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Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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 by Erica Obrien
Photos by Brooke Allison Photography
The chalkboard look is super trendy right now. This edible version would be great for wedding or shower favors. Be sure to make extras to keep for yourself!
Materials:Sugar cookie dough Black fondant Flour (for rolling dough) Small acrylic rolling pin Large acrylic rolling pin Small palette knife Letter stencil Cutter Royal icing Baking tray lined with parchment paper (not shown)
Roll dough to about 1/4" thickness.
Cut dough with cutter.
Lay on parchment-lined baking tray. Place in freezer until firm, about 20 minutes.
Roll fondant to about 1/16" thickness.
Cut fondant using same cutter used for cookies.
Place cut fondant on flat surface.
Lay stencil on fondant. Spread royal icing with palette knife. Wipe off excess. Allow to dry before proceeding to next shape or letter.
Bake cookies according to recipe directions. Once removed from oven and still warm, place fondant cutouts on cookies, allowing heat of cookie to set fondant to cookie.
Arrange neatly and enjoy!
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: Mary SwensonWhat better way to celebrate a springtime wedding than with seedling favors that not only symbolize the start of a new growing season, but the blooming of your new life together as husband and wife? Packaged up neatly inside simple boxes, these favors are easy to make and convenient for guests to take home. You'll need small kraft boxes, plastic wrap, potting soil, and the seeds of your choice. Herbs and grasses are virtually foolproof, but even pretty flowers will work. Check out the seeds available at your local garden center, and be sure to read the backs of the seed packets for the growing instructions before making a decision. Start by lining the inside of your box with plastic wrap. This will prevent the box from getting soggy when watering the seeds. Next, fill the lined box almost to the top with potting soil. Make sure to moisten the soil first with water so that it's easy to work with and to prepare it for the seeds. Following the planting instructions on the seed package, place the seed(s) on top of the dirt and cover lightly with more soil. Moisten the soil with water. Trim away the excess plastic wrap. When you're ready to assemble your favors, just gather the twine, string, or ribbon of your choice, as well as name tags and glue or double-sided tape. Affix the name tag to the front of the box with a dab of glue or a bit of double-sided tape, and tie the twine around the box. Simple and cute! The favors look sweet all lined up on a table, or set at each place setting... ...or, showcase the favors alongside the flower or herb that they're getting. And don't forget to include (or display) care instructions for your seedling favors to ensure successful sprouting! Project and Photos By: Mary Swenson
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!