I have just been called upon to make centerpieces for a up and coming church banquet. I need to make fifteen centerpieces and they have to all be under five dollars each! We are going with a fall motif.
I have looked all over the internet craft sites and my magazines at home for ideas. The problem is that nothing is cheap enough.
I was hoping my thrifty friends could help me come up with some inexpensive ideas. Have a great day!
Ears of dried yellow or "Indian" corn can be mounted on small squares of thin wood (cut from paneling scraps, plywood, etc.). The ears can be mounted with a drywall screw through the bottom of the board and the large end of the ear. Then add straw hats, or other decorative hats to the thin end of the ear of corn. Mount craft eyes and a piece of pipe cleaner shaped like a mouth to make the face. Then tie fall fabric about two-thirds down on the ear to make clothing. The material should be wide enough to cover the wood base. Additional fall leaves, silk flowers, etc. can also be glued to the center piece. I usually place small gourds, nuts, silk leaves, etc. around each of the centerpieces.
We just had to make centerpieces for an upcoming convention at our church and we needed them to be inexpensive as well. We bought ivy bowls from the craft department at Wal Mart (77 cents a piece). Cut sheets of colored tissue paper (to match our theme) and laid it on the bottom of the bowls. We went to a local craft store and found small bunches of flowers for $1.47 each. These went in the bowls and we had inexpensive but pretty table decorations and all the parts are reusable for future events!
Try using gourds, mini-pumpkins and Indian corn. Hopefully one of your members has some from their garden to donate, otherwise they are relatively inexpensive. Lay a few fall leaves on the table and arrange a few gourds and pumpkins and corn on top. Or take a small pumpkin and hollow out the center; then put a small piece of water-soaked oasis in the hollowed-out part; then, using leaves and greenery from your yard and a few fall colored mums (also hopefully from someone's yard) make a small floral centerpiece in the pumpkin. Perhaps you even have some other nuts, berries or dried materials in your yard. Have fun and be creative!
Sue from Wisconsin
Use Mother Nature's bounty! Hollowed out mini pumpkins, gourds, zucchini, apples etc., can become containers for flowers or candles. Be sure to take a thin slice off the bottom to help the veggie/fruit sit up straight. If you don't have a garden, ask around, I bet someone has extra they can share. You could also use leaves and other outdoor treasures. As for flowers, the cheapest would probably be daisies or chrysanthemums. Candles are very reasonable at the dollar store. Stores might even donate goods since it is a church affair, especially if you create a nice sign that tells who donated the goods. A thank you note afterward helps to pave the way to future donations! Good luck, and most of all have fun with the decorating!
I pull out all the rarely used fancy glassware I have to fill with yummy snacks and chips for my holiday parties. I think it adds a festive look to the table and is an inexpensive centerpiece. Don't you think so?
Hint: If you need things to wrap, try phone books. Recycle!
By shelf2812 from Dallas, TX
An inexpensive and cute centerpiece that I did for a birthday party was using the 32oz chinese take out containers! Since they are white, you can decorate it to your decor. I cut and taped clear party bags to one side and used stickers on the other side and filled it with candy (or cookies, or your idea.)
The handle is great to tie balloons on, and the guest can easily carry it out when they leave. I purchase them on E-Bay for about $10.00 for 24. You can use the leftover boxes to pack extra desserts in. I am a firm believer in giving things away to guests who took time to be there. It makes them happy and I don't have to carry it home.
I have seen these in my Smart & Final store. It has to be cheaper than ebay with shipping and all.
YOU CAN GET THE CONTAINERS REALLY CHEAP ON PAPERMART.COM. I WAS PRICING OUT WEDDING FAVORS FOR SOMEONE AS A FAVOR AND FOUND THEM FROM 11 CENTS FOR A PINT SIZE, 9 CENTS FOR A HALF PINT AND YOU CAN GET QUART SIZE ALSO. I KNOW IT MAY BE MORE THAN YOU NEED, BUT FOR THE PRICE AND THE VARIOUS SIZES DEPENDING ON YOU NEEDS I THOUGHT IT WAS GREAT.
I have been asked to decorate a very large dining room. It is our annual final ladies golf awards evening. The captain has requested a very glittery gold evening. The table cloths will be white, with white napkins. Does anyone have any ideas on table decorations that are glittery gold? Thank you.
By Linda A
You could find some used golf balls and paint them with glitter paint, available in your local paint/craft store. The spray on kind would be messy and is expensive. You can always paint them with regular gold fleck paint and then sprinkle glitter on when they are still wet.
To keep them from rolling, glue a large button on the bottom and you can set them anywhere. They can be stored and used again when you have another event. I hope that gets the "ball" rolling!
Buy plastic/porcelain horse figurines/toys and spray paint them in gold. Will look extremely elegant yet cheap.