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Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Special Issue 2010


Just because you're throwing a wedding away from home doesn't mean you have to scrimp on style. The trick? Rely on materials that pack flat for effortless shipping and can be used in multiple ways to make a big impact. Here, just a few supplies -- vellum paper, scissors, and tape -- turn a simply set table into something worth raising your glass to. Better yet, the four doable ideas shown here are unbelievably affordable.



  1. Cut vellum into 10 strips. For small lanterns, use 8 1/2-by-1-inch pieces; for large ones, use 11-by-1-inch pieces.

  2. Stack strips, perforate each end with a hole punch, and secure with brads.

  3. Fan strips out to create 3-D shape.

  4. Wrap monofilament (or heavy clear thread) around one brad, and secure to ceiling with a thumbtack.

  5. Cut vellum into 3/4-by-5-inch strips in a variety of colors.

  6. Run strips through a sewing machine, one after the other, until the banner reaches your desired length.

  7. Secure ends to a wall or ceiling with thumbtacks.

  8. Cut vellum into rectangles of various heights. Each should wrap around votive holder and overlap by 1 inch.

  9. Wrap vellum around votives. Secure overlap with double-stick tape, then slip vellum sleeves off the votives. 3. Set candles on table, light, slide on vellum sleeves, and arrange.

  10. Cut vellum into a 3/4-by-5-inch strip.

  11. Cut 1-inch slit lengthwise in one end using a craft knife and metal ruler.

  12. Calligraph name on other end.

  13. Slip calligraphed end through slit to make a ring, and slide over napkin.

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