Friday, November 14, 2014

Blog Hop with Jen Goode/Church Fall Banquet

Today the Tombow Design Team is hopping with Guest Designer Jen Goode.

I am sharing some things I made for a recent fall banquet held at our church. The theme for the banquet was Refresh & Rejuvenate. I created 19 of these for round table center pieces. I was asked if I could do it as inexpensive as possible and I was able to.

The jars were free...our canning jars. I was able to bring them home and we will use them again. The "flowers" are just weeds. I went ditch hunting by our place and cut several different kinds of textured grasses/weeds.

The burlap on the jars were left over from my son and DIL's wedding. It is held together in the back with Power Tabs. The ribbon tied around it is by May Arts and from a roll I won from one of their contests.

The flag idea I got from Pinterest & Etsy. I have seen these fun flags around made from fabric, designer paper, Washi tape, etc. I cut and sewed the flags from fabric to give more color to the jar and then used Xtreme Adhesive along the skewer (97¢ for 100 at Walmart) at the top to hold it in place.

Here are all the other colored flags I made. I tea dyed paper doilies which were left over from B & K's wedding as well. Oh and the wood slice is also from what I used to decorate tables at their rehearsal supper.

I also got this twig holder idea from Pinterest. I went twig hunting in our yard and cut them to length and then using 1/2 Power Tab adhered them together on the ends. I typed "Replenish and Rejuvenate" on the computer and then hand drew the leafy image onto each card with the Mono Twin Permanent Marker. I cut and added a little color into the leaves with a Dual Brush Pen 026 Yellow Gold from the new Muted Set by just "smooshing" the marker into the leaf drawn.

And finally these pumpkins. I saw the idea I think first on Martha Stewarts website a few years back. The accordian circles were to just sit on top of each other (glued), but that didn't make them very tall, so  I added a Foam Tab in between each layer. Just in case  you are wondering...that was 133 accordian circles I made by hand. All the paper used was what I already had on hand. I added a stick at the top and hand cut 2 leaves from felt and glued and then adhered a raffia bow.

As with all our guest designer hops, there is a prize being offered.

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Now it's time to head over to the very talented Melissa Cash's Blog.

The Lineup for this hop is:


  1. Oh my goodness! You have blown me away with everything you created! I so need to take a lesson from you!

  2. great projects!!! love that pumpkin...

  3. Fabulous creations, wonderful re-use of the burlap and love all of the found twigs, flowers, etc. Very creatively done.


  4. I would love to have a set of these. They look great.

  5. The pumpkins are darling. A lot of work but well-worth the effort.
    Love the "vases". Best to use what is on hand. they look pretty fancy after they are gussied up.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, 133 accordian circles made by hand... that's a lot and they are adorable! Great tips on how to be more resourceful on future events and upcoming holiday parties... with a little Tombow, anything is possible! :)

  7. You are soooo thrifty! I love how you explain where you got your ideas and supplies from! Very awesome projects for sure! LOVE them!

  8. Love your centerpieces! Great idea to use the canning jars with burlap trim for the vases! Love the pumpkins... that's a lot of cutting and scoring!
    And I love your "smooshing" technique on coloring the leaves!

  9. I love that you did all that virtually at no cost. Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. liked you no cost ideas and leaving some blogger love from a blogger who loves to hop.

  11. oh wow all of these are awesome!!

  12. Love the rustic look! You did a fabulous job! Love the little flags too! TFS!
    have a wonderful day!

  13. I really like your project theme where you shared you were tasked to come up with an inexpensive decorating idea. We crafters are so frequently given such a challenge and you certainly found your calling. Beautiful project, that is so inspirational. Love it.


  14. Wow, your projects are amazing! I really love the accordion pumpkin. Thanks for sharing.