Anyway, I had ordered some centerpieces online, for our event. After I ordered all 24 of them (for a FABULOUS price) I received an order confirmation and everything seemed good to go. That is until I received a phone call a week and a half later (about the day I expected them to arrive) from the company telling me they no longer had them in stock.
This was about 3 weeks before our event. Not much time to 1. find anything substantial for a super price (we had about $0 to work with, and the ones I had ordered were 12" tall, Hollywood themed fountains for .96¢ each) and 2. order them and get them delivered in time.
What's a girl to do?
Enter smallish boxes (think kid's shoe boxes, kleenex boxes and girl scout cookie boxes)
A few trips to the Dollar Store
(DISCLAIMER ~ I did a poor job taking pictures of the process,
as I was trying to get them finished as quickly as possible)
I started by cutting holes into the bottoms of the boxes if they didn't already have holes (kleenex boxes) or were already open (shoe boxes).
Then I wrapped each box with wrapping paper ~ since our theme was Hollywood, I used gold, silver and black (8 boxes of each color)
Once the box was wrapped, using a small blade, I cut a small ✳ on the top of the box (you'll see why in a bit)
Once all my boxes had holes in the bottom, were wrapped and a small star cut in the top, it was time to accessorize them.
Here's what I used:
black plastic table cloths (clearance at target ~ otherwise I was going to use black tissue paper and I think the table cloths ended up working better!)
gold and silver mylar tissue paper
decorative grass (it did have some substance to it)
black, gold and silver stars (some I cut out of card stock, some I purchased) glued onto the bamboo skewers painted in the same color
Black, gold and silver pipe cleaners
First I spray painted the grass ~ I painted some silver, some gold, and some black. When the spray paint was wet, I sprinkled them like crazy with glitter.
Then, I cut the tissue paper, table cloths, and cellophane into squares (or rectangles, whatever ). For each box, I used about 4 squares and alternated the colors. Once I layered them, I grabbed the pile by the center and pushed it through the ✳ shape on the top of the box.
Then it was time to add the bling.
For most of them I inserted a star (attached to a painted bamboo skewer), and added some of the glittered grass. Then depending on the box, I usually decorated the box with some type of garland or feathers.
Here are a bunch of them line up on the tops of my kitchen cabinets:
After I took these pictures I actually added some more bling to them.
I was worried about running out of materials, but once I had them all made, I went through and added more grass and garland. After all, our event was held in a school gym, so I wanted some substance, and we were working with a Hollywood theme ~ the more bling the better :)
Here are the centerpieces at work:
Ok, that has to be the longest tutorial in the history of centerpiece tutorials!
Anyway, These looked fabulous (way better in person) and could EASILY be adapted for ANY party theme.