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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
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  • Photos by Carly Taylor for Victoria Hudgins

    These sweet little kabuki streamers are the perfect way to aid the bride and groom in a colorful sendoff!     They're a festive solution for the finale of your party, when bubbles aren't desired and confetti is not allowed. They make a very bright and pretty showing and stay completely attached so there is no mess to pick up afterward.     Materials: Crepe paper streamers in three coordinating colors. Coordinating paper and scissors. A needle and thick thread for attaching. A heavy paperweight & a small piece of tape or label to close off the project when completed.   Directions:   1. Lay out all three colors of your streamers and cut each into 25 inch sections. You will need one cut section per streamer or each guest package.     2. Layer your streamer layers on top of one another, with all three colors and weigh down one side with a heavy paperweight   3. Begin to cut up your streamer section in thirds. You will make two cuts vertically up the streamers to leave you with three skinny sections.     4. Cut decorative paper into 2x4 inch pieces to use for wrapping the streamers.     5. Using a needle thread, thick string through your paper and tie off twice to produce a small finger loop. This will allow your guests to slip on the package for good throwing grip! You could also use ribbon for this step if desired.     6. Dab a bit if glue on the inside of the paper and attach one section (all three colors) of your skinny ribbon to the far left side. Repeat this step in the center and right side. You will end up with three sections, giving you a total of nine streamers to work with.       7. Secure your streamer paper under a weight and working one section at a time begin to roll up your streamers tightly toward the top. Roll each section separately and be sure to keep your streamers tight for small rolls.     8. Once all three sections are rolled up, finish off your package by securing the paper with a small label or tape.       Your guests will have a splendid showing of streamers to wave!      Project Design & Styling: Victoria Hudgins Photography: Carly Taylor
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  • Photos by: Carly Taylor

      This tiny bunting favor is a great idea to incorporate a bit of your wedding day design into a keepsake for your guests. They will love having a piece of your day to remember forever!     Use a fabric pattern that you use in some aspect of your wedding, whether it's invitations or table runners!   Directions:    To make the bunting, cut small triangles out of your chosen fabric.     Using hot glue, attach each one to a piece of embroidery thread or ribbon.     Let them dry ...     Top off your bags with a simple thank you label and a bit of twine.     Simply slip the perfect presents in bags such as these and send them home with a little tag and a big thanks!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   These ultra simple escort cards are super adorable and couldn't be easier to make!     Materials: red paper twine white pen mini clothes pins scissors a table, board or wall to display them on

    Cut out a heart by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half and cutting half of a heart out.     Use this heart as a template so that the rest are about the same size and shape.     Write each guest's name and table number with a white pen.     Clothespin the hearts on twine.     Display on a wood table, a wall, or a board.     Cover a piece of foam core with fabric by adhering it with spray glue. Pin twine, ribbon or string to the board and then attach the hearts with the clothespins.        
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    Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Give your cake, signature cocktail or desserts a bit of bling with these easy-to-make toppers. They can be made in miniature for individual servings, in large form for a cake or in a stack of sizes for a substantial presentation (my favorite)!     You will need: textured gold ribbon liquid fabric stiffener binder clips or clothespins wax paper a small craft hole punch lollipop sticks     First, cut the ribbon at increments double the size of the heart you'd like to make.     Fold the ribbon segment in half and dredge into the liquid fabric stiffener (do not use the spray, it must be liquid for thorough saturation).     While the ribbon is still wet, mold into shape and clip the top edges of the heart together. Lay the newly formed hearts out to dry on wax paper. It helps to gently move the hearts every few hours while they dry so that you don't end up with a puddle of film to remove afterwards.     Once dry, remove the clips. Use a small craft hole punch (a regular, household punch will be too large) to make a hole at the bottom of each heart. Gently insert a lollipop stick into the hole to finish the topper off.     Place this fabulous embellishment on your cake, dessert minis, or in a drink for a pretty display!      

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk 

      Instructions for creating a unique topiary style décor.     Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit   Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long.     Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops.     Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top.     Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle.     Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes.     Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries.     Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet.     Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying.     Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere.     Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant.     Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant.     Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere.     Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.    
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I'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
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  • Photos By: Caroline Drake   Add a splash of color to your flatware in a few easy steps.    I love all the beautiful, bright colors used in weddings now-a-days.  The "dipped" look is such a fun trend, and you can easily customize the look of any bridal shower or casual wedding reception with this colorful wooden flatware concept.       Supplies: foam paint brush  craft paint in the color of your choice cup to hold paint  tape  wooden cutlery (here is a good resource for this)     Step One: Tape around the utensil where you would like the paint to stop.     Step Two: Paint two coats of paint below the tape line on the top side of the utensil, and allow it to dry. (At least 20 minutes).     Step Three: After the top side is dry, flip the utensil over and paint the back with two coats, and allow to dry completely.     Step Four: Once the paint has dried, carefully peel back the tape.     You can repeat the process for all of your cutlery, and alternate colors if you wish.      It's always the little things that leave a huge impact on guests!  
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: Dowels (strong enough to place them in the grass) Fabric (we chose varying hues of yellow) Sewing Machine Scissors Elmers Glue String Tape Large Bowl

    Directions: 

    1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.

    2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.

    3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.

    4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.

    5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.

    Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.

     

    What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.

    The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.

    You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.

    Hooray for love!
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
      Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
      Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball. 
      Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
      Enjoy!
    5
  • Photos by Carly Taylor for Victoria Hudgins

    These sweet little kabuki streamers are the perfect way to aid the bride and groom in a colorful sendoff!     They're a festive solution for the finale of your party, when bubbles aren't desired and confetti is not allowed. They make a very bright and pretty showing and stay completely attached so there is no mess to pick up afterward.     Materials: Crepe paper streamers in three coordinating colors. Coordinating paper and scissors. A needle and thick thread for attaching. A heavy paperweight & a small piece of tape or label to close off the project when completed.   Directions:   1. Lay out all three colors of your streamers and cut each into 25 inch sections. You will need one cut section per streamer or each guest package.     2. Layer your streamer layers on top of one another, with all three colors and weigh down one side with a heavy paperweight   3. Begin to cut up your streamer section in thirds. You will make two cuts vertically up the streamers to leave you with three skinny sections.     4. Cut decorative paper into 2x4 inch pieces to use for wrapping the streamers.     5. Using a needle thread, thick string through your paper and tie off twice to produce a small finger loop. This will allow your guests to slip on the package for good throwing grip! You could also use ribbon for this step if desired.     6. Dab a bit if glue on the inside of the paper and attach one section (all three colors) of your skinny ribbon to the far left side. Repeat this step in the center and right side. You will end up with three sections, giving you a total of nine streamers to work with.       7. Secure your streamer paper under a weight and working one section at a time begin to roll up your streamers tightly toward the top. Roll each section separately and be sure to keep your streamers tight for small rolls.     8. Once all three sections are rolled up, finish off your package by securing the paper with a small label or tape.       Your guests will have a splendid showing of streamers to wave!      Project Design & Styling: Victoria Hudgins Photography: Carly Taylor
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  • Photos by: Carly Taylor

      This tiny bunting favor is a great idea to incorporate a bit of your wedding day design into a keepsake for your guests. They will love having a piece of your day to remember forever!     Use a fabric pattern that you use in some aspect of your wedding, whether it's invitations or table runners!   Directions:    To make the bunting, cut small triangles out of your chosen fabric.     Using hot glue, attach each one to a piece of embroidery thread or ribbon.     Let them dry ...     Top off your bags with a simple thank you label and a bit of twine.     Simply slip the perfect presents in bags such as these and send them home with a little tag and a big thanks!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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    By: Chelsea Fuss   These ultra simple escort cards are super adorable and couldn't be easier to make!     Materials: red paper twine white pen mini clothes pins scissors a table, board or wall to display them on

    Cut out a heart by folding an 8 1/2 x 11 piece of paper in half and cutting half of a heart out.     Use this heart as a template so that the rest are about the same size and shape.     Write each guest's name and table number with a white pen.     Clothespin the hearts on twine.     Display on a wood table, a wall, or a board.     Cover a piece of foam core with fabric by adhering it with spray glue. Pin twine, ribbon or string to the board and then attach the hearts with the clothespins.        
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    Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Give your cake, signature cocktail or desserts a bit of bling with these easy-to-make toppers. They can be made in miniature for individual servings, in large form for a cake or in a stack of sizes for a substantial presentation (my favorite)!     You will need: textured gold ribbon liquid fabric stiffener binder clips or clothespins wax paper a small craft hole punch lollipop sticks     First, cut the ribbon at increments double the size of the heart you'd like to make.     Fold the ribbon segment in half and dredge into the liquid fabric stiffener (do not use the spray, it must be liquid for thorough saturation).     While the ribbon is still wet, mold into shape and clip the top edges of the heart together. Lay the newly formed hearts out to dry on wax paper. It helps to gently move the hearts every few hours while they dry so that you don't end up with a puddle of film to remove afterwards.     Once dry, remove the clips. Use a small craft hole punch (a regular, household punch will be too large) to make a hole at the bottom of each heart. Gently insert a lollipop stick into the hole to finish the topper off.     Place this fabulous embellishment on your cake, dessert minis, or in a drink for a pretty display!      

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk 

      Instructions for creating a unique topiary style décor.     Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit   Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long.     Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops.     Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top.     Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle.     Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes.     Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries.     Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet.     Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying.     Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere.     Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant.     Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant.     Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere.     Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.    
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I'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
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  • Photos By: Caroline Drake   Add a splash of color to your flatware in a few easy steps.    I love all the beautiful, bright colors used in weddings now-a-days.  The "dipped" look is such a fun trend, and you can easily customize the look of any bridal shower or casual wedding reception with this colorful wooden flatware concept.       Supplies: foam paint brush  craft paint in the color of your choice cup to hold paint  tape  wooden cutlery (here is a good resource for this)     Step One: Tape around the utensil where you would like the paint to stop.     Step Two: Paint two coats of paint below the tape line on the top side of the utensil, and allow it to dry. (At least 20 minutes).     Step Three: After the top side is dry, flip the utensil over and paint the back with two coats, and allow to dry completely.     Step Four: Once the paint has dried, carefully peel back the tape.     You can repeat the process for all of your cutlery, and alternate colors if you wish.      It's always the little things that leave a huge impact on guests!  
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: Dowels (strong enough to place them in the grass) Fabric (we chose varying hues of yellow) Sewing Machine Scissors Elmers Glue String Tape Large Bowl

    Directions: 

    1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.

    2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.

    3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.

    4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.

    5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.

    Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.

     

    What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.

    The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.

    You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.

    Hooray for love!
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