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Photos By: Carly TaylorI've had many requests lately on ways to make dessert bars more custom and personal to the couple. I created this "sweet love" download as an answer. The download is the perfect size for a brownie, cookie or other sweet to rest on and would look fabulous at a wedding or spring shower. It will provide an unexpected texture and pretty design style to your dessert table. 1. Download the sweet love template here for your own computer. 2. Using a large sheet of parchment paper and a cardstock template- cut the parchment paper down to (8x11) size. 3. Run the parchment paper through your printer on the special paper setting - you may need to manually feed the paper through. 4. As the ink adheres to the parchment paper differently than normal paper you will see some distortion in the coloring. This is a purposeful effect that will give your project a unique design style. 5. Cut out the sweet love parchment labels and use under your dessert of choice. Photos By: Carly Taylor
Photos By: Mary Swenson
The bride and groom's initials are a great way to personalize their chairs! We started with a pair of wooden letters (available at most craft stores) and used matte gold spray paint to give them an elegant sheen.After the paint dried, we looped a wide piece of ribbon through each letter. We tied the letters on each chair so that they hung down over the backs. Not only are these a sweet way to reserve chairs for your event, but they also make for a great photo op! Here's a no-sew way to make a modified chair slipcover: Start with a piece of fabric (we used linen) and measure it so that it fits across the back of the chair and is long enough to hang down both the front and the back of the chair. Then, make two slits along either side of the fabric and slide ribbon through the slits. Drape the fabric over the back of the chair and tie it to the chair with the ribbon to prevent it from sliding off. This is a great way to dress up all of the chairs at your event, or even just the ones at the bridal party's table! Using greenery from a florist, it's easy to make a pretty garland for the back of a chair. Simply form the greens into a swag, trimming off excess stems as you go. Use floral wire to attach the stems to one another. Once your garland is at the desired length, hang it across the back of your chair and tie each end to the chair using string or floral wire. This is a super-inexpensive alternative to using flowers, and just as pretty! =
Photos By: Carly TaylorWe all know how much your guests will enjoy seeing you kiss your new husband. Here is a fun alternative to having them tap their glasses to see the kiss!
Materials: Scrapbook paper to match your wedding decor A bowl to trace Embroidery thread A hand stitching needle The download "shake for a kiss" label Multiple types of beans for shaking Scissors A glue stick A pen Process: 1. Trace your bowl shape and cut out enough circles for each of your guests to have a shaker (or a few per table if you'd like to pair it down). 2. Cut out all of your circles. 3. Fold each of the circles in half and using the embroidery thread and stitch a line around the half circle. Stitch away! 4. Before the last stitch fill your shaker with a handful of beans. 5. Close the shaker by stitching to the end and tying off the backside and cutting the tread down. 6. Print out labels and cut each along the lines to size. 7. Attach to the shaker using a glue stick. 8. Set out and enjoy the multiple opportunities you will have to kiss the man you just married! Photos By: Carly Taylor
Photos By: Olivia Kanaley
For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern. Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers. Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center. Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape. If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower. Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb. You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.
Photos by Jordan FerneySupplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4) 3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down. Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting. This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old. The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you. Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces. For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store). Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in. Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done! This seating card display costs under $25. Happy DIYing!
Photos By: Katherine Chong
Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.
You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.
Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.
For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table. Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy! People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge. Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations
Photos By: Chelsea FussFor your gorgeous spring wreath, you will need: 1 wreath form About 25 stems of boxwood or another spring green 5 steps of grape hyacinth (also called muscari) 5 stems of snowdrops 5 stems of lily of the valley water vials 1 yard of ribbon Divide the boxwood by taking the stems off and grouping them into small bunches. Secure the bunches on the wreath with string or wire onto the wreath form. Overlap each bunch so the stems don't show. Look how gorgeous your wreath is already looking! Voila - now you are ready to add florals... Once the wreath is filled with greens, stick in the blooms (securing under the wire and string). Final steps: Add a sweet bow on the bottom, right-hand corner. Add a hanger on the back by looping wire around the wreath form. They will last for a few hours on their own, but for a wedding, we recommend buying water vials and stick the flowers in the vials before placing them in the wreath. Enjoy this sweet wreath for your big day!
The process: Using a dab of glue, attach on end of your chosen color of yarn to the styrofoam ball.
Begin wrapping the yarn around and wrap it completely until you've covered the entire ball.
Cut the yarn once the ball is covered and using a second dab of glue, secure the end of the yarn to the ball.
Gather in a group of pretty bowls with a note to take a handful and shower the bride and groom with a colorful goodbye.
Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper. You Will Need... Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.) Step Two Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam. Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation. Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4". Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount. Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope. Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope. Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.
Photos By: Carly Taylor
The sparkly and metallic confetti system took the design world by storm last year. First spotted on just about every beautifully designed website and then even in J.Crew's winter window display, we are loving how pretty they are. I imagine a wedding lined with the concept would be just stunning!
1. Using the back side of your wrapping paper, lay it out on a large, firm surface and with the compass fully extended, draw a light pencil circle.
2. Cut out the circle along the outer line.
3. Next, you will need to cut into your circle, do not cut straight through the center. Instead, cut up and leave about 1 inch uncut from every side in the center.
Hang over your choice of metallic string, yarn, or fishing wire.