In a recent email, a StoneGable reader asked how I fill up my dough bowls to overflowing without spending lots of money. What Cindy was asking is our topic for today’s DIY TIPS AND TRICKS! She wondered if I filled my bowls with what she’s see spilling out of a bowl or is there some secret substance underneath all the veneer of prettiness. That got me thinking about what I call “filler and fluff”. Filler and fluff is the stuff that beautiful vignettes and centerpieces are made of… and is the cheap groundwork and underpinnings of all my “filled to overflowing” arrangements! I’m sharing one of my best “filler and fluff” diy decor secrets with you today!!!
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There are lots of ways to fill up a bowl or arrangement. Here are a few do’s and don’t tips:
DON’T FILL A BOWL, BASKET OR CENTERPIECE UP WITH THE ELEMENTS YOU ARE DECORATING WITH.
This can be very expensive!!!! And many times the smaller items fall to the bottom of an arrangement and get lost from view!
DO USE A “FILLER” AS A BASE IN YOUR ARRANGEMENTS
My favorite go-to filler is…
PINECONES!!! Yes, pinecones. They are fabulous, wonderful, awesome, cheap fillers! I keep a big box of them handy to fill in the bottom of all kinds of home accents I create!!!
Hiding under many of my arrangements is a nice layer of pinecones. They have lots of “arms” and nooks and crannies that fit together in interesting ways. They are also strong and can hold lots of weight and they are a little “springy” and able to squeeze into tight areas! And pinecones are very light… a great bonus!
Sometimes the pinecones are visible and become part of the arrangement and sometimes they are hidden. Just know, that under all the pretty embellishments there is usually a network of hard working pinecones!
DO KEEP LOTS OF DIFFERENT SIZES AND SHAPES OF PINECONES ON HAND
Even the smallest vignettes can use a little bit of pinecone stabilizing! I keep little pinecones to use in shallow arrangements!
DO LOOK FOR BRAMBLY NAPKIN RINGS OR SMALL WREATHS TO LIFT UP AND HOLd ARRANGEMENTS TOGETHER
Adding a little organic napkin ring or small grapevine or willow wreaths in the bottom of a small arrangement works like magic! It really corrals items together and if you use a brambly wreath… adds fluff!
I used a little brambly napkin ring to add some interest and to fill in the bottom of the little blue and white bowl that held white pumpkins.
Putting a napkin ring in the bottom of this nest adds a whole lot of interest and seasonal fun! Even these stylized leaves add to the tiny vignette and take up visual space.
DO USE FAUX OR REAL “FLUFF”
For me, fluff means lots of little pieces of greens and berries.
My go-to fluff is this sorta-boxwood looking green that has small berries. I purchased 2 large sorta-boxwood garland on sale at AC Moore a couple years ago and ripped them apart into small clumps. I keep this fluff in a plastic box close at hand. It works fabulously in arrangements. Tucking it here and there and making vignettes extra pretty!
Pinecones and my boxwood fluff work beautifully together!!!!
DO USE FILLER IN THE BOTTOM OF BIG GLASS CONTAINERS
When I arrange tall faux branches of blooms or leaves I now add some filler to the bottom of my container. My filler of choice are moss balls, willow balls and burlap covered balls.
What a difference it makes to have the ends of the stems hidden in a very pretty organic filler!
JUST DO IT!
Give these ideas a try and you will create some beautiful, full, overflowing centerpieces, arrangements and vignettes! And when you do I’d love to see your creations! Email me your masterpieces!!!!
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