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DIY Handbag Centerpieces

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

purse centerpiece

Today I thought I would post this centerpiece idea, which I did for an event back in June.  It's easy to do and is perfect for an ladies' lunch, afternoon tea party, or bridal shower.  For each centerpiece, you'll need a handbag, a gallon size Ziploc bag, and a potted plant about the size of the handbag (I chose marigolds).  I made the centerpieces using handbags donated for the event, but you can pick up inexpensive ones at a thrift store. The best ones to choose are those with a flat bottom, as they sit better on a table top.

Depending on how full you want your arrangement to look and how many centerpieces you need, you will also need a bouquet or two of cut flowers and some greens.  I used carnations, as they seem to be quite hardy, and a bunch of ferns.  Finally, you will need a watering can with a long spout.

To make the centerpieces, simply put the potted plant into the Ziploc bag and place it into the handbag.  Tuck in the plastic bag if it is sticking over the edges.  Then cut the flowers from your bouquet at varied heights and gently push the stems into the soil of the potted plant.  Same with the ferns.  Make sure that the stems are secure in the soil so they don't move around or fall out of the arrangement.  Once you are finished, take care watering the soil with the watering can - the plastic bag should prevent any leaks, but just make sure the water is going directly into the pot, and don't overwater.

To finish it off, I hot glued a tag with a logo to a wooden dowel, then added a butterfly to make it look like it just came in from the garden!  You could customize the tag with a table number or whatever else you like, or just skip this step entirely.  Either way they're so lovely!

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