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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 Tori of Marvelous Things Photography This wreath is perfect display at your wedding. You can use it on the church doors, at the reception venue, and a bonus is that you can take them home to display on your front door. You can also add additional floral and a ribbon if you like. Ingredients: Wreath Frame (purchased at the craft store) 3 Bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Wire Scissors Instructions: Step One: Start the design by taking 3-4 clippings of the seeded eucalyptus and place them on the wreath frame. Step Two: Secure the clippings in place with the floral wire. Step Three: Clip the stems of the clippings and continue the previous steps, adding more clippings. Layer the clippings over the wire to hide the mechanics and layer the clippings in the same direction as you continue the process. There you have it! A lovely seeded eucalyptus wreath for your special day!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography The perfect centerpiece for a garden theme wedding or dinner at your home. After the event, you can use the potted pansies as favors. How beautiful these would be on a farm table lined down the center of the table. This centerpiece could also be used as the escort card table decor! Ingredients: Pansies – purchased at the garden center Terra Cotta pots – purchased at local craft store Sheet moss – purchased at the garden center Container – I used a vintage Pepsi Crate I purchased from Crate and Barrel How To: This DIY is so easy to make and so much fun! Step One: Fill the container with the sheet moss Step Two: Repot the pansies in the terra cotta pots. Step Three: Place the terra cotta pots in the container among the moss. Also, place the moss around the top of the pots to cover up the soil. There you have it!!
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: Katelin Gallagher I just love the look of a filled-to-the-brim centerpiece, but wanted to find a budget savvy way to get the look. With a little help from the floral department at Trader Joe's, I pulled off this bountiful $10 centerpiece! Materials: 1/2 gallon wide mouth mason jars (about $2) A few stems of simple Greenery ($2) A bouquet of Maroon Mums ($3) 8 stems of white stock flowers - Matthiola Incana ($3) Scissors Water Total cost = $10! Step One: Stock flowers are nice because they take up a lot of space and make the arrangement look nice and full. Using the height of your mason jar as a guide, cut the stems to make three heights. The flowers of the shortest stem should just peek over the top of the jar. The flowers of the longest stem will dictate the height of the arrangement. The middle length should be somewhere in between. Step Two: Arrange the stock flowers in a mason jar filled with water. Make sure to strip any greenery below the water line. Place the tallest stems in the center, the mid-length stems evenly around the center and the short stems around the periphery. Step Three: Then go for the mums! Follow roughly the same strategy as in step two, although it's better to cut and work them in one stem at a time. Step Four: Finally, embellish the arrangement with greenery. Ta-da! These will bloom pretty for several days. As long as the flowers are fresh, you can arrange them two days in advance. You'll just need to refresh the water.
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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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: 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: 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 Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Sam Pierson Having a wedding in the fall doesn't mean that you are stuck with a palette the colors of changing leaves. This project is a perfect example of a way to incorporate pinks, pearls and oh-so-trendy neon even in the fall. With a bit of glitter and ribbon, pumpkins make an excellent table number presentation. Step One: Cover each stem with tape or foil and spray the pumpkins with a matte white spray paint base. Once dry, use acrylic paints and a small foam paint brush to paint a color on. I used the pearlized paints from the Martha Stewart collection and they gave a gorgeous gleam to the finished pumpkins. Step Two: Gather a selection of textured ribbon to use as the table numbers. The wide gold glitter was my favorite. Using glue, mold each section of ribbon into a number. Do this first, on a craft board or table. It makes attaching them to the pumpkin much easier. Step Three: Using glue, attach each ribbon number to the coordinating pumpkin. Step Four: Creatively display a grouping of pumpkins on a tabletop. Use old crates and small bright pumpkins to complement the pastel colors. Tip: If you want your pumpkins to do double duty, you can turn them around so you don't see the number and adorn the front of your ceremony site! Be sure to enlist the help of a close friend to place the pumpkins on the correct tables during the cocktail hour. Voilá! Twice the design impact for one afternoon of work!