Wedding Reception Decor

Map Flowers

I had the priviledge of helping a friend decorate for her wedding reception. The theme was a travel theme. The couple have traveled to many countries on various mission trips and desires to go overseas again someday.  We used maps, travel stamps and different postcards from different places to decorate with. One of the things I made for the tables were these map flowers. The inspiration came from here.  They took a bit of time to make but it was fun.  Plus it went along with the theme AND it still looked appropriate for a wedding.  People who had outdated maps donated them for the cause.  It was great.  It only cost her glue to make these flowers.

Map Flowers 2

We used banner paper as table runners and used a travel stamp to stamp all over it.   It turned out cute.  The cake stand was made by the bride’s father.  I wish I had taken a photo of it but unfortunately I was helping with various tasks at the reception so I didn’t have a lot of time to take pictures!! So I will explain what it looked like.  The stand had three tiers.  She took copies of the travel postcards that her and her mother found at thrift shops and deco podged it to the bottom tier.  The middle tier had photo copied maps and on the top tier she used their passport stamps that were photo copied.  It was very unique.

Another thing I made but failed to take a photo of were wreaths.  I made three coffee filter wreaths.  There are many places to find tutorials on making them on pintrest.  I will have to make another post on that sometime.  The cost for those were about $2 each.  Very inexpensive but very nice.  I used the map flowers on the sides of two wreaths and they were placed on the outside doors of the church.  On another wreath I used a map and deco podged it to a wooden letter and placed it in the center of the wreath.  That wreath was placed in the foyer of the church where she also had family photos.  This bride wore her grandmother’s wedding gown.  She had photos of her grandmother and mother wearing the gown.  Each time it was worn there were small alterations made to fit the time.  It was really neat to see a dress worn thru three generations!

And the final thing I made for this wedding were signs.  I can’t believe I don’t have photos of those either but in the rush to get everything done I failed to take the time to take a picture!!  Arrrrrrrgh!  I made 4 signs.  I used a friends Silhouette machine.  I really want one now.  This machine is so great for this project.  I made vinyl lettering and used transfer paper to create wonderful personal signs.  The funniest sign she wanted made was one that said “Mutual Weirdness Forever.”

I then made their family verse which is Phil 4: 2-3 “Complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.  Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.”  If only all marriages could live out this verse everyday.  What a difference it would make in our world!

Moving on…then I made a famous couples subway sign.  Here is the list they came up with: Fred and Wilma, Han and Leia, Jim and Pam, Beauty and the Beast, George and Jane Jetson, Bonnie and Clyde, Elizabeth Benette and Mr. Darcy (my favorite), Shrek and Fiona, Ron and Hermione, Superman and Lois Lane, Aragorn and Arwen, Kermit and Miss Piggy, Leonard and Penny, Popeye and Olive Oyl, Cliff and Claire Huckstable, and Lady and the Tramp.  Their names were in the center and they each included one set of grandparents on the list.  I thought that was a nice touch.  Do you recognize all the couples on the list?

The last sign I made was their name and wedding date.  I had never made signs before with vinyl lettering, but it is a breeze with the right materials.  I bought the vinyl and transfer paper from Amazon.  It was less expensive from there than buying it from a hobby shop.  I do enjoy being able to buy things from Amazon.  It comes quick and most things are usually less expensive than other places.  Their site is one of the first places I check to see if they sell whatever I am after.

Well I hope this post inspired a bride-to-be or a friend of a bride-to-be with some inexpensive ways to decorate the reception!  Again sorry for the lack of pictures but hopefully the descriptions are still useful!


Valentine’s Day Decor

I use felt in my decorations. It is such a versatile material. I love using felt. Here is my Valentine’s Day decor in my living room. I used a combination of burlap and felt to create this look.  It almost looks like wedding decor too doesn’t it.

Valentine decor 1

I made the hanging with a piece of wood that has screw hooks on either end.  Then a dow rod is hanging from it.  So nothing heavy can hang from it.  The “love” sign is made with burlap layered with white felt. I glued unpainted chip board letters to spell out “love”.  I then placed my white felt flowers on it.  They actually have alligator clips on it so I just clipped it on.

Valentine Decor 2

The hearts hanging down are made with white felt and burlap too.  I just cut it out and glued it together.  I did place some poster board on the back to give it more support so it would not flop around.  I again placed my flowers on them with an alligator clip.  The subway art I copied from another woman’s creation of it from pintrest.  I created it at a site called PicMonkey.  I added just a little texture that was different from hers.  It is a 11×14 size.  I glued it to some poster board to make sure it stay straight.

Valentine Decor 3

I continued the burlap theme by placing it in a frame.  Then I stenciled a “P” monogram on it.  I had a square picture that I wanted to updated so I glued burlap on it and added a felt heart.  If I had 2 black square frame I might use it to frame the hearts.  The candle holders were made by a tutorial I found here.  I love this site.  She has great ideas and is a fellow believer in Christ.

I hope you got some good ideas to decorate in your home.  Who says Valentine’s decorations are always red and pink!

DIY Paper Bows for Gifts

I learned to make these bows when I was in high school from a Doll maker.  I’ve been making them every Christmas ever since.  It is a great way to save on bows at this time of the year.  Here is a tutorial on how I make them.

What you need:  scissors, wrapping paper, and tape.

#1: cut the wrapping paper.  It depends on how big you want the bow to be but for a typical bow 8 inches wide and 6 inches long is good.

#2: fold the paper in half.

#3: And begin cutting the paper in 3/4 of an inch sections. Be sure to leave at least 3/4 of an inch in the center.

#4: curl the sections with your scissors.  See how I made a mistake and pulled a section off when I tried to curl it.  This will happen from time to time but it doesn’t mean that you can’t use it.  The other curled pieces will hide it.

#5: unfold the paper and start folding the paper like an accordion.


#5: pinch the center and tape it down on the gift.

#6: fold and fluff the bow until it looks like you want.

That’s it!  I hope this is helpful!


Diaper Cake

Have you ever heard of a diaper cake?  It is rolled up baby diapers put into the shape of a 3 tiered cake.  My friend is having a baby shower for her sister this weekend.   She asked me if I would make some flowers for her diaper cake that she was getting ready to make.  I had never made one before but I was interested in doing it so I asked if I could make it for her.

Here are the things I used.

Two Newborn Diaper packages make one small 3 tiered cake.  The ones I saw online were huge, so they must have used a different sized diaper.  I used two baby bottles, candy, baby hair ties, rubber bands, ribbon, double-sided tape, 6 skewer sticks, 6 pipe cleaners, 6 korker bows, 2 laced headbands, and 12 Tritzi flowers.

The bottle in the bottom tier is filled with Twix to give it some weight.  I rolled the baby diaper and secured it with the hair tie.  Then secured the tier with a rubber band.  It is really simple.  And it didn’t take that long to do.  I got all the diapers rolled and put into a cake within one hour.

I placed the ribbon around each tier and secured it with the double-sided tape.  I used the korker bows on top since it made a better bouquet.  I wrapped the skewer sticks with pipe cleaners.  The bows were clipped on the skewer sticks and placed inside the bottle.  I put two small headbands on the top tier.

Ta Da!  I made my first Tritzi diaper cake!

Tritzi Home Decor

That’s right!  I’m branching out.  I am using my flowers to make the home look beautiful!  I am showcasing them in my etsy shop today.

For the fall I am making these mum looking flowers.  I attach grosgrain ribbon to them so you can tie it around just about anything.  They are super versatile.  They look great tied around curtains, candles, baskets, bottles, vases, to name a few.  These would make wonderful gifts. 

For Christmas decor, I have the red glitter and black glitter flowers on ribbon.  You can see them in my Etsy shop as well.

Senior Appreciation Banquet

Every year we host a banquet to honor the senior citizens or who we affectionately call the older saints in our church.  The banquet is a long-standing tradition where the younger serves the older.  A few years ago the baton was passed on to me and a few other ladies to coordinate this event.  It isn’t always easy to know what a different generation might enjoy and be encouraged by but I think they enjoyed this years banquet.  For entertainment we had three men sing hymns and worship music and then we had a dramatic reading done by another gentleman.   

Of course during the business of the whole day I forgot to take pictures of the final table decorations for the post, but I will tell you what we did.   We did manage to save quite a lot on the decorations.  I think we spent around $20 and we decorated 5 tables.  Check out previous posts on how to make the stars and jars.   Our church fellowship hall has a window between the kitchen and the main room.  In that window we hang the stars of varying sizes from the top.  It looked great.  I wish I had a photo!  I bought poster board in order to make a very large star.  It held up really well.  The table had navy scrapbook paper for the placemats.  The plates were white and the napkins were red with navy and white polka dot ribbon tied around it.  It look very “Americana!”

Cheap Table Decorations Part 2

Here is the link to Martha’s site where I got the idea to use paper stars as part of our table decoration.  We plan to make different sizes and then place them on the table.  We will also make different sizes and hang them from a window at varied lengths.  We might even spray the stars with a little glitter spray.

Cheap Table Decorations

Our church has an annual tradition of appreciating our older saints by giving them a banquet.  A few friends and I are preparing for this years banquet and we came up with a few things that I thought would be interesting to post on. 
At least I hope you find it interesting!

This year’s color scheme is going to be red, white and blue.  We are going for the Americana look.  We are going to use some nice red table cloths that I bought last year after Christmas at a great clearance price.

To keep costs down we have to be creative.  How does one be creative? With the help of the INTERNET!  Who needs to be creative when you have the internet.  There are so many pretty pictures of table decorations out there.  It is so amazing what people come up with. 

These are jars that are covered in Mod Podge.  You can buy Mod Podge in the craft area at Wal-mart.  Since I do not live near craft stores, this was a nice discovery!  I have never used Mod Podge before.  It is a kind of glue.  It does have a strong smell so don’t use it in a small room.  In order to make the jars the color you want you just use food coloring.  Isn’t that interesting!  Mix the Mod Podge and food coloring together and brush it on.  To create a bit of texture you can use a sponge or even Cling Wrap.  I used a sponge on mine.  It gave it that old bubbled glass look I was hoping for.  The best part about this Mod Podge is that you can peel it off if you don’t like how they turned out.  Or to just change the color for another color.  And if you already have jars and food coloring, you are only spending money on Mod Podge. 
Click here for the post where I found how to make these jars. 


The glow of the tea light masks any imperfections that I made on the jars!

To add to the look we added white beans and a ribbon.  Putting white beans in the jar came from another site but I can’t remember where.

We will also place paper stars on the table.  The paper stars idea came from Martha Stewart.  It is a very inexpensive way to dress up the table or room.  I think I will use the stars for Christmas decor too.  I will post that soon.