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Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Carly Taylor Making a large expanse of wall connect with your wedding can be a hard task when working on a budget. Putting simple flowers up in an artistic array is the perfect solution. This installation would be lovely behind a dessert bar, backing a ceremony, or on any wall where you'd like to add a bit of texture and style. To create the floral wall you will need: A selection of florals that coordinate well with our day. Since you will only be using single stems, you could buy these on your own as a great way to save money. You'll also need embroidery hoops, which are a cheap purchase at your local craft store, mine are each 10 inches, and tulle in a soft color to add texture and depth. First, detach your embroidery hoop into two pieces and lay a piece of tulle over the bottom hoop. The tulle needs to be cut about two inches larger than your hoop.
Arrange a few blooms in a pattern you find pleasing on the bottom tulle. It helps at this step to do your entire arrangement at once, giving you a chance to see how each small piece combines to make one beautiful artistic design.
Once your blooms are in place, cover with a second layer of tulle, then place the inside hoop back into the piece. Doing this will pull your tulle taut. Secure by screwing the embroidery key until it is tight.
Your flowers will stay perfect floating between the tight layers of tulle.
Hang along your wall in whichever way your venue will allow.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Carve up some harvest pumpkins and gourds for the fall/ Thanksgiving season to use as unique place cards for guests at your reception. Bonus: This seasonal DIY can also be used as table numbers or bride and groom signs for the happy couple. Materials: Small pumpkins Carving tool Acrylic craft paint Paint brush Marker or pen How-To: 1. Paint several coats of acrylic craft paint onto small pumpkins. Note: You can either paint the stem the same color or tape off the stem to keep it safe from paint. 2. Once the paint is completely dry, use a marker to write a name, table number, or message on the pumpkin. 3. Using the marker lines as a guide, carve the name or phrase (like 'Bride' and 'Groom') into the pumpkin carefully. 4. Once carved, touch up any necessary areas with another coat of paint and allow for it to dry fully before use.
Photos By: Chelsea FussFor a simple favor that's an easy takeaway, try mini lemon breads! These darling little bread loaves will charm your guests and are inexpensive to put together. A good recipe is key! We really like this one. You will also need mini loaf pans, parchment or craft paper, string or twine and tags. Make sure you also have a pretty surface or tablecloth to display the breads on. Measure a piece of paper that will be a few inches shorter on each end than your loaf of bread. Fold over once so the raw edges don't show and wrap the paper around the middle of the bread. Tie with twine or string and a tag. It's that simple! Display on an interesting or pretty surface. Display on an interesting or pretty surface. Enjoy!
Project and Photos By: Chelsea FussInstead of corsages, consider giving the mothers of the wedding party small bouquets to carry. No need to worry about pinning on finicky corsages, let them carry these sweet bouquets instead. You will need: Around 10 stems of flowers including 3 large open blossoms, 1 stem of greenery, 1 stem of filler, and a mix of budded and open flowers in different shapes and sizes. Pictured: 2 parrott tulips, 2 stems of ranunculus, 2 stems of mimosa, 3 stems muscari, 1 stem hyacinth. Other flowers that work well: roses, lisianthus, astiilbe, queen anne's lace, lily of the valley, and herbs. Finally, you'll need string, scissors, clippers, ribbon and a vase to hold bouquets. Directions: 1. Strip most of the leaves off the flowers and cut the stems around 6 inches short. 2. Hold a few of the flowers in one hand and add flowers and greenery with the other hand, until the bouquet looks about right. 3. Tie with a string. 4. Trim the stems about 4 inches long. 5. Tie with a ribbon. 6. Keep in vase with a label until the event or photos begin! Tip: When arranging the flowers, remember you can balance out one large flower with 3 smaller flowers. Another idea is to keep the larger, open flowers towards the bottom and the lighter flowers and buds towards the top of the bouquet. The mothers in your wedding party will love carrying these sweet nosegays and can enjoy them for about a week after the wedding! Aren't they stunning? Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Mary Swenson
The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter. We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op! Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits. Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table! Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair. Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another. Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty! =
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree. Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush
How-To:1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette. 2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box. 3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats. 4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you. 5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package. Voila!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside. This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do". Materials: Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To: 1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry. 2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid. 3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened. 4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here. 5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.
Now that Labor Day has come and gone, we have Autumn on our minds. Here are 10 gorgeous fall floral arrangements guaranteed to inspire those September-November brides.
Photo by Stewart Leishman
This bouquet wows us with a contrast of soft pink roses and calla lilies against deep red dahlias and amaranthus, with golden coxcomb and hypericum berries mixed in for texture.
Photo by Lisa Lefkowitz
Feminine meets rustic with this unique blend of traditional peach and salmon garden roses and earthy elements like scabiosa pods, rust red oak leaves, and cascading berries.
Photo by Live View Studios
This festive fall bouquet features honey colored hydrangeas, dried wheat grass, preserved eucalyptus, bittersweet berries, and pepper berries.
Photo courtesy of Alicia Jayne Florals
Our top pick for a fall color palette? Shades of bold grape and soft, dusty mauve. Alicia Jayne Florals nails it with this bouquet of stock, parrot tulips, and roses.
Photo by Christina McNeill
If you're going for a sweet, whimsical aesethetic, this bouquet of fluffy dinner plate dahlias and blushing bride protea is a sure winner.
Photo by Katie Osgood
This bouquet has some serious personality with anemone and chocolate cosmo accents and a single "Festiva Maxima" peony taking center stage up front.
Photo by Frenzel Photographers
Create the perfect caramel palette using waxflower, dark gold cymbidium orchids, orange mokara orchids, pheasant feathers, hypericum berries, auburn leaves, and cascading millet.
Photo by Feather & Twine
Antique roses are a must-have for a fall vintage style wedding. Combine them with peach David Austin Juliet garden roses, ivory ranunculus, and disty miller for a soft, old world look.
Photo by Jodi Miller
This hand-tied bouquet of burgundy dahlias, pink roses, green hydrangeas, and two-tone chrysanthemums would be a perfect pick for a fall barn wedding.
Photo courtesy of Liz Rusnac Floral Design
Get pretty in plum with an arrangement of roses, ranunculus, heather, and riceflower.
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Project & Photos By: Victoria HudginsLooking for a less traditional cake topper for your wedding? These vintage fabric stars will bring a dose of bright charm to your cake or dessert bar. Materials: To make them, you'll need basic star frame(s), mod podge, fabric, and scissors. Small cardboard star frames are available at your local craft store, while larger metal frames can be readily found at thrift stores or at many big box stores. Materials (cont.): Find a fabric that coordinates with your wedding day. Search Etsy for a wide variety of pretty vintage florals or check your local fabric store for vintage replica fabrics. Step One: Cut your fabric to the approximate size of your star and dredge it in a bowl of Modge Podge until completely wet. Place the fabric on top of your mold and use your fingers to gently shape it into form. Let dry overnight. Step Two: Once dry, cut the fabric closer to the frame shape and turn over. Secure any extra fabric in the back with glue. Step Three: Use wood glue to attach a stick to the backside of a large star frame. Many smaller frames come sold with small wooden sticks already attached. Display Tip: Place one large star in your cake for a bold bright touch or scatter smaller stars atop cakes, cupcakes and desserts.