Saturday, February 5, 2011

Centerpieces on a VERY Small Budget

Each year we have a “Thank You” dinner at our church for all the volunteers.  I have been doing the centerpieces and decorating for these events for several years now. 

Previously it was held in the spring and so I would use mason jars and fresh flowers.  I have been known to trim a few of my neighbors bushes during this time frame.  With permission, of course.


Not my picture, pretty though.

However, last year it was moved to January.

My budget for this project – pretty much none.

I am working with plastic tablecloths. 

With tablecloths included, for 25 tables I have VERY limited funds. 

Fresh flowers in January is not going to happen.

Generally, I am not a fan of fake flowers, but desperate times…

Last year I found these brown flowers on clearance.

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(Yes, all of these pictures were taken with a flash.  I am sorry, it was before I knew any better. )

They came with 6 attached in a bundle, but with a wire cutter I was able to break them down to individual blooms to spread them out more.

Then the fun began.

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This was during the time when my house was being renovated and the painters were using spray guns. 

Let me just say, ugghh.

So, I was literally trapped in my basement.

At one point at I had to go out the bulk head door to leave the house.

So, I decided to make 25 of these arrangements.

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If you look closely you can see the insanity.

Each branch and pinecone were sprayed with adhesive and then glittered.

In the basement. 

With no ventilation. 

It was an interesting few days.

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I used dollar store vases, covered and glued with ribbon I already had.

The branches are from my backyard.

The pinecones were retrieved from a friend of a friend’s yard after I put out an “all call for pinecones”.

Luckily there was no snow on the ground in January last year.

The birch logs were cut from our yard and my husband and I took turns on the drill press making the holes for the tea lights.

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Last year we had a mix of brown and white tablecloths (budget reasons).

Last Friday, we had this year’s dinner and we used the centerpieces again.

This year I got smart and found the best price and bought all brown tableclotha on line.

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I also added a larger branch slice under each of the vases.

So, if you need to do a centerpiece on a budget, head outside!  But if you live in the Northeast, you are going to have to wait for the snow to melt!

Have a great one, Laura


Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

I think we all get a little more creative when we are on a budget! Great job!!

Tanya said...

I think they turned out great! Love frugal things :)

Carmen @ Life with Sprinkles on Top said...

So pretty! Sometimes I think it's more fun to work under such a tight budget because it causes us to be more creative. :)

Laura at Ms. Smartie Pants said...

So pretty! I did a wedding reception using all kinds of branches and small trees with moss and a few fake flowers. It was enchanting! I so wish I had birch trees in my yard, love them! Your church is lucky to have you!

michelle said...

Laura I love those! Seriously love those! I love the birch candles holders and the vases are perfect! Just beautiful!!

Katie @ OhhBaby said...

They look great!

Katie said...

This particular post just warmed me up on this cold day. I love crafts BUT I really LOVE centerpieces, especially on a budget! Yours came out so beautifully and I know they blessed the people at your church. I made my wedding centerpieces using rustic elements that you may like and also some Valentine rustic centerpieces..all on a budget! You can check them out here (that is, if you want!)

Thanks for your post! Happy Saturday!

V@WhimsyLamb said...

Pretty! great idea!

Tammy@beatrice banks said...

I love these centerpieces! The branches really add freshness to them. And I love how you cut the birch for candle holders. I bet everyone loved it!