Daisy Duck Spring Centerpiece
This adorable spring centerpiece craft can be used all season long. It's fun and easy to make and it's perfect for an Easter table or as a fresh table decorating theme.
- STYROFOAM Brand Foam:
- One 3" Ball, Seven 1-1/2" Balls
- Seven 3" eggs
- 6" x 1-1/4" x 1-1/4" Wreath
- Felt: 45" white plush, 1/3 yd.; gold, white, 9" x 12" sheet each
- Satin ribbon, 1/8" x 1-1/3 yds. each: pink; lilac; pale green; yellow
- Plaid paper-twist ribbon, 1" x 2 yds.
- Silk daisy bush
- Black beads, 5mm, 14
- Fine-gauge floral wire, 18" length
- Serrated knife
- Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
- Powdered cosmetic blush (optional)
- Cotton-tipped swab (optional)
- Candle stub or paraffin
- Extra-long straight pins
- Wire cutters
- Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin. Cut and discard 1/4"-thick lengthwise slice from each foam egg. Cut and discard thin slice from one side of each foam ball.
- Use compass to draw seven each of following circles on wrong side of plush felt: 4"; 3"; 1". Cut circles and patterns from felt as indicated. For wings, cut 4" circles in half. In addition, cut two 1-1/2" x 12" strips and one 6" circle from white craft felt.
- To make base, glue 1-1/2"-wide felt strips to edges of foam wreath. Glue 6" circle to bottom of wreath. Glue 3" foam ball, flat side down, inside center of wreath. Set aside.
- Place eggs, flat side down, on wrong side of remaining plush felt. Draw a line around each egg, 2" larger than foam. Trace second set of eggs, drawing line at foam edge. Cut out pieces, cutting smaller eggs just inside traced lines.
- To cover eggs (bodies), center eggs, rounded side down, on larger plush pieces cut in Step 4. Bring felt up to flat side. Pin felt at four opposite points; gather excess between pins. Glue felt to foam; let dry. Remove pins. Trim excess felt. Glue smaller plush pieces to flat sides of eggs.
- Repeat Step 5, using 3" plush circles to cover small foam balls (heads). Glue 1" plush circles to flat bottoms of heads.
- With flat side of head at bottom, use scissors point to make two small holes, 1/4" apart, in each head for eyes. Glue beads into holes.
- Glue bill pieces together in pairs, making 14 upper/lower bills. Glue one upper and one lower bill to each duck, curving slightly to meet at outer edges. Note: When gluing bottom bills to face, pinch some tight in center for a different expression. Use cotton-tipped swab to blush cheeks, if desired.
- For wings, glue each 4" half-circle in half, with right side out. With rounded edge of wing toward narrow end (tail) and shorter straight edge of wing toward wide end (shoulders) of body, glue wings 1-1/2" apart to bodies. Wings will stand out slightly; glue tips to body.
- Tip body so tail end is slightly raised from work surface. Using photo as guide, glue head to body. Glue feet to bottom of body, angled slightly outward. Note: If duck tips backward, wreath will keep it in place. Repeat for all ducks. Glue duck bottoms side-by-side to top edge of wreath.
- Use wire cutters to cut apart daisy bush. Insert stems into ball at center of wreath. Fill in arrangement with extra leaves.
- Cut satin ribbon into 12" lengths. Tie two lengths of same color into bow around each duck's neck, alternating colors.
- Tie paper ribbon into bow. Wrap bow center with wire and insert into flowers.
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Mar 24, 2011
This is adorable and ducky which seems to be a theme of mine lately.
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