Friday, April 22, 2011

More Grass Centerpieces

Here are more ideas for ways to use the fun (to watch grow)
and economical (only pennies each) grass centerpieces. (Here is my original post about how to grow the grass:
 I recently grew a batch of 30 grass centerpieces and they were a big hit at the event.
They still looked great even after the event, so I got to use them in other fun ways.

Well, this is not officially a centerpiece since it is on my mantle but the same idea could be used on a table.

I used a layer of cork to protect the mantle from the moistness of the grass out of its container but if you are going to grow your grass in an attractive container, you would not have to do this.


I put skinny candles already in a glass holder (from Dollar Tree) directly on top of the square of grass and
pushed it down a little until it was level.








Since the event was in the first part of April, I got to use the grass as if it were
Easter grass in some instances but I think the grass looks good any time in the spring and summer.




In other information I have read on growing grass for centerpieces, it says that you can grow the
grass in large containers and then cut the grass sod to fit in the container you want to use so I
wanted to try this for future reference. 
Ummmm...maybe I did something wrong but mine was a muddy mess on the sides.

I guess my lesson from this is that if you are going to cut the grass to fit in a prettier container,
make sure it is not see-through.  (You could GROW the grass in a glass contianer however if you don't
mind seeing the roots. Or a piece of ribbon  or scrapbook paper could be added to hide
the roots from view.)


From that little experiement, I had a square of grass with a hole in the middle. 
I threw away the muddy mess, cleaned the glass container, and put a chunky candle in it.
To protect the table, I put the whole thing on a 1/2" thick piece of cork from another project.

Here is the same set up but with river rocks around the base of the grass.
This covers up the roots somewhat if you don't like the look of them without a container.

The whole idea of growing the grass to NOT be in a container came from a picture I saw where
a floral designer used the live grass on river rocks only (no container) down the center of a table.
Here is my try at that:

If you try this, be aware that you need to put rocks underneath the entire patch of grass
to protect the table (or hide something waterproof underneath it all).

Here are a couple of instances where I did try to cut the grass to fit non-transparent containers.
Since the containers were deeper than my grass, I packed them with plastic bags to
make the grass the correct heigth. 


You can even add flowers directly to the grass.  Mums, daisies, and other hearty flowers
will last about 12 hours without wilting (if they not in a hot area).  Water picks could be stuck into the dirt
if you would like to use something more like roses, etc. 


Here is another illustration of mums stuck directly into the dirt. 




This patch of grass was cut to fit in an old "silver" container I got at a yard sale. 
I tried to make myself think it looked like a golf trophy to illustrate that I think the
grass centerpiece idea would be great for a golfing event.

If that looks more like "the rough" to you than a green, you cut trim the grass.

The grass will not last AS long as it would if it were still in its growing container but it lasted
better than I thought it would.  Instead of watering the grass from a pitcher, I just spritzed
it well (away from wood furniture, of course) every day.

I know this post is getting too long, but I don't think I should do ANOTHER grass blog...you'll
think it's all I do!  Here are (mostly) picutres of the event that I grew the 30 patches of grass for.
It was for a kick-off dinner for a baseball league for handicapped folks called "Miracle League".
I started the grass three weeks before the event.  I already had the grass seed so every
thing else I needed (including the potting soil!) came from Dollar Tree.

Most of the time, when I have done this in the past, the grass looked good in two weeks but
this batch did not.  Was it because it got "drowned" during an unexpected rain? 
I went back and poked holes in all the aluminum trays after this so the water could drain.
Was it because I didn't put a layer of dirt on top of the seeds? I had not in the past, but, oh well.
Fianlly, the squares went from this:
To showing some signs of life:
At the end of three weeks, they looked like this:

Other elements of the centerpieces included a 13" cardboard baseball (I found on the internet),
and cork squares to protect the tablecloth from the (as dry as possible) dirt and roots.

To personalize the baseball for the event, I printed out "Rooftop Friends" (the name
of the group sponsoring the league) "welcomes Miracle League" on full page
clear label computer paper and stuck it on the baseball.

The cardboard baseball was too wobble-y to stand up in the grass by itself so I
painted the tops of craft and skewer sticks white and glued them onto the cardboard
to make it stand up staight. 


 On the cork, I cut out paper base lines and bases and pasted them onto the
cork squares. Most of the cork came from rolls of thin cork from Hobby Lobby. 
They didn't have enough for all that I needed so I found a package of thicker cork
at Michaels to complete the centerpieces.  The thick cork was actually MUCH
better (but it was more expensive).



Tom is always a good helper when I get into a time crunch (which happens a lot).
After the event, we put the grass squares back in their little aluminum holders and gave them
a good watering.  They went to two other parties and lasted about 5 weeks total. 

I am sharing this at "Frugal Friday" at 






and



and
and
UndertheTableandDreaming


and
"A Stroll Thru Life" Tabletop Tuesday
http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/2011/04/62nd-table-top-tuesday.html 

21 comments:

Help! Mama Remote... said...

Cool ideas! Love the baseball in the grass!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

I love the grass Miss Kitty and I am replying to your post at homeroad.net because you don't have your email set up for replying...
Thanks for the nice things you said about my cloche at Speckled Dog, I hope you'll come back and become a follower!
Susan

Karen said...

I really love this and have always wanted to try it. I think it would be perfect for any time of the year. Your event looked really wonderful.

Jennifer said...

Wow - great ideas! I have wondered how to grow grass like this - thanks for the tutorial!

- Jenn @ Social Salutations

Dee said...

I love the grass with the flowers.

Dee

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

You are so cool! I love love love this idea. Thanks for sharing at my newbie party.

Lori Lucas said...

Kuddos to you. That is great. I am betting that people call on you to do community projects all the time. It is obvious you go the extra mile. Loved the entire post. Lori L

Michelle @ The Lazy Novice Crafter said...

I'm visiting from DebbieDoos!

Until today, I have never been jealous of people with mantles. Thanks to this post, I am now! Your mantle is beautiful!

The possibilities here are endless, thanks so much for sharing with all of us!

Lauren @ 31diy said...

Grass grass everywhere! And I LOVE it! I especially adore the displays where you have a long line of grass and then tall candles or flowers evenly spaced in between. *Swoon* I recently began growing some potted plants, so if those survive my not-so-green-thumb, then maybe grass will be my next green project.

Thanks for your nice comment on my blog. :) I'm your newest follower.

Best,
Lauren

Bella Michelle said...

OH MY...I am in love with these ideas!!! I especially love that you left your eggs white...so beautiful with the green! OK...now I need to plant some grass!

Aaron said...

Love the grass! It makes everything look so fresh!

ShannonPinNOLA said...

I'm also a huge fan of using grass to decorate. Love your ideas...never thought to use it "naked", sans container....thanks for the inspiration.

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

Oh my gosh! Who knew there are so many ways to use grass?

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh I love how you've used the grass. Every single display is fabulous. What a wonderful idea. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

This is such a great idea and it looks so pretty every way you have it displayed. Good for you for taking on such a big project! And thanks for all the tips!

XO,
Jane

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

What wonderful inspiration! I love your mantel with the grass and candles on it! laurie

Randi~Dukes and Duchesses said...

I love the way that looks ... the eggs look so great perched in the fluffy grass. I definitely have to try it.

Thanks for visiting my blog!

NanaDiana said...

OH- It is beautiful, Miss Kitty! Somehow I missed this post before. I love all your ideas! xxoo Diana

Katherines Corner said...

What a lovely idea! I enjoyed my time at your beautiful blog. Hugs

Janet said...

You have so many wonderful ideas! Thanks for sharing the link to this post with me. :) Have a great weekend!

Dear Lillie said...

I know this is from last year but wow - LOVE this!

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