Next up is Ashley’s DIY suspending glass centerpiece. Using small vintage bottles and manzanita branches, she created a gorgeous centerpiece that could be used to decorate escort card or guest book tables.
The first place winner will receive $500 and second place a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry, so this is huge. Voting won’t start till all selected entries are published, so sit tight!
– A variety of vintage glass bottles in all sizes, such as old medicine & perfume bottles, and lonely salt-shakers that have lost their companion along the way. All of these can be found at any vintage or thrift shop.
– One spool of 24 gage wire in gold or silver available at hardware store
– Wire cutters available at hardware store
– Coral or Manzanita Branches found at craft supply stores
– One Tall Vase (that you already own or purchase at a craft store)
– An Assortment of Flowers found at any nursery or florist, or in your own backyard.
Wash and clean off old glass bottles. Prepare flowers for arrangement (I cut my flowers down for a Bradford Pear Tree in my yard and then trimmed the stem according to the bottle size)
Step 1: Take wire and measure across the neck of the bottle, add a little slack, cut the wire
Step 2: Wrap the wire around the bottle just below the rim, and loosely fasten it.
Step 3: Cut a short length (approx. 4 to 5 inches), this is for the handle.
Step 4: To create handle, attach one end to each side of the wire encircling the bottle, then twist each end to secure it.
Step 5: Now pull the loosely fastened end of the encircling wire, and secure the ends by twisting them together. Repeat for desired amount of bottles. (I did 4)
Step 6: Fill bottles with desired flowers
Step 7: Last drape hanging bottles throughout the branches