It’s WATF Wednesday and I wanted to show you the awesome Fabric Panels I envisioned and made for Wendy and D’Ann’s wedding reception. The Fallen Leaf Park is a serene outdoor venue located in Camas, WA with amenities that include a large charcoal grill and full on working kitchen. As you may know from yesterday’s Tasty Tuesday Reception Yummy-ness post, Wendy and D’Ann had Devils’ Food Catering on site to prepare and serve local, seasonal and organic cuisine to their guests.
This DIY project allowed the Devil’s staff to use the ample kitchen set up, while being hidden and having their own private space. Guests also were spared from a visual of dirty dishes and mayhem that ensues from the kitchen. The panel worked out brilliantly and I think it added a little bit of function with a punch of style.
Here is what the kitchen/serving space started off looking like:
So how did it all go down and how did we make this happen? Well, we got measurements for starters. Wendy went back to the park and measured the Height and Width of the space where the panels were to be hung. I then had to do some serious math converting inches to yards, and let me tell you, it felt like a calculus problem, but low and behold after both my math skills and my hubby’s we knew we would need 6 cuts of 3.5 yards of fabric.
We scoured fabric stores and online sites and unanimously agreed on this gorgeous Piper Floral Punch fabric from Fabric.com. I attempted to order 6 separate cuts, but alas this was not possible. I had to suck it up and make my own cuts, so I ordered 21 yards (a bit over but wanted to make sure we had enough). The night before the reception, yes I am a procrastinator, I made the cuts. I cut them longer than measured and it was a good thing, because we needed the extra fabric. It’s always a good motto to err on the side of having more than not enough.
With the help of my hubby and family we were successful at hanging the panels. To add on to the complexity of how to hang these, it was a windy day, so we had to make sure they were tied down well enough so they didn’t blow around. We used twine and folded the fabric over and fastened with clothes pins for the top. We then added weight with Threshold Drapery Clip Rings on the bottom that we picked up from Target. Finally, we strung twine through the rings on the bottom and wrapped it tightly around the columns on the sides. And voila, instant kitchen camouflage and wedding décor, that’s what Jessica Simpson calls a “two-fer”!
And here it is in all it’s glory:
The fabric also provided a gorgeous back drop for the wedding cake and photographs. So, what kind of DIY things have you done for your outdoor wedding? Have you hung fabric and what did you use it for?