In February I hosted my daughter's 2nd birthday party. I have not gotten around to organizing the pics from the photographers yet, but I thought it would be fun to post a how-to blog with one of my handmade decorations. I made this custom name stand for the buffet table, and it was very easy. I started off with cardboard letters I bought at Hobby Lobby for $1.75 each. I also purchased a package of wooden dowels and a package of wooden circles(both found at hobby Lobby). They were about $2.50 per pack. The circles have a hole in the middle that the wooden dowels fit down into. I painted the letters with regular craft paint, two coats. Then, I hot glued the dowels into the circles. Next, I took the letters and hot glued them to the dowels in various heights and angles for a funky effect. I found an old glass shelf in my garage, but you could easily use a scrap piece of wood or even a sturdy piece of cardboard, and I hot glued the circles to the shelf.
To give the centerpiece a little more height I set the shelf on top of 2 hurricane vases filled with colored confetti paper. Finally, to cover the dowels and to give the name a floating feel, i used a scrap piece of purple tulle and fluffed it around the base of the letters. It turned out to be a great focal point to the buffet, and after the party I set it up on a shelf in Catie's bedroom.
This would be an easy decoration for a wedding using the word LOVE on the cake table or candy buffet, or the word THANKS on a favor table. Instead of painting the letters, you could trace them onto pretty scrapbook paper and decoupage them onto the front. There are lots of ways to customize any words you like!