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  • By: Jenny Batt

    Fringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything.     Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board   Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold.     Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise.     Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge.     Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip.     Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry.     Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly.     Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim.     Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually.     Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging.     photos by hankandhunt.com      
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  • Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss 

    Photos By: Lisa Warninger 

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

    Step One:

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

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

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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    Photos by i am baker     Amanda from i am baker shares her gorgeous rose cake secrets with us - which all starts with whatever type of cake you desire and lots of buttercream frosting.     Put your 1M tip (or any large open star tip) into the pastry bag then fill it up with buttercream frosting. Note: You will need lots of frosting for this one!     To make your rose, start in the center, then slowly move your tip in a circle around the center point. Amanda wanted a single rose to span the side of the cake so she looped around my center point twice. Try to end in the same place each time.     Have FUN with it! Those roses are so forgiving. But if you find that you really dislike how they are turning out, just scrape them off and start over!     Go all the way around the cake and complete with one last rose.     Put your cake in the fridge after you are done with decorating to help them set up and retain their shape.   This fancy rose cake has a vertical layer interior.     Amanda from i am baker actually made two separate cakes and assembled them into the vertical layer pattern.     Bellisimo!     Save a piece for us, please.    
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    Photo by: Carly Taylor   Looking for an extra special touch to give your programs or shower invites? Incorporating fabric can give you a beautiful way to showcase your wedding style and create a piece that is handcrafted.     After designing your wedding program, cut a piece of cardboard to the exact size of your program.     Cut your main fabric to the correct size of the cardboard previously cut, leaving an extra 1/4 inch around the entire square to fold over. Affix your fabric to the cardboard with a thin layer of fabric glue on each of the turned over sides.     Using coordinating fabric and ribbon, line one side of the program bringing in texture through pattern and color. Fold each piece over and attach to the back side with fabric glue.     Lastly, attach your program to the backside of the program using a very thin layer of fabric glue around the edges(it dries completely clear).     Get creative, incorporating your color palette or favorite patterns!     So pretty and festive!      
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

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

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

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

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

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

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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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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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff 

    These floral minis are a sweet and unique way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception décor.

    They're fairly easy to make and can double as favors. Imagine how pretty they'd be situated on top of each place setting!

    Supplies:

    Scissors Floral foam  Small vessel or decorative bowl One large bowl filled with water Hydrangeas and other fresh flowers with small to medium size blooms

    Step One: Cut down a piece of floral foam to fit snug inside the vessel or small, decorative bowl.     Step Two: Once the foam has been cut to size, drop it into a large bowl of water and let it sink to the bottom. After letting it soak for about a minute, place it back into the small vessel, and begin cutting down your fresh flowers. Each stem should be cut at a sharp angle to ensure it can pierce through the foam.     Step Three: Starting in the center and working your way out, begin adding short stems of hydrangea clusters to the arrangement.     Step Four: Once the entire bowl is filled, add additional flowers and fillers. Depending on where they are placed, some stems will need to be slightly longer than others. Add finishing touches with your favorite blooms and fill areas that look sparse.     Styling Tip: When the seasons change, so does floral availability. Just remember, hydrangeas are a key factor for keeping this project simple. The stems are nice and hearty and hold the surrounding florals in place.     These miniature arrangements can also be displayed on a place card table with paper flag table numbers or dispersed with small votive candles along the center of a long banquet table.    

     

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

    Fringe is still everywhere and I don’t think it's going out of style anytime soon. Traditionally, you take tiny pieces of fringe and cover shapes and large paper mache objects. For this DIY, I will show you a new technique to breeze through fringing anything.     Materials: Tissue Paper Cutting Mat and Rotary Cutter Scissors (or fringing scissors – easier) Elmer’s Glue Poster Board   Step One Lay several sheets of tissue paper flat and fold in half lengthwise. Use your cutting mat, a straight edge and your rotary cutter, to cut strips 2.5” wide across the fold.     Step Two Take each set of strips and unfold. Refold lengthwise.     Step Three Fold in half widthwise and cut fringe on the bottom (not the folded) edge.     Step Four Separate each fringed strip and refold lengthwise. Take your poster board and across the short edge, run a thin bead of glue across the length. Lay a fringed piece across the glue and press lightly to adhere. If the strip isn’t quite long enough to reach, just add pieces as needed. For the next layer add another bead of glue above the first strip and add another strip.     Step Five Repeat until the entire poster board is covered. Let dry.     Step Six Print out letters from your computer. Cut out the letters from the paper. Place each letter on the fringed board, adjusting it so the fringe goes left to right across the letter, and cut loosely around the edge. Once you have the smaller piece, use the template to cut out the shape perfectly.     Step Seven Repeat with remaining letters. Sometimes after cutting, the tops of the letters are missing fringe. Simply add touch up pieces of tissue paper fringe and glue down. Let dry and trim.     Step Eight Use a bunting template to make a fun garland. You can use the fringed poster board to make any shapes you like or keep as is for a fun backdrop or to use as a tray liner. The fringing goes quickly using this method and is less tedious than fringing each shape individually.     Step Nine To make a garland from the letters, simply flip over the pieces and tape down to twine. Here I used washi tape so I can remove and adjust the letters easily after hanging.     photos by hankandhunt.com      
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  • Project & Story By: Chelsea Fuss 

    Photos By: Lisa Warninger 

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

    Step One:

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

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

    Chalkboards are all the rage in the design world lately, and they're also an easy way to add a bit of unexpected character to your wedding day! Whether you're going for a casual, country, or even chic look, check out our ideas on how you can incorporate this fun element into your event.   When we stumbled upon this amazing blackboard oilcloth, we knew we had to somehow use it in one of our do-it-yourself projects. It's a dream to write on, and the chalk easily washes off with a damp cloth, so the oilcloth can be used over and over again. We cut ours to fit a large white frame and wrote guests' seat assignments on it to create a modern-looking seating chart.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio; Ribba frame from Ikea     Cut the oilcloth to make a dramatic place mat for each table setting; write the guest's name across the top in lieu of a place card.   Sources: Oilcloth from Bell'Occhio     We cut tags from cardstock and sprayed them with chalkboard spray paint to create super-easy place cards.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     These adorable mini-chalkboards are a perfect size for place cards; wind them around napkins or favors for a charming look.   Source: Mini-chalkboards by Darice from Joann Fabrics     Votive holders or small cups can also get the spray-paint treatment; fill them with bright flowers for a glamorous favor, and write guests' names on the front for added personalization.    Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     When black is matte, it looks sophisticated and soft -- and is a fabulous compliment to a floral arrangement. We spray painted a vase with chalkboard paint, wrote the table number on the front, and filled with pretty pale tulips. Volia! An inexpensive centerpiece that still looks dramatic.   Source: Chalkboard spray paint by Krylon     We hung a page from this blackboard album around an old wooden box, wrote the table number on the front, and then filled it with floppy flowers. The result? A casual, rustic centerpiece that's truly unique.   Source: Blackboard chipboard album by Cosmo Cricket    

     

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    Photos by i am baker     Amanda from i am baker shares her gorgeous rose cake secrets with us - which all starts with whatever type of cake you desire and lots of buttercream frosting.     Put your 1M tip (or any large open star tip) into the pastry bag then fill it up with buttercream frosting. Note: You will need lots of frosting for this one!     To make your rose, start in the center, then slowly move your tip in a circle around the center point. Amanda wanted a single rose to span the side of the cake so she looped around my center point twice. Try to end in the same place each time.     Have FUN with it! Those roses are so forgiving. But if you find that you really dislike how they are turning out, just scrape them off and start over!     Go all the way around the cake and complete with one last rose.     Put your cake in the fridge after you are done with decorating to help them set up and retain their shape.   This fancy rose cake has a vertical layer interior.     Amanda from i am baker actually made two separate cakes and assembled them into the vertical layer pattern.     Bellisimo!     Save a piece for us, please.    
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    Photo by: Carly Taylor   Looking for an extra special touch to give your programs or shower invites? Incorporating fabric can give you a beautiful way to showcase your wedding style and create a piece that is handcrafted.     After designing your wedding program, cut a piece of cardboard to the exact size of your program.     Cut your main fabric to the correct size of the cardboard previously cut, leaving an extra 1/4 inch around the entire square to fold over. Affix your fabric to the cardboard with a thin layer of fabric glue on each of the turned over sides.     Using coordinating fabric and ribbon, line one side of the program bringing in texture through pattern and color. Fold each piece over and attach to the back side with fabric glue.     Lastly, attach your program to the backside of the program using a very thin layer of fabric glue around the edges(it dries completely clear).     Get creative, incorporating your color palette or favorite patterns!     So pretty and festive!      
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

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

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

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

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

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

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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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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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff 

    These floral minis are a sweet and unique way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception décor.

    They're fairly easy to make and can double as favors. Imagine how pretty they'd be situated on top of each place setting!

    Supplies:

    Scissors Floral foam  Small vessel or decorative bowl One large bowl filled with water Hydrangeas and other fresh flowers with small to medium size blooms

    Step One: Cut down a piece of floral foam to fit snug inside the vessel or small, decorative bowl.     Step Two: Once the foam has been cut to size, drop it into a large bowl of water and let it sink to the bottom. After letting it soak for about a minute, place it back into the small vessel, and begin cutting down your fresh flowers. Each stem should be cut at a sharp angle to ensure it can pierce through the foam.     Step Three: Starting in the center and working your way out, begin adding short stems of hydrangea clusters to the arrangement.     Step Four: Once the entire bowl is filled, add additional flowers and fillers. Depending on where they are placed, some stems will need to be slightly longer than others. Add finishing touches with your favorite blooms and fill areas that look sparse.     Styling Tip: When the seasons change, so does floral availability. Just remember, hydrangeas are a key factor for keeping this project simple. The stems are nice and hearty and hold the surrounding florals in place.     These miniature arrangements can also be displayed on a place card table with paper flag table numbers or dispersed with small votive candles along the center of a long banquet table.    

     

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