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DIY Wedding Ideas

  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Marvelous Things Photography

    Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table!

    Ingredients:

    Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: Always begin with processing your flowers once you get them home. Give the stems a fresh cut at an angel and place the flowers in clean water. Start the design with the seed eucalyptus. You’ll want it to hang over the mug, (you may have to place a strip of tape across the top of the mug in order to hold the seeded eucalyptus in place.

    Step Two: Next place the ranunculus in the design. The ranunculus is the “featured flower”. Make certain it is placed in the center and near the front of the design.

    Step Three: Now add the remaining flowers and there you have it!

    So perfect for your wedding or for your home if you are hosting a dinner party!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Celebrate a seasonal wedding with this festive DIY centerpiece idea, that involves combining a rosemary tree with fresh flowers that will look great longer than you may think. 

    Want to make your own? Here’s how…

    Materials:

    rosemary tree fresh flowers (mostly reds, burgundies and deep pinks) - I used ranunculus, tulips, hypericum berries, sahara sunset, and brunia berry. scissors water tubes decorative paper  ribbon

    How To:

    1. Start by cutting out a square from a large piece of decorative paper that is large enough to cover all sides of the plastic starter planter.

    2. Then fold the corners upward and then the surrounding sides until the container is covered. Add a ribbon to secure the paper around the container.

    3. Next, fill a tube with water and put the rubbery cap on. Then add one flower stem, after you’ve cut it down to size. You’ll want roughly 1-2 inches of the stem poking out of the top of the tube.

    4. Then, stick the tube into the rosemary tree, hiding the tube, so you can only see the flower.

    5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the rosemary tree is covered in flowers.

    Now you have a beautiful holiday centerpiece, perfect for a reception, rehearsal dinner, or holiday party.

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    A dressed up mantelpiece is the perfect addition to a cozy winter wedding!

    Ingredients:

    Assorted vases of different heights and textures Flowers: Amaryllis – 6 stems Carnations – 12 stems Roses – 10 stems Greenery Ornaments

    How To: 

    Decide what flowers will look best in the assorted vessels. Cut the flowers to fit the vessels.

    Place the greenery on the mantel and align the mantel with the flower filled vessels.

    Add the ornaments in the clear vases and add a few ornaments loosely on the mantel to complete the look.

    Perfect for your holiday décor and also perfect for a mantel at a wedding! Make sure you select the flowers and vessels that are cohesive with the look you’re going for.

     

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Carrie Coleman Photography

    With this DIY, I wanted to show how you can take a simple floral centerpiece and transform it into a pretty floral bouquet or vice versa.

    Ingredients:

    Parrot Tulips – 1 bunch from Whole Foods Camellia (I foraged from my backyard) Ribbon Floral Tape Scissors

    How To: 

    Simply start by gathering the stems from the camellia bush and intertwine the stems of the parrot tulips.  Keep the look simple and loose, just as if you picked the flowers right from the garden.

    Tape the stems with the floral tape.

    Add the ribbon of your choice and there you have it! Super Easy and remember you can design with the flowers of your choice!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    This centerpiece is perfect for the Valentine’s day dinner table or a fun display to have at your wedding.

     

    Ingredients:

    Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Tulips Peonies Ranunculus Anemones Seeded Eucalyptus Scissors

    Cut the stems of seeded eucalyptus to fit the vessel and fill each container with the seeded eucalyptus.

    Next add your main flowers in the mug.

    I made each mug unique with the flowers. All ranunculus in one, a mix of ranunculus and peonies in one, the anemones in another and note how the black center of the anemone complements the letter on the mug, and for the last mug, I used the tulips with the ranunculus letting the tulips “spill” out the cup.

    There you have it!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Add a bright, modern pop to your tabletops with this ombre arrangement!

    Ingredients:

    10-15 stems of pink, white, red ranunculus Vessel Floral Tape

    How To:

    First make a grid for the vessel with the floral tape, this will give you 3 sections across the top of the vessel.

    Cut the stems of the ranunculus to fit the container, you want the stems flowers to peek over the top of the container.  In the first section of the grid, place all the white ranunculus, next the pink and then the red.

    There you have it!

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  • Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography

    PRESENTATION

    Use a color scheme that matches your wedding palette:  wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses!   Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire reception. Create depth and height in your display:  with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table.  You can wrap the boxes in decorative paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade. Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers, candles, or tiny little goldfish, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your reception, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table. Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like good quality linens, ribbons, and paper can add nice touches to your overall display. Less is more:  trimmings are definitely your friends, but don’t go overboard!  Too many space fillers can potentially clutter your table and cause sensory overload! Consider the table: where will it be located?  Will there be a nice backdrop or wall behind it for pictures?  Or will it be open so people can access it from all sides?  Will it even have sides, or will it be round?  These are all good questions to ask yourself before deciding on a set-up design.

    CANDY

    Color is key:  as mentioned before, having a specific color scheme can really make your table pop.  Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant.  Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are red and brown, don’t be afraid of using different shades of reds and pinks.  If using primarily dark colors, try to use trimmings in lighter shades to bring energy to your table.  Check the weather:  Will it be hot or sunny?  Will the table be indoors or outdoors?  If indoor, will there be AC?  If you’re worried about warmth, save the stress and avoid candies that could easily melt (unfortunately this includes most chocolates)! Fruit seasons:  if you’re planning to use fresh fruit on your table (e.g. chocolate dipped strawberries), make sure you consider if they are even in season.  Strawberries in the winter might not be as sweet as when they’re at their peak in the summer! Not just candy:  if you’re open to treats in other forms, consider mini cookies, kettle corn, or spiced nuts as sweet additions.  Placing the wedding cake or groom's cake on the same table can add visual diversity. Be creative:  candy isn’t just made to be eaten, but also to play with!  Bundle large lollipops together like a bouquet of flowers, or skewer some marshmallows to simulate kabobs – the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple: having a variety of flavors and different types of candy can be satisfying to everyone, but don’t be afraid to go with a specific flavor profile.  Whether it be a gummy bear bar or a chocolate truffle tribute, your guests will definitely enjoy the sugar rush! Don’t buy too much!  It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re planning to include a meal and cake in your reception, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with extra sugar.  A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person.  If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.

    CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES

    More than jars:  apothecary jars and similar containers tend to be the standard, but don’t miss out on other shapes and sizes you can find elsewhere!  Vases are fabulously inexpensive alternatives, and are easy to find.  If you’re going for opaque containers, small pails can give a rustic vibe, and wicker baskets can be cute and lighthearted.   Don’t be afraid to use cake stands, flat platters, and other serving ware to give your guests a variety of ways to choose their sweets! Scoops and things:  when choosing containers, make sure you keep in mind how your guests are going to get the candy out!  Scoops, tongs, and other serving ware should be small enough to get the goods! Individual containers:  if your table is set up as a DIY favor station, little bags or mini boxes can be great take-homes.  Dress them up with a little label and ribbon and your guests have a tasty treat for later.  Clear plastic cups or even napkins are an inexpensive option if you prefer the candy to be eaten on the spot.

    WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

    Project Wedding – the forums have a great Classified Section where you can buy gently used items from the community. 

    Online Candy Stores:
    -    http://www.candywarehouse.com/
    -    http://www.candyfavorites.com/
    -    http://www.bulkcandystore.com/
    -    http://www.metrocandy.com/home.asp
    -    http://www.candydirect.com/
    -    http://www.blaircandy.com/
    -    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop/candy_store.asp
    -    http://www.oldtimecandy.com/
    -    http://www.groovycandies.com/
    -    http://www.sweetnostalgia.com/
    -    http://www.nutsonline.com/gifts/weddingfavors/

    Local stores for candy:
    -    Your neighborhood grocery store: Safeway, Lucky, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
    -    Bulk stores like Costco
    -    Michael’s: they have a special selection of wedding candies
    -    Ethnic grocers may also carry unique treats that can give your table a broader range of flavors.

    Containers and things:
    -    Restaurant supply stores, like Kamei or East Bay Restaurant Supply
    -    Save On Crafts
    -    CB2
    -    Michael’s
    -    Furniture stores like Ikea, Crate & Barrel
    -    Thrift or second-hand shops
    -    Cost-saving stores like Target, Ross, or the Dollar Store
    -    Scoops and more scoops

     

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  • 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.

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  • I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.

    Source

    This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.

    Materials:

     

    silk flower (mine is a peony-type)
    feathers (optional)
    fabric glue
    small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
    Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
    faux pearl beads
    flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
    alligator hair clip

    Instructions:

    Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.

    If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.

    Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.

    While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.

    Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.

    Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.

    And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.

     

     

    For more DIY projects, visit my blog!

     

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  • SUPPLIES:

    These were puchased online and at Michael's Craft Stores:

    -cardstock (1 8.5x10 sheet per cover) (I used Aqua Sparkle)

    -Basho/Japanese Woven Cane Paper (1 24"x36" sheet)

    -Contrasting cardstock to back cane paper (optional) (I used Chocolate Sparkle)

    -Rubber cement

    -Hot glue gun

    -Thin, brown satin ribbon

    -2-3" sand dollar shells

    -Stapler

    -Program insert (I printed ours on regular, white paper with my inkjet at home)

    -Paper trimmer with cutting and scoring blade.

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. Using the paper trimmer, I cut down the Aqua Sparkle cardstock to 5.5 x 11 to fold into a 5.5 program. To make a clean crease for the fold I used the scoring blade.

    I also cut down the Basho into 3" squares and the Chocolate cardstock into 4" squares.

    2. I used rubber cerment to glue a 3" squre of Basho to a 4" square of brown sparkle cardstock and adhered all of that to the cernter of the cover.  

    Basho can be purchased online:

     

    Hiromi Paper

    Kate's Paperie 

    Paper.com 

    Paper Mojo

     

    3. I topped it all off with a 2.5" sand dollar which I affixed with a hot glue gun.  The sand dollars came from US Shell.

    4. Once dried and set, I inserted the program pages (which were cut down to 5.25 x 10.5, folded and stapled in the fold to secure together) and tied in place with a thin, chocolate brown satin ribbon.  For our inserts I decided to include everything for the ceremony and reception in one place, including our seating chart for the dinner:

     

     

    As well as the menu for our cocktail hour and dinner:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This eliminated the neccesity for additional paper menus, seating charts, etc.

     

     

    NOTE: To package for shipping from CA to HI I wrapped each finished program in tissue paper and boxed well for the shipment. Not one shell broke!Here's how they looked on our wedding day:

     

     

     

     

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Marvelous Things Photography

    Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table!

    Ingredients:

    Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: Always begin with processing your flowers once you get them home. Give the stems a fresh cut at an angel and place the flowers in clean water. Start the design with the seed eucalyptus. You’ll want it to hang over the mug, (you may have to place a strip of tape across the top of the mug in order to hold the seeded eucalyptus in place.

    Step Two: Next place the ranunculus in the design. The ranunculus is the “featured flower”. Make certain it is placed in the center and near the front of the design.

    Step Three: Now add the remaining flowers and there you have it!

    So perfect for your wedding or for your home if you are hosting a dinner party!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Celebrate a seasonal wedding with this festive DIY centerpiece idea, that involves combining a rosemary tree with fresh flowers that will look great longer than you may think. 

    Want to make your own? Here’s how…

    Materials:

    rosemary tree fresh flowers (mostly reds, burgundies and deep pinks) - I used ranunculus, tulips, hypericum berries, sahara sunset, and brunia berry. scissors water tubes decorative paper  ribbon

    How To:

    1. Start by cutting out a square from a large piece of decorative paper that is large enough to cover all sides of the plastic starter planter.

    2. Then fold the corners upward and then the surrounding sides until the container is covered. Add a ribbon to secure the paper around the container.

    3. Next, fill a tube with water and put the rubbery cap on. Then add one flower stem, after you’ve cut it down to size. You’ll want roughly 1-2 inches of the stem poking out of the top of the tube.

    4. Then, stick the tube into the rosemary tree, hiding the tube, so you can only see the flower.

    5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the rosemary tree is covered in flowers.

    Now you have a beautiful holiday centerpiece, perfect for a reception, rehearsal dinner, or holiday party.

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    A dressed up mantelpiece is the perfect addition to a cozy winter wedding!

    Ingredients:

    Assorted vases of different heights and textures Flowers: Amaryllis – 6 stems Carnations – 12 stems Roses – 10 stems Greenery Ornaments

    How To: 

    Decide what flowers will look best in the assorted vessels. Cut the flowers to fit the vessels.

    Place the greenery on the mantel and align the mantel with the flower filled vessels.

    Add the ornaments in the clear vases and add a few ornaments loosely on the mantel to complete the look.

    Perfect for your holiday décor and also perfect for a mantel at a wedding! Make sure you select the flowers and vessels that are cohesive with the look you’re going for.

     

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Carrie Coleman Photography

    With this DIY, I wanted to show how you can take a simple floral centerpiece and transform it into a pretty floral bouquet or vice versa.

    Ingredients:

    Parrot Tulips – 1 bunch from Whole Foods Camellia (I foraged from my backyard) Ribbon Floral Tape Scissors

    How To: 

    Simply start by gathering the stems from the camellia bush and intertwine the stems of the parrot tulips.  Keep the look simple and loose, just as if you picked the flowers right from the garden.

    Tape the stems with the floral tape.

    Add the ribbon of your choice and there you have it! Super Easy and remember you can design with the flowers of your choice!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    This centerpiece is perfect for the Valentine’s day dinner table or a fun display to have at your wedding.

     

    Ingredients:

    Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Tulips Peonies Ranunculus Anemones Seeded Eucalyptus Scissors

    Cut the stems of seeded eucalyptus to fit the vessel and fill each container with the seeded eucalyptus.

    Next add your main flowers in the mug.

    I made each mug unique with the flowers. All ranunculus in one, a mix of ranunculus and peonies in one, the anemones in another and note how the black center of the anemone complements the letter on the mug, and for the last mug, I used the tulips with the ranunculus letting the tulips “spill” out the cup.

    There you have it!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Add a bright, modern pop to your tabletops with this ombre arrangement!

    Ingredients:

    10-15 stems of pink, white, red ranunculus Vessel Floral Tape

    How To:

    First make a grid for the vessel with the floral tape, this will give you 3 sections across the top of the vessel.

    Cut the stems of the ranunculus to fit the container, you want the stems flowers to peek over the top of the container.  In the first section of the grid, place all the white ranunculus, next the pink and then the red.

    There you have it!

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  • Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography

    PRESENTATION

    Use a color scheme that matches your wedding palette:  wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses!   Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire reception. Create depth and height in your display:  with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table.  You can wrap the boxes in decorative paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade. Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers, candles, or tiny little goldfish, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your reception, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table. Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like good quality linens, ribbons, and paper can add nice touches to your overall display. Less is more:  trimmings are definitely your friends, but don’t go overboard!  Too many space fillers can potentially clutter your table and cause sensory overload! Consider the table: where will it be located?  Will there be a nice backdrop or wall behind it for pictures?  Or will it be open so people can access it from all sides?  Will it even have sides, or will it be round?  These are all good questions to ask yourself before deciding on a set-up design.

    CANDY

    Color is key:  as mentioned before, having a specific color scheme can really make your table pop.  Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant.  Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are red and brown, don’t be afraid of using different shades of reds and pinks.  If using primarily dark colors, try to use trimmings in lighter shades to bring energy to your table.  Check the weather:  Will it be hot or sunny?  Will the table be indoors or outdoors?  If indoor, will there be AC?  If you’re worried about warmth, save the stress and avoid candies that could easily melt (unfortunately this includes most chocolates)! Fruit seasons:  if you’re planning to use fresh fruit on your table (e.g. chocolate dipped strawberries), make sure you consider if they are even in season.  Strawberries in the winter might not be as sweet as when they’re at their peak in the summer! Not just candy:  if you’re open to treats in other forms, consider mini cookies, kettle corn, or spiced nuts as sweet additions.  Placing the wedding cake or groom's cake on the same table can add visual diversity. Be creative:  candy isn’t just made to be eaten, but also to play with!  Bundle large lollipops together like a bouquet of flowers, or skewer some marshmallows to simulate kabobs – the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple: having a variety of flavors and different types of candy can be satisfying to everyone, but don’t be afraid to go with a specific flavor profile.  Whether it be a gummy bear bar or a chocolate truffle tribute, your guests will definitely enjoy the sugar rush! Don’t buy too much!  It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re planning to include a meal and cake in your reception, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with extra sugar.  A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person.  If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.

    CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES

    More than jars:  apothecary jars and similar containers tend to be the standard, but don’t miss out on other shapes and sizes you can find elsewhere!  Vases are fabulously inexpensive alternatives, and are easy to find.  If you’re going for opaque containers, small pails can give a rustic vibe, and wicker baskets can be cute and lighthearted.   Don’t be afraid to use cake stands, flat platters, and other serving ware to give your guests a variety of ways to choose their sweets! Scoops and things:  when choosing containers, make sure you keep in mind how your guests are going to get the candy out!  Scoops, tongs, and other serving ware should be small enough to get the goods! Individual containers:  if your table is set up as a DIY favor station, little bags or mini boxes can be great take-homes.  Dress them up with a little label and ribbon and your guests have a tasty treat for later.  Clear plastic cups or even napkins are an inexpensive option if you prefer the candy to be eaten on the spot.

    WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

    Project Wedding – the forums have a great Classified Section where you can buy gently used items from the community. 

    Online Candy Stores:
    -    http://www.candywarehouse.com/
    -    http://www.candyfavorites.com/
    -    http://www.bulkcandystore.com/
    -    http://www.metrocandy.com/home.asp
    -    http://www.candydirect.com/
    -    http://www.blaircandy.com/
    -    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop/candy_store.asp
    -    http://www.oldtimecandy.com/
    -    http://www.groovycandies.com/
    -    http://www.sweetnostalgia.com/
    -    http://www.nutsonline.com/gifts/weddingfavors/

    Local stores for candy:
    -    Your neighborhood grocery store: Safeway, Lucky, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
    -    Bulk stores like Costco
    -    Michael’s: they have a special selection of wedding candies
    -    Ethnic grocers may also carry unique treats that can give your table a broader range of flavors.

    Containers and things:
    -    Restaurant supply stores, like Kamei or East Bay Restaurant Supply
    -    Save On Crafts
    -    CB2
    -    Michael’s
    -    Furniture stores like Ikea, Crate & Barrel
    -    Thrift or second-hand shops
    -    Cost-saving stores like Target, Ross, or the Dollar Store
    -    Scoops and more scoops

     

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  • 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.

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  • I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.

    Source

    This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.

    Materials:

     

    silk flower (mine is a peony-type)
    feathers (optional)
    fabric glue
    small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
    Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
    faux pearl beads
    flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
    alligator hair clip

    Instructions:

    Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.

    If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.

    Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.

    While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.

    Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.

    Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.

    And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.

     

     

    For more DIY projects, visit my blog!

     

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  • SUPPLIES:

    These were puchased online and at Michael's Craft Stores:

    -cardstock (1 8.5x10 sheet per cover) (I used Aqua Sparkle)

    -Basho/Japanese Woven Cane Paper (1 24"x36" sheet)

    -Contrasting cardstock to back cane paper (optional) (I used Chocolate Sparkle)

    -Rubber cement

    -Hot glue gun

    -Thin, brown satin ribbon

    -2-3" sand dollar shells

    -Stapler

    -Program insert (I printed ours on regular, white paper with my inkjet at home)

    -Paper trimmer with cutting and scoring blade.

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. Using the paper trimmer, I cut down the Aqua Sparkle cardstock to 5.5 x 11 to fold into a 5.5 program. To make a clean crease for the fold I used the scoring blade.

    I also cut down the Basho into 3" squares and the Chocolate cardstock into 4" squares.

    2. I used rubber cerment to glue a 3" squre of Basho to a 4" square of brown sparkle cardstock and adhered all of that to the cernter of the cover.  

    Basho can be purchased online:

     

    Hiromi Paper

    Kate's Paperie 

    Paper.com 

    Paper Mojo

     

    3. I topped it all off with a 2.5" sand dollar which I affixed with a hot glue gun.  The sand dollars came from US Shell.

    4. Once dried and set, I inserted the program pages (which were cut down to 5.25 x 10.5, folded and stapled in the fold to secure together) and tied in place with a thin, chocolate brown satin ribbon.  For our inserts I decided to include everything for the ceremony and reception in one place, including our seating chart for the dinner:

     

     

    As well as the menu for our cocktail hour and dinner:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This eliminated the neccesity for additional paper menus, seating charts, etc.

     

     

    NOTE: To package for shipping from CA to HI I wrapped each finished program in tissue paper and boxed well for the shipment. Not one shell broke!Here's how they looked on our wedding day:

     

     

     

     

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