STYROFOAM brand foam crafts

Crystal Heart Altar Arrangement

Accented with shimmering crystal hearts gorgeous white wedding florals are perfect for the altar the head table or the bride and groom's first home.
   Completion Time - 
2-3 hours
   Designer - 
Diane Flowers

Materials

STYROFOAM Brand Foam
  • Arranger, green, 6" x 3" x 2" OR Block, green, 8" x 4" x 2"
  • Hearts, solid: 3" x 1/2", four; 6" x 1", one
Other Materials
  • Pewter/brushed brass pedestal bowl, 9"
  • Crystal micro-bead assortment, three bags
  • Double-sided tape, 1/2" wide
  • Faceted crystal spray, four
  • White or ivory silk floral stems: orchid, one; freesia, two; gladiolas,
  • lilacs, and rosebuds with leaves, three each; mini roses, four; large
  • roses with leaves, seven
  • Green reindeer moss, one bag each: light; medium; dark
  • T-pins

Tools

  • Floral shears
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Tape measure or ruler
  • Wooden skewer
  • Paper plate
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue

Instructions

1. Insert wooden skewer into back of one 3" foamheart. Holding skewer, carefully and completely coverfront and sides of heart with double-sided tape. Avoidtouching adhesive with fingers. Remove protective liners.
  • 2. Carefully open micro-bead bags and pour onto paperplate; extra beads may be returned to bag upon projectcompletion. Press exposed areas of heart into beads.Use fingers to press beads to any open areas; fill inopen areas with smaller beads from package. Gently tapheart against plate to dislodge loose beads. Remove skewer.

  • 3. Cut mini rose from stem and glue to heart center.Glue small pieces of medium and dark green moss toback edges of heart.

  • 4. Repeat Steps 1-3 three times.

  • 5. Apply double-sided tape to sides of large foamheart; apply beads in same way as smaller hearts. Gluelight and medium green moss to front of heart. Gluemedium and dark green moss to back of heart.

  • 6. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin.Cut 1" x 1" x 1/2" scrap from foam block; glue tocenter of large heart. Center and glue one smallerheart to large heart. Glue small pieces of light greenmoss to exposed gap between hearts. Set aside.Floral ArrangementNote: As you work, carefully measure and trim floralstems to achieve balanced design approximately 36"wide and 20" tall. Position florals as if growing fromcenter of arrangement. Stand back to periodicallycheck placement; adjust as desired.

  • 7. Use waxed knife to round corners of foam block tofit container; glue to secure. Fill gaps around blockwith scrap foam. Cover foam surface with dark green moss.

  • 8. Use floral shears to trim floral stems, then insertinto foam block as follows (think of a clock):gladiolas, one at 9 o'clock, 11, and 3; lilacs, one at10 o'clock, 1, and 2; crystal sprays, one at 8o'clock, 11, 12, and 4; orchid, in center between twoleft crystal stems; freesia, one to right of orchidand one to bottom left front of design.

  • 9. Select four 8" flexible stems from those cut inStep 8. Glue one end of each stem to center back offoam hearts. Using photo as guide, insert hearts into arrangement.

  • 10. Trim rose and rosebud stems as needed. Using photoas guide, insert large roses and three rosebuds aroundhearts at center of arrangement.

  • 11. If desired, remove and spot glue stems to secure.If you enjoyed this project, look here for more inspiring ideas:Crystal Heart Pew BowElegant Garden TopiaryLove in Bloom Wreath