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Photos By: Mary SwensonSimple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day! Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme! You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower. Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra! Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through. Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree. If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail! We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.
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: Chelsea Fuss
Inspired by the sweet strawberry cakes that Swedes make during their Midsummer holiday each year, we came up with this festive wedding cake! It's perfect for an outdoor, rustic wedding. You can make the cake yourself, or simply embellish a store bought cake using our styling inspiration. It's easy and such a unique idea!
First you'll need a white dome cake. We used a citrus flavor dome cake filled with whip cream, from a small family bakery, and it was delicious. We just took off the doily and cardboard it came on and slid it onto a rustic wooden board. You could also make your own. Here are instructions on how to make a dome cake.
You will need around two pints of strawberries per cake.
Cut the stems off and slice the strawberries in half.
Lay the strawberries flat side down, all over the cake.
Keep the cake in the fridge until just before the reception.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Prokopets StudiosWarm Fall Décor: The further we step into fall, the more we are lead towards cozy fabrics and décor that evokes warmth. Engraving wood is a perfect way to bring the feeling of fall to life in your wedding, and it's easier than you'd think! Floral Centers & Escort Cards: Here we'll show you how to make engraved centerpieces and matching wooden escort cards. Materials: A simple wood engraver (available for under $20 at Michaels). Wood to engrave, buy or make your own wooden boxes to hold florals Wooden seating cards (a stack of 25 is in the dollar section at JoAnn's this season... hooray!) Small floral foam to place inside your centerpiece boxes. Directions: 1. Start with a pencil and outline the number or design you would like to make. Erase any misprints until you have a good line to follow. Then, heat up your engraver until you start to see smoke! 2. Begin tracing your pencil line, or freehand engrave if you are brave. Your will need to press down quite hard to get a deep continuous line. If your line is dotty, simply go over the tracing a second time, pressing more firmly. You should get the hang of it pretty quickly. 3. Once your engraving is done, wet down the floral foam and place flowers of your choice inside each box. Escort Card Concept: We love the idea of placing the seating cards on a chalkboard surface. Engrave a table number on each wooden tag and write in your guest's name alongside it. Warning: this new found skill is addicting, you will soon be engraving every piece of wood you can find! Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Create a unique groomsmen gift for the wedding party, or your groom, with these customized rustic wood coasters. They're really easy to create and make for a special and useful gift. Here's how to make your own set of wood burned coasters.
Materials:wood coasters, like these wood burning tool set (available on Amazon) alphabet hot stamps (available on Amazon)
1. To create custom nameplate coaster, screw on the first letter of the name you want to stamp, to the wood burning tool. Then plug in and turn on and wait 3-5 minutes for the stamp to heat up.
2. Now that the tool has had time to heat up, stamp the first letter onto your coaster, leaving the stamp in place for 3-5 seconds before lifting straight up.
3. Turn the wood burning tool off and wait for it to cool down. Then replace the letter you just used with the next letter in the name. Turn the tool on again and wait for it to heat back up. Once the tool has had time to heat back up, stamp the letter onto the coaster, just as you did with the first letter in the name.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire name has been spelled out. Note: To create a monogram instead, simply use the same letter over and over again, for a variation of looks from coaster to coaster.
5. Wrap with a bow, if desired, and you have a great, inexpensive groom or groomsmen gift.
These coasters would be a thoughtful detail at a wedding reception, as well as a great place for people to put down drinks. Monogram them with the bride and grooms initials or wedding date and you're all set.
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:
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By: Victoria HudginsThis DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests. Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on. Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors) Instructions: 1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon. 2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better. 3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in. 4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps. 5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag. 6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.
Photos By: Chelsea FussThese sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath. Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon 1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times. 2. Cover the circle in floral tape. 3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem. 4. Secure each piece with wire. 5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces. 6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place. 7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests. Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss