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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.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make store bought meringues feel like custom treats for guests, with this simple watercolor-inspired DIY. They may look like tiny pieces of art, but they are also completely edible (and delicious). Since this project uses gel food coloring, they're 100% safe to eat. Materials: Meringues Gel Food Coloring (assorted colors) Small Paint Brush (cake decorating brushes work great) Water Small bowl Paper Towels
How-To:1. Using a paint brush or toothpick, grab a small amount of gel food coloring (a little goes a long way) and place in a bowl. 2. Next, add water and stir. 3. To create color blocked watercolor meringues, simply dunk the meringue into the food coloring mixture quickly and remove. Set on a paper towel to dry. 4. To create a painted pinwheel, dip a paint brush into the food coloring and use as you would any other paint. Set on a paper towel and let dry. 5. Place into small bags or decorative boxes. Showcase the finished meringues on a dessert table or wrap them up to give as takeaways for guests. They make great favors!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Create these easy cones, using decorative paper, to add a special touch to the confetti toss or the treats table. Use them in lieu of standard bags to fold anything from candy and popcorn to confetti and flowers. Materials: Decorative Paper Heavy Cardstock Scissors Pencil or Pen Glue Stick or Double Sided Tape Straightedge How-To: 1. Start by creating a tall triangle with a pencil and straightedge, on cardstock. The dimensions of the triangle shown are as follows: 4.5 x 4.5 x 3.5. Then cut it out. 2. Using the triangle you just cut out, create a template on cardstock, by tracing the triangle and then tracing another triangle right next to that one, so that they are touching. Then create a 1/4 inch strip on the long side of the second triangle. Angling the edges inward. See photo. 3. Cut out the template created in Step 2 and trace onto the backside of a decorative sheet of paper. Then cut out. 4. Next, fold the far triangle on top of the second, connected triangle. Then fold the extra flap/ strip over that, to create a crease. Then, unfold so that the triangles are flat again. 5. Fold the flap back and apply glue to the entire flap. Then fold the far triangle on top again and press down until glue is secure. 6. Fill with confetti, flower petals, or candy and enjoy. Ta-da!
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.
By: Mary SwensonThat 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)
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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