When it came to our wedding table decorations, Tom & I wanted to try and base them somehow on our love of film, so we decided we wanted to create something using Lego type film characters, like Batman, Harry Potter & Jurassic park..
Again trying to save money and do this ourselves, we decided to make little Dioramas/centre pieces using our skills as model makers again, with my arty friend Emma-Jayne on hand to help (http://www.emjayartworks.co.uk). I knew of some good places to source some model trees and foliage (try eBay or model making shop EMA in West Norwood) and decided make some little island type landscapes to sit our characters & table numbers into.
Having used expanding foam for many prop makes before, I knew it was cheap and can easily create lots of volume, although sometimes its does go a little mad..! I sprayed the expanding foam (bought from a local B&Q or hardware shop) onto some plastic sheeting, to protect the floor and allow it to easily peel off. Leave it for an hour and its all set and ready to add fairy lights and paint.
Firstly I cut out a hole underneath to house the battery pack of the fairy lights. The foam is really easy to carve into using a scalpel or craft knife, be careful though! This meant that when the islands were in place the battery pack would be hidden away, and the lights on.
I bought a variety of green spray paints from a Art suppliers shop (try Cowling & Wilcox or similar) and sprayed the islands with different shades if paint. While they were wet, we added the fake foliage/ moss and left it all to dry. This is pretty much it!
Once we got into the marquee, I had lots of helpers adding the lego/ toys and assembling the decorations. I laser cut the table numbers out of plywood, with a font matching that on our wedding invites. The table numbers could easily be sunk into the foam, as it almost acts like floristry oasis. If you like the table numbers, you can buy them here. I'm sure flowers would sit into too, as it is firm but easily pierced with a stem or skewer.
The dressed little islands were then placed on some log rings that we had had cut by the local timber yard, and beautiful glass bell jars sat over the top to finish them off. We only had six tables but I decided to do two decorations per table as the tables were so long. I think they turned out really well…!!
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