As I mentioned in our previous post, we recently had the pleasure of styling a nautical themed charity event for a local organization. It was so much fun creating a classy & sophisticated atmosphere with touches of nautical decor, despite the venue’s very restrictive rules regarding decorations. Since we were not allowed to hang or attach anything, anywhere, we knew we were going to have to be a bit creative in bringing in any nautical details. One idea ~ large Nautical Centerpieces.
These festive centerpieces added a bit of sophistication to the room, while at the same time adding color and interest to the otherwise large, bare room. They were also VERY easy to make & quite inexpensive as well.
To Make Your Own, You Will Need…
- 2 wooden dowels – 3/16 x 36″
- hot glue gun
- twisted cord or thin rope
- nautical flags
- white linen fabric
- clay pot or small container
- floral foam
Step One: Assemble Mast
Place the wooden dowels into the shape of a “T” and hot glue into place. Wrap twisted cord or thick twine in a figure eight pattern where the dowels intersect (where the bottom of the T, meets the top part), making it secure and sturdy.
Step Two: Attach Flags
Take pre-made nautical flags (either made from cardstock or fabric) and attach to either ends of the “T” by placing a dot of hot glue and wrapping ends of flag around the dowel. Once you have each flag hanging off the top of the mast, attach the bottoms in the same manner, being sure to pull taught in order to bend the top of the “T”. Then, cut out a sail using white linen and hot glue to the top of the mast, covering the intersection of the “T”.
Step Three: Stick In Container
Place floral foam into your clay pot or small container, then stick your mast into the foam. Cover container, if necessary, with burlap or white linen and secure with twine or cord.
Now you have a festive centerpiece that’s perfect for any nautical themed party, whether they’re for dining tables at a nautical themed wedding…or just decorative details for a nautical themed birthday party!