August 14, 2013

Workshop Wednesday: DIY Flowers and Fans

As an artist I am infatuated by all colors and patterns. Typically animal print is not my thing but I am a lover of African art and textiles.?I stopped by to visit my aunt yesterday and caught her and her neighbor in the midst of centerpiece making for an upcoming safari themed party. I of course rolled my eyes at the sight of the leopard, zebra, & tiger print adorned work room. My aunt is a table-scaping extraodinaire, she taught me how to decorate for a party when I was toddler and she of course won me over with this project (I’m even?going to try this trick with the fan in the vase with the flowers this weekend for a bridal shower). I thought I must share this today- so please welcome and thank Aunty Maureen & the lovely Mary for this week’s Workshop Wednesday!

Mason jars (or water glasses would even work)
Tulle (or ribbon or fabric strips)
Fans (these can be found?here)
Fake flowers
Spanish moss
Glue Gun
1.Wrap the mason jars with strips of tulle, ribbon, or fabric and tack with a glue gun.
2.Fill the jars with spanish moss. (If you are using real flowers fill with water & rocks)
3.To?add a complementary pop of color we took ferns from outside in the yard and added them to the flowers.
If you are into terrariums this a great way to get the same look but with some added height.
Still not sold on the safari inspiration? Check this out!:
via?Wedding Chicks?(Crossaints Bistro & Bakery)

Rachel Shuman Armentano is the owner and artist behind?Strawberry Small Works Studio?in Somerville, Massachusetts. In addition to being wedding and party obsessed she has years of experience as an art educator and believes everyone can make something beautiful!

What DIY projects are on your mind? Leave us a comment and we?re sure Rachel can come up with ?some magic for you!