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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch   Sometimes the best flowers for boutonnieres have the shortest stems. Which is why this delphinium and freesia bout is so cute. Using floral wire to keep stems sturdy and elongate them, you can make these beautiful boutonnieres for your wedding party in minutes.     Of course, they're also a small fraction of the price of what a boutonniere from your florist will cost, saving you money on your big day. Here's how to make your own!     Supplies: Floral Wire Floral Tape Washi Tape Scissors Purple Stock Freesia Delphinium Pittosporum How-To:     1. First, cut the stem of a freesia flower and the delphinium. Add a piece of cut floral wire to each flower to act as the new, longer and more sturdy stem. You can do this by poking the wire through the bottom of the stem and up through the top of the flower. Form a hook shape, and pull the wire back down to secure it. Each wire should be 4 to 6 inches long.     2. Next, trim the bottom leaves from Pittosporum and bottom blooms from the purple stock, to prepare them for the boutonniere.     3. Arrange all the flowers and add the Pittosporum behind them, to act as the base, before wrapping all of the stems with floral tape.     4. Cut the bottom 1-2 inches from the stems, to give the boutonniere a clean, short look.     5. Wrap the stems in decorative washi tape, in your wedding colors, or a minimal grey, to cover over the floral tape.     There you have it! Keep in water until it's time to pin them onto the groom and groomsmen.  
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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Alisandra Photography     Add a bohemian edge to your bridal look with this gorgeous DIY floral crown!     Ingredients: Jasmine Vine Ranunculus Black Scabiosa Floral Tape Scissors  How To:     Step One: Cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length, you need about ½ stem to work with.         Step Two: Take a piece of the jasmine vine and with the floral tape, begin taping the flowers to the vine. In between taping, try the flower crown on to see how it looks and where you need to place the flowers. Once you have the desired look and feel you are going for, you’re done!     All Finished! If you like, you can make this the night before the wedding and place it in the refrigerator.
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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    This festive wreath is the perfect addition to an autumn wedding! 

    Ingredients:

    Grapevine wreath (purchase at local craft store) Bittersweet Grevillea or any type of flowering plant, you could also use rose hips Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: I started the design process at the base of the wreath by inserting stems of the grevillea into the wreath. You don’t need to wire it on the wreath. Being that we are using a grapevine wreath, the stems will stay in place by forcing them within the wreath.

    Step Two: Continue this process until you are satisfied with the look you are going for.  I placed the grevillea on the bottom and the sides.

    Step Three: Now it’s time to add the bittersweet! Cut the bittersweet into smaller stems and begin filling in the wreath. You can add as much as you like to get the look that you desire. 

    There you have it! So perfect and for a fall wedding and for your home!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    With its rich texture and deep, bold hues, this centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn wedding tablescape!

    Ingredients:

    Vase of your choice Ranunculus Dahlias Pansies Coleus Waterproof Floral Tape  Scissors 

    How To:

    Always give the stems of the flowers a cut and put them in clear water for about two hours before you begin making the arrangement. When designing, make sure the leaves on the stems are not inserted in the water inside the vessel.

    Step 1: Make a grid across the opening of the vase with the floral tape.

    Step 2: Outline the perimeter of the vase with the coleus.

    Step 3: Add the dahlias.  Make certain you add them in all around so they will be seen from all angles.

    Step 4: Add the ranunculus.

    Step 5: Add the pansies and you are all done!

    Enjoy!

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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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  • Your guests will love these fresh and modern favors -- that they can keep forever! We filled tiny zinc pots with succulents and wrote the name of each guest on the pot with white paint. Eventually, your guests will be able to re-pot these or plant the succulents in a garden as they grow larger. The paint is easily removed with a damp cloth so the container can be re-used. It's a perfect way to show your guests that you love them and also love the earth! Enjoy!



    Here's what you will need:

    4" pot of succulents (will fill about 8, 3" containers)
    3" round zinc containers
    pea gravel or small rocks
    white paint pen




    1. Write the name of each guest on the zinc pots.
    2. Divide succulents from 4" pots. Be sure to grab their roots when you do this.
    3. Add 1 layer of small rocks or pea gravel to the bottom of the zinc pot.
    4. Add a handful of soil.
    5. Add two little succulents and plant them with additional soil into the pot.
    6. Add rocks on top.

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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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  • 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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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch   Sometimes the best flowers for boutonnieres have the shortest stems. Which is why this delphinium and freesia bout is so cute. Using floral wire to keep stems sturdy and elongate them, you can make these beautiful boutonnieres for your wedding party in minutes.     Of course, they're also a small fraction of the price of what a boutonniere from your florist will cost, saving you money on your big day. Here's how to make your own!     Supplies: Floral Wire Floral Tape Washi Tape Scissors Purple Stock Freesia Delphinium Pittosporum How-To:     1. First, cut the stem of a freesia flower and the delphinium. Add a piece of cut floral wire to each flower to act as the new, longer and more sturdy stem. You can do this by poking the wire through the bottom of the stem and up through the top of the flower. Form a hook shape, and pull the wire back down to secure it. Each wire should be 4 to 6 inches long.     2. Next, trim the bottom leaves from Pittosporum and bottom blooms from the purple stock, to prepare them for the boutonniere.     3. Arrange all the flowers and add the Pittosporum behind them, to act as the base, before wrapping all of the stems with floral tape.     4. Cut the bottom 1-2 inches from the stems, to give the boutonniere a clean, short look.     5. Wrap the stems in decorative washi tape, in your wedding colors, or a minimal grey, to cover over the floral tape.     There you have it! Keep in water until it's time to pin them onto the groom and groomsmen.  
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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Alisandra Photography     Add a bohemian edge to your bridal look with this gorgeous DIY floral crown!     Ingredients: Jasmine Vine Ranunculus Black Scabiosa Floral Tape Scissors  How To:     Step One: Cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length, you need about ½ stem to work with.         Step Two: Take a piece of the jasmine vine and with the floral tape, begin taping the flowers to the vine. In between taping, try the flower crown on to see how it looks and where you need to place the flowers. Once you have the desired look and feel you are going for, you’re done!     All Finished! If you like, you can make this the night before the wedding and place it in the refrigerator.
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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    This festive wreath is the perfect addition to an autumn wedding! 

    Ingredients:

    Grapevine wreath (purchase at local craft store) Bittersweet Grevillea or any type of flowering plant, you could also use rose hips Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: I started the design process at the base of the wreath by inserting stems of the grevillea into the wreath. You don’t need to wire it on the wreath. Being that we are using a grapevine wreath, the stems will stay in place by forcing them within the wreath.

    Step Two: Continue this process until you are satisfied with the look you are going for.  I placed the grevillea on the bottom and the sides.

    Step Three: Now it’s time to add the bittersweet! Cut the bittersweet into smaller stems and begin filling in the wreath. You can add as much as you like to get the look that you desire. 

    There you have it! So perfect and for a fall wedding and for your home!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    With its rich texture and deep, bold hues, this centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn wedding tablescape!

    Ingredients:

    Vase of your choice Ranunculus Dahlias Pansies Coleus Waterproof Floral Tape  Scissors 

    How To:

    Always give the stems of the flowers a cut and put them in clear water for about two hours before you begin making the arrangement. When designing, make sure the leaves on the stems are not inserted in the water inside the vessel.

    Step 1: Make a grid across the opening of the vase with the floral tape.

    Step 2: Outline the perimeter of the vase with the coleus.

    Step 3: Add the dahlias.  Make certain you add them in all around so they will be seen from all angles.

    Step 4: Add the ranunculus.

    Step 5: Add the pansies and you are all done!

    Enjoy!

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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!

    1
  • 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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  • Your guests will love these fresh and modern favors -- that they can keep forever! We filled tiny zinc pots with succulents and wrote the name of each guest on the pot with white paint. Eventually, your guests will be able to re-pot these or plant the succulents in a garden as they grow larger. The paint is easily removed with a damp cloth so the container can be re-used. It's a perfect way to show your guests that you love them and also love the earth! Enjoy!



    Here's what you will need:

    4" pot of succulents (will fill about 8, 3" containers)
    3" round zinc containers
    pea gravel or small rocks
    white paint pen




    1. Write the name of each guest on the zinc pots.
    2. Divide succulents from 4" pots. Be sure to grab their roots when you do this.
    3. Add 1 layer of small rocks or pea gravel to the bottom of the zinc pot.
    4. Add a handful of soil.
    5. Add two little succulents and plant them with additional soil into the pot.
    6. Add rocks on top.

    7

  • 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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  • 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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