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.





(Super Easy) Painted Chevron Table Runner


I like to throw dinner parties. On a whim. For no reason. It makes me happy to feed people and surround them in prettiness. We held such a dinner party recently and with just a few hours to prepare & zero budget for décor we had to get crafty!


Roll of brown craft paper (30-40cm wide)

Wide paint brush

Yellow poster paint


Measuring tape


Measure your table and add an extra 2 feet to the length if you would like your runner to hang over the edges.

Roll out the roll of brown craft paper and cut to your desired length.

Now you have a couple of choices here. I painted the chevron pattern free hand but if you don’t have a steady hand you can measure out the pattern with pencil and use painters tape to mark it out. I simply made my chevron’s the thickness of the brush which kept everything nice and uniform. Plus I like the imperfections, which added to the ‘handmade look’. But each to their own!

Let dry and style up your table. I added lot’s of pillar candles that had been half used at a previous dinner party. The beauty of this tablescape is that the wax from the candles drips straight onto the paper runner, which can be tossed out afterwards. Savvy and saves cleaning up – a winner in my books!

pic for blog

Paper Straw Flags

And because I hate waste and can’t resist paper straws I also whizzed up these straw flags with the craft paper scraps & leftover paint.

Cut 4’ x ½’ rectangles from the brown paper and stick a strip of double sided tape across the back. Fold around your paper straw and snip out a triangle to create the oh so cute flag shape. Paint your guests names on one side and voila! You have a pretty party decoration and place cards.


Images by www.studioflamingo.com.au