I have along list of crafty projects to finish in the next month or so, most of them related to the end of the school year and graduation. I volunteered to make the centerpieces for the high school Jazz Nite on June 2. It is a fun night out with great music provided by the jazz band and jazz chorus in an intimate club setting. The food and cash bar are a bonus!
Here's what I came up with...
The bowls are melted vinyl record albums. Pete has been making them for a couple of years, but this was my first attempt. I bought a stack of old albums at the Salvation Army store for $1 each. The album goes into a 200 degree oven for 5 minutes to soften. Set a metal bowl upside down on a cookie sheet, then place an album on top. Using oven mitts, form the soft vinyl around an empty pot. Repeat 14 times!
For the musical picks, I punched G-clefs and notes out of black card stock with my Sizzix die cutter. I glued two pieces together, sandwiching a thin wire in between. Put three shapes together, wrap the wire around a wooden barbeque skewer, then wrap with floral tape. Repeat 14 times!
Next week, I'll solicit some local nurseries for free or discounted plants. I can't pick up the plants too early because I don't trust myself to keep them alive! So far, I've spent only $15 for the albums. I had everything else on hand.
The original plan was to make 12 centerpieces. When I started thinking about who would take them home, I realized we have 15 seniors in these two groups. Make a few more and each senior can have one. I might make another set of picks with the names of the seniors. I'll also include business cards from the donating nurseries.
Up next, Pete's Eagle Scout project. He is hosting a benefit concert tonight for Operation: Support Our Troops. It will be a fun night!