Simple ideas…

This will be a quick one…

Table number holders. You need them, but you don’t need to spend a small fortune buying them. MAKE THEM!

I bought 10 pieces of 1cm dowel, 2 packs of patterned wooden pegs (£3 for a pack of 6 from M&S), 10 small bows – I bought a mixed pack from Ebay in various colours for £2.50 and just used some household All Purpose glue to fix everything together…

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It was a wee bit fiddly but there’s no need to rush.

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Simple.

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Paper folding for beginners…

The most time-consuming but ultimately rewarding thing that I set my hands to whilst planning our wedding was most definitely the paper flowers that I wanted to use for my Flower Girl’s bouquets and for my table decorations. I’d seen various examples at a wedding fair and even priced up how much it would cost to have someone make them for me, but I soon made the decision that this was something that I could do myself!

Go me!

The first thing was to find easy-to-follow instructions that would guide me in my quest! I’m pretty rubbish at following instructions at the best of time and I soon found that origami is THE MOST DIFFICULT THING EVER! Who knew that there were so many different types of flower? Cherry blossom, Dahlia, Kawasaki, Lily, Lotus… perseverance was the key! I found the shape I wanted and used this wonderfully straight forward site  – http://www.origami-instructions.com/origami-kusudama-flower

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I think I must have spent about £45 on paper, £15 on buttons and craft pearls, £5 on floristry tape and £4 on twine – £79 to make 107 individual flowers for 10 table centres, 2 large flower girl bouquets and 1 small posy for my tiny flower girl. That works out at 73p per flower. NOT BAD! I have to be honest, it was a time consuming and laborious task but incredibly rewarding!

At the end of our big day each of my guests took some flowers home with them, some now hang in offices, sit on mantle pieces and are admired by friends and family – yep, I’m pretty smug…