Decorating with Tulle

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Decorating with tulle can turn your reception area into a gorgeous fantasy. Although white is definitely the all time favorite, decorating with other colors is becoming more popular. I've seen black tulle used draped around tables for an elegant black and white wedding theme.

Here are some basic instructions for decorating with tulle no matter what color you decide to use!

One key note when working with tulle - DON'T put your finished tulle creations in plastic bags, Rubbermaid boxes or crammed together in ANY CONTAINER!

Tulle smashes easily and is difficult to get back into shape the day of your wedding. For times sake you really should make them up ahead. But hang them by their tails pinned to hangers - and hang them up in out-of-the-way place until your wedding day. Transport them carefully - even if you have to make two trips.

How to Make Tulle Pew Bows

The most common decorating with tulle project is bows.

If you are going to make tulle pew bows, buy tulle by the roll - not by the bolt. It comes in 6" wide and usually has 50 yards or more on the spool.

Trying to save money by cutting the 45" or 54" wide tulle to make bows will just give you a lot of headaches - it's not worth it!

How many spools of tulle you will need depends on the size of your bows.

Here is a simple chart:

∙ 8" diameter Bow - 3 yards for the bow and 1/2 yard for the tail

∙ 12" diameter Bow - 4 yards for the bow and 1/2 yard for the tails

∙ 16" diameter bow - 5 1/2 yards for the bow and 1/2 yard for the tails

That means that out of a 65 yard bolt of tulle you can get approximately 18 small bows , about 14 medium size bows, and 10 large bows.

Step 1. Decide on the diameter of your bows.

If you want your bows to be 12" across, then measure that width and mark it on a piece of cardboard.

Step 2. Fold your Tulle and Pin

Tulle can be very slippery to work with. You need to fold your tulle back and forth like an accordian pleat. Pin the cut end on the first mark with two corsage pins. Fold tulle back to second mark. Pin with two pins.

Continue weaving back and forth, repinning each time to help keep the tulle in place.

Step 3. Keep the number of Loops Even on Each Side

Keep weaving until you have the number of loops you want on each side. I usually do at least five on each side to get a good full bow. Pin all four corners securely.

Step 4. Slide a 3' length of Tulle under the Center of the Bow

Take a 3' length of tulle and slide one end of it with your hand under the pinned layers. This length of tulle is what you will use to tie the center of the bow.

Step 5. Tie the 3' Tulle Length into a Snug Square Knot

Your bow should look like the picture below. Tie the center snugly with a square knot.

Step 6. Unpin the bow and Fluff Out Layers of Loops

Place your hand inside the large loops and twist the bow loop. This will puff out the tulle pew bow.

Your finished bow will look like the one pictured below. Notice the two short tails handing up by the bow head. These are what you use to tie it to the pews, tables, and other places that you are decorating with tulle.

If you desire, add greenery , colored ribbon or flowers to the center of the bow

Decorating with tulle gets easier with practice. You'll soon be turning these pew bows out in no time.

Send me your pictures of how you did your decorating with tulle. Pass it on - one beautiful bride at a time.

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