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  • Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien     Piped flowers are perfect for everything from backyard weddings to bridal showers to formal affairs. Although they had fallen out of favor during the height of the fondant craze, piping has made a huge comeback. You can use any buttercream recipe you like, but we prefer Swiss meringue buttercream. Because it's made with real butter, it has a slightly yellow tint, so be sure to practice on a small batch before adding lots of color.     What You’ll Need: Small (8” or 10”) piping bag fit with leaf tip (such as Wilton tip 68) Large (18” or larger) piping bag fit with small star tip (such as Wilton tip 1M) Ivory, light pink, dark pink and leaf green buttercream Large icing spatula Small icing spatula   To fill the piping bag, fold the top third over your hand.     Use small icing spatula to fill small piping bag about half full with leaf green buttercream.     To fill large piping bag, open base of piping bag wide so tip is visible. Think of interior of piping bag as a circular (pie-shaped) cavity divided into thirds.     Fill large piping bag with ivory, light pink, and dark pink buttercream, placing each color to fill only one third of the interior of the pie-shaped cavity in the piping bag.     Twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until full star is formed. Release pressure so buttercream ceases to flow and lift up and away from cake
.      Repeat shape directly touching previous shape.     Continue on top and side of cake creating a round, piped mound. Continue creating round piped mounds around edge of cake.     To create leaves, twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream.     Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until buttercream starts to come out. Gently touch buttercream to cake surface to adhere. Gradually release pressure while pulling away to create a pointed leaf.     Enjoy!    
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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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 Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Oragami Paper Cranes:

    It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.

    Step One: Cut a 5 x 5 square of paper and start with the patterned or colored side up. Fold in half with colored side in, then open back up.     Step Two: Rotate the paper to the right and fold in half again so that your folds mark an X in the middle of the paper.     Step Three: Place paper so it's a diamond and one point is pointing towards you.     Step Four: Fold the diamond in half.     Step Five: Open the paper up. Fold the right corner so it is tucked under and so it's lined up in the center. Do the same for the other side so you have a diamond.     Step Six: Take the right corner of the first layer and fold into the center so that the middle looks like a kite. Do the same with the left corner.     Step Seven: Fold the top of the kite towards you, so the top of the paper is flat.     Step Eight: Open back up and repeat Steps Six and Seven on the opposite side.     Step Nine: Open up the center and press flat.     Step Ten: Turn over and repeat Step Nine on the opposite side.     Step Eleven: Take the 1st layer, right corner and fold to the center. Repeat this with the left corner. Flip over and repeat.     Step Twelve: Now you should have two skinny sections that are the tail and head.     Step Thirteen: Take the bottom right tip and fold to the side. Make it even with the point on the side of the crane. Repeat on other side.     Step Fourteen: Fold the tip of one of the "legs." This is the crane's head.     Step Fifteen: Grab the wings and pull the bird open. There should be a flat square in the center.

    Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    This cute 'lil bag is great for holding lemons, limes or other summer treats. They are pretty and subtle and would look perfect resting on each plate at an afternoon summer wedding.     You can make these using miniature brown paper bags (found at Micheals) and white fabric doilies (found at craft stores or much cheaper at thrift stores). One doily will make four favor bags.     You Will Need... Paper Bags Doilies Mod Podge Brush Scissors Something fun to fill them!

    Step One:

    Cut the doilies into quarters as shown in the photo.     Step Two: Coat the back side of a quartered piece of doily with Mod Podge.     Step Three: Open a paper bag and place the doily on one of the bottom corners, with the two edges just hanging off.  
      Step Four: Firmly press the doily into shape on the front of the bag, then seal the edges on the bottom and side of the bag.     Step Five: Let dry and fill with a sweet or citrus-ey treat for your guests.        
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Make your wedding escort cards even more special with these fresh flower wreaths that display guest's names and table numbers. They smell great, look good hanging or displayed flat on a table, and double as a small favor for guests to take home. Want to make your own?        Supplies: Floral Tape Velvet Ribbon Scissors Wire Clippers Vine Wrapped Craft Wire Fresh Flowers - Solidago, Phlox, Limonium-Caspia How-To:     1. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly nine inches long (this may vary depending on how large you want each wreath to be).     2. Bend the wire into a circle and twist the side around the circle you've created, to make it strong and secure.       3. Attach a few flowers to the circle at a time, using floral tape, and then stacking the next round of flowers on top of the tape from the last. Repeat this process until the circle is completely covered with flowers, and you cannot see any of the floral tape.     4. Cut a piece of ribbon for the top of the wreath. This can be used solely for decoration or as a way to hang each wreath on a wall or board.     5. Lastly, print table numbers and guest's names out onto card stock. Cut and attach to each wreath.  
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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 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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  • Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien     Piped flowers are perfect for everything from backyard weddings to bridal showers to formal affairs. Although they had fallen out of favor during the height of the fondant craze, piping has made a huge comeback. You can use any buttercream recipe you like, but we prefer Swiss meringue buttercream. Because it's made with real butter, it has a slightly yellow tint, so be sure to practice on a small batch before adding lots of color.     What You’ll Need: Small (8” or 10”) piping bag fit with leaf tip (such as Wilton tip 68) Large (18” or larger) piping bag fit with small star tip (such as Wilton tip 1M) Ivory, light pink, dark pink and leaf green buttercream Large icing spatula Small icing spatula   To fill the piping bag, fold the top third over your hand.     Use small icing spatula to fill small piping bag about half full with leaf green buttercream.     To fill large piping bag, open base of piping bag wide so tip is visible. Think of interior of piping bag as a circular (pie-shaped) cavity divided into thirds.     Fill large piping bag with ivory, light pink, and dark pink buttercream, placing each color to fill only one third of the interior of the pie-shaped cavity in the piping bag.     Twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until full star is formed. Release pressure so buttercream ceases to flow and lift up and away from cake
.      Repeat shape directly touching previous shape.     Continue on top and side of cake creating a round, piped mound. Continue creating round piped mounds around edge of cake.     To create leaves, twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream.     Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until buttercream starts to come out. Gently touch buttercream to cake surface to adhere. Gradually release pressure while pulling away to create a pointed leaf.     Enjoy!    
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.     Materials: Spool wire Floral tape Clippers Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood) Ribbon      1. Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.   2. Cover the circle in floral tape.     3. Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.     4. Secure each piece with wire.     5. Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.     6. You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.   7. Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.       Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!     Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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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 Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Carly Taylor

    Using watercolor in your wedding can be an easy way to add both color and pretty artistic flair. Make drink tags, escort cards, or favor labels with these easy instructions.     Materials: You will need watercolor paints, paper tags, a white crayon, a paint brush and water.     Process: Write in your details on the paper tag with a white crayon. I did a combo of table numbers and simple words to show how each would look. Be sure to press firmly with the crayon.     A preview of the finished product. Loving this vibrant orange.     Dip your brush in the water and the paint, before stroking lightly over your tag.     Mix colors and do a couple coats to ensure good texture.
      The watercolors will not adhere to the wax portion of the tag where the crayon has left its mark.
      What a difference adding favor tags makes! Let dry and attach to your favor or item of choice!     Lastly, get creative and have fun!      Project Design By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Carly Taylor

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Oragami Paper Cranes:

    It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.

    Step One: Cut a 5 x 5 square of paper and start with the patterned or colored side up. Fold in half with colored side in, then open back up.     Step Two: Rotate the paper to the right and fold in half again so that your folds mark an X in the middle of the paper.     Step Three: Place paper so it's a diamond and one point is pointing towards you.     Step Four: Fold the diamond in half.     Step Five: Open the paper up. Fold the right corner so it is tucked under and so it's lined up in the center. Do the same for the other side so you have a diamond.     Step Six: Take the right corner of the first layer and fold into the center so that the middle looks like a kite. Do the same with the left corner.     Step Seven: Fold the top of the kite towards you, so the top of the paper is flat.     Step Eight: Open back up and repeat Steps Six and Seven on the opposite side.     Step Nine: Open up the center and press flat.     Step Ten: Turn over and repeat Step Nine on the opposite side.     Step Eleven: Take the 1st layer, right corner and fold to the center. Repeat this with the left corner. Flip over and repeat.     Step Twelve: Now you should have two skinny sections that are the tail and head.     Step Thirteen: Take the bottom right tip and fold to the side. Make it even with the point on the side of the crane. Repeat on other side.     Step Fourteen: Fold the tip of one of the "legs." This is the crane's head.     Step Fifteen: Grab the wings and pull the bird open. There should be a flat square in the center.

    Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    This cute 'lil bag is great for holding lemons, limes or other summer treats. They are pretty and subtle and would look perfect resting on each plate at an afternoon summer wedding.     You can make these using miniature brown paper bags (found at Micheals) and white fabric doilies (found at craft stores or much cheaper at thrift stores). One doily will make four favor bags.     You Will Need... Paper Bags Doilies Mod Podge Brush Scissors Something fun to fill them!

    Step One:

    Cut the doilies into quarters as shown in the photo.     Step Two: Coat the back side of a quartered piece of doily with Mod Podge.     Step Three: Open a paper bag and place the doily on one of the bottom corners, with the two edges just hanging off.  
      Step Four: Firmly press the doily into shape on the front of the bag, then seal the edges on the bottom and side of the bag.     Step Five: Let dry and fill with a sweet or citrus-ey treat for your guests.        
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Make your wedding escort cards even more special with these fresh flower wreaths that display guest's names and table numbers. They smell great, look good hanging or displayed flat on a table, and double as a small favor for guests to take home. Want to make your own?        Supplies: Floral Tape Velvet Ribbon Scissors Wire Clippers Vine Wrapped Craft Wire Fresh Flowers - Solidago, Phlox, Limonium-Caspia How-To:     1. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly nine inches long (this may vary depending on how large you want each wreath to be).     2. Bend the wire into a circle and twist the side around the circle you've created, to make it strong and secure.       3. Attach a few flowers to the circle at a time, using floral tape, and then stacking the next round of flowers on top of the tape from the last. Repeat this process until the circle is completely covered with flowers, and you cannot see any of the floral tape.     4. Cut a piece of ribbon for the top of the wreath. This can be used solely for decoration or as a way to hang each wreath on a wall or board.     5. Lastly, print table numbers and guest's names out onto card stock. Cut and attach to each wreath.  
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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 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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