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How to Make a Midcentury-Modern Holiday Centerpiece (page 3 of 3)

This holiday season, skip the traditional Christmas decor and opt for something more minimal and design-oriented, like this handmade midcentury-modern centerpiece.

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Create Atomic Star

Now it’s time to make the large atomic star shape. Begin by cutting your floral wire strips into varying lengths (majority of pieces were cut to 8 inches and 5 inches for this part of the project). Bend longer pieces in the center and poke through the moss-covered Styrofoam rock with both ends, securing with craft glue.

Add Finishing Touches

To create pointed pieces with the circular pods on the end, poke two pieces through the Styrofoam rock, about one inch apart from each other. Push the ends that are sticking out together to form more of a triangle shape. Add glue to the ends and push the joined ends through a dried pod ball.

Use a combination of steps 6 and 7 to complete the atomic star. Wait for it to completely dry before tying a long piece (2 to 3 feet) of monofilament to one of the rounded star points from step five that does not have a dried pod on the end of it.

Determine Height of Wreath

Now it’s time to assemble all the finished pieces. Decide how high or low you want the wreath portion of your centerpiece to hang. Then double that number to figure out how long each piece of monofilament should be in order to hold the wreath in place. Cut four pieces of monofilament to the length you have determined. Example: If you want the wreath to hang three feet from the ceiling, cut four pieces of monofilament that are each six feet long.

Wrap string around the wreath at 12 o’clock, 3 o’clock, 6 o’clock and 9 o’clock, keeping each string evenly spaced from the next. Pull all four pieces up together, above the wreath, knot the strings together three or four times and hang from ceiling hook.

Assemble the Pieces

Begin poking floral pins halfway through the bottom of your now hanging wreath. This is how you will attach your ornaments, atomic star and 3-D diamond shapes. String the monofilament of each shape through the pins, and triple-knot it around the hook once you have reached the desired length. You’ll want to vary the lengths so that each shape hangs down at a different height. Cut off excess and push floral pins all the way in, so they are flush with the wreath’s surface. Cover any exposed floral pins with small patches of moss and a little glue.

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