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  • The ultimate accessory for the bridal party!    Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The ultimate accessory for a bridal party, this pretty DIY only took 15 minutes to make!  You might want to take it beyond the wedding day, though, for date night or “just because.”     You Will Need: Peonies Ranunculus Jasmine Vine Scissors Headband Floral Adhesive     Step One: Glue the jasmine vine or whatever greenery you choose down the middle of the headband. For a whimsical look and feel, don’t glue the vines to the sides of the headband.     Step Two: Cut the stems off each of the flowers, so the flower head will lay flat.       Step Three: Glue them one by one onto the headband. You will need to hold the flower head in place for 10 seconds, after applying the glue.     You’re done! How cute is that?!     Make one for each member of your bridal party and complement them with this lush floral crown  
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  • Project By: Erica OBrien  Photos By: Val McCormick    Necco wafers are given a glamorous makeover in this easy DIY.     Ingredients light corn syrup, Necco wafers (quantity will depend on size of cake), paint brush, edible gold glitter     Step One Carefully unwrap package and select the colors that you'd like to use. For this project, we selected pastel pink and mint green. Use all the colors or select only some. (Bear in mind that you will most likely need to purchase multiple packages.)     Step Two Dip paint brush in corn syrup and brush over half of smooth side of a wafer (the side that does not say Necco)     Step Three Dip into glitter. Allow to dry.     Step Four Determine the design you'll create with the wafers.  We positioned four rows of wafers, stacked in vertical columns, with the glitter-dipped wafer positioned in the third row from the bottom.      Step Five To apply wafers to the cake, brush the corn syrup on entire Necco side of wafer.     Step Six Gently attach to cake, holding in place for a few seconds.     Step Seven Position your wafers in precise rows and columns to achieve a clean, professionally designed appearance.      Step Eight Apply glitter-dipped wafers in the same way.  Continue attaching wafers to cake until desired pattern is achieved     Ta-da!  Making your own ultra-modern, glitter-infused cake is as easy as that.      
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  • Raspberry & Pear Mini Pies A mouthwatering treat for any summer day (and especially perfect for a holiday)! We've got the recipe right here.  Photo By: Aran Goyoaga       Strawberry Season Get decked out in strawberries with this simple and fresh, red and white summer table concept. Photo By: Mary Swenson       Vintage Postcard Place Cards This vintage-inspired project by Chelsea Fuss is an easy way to create a fun, casual place setting. See how she did it! Photo By: Chelsea Fuss

     

    Red, White, & Blue Real Wedding

    Christina and Timothy pulled off a patriotic, 4th of July-themed wedding of total rustic elegance. See the photos from their day!

    Photo By: Jen Lynne Photography

        Purple DIY Picnic Pack a picnic with all sorts of personalized touches... guests will swoon over the details!       Red & White Party Ideas From red velvet cupcakes to ribbons to florals, here are a handful of creative ways to incorporate red into your party Photo By: Mary Swenson       Farmer's Market Bouquets Create a deceptively sophisticated bouquet for your big day with seasonal stems from your local farmer's market. See more inspiration. Photo By: Chelsea Fuss       Cool Raspberry & Yogurt Mousse Cakes These are a dream on a summer day... Catch this recipe (with a bonus raspberry n' cream macaron tutorial) right here. Photo By: Aran Goyoaga

     

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    By: Chelsea Fuss   Consider making these adorable little boxes filled with gingerbread cookies for your holiday wedding. It's an inexpensive and festive option for a winter wedding.     Materials: 4" gift boxes kraft paper one bundle of greens (we used oregonia) string (waxed white string looks the best) parchment paper homemade gingerbread cookies round brown Avery labels We used #22808   Stack about 5 cookies and tie them with white string.     Line the boxes with parchment paper, place the cookies inside, and cover with parchment.     Write names on labels. Include table numbers too if you want double these for escort cards.     Wrap the boxes in kraft paper, sealing them with the sticker label. Tie up with string.     Add a sprig of greens!     Leave a box on each place setting or stack them up on a table for your guests to unwrap & enjoy!      
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    Photos By: Olivia Kanaley     Supplies (for each topiary):  Sheet moss Mini flower pot Stick Reindeer moss Label Two Styrofoam balls (these are 1.5" diameter) Scissors Craft glue (such as Aleene's tacky glue)   Instructions: 1. Take first Styrofoam ball and wrap it with sheet moss, securing with glue. 2. Place second Styrofoam ball in flower pot; it should fit snugly - you may have to trim it slightly with scissors. Cover the top with bits of reindeer moss, glue in place. 3. Connect both pieces with stick to form a topiary as shown. Secure with glue.
      Last but not least, add a label with guest's name.
      These adorable escort cards are also stunning favors.
      Enjoy!
      If DIY isn't your thing, we have these sweet topiary favors right in our shop at www.projectweddingfavors.com!   Photos By: Olivia Kanaley

     

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  • Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The fun thing about this arrangement is that you don’t have to have floral design skills to make it work. This is one of the easiest DIYs ever.      Colorful Ranunculus One of my favorite things about ranunculus is that this gorgeous flower comes in so many beautiful colors. They are the perfect blooms to add a pop of big, vibrant color.      Materials 30 Ranunculus (from FiftyFlowers.com) 30 Assorted bud vases Finished or unfinished wood box display Scissors Water     Step One  Fill the vases with water and cut the stems to the desired height.  Pop one bloom (or a bloom and a bud) in each vase.       Step Two Line the vases up in rows in your wooden box.  Depending on the size of the container, you may need to add something in the bottom to give the vases added height. I used dry oasis, and the great thing about using the oasis is that it helps to keep the vases in place.      This arrangement would look stunning on the guest book table and could double as favors for your guests. For added personalization, tie a small name tag around the top of each vase with a special thank you for your guest.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson   Cookies are a crowd-pleasing, can't-go-wrong favor, and they're easy to personalize! To make these lemon-flavored sugar cookies, you'll need the following: 2 sticks room-temperature butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 large egg yolks, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, and powdered sugar for sprinkling. You'll also need a stencil to use to put the initial on the cookie.     Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and salt in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the yolks and beat until blended. Add the flour in 2 additions, beating just until blended after each addition. Gather the dough together in a ball and place it on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper and cover with another piece of the paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it's about 1/4 inch wide. Chill the dough until firm, at least 4 hours or up to one day.     Once the dough has chilled, use a cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you need from the dough. Make sure the size of the cookie is large enough to accommodate the initial.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough cutouts on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, until the cookies start to turn golden brown.     When the cookies are done, move them to a cooling rack to cool. As they're cooling, place the stencil on top to start monogramming.     Sift powdered sugar over the top of the stencil and gently remove. If there is excess sugar on the cookie, simply blow it off using a straw. Stencil the remaining cookies.     Once the cookies have cooled completely, package them in glassine bags.     A strategically placed label not only seals the bag, but also can be used to write the guests' names. A cute, tasty favor personalized with your new initial!  
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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • Photos By: Danyelle Mathews

    These darling pins make for a clever seating card, and double as a simple favor.

    Supplies: wool felt scissors thread needle pin back batting hole punch guests names printed on card stock then cut into strips

    Step One: Cut out felt hearts. Felt is an easy material to cut, so feel free to double up the fabric to make the job go more quickly. If you're wanting all of the hearts to be the same size, create a heart template out of card stock and trace it on the felt.     Step Two: Take two hearts and begin stitching them together using a basic running stitch.     Step Three: When the heart is 3/4 of the way stitched, fill with batting. Finish stitching the rest of the way around the heart and tie your thread off with a knot.     Step Four: Attach a metal pinback to the back of the heart.     Step Five: Create a hole using your hole punch on one side of the printed name strip.     Step Six: Place the hole of the name strip over one end of the pin back and secure.     Step Seven: Using your scissors, trim the excess paper from the name strip.     Wool felt can be found in every color of the rainbow so it's a perfect material to use to personalize your day.    

     

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Danyelle Mathews   Wanting to add a pop of color to your escort cards without breaking the bank on more fresh flowers? These easy-to-make crepe paper flowers will give you the look you're craving and save you some cash.      Materials crepe paper streamers floral tape scissors     Step One Begin by cutting a length of crepe paper to 36".     Step Two Fold one end in about 1/2" and pinch at base.     Step Three Wrap 1" of the streamer around the center and pinch at base. Repeat this step, working around the flower until you're left with a 3" long tail.     Step Four Fold the 3" long tail in half lengthwise.      Step Five Wrap the folded tail tightly around base and pinch.     Step Six Wrap floral tape around the base of the flower on down creating a short stem. Trim floral tape with scissors.     Step Seven Add paper tags to the flowers with guests names and seating instructions using twine. Pin the flowers to a linen covered bulletin board for a simple, colorful display.    
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  • The ultimate accessory for the bridal party!    Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The ultimate accessory for a bridal party, this pretty DIY only took 15 minutes to make!  You might want to take it beyond the wedding day, though, for date night or “just because.”     You Will Need: Peonies Ranunculus Jasmine Vine Scissors Headband Floral Adhesive     Step One: Glue the jasmine vine or whatever greenery you choose down the middle of the headband. For a whimsical look and feel, don’t glue the vines to the sides of the headband.     Step Two: Cut the stems off each of the flowers, so the flower head will lay flat.       Step Three: Glue them one by one onto the headband. You will need to hold the flower head in place for 10 seconds, after applying the glue.     You’re done! How cute is that?!     Make one for each member of your bridal party and complement them with this lush floral crown  
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  • Project By: Erica OBrien  Photos By: Val McCormick    Necco wafers are given a glamorous makeover in this easy DIY.     Ingredients light corn syrup, Necco wafers (quantity will depend on size of cake), paint brush, edible gold glitter     Step One Carefully unwrap package and select the colors that you'd like to use. For this project, we selected pastel pink and mint green. Use all the colors or select only some. (Bear in mind that you will most likely need to purchase multiple packages.)     Step Two Dip paint brush in corn syrup and brush over half of smooth side of a wafer (the side that does not say Necco)     Step Three Dip into glitter. Allow to dry.     Step Four Determine the design you'll create with the wafers.  We positioned four rows of wafers, stacked in vertical columns, with the glitter-dipped wafer positioned in the third row from the bottom.      Step Five To apply wafers to the cake, brush the corn syrup on entire Necco side of wafer.     Step Six Gently attach to cake, holding in place for a few seconds.     Step Seven Position your wafers in precise rows and columns to achieve a clean, professionally designed appearance.      Step Eight Apply glitter-dipped wafers in the same way.  Continue attaching wafers to cake until desired pattern is achieved     Ta-da!  Making your own ultra-modern, glitter-infused cake is as easy as that.      
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  • Raspberry & Pear Mini Pies A mouthwatering treat for any summer day (and especially perfect for a holiday)! We've got the recipe right here.  Photo By: Aran Goyoaga       Strawberry Season Get decked out in strawberries with this simple and fresh, red and white summer table concept. Photo By: Mary Swenson       Vintage Postcard Place Cards This vintage-inspired project by Chelsea Fuss is an easy way to create a fun, casual place setting. See how she did it! Photo By: Chelsea Fuss

     

    Red, White, & Blue Real Wedding

    Christina and Timothy pulled off a patriotic, 4th of July-themed wedding of total rustic elegance. See the photos from their day!

    Photo By: Jen Lynne Photography

        Purple DIY Picnic Pack a picnic with all sorts of personalized touches... guests will swoon over the details!       Red & White Party Ideas From red velvet cupcakes to ribbons to florals, here are a handful of creative ways to incorporate red into your party Photo By: Mary Swenson       Farmer's Market Bouquets Create a deceptively sophisticated bouquet for your big day with seasonal stems from your local farmer's market. See more inspiration. Photo By: Chelsea Fuss       Cool Raspberry & Yogurt Mousse Cakes These are a dream on a summer day... Catch this recipe (with a bonus raspberry n' cream macaron tutorial) right here. Photo By: Aran Goyoaga

     

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    By: Chelsea Fuss   Consider making these adorable little boxes filled with gingerbread cookies for your holiday wedding. It's an inexpensive and festive option for a winter wedding.     Materials: 4" gift boxes kraft paper one bundle of greens (we used oregonia) string (waxed white string looks the best) parchment paper homemade gingerbread cookies round brown Avery labels We used #22808   Stack about 5 cookies and tie them with white string.     Line the boxes with parchment paper, place the cookies inside, and cover with parchment.     Write names on labels. Include table numbers too if you want double these for escort cards.     Wrap the boxes in kraft paper, sealing them with the sticker label. Tie up with string.     Add a sprig of greens!     Leave a box on each place setting or stack them up on a table for your guests to unwrap & enjoy!      
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    Photos By: Olivia Kanaley     Supplies (for each topiary):  Sheet moss Mini flower pot Stick Reindeer moss Label Two Styrofoam balls (these are 1.5" diameter) Scissors Craft glue (such as Aleene's tacky glue)   Instructions: 1. Take first Styrofoam ball and wrap it with sheet moss, securing with glue. 2. Place second Styrofoam ball in flower pot; it should fit snugly - you may have to trim it slightly with scissors. Cover the top with bits of reindeer moss, glue in place. 3. Connect both pieces with stick to form a topiary as shown. Secure with glue.
      Last but not least, add a label with guest's name.
      These adorable escort cards are also stunning favors.
      Enjoy!
      If DIY isn't your thing, we have these sweet topiary favors right in our shop at www.projectweddingfavors.com!   Photos By: Olivia Kanaley

     

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  • Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Marvelous Things Photography   The fun thing about this arrangement is that you don’t have to have floral design skills to make it work. This is one of the easiest DIYs ever.      Colorful Ranunculus One of my favorite things about ranunculus is that this gorgeous flower comes in so many beautiful colors. They are the perfect blooms to add a pop of big, vibrant color.      Materials 30 Ranunculus (from FiftyFlowers.com) 30 Assorted bud vases Finished or unfinished wood box display Scissors Water     Step One  Fill the vases with water and cut the stems to the desired height.  Pop one bloom (or a bloom and a bud) in each vase.       Step Two Line the vases up in rows in your wooden box.  Depending on the size of the container, you may need to add something in the bottom to give the vases added height. I used dry oasis, and the great thing about using the oasis is that it helps to keep the vases in place.      This arrangement would look stunning on the guest book table and could double as favors for your guests. For added personalization, tie a small name tag around the top of each vase with a special thank you for your guest.    
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson   Cookies are a crowd-pleasing, can't-go-wrong favor, and they're easy to personalize! To make these lemon-flavored sugar cookies, you'll need the following: 2 sticks room-temperature butter, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons lemon zest, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 2 large egg yolks, 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, and powdered sugar for sprinkling. You'll also need a stencil to use to put the initial on the cookie.     Using an electric mixer, beat the butter, sugar, lemon zest, and salt in large bowl until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the yolks and beat until blended. Add the flour in 2 additions, beating just until blended after each addition. Gather the dough together in a ball and place it on a sheet of waxed or parchment paper and cover with another piece of the paper. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough until it's about 1/4 inch wide. Chill the dough until firm, at least 4 hours or up to one day.     Once the dough has chilled, use a cookie cutter to cut out as many cookies as you need from the dough. Make sure the size of the cookie is large enough to accommodate the initial.     Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the dough cutouts on top. Bake at 400 degrees for 8 - 10 minutes, until the cookies start to turn golden brown.     When the cookies are done, move them to a cooling rack to cool. As they're cooling, place the stencil on top to start monogramming.     Sift powdered sugar over the top of the stencil and gently remove. If there is excess sugar on the cookie, simply blow it off using a straw. Stencil the remaining cookies.     Once the cookies have cooled completely, package them in glassine bags.     A strategically placed label not only seals the bag, but also can be used to write the guests' names. A cute, tasty favor personalized with your new initial!  
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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • Photos By: Danyelle Mathews

    These darling pins make for a clever seating card, and double as a simple favor.

    Supplies: wool felt scissors thread needle pin back batting hole punch guests names printed on card stock then cut into strips

    Step One: Cut out felt hearts. Felt is an easy material to cut, so feel free to double up the fabric to make the job go more quickly. If you're wanting all of the hearts to be the same size, create a heart template out of card stock and trace it on the felt.     Step Two: Take two hearts and begin stitching them together using a basic running stitch.     Step Three: When the heart is 3/4 of the way stitched, fill with batting. Finish stitching the rest of the way around the heart and tie your thread off with a knot.     Step Four: Attach a metal pinback to the back of the heart.     Step Five: Create a hole using your hole punch on one side of the printed name strip.     Step Six: Place the hole of the name strip over one end of the pin back and secure.     Step Seven: Using your scissors, trim the excess paper from the name strip.     Wool felt can be found in every color of the rainbow so it's a perfect material to use to personalize your day.    

     

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Danyelle Mathews   Wanting to add a pop of color to your escort cards without breaking the bank on more fresh flowers? These easy-to-make crepe paper flowers will give you the look you're craving and save you some cash.      Materials crepe paper streamers floral tape scissors     Step One Begin by cutting a length of crepe paper to 36".     Step Two Fold one end in about 1/2" and pinch at base.     Step Three Wrap 1" of the streamer around the center and pinch at base. Repeat this step, working around the flower until you're left with a 3" long tail.     Step Four Fold the 3" long tail in half lengthwise.      Step Five Wrap the folded tail tightly around base and pinch.     Step Six Wrap floral tape around the base of the flower on down creating a short stem. Trim floral tape with scissors.     Step Seven Add paper tags to the flowers with guests names and seating instructions using twine. Pin the flowers to a linen covered bulletin board for a simple, colorful display.    
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