Posts Tagged ‘centerpiece’

DIY Wednesday: Repurposed Wine Bottle Centerpieces
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Reception

By: Danyelle Mathews

Wanting to make your wedding a little more green? Up cycle wine bottles to create these eye catching centerpieces.

Supplies: Wine bottles (Start saving ’em or call around to local restaurants and offer to pick up empty bottles) • spray paint (Choose a combination of satin and glossy paint to add more interest) • primer • gold metallic paint • round paint sponges

Step One. In a well ventilated area, paint your bottles in light even coats. Don’t apply the paint too heavily or you’ll end up with drips. If your bottles are dark colored glass like brown or green, use primer first.

Step Two. When the bottles are dry gather your metallic paint and sponge brushes. Pour a small amount of the metallic paint onto a paper plate.

Step Three. Lightly dab one of the round sponge brushes into the metallic paint. Tap excess paint onto the paper plate.

Step Four.  Gently dab the round paint sponge onto the bottle. Repeat to create a pattern you love.

Step Five. Add water and flowers; then arrange a mix of taller and shorter bottles on the reception tables.

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DIY Wednesday: Our Latest + Greatest
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself

Whew!  We just got done posting four fab DIYs this week and wanted to make sure you didn’t miss a one. We’re continuously in awe of our creative contributors… they successfully make expert-looking DIYs totally doable for crafty and not-so-crafty types alike.  Click thru for free templates and tutorials for each of these projects:

no. 1 Modern Monogram Wreaths

Project & Photo by Jennifer Kirk

no. 2 Gold Leaf Striped Tray

Project & Photo by Jennifer Kirk

no. 3 Felt Leaf Garland

Project by A Subtle Revelry; Photo by Pictilio

no. 4 Lush Tulip Centerpiece

Project by Janie Medley; Photo by Marvelous Things Photography

Inspired to go the hand-crafted route? Tell us which projects you’re thinking of trying!



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DIY Wednesday: September Harvest Table
Posted by Kate. Filed under DIY Wednesday, Do It Yourself, Reception

By: Mary Swenson

A late-summer table setting can be one of the most striking all year – just take a stroll through your local farmer’s market to witness the vibrant palette of in-season produce and flowers! We did just that, and left with an armful of goodies that we used to create a colorful, rambling centerpiece well-suited for a casual rehearsal dinner or farm-style reception. Step One. To start, we popped potted heads of cabbage and kale into baskets, which became the base of the centerpiece.

Step Two. Then we gathered clear jars in various sizes and used them as vases for a few floppy purple dahlias, and spread them out among the baskets.Stpe Three. After the main part of the centerpiece was complete, we added the beautiful seasonal produce. We started by putting the largest pieces – in this case, the gorgeous purple kohlrabi – down first.

Step Four.  The heirloom tomatoes were placed next, and finally colorful little radishes were tucked into the remaining spaces. Step Five.  In keeping with the harvest theme, we pickled green tomatoes and set one at each guest seat. Late summer and early fall are the perfect time of year for canning and pickling, making them perfect favors.

There you have it – a vibrant centerpiece that celebrates the seasonal bounty of your area!

Photos and Concept by Mary Swenson


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Fashion Friday: Runway Inspired…
Posted by Kate. Filed under Do It Yourself, Wedding Inspiration

You have GOT to see how D.C. based floral designer Sarah Von Pollaro of Urban Petals used inspiration from this stunning Elie Saab Couture runway gown….

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….To create this sweet and sunny springtime centerpiece!

{Photo of Centerpiece by  Chris Zarconi Photography}

Best of all, she’s all about empowering people to create their own gorgeous florals, so she put together a little DIY video for us!  You can also catch detailed how-to instructions and step-by-step photos right here!


Happy Friday… xoxo

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