So I’ve got my containers, and my damask paper. I’m ready to go. Then, I realize that the containers I purchased aren’t straight up and down, so here is my condundrum.
I know it sound really dumb, but what is the easiest way to cover these containers since it’s not straight up and down? Should I just give up and buy straight containers, or is there a way to salvage this?
PS, don’t worry that the containers aren’t solid…I’m putting floral foam and silk flowers in it after it is covered. I also have black spray paint to do the top “ridges” of the container as well.
Is it too late to return those? It doesn’t even look like it’s a straight slant. It looks like it’s fluted, and in which case, there really won’t be any way to do that at all.
I think something like a coffee can would work a lot better. You’d also save money, because it looks like the opening on your container is much wider, meaning it will require a lot more flowers to look right. I actually think you’d save money by buying all new containers than spending that much extra on flowers.
Besides, you aren’t going to want something mesh anyway, as I am pretty sure those flowers should be in water (though I am no florist).
I don’t think this is a problem at all! I know how you feel – wanting it to be exactly like your inspiration pic – but I had to make some changes to my DIY centerpieces based on what I had to work with and they turned out beautifully! Give it a shot with a trial one and see what you think. Post pics of what you come up with so you can get feedback. I got some great suggestions from doing this 🙂
I would look for straight containers. They should be hard to find. Check the dollar store, hobby lobby, michaels, goodwill. Like the PP said Coffee cans are a good idea. Think of anything cylindrical, 2 liter soda bottles anything really since they’ll be covered.
One thing you can do is cut a slit on the tip and then another on the bottom on two opposite sides of the damask.The paper should then overlap and the seam won’t be terribly visible. If the seam bothers you, you can cover it with a simple black ribbon.
You can also try making the paper fit around the top, secure it that way (with hot glue or what have you.) Then at the bottom you’ll have paper overlapping in a diagonal.
@EffieTrinket: +1 Those containers do look big and not only would they take more flowers (which I guess you said is not an issue) but would take up an enormous amount of room on the table. Love the coffee can idea!
I think because of the damask print you’re using you need to have a cylindrical container with straight sides. Otherwise the pattern won’t work out properly and won’t look nice.
Coffee can is a great idea. Ask friends and family to save theirs for you. We often have them lying around. Another option is to go to Costco or another big-box store and look for big tubs of candy that you can use for a candy bar at your reception (added fun!) and then use the containers for your centrepieces.
you could cut your paper like this (image on the right) instead of a rectangle (like the image on the left). I’d use newspaper or something for a practice run to see what shape/size you need, then trace the rest of them off of that.