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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn 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

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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  • Photos By: Cory O'Brien

    Erica O'Brien, of Erica O'Brien Cake Design, is frequently asked about the chevron technique, one of the hottest design trends this wedding season. Here, she shares her method.

    Materials: Water Tapemeasure Paper Cornstarch Fondant in the color(s) of your choice (We used a citrus-inspired palette here.) Xacto knife Scissors Food-use only paint brush A pen A rolling pin Fondant board

    Measure cake's circumference. Determine the size of the chevron by dividing circumference into even segments the size of your choosing, usually around 1" to 1.5". For example, our cake had a circumference of 26". We determined that each segment would be 1.3" for a total of 20.     Create chevron template. Measure segment size on paper and mark with pen.     Holding paper horizontally (landscape), fold into accordian so that each fold measures the same size as the segment.     Keep folding even segments....     Each of our folds measured 1.3"     Cut paper at an angle.     For a deeper chevron, angle scissors more vertically. For a more shallow chevron, angle scissors more horizontally.     Using the same angle as first cut, cut the other side of the paper. For a wider chevron, move scissor further from first cut. For a narrower chevron, move scissor closer to first cut. Unfold. Your chevron template is complete.     Roll fondant thinly.     Place template on fondant and carefully cut with Xacto knife. Avoid paper sticking to fondant by rubbing it with cornstarch.     Remove excess fondant.     Use template to gently score cake to guide placement of fondant chevron.     Use water to wet cake.     Apply fondant chevron to cake.     Continue pattern around entire cake.       Lay the second color directly above the first.   (Optionally, used the template to guide placement of another row evenly spaced above first row).     Repeat with additional colors.     For a finishing touch, add fresh flowers, or use sugar flowers like the ones seen here.     Photos By: Cory O'Brien
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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: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt   I found these tiny glass domes the other day and instantly thought of doing something for the couple who loves to travel. These charming little domes are pretty enough to set on a windowsill, where they will remind your guests every time they pass by.     Supplies: moss cloth glass domes wood dowels heavy duty or kitchen scissors hot glue gun white cardstock cardboard     Step One: On your computer, design and print three signs. I used the Bebas Neue font (download it for free here) at 12pt. I typed the initials of the bride and groom, "save the date" and the date to be saved. Space each group about 1.5" to 2" apart. Add as many to a sheet as you like. Cut out each group, for ease, and cut each into small strips. Cut one end of each strip into a point. Remember to cut the point to the opposite direction for the middle sign, here it was the "save the date" sign.     Step Two: Next, cut each dowel into 4 even pieces, about 3" long.     Step Three: Trace the bottom of the glass dome on a piece of paper. Use this to cut circles from the cardboard.     Step Four: Hot glue each dowel to the center of the cardboard base. Be sure to hold the dowel up straight until cool.     Step Five: Test where you would like the signs to go on the dowel and add three small drops of hot glue to attach the signs.     Tip: Add the signs at slightly off angles to get the real post effect.     Step Six: Use your circle template to cut rounds of the moss cloth. Cut slightly inside the traced line to make sure the moss fits inside the glass dome.     Step Seven: Cut a slit halfway through the moss circle. Place circle on cardboard round, around the post. Check to make sure it fits with the dome on top. If not, retrim slightly until it does. Hot glue each side of the moss down to the cardboard base.     Step Eight: Run a thin bead of glue around the outside of the moss on the cardboard base and immediately add the glass dome and press down.     Step Eight (Cont). Hold until cool. Repeat with remaining domes.     These are pretty sturdy and fit in small boxes; be sure to pack with lots of paper crinkle to mail them.     They would also be fun to hand deliver for a small local wedding.     Consider making these as favors or escort cards instead, just change what is written on the sign!
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    Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Make a small, natural ring pillow perfect for the tiny hands that will be carrying your precious cargo down the aisle!  

    Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors

    Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.

    Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.

    Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop. 

    Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.

    Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!

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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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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    This project is super simple and very inexpensive. In the end, your guest will have an adorable little personalized vase with her name in a pretty font! The best part is- if you can get the jars for free- its pretty much just the cost of the flowers and a $5 paint pen. So great!

    Materials: Glass Jars (we used French yogurt jars but baby food jars would work great.) Wire (if you are going to hang them) Wirecutters Very Fine Paint Pen for glass (can be bought at a craft store.) Tape A list of your guests names printed out 2" in width. We used the font Lobster. Flowers

    Step One:   Make sure your jars are clean. Then tape the name you want to trace against the inside of the glass jar.     Step Two:   Taking the fine point glass pen, trace the name.  

    Step Three:   Remove the paper, then touch up any spots that need it.     Step Four:   If using as an escort card, write in the table number.     Step Five:   Add some flowers to each jar and display them on a table!     Display Ideas:   You can also display the vases on a wall or bush. If you go with this option, just add some wire to hang it.    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    The latte bowl is having a wonderful design moment this year. Coming out at every store in the most beautiful hues, textures and styles. Grab a stack of coordinating bowls and bunches of your favorite flowers to finish off reception tables with a beautiful touch.     Using latte bowls as centerpieces gives a gorgeous presentation to flowers, allows you to use fewer stems (which saves money!) and they are low enough to allow guests to see each other and chat across the table.    1. Collect anywhere from 1-3 bowls per table in coordinating colors and designs. Place a small floral ball in water to soak for hours before putting the centerpieces together. You will need to make these on the day of your event, so enlist the help of a good friend to do the final put together and placement.     2. Carefully poke 3-4 stems of your favorite fully-blooming flowers into the balls.     3. Mist to keep florals alert just before table placement.       Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn 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

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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  • Photos By: Cory O'Brien

    Erica O'Brien, of Erica O'Brien Cake Design, is frequently asked about the chevron technique, one of the hottest design trends this wedding season. Here, she shares her method.

    Materials: Water Tapemeasure Paper Cornstarch Fondant in the color(s) of your choice (We used a citrus-inspired palette here.) Xacto knife Scissors Food-use only paint brush A pen A rolling pin Fondant board

    Measure cake's circumference. Determine the size of the chevron by dividing circumference into even segments the size of your choosing, usually around 1" to 1.5". For example, our cake had a circumference of 26". We determined that each segment would be 1.3" for a total of 20.     Create chevron template. Measure segment size on paper and mark with pen.     Holding paper horizontally (landscape), fold into accordian so that each fold measures the same size as the segment.     Keep folding even segments....     Each of our folds measured 1.3"     Cut paper at an angle.     For a deeper chevron, angle scissors more vertically. For a more shallow chevron, angle scissors more horizontally.     Using the same angle as first cut, cut the other side of the paper. For a wider chevron, move scissor further from first cut. For a narrower chevron, move scissor closer to first cut. Unfold. Your chevron template is complete.     Roll fondant thinly.     Place template on fondant and carefully cut with Xacto knife. Avoid paper sticking to fondant by rubbing it with cornstarch.     Remove excess fondant.     Use template to gently score cake to guide placement of fondant chevron.     Use water to wet cake.     Apply fondant chevron to cake.     Continue pattern around entire cake.       Lay the second color directly above the first.   (Optionally, used the template to guide placement of another row evenly spaced above first row).     Repeat with additional colors.     For a finishing touch, add fresh flowers, or use sugar flowers like the ones seen here.     Photos By: Cory O'Brien
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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: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt   I found these tiny glass domes the other day and instantly thought of doing something for the couple who loves to travel. These charming little domes are pretty enough to set on a windowsill, where they will remind your guests every time they pass by.     Supplies: moss cloth glass domes wood dowels heavy duty or kitchen scissors hot glue gun white cardstock cardboard     Step One: On your computer, design and print three signs. I used the Bebas Neue font (download it for free here) at 12pt. I typed the initials of the bride and groom, "save the date" and the date to be saved. Space each group about 1.5" to 2" apart. Add as many to a sheet as you like. Cut out each group, for ease, and cut each into small strips. Cut one end of each strip into a point. Remember to cut the point to the opposite direction for the middle sign, here it was the "save the date" sign.     Step Two: Next, cut each dowel into 4 even pieces, about 3" long.     Step Three: Trace the bottom of the glass dome on a piece of paper. Use this to cut circles from the cardboard.     Step Four: Hot glue each dowel to the center of the cardboard base. Be sure to hold the dowel up straight until cool.     Step Five: Test where you would like the signs to go on the dowel and add three small drops of hot glue to attach the signs.     Tip: Add the signs at slightly off angles to get the real post effect.     Step Six: Use your circle template to cut rounds of the moss cloth. Cut slightly inside the traced line to make sure the moss fits inside the glass dome.     Step Seven: Cut a slit halfway through the moss circle. Place circle on cardboard round, around the post. Check to make sure it fits with the dome on top. If not, retrim slightly until it does. Hot glue each side of the moss down to the cardboard base.     Step Eight: Run a thin bead of glue around the outside of the moss on the cardboard base and immediately add the glass dome and press down.     Step Eight (Cont). Hold until cool. Repeat with remaining domes.     These are pretty sturdy and fit in small boxes; be sure to pack with lots of paper crinkle to mail them.     They would also be fun to hand deliver for a small local wedding.     Consider making these as favors or escort cards instead, just change what is written on the sign!
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    Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Make a small, natural ring pillow perfect for the tiny hands that will be carrying your precious cargo down the aisle!  

    Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors

    Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.

    Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.

    Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop. 

    Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.

    Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!

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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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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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