Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Striped Bag Leaf Bouquet Centerpiece



What you'll need:

  • 1 brown paper lunch bag
  • 1 cup rice
  • Re-sealable zipper sandwich bag
  • Fresh and silk leaves
  • Twigs
  • 3-4 green chenille stems, cut into fourths OR tape
  • 2 feet twine
  • Paint: yellow, brown, green
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Paint bag with wide green stripes. Let dry before painting other colors. When dry, add thin lines of yellow and brown. (See photo.)
  2. Place a leaf at the top of a twig and secure with a section of chenille stem. Repeat with several twigs and leaves, both fresh and silk. You can also use tape instead of chenille. (See photo.)
  3. Trim three inches off the top of the bag. Place rice inside sandwich bag, place bag of rice into the brown paper bag. (See photo.)
  4. Place twigs into the bag. If twigs are too tall (leaves should touch the top of the bag), snap bottoms of twigs to shorten. (See photo.)
  5. Wrap twine around the bag twice. Tighten the twine and adjust leaves and twigs as you tighten. Tie twine in a bow and trim the ends. (See photo.)


  1. Using fresh leaves is a temporary thing. The leaves will wilt and curl up, but they make a nice addition to the table. Try using dried fallen leaves for a more permanent arrangement.
  2. For an even simpler project, paint stripes with only one color.
  3. Instead of twine, use ribbon or yarn.

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