Ideas for Wedding Tissue Paper & Starch Table Decorations

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Ideas for Wedding Tissue Paper & Starch Table Decorations
Tissue paper comes in a variety of colours. (tissue paper image by Christopher Hall from

The light and airy look of decorative tissue paper makes it an elegant medium for crafting one-of-a-kind wedding table decorations. While the thinness of the paper gives it a desirable delicate look, it also makes it difficult to work with and is easily broken. Liquid and spray-on starch will give an added stiffness and stability to the paper, allowing it to be preserved and shaped into an exquisite wedding table decoration.

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A Paper Bouquet

While real flowers can droop and wither, flowers crafted from colourful tissue paper can last for years to come. To create paper flowers, spray or paint liquid starch onto coloured tissue paper to stiffen it. Cut out petals from the paper and glue them in layers to a wire or pipe cleaner that acts as a "stem" until you have a full flower. Combine several flowers in a vase for a centrepiece bouquet, or simply lay each flower next to place setting cards for a personalised flourish at every seat.

Découpage Favor Boxes

If you plan on setting favours at every table, découpage gift boxes for each favour using decorative tissue paper. Cut or tear tissue paper into small pieces and adhere the pieces to a small box using a mixture of starch and découpage medium. You may need several layers of paper to produce a vibrant, opaque colour. These boxes are suitable for presenting scented candles, candies, or other small favours and the guests can use them for years to come as storage containers.

Faux-Stained Glass Vases

Handmade faux-stained glass vases take advantage of the translucence of tissue paper. Use starch or a mixture of starch and glue to adhere torn-up tissue paper to the inside of a glass vase; cover the vase with only one or two layers of paper so light can stream through creating a stained glass effect. Once the adhesive dries, you can place flowers or a candle inside, making a lovely centrepiece that glows with elegance.

Miniature Gift Bags

Put your favours into miniature gift bags using small rectangles of tissue paper to accent the presentation. Fluff out bunches of starch-sprayed tissue paper and place it in the bag on top of the gift. You can use all the same colour for the paper, or alternate colours between bags or inside the bag itself. This is a quick and easy way to coordinate the colour of your favours with other table decorations.

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