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Project and Photos By: Jennifer KirkInstructions for creating a unique topiary style décor. Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long. Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops. Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top. Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle. Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries. Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet. Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying. Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere. Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant. Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant. Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere. Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.
Photos By: Chelsea FussFor your gorgeous spring wreath, you will need: 1 wreath form About 25 stems of boxwood or another spring green 5 steps of grape hyacinth (also called muscari) 5 stems of snowdrops 5 stems of lily of the valley water vials 1 yard of ribbon Divide the boxwood by taking the stems off and grouping them into small bunches. Secure the bunches on the wreath with string or wire onto the wreath form. Overlap each bunch so the stems don't show. Look how gorgeous your wreath is already looking! Voila - now you are ready to add florals... Once the wreath is filled with greens, stick in the blooms (securing under the wire and string). Final steps: Add a sweet bow on the bottom, right-hand corner. Add a hanger on the back by looping wire around the wreath form. They will last for a few hours on their own, but for a wedding, we recommend buying water vials and stick the flowers in the vials before placing them in the wreath. Enjoy this sweet wreath for your big day!
Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors
Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.
Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.
Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop.
Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.
Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!
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.
Tea light lanterns add a romantic and magical glow to weddings. Learn how to make these personalized versions in just several easy steps!
Supplies for each lantern:
a. Battery operated tea light, do not use conventional tea lights (app. $1 each)
b. 2 brads ($3.00 for 100)
c. Ribbon, several inches in length
d. Strip of vellum 2.5" by 5.25"; trim one of the long sides with decorative scissors if desired ($10.00 for 50 sheets - each sheet will easily make 5 lanterns)
e. Double stick tape
Supplies for optional embellishments:
f. Needle and thread
g. Paper flowers
i. Printed letter
1. Wrap strip of vellum around battery operated tea light, adhering with double stick tape.
2. Using brads attach length of ribbon to "lantern" to form a handle from which to hang.
Pinhole Monogram: Before assembling lantern, use a pin and a printed letter as a guide to punch a monogram in the vellum strip.
Flowered handle: After the lantern is assembled use a needle and thread to tack paper flowers to ribbon handle.
If you are having a vintage, romantic, barnyard or even a traditional wedding, these vintage frame table settings are a perfect accent to your special day. We even like these as gifts or favor ideas!
You will need:
1. Assortment of picture frames: You can re-purpose frames you may already own or look for vintage frames at second hand shops and flea markets. Look for a grouping that might share similar colors or styles but keep in mind that the eclectic and mismatched look is perfectly desirable. Medium sized frames are ideal for table numbers, while you might choose to use larger ones for signage.
2. Coordinating papers: Choose an assortment of papers to match the colors/theme of your wedding. Smaller prints are great for maximum legibility, but larger prints are adequate in a big enough frame.
3. Numbers: Get creative! You can find unfinished wooden letters at craft stores and paint them with acrylic craft paint (shown here for numbers 1 and 2). You can also opt to just cut numbers from contrasting scraps of paper (shown for numbers 3 and 5), or you can look for number stickers in the scrapbooking section of your craft store (shown for number 4).
1. Cut paper to size of frame using the frame backing as a guide.
2. Add a number. For numbers cut from paper use a glue stick to affix. Once dry, place in frame and replace backing. For three dimensional numbers you might have to remove the glass depending on the frame. A stronger tacky craft glue works best for attaching bulkier, wooden numbers.
Bunting is a very cheap and easy way to add color to your celebration. Whether you are planning a bridal shower or picnic reception, these little flags provide major impact with humble materials and a little elbow grease.
Materials: Tissue Paper, scissors, glue stick and string
Step One: Decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once. You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.
Step Two: Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string. Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event. (It can take a while to produce a lot so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work.)
Step Three: To safely store your flags wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.
They are simple, adorable and illuminate each and every table at your evening event!
Materials you'll need to Create The Punched Tins:
Clean tin cans (both smaller and larger-sized tin cans work equally well), one for each table
Pretty paper of your choice
Spray paint (we used white in a satin finish to compliment the paper we chose)
A hammer and nail
Battery-operated tealight votives (one for the inside of each can)
First, make sure the cans have been thoroughly washed and dried. Fill each can almost completely with water, stopping about an inch from the top. Freeze the cans until the water inside is completely frozen.
While the cans are in the freezer, take the pretty paper you've chosen to cover your cans with and cut them into strips wide enough to cover the grooves in the middles of each can and long enough to wrap around the entire can (you'll need one strip of paper per can). Ours were 10" long by 3" wide for the smaller cans, and 13" long by 3 3/4" wide for the larger cans. Set aside.
Next, you'll need to make a stencil of the table number for each can. Each stencil will be your guide when you punch the numbers onto each can. We printed ours out in a simple font (those with a steady hand and pretty penmanship can hand-write them, too) and trimmed them so that they were the same width as our strips of patterned paper and had enough length on each side so that they could easily be taped onto the can.
Lay each number on top of a strip of patterned paper, making sure the number is centered both vertically and horizontally. Using a hole punch (we used a screw punch from Martha Stewart), punch holes along the outline of each number, making holes through both strips of paper. Voila! You now have a stencil to follow for each can, as well as a perfectly-matched decorative paper cover.
Once the water in each can is completely frozen, you're ready to make the holes on each one. Place a towel on top of a hard, sturdy surface (we did ours on the floor) and, working one can at a time, remove a tin from the freezer and lie it on its side on top of the towel. Center a stencil on the front of the can, and tape each side down so that it doesn't move. Carefully hammer a nail partially into the first hole punched on the stencil and remove it. (All you need to do is make a hole in the tin; there's no need to hammer the nail completely into the tin.) Do this for each hole in your stencil. Remove the stencil from the can when you're finished and set it aside, and move onto your next can.
Once all of the cans have been punched, fill them with hot water to melt the ice inside and dry them completely. Spray paint each can, including the insides; two coats of paint may be needed to achieve an even, fully-covered finish. Let the cans dry completely.
Cover each dry can with your pretty paper strip, making sure to line up the holes in the paper with the holes on the can. Affix the paper to the back of can with double-sided tape. Drop a tealight inside each can (battery-operated only, please!) and bask in the sweet ambiance you've hand-created for your guests!
Images Courtesy: Mary Swenson