Monday, August 19, 2013

Easy Personalized Photo & Foral Centerpiece

Hubby and I hosted a 75th birthday party for his mom last weekend. It was an outdoor party so I didn't have to do a lot of specialty decorating but I did want the table centerpieces to be fun and personal without a huge cost. So I started hunting through my cupboards for glass containers. I added some photos and some hydrangeas from my yard and created this!

I used a trifle bowl that I already had. I needed two centerpieces so I picked up a second one at Walmart for less than $7. I love this bowl so I didn't mind having two around anyway.

I also used these fish bowls that I had.
I think they can be found for about $2 at Walmart or Michaels.

I cut a strip of heavy parchment paper to fit inside the trifle bowl
and glued several photos of my mom-in-law to it.
Once the glue was dried, I taped and glued it to form a ring.

Some of the photos were black and white and some color
so I converted them all to black and white for a
more classic and cohesive look.

I placed the ring into the trifle bowl.

 I cut some paper towels to fit in the bottom of the bowl without touching the paper. I'm not sure this was necessary but I thought it would keep moisture off the photos in case of condensation.

I placed the fish bowl inside the trifle bowl and added some water.

I cut some hydrangeas, bundled them into a bouquet
and secured the stems with a rubber band.

I placed the hydrangeas into the water filled fish bowl
and the centerpiece was finished!

At the end of the evening, I gave the photo rings to my mom-in-law. She and my hubby found another use for them.


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  1. Nice idea! I love vintage photos and the hydrangea's always make things beautiful!

  2. It was a great party and everything looked, and tasted, great! Thanks for all yours and Rick's hard work to make the evening successful! You can also thank Elvis for making a wonderful surprise appearance!!

  3. Love this idea!! would be wonderful for wedding table centerpieces. Love the personal touches like this one ;-)

  4. Very clever idea! I love having pictures around the house--this is great!

  5. What a fantastic idea for a special occasion! It's something I'd never have thought of, I'd have worried about the photos getting wet - I wouldn't have thought to have two bowls! (I'm not the most logical person sometimes...)

  6. Wonderful idea-hope to use it in the future-thank you for sharing!

  7. This is such a great idea, the use as crowns, too lol! Happy Birthday to your mom-in-law! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my wedding post this week!

  8. Lol, great tutorial! Awesome idea, have to try it...

  9. What a wonderful idea Kathy, such a personal touch and no doubt a conversation starter! Love them on their crowns too. LOL
    Hugs Lynn

  10. It is a very creative way of making a center piece. The personal touch plus those memorable pictures really makes this stuff an adorable one.

  11. Really a great tutorial that helps to fine tune the pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing this information.

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  12. It is so impressive and useful tutorial. I am too pleased to get this wonderful tutorial that would be so helpful.

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