Creating a table centrepiece from natural wood allows you to bring the outdoors into your home. Terrific when used as the focal point of a rustic dining room or simply to highlight an eco-friendly party or event, natural wood pieces are available in a variety of textures and colours. Keeping to the natural theme and enhancing it will give you the chance to create something special.
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Instead of splitting all that wood to use in your fireplace, grab a log and reserve it for your table. Choose a log about 6 inches in diameter and 12 inches long. Using a drill, create three to five holes along the length of the log; these holes should be just larger than a votive cup. With a straight saw, shave off the bottom inch of the log so that it sits flat. Place the votive cups in the holes and add votive candles. Place the log into the centre of the table and light the candles.
Well-placed branches can be used to create an elegant centrepiece with just a little effort. Trim your branches to about 24 inches in length. Spray the branches with spray adhesive and sprinkle them with glitter or micro glass beads. Allow the glue to dry completely. Select a tall vase, fill its bottom with glass pebbles or rocks, and insert the branches into the base material. String battery-operated miniature lights through the branches. When lit, they will add a romantic glow to your table.
Tree bark can provide you with colour and texture to highlight your centrepiece. Find some large pieces of bark and place the pieces flat on the table. Hot glue natural elements to the bark, such as pine cones, dried flowers and moss, and enhance the arrangement with fresh flowers or fruit. Cranberries can be added for Christmas while grape clusters could be used for a wine tasting.
Once removed from the tree, tree bark tends to curve into a shape similar to a basket. Find a section of interesting bark and place a piece of florist foam inside it. Set the filler and flower stems into the floral foam in the "basket," and add moss to cover any exposed foam or fill any empty places in the basket.
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