Dec­o­rat­ing ac­ces­sories

There’s no need to spend a for­tune on ac­ces­sories. Style your soirée with these fresh ideas.

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Sup­ply a ta­ble of flow­ers with a sign “Make your own bou­ton­nieres” – for guests to show their cre­ative tal­ents.

It’s amaz­ing what a few flow­ers can do to brighten up an event – and it doesn’t have to be ex­pen­sive. Thrift shops of­ten sell mis­matched crys­tal glasses and plates. Use these beau­ti­ful pieces as vases, or make your own cake or flo­ral stand. Sim­ply use a strong glue to stick them to­gether.

EASY WREATHS

This sort of dec­o­ra­tion can be hung any­where – over balustrades, the backs of chairs or on walls. Wrap vin­ing fo­liage around a wire frame or bind shorter stems to­gether with reel wire and at­tach these to the frame. Wire stems of flow­ers and at­tach to the frame as well.

FLO­RAL BALLS

Soak a flo­ral foam sphere, 10cm in di­am­e­ter. Bend a 30cm piece of wire in half and push through the cen­tre of the ball. Wrap the free ends around a small piece of stem to stop the wire cut­ting the ball. The wire will stick out the top in a loop. At­tach rib­bon to this. Insert flow­ers.

HANG­ING VASES

Pur­chase a col­lec­tion of small glass vases from your lo­cal op shop and wrap wire around the lip of the vases to make them eas­ier to hang. Fill with water and add your favourite blooms. For fur­ther em­bel­lish­ment, wrap beads or rib­bon around the lip of the vase.

RUS­TIC SPLEN­DOUR

Use old fur­ni­ture out­doors to dis­play vases of flow­ers or other dec­o­ra­tions. Pick up cheap fur­ni­ture from garage sales or thrift stores. This old wooden lad­der makes a great shelf for mis­matched jars. Dec­o­rate the jars with lace, string or raf­fia bows for a rus­tic theme. Add ad­di­tional wooden el­e­ments in the form of DIY coast­ers and fun signs. Make wooden coast­ers or hang­ing dec­o­ra­tions from fallen tree branches. Use a jig­saw to cut out heart shapes to hang from trees.

Or sup­ply a ta­ble of flow­ers with a sign “Make your own bou­ton­nieres” for your guests to show their cre­ative flare. It's a fun way to keep your guests busy while you're off hav­ing your pho­tos taken. Sup­ply a se­lec­tion of blooms – place sin­gle va­ri­eties in each jar – plus florist wire, tape and rib­bon, and leave them to it. Have a dis­pos­able cam­era nearby for guests to take pho­tos of their flo­ral en­deav­ours. For ex­tra flare, sup­ply the nec­es­sary items for more ad­ven­tur­ous guests to make their own cor­sages, hair pins or flo­ral crowns.

PRETTY POOCHES

In­vite your furry best friends to your wed­ding and have them dress to im­press. Make a flo­ral cir­clet of flow­ers that match your own bou­quet. Bend sturdy wire into a cir­cle and cover with flo­ral tape. Use a se­lec­tion of flow­ers and fo­liage, and cut the stems 10cm long. Make small posies, wrap­ping the stems with flo­ral tape. Fas­ten the posies to the wire cir­cle us­ing tape, over­lap­ping the pre­vi­ous posy to cover the tape.

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