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Photos By: Chelsea Fuss We mixed our favorite spring flowers (lily of the valley + jasmine) three different ways for three different looks! Recipe 1: Lily of the Valley and Jasmine wrapped in a piece of torn linen. A simple, sweet and very chic bouquet for a bride who loves fragrance. Recipe 2: Here we mixed our Lily of the Valley and Jasmine with Quince blossoms, muscari and spring greens. We tied it simply with twine. A charming bouquet for a bride who loves wildflowers and country style. Recipe 3: For a more preppy/traditional style, we mixed the Lily of the Valley and Jasmine with mini daffodils, white hyacinth, muscari, viburnum and greens. Tied with a fun blue and white striped ribbon, this is perfect for the bride who likes things a little more formal but still cheerful and bright! Show these photos to your florist for inspiration or make a bouquet on your own. Lily of the Valley and Jasmine are generally available January-April. Check your local florists and flower markets for details on your area!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make store bought meringues feel like custom treats for guests, with this simple watercolor-inspired DIY. They may look like tiny pieces of art, but they are also completely edible (and delicious). Since this project uses gel food coloring, they're 100% safe to eat. Materials: Meringues Gel Food Coloring (assorted colors) Small Paint Brush (cake decorating brushes work great) Water Small bowl Paper Towels
How-To:1. Using a paint brush or toothpick, grab a small amount of gel food coloring (a little goes a long way) and place in a bowl. 2. Next, add water and stir. 3. To create color blocked watercolor meringues, simply dunk the meringue into the food coloring mixture quickly and remove. Set on a paper towel to dry. 4. To create a painted pinwheel, dip a paint brush into the food coloring and use as you would any other paint. Set on a paper towel and let dry. 5. Place into small bags or decorative boxes. Showcase the finished meringues on a dessert table or wrap them up to give as takeaways for guests. They make great favors!
Photos By: Mary Swenson
Straight-sided glass vases are great, inexpensive vessels for your centerpieces, and they can easily be transformed into a one-of-a kind container to perfectly coordinate with your event. Here are some of our favorite ideas!
The style possibilities are endless when you wrap your vases in fabric: mismatched (yet coordinating) patterns look effortlessly chic; using burlap creates a homey, farmhouse vibe; and higher-end fabrics like velvet or silk shantung are elegant and luxe. Adhere the fabric to the vase using spray adhesive for the strongest hold.
Wrap your vases in simple parchment paper and the look is clean, modern and simple, allowing all of the focus to be on your flowers.
Buy flowers from a Parisian flower market and chances are, they'll be wrapped in simple brown kraft paper. We re-created that look by wrapping it around our vases, tying with white twine, and filling the containers with easy, casual tulips.If your vases are small enough, wrap them in beautifully patterned scrapbook paper. For larger vases, use individual sheets of wrapping paper from stationery stores, which tend to be thicker than standard wrapping paper on a roll. A sheet of faux moss turns a plain vase into a lush, extraordinary centerpiece. Utterly feminine and charming, this ruffle vase was super simple to make. We used ruffle trim (available at fabric stores), secured one end to the bottom of the vase with a piece of strong, clear tape, and wrapped it around the vase to the top.
Project and Photos by: Katelin Gallagher I just love the look of a filled-to-the-brim centerpiece, but wanted to find a budget savvy way to get the look. With a little help from the floral department at Trader Joe's, I pulled off this bountiful $10 centerpiece! Materials: 1/2 gallon wide mouth mason jars (about $2) A few stems of simple Greenery ($2) A bouquet of Maroon Mums ($3) 8 stems of white stock flowers - Matthiola Incana ($3) Scissors Water Total cost = $10! Step One: Stock flowers are nice because they take up a lot of space and make the arrangement look nice and full. Using the height of your mason jar as a guide, cut the stems to make three heights. The flowers of the shortest stem should just peek over the top of the jar. The flowers of the longest stem will dictate the height of the arrangement. The middle length should be somewhere in between. Step Two: Arrange the stock flowers in a mason jar filled with water. Make sure to strip any greenery below the water line. Place the tallest stems in the center, the mid-length stems evenly around the center and the short stems around the periphery. Step Three: Then go for the mums! Follow roughly the same strategy as in step two, although it's better to cut and work them in one stem at a time. Step Four: Finally, embellish the arrangement with greenery. Ta-da! These will bloom pretty for several days. As long as the flowers are fresh, you can arrange them two days in advance. You'll just need to refresh the water.
Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien Piped flowers are perfect for everything from backyard weddings to bridal showers to formal affairs. Although they had fallen out of favor during the height of the fondant craze, piping has made a huge comeback. You can use any buttercream recipe you like, but we prefer Swiss meringue buttercream. Because it's made with real butter, it has a slightly yellow tint, so be sure to practice on a small batch before adding lots of color. What You’ll Need: Small (8” or 10”) piping bag fit with leaf tip (such as Wilton tip 68) Large (18” or larger) piping bag fit with small star tip (such as Wilton tip 1M) Ivory, light pink, dark pink and leaf green buttercream Large icing spatula Small icing spatula To fill the piping bag, fold the top third over your hand. Use small icing spatula to fill small piping bag about half full with leaf green buttercream. To fill large piping bag, open base of piping bag wide so tip is visible. Think of interior of piping bag as a circular (pie-shaped) cavity divided into thirds. Fill large piping bag with ivory, light pink, and dark pink buttercream, placing each color to fill only one third of the interior of the pie-shaped cavity in the piping bag. Twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until full star is formed. Release pressure so buttercream ceases to flow and lift up and away from cake . Repeat shape directly touching previous shape. Continue on top and side of cake creating a round, piped mound. Continue creating round piped mounds around edge of cake. To create leaves, twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until buttercream starts to come out. Gently touch buttercream to cake surface to adhere. Gradually release pressure while pulling away to create a pointed leaf. Enjoy!
Photos By: Victoria HudginsLooking for a way to add splashes of color to walls, doors, and chairs? These fringe tissue wreaths are just the thing; they'd also make a pretty and inexpensive backdrop. Easy to make, an entire batch can be created in one evening. They are bright, colorful and easy on the eyes. Depending on what you'll be using them for, make them in large or small sizes. Materials: Tissue Paper Floral Wire Scissors Needle and Thread or Sewing Machine Hot Glue Gun Step One: Start with a length of 6 tissue papers stacked together. For medium sized wreaths, simply cut down the horizontal length of a stack of tissue paper. Split the lengths into two piles, shiny side down. To make miniature wreaths, cut that length in half. To make an extra large wreath, connect tissue lengths together with glue or thread. Step Two: Glue a length of floral wire down the center of the stack and combine your two stacks together. This wire gives the wreaths the weight they need to take shape. Step Three: Begin sewing the tissue stack together. Note: A sewing machine makes this project go much quicker! If you don't have one, it works fine to hand stitch the pieces together. Do a zigzag stitch directly down the center, over the floral wire. Step Four: Cut in from both sides of the tissue towards the center of the stack. Cut in about 1/4 inch intervals down the length of the tissue. Step Five: Separate the fringe and shape into form. A wreath looks lovely, you could also make a heart or other shape, as you like. Display Idea: Hang the wreaths from a stand or hook, like shown here. Display Idea: To hang from a wall, attach a length of fishing line around the top of the wreath. Display Idea: Make miniatures to string around favor boxes!
Photos By: Chelsea FussWhat could be a more ideal fall wedding favor than flower bulbs? Your guests (local and out of town) can bring these sweet bulbs home with them to plant and then enjoy the following spring. We wrapped tulip bulbs individually with parchment paper from the grocery store, then trimmed the paper with pinking sheers. Cute Tag Templates: Download the adorable tag templates by clicking here.
Planting Instructions: The tag templates include easy planting instructions.
An Array of Colors: Match your wedding theme with the array of fun color combinations in the template download! (See link to templates in the comments below).
A Budget-Friendly Option: At just $0.45 per favor, this cute DIY is easy on the budget.
Cute, Easy, and Thrifty! The project is so simple, and the gift- something every guest can enjoy!
Paperwhite Kits: If you want to give a more substantial gift- try a Paperwhite kit! Click for the template here. Simple Pots: To make these sweet gifts, we spray painted terra cotta pots white, and filled them with gravel and bulbs (Paperwhites only need gravel and water to grow)!
Pretty Tag Templates: The favor can be adorned with a stylish DIY tag, complete with planting and care instructions! Find the template download here.
Ribbons and Bows: Secure the gift with ribbon and this simple project is complete. (See link to tag templates in the comments below).
Sow Seeds of Love: A unique and memorable gift, for sure! Happy Planting! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Project By: Janie Medley Photos By: Tori of Marvelous Things Photography Ingredients: Carnations Sunflowers Seeded Eucalyptus Gladiolus Leucadendron Safari Sunset Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins How To: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture. Begin the design by crisscrossing the two stem of seeded eucalyptus and the sunflowers. Start adding the other flowers and as you crisscross the stems, begin turning the bouquet and remember to hold the stems loosely in your hands to obtain the wild and just picked from the garden look and feel. Once the bouquet is completed, you may want to stand in front of a mirror holding the bouquet to see where you need to add any flowers and to make any necessary adjustments to the bouquet. Now you can tape the stems of the bouquet to hold them in place. Give the stems a clip with the scissors to the length that you desire the bouquet to be. Now wrap the handles with your desired ribbon and give the ribbon a cut if needed after wrapping. Secure the ribbon in place with the floral pins. Give the ribbon an extra touch with the addition of a smaller accent ribbon. There you have it, a pretty DIY summer bouquet for around $60.00! Enjoy!
Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Pictilio Make a HUGE impact on your wedding day using affordable and simple crepe paper streamers! When executed in a sophisticated range of colors, this normal, everyday party supply can suddenly become an eye catching reception centerpiece or ceremony backdrop. To get the look, the trick is to layer the streamers in a thick succession, then cut them back to reveal layers of gorgeous texture. Step One: Begin by selecting 2-4 streamer colors that coordinate with your palette. Add in a pretty metallic thread for an extra layer of texture. Step Two: Cut wood pieces to the desired width and length. A long and narrow installation can center a family style reception table or make it shorter and thicker to back a ceremony or dessert table. Step Three: Starting with the most outward layers, glue the streamers to the bottom of the wood. Glue them from one end to the other with thin strips of hot glue. Then, move towards the center of the plank an inch or two and begin glueing the next layer, and the next and the next- until the streamers from both sides meet in the middle. Step Four: Turn the installation upright and hang it so you can carefully glue in the metallic string and begin cutting up on the outward layers to reveal the texture hidden inside. Step Five: Continue creating layers, taking perspective from both sides, until you are happy with the look.