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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I'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
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      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.
      Enjoy!
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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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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

    With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.

     

    If you're hoping to incorporate this idea in some small way, boutonnières are the perfect fit. Give a nod to the holiday without going over the top and add a personal touch with custom monogrammed pendants your wedding party will cherish.     Supplies: Small florals (assorted) Christmas tree trimmings Scissors Washi Tape Oven Bake Clay Small Letter Stamps String Small 1/2 inch Metal Circle Cutter

    1. Start with two or three short branch shoots from the tree (about 4-5 inches long) and remove the needles from the bottom third of each stem.     2. Begin adding additional flowers until you've reached desired fullness.       3. Wrap the end of the stems together with washi tape, leaving the stems exposed at the bottom.     4. You can fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnières fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for at least two days).   5. Now it's time to make your monogramed pendant. Roll out a small piece of clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness.     6. Cut the circle shape from the clay.     7. Stamp your pendant with the first letter of your groom's or groomsman's first name (or last name if you'd prefer).     8. Poke a hole through the pendant at the top and bake in the oven according to directions.     9. String the pendant up and attach to the boutonnière with washi tape.     10. Add a straight pin and they are ready for your groom and groomsmen on the big day.    

     

    Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Instead of corsages, consider giving the mothers of the wedding party small bouquets to carry. No need to worry about pinning on finicky corsages, let them carry these sweet bouquets instead.     You will need: Around 10 stems of flowers including 3 large open blossoms, 1 stem of greenery, 1 stem of filler, and a mix of budded and open flowers in different shapes and sizes. Pictured: 2 parrott tulips, 2 stems of ranunculus, 2 stems of mimosa, 3 stems muscari, 1 stem hyacinth.   Other flowers that work well: roses, lisianthus, astiilbe, queen anne's lace, lily of the valley, and herbs.   Finally, you'll need string, scissors, clippers, ribbon and a vase to hold bouquets.     Directions: 1. Strip most of the leaves off the flowers and cut the stems around 6 inches short.     2. Hold a few of the flowers in one hand and add flowers and greenery with the other hand, until the bouquet looks about right.     3. Tie with a string.     4. Trim the stems about 4 inches long.     5. Tie with a ribbon.      6. Keep in vase with a label until the event or photos begin!   Tip: When arranging the flowers, remember you can balance out one large flower with 3 smaller flowers. Another idea is to keep the larger, open flowers towards the bottom and the lighter flowers and buds towards the top of the bouquet.     The mothers in your wedding party will love carrying these sweet nosegays and can enjoy them for about a week after the wedding!        Aren't they stunning?     Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss  
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    Photos by Prokopets Studio for Victoria Hudgins   This escort card alternative is fun, gilttery, and glam. The kaleidoscopes give your guests something fun to do and direct them to where they need to go, a bright and festive touch to any reception!     Materials: One kaleidoscope for each guest attending (I found them for $1 each at my local dime store). Paper, or fabric to cover each frame Small numerical stickers Scissors Glue Twine and small tags     First take off whatever ugly printed paper is covering your ready-made kaleidoscope frame. You could also make your own kaleidoscopes, but I found the materials to be more expensive than grabbing them up cheaply.     Use a pair of scissors to pop off the top of the kaleidoscopes.     Place your numerical sticker on the inside window. Using a small amount of glue, replace the confetti filled window to the frame.     Re-cover your frame with pretty paper or fabric by cutting it to size and gluing down the bottom.     Tie off each kaleidoscope with twine and attach a small tag with each guests name.     When your guest finds her name, she will simply look into the kaleidoscope to find out which table she's at (and get a beautiful show of confetti to boot)!      
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  • 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  

     

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  •  Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For 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!  
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  • Photos By: Caroline Drake   Add a splash of color to your flatware in a few easy steps.    I love all the beautiful, bright colors used in weddings now-a-days.  The "dipped" look is such a fun trend, and you can easily customize the look of any bridal shower or casual wedding reception with this colorful wooden flatware concept.       Supplies: foam paint brush  craft paint in the color of your choice cup to hold paint  tape  wooden cutlery (here is a good resource for this)     Step One: Tape around the utensil where you would like the paint to stop.     Step Two: Paint two coats of paint below the tape line on the top side of the utensil, and allow it to dry. (At least 20 minutes).     Step Three: After the top side is dry, flip the utensil over and paint the back with two coats, and allow to dry completely.     Step Four: Once the paint has dried, carefully peel back the tape.     You can repeat the process for all of your cutlery, and alternate colors if you wish.      It's always the little things that leave a huge impact on guests!  
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  • 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.    
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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    I'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
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    Project and Photos by: Carly Taylor     These balls come together quickly and can be made in any color you desire. They are more substantial than confetti or rice and will lend a fabulously festive touch to your goodbye.     The materials: small styrofoam balls (can be purchased at craft stores) yarn glue scissors
      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.
      Enjoy!
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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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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

    With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.

     

    If you're hoping to incorporate this idea in some small way, boutonnières are the perfect fit. Give a nod to the holiday without going over the top and add a personal touch with custom monogrammed pendants your wedding party will cherish.     Supplies: Small florals (assorted) Christmas tree trimmings Scissors Washi Tape Oven Bake Clay Small Letter Stamps String Small 1/2 inch Metal Circle Cutter

    1. Start with two or three short branch shoots from the tree (about 4-5 inches long) and remove the needles from the bottom third of each stem.     2. Begin adding additional flowers until you've reached desired fullness.       3. Wrap the end of the stems together with washi tape, leaving the stems exposed at the bottom.     4. You can fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnières fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for at least two days).   5. Now it's time to make your monogramed pendant. Roll out a small piece of clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness.     6. Cut the circle shape from the clay.     7. Stamp your pendant with the first letter of your groom's or groomsman's first name (or last name if you'd prefer).     8. Poke a hole through the pendant at the top and bake in the oven according to directions.     9. String the pendant up and attach to the boutonnière with washi tape.     10. Add a straight pin and they are ready for your groom and groomsmen on the big day.    

     

    Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  • Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    Instead of corsages, consider giving the mothers of the wedding party small bouquets to carry. No need to worry about pinning on finicky corsages, let them carry these sweet bouquets instead.     You will need: Around 10 stems of flowers including 3 large open blossoms, 1 stem of greenery, 1 stem of filler, and a mix of budded and open flowers in different shapes and sizes. Pictured: 2 parrott tulips, 2 stems of ranunculus, 2 stems of mimosa, 3 stems muscari, 1 stem hyacinth.   Other flowers that work well: roses, lisianthus, astiilbe, queen anne's lace, lily of the valley, and herbs.   Finally, you'll need string, scissors, clippers, ribbon and a vase to hold bouquets.     Directions: 1. Strip most of the leaves off the flowers and cut the stems around 6 inches short.     2. Hold a few of the flowers in one hand and add flowers and greenery with the other hand, until the bouquet looks about right.     3. Tie with a string.     4. Trim the stems about 4 inches long.     5. Tie with a ribbon.      6. Keep in vase with a label until the event or photos begin!   Tip: When arranging the flowers, remember you can balance out one large flower with 3 smaller flowers. Another idea is to keep the larger, open flowers towards the bottom and the lighter flowers and buds towards the top of the bouquet.     The mothers in your wedding party will love carrying these sweet nosegays and can enjoy them for about a week after the wedding!        Aren't they stunning?     Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss  
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    Photos by Prokopets Studio for Victoria Hudgins   This escort card alternative is fun, gilttery, and glam. The kaleidoscopes give your guests something fun to do and direct them to where they need to go, a bright and festive touch to any reception!     Materials: One kaleidoscope for each guest attending (I found them for $1 each at my local dime store). Paper, or fabric to cover each frame Small numerical stickers Scissors Glue Twine and small tags     First take off whatever ugly printed paper is covering your ready-made kaleidoscope frame. You could also make your own kaleidoscopes, but I found the materials to be more expensive than grabbing them up cheaply.     Use a pair of scissors to pop off the top of the kaleidoscopes.     Place your numerical sticker on the inside window. Using a small amount of glue, replace the confetti filled window to the frame.     Re-cover your frame with pretty paper or fabric by cutting it to size and gluing down the bottom.     Tie off each kaleidoscope with twine and attach a small tag with each guests name.     When your guest finds her name, she will simply look into the kaleidoscope to find out which table she's at (and get a beautiful show of confetti to boot)!      
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  • 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  

     

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  •  Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    For 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!  
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  • Photos By: Caroline Drake   Add a splash of color to your flatware in a few easy steps.    I love all the beautiful, bright colors used in weddings now-a-days.  The "dipped" look is such a fun trend, and you can easily customize the look of any bridal shower or casual wedding reception with this colorful wooden flatware concept.       Supplies: foam paint brush  craft paint in the color of your choice cup to hold paint  tape  wooden cutlery (here is a good resource for this)     Step One: Tape around the utensil where you would like the paint to stop.     Step Two: Paint two coats of paint below the tape line on the top side of the utensil, and allow it to dry. (At least 20 minutes).     Step Three: After the top side is dry, flip the utensil over and paint the back with two coats, and allow to dry completely.     Step Four: Once the paint has dried, carefully peel back the tape.     You can repeat the process for all of your cutlery, and alternate colors if you wish.      It's always the little things that leave a huge impact on guests!  
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  • 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.    
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