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How to easily create a beautiful natural element centerpiece

natural element centerpiece

Hey Kids!  Get ready for a nature walk to gather supplies for a natural element centerpiece.  There are so many things you can use to create an awesome arrangement as you walk around your home or at a local park. There are sweet gum balls, twigs, sticks, and leaves that will accent your centerpiece. Gather the family and craft together!

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Materials Needed:

First, begin by taking a nature walk around your home or local park. Gather a variety of sticks. Paint the sticks in a random manner with one or more paint colors. Let dry.

natural element centerpiece

Next, fill a large canning jar halfway full of popcorn kernels. Wrap a piece of ribbon around the center, hold it in place with glue dots.

natural element centerpiece

Make the bow for your centerpiece

To make the bow for the centerpiece, cut a 24” piece of Bowdabra Bow Wire and fold it in half. Lay it into the Bowdabra. You’ll have a loop at one end and two loose pieces at the opposite end.

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Now, lay your ribbon into the Bowdabra. Decide how big you want your loops. To make your first loop, fold the ribbon and press into the Bowdabra.

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Continue folding the ribbon back and forth until you have created as many loops as you desire. Scrunch the ribbon down with the Bowdabra wand.

While the bow is still in the Bowdabra, thread the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire through the loop at the other end. Pull tight while the bow is still in the Bowdabra.

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Finishing your centerpiece

Gently pull the bow out of the Bowdabra. Separate the two loose ends of the Bowdabra Bow Wire and bring them around to the back of the bow. To tie off the bow, pinch the Bowdabra Bow Wire securely against the bow. Twist the bow 4 to 6 times in a clockwise direction.

Fluff the bow and tie it to the ribbon that is around the canning jar. Place sticks inside of the canning jar for your natural element centerpiece.

natural element centerpiece




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