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Photos by Carly Taylor for Victoria HudginsThese sweet little kabuki streamers are the perfect way to aid the bride and groom in a colorful sendoff! They're a festive solution for the finale of your party, when bubbles aren't desired and confetti is not allowed. They make a very bright and pretty showing and stay completely attached so there is no mess to pick up afterward. Materials: Crepe paper streamers in three coordinating colors. Coordinating paper and scissors. A needle and thick thread for attaching. A heavy paperweight & a small piece of tape or label to close off the project when completed. Directions: 1. Lay out all three colors of your streamers and cut each into 25 inch sections. You will need one cut section per streamer or each guest package. 2. Layer your streamer layers on top of one another, with all three colors and weigh down one side with a heavy paperweight 3. Begin to cut up your streamer section in thirds. You will make two cuts vertically up the streamers to leave you with three skinny sections. 4. Cut decorative paper into 2x4 inch pieces to use for wrapping the streamers. 5. Using a needle thread, thick string through your paper and tie off twice to produce a small finger loop. This will allow your guests to slip on the package for good throwing grip! You could also use ribbon for this step if desired. 6. Dab a bit if glue on the inside of the paper and attach one section (all three colors) of your skinny ribbon to the far left side. Repeat this step in the center and right side. You will end up with three sections, giving you a total of nine streamers to work with. 7. Secure your streamer paper under a weight and working one section at a time begin to roll up your streamers tightly toward the top. Roll each section separately and be sure to keep your streamers tight for small rolls. 8. Once all three sections are rolled up, finish off your package by securing the paper with a small label or tape. Your guests will have a splendid showing of streamers to wave! Project Design & Styling: Victoria Hudgins Photography: Carly Taylor
Photos By: Jordan Ferney
1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.
2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.
3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.
4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.
5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.
Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.
What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.
The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.
You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Oragami Paper Cranes:
It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.
Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.
Photos by Carly TaylorPerhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment! Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar. Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors. Process: 1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion. 2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom. 3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape. 4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten. 5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop. 6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created. 7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball. 8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created. 9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!? Photos by Carly Taylor
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
By Mary SwensonWarm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers! Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible. We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming. Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done! We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste. Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh! By Mary Swenson
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: Vellum paper, 56 sheets of paper, a sewing machine, fishing weights (not pictured), an exacto knife and straight edge (or a stack cutter,) artist tape (for hanging)
Cut the sheets of vellum into one inch strips. You can do this with an exacto knife or have it cut all at one time with a stack cutter. (If you decide to go the stack color route organizing the paper in the order you want it to hang in will save you some time.)Measure the height of the space where the mobiles will hang to figure out how long you want them. Keep in mind you'll want to keep the eyesight of the guests clear of any obstruction. Once you know the length of the mobiles, layout the different colors in the order you want. Repeat until it is close to the length of mobile you want. Then put it into a stack and it is ready to sew.
Leave a 12" tail of thread at the beginning and start to sew down the middle of the first strip. (I found it is easiest to put a piece of tape on the sewing machine at the end of the strip as a guide to mark where the vellum should be sewn.) Continue feeding each addition strip into the sewing machine.
Photos By: Mary Swenson
Neutral, soft palettes tend to rule the wedding world, but if you want a bolder hue for your day, look no further than lusty, lovely red. We've paired it with white for a clean, crisp look that lets the color of love take center stage, and just a few pops go a long way. Here are some ideas to get your wheels turning for your own event!
Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor.Since flowers are usually a big part of any wedding, they provide the easiest way to incorporate color into your decor. A red galvanized bucket is a sweet way to bring a pop of red to your table; we filled ours with white ranunculus flowers. And instead of the ubiquitous (and expensive!) red rose, we love the look of red tulips. Popped inside a plain white vessel and set on a white tablecloth, their vibrant red color is absolutely cheery. Set a pair of charming heart-shaped floating candles inside a shallow dish as an accent next to (or instead of) a centerpiece, or on a cocktail table or bar. Place settings are easy to put together using any red patterned fabric and ribbon. Simply use the fabric as napkins for your table, and roll up and tie with the ribbon. In-season strawberries are a fantastic way to get some red into your wedding day. We set them on a tray, poked them with bamboo skewers, and added flags with guests' names to the tops. Keep the color scheme going with your favors - glassine bags or red and white bags filled with matching gumdrops are super budget-friendly and cute, to boot! For a dramatic and unexpected dessert, finish off your event with a red velvet wedding cake or a table of red velvet cupcakes. Delicious and decadent!
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.