A couple weeks ago, I was asked to decorate my church for Easter. Awesome, right?? Well, being the Type A that I am, that meant I only had 8 days to pull something together…yikes! Thankfully, our large band and 40-person gospel choir took up most of the stage so I only focused on one side of the stage. Decor on a tight budget is always a challenge, but one I’m always up for and to be honest, I actually get really excited about! I know, I’m a DD (decor dork)! :P
So, what can I make in a few days but have a pretty large visual impact? Giant tissue paper flowers!! I saw something similar on Pinterest a few days prior (thank goodness for Pinterest!) and thought these ginormous flowers would be perfect as our Easter stage decorations!
Wanna make ’em? Well, I pretty much followed these instructions but below are some of tweaks I made and some helpful hints:
- Right off the bat, I ixnayed the first step…pouring concrete. Not enough time on my schedule. Instead, I filled up the cup with stones that I found outside the church and sealed the cup with lots of masking tape. Way faster!
- Skipping the Spanish Moss and hot glue gun part. Remember, I said I was on a tight budget. So, instead, I just cut a round 6″ circles from black scrapbook paper that I already had and made 3″ long cuts (about every 1/4″) from the edge to the center. Then, curled the strips towards the center.
- The stucco corner is pretty stiff so use a wrapping paper roll to help you form the stem shape.
- For a natural stem look, bend the stems once or twice but do so gently!
- For each leaf, I used tape instead of glue. It’s much faster and probably less messy.
- I cut about 4 of the large petal size, 6 of the medium petal size, and 4 of the small petal size. If you still have extra sheets of tissue paper, you might as well cut more petals.
- With the scraps, make mini flowers! See the little flowers (though, they’re not that little…maybe 7-8″ in diameter) at the foot of the cross.
Here are some bonus photos of the festive food table I helped put together. I’ll write more about those decorations in a later post. I love how the photos captured the colorfulness of the decor!