Thursday, June 11, 2015

Frugal Centerpieces

I love centerpieces.
I love frugal centerpieces even more.
This is a Use-What-You-Have-Around-The-House Centerpiece.
Here's what I needed to make mine:

  • Coffee Filters
  • Food Coloring
  • Water
  • Branches
  • Tall Glass Container
  • Something to Weight the Glass
  • Zhush

I dyed some coffee filters with a dab of red food coloring and some water. Basically, you tint a pan of water to the desired shade, and dip the filters into the water. I dried them in my dryer. Why? I didn't want to wait several hours to assemble. You can air-dry your filters if you have the time. 

I gathered branches from the backyard. I had recently pruned my camellia shrubs, and the shape of the leftover branches were the perfect shape for my centerpiece project. 

After finding the branches, I searched for a container. Up in the recesses of my attic, I found a tall glass. It's heavy, but still needed a bit of something to give it more weight. Since my centerpiece is for a golf team banquet, I opted guessed balls. 

Every centerpiece needs a little bit of zhush. I went with the team colors and a hint of mascot pride: tiger print ribbon and some green & silver garland. To balance everything out, I used some dark green placemats to anchor the centerpiece to the table. 

Once I had everything gathered, I trimmed the filters, bunched them together, and hot-glued them onto the branches. Not gonna lie...I burnt the tips of my fingers a bit. And while I'm being honest, I have to admit...less is more in this instance. Too many flowers makes for a cluttered centerpiece.

My favorite part about this centerpiece? It only took about an hour from start to finish, and best of all, it was FREE! 

What frugal crafts have you been creating?
Happy Thursday!


  1. Very creative ! There is something incredibly satisfying about making something lovely from nothing.

    Not much craftiness going on here at the moment of any description - frugal or otherwise. Planning a crafty weekend though because I really need to recharge my batteries!

    1. Thanks, Shay!
      Yes, it was quite satisfying.
      Hope you got your crafty on today! :)

  2. Beautifully done! You really did make something out of nothing. I love the died coffee filter flowers.

    1. Thanks, Kate!
      Those coffee filters are a lot of bang for your buck. I'm amazed at how a simple bit of paper can be morphed into something so different than its original intent.
      PS...They're kinda addicting to make once you get started. ;)

  3. Today you have been nominated as the recipient of an award. It is the very prestigious Creative Blogger’s Award. This honor was bestowed me by my good friend Yvonne of Nashville Cat’s Poetry. Yvonne lives across the pond in England. Thank you very much Yvonne – I am both honored and grateful. I am truly grateful that you find some benefit to your regular reading and commenting on my blog. I am now bestowing this prestige award on you!

    Fellow nominees you now must: acknowledge your nomination, thank the person who nominated you, list five (5) facts about yourself, and nominate 10-20 fellow bloggers.

    1. Thanks for the nomination, Gregg; however, I respectfully decline this honorable award, as I am an award-free blog. ;)

      Heading over to your blog to check out your facts and fellow nominees. Happy Tuesday!


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