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April 1, 2013

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A Simple Centerpiece with Baby’s Breath

Madigan made... mint and peach raffia vases. 

simple baby's breath diy centerpieces

Today I want to take you back in time... to an era when people paired mint and peach together in tacky home decor and other forgotten trends. You know the stuff I'm talking about... sad saccharine versions of southwest motifs in pastel shades and pale green, chintz, balloon valences. I was still a pre-teen at the time, but I'm guessing  these styles were hot in the late 1980s and early 1990s. 

I'm seeing mint and peach combinations making a resurgence lately, and I kinda like it. The colors suddenly feel fresh and light. I wanted to create my own modern take on the combo... With vintage craft supplies, of course!

Simple mint and peach spring floral centerpieces

Oh, wait.... Did I tell you that the raffia I used in today's project is actually from the early 90s? Yep, my mom was cleaning out her old craft supplies this winter and asked if I could use this pastel stuff... Could you pass it up? Um, no!

I decided to use the pastel raffia to dress up a few bud vases.

I just fired up my hot glue gun and adhered one end of the raffia to the bottom of each vase. I winded the raffia around the vase and then secured the top end down with more glue.

Simple raffia vase diy tutorial

This is not a permanent change for the vases (Plus the raffia is not waterproof, so I needed to fill the vases very carefully with water). I used big dollops of glue and I can peel them off the glass later when I tire of the mint look. (or when I want to wrap a vase in another trend like faux bois and studs... Or zip ties.)


I almost  bought tulips to fill the containers. But I felt these vases were screaming for something lighter and more ethereal. So, I grabbed a bunch  of baby's breath instead and I'm so glad I did!

simple and modern diy floral centerpieces

The soft, organic texture of the little flowers are a pretty contrast to the horizontal lines on the vases.  I've never used only baby's breath for a flower arrangement, but I really like how simple and pretty the flowers look.

It’s funny how trends come and go… and come back again. I’m loving mint and peach together in this modern context!

mint and peach floral vase centerpieces

P.S. Don’t forget to come back tonight to share your recent projects with everyone at the Project Inspire{d} link party!