I wanted to show you how simple it is to make a centerpiece using what you already have on hand.
I made a dozen of these little vases for a women's event at my church.
First, I gathered all of my white vases. Since I was a few short, I made a quick trip to the thrift store and picked up some more. I was still 2 short, so I bought cheap clear florist's vases and painted the inside white.
To make the innards, I picked up sticks from my yard and arranged them in my hand. Then I wrapped grocery bags and newspaper (from the recycling bin) around the base of the sticks.
Then I stuck the whole shebang into one of the vases. I covered up the recyclables with green excelsior left over from making the party favors.
I cut small pieces of recycled tissue paper into small squares and glued them onto the sticks. I used Tacky Glue instead of a hot glue gun because, frankly, I hate to burn my fingers. The Tacky Glue is thick enough to hold the paper into place until it dries.
I added one of the vases to a tray on my dining room table for my spring centerpiece. Everything on the tray was bought second hand except the beautiful bird's nest which I recently purchased at Keep Good Company in Richmond, Virginia. Actually, the tray and table runner were also purchases at thrift stores too.
So, get outside and pick up some sticks!