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    by Jordan Ferney   Make a cute and easy display for your pinwheel escort cards. For this project, we used a pretty floral origami paper. Origami works great because there is a different pattern on the front than there is on the back.     Supplies for Pinwheels: 1. Floral Origami Paper $5 2. Dowels or Pencils (the pencils work well because you can use the eraser for the pin.) $4 3. Map Pins $4 4. Scissors 5. Strips of cardstock for names For the Display: 1. Flat wood $1/each 2. String 3. Drill and drill bits       Step One: Cut the origami paper in fourths. Step Two: Fold the small square corner to corner in both directions.       Step Three: Cut along the folded line 2/3 of the way toward the center on all four corners. Step Four: Now you are ready to pin. Take one corner of each cut section and pin them all in the middle of the square then add the strip of paper before pinning it all to a dowel or pencil.        Step Five: Depending on how many pinwheels you have, mark the flat wood piece with a pencil about 4" apart so you know where to drill the holes. The holes should be the exact size of the stick. We prefer it like that so you can put the pinwheel as high or low as you want and it will hold in place. Drill the holes along the pencil marks.     Step Six: Drill a small hole on each side for the string to go through. Step Seven: Put the string through the holes and tie knots an equal distance on each side to hold the wood in place.     Step Eight: Assemble pinwheels in the rack and hand from a bush or a wall. For a display rack, we got some flat wood in the dowel section of an art supply store and then just drilled holes the size of the pencils.     You can create pinwheels to fit any color palette.     This whole DIY goes pretty fast depending on how many pinwheels you need. We did this whole project for $17.     Your guests will just love them - see!?!  
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    Photo by: Carly Taylor   Looking for an extra special touch to give your programs or shower invites? Incorporating fabric can give you a beautiful way to showcase your wedding style and create a piece that is handcrafted.     After designing your wedding program, cut a piece of cardboard to the exact size of your program.     Cut your main fabric to the correct size of the cardboard previously cut, leaving an extra 1/4 inch around the entire square to fold over. Affix your fabric to the cardboard with a thin layer of fabric glue on each of the turned over sides.     Using coordinating fabric and ribbon, line one side of the program bringing in texture through pattern and color. Fold each piece over and attach to the back side with fabric glue.     Lastly, attach your program to the backside of the program using a very thin layer of fabric glue around the edges(it dries completely clear).     Get creative, incorporating your color palette or favorite patterns!     So pretty and festive!      
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here.     Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.     For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips.     Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!    

    Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.

    Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.

    The day of, pour chocolate ganache over the cakes and lift them onto some china plates.    
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  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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    By: Carly Taylor   Spring weddings should be easy to enjoy with pretty flowers taking center stage. These painted glass vases will give your tables a subtle design edge with even just a few floral stems.     Collect many different glass vases from thrift stores, left over bottles, etc. Purchase a couple of water-based paints in the colors of your choosing. (hint* you can even bring an item or fabric into the hardware store for them to match a color for you).   In a large basin, mix 4 cups paint with 1 cup water, stir well.       Begin taping off your vases to the level you would like the paint to reach. Vary the levels on your vases for a pretty aesthetic.     Dip the vases into the paint and swoosh to cover the entire bottom portion.     Turn the vases over on a drop cloth, and allow at least 24 hours dry time.     Peel off all tape and using a damp paper towel, remove any residue paint (since your paint was mixed with water it will come right off).     Leave your edge straight for a clean look or you can make a jagged edge for added effect.     Set your vases somewhere dry and let the paint set for another 48 hours before using.     The possibilities are endless for color combinations!     Fill with a few stems and group for very pretty table arrangements.       Enjoy!   {Photos By: Carly Taylor}
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  • Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss 

    Photos By: Lisa Warninger 

    Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We've created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.   Materials: Canelé cakes  bright tissue paper string  pinking shears white pen white round sticker

    Step One:

    Cut a 6" by 6" square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)

      Step Two: Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it's wrapped up it will look like the photo below.     Step Three: Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.     Step Four: Secure with a sticker.     Step Five: Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.    
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    This centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms!      Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones  5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers

    Directions:

    First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement.     Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase.     Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top.     We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store...     ... and a painted horse for some humor!     Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses.   Photo By Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos by Jordan Ferney

      Supplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4)  3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage     Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down.     Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting.     This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old.     The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you.     Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces.     For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store).     Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in.     Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done!     This seating card display costs under $25.     Happy DIYing!

     

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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios   Want to leave your ceremony in style? There is no better way to do it then under a canopy of flying confetti! Here is a fun way to present the confetti to your guests; be ready for a colorful shower of love!     Materials: Vellum paper, scissors, a small hole punch, embroidery thread, a needle and a stack of scrapbook paper in your color palette     Step One: The first step is to make the confetti, which is the easiest part but also the most time consuming. I would suggest tackling 20 sheets or so each day over a week. More than that and your hands will get VERY tired. To make the confetti, simply punch holes out of the paper, easy peasy!     Step Two: Next, cut the hearts from your vellum; you will need to cut double the number of confetti packs you hope to make.     Step Three: Once everything is cut, lay the hearts out and top every other one with a handful of confetti. Top the bottom half with another vellum heart.     Step Four: Hold one end of the heart and starting at the bottom, begin hand sewing around the other side with embroidery thread. Make about 7 stitches around. Do not sew these too tight and leave a decent length of thread at the bottom of each heart. Tie once at the bottom, in a lose knot. The idea is to keep the confetti in but to allow your guests to easily pull the thread right out.     Lay out your hearts with a note of instruction for guests to pull the thread and throw up their hearts when it is time. A beautiful shower of bright confetti and iridescent hearts awaits your finale.     Tip: Be sure to check with your venue before planning this project- not all venues allow you to throw confetti or rice. Happy hole punching!    

     

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    by Jordan Ferney   Make a cute and easy display for your pinwheel escort cards. For this project, we used a pretty floral origami paper. Origami works great because there is a different pattern on the front than there is on the back.     Supplies for Pinwheels: 1. Floral Origami Paper $5 2. Dowels or Pencils (the pencils work well because you can use the eraser for the pin.) $4 3. Map Pins $4 4. Scissors 5. Strips of cardstock for names For the Display: 1. Flat wood $1/each 2. String 3. Drill and drill bits       Step One: Cut the origami paper in fourths. Step Two: Fold the small square corner to corner in both directions.       Step Three: Cut along the folded line 2/3 of the way toward the center on all four corners. Step Four: Now you are ready to pin. Take one corner of each cut section and pin them all in the middle of the square then add the strip of paper before pinning it all to a dowel or pencil.        Step Five: Depending on how many pinwheels you have, mark the flat wood piece with a pencil about 4" apart so you know where to drill the holes. The holes should be the exact size of the stick. We prefer it like that so you can put the pinwheel as high or low as you want and it will hold in place. Drill the holes along the pencil marks.     Step Six: Drill a small hole on each side for the string to go through. Step Seven: Put the string through the holes and tie knots an equal distance on each side to hold the wood in place.     Step Eight: Assemble pinwheels in the rack and hand from a bush or a wall. For a display rack, we got some flat wood in the dowel section of an art supply store and then just drilled holes the size of the pencils.     You can create pinwheels to fit any color palette.     This whole DIY goes pretty fast depending on how many pinwheels you need. We did this whole project for $17.     Your guests will just love them - see!?!  
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    Photo by: Carly Taylor   Looking for an extra special touch to give your programs or shower invites? Incorporating fabric can give you a beautiful way to showcase your wedding style and create a piece that is handcrafted.     After designing your wedding program, cut a piece of cardboard to the exact size of your program.     Cut your main fabric to the correct size of the cardboard previously cut, leaving an extra 1/4 inch around the entire square to fold over. Affix your fabric to the cardboard with a thin layer of fabric glue on each of the turned over sides.     Using coordinating fabric and ribbon, line one side of the program bringing in texture through pattern and color. Fold each piece over and attach to the back side with fabric glue.     Lastly, attach your program to the backside of the program using a very thin layer of fabric glue around the edges(it dries completely clear).     Get creative, incorporating your color palette or favorite patterns!     So pretty and festive!      
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You will need a chocolate cake recipe, along with an equally delicious recipe for chocolate ganache which we found here.     Ingredients for this yummy cake typically include unsweetened cocoa, buttermilk, flour, sugar, vanilla extract and baking soda.     For the ganache topping, make sure you have plenty of whipping creme and semisweet chocolate chips.     Always mix your ingredients together well and let sit for a bit!    

    Bundt cake pans. Each of these will serve approx. 5 guests. We like these.

    Tip: Make the cakes ahead of time and freeze them.

    The day of, pour chocolate ganache over the cakes and lift them onto some china plates.    
    4
  • Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Paper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way?     Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water.     Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time.     Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan.     Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design.     Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation.     Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours.     Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up.       Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins    

     

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    By: Carly Taylor   Spring weddings should be easy to enjoy with pretty flowers taking center stage. These painted glass vases will give your tables a subtle design edge with even just a few floral stems.     Collect many different glass vases from thrift stores, left over bottles, etc. Purchase a couple of water-based paints in the colors of your choosing. (hint* you can even bring an item or fabric into the hardware store for them to match a color for you).   In a large basin, mix 4 cups paint with 1 cup water, stir well.       Begin taping off your vases to the level you would like the paint to reach. Vary the levels on your vases for a pretty aesthetic.     Dip the vases into the paint and swoosh to cover the entire bottom portion.     Turn the vases over on a drop cloth, and allow at least 24 hours dry time.     Peel off all tape and using a damp paper towel, remove any residue paint (since your paint was mixed with water it will come right off).     Leave your edge straight for a clean look or you can make a jagged edge for added effect.     Set your vases somewhere dry and let the paint set for another 48 hours before using.     The possibilities are endless for color combinations!     Fill with a few stems and group for very pretty table arrangements.       Enjoy!   {Photos By: Carly Taylor}
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  • Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss 

    Photos By: Lisa Warninger 

    Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We've created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.   Materials: Canelé cakes  bright tissue paper string  pinking shears white pen white round sticker

    Step One:

    Cut a 6" by 6" square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)

      Step Two: Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it's wrapped up it will look like the photo below.     Step Three: Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.     Step Four: Secure with a sticker.     Step Five: Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.    
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    This centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms!      Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones  5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers

    Directions:

    First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement.     Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase.     Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top.     We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store...     ... and a painted horse for some humor!     Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses.   Photo By Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos by Jordan Ferney

      Supplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4)  3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage     Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down.     Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting.     This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old.     The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you.     Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces.     For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store).     Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in.     Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done!     This seating card display costs under $25.     Happy DIYing!

     

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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios   Want to leave your ceremony in style? There is no better way to do it then under a canopy of flying confetti! Here is a fun way to present the confetti to your guests; be ready for a colorful shower of love!     Materials: Vellum paper, scissors, a small hole punch, embroidery thread, a needle and a stack of scrapbook paper in your color palette     Step One: The first step is to make the confetti, which is the easiest part but also the most time consuming. I would suggest tackling 20 sheets or so each day over a week. More than that and your hands will get VERY tired. To make the confetti, simply punch holes out of the paper, easy peasy!     Step Two: Next, cut the hearts from your vellum; you will need to cut double the number of confetti packs you hope to make.     Step Three: Once everything is cut, lay the hearts out and top every other one with a handful of confetti. Top the bottom half with another vellum heart.     Step Four: Hold one end of the heart and starting at the bottom, begin hand sewing around the other side with embroidery thread. Make about 7 stitches around. Do not sew these too tight and leave a decent length of thread at the bottom of each heart. Tie once at the bottom, in a lose knot. The idea is to keep the confetti in but to allow your guests to easily pull the thread right out.     Lay out your hearts with a note of instruction for guests to pull the thread and throw up their hearts when it is time. A beautiful shower of bright confetti and iridescent hearts awaits your finale.     Tip: Be sure to check with your venue before planning this project- not all venues allow you to throw confetti or rice. Happy hole punching!    

     

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