Give your table the star (fish) treatment with this made-in-minutes centerpiece

If you’re a beach lover, this sea-inspired centerpiece is sure to pique your interest. The simple beauty of starfish takes the stage quite literally, as three are mounted on a clean and sturdy wooden base. Part of the appeal of the centerpiece is that it’s not picture-perfect and symmetrical. The texture and three-dimensionality of the starfish create lots of visual interest.
The centerpiece is versatile in that it will complement a modern, traditional or eclectic aesthetic equally well. Just because we call this a centerpiece doesn’t mean it must be relegated strictly to your dining table. It would add instant appeal to a bald spot on a bookshelf or an entryway table that needs a pretty touch. The natural wood, minimalist wire and wave-washed white of the starfish will have you thinking you hear the tide rolling in.
- Three natural-look starfish in different sizes — can be bought at craft stores
- 3 feet of heavy-duty thick wire
- Small needle-nose pliers with wire cutter
- Hot glue gun
- Glue sticks
- 12-by 24-inch piece of wood, about ½ inch thick
DIY Everywhere
1. Place the starfish on your work surface.
2. Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long using the wire cutters.
3. Apply hot glue to one end of the 6-inch length of wire.
4. Affix the back of one of the starfish to the glued end of the wire.
5. Apply more glue to the side of the wire that’s not affixed to the starfish to ensure that it’s securely attached.
6. Repeat steps 2-5 two more times so you have three metal sticks with a starfish on one end of each, but vary the lengths of the wire pieces.
7. Place the piece of wood on the work surface.
8. Take one of the starfish that’s mounted on the wire, and bend the bottom tip of the wire into a right angle with the wire cutter. Make sure the tip of the bent wire is facing the same direction as the front surface of the starfish.
9. Repeat steps 7-8 with the other two mounted starfish.
10. Allow the glue to dry.
11. Place your pretty centerpiece where it can add to the beauty of your dining room, patio, or entryway. Its natural elegance will bring a taste of summer to your table.

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