Cut out a paper rectangle and fold accordion style along the longest side of the rectangle. Hold the folded accordion strip and staple through the accordion in the center of the strip. It will look kind of like a bow-tie. Fold open the two sides you created with the staple to create a wheel (you may need a little tape to keep the wheel together). Cut out paper stars and glue one to each side of one end of the craft wire. Curl the other end of the wire and wind around skewer. Hot-glue the pinwheel to a skewer and push into sand-filled jars.
Two days before the Fourth and centerpiece-less? Eh, not a problem: Those silver pinwheels? made from an old Christmas bag. Those skewers? left-over kabob sticks. Containers? a few empty mason jars. The point? This centerpiece is so, so adorable and can be pulled together in an afternoon with pretty much scraps around your house. This year I seem to be runnin’ with a sparkler theme and it’s definitely working for me!
Last February, the House That Lars Built blog did a DIY about a paper topiary for a handmade wedding and I instantly fell in love with the idea. Inspiration I suppose gives foundation for inspiration, and when I saw the wedding topiary, I thought how cute it would be to exchange the topiary leaves for paper-hearts and make it into a Valentines centerpiece. The steps are the same, the only differences are my “leaves” are paper-hearts and I added a little message to the topiary centers. It’s actually so much simpler than the end product looks, the project is super cheap, (yay! VMMV loves cheap!) and yet it looks oh-so Valentine classy without getting lovey-dovey-cheap-and-yucky:
And you will also need a little duct tape! I left it out of the picture but you’ll see it in the steps. So, I said earlier this was cheap, but how cheap was it? I already had the pots, the moss, wire, and tape, but none of those items are over about $2.00. The paper was $0.29 a piece, the embroidery hoops were $0.99 for the small size and $1.49 for the large size and, you get two topiarys per one hoop because I used both the inner and outer hoops. Not too pricey, yes?
For the pots, make sure you get ones that have skinny tops. The hoop needs to hit both sides of the pot without sinking too far in or else the topiary will look funny.
This portion sounds time consuming but it’s really not. Once you have a heart cut out for each size you want, just save one heart from each size as a template. Once you get going, the cut-outs really only take a few minutes, but, if you’re pressed for time, just make the hearts bigger, it would still look cute.
This part is really optional. In the original DIY by the House That Lars Built, she had two options for the topiary centers: silhouettes of the marrying couple, or, their initials. You could still do either of those for the Valentines topiary, but I thought the words were pretty cute. You could probably just buy some punch-out words that would make this step a lot quicker but I had a particular font in mind that I wanted so I elected to cut it out myself.
And that’s it! Like I said, it may appear complicated but I surprised myself by how quickly it went and it has quite the chic, overall effect for a holiday that can quite easily venture into the cheesy category.