Many women won’t admit it, but when they were little, they dreamed of being a princess when they were grown. That dream didn’t come true for most of them, but for many of today’s little girls, that dream is still alive. If you know a little girl with a fast-approaching birthday, and she’s dreaming of a princess party for her and her friends, you can easily make a centerpiece that will wow ’em all! To top it off make matching place markers, too!
Who would have thought you could make an extraordinary table centerpiece by using paper plates? Three paper plates is all you need to start the simple project that features the little girl’s favorite princess. Purchase plates at a party store or other retailer that features birthday party plates. The plates should be the type that are fairly rigid and have a large picture of a princess, castle or other such image.
Use one of the paper plates as the base for the centerpiece. Just turn it upside-down and paint it or leave it as-is. Besides painting it you can also cover it with decorative paper or fabric. Or, use a child’s boa to cover it completely. Boas can be found at most dollar-theme stores and are ideal for making the princess centerpiece. After decorating the base plate set it aside temporarily. Take one paper plate, set it upside-down on a table, then apply glue to the flat side. Set the other plate on it so that the two bottoms are glued together. Make sure that the images are both facing exactly the same way.
Cut a small sliver from the bottoms of the glued-together plates to give them a straight edge. Apply hot glue across the center of the base plate. Stand the two glued plates in the hot glue and hold them until they stand on their own. Now use an additional piece of the boa to cover the edges of the plates and give a more finished look to the centerpiece. Even if you didn’t use a boa piece to cover the base plate you’ll need one to cover the sides of the glued plates.
Use large birthday party plates to make the above centerpiece but smaller ones to make place markers. For these, cut circles from ordinary paper plates, then glue on a circle of princess-theme gift wrap. Decorate the base as you did above then glue the two, back-to-back plates on it as you did with the centerpiece. Glue on the small boa pieces to cover the edges of the plates. Use stickers or markers to write each girl’s name on a plate and set them on the table.
The princess centerpiece with matching place markers are cheap and easy to make but create a lasting impression that your special girl, and her friends, will remember for years to come. You might be frugal but the decorations you create will be the best ones ever!