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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store. Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon Straight Pin How-To: 1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches. 2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino. 3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom. 4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape. 5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use. About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.
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.
The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball.
Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly. Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares. Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease. Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect. Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry. Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.
2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.
3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.
4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.
5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.
6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.
7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.
8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.
9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.
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
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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