Friday, October 25, 2013

Raffia Fall Centerpiece - How To

I think every crafter has raffia in their stash.  I got a large pack last year on clearance at Hobby Lobby and finally came up with an idea on how to use it in my fall décor.  This past summer I did manage to make some cute little raffia pot characters that you can see here.  Now I'm going to show you how to make a somewhat versatile centerpiece that you can use virtually anytime of the year.

Start by cutting out a round piece of cardboard.  I used a plastic bowl top as a pattern.

The diameter of this circle is 9 1/4 inches.

I divided the circle into quarters so I could glue the raffia on evenly.
I cut small bunches of raffia nine inches long and first taped the bunch and then tied with a piece of raffia.

Next I covered the circle on both sides with burlap (forgot to take pictures) to blend in better and then I started hot gluing the raffia bunches along the lines.  I left space for a round candle or vase in the center.

It took be about an hour to cut, tape and tie all of the raffia bundles.


 This is the basic raffia centerpiece.  Decorating it is virtually unlimited for anytime of the year.

I put a candle in the center, added leaves, an assortment of pumpkins, berries and gourds.  Makes for a pretty centerpiece don't you think.

Next I filled a small vase with acorns and tied a raffia braid around the top.
So much light coming from the windows. . . 

I think you can have fun arranging whatever you want on top and around the raffia.

You can even add a mirror and hang it on the wall, if you like.  Or maybe use it as a wreath.  Just let your imagination soar!

Can't decide which one I like.  Who knows.  .  . I might just switch it up again!

Take a little time to enjoy,


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  1. Gail, I have to try this!! I love it so much! Now...I wonder where I put my raffia when i packed up most of my craft room??? Pinned it!

  2. How simple, cute and easy!! Great idea!!! Thanks for linking up on DIY Sunday Showcase!! I'm gonna pin this one to our board!!

  3. I love this Gail, and I just came home from the thrift store today with a big bag of raffia for $2. Great idea!

  4. Love this. So pretty.

    It's a treat to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. Beautiful centerpiece. I love the bottom layer! Thanks for linking up to The DIY'ers.

  6. Your creativity is amazing.....That is wonderful!

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  8. Hi lovely lady.
    This is my first time on your beautiful blog.. Your Centerpiece are Gorgeous I am thinking this would be great for placemats with some dark blue plates on them. I m your newest follower on your blog now, hoping you will come over and join my blog also.

  9. Oh Gail that is fabulous I really want to try something for Christmas and I have loads of raffia in the shed.

  10. Oh my word, I love this, it is just beautiful. What a clever idea. Thanks so much for the tutorial and Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. Cute! I have tons of rafia and I think I use it mostly during the fall :) Great idea, thanks!

  12. Looks great, Gail! Pinned it :)

    <3 Christina @ I Gotta Create!
    Wildly Original link party is open

  13. This is so cute what a great idea thanks for sharing!

  14. Lovely centerpiece for fall. Love that raffia idea. I see something summery that I could do with this idea.

  15. So pretty! I'd love to have you share this on The HomeAcre Harvest Hop today!

  16. Hi, Stopping by to thank you for sharing at One More Time Events letting you know you have been featured this week at Share It One More Time Hope to see you again at this weeks party...Hugs Tammy

  17. Love it! So pretty :) Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Harvest Hop! I hope to see you back to share more fun posts today!

  18. Thanks for sharing this great project to my Totally Tuesday Link Party. Just wanted to say thanks and let you know it was featured this month! Come check it out:
    Hugs!- Morgaine

  19. Oh Gail. How smart you are. I love this! So Fall and perfect for Thanksgiving! Thanks for linking at the Fall Thanksgiving Edition party! Please feel free to link any Fall/Thanksgiving posts! The more the merrier.

  20. I love crafts like this! Versatility is a good thing. Great photos. Love the name of your blog!


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