Welcome to the first blog post in a new series – The Pound Shop challenge.
The clue is in the title. Personal touches and wedding craft need be neither expensive nor difficult. On this basis, I have decided to do a series of blog posts where I will make different pieces of wedding craft, using items bought from the nearest Pound Shop. There are several reasons for this – the Pound Shop is available nationwide (I’m using one of the larger chains), cost effective, and again, not using specialist craftacular shops mean that it’s unlikely that any of these craft ideas will need a whole lot of particular crafting skills, just a bit of willing and imagination.
One of the more exciting aspects of these, for me at least, is that I don’t decide before I go into the shop what I’m going to make or what I’m going to use. I am looking for things that spark off ideas and possibilities.
Today I was tempted by some battery powered fairy lights and some white tealight holders, but neither of them were quite right – lovely and useful in their own right, but not something I felt I could do something interesting with. I got my inspiration when I noticed the gardening section was up and running again, and the sun was up and about and making me think of the coming summer. I have come up with a design for a place setting, including a seed packet as a favour. Seeds are a really lovely favour, especially if they are something special – wild flowers, your own wedding flowers or perhaps something foodie, herbs or spices, linked to your wedding menu.
So I bought the following -
And, my own additions (model’s own, as it were) were letter stamps, luggage tags and white cotton tape – all easy to get hold of, cheaply and easily from the internet.
And how do you turn a medley of Pound Shop items into a set of favour-holding place settings?
- Take one of the peat pots and tie a piece of the white cotton ribbon around the rim. Knot it. You could also use a lovely piece of vintage lace.
- Next take the slide off the back of the rose (or wrestle it might be a better phrase). Pop a bit of superglue or hot glue on top of the knot and stick the rose on top.
- Cover the seed packet in a bit of brown paper, newspaper or any other patterned paper to fit in with your colour scheme. You can print a message perhaps, or the name of the seeds, if they are particularly significant. Tie a little of the white cotton ribbon around it. You could also use twine, string, or ribbon in your colour scheme.
- Print the name of your guest on the luggage tag. If you don’t want to use this a place setting, you could print some details or directions for the seeds on the luggage tag. If you would like to use another favour – a small trinket or a little bundle of sweets – they would easily fit into the pot.
And the results?
Less than £1.00 a place setting and favour combination. If you were to make a large number of these, I’d suggest repetitively doing each stage for every favour, rather than making each one completely and then moving on to the next. If you’re doing something repetitively, you’re much more likely to get quicker at it, and be able to concentrate on your favourite TV prog at the same time.
Feedback, questions or suggestions for my next Pound Shop challenge please!