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Straight-sided glass vases are great, inexpensive vessels for your centerpieces, and they can easily be transformed into a one-of-a kind container to perfectly coordinate with your event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
The style possibilities are endless when you wrap your vases in fabric: mismatched (yet coordinating) patterns look effortlessly chic; using burlap creates a homey, farmhouse vibe; and higher-end fabrics like velvet or silk shantung are elegant and luxe. Adhere the fabric to the vase using spray adhesive for the strongest hold.
Wrap your vases in simple parchment paper and the look is clean, modern and simple, allowing all of the focus to be on your flowers.
Buy flowers from a Parisian flower market and chances are, they'll be wrapped in simple brown kraft paper. We re-created that look by wrapping it around our vases, tying with white twine, and filling the containers with easy, casual tulips.If your vases are small enough, wrap them in beautifully patterned scrapbook paper. For larger vases, use individual sheets of wrapping paper from stationery stores, which tend to be thicker than standard wrapping paper on a roll. A sheet of faux moss turns a plain vase into a lush, extraordinary centerpiece. Utterly feminine and charming, this ruffle vase was super simple to make. We used ruffle trim (available at fabric stores), secured one end to the bottom of the vase with a piece of strong, clear tape, and wrapped it around the vase to the top.
Photos By: Victoria HudginsLooking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop. Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes. Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread. Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape. Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire. Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue. Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like. Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here. Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath. Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!
Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Pictilio Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop. To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture. Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture. Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table. Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle. Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside. Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.
Project and Photos By: Danyelle MathewsCreating décor to evoke the woodsy feel you are dreaming of for your wedding couldn't be easier! This little forest of trees can be used just about anywhere in your venue. From centerpieces, to the dessert bar, your friends and family will be charmed by these darling trees. Supplies: plastic bottle brush trees tree branches small saw power drill glue gun glue stick Step One: Remove the plastic base that comes attached to your bottle brush trees by simply giving them a gentle tug. Step Two: Gather thick tree branches and saw into varying heights, for the trunks. Step Three: Using your power drill and a small bit, drill a hole into the center of each tree branch stump. Step Four: To attach the bottle brush tree, fill the hole in the stump with hot glue and place the bottom of the tree inside the hole. Your little forest of trees can be made into place cards by attaching guests names with twine. Alternatively, add a little thank you note and give the minis away as winter favors.
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsTake your planted herb mason jars that were trendy last year and give them a bright modern touch for spring with this super easy (and crazy inexpensive) paper vase project! Materials: To make these polygon vases you will need planted herbs and small vases of flowers + scrapbook paper. You will need one piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper for each vase you want to cover. Measure the height of your vase and cut the paper horizontally at this mark. Step One: Start by gathering all your vases, herbs and flowers. Use different size vases for added artistic touch. The best part of this project is that it doesn't matter what your vases look like. I used a bunch of mason jars, but glasses and thrifted vases will all look just as great when covered. Step Two, Three, Four: Begin folding the paper into itself, making eight creases of equal distance. First fold half way, then again and again. Step Two, Three, Four (cont.) You should be left with a 12 inch long piece of paper folded 8 times; this will sufficiently cover a mason jar or any vase of smaller width. For wider vases, combine two papers together. Step Five: Overlap the ends. Use double sided tape or a thin layer of glue to attach them together. This will leave you with seven folds showing, a heptagon. Cut one fold off if you would prefer a thinner hexagon. Voilá! Stand up your paper vase and slide the actual vase inside. Display Tip: Layer sizes and bright primary colors for a look that will be very timely for spring. Display Tip: On a long table, combine 10-12 of the vases and you won't need much else to center the table. Display Tip: On a circle table make a grouping of fewer vases (5-6) for a graphic center!
Photos By: Thistledown PhotographyWe're all over the ombre trend, and paired with our love of ruffles, we thought this clever DIY project was golden for a centerpiece or room décor concept. Supplies: Rit Dye- We used two colors, wine and purple Glass Cylinders Water 5 Bowls or Tubs for dyeing Clothespins and Clothesline 1" Ruffle Trim (cotton or synthetic, the more ruffle it has the better it turns out). Hot Glue Gun Timer Flowers Step One: Cut the un-dyed fabric trim to the diameter of your glass cylinders. Determine how many pieces of trim you'll use on each cylinder, and therefore how many shades of dye you'll need to prepare. Since the cylinder we used was short, only six pieces were needed. Step Two: Prepare the batches of dye. This is more of an art than an exact science. It tends to look best when the darkest shade is pretty dark, and the lightest shade is very light or white. Following the instructions on the dye package, make sample dye pools. Two main things will impact the shade: the water to dye ratio, and how long you let the fabric soak. We recommend coming up with your own palette using water to dye ratios and timings, being careful to record your measurements. Then test a sample. Step Three: Once you've created a palette you're happy with, then go for dyeing the fabric pieces in bulk. Step Four: Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear, then hang on a clothesline until dry. Step Five: Adorn your cylinder with trim, using a dab of hot glue. Overlap the ruffle layers just a bit to create a seamless look. Display Tip: Display the ruffle embellished vase along with undecorated vases for balance. Add simple, color coordinated florals: tulips were a sleek and modern contrast to the flouncy, ruffly vase.
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsHere's a crafty and inexpensive way to make bunting! Made in mass they will give you a gorgeous backdrop for desserts, a reception or a shower. They would also look amazing lining the aisles of a ceremony. Step One: Choose about six different papers to work with, in coordinating colors and textures. Step Two: Use a paper cutter to cut .25 inch wide strips of paper, the entire length of the paper. Step Three: Once all the strips are cut, begin rolling the paper strips individually into themselves. Roll each strip going down a bit to create the basic shape of a bullet. Step Four: Use a small dab of glue (or glue dot) to end each individual roll. Step Five: String your rolls up, mixing colors and texture as you go. Use a simple kitchen twine or other embroidery thread for this. Display Tip: Hang your creation up above tables, lining a tent, or in succession on a wall for a gorgeous and fresh bunting presentation!
Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Erin HollandRosemary wreath topiaries are a great way to say thank you to your guests. The herb pots will bring a most lovely scent and look to your reception tables and guests will love to take home a little something beautiful and tasty to remember your day with. Materials: One Mini Terracotta Pot per Guest Bunches of Organic Rosemary Floral Wire Craft Sticks Dirt Scissors Step One: Collect organic rosemary (grown from your garden or purchased from a florist). Step Two: Using the floral wire, start by making a small wreath shape with a straight stem, proportional to the size of the pots. Step Three: Beginning at the bottom of the stem, connect rosemary to the floral wire with small ties of thread. Be sure to cut off any loose ends at the end of each tie. The ties should blend in right under the branches. Step Three (Cont). Continue all the way around your frame: gathering, bunching, and tying the rosemary.
Step Four: Fill the pot with soil and slide the completed rosemary wreath into the center. Wet the soil a bit to secure the stem. Step Five: Adorn small garden sticks (craft sticks) with a thank you and place one in each of the favors. *Note: This project uses cut rosemary. It will stay fresh for about three days when spritzed with water. Alternatively, you can make the favors longer in advance and present dried rosemary. If you'd like them fresh- they should be made within three days of the event.
Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hankandhunt.comI can’t remember the last time I coated my tree with tinsel, but I had a few boxes lying around. The ends reminded me of tassels and so I decided to give it a try. Who doesn't love a little something quick and easy to give a little sparkle? Materials: Tinsel (one package = 4 small tassels) Silver embroidery thread Scissors Take the tinsel out of the box carefully and lay flat. Cut in half.
Separate with your fingers into four sets, you will be folding each set in half.
Take a 6 inch length of embroidery thread and tie tightly around the center of each section. Double knot, fluff, and you are done- instant tassel. Note: There are different grades of tinsel, you want the very thin kind, it lets you tie a tighter knot and fluffs better.
Repeat with remaining tassels. Tie each tassel to a length of embroidery thread to make a garland. Hang. Fluff each tassel as needed.
A simple little craft for a holiday wedding or just for a fun New Year’s party, this can be made in a few minutes and there was no fringing involved. This garland is perfect for a beginning crafter! Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hankandhunt.com
Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio A modern décor concept that's easy on the eyes and the budget. Center your tables with small succulents and air plants for a simple and affordable décor option. Include various shades of colored sand for a dramatic and modern presentation that your guests are sure to love! Step One: Use store bought craft sand, or collect sand from a beach (or the hardware store). If using beach sand, be sure to lay out the sand to dry for about a week before beginning the project. Step Two: Gently wet your sand with a ratio of 1 tablespoon water to 2 cups sand. Step Three: Separate your sand into bowls, and begin dropping in food coloring to tint the sand. You will need about 10 drops of food coloring for every 2 cups, this can vary depending on the vibrancy of hue you'd like to achieve. Step Four: Mix the food coloring into the sand until all of the grains are covered. Step Five: Spread the sand out onto baking dishes and bake at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes (until most of the wetness is gone- leaving just damp sand behind). Remove from oven and let dry out the rest of the way over night. Step Six: Once dry you can store sand in plastic bags until use. Glass containers will give the best centerpiece presentation and simple succulents can easily be planted and placed inside.