How to save money on a home reception

If you’re looking to decorate your home for either a formal event such as a wedding reception or anniversary party, then you’ve come to the right place for ideas. Decorating your home on a budget is not as daunting a task as it may seem at first, you just need to plan accordingly and smart. Read on so you can see what you can do to spruce up your home for any event and have your home be party-ready.

Decorations

If this is going to be an event that’s for a couple then romance should be at the top of the list. To set a romantic mood, buy items that will help people know the occasion encourage the guests to feel comfortable. Buying candles are a great idea because they’re not only inexpensive but they are perfect for setting the mood. Don’t ever forget about centerpieces. These can either be placed on the tables that are around the house for the food or they could be set up sporadically throughout the home so it can keep the theme consistent. Using items like wedding flower stands is one trick to use flowers that the bride may have used in her bouquet or to bring out the colors that the bride chose as a part of her motif.

So make sure you

  • Get centerpieces that catch attention
  • Use candles to set the mood
  • Keep the theme consistent

Food

If you’re looking for some easy but inexpensive ways to serve your food choosing an out of the ordinary shape of paper plates may bring uniqueness to the event that you’re holding. Using something like square paper plates would be a wonderful addition to serving the food that you intend on having for your guest. Something that wedding coordinators also like to do is have something like colored glasses that guests drink out of, instead of the normal boring clear glasses, get something that has a blue color to it. It’ll keep the look bright and fun while the guests are happy eating and dancing.

So when it comes to food keep in mind to

  • Use bright colored glasses to create interest
  • Have the guests use unique shaped plates

There are many more ideas that you can do to save money for a wedding. What are some ways that you’ve tried for wedding planning?

How to decorate a tissue box cover

Tissues can run out quickly, and while many brands make colorful and printed box designs, a lot of them are just not my taste. If you are someone like me, who loves to create custom and unique pieces that complement your home décor, making your own craft tissue box cover is a right up your alley!

Supplies Needed

  • Tissue box cover (of any material you choose – ceramic, porcelain, plastic, etc.)
  • Glue gun

Optional Supplies

  • Embellishments of your choice like:
    •  decorative pearls
    • jewels
    • buttons
    • fake flowers
    • ribbon
    • lace

Decorating your tissue box cover

For the experienced crafter

If you are a frequent crafter who makes your own craft embellishments with fabric (like the craft flowers shown above) and secure them onto your craft tissue box with a glue gun.

For the practical

You may also simply use fabric to create a slip cover which can be fastened on your new tissue box and thrown in the washer. It is not recommended that you include too many embellishments on this type of cover.

For kids

You and your child can decorate a craft tissue box cover in a safer way by not using a glue gun, but rather colored thermal labels, which come in many bright and shiny colors and can be cut into different shapes and designs! This allows of easy and neat application.

What are some ways you decorated your tissue box cover?

Do it yourself puzzle

 

Today we’re going to be taking a departure from the recent slew of clothes related projects here at Craftcorners and get back to our roots with a classic paper idea. This blog post is going to be all about how you can make your very own puzzle from scratch. This is a very fun project for kids and adults alike, but children will especially appreciate it because unlike with other endeavors, they can be involved in every step of the process. There’s nothing quite like taking an idea and making it into a real and physical item completely from scratch – so what are you waiting for? Let’s get to it!

What You’ll Need

  • Blank drawing paper.
  • Cardboard or thick construction paper – decorative index cards can work too.
  • Markers and pens.
  • A pencil.
  • Scissors.
  • Glue.
  • Hairspray.

What To Do

The idea behind this project, as mentioned previously, is to make a puzzle completely from scratch. That means we’ll have to start by actually creating a picture! Have at it and remember to encourage creativity, but keep in mind that the more abstract the picture is, the more difficult it will be to put the puzzle back together. Coat the picture with several layers of hairspray, allowing for drying in between. This will protect it from wear.

After you’ve got your beautiful picture, its time to start designing your puzzle. Flip your picture over and break up the paper into whatever puzzle pieces or blocks you prefer. For ease of use, first timers, and younger children: try making a simple “pizza slice” pattern. You can make this as complicated as you like though, and shape templates can really help.

Once you’ve got your design, cut it up! Place the cut up pieces atop your cardboard or tough paper and glue them on, cutting them out again after they’ve dried. Now you’ve got a nice durable puzzle to play with!

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