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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Coming up with a cute wedding favor that is also practical for guests can be a challenge, but there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Colorful notepads and unique pencils, dipped in gold or silver leaf are a great (affordable) option. And they're easy to put together too. Here's how you can make a useful gift for guests to take home for under $2 apiece.
Materials:Twig Pencils (which can be purchased at World Market—$4 for 12 pencils) Liquid Silver Leaf Notepads (which can be found at The Dollar Store—$1 for 4 notepads) Gift Tags Alphabet Stamps Stamp Pad Heart Stickers (Optional) Ribbon Scissors
1. Start by shaking the container of liquid leaf thoroughly. Then remove the lid and dip the end of the pencil in the liquid leaf.
2. Scrape the edges of pencil back into the container to remove as much excess as possible before laying it down to dry, in a well ventilated area. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all of the pencils you want to dip.
3. While waiting for the pencils to dry, stamp gift tags with the name of each guest onto the front of the tag.
4. Then add a sticker and write the table number that each guest will be seated at. Or you can skip the stickers and stamp the number onto the gift tags instead.
5. Next, assemble each gift with a notepad, a ribbon, the gift tag, and the pencil.
This DIY will serve as an easy, yet practical, gift idea for guests that will also get them to their proper seat at the reception.
Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper. You Will Need... Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.) Step Two Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam. Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation. Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4". Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount. Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope. Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope. Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself. Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun How-To: Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long. Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape. Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape. Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller. Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down. Complete one side, and then the other. Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
Add a bright, modern pop to your tabletops with this ombre arrangement!
Ingredients:10-15 stems of pink, white, red ranunculus Vessel Floral Tape
First make a grid for the vessel with the floral tape, this will give you 3 sections across the top of the vessel.
Cut the stems of the ranunculus to fit the container, you want the stems flowers to peek over the top of the container. In the first section of the grid, place all the white ranunculus, next the pink and then the red.
There you have it!
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 & 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.
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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