I recently had it pointed out to me, that the celery heart resembles a flower. I agree. Now, what to do with that realization? How about making some Mother’s Day Celery Heart Flower Coasters.
I have designed this craft to take into account the varied abilities of many crafters. When creating this flower image with the celery heart, a dash of green will represent the leaves and stems just as well as the more defined version in the instructions. I feel “it is the process not the product” and that there is “no wrong way” when creating a work of art.
1 firm stalk of celery
5 dried celery leaves from the inner stalks
4 floor tiles approx. 4×4 inch
Squares of white paper
Lime and dark-green and purple acrylic craft paint
2 paintbrushes — one a quarter inch wide and one fine tipped Foam craft brush
Mod Podge (available at craft stores)
DecoArt DuraClear gloss exterior varnish
1sq. ft. feltwithadhesive backing
Cut many squares of white paper, the same size as the floor tiles. Wash the surface of the tiles with soap and water, and dry.
CREATE THE FLOWER
Use a sharp knife to cut the celery crosswise approx. five inches from the bottom end to reveal the heart. Make this cut as straight as possible. Lay some small leaves from the inside of the celery face down on paper towelling to dry. Squeeze or separate the cut stalk ends until they form the shape of a flower. Wrap the elastic around the stalks to maintain the flower shape. Cover work area. Put some purple paint onto a tray with a surface wide enough to accommodate the width of the celery heart’s stamping surface. Thin the paint with a small amount of water, if necessary. Press the cut edge of the celery heart into the purple paint and then press it onto a square of paper. Continue making prints until you are comfortable with the
STEMS AND LEAVES
Put some lime-green and some dark-green paint on a tray. Use the other flower images as testers to get the feel for the angle of the brush before adding the stem and the leaves to the final images. For the stem, use the wide brush and dark-green paint. Select a recessed area around the outer edge of the flower. Begin here and draw the paint to the edge of the paper. Paint a long leaf on either side of the stem of the flower. Paint one side of a dried celery leaf with dark-green paint. Lift the leaf, using the tweezers, and place it close to one side of the flower. Gently press the leaf onto the paper with the sponge brush. Peel the leaf away from the paper. Repeat to create two leaves for each flower. Replace the celery leaf as necessary. Use the fine-tipped brush to add veins for the celery leaf prints, and to highlight the main stem and its leaves. Once satisfied with your technique, paint the stems and leaves onto the pre-chosen images. Allow to dry.
Spread Mod Podge onto the surface of the tile with the foam brush. Centre the stamped image on top of tile. Cover with more Mod Podge. Using finger, start in the centre of the image, work your way to the edges, pressing out air bubbles or wrinkles. Use foam brush to even out the Mod Podge surface. For a smoother surface, add a small amount of water to the Mod Podge. Allow to dry for 24 hours. Apply DecoArt DuraClear gloss exterior varnish with foam brush; apply second coat after 30 minutes. Cut felt to size of tile. Peel off the backing and stick felt to bottom of tile.
Once finished, wrap up a set of coasters for a colourful Mother’s Day gift.
Dana Ramstedt is a freelance writer and preschool teacher of 18 years.