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Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotography By: Pictilio This 3-D heart bunting is pretty and a great project to incorporate some handmade charm into your wedding. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor. For a bunting of good length, purchase a heart punch from your local craft store. The small investment (about $10) will save your wrists from cutting hundreds of hearts out! You will also need colored craft paper, glue, and string. Stamp out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts. Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process. Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect. Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors
Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.
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
By Victoria HudginsBidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement. Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece. Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos X-acto Knife
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
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.
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.
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.