When I made the Bonbon Advent Wreath last week, I was left with a beautiful pile of pink, red, green and gold scraps. Rather than toss them, I decided put them to good use – and to make some holiday place cards. When dinner is over, grab the flowers, remove the names and throw them in a vase for a long-lasting arrangement. Or send your guests home with a sweet keepsake. Happy Holidays!
Materials needed: floral wire, floral tape, craft glue, wire cutters, scissors, green paper, crepe paper, ribbon and tissue paper ‘scraps’ (strips approx. 4″ x 1/4″), gold floral bulbs, letter stamps or pen.
Step 1: Gather your pretty scraps. Cut a 6″ piece of floral wire.
Step 2: Lay 10-12 strips in a pile and gently pinch them together in the center. Bend the tip of the wire around the center of the strips. Stick in a gold floral bulb – but you could certainly skip this if you don’t have them.
Step 3: Twist the wire a few times to secure it. Tear off 3″ of floral tape and twist and twirl the tape around where the wire meets the paper strips. Fluff out the flower.
Step 4: Cut out a leaf shape (approx. 2″ x 1″) with one flat side. Stamp or write your guests names on the leaf. Apply a thin line of glue and attach the leaf to the wire. Let dry.
Step 5: Raise a glass and let the good times roll.
PS: These would be lovely as gift toppers or tags, don’t you think?