We have decided to have an all inclusive wedding and although we love kiddos we know that not everyone does and so we had better have something to keep them entertained if we want them to sit through dinner!
We have a good spread of ages from infants (who aren’t getting anything more entertaining than sat next to their parents!) to 7 year olds and i tried to tailor their little gifts accordingly.
All in I think this cost me £14.00 and some of the supplies I always have on hand ( brown paper, washi tape, stampers and some scraps of coloured paper to mention a few.)
So this is what I started with, all of this came from the low end stores (poundland at the bottom to the works at the top of the ££ end!)
For the two bigger girls (7) I found colouring / sticker books at home bargains, coloured pencils (which helpfully came in a two pack) from the works along with a pencil sharpener and rubber because as a long time lover of colouring there is nothing worse than not having a sharpener when you need it and the rubbers came in the pack! They also got DIY necklace kits which were a bougie £2.00 each from poundland which I repacked to make them a little more easily controlled!
For the little kiddos (5 2 to 3 year olds) i used the colouring and activity books from poundland that come in a 8 pack and stuck a colouring book and activity book together and covered them in brown paper, added some coloured paper and a monogram. I also took one package of poundland crayons and divided them up into little envelops that i had decorated with washi tape.
For the babies (2 both around 9 months old) i bought the poundland stacking cups, turned the boxes inside out, covered them in brown paper and accented them with coloured paper and the stamped monogram again.
I packed the gifts up into clear bags to corral the mess and finish them up.
I can not yet speak of their effectiveness but I hope they hit the spot for our young guests while not causing us to file for bankruptcy!
What worked for you to entertain children through your big day?
I had stumbled across this video and it inspired me to try getting some of these boxes for myself and giving them a new lease of life.
Once I had painted them using the same white chalk paint I used this video for inspiration as to the surface decoration. I loosely followed along with her and use a combination of cotton buds (as recommended) and small paintbrushes for the more detailed work. I only did one side of each box and did both at once, it took me the length of her video to come up with something I liked.
Once everything was dry I added the gold top edge (because I can’t get enough gold!) and then waxed them the same way Chelsey does.
We are using these on our wedding bars to hold jam jars of paper straws and napkins (for those little spills) and to generally corral all of the junk you need for a bar. Hopefully the photo bombing dog will be safely away buy then!
I love to be creative but sometime I find myself in a rut and being heavily inspired by other people is the only way out of it. Stealing with pride right!
Where do you go for some DIY inspiration?
Poundland is a dangerous place, I can never leave with just what I ventured in for but I must confess that sometimes these are a blessing in disguise! Roll in this wedding bunting, £1.00 for 6m. I snaffoed 3 packets because I knew it would be simple to tart it up a little to fit in more with our style!
Weeny bit meh right, I think my main source of umbridge was that the flags are a creamier colour than the very white ribbon so they looked kinda dirty, not cute! All I added was my ginormous ball of garden twine (B&M around £2.50 for a ball as big as my head!) and a glue gun. I started by stripping the pendants from the ribbon, then measuring lengths of twine to the same length as the ribbon I had removed.
I folded the twine in half and marked it with a bit of washi tape before adding my first two flags (either side of my center line marker.) This is the point at which you decided your spacing, play about with it a little then once you are happy dab a bit of hot glue on the center back to secure.
I placed my flags further apart than they were originally so from my 3 packs (of 6m each) I finished up with 4 sets of 6m bunting. I am not sure where in the venue we will use this quite yet but for the princely sum of £3.00 and a couple of hours we will find somewhere for them!
There is a whole lotta real life going down in the background of this picture (‘real life’ meaning mess) but lets skid over that and finish with some therapeutic puppy!