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Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Prokopets StudiosWarm Fall Décor: The further we step into fall, the more we are lead towards cozy fabrics and décor that evokes warmth. Engraving wood is a perfect way to bring the feeling of fall to life in your wedding, and it's easier than you'd think! Floral Centers & Escort Cards: Here we'll show you how to make engraved centerpieces and matching wooden escort cards. Materials: A simple wood engraver (available for under $20 at Michaels). Wood to engrave, buy or make your own wooden boxes to hold florals Wooden seating cards (a stack of 25 is in the dollar section at JoAnn's this season... hooray!) Small floral foam to place inside your centerpiece boxes. Directions: 1. Start with a pencil and outline the number or design you would like to make. Erase any misprints until you have a good line to follow. Then, heat up your engraver until you start to see smoke! 2. Begin tracing your pencil line, or freehand engrave if you are brave. Your will need to press down quite hard to get a deep continuous line. If your line is dotty, simply go over the tracing a second time, pressing more firmly. You should get the hang of it pretty quickly. 3. Once your engraving is done, wet down the floral foam and place flowers of your choice inside each box. Escort Card Concept: We love the idea of placing the seating cards on a chalkboard surface. Engrave a table number on each wooden tag and write in your guest's name alongside it. Warning: this new found skill is addicting, you will soon be engraving every piece of wood you can find! Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios
Photos By: Jordan Ferney Materials to make a 12 ft garland: 3 bunches of lemon leaves ($4 each) 24 & 30 Gauge Florist Wire ($2 each) A small rope ($2) Optional: wired florist stakes (best for apples and other firm fruit) Optional: fruit or berries Go through the bunches of lemon leaves, cutting down the sections of leaves and leaving a 3" stem. Don't forget your rope! Keep cutting until you have enough to work with -- look at these neat piles! Start gathering your leaves into clusters. Cut an 8" section of 30 gauge wire. Gather two or three sections of leaves and wire them together. Leaving a 6" tail of rope take the sections and wire it to the rope. Repeat, cover up the previous stems with the new section of leaves. Continue, making sure the garland looks full and the wires aren't showing. If you would like to add fruit to your garland, take a piece of fruit and secure a piece of wire going through the skin of one end of the fruit using 24 gauge wire. Make sure it is on tight or you will have falling fruit! Wire the fruit onto the rope and tuck the lemon leaves around it to hide the wire. Voila! This pretty project can be done up to two days in advance of the event. Store it out of direct sunlight in a cool place and spritz with water twice daily. Furniture and linens provided by Bay Area Rental Company: Abbey Party Rents
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Love by Serena
We love this fun, unique way to display flowers at your wedding reception!
Ingredients:Drawer (I chose a white one. It makes the colors of the flowers “pop”!) Potted Plants Flowers of your choice (I chose Ranunculus in pastel colors) Bud Vases (use different shapes and sizes and get creative)
Cut the stems of the ranunculus or the flowers of your choice and place them in the water filled bud vases.
Next place the potted plants in the drawer of the dresser. You don’t have to remove the plants of the pots. The dresser that I used only had a top drawer, but if you dresser has a second drawer, fill it with the potted as well. Note, I watered the potted plants the day before the project, so there wouldn’t be any water leakage from the pots.
Photos By: Jordan FerneyMaterials: 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.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio Make a celebratory statement by topping your wedding cake and desserts with these bright and festive pinwheels. Make them large or small, individually or in mass to design a colorful element that fits your day perfectly. Make the pinwheel cake toppers by using origami paper (or thin scrapbook paper cut into squares)- each pinwheel uses three squares. Step One: Accordion fold the paper squares back and forth, then fold each section in half and crease. Step Two: Combine three sections together to create a round. Glue the outside edges together to connect. Step Three: Turn the pinwheel over and glue a wooden skewer to the backside of each. Let dry. Step Four: Top cakes, pies, and desserts with the pretty toppers!
By: Victoria HudginsThis 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.
Photos By Carly TaylorThere 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
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!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Looking for a super affordable escort card idea that can double as guest favors? Try this colorful (and easy) project idea.
Materials:Colorful Paper Pen or Marker Rocks or Pebbles Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Scissors Air Plants
1. Cut various shapes (2-3 inches wide) in different color papers, that match your wedding decor.
2. Next, write the name of each guest toward the bottom of each shape. Set aside.
3. Next, paint flat rocks with acrylic paint. You may need to add a second layer of paint, once the first is dry.
4. Once the rocks are completely dry, write the table numbers for each guest on the rocks.
5. Then, place the rocks on top of each paper shape, making sure each rock's number corresponds with the guest's proper table. Then, add an air plant (which will act as a fun favor for guests to take home) and you're all set. The rocks will keep the paper from floating away in the wind, if your wedding is outdoors and will add another color pop for these quirky, cool escort cards.