A low cost upstyled wedding idea!


Some of you may not know that in my real life I own & run wedding & event company – Parfait Weddings & Events – Australia. So every so often a little wedding or party tip that I just can’t keep to myself is going to pop up on this here blog!

This little project is something I put together for a rather large wedding this past weekend (the groom arrived to the ceremony via helicopter – very James Bond!). Even though this was a big, fancy wedding it was the little touches just like this one that made the day personal and intimate. Plus it is super low cost – just the way we like it here at Our Upcycled Life!

Behold…individual tissue packs ‘for your happy tears’


  • Purse size tissue packs (roughly one each for half of the congregation)
  • Twine
  • Scissors
  • Tags printed with a sweet message along the lines of ‘for your happy tears’


Firstly head to your local dollar shop and pick up some purse size packs of tissues.

Take each out of it’s packet and stack to one side.

To save time measuring your twine do a test run tying around one tissue packet and use this as a guide. Mine were approx. 50cm long.


Tie each tissue pack with twine and attach your tag with a pretty bow. 


Stack in a cute box or basket and have your usher hand out to guests upon arrival.





Cut & Stitch – DIY Floor Cushion/Dog Bed


I could never seem to find a dog bed that I actually liked the look of, and considering our dog Ziggy sleeps in our room I wanted something that matched our bedroom décor. So when I saw this awesome post on the Mandy Made blog (http://mysticmandy.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/giant-floor-pillows.html) I jumped at the chance to make my own.  You could of course use these as floor cushions instead, great in the lounge room for extra seating on movie nights.

I used 90% recycled materials for this one – a vintage tablecloth I already had, stuffed the pillows with a mix of old towels & clothes that were on their way to Vinnies and a couple of cushion inserts I had lying around. The stuffing works better with the rag’s as the dense filling fills out the corners and gives it structure. The only supplies I bought was 2m of the Chevron Print fabric which was on clearance at Spotlight. Total spend for the project = $9!

The size of my pillows varied slightly to Mandy’s simply because that was all the fabric I had! My large one is 25’ x 7’ and the small is 20’ x 6’.

Ziggy is very happy with his new digs!