Repurposing the Details

For a while there, I was torn as to what we would do with those big tissue flower pomanders we made for the ceremony. I didn’t really think that there was much space for them in our home, so they were just sitting in my parents’ garage, gathering dust. I couldn’t bear to throw them away! Someone suggested selling them, but I just didn’t really know what they were worth, and to be able to ship them and for them to arrive to the buyer intact was somewhat of an expensive (or risky) prospect. I must have paid less than $30 in materials for them, yet with the tens of hours it took several people to fold and fluff about 1000 little tissue poms, I think I could only rightfully charge 8.2 billion dollars for these things to have made them worth a sale. And, especially in this economy, who’s gonna pay 8.2 billion dollars for paper pomanders? I mean come on, that’s just ridiculous.

My parents threatened to throw away our wedding junk so I have slowly started migrating it over to our house.

We only have one closet, so we either need to use it or lose it, but I couldn’t seem to let go of those pomanders. I shuffled them from one side of the house to the other, but they really just looked like balls of junk lying around.

Finally last weekend, Mr. Peng surprised me by hanging the pomanders up in our entryway. He did a great job! And now I won’t have to worry about having to sell or trash them.


Did a portion of your wedding decor turn into home decor?


Mrs. Penguin

Northern California
Wedding Date:
June 2008
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  1. corn Member
    corn 1130 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:06 am

    Oh yeah! Our manzanita branches can be found all over our house. And we put all of our wedding paper elements in a shadow box that is in our living room.

    Your pomanders look great! Awesome job, Mr Pengs!!

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    laurajane, Guest @ 11:09 am

    They look fantastic! I love them… I would make them, but you’ve just deterred me! haha

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    onion 711 posts, Busy bee @ 11:11 am

    those look fantastic! what a sweetie pie for doing that. our card box now holds all our “wedding stuff” — the CD’s of photos, DVD, rsvp’s, extra invites etc. it sits on our book shelf but is pretty.

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    Amber1279 319 posts, Helper bee @ 11:17 am

    I like them there!! They look great :)

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    Laura B, Guest @ 11:18 am

    Oh yeah, the centerpieces are decorations on one bookshelf and we have all the candy jars from the buffet, which half of them are being used to actually hold candy in and the rest are holding dust while sitting in a closer somewhere.

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    MichelleMGD, Guest @ 11:18 am

    I love that picture of you and Mr. Penguin! The pomanders look very stylish and fun hanging there. What a good husband.

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    smkarl 90 posts, Worker bee @ 11:19 am

    It’s so funky! I love it!

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    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:21 am

    What a good idea, Mr. Penguin!

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    hotwings 2200 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:21 am

    that’s so perfect! great idea.

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 11:22 am

    we are actually looking for vases to act as our centerpieces in places like cost plus and crate & barrel so they can easily transition into our home. your pomanders look so cute.

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    Angie, Guest @ 11:22 am

    I would love to know how to make them. I just need a few smaller ones. I like them so much.

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 11:23 am

    There’s so much sentimental value in decor…ESPECIALLY if they were hand done! What a great way to reuse these!!! Tell MR. Peng that he did a wonderful job!!!

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    mooreshugar 103 posts, Blushing bee @ 11:24 am

    those look great!!!

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    Ruby Slippers 509 posts, Busy bee @ 11:27 am

    That is so cute! I’m planning on making my table runners into curtains at some point, and the frames from our table names have become general photo frames, but I have nooo idea what to do with all our crystal beads from the hanging escort card/table listings!

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:28 am

    Awesome, Peng (& Mr. Peng!!)!

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 11:36 am

    8.2 billion dollars! I know exactly how you feel… The scarf I just finished knitting should go for just as much. They look really beautiful Pengy!

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    VanGal 26 posts, Newbee @ 11:38 am

    I thought the pomanders looked great in your wedding photos and they look fun and unexpected in your home.

    I wrapped ribbons on 20×30 canvas boards to display guest name cards and repurposed one this Christmas by setting it on our mantel and hanging Christmas cards on them. Also the birdcage for cards now adds a nice touch to our guestroom.

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    Emily @ Peach & Pearl, Guest @ 11:57 am

    Those look so cute!! Great idea.

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    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:03 pm

    So cute! Love it. Ya, my wedding chandeliers (a couple of them) stayed and are part of my office decor – oh and not to mention my gigantic crystal tree…. its a my moms place for now (cuz of lack of space) but that too will be in my house one day

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    linzella 407 posts, Helper bee @ 12:18 pm

    Those look great! For several of our larger decorations, I’m trying to stick with neutral colors instead of our wedding colors so that they can easily transition to our future home.

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    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:19 pm

    Great job Mr. Pengs!
    I’m sure we’ll re-purpose something I just don’t know what yet :)

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    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:30 pm

    How great is Mr. Pengy!! So cute.

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    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:32 pm

    They look awesome!! Definitely worth 8.2 billion dollars :)

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    jennred782, Guest @ 12:40 pm

    Yes I concur 8.2 billion, I love how they look.

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    latte 651 posts, Busy bee @ 1:12 pm

    They look great!!! Good job Mr P!

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    fifisweet 128 posts, Blushing bee @ 1:33 pm

    B-E-A-utiful! I love these, and think they really added something to your ceremony. I want some.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:47 pm

    what a great idea! good job mr. pengs!

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    Aylee @, Guest @ 2:31 pm

    Your pomanders are beautiful and they look great in the entryway. How sweet of Mr Penguin.

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    Stephanie, Guest @ 2:33 pm

    That is such a cute idea!!!! it is too hard to throw away beautiful wedding decorations that you can still use. This is something also good for future brides to keep in mind about what decorations they should use that they can move into their homes

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    Stephanie, Guest @ 2:34 pm

    That is such a cute idea!!!! it is too hard to throw away beautiful wedding decorations that you can still use. This is something also good for future brides to keep in mind about what decorations they should use that they can move into their homes.

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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 3:01 pm

    They are beautiful! I love the idea, thanks for sharing :)

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    hotcocoa 2098 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:15 pm

    I love that Mr. Pengy did that. He’s a keeper!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:24 pm

    They look great in their new “spot”! :) Way to go Mr. Pengy!

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 4:56 pm

    So fun! and what a great idea!!! :)

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    CaptainJacksMom 36 posts, Newbee @ 5:02 pm

    They look beautiful! And I an green with envy over they amazing paint on the walls, pun TOTALLY intended.

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    HelloStargazer 14 posts, Newbee @ 7:22 pm

    So-o cute! Who would have thought of turning pomanders into home decor? Love it!

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    kenziegirl 339 posts, Helper bee @ 9:43 pm

    Love it!

    I’m sure we’ll be re-using our “vases” and the 160+ cloth napkins (for years and years!).

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    eileen marie 1644 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:02 pm

    um the first picture looks like something out of a magazine! a)you two look AMAZING! & b)your photog. is incredible! AND i love the giant pomanders–now you’ve given me another diy, penguin! do you have a tutorial posted? there is no way my FI will let me keep mine! (if you’re every in NZ–make sure to visit your namesake–the little blue penguins–SO CUTE!!)

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    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 10:49 pm

    Looks great! Cheers to Mr. Peng!!

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    DrDazey, Guest @ 6:53 pm

    Very beautiful and they’ll last a long time, unlike flowers!! Please do share how you made them!!

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    greentea 765 posts, Busy bee @ 8:35 pm

    no, seriously, that is awesome.

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    D.Marie 2575 posts, Sugar bee @ 8:42 pm

    Hi Mrs. Penguin…

    Have you ever seen John and Kate plus 8? I was just looking at your engagement photo entry and the one smile pic you have reminds me of their one daughter Hannah! :) Beautiful smile btw! :)

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    Dianne, Guest @ 11:01 pm

    I love having some of our wedding decor used in our home. We had a sort of beachy outdoor wedding last September so we had the rattan fans on every chair. Our whole house has sort of a beach feel, so I used one long wall in our hallway to display 18 wedding photos – one attached to each fan. It almost has an art gallery installation feel to it and I love that the fans were used by our wedding guests to stay cool on a warm evening in our own backyard.

    I also have a lot of candle holders in various sizes covered with small shell tiles throughout our home – and I pull even more out when we have family gatherings or dinner parties.

    Finally, our invitation was based on a caricature of us (we had a caricature artist at the reception) and we have the framed original artwork hanging in our home. We actually used the caricatures of all of our guests as the basis for our guest book – people love to look through it and read the corresponding notes.

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    evelinej 370 posts, Helper bee @ 1:05 pm

    Good idea. I don’t have the heart to get rid of my wedding stuff either. I devoted too much time to my projects, not to mention $$, but more important is has sentimental value to me. In our living room, we have one of our manzanita branches in it’s vase that I decorated. It fits well.

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