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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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  • Project and Photos by Erica Obrien

    Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.       What you'll need:   Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To:     Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.       Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)       Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.     Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.     Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.      Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.       Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.     Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.       Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.     Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.         Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.     Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.     Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!  
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  • By: Mary Swenson

    That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!     Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.     Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.     Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.     Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.     Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.     Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.     Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.     Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!     (photos by Mary Swenson)
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  • By: Chelsea Fuss

    This bouquet is so simple and effortless. Pair it with a lace dress or a simple sheath. The burlap adds a rustic touch that keeps it from being too sweet. The best part? This bouquet only costs around $15!     Materials: 10 double-petaled tulips 1-2 stems of "cheerful" narcissus Twine A piece of burlap A vase  Scissors   Directions:   1. Trim the very ends of the flowers.     2. Start with a few of the larger tulips at the bottom of the bouquet; add the smaller tulips towards the top.     3. Add the narcissus blossoms towards the bottom of the bouquet and off-center.     4. Wrap in twine, then wrap the burlap over that.       Your bouquet will be bright and fragrant.. enjoy the springtime blooms!   By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos 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.

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Looking for a quick way to make your favor boxes bright and personal? Embroidering the top of them is an easy way to add a little color and pizazz!     Materials: To complete the project you will need embroidery thread in your color palette, a needle, a pencil and favor boxes.     Step One: Using a pencil, draw out your design on the inside side of the box. You could draw a graphic shape like we did or make it more personal by placing your monogram, wedding date or other special note on the box.     Step Two: Thread your needle and begin stitching from the inside of the box (that way your tie offs will not be seen on the outside). Stitch back and forth until you have completed your design. We found that large stitches look the best and most modern for this project, plus the larger the stitch, the less time it will take :)     Step Three: Cut the string and tie off both stitch ends underneath the box with small knots.     Step Four: Fill with colorful confetti, the favor, and present to your guests!      
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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Your wedding is a special day for you and your closest friends. Why not put a bit of extra thought into how you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?     Materials: wool felt small embroidery hoop thread  needle pencil scissors glue gun glue stick

    Step One Place the felt into the embroidery hoop and begin stitching. You can freehand the lettering, just use a lightly colored pencil to write out your message onto the felt. The thread will cover it when you're finished.     Step Two Tie off any loose thread ends on the back     Step Three Trim the felt, leaving about 1/2" around the diameter of the embroidery hoop.     Step Four Using your glue gun, secure the excess felt to the inside of the hoop.       Step Five Package up the completed project in a box with a simple "will you..." tag attached to the front.     Not only will your friends appreciate your thoughtfulness, they'll treasure the special handmade memento.  
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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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  • Project and Photos by Erica Obrien

    Tissue paper flowers are a design-forward and inexpensive alternative to fresh or gumpaste flowers. They can be made well in advance and saved indefinitely. We recommend that they be used only with fondant cakes, as you don’t want the dye in the tissue paper to come into contact with buttercream.       What you'll need:   Crepe and/or tissue paper in the color palette of your choice Toothpicks (or skewers) Scissors Floral tape How To:     Step One: To form the center of the flower, cut a length of paper about three inches wide.       Step Two : Fold the paper so that each fold is about ¾" wide. (For smaller flowers, folds should be smaller; for larger flowers, folds should be bigger.)       Step Three: Use sharp scissors to cut a rounded edge.     Step Four: When unfolded, paper should have a scalloped edge.     Step Five: Begin rolling scallop in onto itself, pinching about ¼ of the way down from scalloped edge so that paper flares and opens slightly.      Step Six: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up.       Step Seven: Twist the base of the paper as tightly as possible to form a stem.     Step Eight: Using a contrasting color, repeat steps one through seven, placing new paper around already-formed center.       Step Nine: Continue until entire length of paper is rolled up. For even larger flowers, additional layers of paper can be added by repeating steps two through seven.     Step Ten: Place toothpick or skewer against "stem" of flower.         Step Eleven: Stretch floral tape to activate, and wrap tightly around both toothpick and tissue paper until all paper is covered.     Step Twelve: Insert toothpick into fondant-covered cake.     Step Thirteen: Make as many flowers as desired to complete your design. Enjoy!  
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  • By: Mary Swenson

    That of-the-moment (yet utterly classic) blue and white striped shirt seen just about everywhere these days inspired this fresh, stylish table setting. Here's how we did it!     Linens Customizing individual linens for each place setting is made easy by using inexpensive white cotton napkins and multi-surface acrylic craft paint. Simply iron each napkin flat, and paint thin stripes along the bottom.     Centerpiece Liven up your centerpiece container by adding a striped detail along the bottom. First, we spray-painted a clear glass vase with white spray paint and let it dry completely. Then, after marking off stripe-painting guides using low-tack adhesive tape, we painted stripes around the base of the container.     Floral Simplicity A single, oversized red dahlia adds just the right amount of color and drama to this centerpiece while keeping it simple and unfussy.     Menus Carry the stripey theme over to all aspects of your event! To create this menu card, we used blue cardstock, a white gel pen, and white paint.     Contrast + Color The blue menu card is a striking contrast atop the sea of white. Place one card at each table setting, or put one or two at each table.     Place Cards Make matching place cards by using white card stock and painting stripes along one edge with blue paint. Use a similarly-colored blue pen to print names on each card.     Coordinated Paper Goods Coordinating menu and place cards are a lovely and sophisticated detail.     Stripes, Stripes, Stripes! Using the same number of stripes and a common color scheme for each piece on your table creates a unified, crisp look that's perfect for a bridal shower or wedding day!     (photos by Mary Swenson)
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  • By: Chelsea Fuss

    This bouquet is so simple and effortless. Pair it with a lace dress or a simple sheath. The burlap adds a rustic touch that keeps it from being too sweet. The best part? This bouquet only costs around $15!     Materials: 10 double-petaled tulips 1-2 stems of "cheerful" narcissus Twine A piece of burlap A vase  Scissors   Directions:   1. Trim the very ends of the flowers.     2. Start with a few of the larger tulips at the bottom of the bouquet; add the smaller tulips towards the top.     3. Add the narcissus blossoms towards the bottom of the bouquet and off-center.     4. Wrap in twine, then wrap the burlap over that.       Your bouquet will be bright and fragrant.. enjoy the springtime blooms!   By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos 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.

    9
  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Looking for a quick way to make your favor boxes bright and personal? Embroidering the top of them is an easy way to add a little color and pizazz!     Materials: To complete the project you will need embroidery thread in your color palette, a needle, a pencil and favor boxes.     Step One: Using a pencil, draw out your design on the inside side of the box. You could draw a graphic shape like we did or make it more personal by placing your monogram, wedding date or other special note on the box.     Step Two: Thread your needle and begin stitching from the inside of the box (that way your tie offs will not be seen on the outside). Stitch back and forth until you have completed your design. We found that large stitches look the best and most modern for this project, plus the larger the stitch, the less time it will take :)     Step Three: Cut the string and tie off both stitch ends underneath the box with small knots.     Step Four: Fill with colorful confetti, the favor, and present to your guests!      
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  • Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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    By: Danyelle Mathews   Your wedding is a special day for you and your closest friends. Why not put a bit of extra thought into how you ask your besties to be your bridesmaids?     Materials: wool felt small embroidery hoop thread  needle pencil scissors glue gun glue stick

    Step One Place the felt into the embroidery hoop and begin stitching. You can freehand the lettering, just use a lightly colored pencil to write out your message onto the felt. The thread will cover it when you're finished.     Step Two Tie off any loose thread ends on the back     Step Three Trim the felt, leaving about 1/2" around the diameter of the embroidery hoop.     Step Four Using your glue gun, secure the excess felt to the inside of the hoop.       Step Five Package up the completed project in a box with a simple "will you..." tag attached to the front.     Not only will your friends appreciate your thoughtfulness, they'll treasure the special handmade memento.  
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  • One of the trends we love about rustic weddings is the do-it-yourself projects even the least crafty brides create with wood. Here's what to display for every part of your big day: 

    Ceremony

    Photo by JK Photography

    Seating Arrangements

    Photo by Stacey Kokes Photography

    Reception

    \

    Photo by Twin Hearts Photography

    Chair Decor 

    Photo by Athena Pelton Photography

     

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