Last fall I sold a custom YoYo Flower Kit from my Etsy shop to a lovely young mother from the East coast named Sophia. She wanted to create centerpieces for a party she was planning for after her son's christening, and had a vision. Her vision included Mason jars with a bouquet of handmade YoYo flowers in each jar. I put together a package that included "boy colors", heavy on the blues, browns, and pops of brights, and painted bar-b-que skewers for her instead of using knitting needles (which the original version from Flea Market Style Magazine used) so she could clip them to her desired size. I thought you might like to read our correspondence and see her project as it unfolded! Sophia's words are in italics:
I'm sorry I didn't get a chance to write you sooner but the hurricane (Sandy) was the day after the christening and I'm sure you've heard what a mess everything has been. I just wanted to let you know what a hit the centerpieces were. They looked absolutely stunning and everyone complimented them. I don't have a picture yet because the photographer lost power but I will definitely send you a picture of how they turned out. Thank you so much for all your help, you are so talented and I hope I get to work with you again in the future.
I was just thinking of you yesterday! I wondered how things turned out. You must have felt so great when you told everyone you made the centerpieces yourself! I'd love to see a picture when you have time.
Sorry to hear that your area has been affected by the storm. What a terrible tragedy! I hope everyone is safe in your family.
I'm sorry this took so long but hurricane Sandy was literally the day after the christening and with everything that happened the photographer took longer than expected. Of course it didn't matter anyway bc the photographer took 20 pictures of only 1 centerpiece and in my opinion it was the worst one created so I am sending you some pics of when I was making them. I mixed them up to make more flowers as I realized I needed more and I didn't have time to make the leaves. Either way the pictures do not do them any justice, they looked amazing and everyone was so impressed.
Sophia was so nice to send her step-by-step photos to me. I mean, who does that?
Making these flowers is really easy, and a lot of fun!
Here are Sophia's flowers, almost ready to go on the tables at her son's christening party! I believe she filled the jars with something, maybe candy, before she put them on the tables:
The best part of having handmade decorations is telling your guests "I made these myself." What a great feeling that is!
I will be happy to put together a custom YoYo kit for YOUR upcoming event too! This would be a fun activity for girls old enough to use a hot glue gun. I have lots of YoYos in pinks and brights, but must mix them with other colors. You can contact me through my Etsy shop or shoot me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can hatch a plan!