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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
Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography
Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras). Materials: Rolling pin Letter cutters in various sizes Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters) Mallet or hammer Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice Small plastic bag Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner Baking sheet Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick. Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use). Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm. Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes. While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces. Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part. Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.
Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography
Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff A festive accent for a springtime bridal shower or Easter weekend wedding Materials hollow decorative eggs or blown eggs, needle and thread or string, hydrangeas, scissors, awl Step One Using an awl, carefully pierce all the way through the surface of your egg, about one inch from the top. This will make it much easier to get the string through. Step Two Thread your string through a needle and guide the needle through the poked holes on the egg. Step Three Continue steps one and two with additional eggs to create the desired length. Step Four Once you have added all the eggs, you can begin adding the hydrangeas. Move the eggs 1-2 inches apart from one other on the garland string to make room for the flowers. Cut short trimming from a large hydrangea stem and attach to the garland after every egg or two with an extra piece of string. Step Five Push the eggs back together between the hydrangeas if necessary. Repeat until entire garland is covered. Add a knot on each side of the finished strand and you are ready to hang. Use these pretty, pastel strands as garlands that flank the aisles of your spring ceremony or as a hanging backdrop for guests to admire at the reception.
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards. Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'. Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design. Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints. Step Three:
Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go. Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off. Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design. Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share. These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Incorporate the international symbol of love on your big day, with this sweet, wire heart, wrapped in velvety leaves from a dusty miller plant. It looks so good, no one will even know you made it yourself. Materials: Dusty Miller Pliable Wire Washi Tape Wire Cutters Hot Glue Gun How-To: Step One: Cut a piece or wire that is 12-16 inches long. Step Two: Bend the wire into a heart shape, by finding the mid point and bending up from there. Create the two humps for the top of the heart and bring the two ends together to finish the shape. Step Three: Then, secure the two loose ends of the wire together with washi tape. Step Four: Next, pluck leaves, of various sizes, off of a stem of dusty miller. Step Five: Attach leaves individually to the wire with hot glue, starting at the top of the heart and working your way down. Complete one side, and then the other. Use the completed flower heart as a decoration for tables, the bride and groom chairs, or even as a cute cake topper. Note: If using around food, be sure to use edible flowers or non-toxic plant leaves only.
Photos by Carly TaylorPerhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment! Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar. Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors. Process: 1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion. 2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom. 3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape. 4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten. 5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop. 6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created. 7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball. 8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created. 9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!? Photos by Carly Taylor
Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By PictilioAdorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags. Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
We love this refreshing take on the potted plant! Take a 4” blooming plant and wrap it in newspaper and twine for an earthy but unique wedding favor or centerpiece. Here’s the how-to!
You'll need:4” seasonal blooming plants. 1/4 of a page of newspaper for each plant. We used the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for it’s heavy, shiny quality (and the romantic wording!) but you could use any newspaper that has significance (in date or language) to you as a couple. Scissors. Waxed twine. Directions: Cut a 1/4 of newspaper page for each plant. Take the center ends and turn them up towards the plant and flat against the pot. Wrap the sides over and fold. Tie with waxed twine. The pots can be set out as favors or they can double as centerpieces by being displayed down the center of a family style table. How sweet is this place card? Use the blooms as a guide for your color scheme by displaying them on pretty matching fabric or with coordinating napkins. We used violas, but other options include daffodils or hyacinth for spring, miniature marigold or daisies for summer, chrysanthemums or pansies for fall, tulip or paperwhites for winter. Tip: Make sure the bottoms of the plants are dry or the newspaper will get wet. You can also include a small piece of cellophane under the pot or line the newspaper so that you can water the plants. Your guests will love this bright, seasonal decoration and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands at the end of the evening.
Photos By: Carly Taylor
The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!
Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.
Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.
After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.
Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.
Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!
Project and Photos By: Erica OBrienTo achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to... Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3. Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3". Step Three: Use round cutter on corners. Step Four: Mix food coloring. Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet. Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting. Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout. Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.