The key to designing a room or decorating any space is how you tie it together. Accents, negative space, and varying color palettes all function together to bring aesthetic wholeness to your living space. Naturally, the heart of any room is the centerpiece. A thoughtfully placed flower arrangement or candle layout can instantly gift your dining room with added personality and charm, but why spend your money on centerpieces you can’t change when you can make your own for a fraction of the cost?
These DIY centerpieces utilize both household items and inexpensive accessories to create eye catching enhancements to your living room, dining room, or kitchen. With a little bit of Super Glue and some creativity, you can get crafting and create something you’re proud to show off.
Flower Ball Bouquet
Great for end tables or shelf decorations, these petite bouquet ornaments are easy to make and look beautiful. Gather these materials:
- Zap-O Foam Safe CA
- Foam Safe Kicker
- Artificial, silk flowers
- Candle holder
- Styrofoam ball (toy whiffle balls work great as well!)
Begin by separating your flowers, cutting the stems down to an appropriate size. Once all the flowers are cut, trace the rim of your candle holder with Zap-O Foam Safe CA. Don’t overapply, as the glue will spread once your ball is placed on top. Spray some Foam Safe Kicker all around the Styrofoam ball. Place the ball atop the candlestick holder and apply light pressure, letting the adhesive dry.
Next, apply a small amount of Zap-O Foam Safe CA to the end of your flower stem and stick onto your Styrofoam ball, maintaining even coverage. Once the entire ball is covered with flowers, tie an appropriately colored ribbon around the stem of your candle holder and you’ve got yourself a perfect little accent piece for any small space in your home.
The most rewarding home décor are often those you create yourself. Using nothing but common kitchen plates and glassware with adhesive, turn the center of your table into a unique accent that highlights varying shapes and colors. Here is what you’ll need:
- Assorted dishware and glasses
- Super Glue
- Dish cloth
- Dish soap
- Rubbing alcohol
First, organize your plate ware into a mock arrangement of what you think you’ll want. Don’t be afraid to mess around and get creative with your design. Larger saucers tapering up to smaller glassware like a candlestick, densely stacked dishes for a bold and simple look, or a platter-style arrangement using glass tumblers – all can offer a different feel for your table. As a general rule of thumb, it’s typically a good idea to vary your objects in size, height, and texture for a more dynamic centerpiece and aim for odd numbers (ideally groups of three).
Wash all the pieces you will be arranging with dish soap and a cloth, then let dry. It is recommended that you also give your dishes and glasses a once-over cleaning with rubbing alcohol to guarantee a clean working surface for your adhesive. Using a dime-sized amount of super glue, adhere the flattest surfaces to each other in the layout you desire. Carefully hold your plates together for the amount of time specified on your glue packaging to ensure a strong bond.
Recommended Product: ACCUTOOL Super Glue Gel – Housed in a squeezable dispenser, this adhesive gives you fine control that won’t drip or run. Works well on ceramics, china, metal, pottery, rubber, and plastics.
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