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  • Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk

    These test tube vases are a pretty and clever way to give thanks to your guests! 

    You Will Need: 1 1/4" wooden blocks, fine sanding block or sand paper, wood stain, cloth (2) or sponge brush for staining, 15 x 85 mm test tubes, pencil, glue gun, power drill, vice clamps + workbench, small 1/4" drillbit, large 5/8" drillbit, protective goggles

    Step One: In pencil, lightly make an X on one side of a wooden block. Clamp down your block (I highly recommend a vice clamp which would be much sturdier than a single clamp) and in the center of the X, drill a small starter hole about halfway deep into the block (make sure to wear protective goggles).

    Step Two: Switch out small drillbit for larger 5/8" one. Drill into the block about halfway to two thirds deep.

    Step Three: Lightly sand any rough areas, then rub in a wood stain with a cloth or sponge brush. Let stain sit anywhere from 5-15 minutes (longer if you want a deeper color) then wipe off with a clean cloth. Let dry overnight.

    Step Four: Once the block is dry, apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a test tube. Insert into the block and hold upright for a few seconds. 

    Step Five: As the glue is setting, spin the block to make sure the test tube is mostly at a 90 degree angle. 

    Step Six: Fill the test tube half way full of water and add a budding flower bloom. 

    Step Seven: To finish it off, tie a small card with each guest's name and table number to the vase.  

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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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    By: Chelsea Fuss     You will need: White paper bags Acrylic paint Paintbrush Number stencils (for table numbers) Painter's tape LED votive lights For the striped bags: Place strips of painters tape horizontally or vertically on flat bags, Measure to space them about an 1.5" a part. Paint in between the tape and then let it dry. Take the tape off when dry. Open bag and place LED lights inside.       For Numbered bags: Place stencil on flat bag and paint. Once dry, open bag and place light inside!     Line a stairway with the luminaries, mix and match them for a centerpiece or line your wedding aisle with them!     The hand-painted stripes look gorgeous when illuminated.     Total cost is $1.50 a piece including lights!     These hand-painted luminaries make a charming wedding decoration and a cheaper alternative to lanterns. Enjoy!   (photos by Chelsea Fuss)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Add a sweet, personalized touch to desserts or drinks! They are easy to make in mass and can be completely customized to match your wedding colors and theme.     A stack of them laid out with chalk will provide your guests with the chance to personalize their drinks at the bar, or written on prior they can easily label each of your options for drinks or sweets at the reception!     The materials: Unsanded tile grout (home depot carries it), paint in whatever color you choose, white card stock paper, paint brush, hand sand paper, double sided tape, measuring cups, stir sticks, scissors.     The process:   1) Mix your 1/2 cup of your paint with 1 tablespoon of the tile grout and stir until the grout is completely dissolved.     Mixing the grout...     Stir away!  

     

    2) Using your brush, paint an even coat of the mixture onto your card stock paper and let dry. Once dry, lightly sand your paper by hand to remove any lifted spots.     3) Cut your paper into long thin lines and then cut each line down to the label size of your choosing, cut a V notch at the end of each to create a flag.     4) Fold each flag in half and using double sided tape attach to your stir stick.     Your flags are almost ready!     Voila!     5) Pre-write your labels with chalk or leave a handful out during your wedding festivities for guests to write in themselves.     How cute are these?!  

     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree.     Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush

    How-To:

      1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette.     2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box.     3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats.     4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you.     5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package.   Voila!
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.

    For this sweet project, you will need:

    Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors  Simple white tags   Directions:

    1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.

    2. Add a small pile of candy.

      3. Wrap the paper over and tape together.   4. Twist the ends and tie them with string.     5. Add name tags if needed.     Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises!   Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Project & Photos By: Jennifer Kirk

    These test tube vases are a pretty and clever way to give thanks to your guests! 

    You Will Need: 1 1/4" wooden blocks, fine sanding block or sand paper, wood stain, cloth (2) or sponge brush for staining, 15 x 85 mm test tubes, pencil, glue gun, power drill, vice clamps + workbench, small 1/4" drillbit, large 5/8" drillbit, protective goggles

    Step One: In pencil, lightly make an X on one side of a wooden block. Clamp down your block (I highly recommend a vice clamp which would be much sturdier than a single clamp) and in the center of the X, drill a small starter hole about halfway deep into the block (make sure to wear protective goggles).

    Step Two: Switch out small drillbit for larger 5/8" one. Drill into the block about halfway to two thirds deep.

    Step Three: Lightly sand any rough areas, then rub in a wood stain with a cloth or sponge brush. Let stain sit anywhere from 5-15 minutes (longer if you want a deeper color) then wipe off with a clean cloth. Let dry overnight.

    Step Four: Once the block is dry, apply a dab of hot glue to the bottom of a test tube. Insert into the block and hold upright for a few seconds. 

    Step Five: As the glue is setting, spin the block to make sure the test tube is mostly at a 90 degree angle. 

    Step Six: Fill the test tube half way full of water and add a budding flower bloom. 

    Step Seven: To finish it off, tie a small card with each guest's name and table number to the vase.  

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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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    By: Chelsea Fuss     You will need: White paper bags Acrylic paint Paintbrush Number stencils (for table numbers) Painter's tape LED votive lights For the striped bags: Place strips of painters tape horizontally or vertically on flat bags, Measure to space them about an 1.5" a part. Paint in between the tape and then let it dry. Take the tape off when dry. Open bag and place LED lights inside.       For Numbered bags: Place stencil on flat bag and paint. Once dry, open bag and place light inside!     Line a stairway with the luminaries, mix and match them for a centerpiece or line your wedding aisle with them!     The hand-painted stripes look gorgeous when illuminated.     Total cost is $1.50 a piece including lights!     These hand-painted luminaries make a charming wedding decoration and a cheaper alternative to lanterns. Enjoy!   (photos by Chelsea Fuss)
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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    Photos By: Carly Taylor   Add a sweet, personalized touch to desserts or drinks! They are easy to make in mass and can be completely customized to match your wedding colors and theme.     A stack of them laid out with chalk will provide your guests with the chance to personalize their drinks at the bar, or written on prior they can easily label each of your options for drinks or sweets at the reception!     The materials: Unsanded tile grout (home depot carries it), paint in whatever color you choose, white card stock paper, paint brush, hand sand paper, double sided tape, measuring cups, stir sticks, scissors.     The process:   1) Mix your 1/2 cup of your paint with 1 tablespoon of the tile grout and stir until the grout is completely dissolved.     Mixing the grout...     Stir away!  

     

    2) Using your brush, paint an even coat of the mixture onto your card stock paper and let dry. Once dry, lightly sand your paper by hand to remove any lifted spots.     3) Cut your paper into long thin lines and then cut each line down to the label size of your choosing, cut a V notch at the end of each to create a flag.     4) Fold each flag in half and using double sided tape attach to your stir stick.     Your flags are almost ready!     Voila!     5) Pre-write your labels with chalk or leave a handful out during your wedding festivities for guests to write in themselves.     How cute are these?!  

     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff     If you're looking for a simple wedding project that won't break the bank, these watercolor favor boxes are the perfect match. Use them as wedding favor boxes for guest, bridal party gifts, even as holiday packaging for presents wrapped sweetly under the tree.     Materials: Kraft box (any size) Scissors Super thick yarn White watercolor Paint brush

    How-To:

      1. Fold the box and prepare watercolors with a few drops of water in a small dish or palette.     2. Write a message with watercolors on the top of the box.     3. Fill with yummy bakery items or other sweet treats.     4. Add a card inside the box to say thanks to guests for coming to your wedding. Or pen a note to your bridal party to tell your bridesmaids how much they mean to you.     5. Close up the box and add a long piece of yarn. Tie it in a bow or add a giant yarn pouf to finish the package.   Voila!
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.

    For this sweet project, you will need:

    Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors  Simple white tags   Directions:

    1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.

    2. Add a small pile of candy.

      3. Wrap the paper over and tape together.   4. Twist the ends and tie them with string.     5. Add name tags if needed.     Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises!   Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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