I don’t know about you but I love paper straws but hate that they only get one chance for being useful – then they’re all soggy bottom and top and destined for the bin. I’ve come up with a fun way to use the nice dry bit in the middle (you can obviously use brand new straws too!) to make these garlands. A touch on the small side but nonetheless they look cute and quirky and are perfect for cake toppers or decorations for presents. Also hung together in lots of strings they can be pretty impactful.
How cute are these fairy light lampshades?- all bright stripes and scalloped edges. Can you guess what they are made from? Yes? No? Well, I shall tell you. They are made from these party treat cups from Talking Tables.
I really like these cups, for one thing they hold a decent amount of sweeties and for another they are nice and robust so perfect for using again and again or as I have done using them for this craft project.
When I was young one of our Christmas traditions was to make red and white paper carnations from red Christmas paper serviettes and white K-dry tissue (a kind of industrial strength tissue that came in rolls like kitchen rolls – it was not remotely kind to the nose!) These paper carnations and a little sprinkle of glitter made the table centrepiece for our Christmas Dinner.
These days there is a lot more choice when it comes to paper napkins. Quite often I find myself not wanting to dirty a pretty design as they are just too pretty to use to wipe your mouth or hold crumbs. I feel they should be celebrated and used in a more creative way so I have adapted my mums carnation method and this is the result.
To make the flowers you will need
A selection of colourful serviettes. These were from Talking Tables, scissors, 25 cm of florists wire, paper straws, glue gun or glue.
Next Saturday (Oct 1st) I am going to be running a workshop at Brides The Show at the Islington Design Center. I will be teaching people how to make these beautiful silk Camellia flowers that are perfect for weddings: for buttonholes, bouquets, table settings, headdresses and hair accessories.
They are so versatile and also make a great keepsake and reminder of your special day. If you are looking for wedding inspiration then this show is not to be missed. For more information visit the website here.
Also If the idea of having something different to fresh flowers at your wedding or celebration interests you then drop me a line here. I would love to talk to you about how my bespoke blooms could make your day or outfit even more unique.