When we left off yesterday, I explained my vision for my future wedding centerpieces. Hopefully you weren’t too confused, you’ll still need a little more of that imagination for today.
I had three ideas in mind of how to decorate the cones for this trial run. The plan was to start with the most complicated and work my way down. The most time consuming design of the three I got from ReMade Simple (she used the tutorial from Craftaholics Anonymous for the rosettes).
After reading the tutorial for making the rosettes, all that was left to do was go for it! Let me tell you, this took a long time. Folding all of those rosettes (different sizes) and then arranging them on the cone, I spent approximately a combined 6 hours on ONE cone. I had JUST enough fabric to cover the smallest of the three cones. In fact, I could have used just a touch more. Like my inspiration image, I used beads to cover holes that you could see the foam. My biggest concern with this one is I’m just not sure if people will look at it and know they are meant to be rosettes, or if they look more like balled up fabric scraps.
My second plan came from Teresa Down Under. I honestly expected this one to be quicker than it turned out to be. The concept itself is a lot easier than the rosettes. I would work on pinning squares for a while then step back and did not make as much headway up the cone as I thought I had. I don’t remember how much time this one took me, but I believe it was longer than that rosette cone.
I needed over 300 squares to cover a 10 inch tall cone!
Finally was the easiest of all. I was going to cover the tallest cone in fabric. Just straight out, cut fabric and glue to cone. I didn’t use a tutorial or any specific inspiration for this one since I had seen the process done many places before. I forgot to take progress pictures (and apparently any pictures of this cone alone), but if I do this again I will make sure to do that for you.
It was now time to bring it all together. I brought the cones to work and we set up one of our tables with the supplies. Keep in mind that there will also be dinnerware on these tables, so the centerpieces really shouldn’t take up too much room. I will also have that yellow runner made, and not this silly stand in. What you see here are my fancy yellow pajama pants, which obviously don’t work well as a table runner.
Now, here is where we need the imagination. Keep these things in mind:
- The runner will be longer (hanging off the table about a foot on each side)
- The cones will sit level (they’re tilted a little right now because of the pajama pants)
- Votive candles will be lit, and actual votives instead of tea lights
- The table will also be set with place settings
It really is a good thing that I am doing this early. The first two cones took many hours (worked on over multiple days) to complete. I’m going to need somewhere around 54 cones. My coworker suggested I have a centerpiece party and enlist the help of crafty friends and family.
After looking at the mock set up we decided that the patterned fabrics were competing with each other. A quick vote determined that it should be a patterned runner with solid colors on the cones. I was also trying to imagine an entire ballroom filled with these. After doing that in my head I thought that I was missing a little POP! So of course, I have ANOTHER idea to do with half of the tables (half of the tables will have cones, the other half this new idea)
I still have a few more options as other designs for these cones and will be working those into the plan as well. Each table will truly be unique. Well, that’s if this is the official decision. I’m not fully ready to say THIS IS IT!
So what do you think? Are cones crazy fun, or are they just plain crazy?
Linking to: Addicted to Decorating