Everyone loves a little Mardi Gras! Green and purple and gold everywhere, beads being thrown, and celebrations abound; that’s what Mardi Gras is all about. Make sure you’re ready for Lent by getting all your partying done! And of course, we all love the main mascot for the Carnival season: the Jester! Everyone loves a fool who’s willing to crack and joke and make us smile. They’re the funniest members of the crowd, and they’re always making someone laugh!
Although the jester’s job is to make us hoot, holler, and giggle the day away, decorating for Mardi Gras is no laughing matter. So, we’ve designed this fun jester inspired centerpiece that’s sure to grab everyone’s attention and leave them with a smile.
- Jester Hat
- Jester Wand
- Jumbo Ball Mardi Gras Necklace
- Sequin Mardi Gras Masks
- Styrofoam block
- Poly-fill batting
- Floral wire, 16 gauge
- Wooden Dowels
- Gold ribbon
- Purple paint & foam brush
- Needle-nose pliers
- Low-temp glue gun
Give it shape. Stuff hat “spikes” with poly-fill batting to prevent them from drooping too much. Next, set the hat atop the Styrofoam block. TIP: leave the plastic packaging on the block to keep the Styrofoam crumbles from making a mess.
Mask up! Paint dowels purple. Once the paint is dry, glue two Sequin Masks together with a dowel in between at one corner. Embellish with a ribbon bow and feathers. Repeat process for a second embellished mask.
Add the focal points. Use scissors to snip a small opening at the center point of the Jester Hat then insert the Jester Wand. Do the same with both embellished masks.
Fill it in. Trim floral wire to various lengths and create loops at one of each piece. These loops will act as stoppers.
Un-string Jumbo Ball Necklaces and re-thread balls onto wire pieces. Insert ball sprays into Styrofoam block, pushing through the hat’s fabric. Shape sprays as needed and desired.
Surround it. Wrap a Jumbo Ball Necklace around the bottom of the centerpiece to determine the length needed. Cut necklace string and remove unnecessary balls. Re-tie string and hot glue larger balls to hat for stability. TIP: MAKE SURE TO USE A LOW-TEMP GLUE GUN. A high-temp glue gun will melt the plastic balls.