1) a decorative piece or display placed in the middle of a dining or serving table.
2) an item or issue intended to be a focus of attention
I enjoy creating fun and unique centerpieces for each season or holiday. I think keeping a centerpiece on the table encourages us to keep the table clean and free of clutter.
I like to hunt around my home to find things to create a centerpiece.
I think centerpieces should have 5 basic elements:
An Anchor--a tray, a platter, a cutting board. Not only does the anchor create some cohesiveness, it also makes it easier to remove the centerpiece from the table when needed.
For this one I used a garage sale tray painted with Fusion Mineral Paint in Laurentien, my current favorite Fusion color. Fusion Mineral Paint is so smooth and lovely and nice AND it has a built in finish! You do not have to wax or finish it for most projects.
Height--most centerpieces have and need height. Height can come from candlesticks, flowers, sticks, greenery.
Natural Elements--Every centerpiece needs something natural (honestly, I think all decor and vignettes need some nature). Flowers are lovely (and a beautiful BIG vase of flowers can stand alone as a centerpiece), but in Montana flowers I can afford, i.e. ones cut from the yard, are only available about two months of the year. Think outside the flower box--twigs, feathers, evergreen branches, antlers, dried leaves--just something from Mother Nature.
I cut out (intentionally) lopsided hearts from cardboard
and painted them with Matthew Mead's Fusion metallic paint in copper. Don't shame me for those messy paint bottles. I love this paint and it goes so well with the Laurentine. I punched holes in the hearts and hing them on the sticks. For Easter if I don't make a new centerpiece, I will change out the hearts for eggs.
Once you have those 5 elements, add other touches--something to set the candles on, something to put the natural elements in, favorite things. I used a balance that I repaired with superglue, and a few old books.
The books were the colors I wanted to incorporate and the balance is a visual reminder to practice balance in my life.
Hunt around your house or the thrift store to create your next centerpiece.