I received a message from a lovely mommy, who was wondering how I made the party centerpiece that she saw in this Equestria Girl Post. It was super simple and as always, inexpensive.
What you need
– Ribbon (I used scrap ribbon in various colors, sizes, and textures)
– wooden dowels/Bamboo Skewers (I use skewers because they are .99 for a 200 at my local grocery store, Way cheaper than the local craft store)
– Hot Glue/Gun
– Some sort of Glass Jar (I used a candy dish that lost it’s lid tragically a few months ago)
– Craft paint (I used the .99 basic acrylic craft paint found at any craft store
– Foam/Floral Foam (I used regular foam from some old packaging, and the sharp ends of the skewers poked right through perfectly, but floral foam is much easier to work with at times. Up to you!)
– Paper or “filler” – to place in the top portion of your jar. (I fan folded my own and cut it into strips. Easy Peasy.)
For the jar, Simply clean and dry the inside and then Squirt in some paint of your choosing. I’ve seen other posts that say to just simply set it upside down and let it drip down, I have found that if you give it a little nudge, it can speed up the process. My technique is titled “the Heinz ketchup Bottle Technique” Gently tap your glass a little bit this way and then a little that way… up, down, all around. You get the idea. Once you have a more even coat, set it upside down and let it dry. Once it is dry enough to stop dripping, you can flip it over to speed up the process a bit.
You’re going to place a little dollop of glue and form your first petal, then you’re going to take your next strip of ribbon, layer it slightly over the initial petal and glue, forming your second petal. Continue the entire way around your flower.
I don’t have a picture of this step, but I followed the exact same process of making rosettes as I do HERE, and then glued one to each side of the ribbon flower. You can embellish them further by gluing on some buttons or faux rhinestones etc.
Once your flowers are completed, it’s time to attach them to your sticks. I open up the center, apply a decent amount of glue, and stick in your dowel (or whatever you’re using), hold steady until the glue cools and secures, et voila! You’re ready for the next step.