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Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Carly TaylorUsing watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions. Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water. Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon. A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange. Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag. Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice! Lastly, get creative and have fun! Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor
Photo By: Mary SwensonThe graduated colors of these ombre-style place cards make a dramatic statement, and they're made of wood - making them ultra-unique. Here's how to do it! First, cut blocks in equal sizes (5 x 1.5 inches) from a piece of primed pine wood. Then, lightly sand the rough edges of each block smooth. Choose paint in at least three graduating shades of the same color. Spray paint is the easiest to use for this project, since it allows for coverage of multiple blocks at the same time and leaves a smooth finish. Divide the blocks up evenly among the number of colors you have chosen. In a well-ventilated area, spray paint the blocks and allow to dry overnight. On the front of each block, use a paint pen or a thin paint brush to write the name on one side, and the table number on the back. Allow to dry completely. Lay the place cards on a table and arrange them from the lightest shade to the darkest. The result is a gorgeous display that will be one of the first things your guests see when they arrive! Photo By: Mary Swenson
Photos By: Chelsea FussFirst, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise. Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive! For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure. We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft. Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick. For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play! Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story. For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat). Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine. Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!
Photos By: Carly TaylorI've had many requests lately on ways to make dessert bars more custom and personal to the couple. I created this "sweet love" download as an answer. The download is the perfect size for a brownie, cookie or other sweet to rest on and would look fabulous at a wedding or spring shower. It will provide an unexpected texture and pretty design style to your dessert table. 1. Download the sweet love template here for your own computer. 2. Using a large sheet of parchment paper and a cardstock template- cut the parchment paper down to (8x11) size. 3. Run the parchment paper through your printer on the special paper setting - you may need to manually feed the paper through. 4. As the ink adheres to the parchment paper differently than normal paper you will see some distortion in the coloring. This is a purposeful effect that will give your project a unique design style. 5. Cut out the sweet love parchment labels and use under your dessert of choice. Photos By: Carly Taylor
Project Design and Styling by: Victoria Hudgins Photography by: Pictilio Lead your guests to their tables in style with these simple and bright stack escort cards. They are an affordable way to get everyone where they need to go and look like their own little works of art, especially when combined with a simple succulent table display. To make the stacked paper escort cards you'll need thick sheets of wrapping paper in colors that coordinate with your wedding day, wooden skewers, hot glue, a paper cutter, scissors and a pretty pen. Start by cutting the wrapping paper into evenly sized horizontal strips, each measuring about a half an inch in height. A paper cutter will speed up this process and help you achieve clean, straight edges. Next, use scissors to cut your strips into smaller pieces of varied lengths. Each piece should measure between two and five inches long. Cut as many strips as there are wedding guests. Once you have cut enough strips, group them by number of guests at each table, making sure each group has a nice mix of colors and lengths. Using your pretty pen, write out each table number and all of your guests' names. Stack your strips vertically along the wooden skewers with the table number at the very top. Wrap the strip ends around the skewers and secure with hot glue. Ta da! Enjoy showcasing your pretty and functional display on your special day!
Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper. You Will Need... Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.) Step Two Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam. Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation. Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4". Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount. Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope. Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope. Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate fresh flowers at your reception, in an unexpected way, by creating these floral push pins and eucalyptus escort cards. Guests will be thrilled to hunt for their name and table number when greeting by this fall foliage.
Materials: Scissors Glue Gun Sharpie or Paint Pen Flat Top Thumb Tacks Eucalyptus Leaves Number Stickers Small Manilla Gift Tags Assorted Fall Foliage Strawflowers Heather Step One: Start by adding small number stickers to the bottom center of a stack of gift tags. These numbers will correspond with the table number at which each guest will be seated. Step Two: Next, cut a small or medium sized eucalyptus leaf from a larger stem and write your guest's names on the leaf with a marker or paint pen. Step Three: Then, start putting the pieces together. Poke the eucalyptus stem through the hole at the top of your gift tag. Cut a small sprig of heather and poke it through the hole as well. Set aside. Step Four: Now it's time to make the flower thumbtacks. Cut the stems completely off of the strawflowers, to provide a nice flat surface under the bloom for the thumbtack. Then, using a glue gun, apply a generous amount of glue to the underside of the strawflowers and attach the flat part of the thumbtack to the hot glue. Wait for the glue to dry for a few minutes before handling. Step Five: Now you have a flower push pin to attach the escort cards to a fabric-covered cork board, as guests enter the reception area. Poke the push pin through the top of the eucalyptus leaf and gift tag and you are done. Guests will find their tables quickly and easily, and at the end of the night, they can take their escort card home as a souvenir. Strawflowers dry out very easily, so it's a great memento that guests can keep to remember your special day.
Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt I found these tiny glass domes the other day and instantly thought of doing something for the couple who loves to travel. These charming little domes are pretty enough to set on a windowsill, where they will remind your guests every time they pass by. Supplies: moss cloth glass domes wood dowels heavy duty or kitchen scissors hot glue gun white cardstock cardboard Step One: On your computer, design and print three signs. I used the Bebas Neue font (download it for free here) at 12pt. I typed the initials of the bride and groom, "save the date" and the date to be saved. Space each group about 1.5" to 2" apart. Add as many to a sheet as you like. Cut out each group, for ease, and cut each into small strips. Cut one end of each strip into a point. Remember to cut the point to the opposite direction for the middle sign, here it was the "save the date" sign. Step Two: Next, cut each dowel into 4 even pieces, about 3" long. Step Three: Trace the bottom of the glass dome on a piece of paper. Use this to cut circles from the cardboard. Step Four: Hot glue each dowel to the center of the cardboard base. Be sure to hold the dowel up straight until cool. Step Five: Test where you would like the signs to go on the dowel and add three small drops of hot glue to attach the signs. Tip: Add the signs at slightly off angles to get the real post effect. Step Six: Use your circle template to cut rounds of the moss cloth. Cut slightly inside the traced line to make sure the moss fits inside the glass dome. Step Seven: Cut a slit halfway through the moss circle. Place circle on cardboard round, around the post. Check to make sure it fits with the dome on top. If not, retrim slightly until it does. Hot glue each side of the moss down to the cardboard base. Step Eight: Run a thin bead of glue around the outside of the moss on the cardboard base and immediately add the glass dome and press down. Step Eight (Cont). Hold until cool. Repeat with remaining domes. These are pretty sturdy and fit in small boxes; be sure to pack with lots of paper crinkle to mail them. They would also be fun to hand deliver for a small local wedding. Consider making these as favors or escort cards instead, just change what is written on the sign!
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards. Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'. Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design. Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints. Step Three:
Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go. Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off. Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design. Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share. These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.
By: Jennifer Kirk
If you're gung-ho about DIYing a professional looking table number display, this one is for you! Here is the inside scoop into discovering gorgeous free fonts and whipping up something pretty in Adobe Illustrator.
If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator on your system, head here to download a free trial copy, then install it on your computer.
Download the free font Peoni Patterns and install to your fonts collection on your computer (make sure the font is 'activated' -- usually this is automatic when installing new fonts).
Start up the program Adobe Illustrator. From the menu, select File > New. A dialogue box will open up on the screen. Name your document. We chose 'Graphic Table Numbers.' Input the number of tables at your wedding in the field 'Number of Artboards' (We did 4 just as an example). Set the width of your artboards to 4 inches and height to 6 inches. Click 'OK'.
Your document should now be filled with artboards. Next, from the Toolbar, click on the 'T', or Text icon. Click in any area on the first artboard and hold down on mouse. Drag down and to the right to create a text box. Click inside the box and type the number '1'.
First locate the Character Palette, which is typically to the right of your artboards. Next, move the mouse over to the Toolbar and click on the black arrow at the very top, the Selection Tool. With the Selection Tool, click on your text box to select it -- you will see a blue outline around it. This is how you know an item is selected. Next, change the font and size of your number by choosing size and typeface options from the dropdown menu in the Character Palette. We used the free font Ultra for our numbers.
Note: If your text box is too small, your number will not appear if you size it larger than the text box. To make the text box larger, select it with the Selection Tool, then click and hold one of the tiny blue squares found in each of the four corners. Drag outward to make the text box bigger. Your number should now be visible.
When the number is to your liking, select the text box by clicking on it with your Selection Tool, then choose from the menu, Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste onto the second artboard. Change the number ‘1’ by switching to the Text (‘T’ icon) tool from the toolbar. Delete the number ‘1’ in the duplicate and type in the number '2'. Repeat this process for the remainder of your table numbers. When finished, make sure all the numbers are centered on each artboard. Use the Selection tool (black arrow) to move your numbers around.
Find the Layers palette on the right side of the screen. This is usually below the Character palette. All the table numbers are on Layer 1. You won’t want to accidentally modify the numbers you just typed in and carefully positioned, so create a separate layer just for the patterns. To do this, click in the upper right of the Layers Palette and choose New Layer. Name it 'Pattern' and Click OK.
Next, if you look at Layer 1 in the Layers Palette, you will see an empty box to the right of the little eye icon. Click in the empty, gray box to lock Layer 1. You should see a padlock icon now. This will prevent your table numbers in Layer 1 from being modified.
Making sure you are working on Layer 2 (should be highlighted in the Layers Palette), choose the font Peoni Patterns from the drop down list of fonts in the Character Palette. Next, click on the ‘T' or 'Text' tool in the toolbar. Create a new text box on your first artboard. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a specific pattern. Reference this chart for patterns.
When you find the pattern you want to use as your background, create a text box and type in the corresponding letter for the pattern (eg. type in ‘g’ for the scallop pattern). You will need to turn this pattern into a graphic (instead of an editable font). Do this by choosing the Selection tool from the toolbar, select the text box with your pattern in it, then choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu. Now that this pattern snippet is no longer an editable font, it will be much easier to duplicate into a pattern.
Select your pattern and adjust its color to by clicking on a Swatch from the Colors Palette, or use the Color Sliders for a custom mix. We created a palette of our own colors by drawing squares (using the Rectangle Tool from the toolbar) and adjusting the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) sliders for each one. You can then grab one of these colors for your pattern. With the Selection Tool, click on your pattern to select it, then press 'I' on your keyboard to switch to the eyedropper tool, then click on one of your colors.
When you're happy with the color of your pattern, click on it with the Selection Tool, then Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste in Place. Hold down the Shift key while moving the duplicate pattern to the right (using the Selection Tool) so that it stays horizontally aligned with the original. You can also nudge the two pattern snippets together with the left and right arrows on your keyboard to create a seamless pattern. Repeat copying and pasting in place to create an entire row, using the arrows on your keyboard to line the patterns up precisely. For more accuracy, you can zoom in by going View > Zoom In, or you can click on the Magnifier icon in the Toolbar.
When one row of patterns is complete, group it together (this will make it easier to move around) by choosing from the menu Object > Group Object.
Extra: If you want to scale your pattern down or make it larger, click on it with the Selection Tool, hold down the Shift key while simultaneously clicking and dragging outward (or inward if you want to scale down) the tiny blue box in the bottom right corner.
Copy and paste this entire group to create a second row. Move this below row one to create a seamless pattern. Repeat until the entire artboard is filled. Select all rows of patterns and choose Object > Group Object to group everything together. It’s okay if the patterns run past the edge of the artboard because only items within the artboard will print.
Now you can duplicate the entire pattern onto your other table numbers, or create a new pattern by repeating steps 7-10. When finished, choose File > Print to print your table numbers.