Upcycling to make your own (or a friend's) wedding decorations is great for a number of reasons: 1. It's eco friendly; 2. it saves money; and 3. you can make it much more personal and meaningful for the happy couple. Here are my 3 favourite ways to craft for the big day.
1. Upcycled table confettiConfetti looks great to decorate a table and to help it match in with the colours of the wedding. You can easily make your own using paper punches in a favourite shape and an old book, map or sheet of music. Does the happy couple have a favourite book? Is there a special place they've been too - or maybe are going to on honeymoon? What's a significant piece of music in their lives? Use these as a starting point to make it really personal. And as it's made of paper, it's recyclable too!
|This confetti is made from maps of Devon and Cornwall.|
2. Upcycled wedding favour bagsIt's easy to make a little favour bag from the same type of papers as the table confetti. I found the best way to make them the first time was by taking apart a little favour bag and using it as a template, which you can then adapt when you've tried them a few times. Again, it's a great opportunity to really personalise the celebrations. Do make sure the paper is thick enough though.
|This favour bag is made with a blank page from the back of a book, ribbon from a gift and an upcycled paper rose (see my 'how to...' page for details).|
3. Empty glass food jar flower holdersSave some jars from foods such as mustard, mayonnaise and jam, give them a good wash and use them to put flowers in as table decorations. You can tie ribbon around them too for an extra touch. I always save ribbon from parcels, presents and even hanging loops from tops I buy so these could be used to go with the upcycling theme; they won't all match, but if they're in the same colour or pattern family they'll give a nice eclectic look.
|These two mustard jars are decorated with ribbon saved from other places.|