Two ladies and a whole lotta wool
Last weekend we had a BBQ at my little flat and I wanted to share some of the crafty decorations I made/purchased to jazz it up a little. That’s right – whilst most people start with the food, I prioritise and start with the crafting! I should probably mention that this BBQ was for my boyfriend’s birthday so I had to tone it down a little (he’s not exactly someone you would describe as crafty) though you will be surprised at what I got away with!
Due to my shoulder injury (which is thankfully on the mend) I wasn’t able to actually make as many decorations as I would have liked (think excessive paper garlands) but I was still happy with the result.
So first up, the paper pom poms and the mini pom pom garland:
The Pink paper honeycomb pom pom was a purchase I’m afraid (I’m not sure I would even know where to begin!) but I did make the other two. The tissue paper pom pom was actually quite easy, and I found a great tutorial on Polka Dot Bride. Admittedly, mine is not as impressive as theirs (I think I need more tissue paper!) but I was still pleased with it. The pom pom garland was very simple and just involved wrapping the yarn round my fingers several times then cutting either end. I had a lot fun matching the different colours together.
My next purchase was a set of Chinese paper lanterns, I love these as the colours are so vibrant and they look great against the light. You can pick these up in shops in Chinatown or online. I think they add a nice crafty feel despite the fact I didn’t actually make them!
I also wanted to brighten up the place with some flowers, so I finally got round to rinsing all those excess spice jars I had (I am a terrible hoarder!) and I bought a really bright bunch of flowers. I think I divided the bunch up and added just a flower or two to each jar and dotted them round the flat/balcony.
And finally, I took the opportunity to buy some really cute paper straws. I just love the way they look but there’s very rarely a good excuse to buy them! They ended up not being as big a hit as I had assumed as no one used them. I have to be honest though and admit that I was secretly pleased, I’ve got lots of craft projects lined up for these cuties.