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Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss Have a 4th of July picnic, summer shower, or casual outdoor wedding to plan? Here's a red, white, and blue inspiration story from party planning expert, Chelsea Fuss! Outdoor Party Venue: Chelsea chose a shady spot on a farm - a spacious venue for an outdoor party. Foundations: She layered a red and white striped tablecloth with country-style patterned fabric for each place setting. Simple Blooms: You don't need a lot of stuff to create a pretty tablescape, just a few fresh cut blooms from the garden will do. Creative Glassware: Chelsea used glass milk bottles as vases, keeping with the farm/country vibe of the setup. Color Palette: Although Chelsea chose a summer red, white, and blue color palette for this inspiration story, you can take note of her simple layering concept and apply your own colors! Handwritten Charm: For place cards, she used handwritten name tags (which is a great idea if you're looking for ways to get your guests to mix and mingle)! Summer Days: This easy and inexpensive concept can be used for any number of sweet outdoor summer celebrations!
Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson There's no mistaking the lure of springtime and all of the colorful goodness it brings, but our take on a seasonal tabletop had us craving something a bit different than the ubiquitous dainty, candy-coated pastels of the season. Instead, we combined a heavy dose of garden green with a pop of color and ended up with an elegant combination, straight from an early spring garden! Our inspiration started with these beautiful, seasonal artichokes in the perfect shade of green. Their sculptural shape makes them the perfect centerpiece, and clustered inside a big wooden bowl, no further adornment was necessary. The green patterned runner and napkins accent the color of the artichokes perfectly, making green the base color of our table. Purple is an incredible compliment to green, and these tulips were the perfect way to add that bit of contrasting color to our table. Since our artichoke centerpiece was the focal point of the table, we opted for mini flower clusters to accent the table and each place setting. Silver votive holders were great vessels for our little bouquets! With the woods from the tabletop and the bowl warming up our springy palette, this tabletop is fresh and pretty!
Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson With just a minimal amount of elbow grease, you can turn old wooden boxes into rustic, one-of-a-kind centerpieces that will add a ton of charm to your tables! Step One: Scour flea markets, antiques stores, eBay, or Etsy for vintage wooden boxes or crates. Boxes will come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and conditions, so give yourself ample time to collect ones that appeal to you and work best for your table sizes. Don't worry if they don't all match - chances are they won't, and that's part of the charm! Step Two: We used a simple stencil and acrylic craft paint to put the table number on the front of the box. We recommend testing out your stencil technique on a piece of scrap paper first; using too much paint will cause the number to bleed at the edges, so it's important to first get comfortable with the amount of paint that will work best. Step Three: Once the stencil is applied to the box and has dried, insert a plastic container inside the box to hold the water for the flowers. Cut a piece of floral foam to fit inside the container, and fill with water. Now you're ready to start filling the box with blooms! Step Four: We loaded our container with ultra-pretty, cottage-y flowers and arranged them in a relaxed, casual way - a lovely contrast to the simple, rustic wood box. Whatever you choose, you can be sure that this centerpiece will add something special to your tables!
Project and Photos by: Jennifer Kirk Materials: Wood veneer edging Hot glue gun Glue dots Duct tape Cloth you don't mind staining Small can of wood stain (I used Minwax Wood Finish in Dark Walnut) Small can of water based Polycrylic Protective Finish Two sponge brushes Paper towel Popsicle stick or some other type of stir stick Scissors Glass votives (I found Darice 'Roly Poly' glass votives at the craft store for 50 cents each) Various succulents Small spoon for scooping soil Flat piece of cardboard, kraft paper, paper bag etc. to protect your work surface To Put Together Mini Succulent Garden: Step 1: Prepare your succulents. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim cuttings from a larger plant and let cuttings sit indoors, away from direct sunlight for 1-2 days. The ends need to dry out and callous, otherwise the ends will rot or take up too much water. Step 2: Add a couple scoops of potting soil (I used the soil already in my succulent pots) into the bottom of the votive. Step 3: Gently flatten the soil with the backside of the spoon but don't pack the soil tightly. Step 4: With the handle of the spoon (or another thin object) poke 2-3 holes in the soil. Step 5: Tear off a small piece of paper towel and moisten the end. Wipe the soil off from the inside of the votive. Step 6: Gently push cuttings into the holes you made in the soil. If the soil is looking dry, add just a bit of water. To Create Votive With Wood Base: Step 1: With a sheet of cardboard (I used a flattened cereal box) beneath, tape down a long strip of veneer. While duct tape has the strongest hold, you may want to place something heavy on the ends of the veneer strip to keep the strips from popping off your work surface. Step 2: Open can of wood stain and stir with a popsicle stick. With a sponge brush, apply a coat of wood stain. Let sit for 15 minutes, the wipe and rub off with a cloth. Step 3: Allow stain to dry for at least 4 hours or overnight, then with a clean sponge brush, apply a single, uniform layer of Polycrylic finish. Let dry completely, about an hour. Step 4: Wrap a veneer strip around the bases of the votive to determine the length of the wood base. Mine were about 8.25" long. Cut strips down to this size. Step 5: Glue ends of strips together with a modest dab of hot glue. Hold between your fingers (careful, this can be hot) for a few seconds until glue has set. Repeat for the remainder of the wood strips. Step 6: To attach the base to the votive, stretch a glue dot and stick it to the upper, inside rim of the wood veneer ring. Apply another glue dot to the opposite side. Step 7: Inset the votive within the ring and push down from on top with the flat of your hand to ensure a tight fit. Ta-Da!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Create hanging ombre signs for various parts of your wedding with this straightforward DIY project. Use the finished signs as bride and groom chair signs, a just married banner for the getaway car, or a special phrase that has meaning for you and your groom. The possibilities are endless for what these DIY signs could be used for, and you can customize them to whatever your wedding colors may be. Materials: Cardboard or Heavy Cardstock Scissors Ribbon Pencil Hole Punch Spray Paint (one light blue and one dark blue) How To: 1. Start by drawing or tracing letters of your word or phrase onto card stock or cardboard. 2. Cut out each letter. Then hole punch each letter at the top. 3. Next, spray all of the letters completely with light blue spray paint. Let the paint dry completely before moving onto the next step. 4. With the darker blue spray paint, begin lightly spraying, focusing the paint toward the bottom of each letter to create an ombre look. Let dry. 5. Lastly, thread a long ribbon through the holes at the top of each letter and hang. Ta da!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive? You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember. Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional) How-To: 1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape. 2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure. 3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step. 4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape. 5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece. Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
Having a wedding during the holiday season? Give a warm welcome to your wedding guests with this festive entryway decor!
Ingredients:Magnolia Leaves Clippings from my Christmas tree — 2 long and 2 short Floral Wire Scissors Decorative Bow
Making a fresh swag is super easy! Basically, you are putting it together as if you were putting together a bridal bouquet. First start by gathering your longest clippings. Place them together and on top place the 2 shortest clippings.
Next place the magnolia leaves on top and secure the bundle with the wire tape.
Now add the decorative bow and secure it to the swag with the wire tape.
There you have it!
Now hang it on the door of your ceremony or reception space and enjoy the beauty!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Personalize your place settings on a budget with this easy patterned charger project. You can customize the pattern and colors to fit your wedding's theme super easily. And if it's not the right fit for your wedding, these DIY chargers would be a special touch for the groom's dinner or another wedding-related event as well.
Here's what you'll need to make your own patterned chargers on a budget...
Materials:12 inch wood rounds (which can be found at most craft and hobby stores) Craft glue Sealer or Mod Podge Paint brush and/or foam brush Decorative paper or wallpaper Scissors
1. Start by cutting decorative paper or wallpaper into a square slightly larger than your wood round.
2. Next, glue the square paper onto the wood round, with the design facing up. Smooth out any bumps in the paper and let the glue dry.
3. Cut the excess paper off of the wood round, with a pair of scissors.
4. Then, apply a coat of sealer or Mod Podge onto the paper to help with water resistance and food stains.
5. Once the sealant is dry, your charger is ready to use. Just add a plate and silverware and you're ready to go.
Bonus! Use scrap pieces of paper to create decorative name plate paper tents for guests to quickly find their seat.
Many guests will bring sentimental, humorous or touching cards to mark the occasion of your wedding. The most popular way for a bride to keep track of those special cards is with a card box. Typically, this will be placed in an area near the gifts so guests can slip their cards in quickly and easily. DIY card boxes are a great idea; they're simple to make and much cheaper than pre-made card boxes. Below, you will find some great ideas for your own DIY card box.
Basic DIY Card Boxes
The basic way to create the foundation for your card box is to use a sturdy cardboard box. Simply tape it closed and cut a slit in the top for cards to slip through. You can then wrap it in attractive paper to match your wedding theme or colors. For instance, for a traditional wedding - use white paper to wrap the box and place tiny silver jewels in a decorative fashion over the paper. For a beach-themed wedding, wrap the box in taupe or sand-colored paper and embellish with sea shells.
Unique DIY Card Boxes
If you'd rather go with something a little more unique, there are countless options for creating DIY card boxes. For instance, an ornamental birdcage would make a beautiful card box. Simply affix flowers and ribbon in the colors of your choice to the cage and create a sign to place near it which reads, ‘cards.' For a vintage style wedding, try to locate a real vintage mailbox and decorate that. A tropical themed wedding could be gorgeous with a flower-bedecked basket to hold your cards. Use your creativity and in no time, you will have some wonderful ideas for DIY card boxes.
Tips for DIY Card Boxes
Depending upon where your wedding will take place, it may be necessary to have a trusted individual empty the box periodically and place the cards in a safe place - especially since many guests bring money for the bride and groom. Also, if you wrap the box in paper and place it on the gift table, be sure that it stands out from the other wrapped gifts at the table. This way, guests will immediately recognize it and will not mistake it for another wedding gift.
DIY card boxes can be as elegant or as simple as you'd like - and all it takes is a bit of inspiration and a pair of creative hands.
Give your wedding a beachy feel with a linen and white color scheme. Our inspiration was Queen Anne's Lace, which grows along the roadsides in late summer and offer a beautiful creamy color to a wedding. We gathered a bunch and plunked it into a cream colored handmade ceramic container, barely arranging it to give it a wild feel. We covered the table in linen and used white linen napkins tied with brown + white striped ribbon and a blossom to decorate the plates. We would recommend dark wood chairs or white, depending on your setting. This table is full of impact but a cinch to pull together! Your guests will enjoy this fresh take, on the traditional white wedding!