This year’s spring centerpiece was all about natural slow making.
Most of my decorating style is inspired by nature; dried grasses and flowers are at the top of my supply list these days for making. It was inevitable they would end up in this vintage spring centerpiece!
I’m fascinated by floral design and have started studying it more and more. It’s such a whimsical skill to have in your back pocket and comes in handy during the holidays. Dried flowers are particularly fun to use because they can be painted and dyed! Grasses such as pampas are particularly versatile and easy to work with.
This spring arrangement has several all-natural elements–from flowers to grasses to dried sponge mushrooms!
I can’t wait to tell you the “how to.” Let’s get to making!
Liquid clothing dye:
Plastic red cups
Vintage tea cups and kettle
Floral foam brick
Dying your own pampas grass and bunny tails is easier than you’d expect!
To dye the pampas grass, fill a 5-gallon bucket of water and add 1/4 cup of dye or more, depending on how dark you want the grass. I didn’t follow the instructions on the bottle. I was shooting for dusty and subtle hues, so I added a small amount of dye then a little more if I felt the grass wasn’t absorbing enough color.
Submerge the grass into the water and secure the stems with tape to the side of the bucket. Let them sit for no less than 5 hours, checking the color development halfway through.
To dye the bunny tails, I used plastic red cups and followed the same steps as before. I filled the cups almost to the top, then added about a cap full of dye and more if needed. Then I reused the same dye and steps for the mushrooms.
After the grass has collected enough color, remove it from the water and reshape it. Then lay it flat to dry for several hours until it starts to fluff back up.
Now it’s time to arrange our spring centerpiece!
To arrange the centerpiece cut up three pieces of floral foam to fit inside the vessels. Add a little hot glue to the bottom of a piece of floral foam and adhere it to the inside of a tea cup.
Then trim down the dried flowers and grass to similar sizes and begin arranging them in groups. It’s easier to tell what elements are in an arrangement when you group the same flowers together. This is an extremely helpful tip with using pampas grass, as it tends to eat up the rest of the arrangement.
Follow the same steps for the other tea cup and the kettle. Then arrange the mushrooms to fill in gaps in the centerpiece.
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