As part of the wedding cornicopia (the horn of plenty that usually describes a thanksgiving abundance, but in my case describes the overwhelmingly bizarre number of crafts and wedding decor that have overtaken my entire dining room and seem to unnaturally overflow off of the table and on to the floor), I created some tiny lace vases to use as the church pew decorations.
At the onset of wedding planning I went to my favourite fabric website, Fabric.com and basically purchased a yard or two of every single yellow fabric in their sale section. When it arrived, my better half, with a look of both horror and distain, exclaimed, “Heather, what on earth are you going to possibly do with all that fabric!” I understood this immediately to be a challenge to use all said fabric, and also potentially a comment on the poor planning skills that I have when it comes to math and DIY craft projects. I’ve used the bulk of it – starting with my pillow project (what wedding doesn’t have pillows to incorporate the theme during the outdoor cocktail hour for the patio furniture?), then used some of the remaining scraps to make the sleep masks for the hangover kits, but I still had some leftover lace that was a bit too vibrant yellow to use in any large-scale capacity. What is a woman (who is systematically trying to prove her fiancé wrong) supposed to do?
I then remembered the stockpile of tiny glass vials or tubes that I bought in abundance at a yard sale a couple of years ago. If I recall correctly the seller in this case worked in a lab and had boxes upon boxes of these little glass vials, 25 cents a piece. Naturally I stockpiled in preparation for the crafting apocalypse; four years later and I hadn’t ever used them.
You can easily re-create this using simple test tubes, or any similarly tiny glass vial or vase. The reason this works: the size of the vase makes the flower look so much bigger (this is a regular sized rose), and that way using about a dozen roses, you can decorate six pews on either side of the church for a HUGE impact, but for not a lot of money. And that, my friends, is what we here at milieu. call winning.
- small glass vials or vases
- lace cut into 1-inch strips
- a glue gun and glue sticks
- thin ribbon to hang the pew markers
1. Cut the ribbon into 1-inch thick strips (I used the length and width of a physical ruler to keep my lines straight and achieve the size I was looking for.
2. Using the glue gun, put a bead of glue on the glass.
3. Using the entire strip (you can cut to size later), place the edge against the glue and hold it down until it is affixed.
4. Roll the lace around the vase and then use another small strip of glue to affix this in place.
5. Cut the remaining lace that overlaps where it has been glued into place and proceed to the next one.
6. Cut a length of ribbon, to your desired size, and wrap it twice around the neck of the jar, knotting it in place. Then use the remaining length of ribbon to tie to the pew or whatever other area you are hanging it from.
7. Add a small amount of water and a rose, or whatever flower suits your fancy.
*Here’s a thought: For a garden party you could hang these from branches of trees.