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Our beautiful space has a ‘prefunction’ area that we are transforming into a modern cocktail lounge. As soon as you venture up the escalator to the second floor where the ballroom is located, you end up in this space. It’s more or less the first that you see of the wedding so we wanted some WOW factor. The ‘VIP’ theme will make its debut in this room.
Clean, modern furniture is going to be set up in the space and to create little VIP areas, we were going to separate sections with shoji screens. However, I could not find any inexpensive screens to buy or rent, so my event designed suggested that she have silkscreened orchid panels made. I thought this was a fabulous idea to add more visual excitement to the room… until I saw the cost.
I vetoed that idea and said I would make some myself. I used to silkscreen, but haven’t in ages nor do I have access to the needed equipment. Next best thing? I painted the orchids onto white fabric. I had already painted panels for the family room, so it’s not something I have not done before.
- Fabric. I made mine approximately 2′ by 8′. I started with fabric was twice the width so that I could easily create a liner on the backside (4′ by 8′).
- Acrylic paint
- Craft sheet or blanket that you don’t use anymore
- Paint brushes of various sizes
- Fabric glue
- Sewing Machine
- Wooden dowel rods
It was easy.
First, I ironed the panels so that I had a smooth surface. I laid it on top of the craft sheet (the paint will bleed through) and laid them both on a nice smooth surface. Then, I sketched the orchid onto the panels in pencil. It’s hard to see, but believe me, there is a sketched orchid there.
After it was drawn the way I wanted, I opened the paint and outlined the graphic with a fine paintbrush.
I filled everything in with a larger paintbrush. It took awhile to get all of the misses spots.
Finally, I let it dry and then sewed the liner onto the panel. I spot-used some fabric glue on the edges so that the two layers of fabric would not shift around.
Then, I folded the top edge and bottom edge over so that they can accept dowel rods. These will be hung from the ceiling with fishing line.
Here is my first one! I have 8 more to make.
DIY in Action
This is how the lounge area in the hotel looked before anything was brought in for the wedding.
Here they are decorating the cocktail lounge in front of the ballroom. They were used the way we wanted – separating the little "VIP" areas.
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