How to Make a Modern Centerpiece Using Natural Materialscomments (14) September 21st, 2012
As you may have guessed by this point, I am a huge fan of using natural materials like leaves, acorns, and twigs in my craft projects. I am often found in my local park scavenging around for materials much to the confusion of my neighbors, but who cares? Nature is one of my biggest sources of inspiration, and fall is especially abundant with creative materials.
Here is a fun centerpiece for fall: It looks lovely on a dining table, a coffee table, or even on a mantel.
What you'll need:
- Leaves for templates
- Paper and fabric scissors
- Small scraps of felt and fabric
- Water-soluble fabric pen
- Bunch of twigs (I used two or three per jar)
- Hot glue
- Small amounts of wool roving in a few colors
- Needle-felting needle and mat
- Acorn caps
- Three 1-pound bags of beans
- Three clear vases, jars, or canisters
Making the leaves:
1. Trace a leaf or two onto cardstock to make a template. Cut out with paper scissors.
2. Trace the leaves onto the wrong side of the fabric scraps using a water-soluble fabric pen. Make about 15 to 20 of these. Cut out with fabric scissors. Repeat for the felt scraps, making 15 to 20 felt leaves.
3. To glue leaves to the twigs, lay out the fabric leaf, wrong side up, add a few dots of hot glue, and affix the end of the twig to the leaf. Affix the felt leaf to the other side of the twig, sandwiching the twig end in between the felt and fabric leaves.
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery