My cousin got married in Florida last weekend. I was sad to miss the wedding, but I did find a way to contribute to her bridal shower here in Dallas. Three generations of the crafty ladies in my family (my grandmother, mom and I) were able to make these fun decorations using some of our favorite tools.
Using crepe paper, twine, scissors and some strong snail adhesive, I created a canopy of brightly colored flags for the entrance. They were also draped along the edge of the table. You can find a rainbow of options from Quality Italian Crepe.
You will want to cut out squares or rectangles of the paper ahead of time to keep the flags somewhat uniform in size. To make these flags, just fold a large piece of crepe paper like an accordion or fan. Cut triangles (these will become diamonds when unfolded) along the folds. It’s kind of like when you made paper snowflakes as a kid. Stretch out the paper when you are done and voila! Place a sturdy adhesive along an edge of the flag, place the twine along the tape and fold to seal the crepe paper to itself, sealing the twine between. I recommend The Twinery for pretty string in every color.
Continue to place flags every two or three inches along the twine until you have the desired length. It’s fun, simple and adds a whimsical touch to your party. Don’t want diamonds on the flags? Use your favorite craft punch for a different, more uniform shape.
Candy flower bouquets are a great touch and provide adorable takeaways for guests. Just punch a few scalloped circles in the card stock of your choice. Place candy in cellophane bags for the stem and use foam mounts or a strong adhesive to stick two punched flowers together on top. You could stamp initials, an image, “thank you” or whatever you like for the center of each flower.
Pennant banners are an awesome way to personalize a cake. My mom created this banner with the groom and bride’s names. She stitched the pennants together with twine and tied each end to a skewer. These banners make great keepsakes for the honored guest to use in her photo album, scrapbook or even a shadow box with mementos from the event.