DIY Decorations for a Bridal Shower -Blooming Tissue Heart

I am a do-it-yourself kinda gal so I have been very busy working on decorations for my daughter’s bridal shower that took place this past weekend, it was great having this project to concentrate on rather than our drizzly wet weather here in the lower mainland of Vancouver, more like January then May.  Way too much rain – think my toes are beginning to web!  So to pass the time I

Blooming paper flower heart

went on a tissue paper flower making blitz and then got the great idea to create a big heart.  I found a small sheet of foam that was used for packing and drew out a large heart and then cut out a smaller heart inside so that the heart would be blank in the middle.  Then I attached the paper flowers – I think this heart took about 36 blooms to make it full which is three packages of  tissue.  I then added some little pale pink hearts to the top and I had some pearl string beads I was using for a wrist corsage so thought that might add little  glamour to the heart. 

I also put together a small garland with the flowers on some white tulle and created a couple of bouquets for the table.  For one of the bouquets I used a cookie box for the vase – but first I painted it with some Gesso and then modge podged on green tissue paper and then a photo of the lovely young couple and added a final coat of modge podge with a sprinkle of iridescent sparkles.  I added some of the blue tulle I had as filler for the hand-made vases and to incorporate the wedding colours.  I was pleased how everything turned out and also that some of the items can be used for the wedding reception.  Still have some more flowers to make but they come together pretty quickly.  I am really love creating party decor – it has always been something I enjoy doing and it is fun being creative.

Til next time

Michelle

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Paper Blooms – Mexican Style

Mexican paper flowers make me happy, they are so beautiful and bright and add a touch of festivity.  A number of months ago I was searching for an alternative to fresh flower table centres and decorations and came across some videos’ on-line that gave great directions on how to make Mexican tissue flowers, so I tried making some(there are lots of directions available).   My daughter loved them and wanted to incorporate them into her June wedding reception decorations.   So today I got busy and made about 30 of them. 

They are really quite easy to make and oh so colourful! You just have to be careful when you are separating the layers so not to tear the tissue.

Here are some directions – I evenly folded the package of tissue and cut approximately 8″ widths and then cut in half to create pieces of approximately 8″ x 10″. Each

Colourful Mexican Tissue Flowers

flower has 6 layers of approximately 8″ x 10″ pieces.  Fold  the stack of 6 layers accordian style – 1″ folds – finished length is about 8″.  Cut the corners off at each end making a rounded end.  Fold in half and secure a pipe cleaner or floral wire around the middle as tight as possible.  Next take one side and fan out and then carefully separate each layer this creates the fullness of the flower – too much pulling or pressure will tear the tissue paper,  repeat on the other side. 

It took me about 30 minutes to create 10 medium-sized blooms – this was from one package of tissue paper.

If you are looking to add an inexpensive touch of colour to your environment then give these flowers a try they will brighten any room and great for party decorating or you could add them to a gift for an extra splash of fun.

Til next time happy creating

Michelle

Shopping Therapy and Creative Fun and Games

Pretty Bridal Shower Table

I had the pleasure of spending this past weekend with my sister and my American family.  The majority of my family live in Bothell, Washington so we don’t get to see each other that often – the last time was in January.  So when I was invited to attend my great-niece’s bridal shower this past weekend I immediately accepted. 

My youngest niece is 8 years younger than me and I always love spending time with her cause we have such fun and I was delighted that she didn’t have to work on Friday giving us the opportunity to do some serious shopping therapy. We headed to Alderwood Mall to Macy’s for their huge one-day sale, which actually is a three-day sale.  It was amazing the discounts that were available in all departments and our dollar was above par so it made the sales even better.  I was in the market for a dress for my great-nieces wedding in June as was my sister, so we hit the more formal wear department.  I found a great dress for a fraction of the price plus a dress for my daughter…bonus!  We took a break for some lunch at the Paneria and enjoyed some wonderful soup and then headed back  to Macy’s for a bit more browsing.  I ended up going back on Saturday on my own and spent another couple of hours scouring the many racks of clothes and came out with some wonderful deals.  I ended up with $422 worth or merchandise and paid only $152 including taxes, now that’s a sale and the best shopping therapy ever. 

Sunday was the Bridal shower and I was really looking forward to it as my niece loves to throw a party and always has great ideas for games to entertain the guests.  She did a wonderful job decorating the food table – it was picture perfect.  Besides being a decorating diva she has this really great sense of humour and loves to do silly things.  She had made a visit to Value Village and picked up a bunch of crazy hats, wigs, over-size sunglasses and changed  the old game of

Dahling we look simply marvelous!

musical chairs to musical hats.  She split up the group so that half were wearing the hats etc. and then when the music stopped you had to grab one and put it on

Musical Hats Group Photo

your head and then there was a group photo, and it continued in such a fashion eliminating the hats as we went along.  It was certainly fun and we laughed so hard as everyone looked so funny.  Of course I am sure that the main reason was so that my niece could get some crazy silly photos and she definitely succeeded with a new twist on an old game and it was entertaining and sure beat the old make a wedding dress out of toilet paper game. 

Til next time live life creatively!

Michelle