Yesterday for Tablescape Thursday, I created a fun centerpiece using a freebie nautical tote I received recently with another purchase.
Today I thought I’d share how it’s created in case you have a tote or bag you would like to incorporate into a centerpiece for a table or for any other decorative purpose. Depending on the type bag you use and what you decide to tuck inside, this centerpiece would work for almost any kind of event. Just let your imagination run!
Let’s take this centerpiece apart to see how it’s put together. You’re going to love how easy it is to make!
Since bags are floppy by nature, I needed to add a few things in to give it some structure. I started by placing some heavy Restoration Hardware catalogs down into the bottom. I just got these in the mail a couple of weeks ago and haven’t had a chance to look at them. So they were still all bundled together in plastic and were perfect to create a heavy base for the centerpiece. Phone books or any large books would work just as well.
Next I stuffed paper around them to fill out the bag a bit.
I placed a short, fat clay pot inside that I had filled with kitty litter. Kitty litter comes in handy for so many things. I think we could conquer the world with a little kitty litter and some duct tape! 😉
Oh, you know how most clay pots have a hole in the bottom? Before filling the pot with litter, I folded up a paper towel and placed it in the bottom over the hole so the kitty litter wouldn’t drain out. (The little bit of litter you see inside the bag in the above photo happened when I was taking the centerpiece apart for these photos.)
Next I stuffed more paper all around the pot to help fill out the bag some more.
You can see the paper better in this picture from when I took the arrangement apart. Any kind of wrapping paper would work for this. You could use newspaper but the newsprint may rub off on your bag, so be careful using newspaper.
Remember this net I purchased a few months ago on the shopping trip when I couldn’t breathe and had to get out of the house? You can read about that in this post: Shopping For A Breath Of Fresh Air
I placed it on top to hide the kitty litter, letting some of the net spill out of the bag and down the front. The net I purchased came with a starfish tied to it. I’ve left it attached and it looked cute hanging down the font of the bag for my 4th of July table centerpiece.
So let’s recap. We have the heavy, large books on bottom, a fat, round clay pot filled with kitty litter on top of the books, paper stuffed around the books and the pot to fill out the bag and the net casually spread across the top of the pot.
Next I began poking the flags and pinwheels down through the net into the kitty litter hidden underneath. After I had them arranged the way I wanted, I threw some rope (left over from this beach lantern project) on top, weaving it around the stems of the flags and pinwheels to give the arrangement more interest and depth. The bare stems of the flags and pinwheels just looked a little boring coming up out of the netting so the rope helped with that.
So that’s it, easiest centerpiece in the world! With a bag, a clay pot, some scrap paper and a little kitty litter, you could make just about any centerpiece you can dream up. Instead of a net, you could tuck moss, shells or confetti streamers around the top to camouflage the kitty litter beneath.
Okay, time to get back to the 4th of July festivities! Hope you are having an awesome 4th!