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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside.     This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do".     Materials:  Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To:     1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry.     2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid.     3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened.     4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here.     5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.  
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  • Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

    Pretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all.     Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape

    1. Unfold your sheets of tissue paper and cut into quarters, once in half lengthwise and once in half widthwise. Fold each quarter in half lengthwise again and cut.     2. Starting at the bottom, cut 3/4" fringe all the way up the sheet, leaving 1 inch before the other end.     3. Take a few sheets and trim the fringe shorter by about 3". Take a few more sheets and trim shorter by about 6". This isn't exact, experiment with lengths you like.     4. Layer 3 long sheets, 2 to 3 mid-length sheets and 2 short sheets, on top of each other longest to shortest. Offset the top of the sheets to offset the fringe lines. Staple all the sheets together on top to hold.     5. Roll the sheets together and tape the top tight.     6. Tape the top to the center of the honeycomb ball, making sure the tape reaches both sides of the ball, as shown.     7. Open your ball and hang.     Add different sizes of honeycomb balls. To attach a smaller honeycomb ball to a larger one, like these, simply add the smaller one's twine hang tag to the inside center of the larger ball with tape.      Make a few or a bunch, these are sure to liven up any reception or dessert table. I love to hang decorations everywhere. This plain marble table was just begging to have a pop of color below.     Use empty areas around your venue and fill them with cheerful decorations. A little bit unexpected, a whole lot of merriment.

    Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

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  • Concept & Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Erin Holland   These vintage ribbon blowers are super easy to make and so incredibly festive and fun to use! Hand them out for a loud ceremony exit or set them at tables for booming reception cheers. They look lovely stacked high and your guests will have a blast playing around with them.     Materials: Store-Bought Party Blowers Glue Gun Vintage Ribbon  Scissors     Step One: To make the vintage ribbon blowers, start with cheap store-bought party blowers (they come 10 or 20 for a dollar at most box stores). Take of the shiny frill.     Step Two: Beginning at the base of the blower, secure one end of the ribbon with a little dab of hot glue and let dry.     Step Three: Begin wrapping the ribbon (thicker textured ribbon will work the best for this project) around itself and out into a cone shape. You will quickly get a good feel for this process but don't be nervous about re-wrapping one if it doesn't look right.     Step Four: Finish off with a dab of glue to end the ribbon cone.        
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  • 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.    

     

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  • Photos By: Erin Holland

    Project Styling By: Victoria Hudgins

    Wedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards!   Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page.     Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table.     Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation.     Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas.     Enjoy!    
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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Bring some holiday spirit to a festive cocktail hour with miniature holiday wreath stir sticks. This playful decoration for your signature cocktail will spark conversations amongst guests, guaranteed. Not to mention, it's also a great addition to hot cocoa at the end of a winter evening reception.     Supplies: floral wire scissors + wire cutters small (fresh) florals fresh rosemary or christmas tree trimmings washi tape stir sticks or lollipop sticks     Step One: Bend a 7-10 inch piece of floral wire on one end to form a circle shape and secure the loose end to the remaining wire. It should look like a lollipop. Begin threading stems of rosemary or christmas tree trimmings through the circle and secure with additional wire along the way. This will form a miniature wreath. Cut off most of the excess wire that is hanging below your wreath shape, leaving about an inch of it to attach to the stick.     Step Two: Begin adding small blooms in a couple of places and secure with floral wire.     Step Three: Attach your finished wreath to a stir stick or lollipop stick with washi tape. Add a string bow if desired.       Step Four: Place the mini wreath stir sticks in a festive cocktail or hot cocoa and enjoy!          
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Greet your guests with something they'll always remember with these DIY ombre seashell escort cards. They are the perfect touch for a beach wedding or a subtle nod to the sea for any bride dreaming of a coastal reception.

      The finished escort cards look beautiful and unique, but they're also very quick and easy to make.     Materials:  Seashells (which can be found at a local craft store) Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Paper Towel or Rag Metallic Sharpie Scissors Cotton Piping Filler Cord Craft Glue How To:     1. Start by painting the bottom or top half of a seashell and let the paint sit for 15-30 seconds.     2. Next, gently wipe away the majority of the paint. This will leave you with an ombre painted look.       3. Once the paint is dry to the touch, which shouldn't be long since most of the paint was wiped away in step 2, write guests names and table numbers on each shell, with a metallic marker.     4. Then cut a piece of filler cord, roughly 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot in the center of the cord.     5. Attach these knotted cords to the seashells with glue for a nautical look.      Enjoy your beautiful escort cards!  
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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside.     This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do".     Materials:  Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To:     1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry.     2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid.     3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened.     4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here.     5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.  
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  • Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

    Pretty tissue tassels aren't just for garland or balloons anymore. Why not add them to simple honeycomb balls and hang in groups for maximum impact. These tassels are cheaper versions and you can make a bunch in no time at all.     Materials: Honeycomb balls (I get mine at www.devra-party.com) Tissue paper Twine or fishing line Scissors Tape

    1. Unfold your sheets of tissue paper and cut into quarters, once in half lengthwise and once in half widthwise. Fold each quarter in half lengthwise again and cut.     2. Starting at the bottom, cut 3/4" fringe all the way up the sheet, leaving 1 inch before the other end.     3. Take a few sheets and trim the fringe shorter by about 3". Take a few more sheets and trim shorter by about 6". This isn't exact, experiment with lengths you like.     4. Layer 3 long sheets, 2 to 3 mid-length sheets and 2 short sheets, on top of each other longest to shortest. Offset the top of the sheets to offset the fringe lines. Staple all the sheets together on top to hold.     5. Roll the sheets together and tape the top tight.     6. Tape the top to the center of the honeycomb ball, making sure the tape reaches both sides of the ball, as shown.     7. Open your ball and hang.     Add different sizes of honeycomb balls. To attach a smaller honeycomb ball to a larger one, like these, simply add the smaller one's twine hang tag to the inside center of the larger ball with tape.      Make a few or a bunch, these are sure to liven up any reception or dessert table. I love to hang decorations everywhere. This plain marble table was just begging to have a pop of color below.     Use empty areas around your venue and fill them with cheerful decorations. A little bit unexpected, a whole lot of merriment.

    Project and Photos by: Jenny Batt of hankandhunt.com

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  • Concept & Design By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Erin Holland   These vintage ribbon blowers are super easy to make and so incredibly festive and fun to use! Hand them out for a loud ceremony exit or set them at tables for booming reception cheers. They look lovely stacked high and your guests will have a blast playing around with them.     Materials: Store-Bought Party Blowers Glue Gun Vintage Ribbon  Scissors     Step One: To make the vintage ribbon blowers, start with cheap store-bought party blowers (they come 10 or 20 for a dollar at most box stores). Take of the shiny frill.     Step Two: Beginning at the base of the blower, secure one end of the ribbon with a little dab of hot glue and let dry.     Step Three: Begin wrapping the ribbon (thicker textured ribbon will work the best for this project) around itself and out into a cone shape. You will quickly get a good feel for this process but don't be nervous about re-wrapping one if it doesn't look right.     Step Four: Finish off with a dab of glue to end the ribbon cone.        
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  • 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.    

     

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  • Photos By: Erin Holland

    Project Styling By: Victoria Hudgins

    Wedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards!   Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page.     Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table.     Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation.     Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas.     Enjoy!    
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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Bring some holiday spirit to a festive cocktail hour with miniature holiday wreath stir sticks. This playful decoration for your signature cocktail will spark conversations amongst guests, guaranteed. Not to mention, it's also a great addition to hot cocoa at the end of a winter evening reception.     Supplies: floral wire scissors + wire cutters small (fresh) florals fresh rosemary or christmas tree trimmings washi tape stir sticks or lollipop sticks     Step One: Bend a 7-10 inch piece of floral wire on one end to form a circle shape and secure the loose end to the remaining wire. It should look like a lollipop. Begin threading stems of rosemary or christmas tree trimmings through the circle and secure with additional wire along the way. This will form a miniature wreath. Cut off most of the excess wire that is hanging below your wreath shape, leaving about an inch of it to attach to the stick.     Step Two: Begin adding small blooms in a couple of places and secure with floral wire.     Step Three: Attach your finished wreath to a stir stick or lollipop stick with washi tape. Add a string bow if desired.       Step Four: Place the mini wreath stir sticks in a festive cocktail or hot cocoa and enjoy!          
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Greet your guests with something they'll always remember with these DIY ombre seashell escort cards. They are the perfect touch for a beach wedding or a subtle nod to the sea for any bride dreaming of a coastal reception.

      The finished escort cards look beautiful and unique, but they're also very quick and easy to make.     Materials:  Seashells (which can be found at a local craft store) Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Paper Towel or Rag Metallic Sharpie Scissors Cotton Piping Filler Cord Craft Glue How To:     1. Start by painting the bottom or top half of a seashell and let the paint sit for 15-30 seconds.     2. Next, gently wipe away the majority of the paint. This will leave you with an ombre painted look.       3. Once the paint is dry to the touch, which shouldn't be long since most of the paint was wiped away in step 2, write guests names and table numbers on each shell, with a metallic marker.     4. Then cut a piece of filler cord, roughly 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot in the center of the cord.     5. Attach these knotted cords to the seashells with glue for a nautical look.      Enjoy your beautiful escort cards!  
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  • By Mary Swenson

    Warm-weather weddings, whether they're indoor or outside, call for plenty of liquids for your guests. These subtly-flavored waters are easy to make, are a creative way to hydrate your guests, and can do double-duty as table numbers!     Purchase glass bottles with airtight stoppers (like these) for your water; they look great, and the stoppers will keep your water as fresh as possible.     We used a simple number stencil and multi-surface acrylic paint to put the table number on each bottle. No stencils? Painting the number by hand can be just as charming.     Once the numbers are fully dry, you are ready to start flavoring the water. Start by adding the flavorings of your choice to each bottle, fill them to the top with water, and secure the stoppers. Done!     We combined cucumber and mint in our bottle, but the flavor possibilities are endless. Try raspberry and lime; sliced lemon, peaches, watermelon, or strawberries; vanilla beans...whatever you like! Make sure any fruit you use is washed thoroughly before using, and use spring or filtered water for the best taste.     Chill your water before placing them on each table. As guests arrive to their tables, they can help themselves to sips of the refreshing brew. Ahhh!     By Mary Swenson  
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