Sometimes, the most striking piece in a room is also the most simple to create. Think of a bowl of ripe strawberries, a mason jar full of sea glass, or a few branches of pussy willows set on a mantle. Simple, yet it fills us with awe.
Here, is one of those ultra simple, fast to do projects that can easily become the focal point on a shelf or table.
I wanted to use this to hold potpourri, but this technique is great for lining bowls and baskets to serve biscuits and rolls.
Start by grabbing a seasonally colored napkin. (It would help to iron it first, but if you tinker on laziness and develop a rash when you see an iron like I do, just tell yourself that the wrinkles will add to the whole earthiness of the look 🙂
Then, simply tie the four corners. Use a simple single knot. You want to tie near the end but leave a little tail. Confession time… to get my knots nice and tight, I hang on to the tail with my teeth and pull to tighten the knot. (Don’t tell me dentist. I’m sure he’d frown on that practice!)
When you are done, it should look something like this.
Then, find an appropriate sized bowl or basket. Lay the napkin on top so the right side is showing.
Tuck the napkin into the bowl. The napkin should overhang the bowl.
Now, fill your bowl with potpourri. You can use store-bought. My bag was from Yankee Candle, however, you can easily take a nature walk and collect items for your bowl. Pine cones, acorns, pods, sticks, colorful leaves, nuts all make wonderful potpourri. If you make your own, simply drip some essential oils on your mix, and wah lah… scented potpourri!
Now, your only decision is where to display your beautiful bowl of potpourri. Make sure you put it somewhere that gets a lot of attention but where the scent won’t compete with meals 🙂
It’s always nice to have the pups help with outdoor photo shoots 🙂
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