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Easy to Make Spring Table Decoration - Giant Daisy

Updated on March 29, 2013

Craft a Giant Daisy - It's Easy to Make!

I was part of the restaurant and event industry for more than a couple of decades. My favorite part was decorating -- buffet tables, guest tables, rooms -- you name it, I decorated it! I always tried to come up with new and different ideas for crafting a table decoration for our holiday and special occasion buffets.

One Easter, I decided the dessert table needed a fun and whimsical table decoration that would be simple to make. I came up with the Giant Daisy!

Many of my customers commented on how cute and fun the daisy was gracing the center of the dessert table. Many also asked if it was hard to make and how to make it.

The answer was it was easy to make and I shared my step by step instructions with them. Now, I am gonna share it with you. I hope you enjoy making your own Giant Daisy table decoration.

Images, unless otherwise noted, belong to me: DecoratingforEvents - Mandee

  • 1 - 4" craft foam ball (not floral dry or wet foam).

  • 1 - Craft Dowel Rod, ¼" diameter (cut to desired length)

  • 2 - packages of 4" to 6" white feathers (not ostrich, just regular craft quills - they need to be stiffer in consistency than an ostrich feather).

  • 1 - 2 yard yellow marabou boa (fuzzy looking feathers, not ostrich).

  • 1 - sheet green felt

  • 1 - craft foam ball same diameter as your chosen container opening (my container opening was just under 5", I used a 5" craft foam ball so the fit would be tight).

  • Flower pot or container for your Daisy, 5" to 6" inches in diameter.

  • Green Craft Paint

  • Sheet Moss (you can use loose moss it takes more and the finished product is a bit more messy).

  • Rocks or marbles for weight in your container.

  • Floral Pins ("U" channel shape. Also called "greening pins" and panacea pins.)

Also...

You will need a hot glue gun up and ready as you make your daisy in addition to a good pair of scissors.

Container for your Giant Daisy - Choose a Spring Color

The planter should be between 5" and 6" in diameter. This will allow for it not to become too top heavy by using a solid, properly sized base.

6.5-Inch Ceramic Planter, Colors may vary
6.5-Inch Ceramic Planter, Colors may vary

This planter has the look of a classic urn and would make a beautiful home for your giant daisy table decoration.

 

Recycle - Reuse

In my case, I had the container I used from an old project and just reused it for this project. Makes the whole thing a bit more Green!

As a DIY Centerpiece

As a DIY Centerpiece
As a DIY Centerpiece

Hot Glue Sticks Made to Work with Foam - I love these!

Low Temp Foam Glue Sticks (10)
Low Temp Foam Glue Sticks (10)

I used these glue sticks designed specifically to use with craft foam. It's still a low temp mini gun but the adhesive works best with crafts that use foam.

You can use it on anything else as well.

 

When Can I Use the Daisy?

* Easter

* Mother's Day

* Baby Shower

* Bridal Shower

* Throughout Spring as Decoration

Steps in Photos - Follow along as I make My Giant Daisy

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Use floral pins to secure boa to the foam ball.Go in circles - winding the boa around the ball. You won't need a ton of pins but make sure it won't fall off either.Fluff the feathers around the pins to cover them. Now stick the painted dowel rod into the center of the covered ball.Draw a leaf shape on paper as a pattern and cut it out.Make sure to leave a tip of paper on one end of the leaf pattern.Use a sewing pin to secure it through the folded felt. Position the tip of the leaf on the fold and cut it out.Repeat the process so you have 2 leaves cut from the felt.Open the leaves and you will get the idea of how you will wrap the leaf around the painted dowel rod.Place rocks of marbles in the bottom for weight. Don't use too many or you won't be able to press the ball down far enough.Press ball on top of the rocks in the container. It should be a snug fit. If it is loose, add a bead of hot glue around the edge where the ball meets the container.
Use floral pins to secure boa to the foam ball.
Use floral pins to secure boa to the foam ball.
Go in circles - winding the boa around the ball. You won't need a ton of pins but make sure it won't fall off either.
Go in circles - winding the boa around the ball. You won't need a ton of pins but make sure it won't fall off either.
Fluff the feathers around the pins to cover them. Now stick the painted dowel rod into the center of the covered ball.
Fluff the feathers around the pins to cover them. Now stick the painted dowel rod into the center of the covered ball.
Draw a leaf shape on paper as a pattern and cut it out.
Draw a leaf shape on paper as a pattern and cut it out.
Make sure to leave a tip of paper on one end of the leaf pattern.
Make sure to leave a tip of paper on one end of the leaf pattern.
Use a sewing pin to secure it through the folded felt. Position the tip of the leaf on the fold and cut it out.
Use a sewing pin to secure it through the folded felt. Position the tip of the leaf on the fold and cut it out.
Repeat the process so you have 2 leaves cut from the felt.
Repeat the process so you have 2 leaves cut from the felt.
Open the leaves and you will get the idea of how you will wrap the leaf around the painted dowel rod.
Open the leaves and you will get the idea of how you will wrap the leaf around the painted dowel rod.
Place rocks of marbles in the bottom for weight. Don't use too many or you won't be able to press the ball down far enough.
Place rocks of marbles in the bottom for weight. Don't use too many or you won't be able to press the ball down far enough.
Press ball on top of the rocks in the container. It should be a snug fit. If it is loose, add a bead of hot glue around the edge where the ball meets the container.
Press ball on top of the rocks in the container. It should be a snug fit. If it is loose, add a bead of hot glue around the edge where the ball meets the container.

10 Step-by-Step Text Instructions - Easy to Make Spring Table Decoration

  1. Paint the dowel rod with green craft paint.

  2. Cover the 4" craft foam ball with the 2 yd. boa. Secure boa in place by using floral pins ("U" channel pins).

  3. After cutting the dowel to the desired length (allowing for it to stick into the boa cover ball and all the down to the bottom of the container), insert it halfway into the boa covered craft foam ball in the center. Eyeball it so the dowel will be in the middle of the ball.

    For a ¼" dowel, use scissors gently scoring and rotating until you can snap it off with a clean break. Mine ended up being about 19 ½" in total length with part was in the base and part in the yellow ball.

  4. Place rock or marbles into the bottom of your container for weight. It doesn't have to be full, just enough to make sure the finished product won't be top heavy and topple.

  5. Place the other craft foam ball into the container. Make sure it is a tight fit (you can add some hot glue around the edge for more security). Push down as far as the ball will go.

  6. Cut a pattern for your leaves from paper. Fold felt in half and attach pattern with a sewing pin so that the end of the leaf is on the fold. Take care to pin through both thicknesses of the felt and cut. Cut a second leaf using the same process.

  7. Stick your painted dowel with boa covered ball into the center and all the way down into the base craft foam ball. Push until the dowel hits the rocks at the bottom of your container.

  8. Hot glue the sheet moss in pieces onto the base craft foam ball until it is completely covered.

  9. Begin adding the white feathers. It's easiest to start right next to the dowel at the bottom of the boa covered ball. You may have to move the boa a bit to get to the foam for the feathers to insert. Work your way around the ball so that you have a fan of feathers in a line going around the middle of the boar craft ball.

  10. Go back and add another row of feathers right beside the first row for fullness.

  11. Enjoy!

More Photos of Assembling your Table Decoration - Almost Finished!

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Stick the dowel rod with the yellow boa covered foam ball into the center of the base foam.I used a sheet of moss to cover the base foam.I did it in sections and used my hot glue gun (with foam glue sticks) to secure the moss.Tada! Moss is now glued in place.I added a small piece of green pipe cleaner (chenille stick) to the inside of each of the felt leaves so they would hold their shape. I secured it with hot glue.Then I wrapped it around the dowel and hot glued the sides together with the pipe cleaner in the middle. Repeat with second leaf have one stick out to the left and the other to the right of the dowel rod. Make sure they are far enough down the dowel At the base of the yellow ball, right next to the dowel rod, add a feather. Move a little and add another. Keeping working until you have a line of feathers around the middle perimeter of the yellow ball.Side view of adding the feathers.Go back and add another row of feathers to fluff it up. Side view with all the feathers stuck into the foam yellow ball.You have now made the flower head of the daisy.
Stick the dowel rod with the yellow boa covered foam ball into the center of the base foam.
Stick the dowel rod with the yellow boa covered foam ball into the center of the base foam.
I used a sheet of moss to cover the base foam.
I used a sheet of moss to cover the base foam.
I did it in sections and used my hot glue gun (with foam glue sticks) to secure the moss.
I did it in sections and used my hot glue gun (with foam glue sticks) to secure the moss.
Tada! Moss is now glued in place.
Tada! Moss is now glued in place.
I added a small piece of green pipe cleaner (chenille stick) to the inside of each of the felt leaves so they would hold their shape. I secured it with hot glue.
I added a small piece of green pipe cleaner (chenille stick) to the inside of each of the felt leaves so they would hold their shape. I secured it with hot glue.
Then I wrapped it around the dowel and hot glued the sides together with the pipe cleaner in the middle. Repeat with second leaf have one stick out to the left and the other to the right of the dowel rod. Make sure they are far enough down the dowel
Then I wrapped it around the dowel and hot glued the sides together with the pipe cleaner in the middle. Repeat with second leaf have one stick out to the left and the other to the right of the dowel rod. Make sure they are far enough down the dowel
At the base of the yellow ball, right next to the dowel rod, add a feather. Move a little and add another. Keeping working until you have a line of feathers around the middle perimeter of the yellow ball.
At the base of the yellow ball, right next to the dowel rod, add a feather. Move a little and add another. Keeping working until you have a line of feathers around the middle perimeter of the yellow ball.
Side view of adding the feathers.
Side view of adding the feathers.
Go back and add another row of feathers to fluff it up. Side view with all the feathers stuck into the foam yellow ball.
Go back and add another row of feathers to fluff it up. Side view with all the feathers stuck into the foam yellow ball.
You have now made the flower head of the daisy.
You have now made the flower head of the daisy.

Where Can I Use the Daisy?

* Dining Table Centerpiece

* Foyer Table Seasonal Decor

* On a Buffet or Dessert Table

* Coffee Table Centerpiece

* Mantel

* Shelf

What about You? - Where do you fit in?

Do you decorate for Spring, Easter and/or Mother's Day?

Variation:

I have also made this Giant Daisy by losing the yellow boa and simply painting a smaller craft foam ball yellow and adding a few more feathers. It works nicely.

See photo below.

Painted Center Daisy Variation - A bit different... Here's how...

Painted Center Daisy Variation
Painted Center Daisy Variation

For the two daisies above, I used a smaller, 3" craft foam ball and painted it. I also attached two leaves from a silk plant I had lying around the house instead of the felt leaves in the tutorial.

The containers are inexpensive terracotta pots. I painted one solid pearl pink and the other I painted pearl green with pearl pink on the top band. It took quite a few coats since the clay is very porous but both turned out nice!

I used a half ball in the container for these two daisies. After adding the rocks to the container, I turned the ball so that the flat side faced up and the rounded side went against the rocks. This gave me a flat surface for my grass.

Instead of the moss, I covered the base foam with shredded Easter grass. Just a dab of hot glue here and there to hold it in place. I laid Easter egg ornaments on top of the Easter grass to add some more interest.

It's a fun twist of the same basic concept.

Some of the Supplies for your Table Decoration - Giant Daisies are Fun!

Marabou Boa-Yellow
Marabou Boa-Yellow

This yellow marabou boa is perfect for the center of your daisy. If it's too long, you can cut it and tie the end. You'll have leftovers for your next project!

 
Rainbow Classicfelt 9 x12'' Craft Felt Cut Apple Green
Rainbow Classicfelt 9 x12'' Craft Felt Cut Apple Green

The green felt is needed to make the leaves of the daisy stem. On sheet is plenty!

 
Panacea 70005 River Rock, Mix Color, 2 Pounds
Panacea 70005 River Rock, Mix Color, 2 Pounds

If you don't have a yard or driveway with rock, a small bag of river rock will do the trick for weighting down you container.

 
Greening Pins 1.75" 50/Pkg-
Greening Pins 1.75" 50/Pkg-

I call these "U" channel pins, others call them "greening" pins, floral pins and Panacea pins. Whichever, they are in the shape of a "U" and will secure the boa to the ball easily.

 

Dress it Up for the Spring Season - Add items to create a Vignette

Spring DIY Centerpiece Table Decoration
Spring DIY Centerpiece Table Decoration

  • For Easter, add a carrot, rabbit or Easter eggs on the moss or arranged around the base.
  • For Mother's day, add a DIY pennant on a skewer in the moss that says "Best Mom" or "Happy Mother's Day".
  • For a seasonal look, place spring themed items together with it and maybe a little pennant that says "April Showers bring May Flowers".
  • Anyway you do it, own it and have some fun with this craft.

Thank you for stopping by!

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~ DecoratingforEvents ~



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      webscribbler 4 years ago

      Fun idea. But, with our two feline gremlins, I don't think something made out of feathers would last long. LOL.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      You are so crafty and this is a lovely idea and great lens. Congrats on LOTD.

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      anne mohanraj 4 years ago

      An interesting and great lens!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      Love the Daisy.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great lense, i admire you about so strong manual ability.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      Adorable!

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      Nnadi bonaventure Chima 4 years ago from Johanesburg

      Great decoration ideas . Thanks for sharing

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      getmoreinfo 4 years ago

      These are very nice spring table decorations, and that daisy can be used for so many different types of holidays.

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      Very cute and cheerful! I want to make one. Thanks for the idea and instructions!

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      congrats on LOTD

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      soaringsis 4 years ago

      What a nice idea for a table decoration. Congratulations on your LotD. Thanks for sharing.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      It looks great. Congratulations on LOTD!

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      BestofHalloween 4 years ago

      Congrats on Lens of Day. Well done. Spring is a favorite time of year.

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      TopReviews2u 4 years ago

      Congratulations on Lens of the Day! There is definitely an art to an attractive table decoration.

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      Elyn MacInnis 4 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I love feathers. They are so charming. I agree with Papier. This is a great example of the best way to present a crafting how-to lesson. Nice! And congratulations to you.

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      Just wanted to return to congratulate you on lens of the day!

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      Loraine Brummer 4 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Congrats on LOTD. Very nice daisy decoration.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Very creative stuff. Congratulations on getting LotD!

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      Mary Stephenson 4 years ago from California

      Congratulations on LOTD

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      This is a fun example of how to present a how-to lesson.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Nice table decoration is always important in my family.

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      darciefrench lm 4 years ago

      I love it! It's super adorable and I appreciate the tutorial for how to make it. Congrats on LOTD :D

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      gin001 4 years ago

      I love daisies! Really enjoyed your lens. Your instructions are excellent. Thanks for sharing.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Wow - I just read this terrific craft tutorial yesterday, but had to return to congratulate you on LOTD. Well done... and well deserved!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Yes, I do like your daisy and I can think of several occasions that this would be a great idea. Thanks

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      trishafly 4 years ago

      Your feathered daisy makes me smile. Thanks for sharing your knowledge in this well-planned and executed lens. Happy spring!

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      tssfacts 4 years ago

      Another great article you always get my creative juices flowing after reading your articles. Now if there were more hours in a day, then I would be all set. Congratulation on LOTD my friend.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      The daisy is my all time favorite flower but I have never seen it done in feathers, what a fresh and bright way to say spring and fun and easy to create....it made me smile, a definite feel good craft! A very fun LotD, congratulations! :)

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      Stephen J Parkin 4 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      It is very pretty and looks like something that nearly anyone could do.

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      Faye Rutledge 4 years ago from Concord VA

      This is such a cute idea! And, it would also make a cute little gift! Congratulations on LotD!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Congratulations on LOTD my friend!!! I do love this daisy centerpiece!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      I think it's really cute and if I were to ever actually host a party I just might give it a try. Great directions.

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      ohcaroline 4 years ago

      Very crafty and easy to boot! Congratulations on LOTD and Happy Easter!

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      Delia 4 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! What a fun and creative idea...I love reusing and creating...thanks for sharing.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yeah I like it and Congrats for the LOTD , more power to u

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      Susan Deppner 4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Everyone loves daisies - and this one is adorable! Great instructions, too. Congratulations on your makes-me-smile Lens of the Day!

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      Keith Winter 4 years ago from Spain

      Congratulations on LOTD. What an awesome idea. Looks great. I've shared it on my bookmarking website squidooshowcase.com.

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      mrdata 4 years ago

      Very decorative ideas for Easter! Happy Easter!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Many congratulations for the LOTD!

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      hmommers 4 years ago

      Congratulations on the LotD!

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      floppypoppygift1 4 years ago

      Congrats on your daisy of an idea getting front page props! It is super-cute and fun, too! Cheers~cb

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      GTTEDDY 4 years ago

      That was simple and a good idea.

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      worldflashpacker 4 years ago

      Spring is a great time for getting creative, and back to nature. What a great lens.

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      koovs 4 years ago

      this is the best way to attract visitor

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      MichaelDubrovnik 4 years ago

      Very nice!

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      There are so many ways this could be used.

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      rattie lm 4 years ago

      yes I do - lovely!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      What a cute how to that is easy to do!

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      What a great idea.

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      VineetBhandari 4 years ago

      beautiful ideas

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @chocochipchip: Thanks for reading!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @mbgphoto: What a wonderful idea, Mary Beth! Let me know if you use this craft project for them!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Wednesday-Elf: Thank you Miss Elf!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Simple and beautiful! I'll definitely give it a try!! Thank u for sharing

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      Mary Beth Granger 4 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I love this table decoration! Daisy is also my favorite flower. I will definately try this decoration...I think it would also be a great project for my Mom's group at the nursing home. Thanks for the step by step instructions.

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      Wednesday-Elf 4 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Lovely idea. You are just so clever with your decorating ideas!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: What a coincidence! The daisy is my all time favorite flower too! It's so simple but beautiful! I knew I liked you!

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      DecoratingEvents 4 years ago

      @KyraB: You are welcome! Kids can enjoy this craft too! Just have to supervise the hot glue gun!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      Your Giant Daisy is just too adorable! I absolutely love it! Did you know the daisy is my favorite flower? How perfect your handmade giant daisy would be for my spring table decoration! Leaving my blessings on this truly awesome craft!

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      KyraB 4 years ago

      What a fun and good idea! Thank you so much for sharing it :)