Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Pottery Barn Inspired Centerpieces

Passing notes today:  Mrs. Williams and Mrs. Kelly

Hey everyone,

Sometimes when we're looking for a little inspiration for holiday decor, it comes in the mail in the form of the Pottery Barn catalog.  Mrs. Kelly and I made some Pottery Barn inspired centerpieces for the holidays at a fraction of the PB cost.  You can make them too if you want or just read about them.  

Mrs. Williams's Centerpiece:

This past weekend, I wasn't a few pages into the Pottery Barn catalog before I saw these candles:


I wanted them.  So, off we went...to the Pottery Barn store?  No way, to the woods for a hike in search of bark so I could craft up some candles of my own.

We all got a little distracted by the beautiful pond.

Operation bark:  COMPLETE! (No trees were harmed in the making of this craft.  We got all the bark from limbs on the ground.)

Then, I suggested a quick trip to The Christmas Tree Shop for some inexpensive candles.
Bark, twine, candles, and clear tape...that's all it takes.

Once we were back home, I started taping the bark and tying the twine.
Once the bark is taped around the candle, I secured the twine in place with a piece of tape.

Tie the twine...and done.
A few minutes (a bowl and some potpourri) later, and I had a Pottery Barnesque centerpiece.

And with Thanksgiving right around the corner.  Here's how I plan to dress up the holiday table with the birch bark candles.

By the way, I'm pretty sure these candles are now a total fire hazard.  So, for the time being, these candles are just for looks (there will be no ambiance on Thanksgiving).  I may even head back to The Christmas Tree Shop and swap out the real candles with flameless ones that they had on sale there.  Until then, I'm going to enjoy these candles and the way they combined hiking and crafting and saved me some major cash.


Mrs. Kelly's Centerpiece
Hey!  So remember the kids' table we did?  Well, the Mayflower centerpiece we made was a knock-off of the one below from Pottery Barn Kids.  It retailed for $40.00 but is currently no longer available.  Beyond that, it was a little rich for my blood so I set out to recreate another, more cost effective, version.

Here is what you will need to make your Pottery Barn inspired Mayflower:

  1. Basket that Resembles a Boat
  2. Floral Foam
  3. Wooden Dowels
  4. Card Stock

I started with a basket.  If you don't already have a basket that looks like a boat, check out Goodwill.  I found this beauty there for $2.00:

I spray painted the basket a deeper brown color because I had some spray paint lying around and thought it would look more authentic.  I think it would have been fine, though, if I had left it the way it was.

Then, I bought some green floral foam at the craft store.  This one cost about $2.00 with my coupon:

I cut down the foam and shoved, I mean, gently placed it into the spray painted boat to size.  Then I hot glued the block down into the basket.

After the foam was secure, I worked on my sails.  I bought a single dowel at Home Depot and had my husband saw it into three pieces.  But a couple days later I realized they sell packages of dowels like these in both Michael and AC Moore that cost less than a dollar with a coupon:

Finally, I took to my computer.  I made three sails.   One sail was the size of a full page (landscape) and two were a bit smaller.  I used a dash border around the three sheets of paper to simulate stitching and typed "Kids Table" in the center of the largest document.  Then I printed the pages off using card stock.

I took the sails and used an exacto knife to make slits in the paper.  I just eyeballed it and put one toward the bottom of the page and one toward the top.  Then I worked the dowels through the slits.  The finished sails were placed down into the foam.  You could probably hot glue this for more security but I skipped that step.  

I wrapped orange napkins around the base and then we filled the centerpiece with various pumpkins and gourds.  Here is the finished product as a tablescape that Mrs. Williams concocted.  My Mayflower cost roughly $5 to make.

Depending on what you have lying around the house or where you get your supplies, you can feasibly make two centerpieces for $10 or less!  That's something to be thankful for.  

Thanks for the inspiration Pottery Barn,

Mrs. Gosling comment:  Wait, how come I wasn't invited to this Duo of a party?  Just kidding, I love it!  There is so much inspiration in the post, you could do ALL or just bits and pieces for your Thanksgiving table.  Good job ladies!

1 comment:

David said...

Wait, you mean you can just buy dowels, and you didn't need me to cut that one down into three pieces? There's thirty seconds I'll never get back...

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