a fresh take on them and I love that youput it all together for $20, fabulous! Visiting from The DIY show-off.
    Cathy

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  12. Love the leaves on these! Thanks so much for linking up!

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  13. I love this! Great job and thank you for sharing!

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  14. Super cute! I love pom-poms! I'm your neighbor @ between Naps on the Porch and I submitted a post on spray painting pom-poms. :)

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  15. Very pretty! Those colors are lovely together.

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  16. brilliant my dear! thanks so much for partying with whipperberry!!
    kisses

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  17. Thanks again Jodie. The post is live.
    http://junkinjunky.blogspot.com/2011/05/inspiration-files-new-feature.html

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  18. I LOVE these! I want to make them just for my table :o)

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  19. I absolutely love your idea! The centerpiece looks wonderful! I really think I need to make some of these for an old can that I have...think they would look great. Thank you for sharing!

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  20. Love your twist on pom poms, so elegant!

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  21. These are so cute, great project!!

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  22. These are just darling!

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  23. I just love these. I have been planning on doing a mini version of these for a ladies banquet we are having :)

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  24. These are so beautiful and elegant. I've been looking for a pom pom project for my daughter's baptism reception and this is it!!

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  25. These are just gorgeous! I am gaga for pom poms but never thought to do this with them! So well done.

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  26. Hi Jodi! Your centerpieces are simply fabulous! Fantastic job and I love how big they are...very pretty. Thanks so much for linking to the Sunday Showcase Party - I greatly appreciate it. I have featured this today. Enjoy the rest of your week ~ Stephanie Lynn
    www.bystephanielynn.com

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  27. This is such a great idea and so charming! I love this- sharing at tonights party- thanks for sharing at FNF :)

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  28. Oh Jodie~

    These are simply adorable & chic. Thanks bunches for linking to my K.I.S.S. blog bash last week. Looking forward to seeing what you link up this coming Sunday. :)

    ~Christina~

    Drop By The Tattered Tag

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  29. Lovely!! It is truly lovely. I'm sure your shower was a HUGE success :)

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  30. Sooo pretty! Featured you @ this weeks linky party! xoxo

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  31. These are great! I'm collecting ideas for decoration my booth for my first craft show and I think something like this would be perfect! Thanks for sharing!

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  32. Jodi, this is so gorgeous!!!

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  33. These are fabulous! I love them. In fact, I'm saving them to my centerpiece file on Pinterest. (It'll link right back to you.) Thanks for sharing!

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  34. Cute cute cute! I too am pinning this - adorable! Thanks for sharing a great spin on the traditional pom.

    -MJ @ MD School Mrs

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  35. Absolutely adorable! Thank you so much for such great instructions. Your newest follower!
    www.woohoogal.blogspot.com
    ~Beverly

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  36. WOW WOW WOW!!!!!! thank you so much for this instructions!!!!

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  37. Wow! This is so cute and lovely DIY. I can even put this on my bedroom, eh. Adorable and easy too. :)

    Cheers,
    Cathy@medical scrubs uniforms

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  38. I love the colors of the flurry things.

    lisa

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  39. These are beautiful, going to to try to make them for my son's baptism. Does anyone know what size pots I should buy?

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    1. Hi Cindy,

      Thanks so much for the sweet comment; I'm so glad you stopped by! To answer your question, I used 6" terra cotta pots for the large centerpieces and 4" pots for the small centerpieces. I found the clay pots at Wal-Mart & I paid $.89 for the 4" & $1.29 for 6". I hope this helps. If you have any other questions, please feel free to contact me anytime;)

      Wishing you a Happy Easter,
      Jodie

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