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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!
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsThe 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
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
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Photos By: Katherine ChongWilliams-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!