Are you getting married or do you have a special event coming up? Are you worried about the costs of decorating your venue? Well you could be right to be worried as it can be expensive and really stressful to ensure your decor is just what
you want. But it doesn't have to be. For instance have you considered decorating the venue yourself?
If you haven't check out these inexpensive ways to make your venue unique and beautiful!
Firstly ask all your friends and family to save every jar they use. It can be a jar for anything - chilli sauce, coffee, jam, honey. In fact the more varied the better because the jars will be different shapes and sizes.
Collect all the jars,wash thoroughly and then soak in a large bucket, or in your sink in hot soapy water for about 15 minutes. Most of the labels on the jars will simply peel off after soaking. For those stubborn labels or if you have glue residue, simply use a soft scourer to remove everything.
Buy some natural raffia (or raffia ribbon which comes in different colours if you want this) which starts at a very reasonable £2.00 for a large bundle in Hobbycraft, and simply tie around your jars. If you want to fill the jars with paper flowers to match your colours you can do this too. A 12 wired stem can be bought on Ebay for £1.99 and they come in tons of colours so you wont be spoilt for choice.
Make kissing balls from Styrofoam balls and punched paper flowers.
These can look beautiful hung at your venue from chairs, or placed in baskets.
You will need a good flower punch (Martha Stewart does a nice one for around £10 on Ebay), paper of your choice, for instance see this link http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/folio-iridescent-a4-paper-sparkling-pearl/572546-1000#product_description-tab, and Styrofoam balls which can be bought at any good craft store for around £2.00 for a pack of six small.
Simply punch the paper with the flower punch and glue the punched flowers to the ball. If you want to make the kissing balls extra special instead of gluing the punched flowers, pin them with diamond tip or corsage pins (both readily available on Ebay).
It will make the job a bit more expensive but the end result looks great.
Decorate mason jars with paper pieces.
You can readily bulk buy mason jars for as little as £4.00 per jar if you buy at least ten, making them inexpensive centerpieces. So they do not look so plain, consider wrapping craft paper around each jar at different heights and in different co ordinating colour. Finish off with a tied ribbon bow and they will look stunning. The whole lot will probably cost less than £25.00.
You will need a paper trimmer to ensure your edges on the cut paper are tidy, so if you do not have one of these it will increase your costs by about £10. Having said this whats not to like about a paper trimmer - you will be able to cut lots more paper to make more things!
Washi tape tea lights/candles.
Whats not to like about washi tape? We love washi tape. Really it is the most fabulous thing ever! It peels off easily, is cheap and comes in oh so many colours. And did we mention we love it!
If you like candles and like us love washi tape, you can create stunning tea lights by simply using washi tape around the metal casing. You can mix and match colours and if you really want a pro look buy some plain white coasters to stand the tea lights on and washi tape those too!
A bag of 50 tealights is no more than £2 and you can buy a variety of washi tape colours for around £10. Plain coasters come in a pack of 4 for £1 in any supermarket basics section saving you a packet and making your venue really bespoke.
Or for those that want to spend a bit more consider doing the same but with tinned candles
Make paper flowers instead of using real ones.
Everyone knows that real flowers are beautiful but expensive. One of the saddest things about them is that they can wilt and droop at your venue, and no one wants that.
It is so easy to make paper roses - big ones, small ones, (think there is a song there?), in a variety of colours. All you need is the paper (colour that you want) and to remember to start with a square.
There is a bit of folding, cutting and gluing needed. A hot glue gun is best and quickest but can leave stringy bits which you will need to remove.
A good glue gun is only around £15 and your only other cost will be the paper, glue sticks and your time. If you want to spend a bit more you can finish the flowers by buying fake stamens for a really professional look, and/or mount the flowers on ear buds (cotton removed) to make bunches.
Paper flowers look real and effective and best of all they don't droop or wilt!