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Project and Photos By: Mary SwensonFresh cranberries are readily available in grocery stores from mid-September throughout December, and this recipe turns them into a sweet/tart treat perfect for packaging up and giving to your guests as favors! Ingredients and Supplies: 2 cups of sugar 2 cups of water 2 cups of fresh cranberries 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar Small lidded glass jars Steps One and Two: 1- First, combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar has fully dissolved. Do not bring the mixture to a boil. 2- Once the sugar has dissolved, remove the pan from the heat and let cool slightly. The water should be warm, but not too hot. Combine the cranberries with the sugar water in a bowl and cover; refrigerate overnight. Step Three: The next day, drain the liquid from the cranberries and toss in a bowl with 3/4 cup confectioner's sugar. Spread the sugared cranberries onto parchment or waxed paper and let them dry for about an hour, or until the sugar has hardened. Step Four: Package the treats inside the jars and cover tightly. We used spice jars, which are perfect for individual guest favors; use larger jars if you're giving out one favor per couple. This recipe filled six 3.4 ounce spice jars; adjust accordingly for the number of favors you will need. Step Five: Add a simple personalized tag, and you're done!5
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography
Here's how to create a colorful, textured fall bouquet in a few simple steps.
Ingredients:Cleosia, also known as Coxcomb Ranunculus Sunflowers (I removed the yellow petals) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins
Step One: 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.
Step Two: Begin the design by crisscrossing the celosia, the ranunculus and the sunflowers. Begin turning the bouquet after each fourth flower and once you have the bouquet designed to the size and look that you want, add a few stems of seeded eucalyptus to “cuff” the bouquet.
Step Three: Tape the stems to secure the bouquet in place.Step Four: Cut the stems to your desired length. Step Five: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. Step Six: Next, take extra ribbon and tie around the handle. Step Seven: Secure the ribbon in place with 3 pearl pins and cut the ribbon ends at a diagonal. Enjoy your gorgeous fall bouquet!0
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.1
Photos By: Chelsea FussTreat out-of-towners to local specialties. For this Oregon arrangement, we used Oregon hazelnuts... We also picked up some local strawberry jam. Find some fun, patterned wax food paper to wrap the goodies in!
Fill your box with shredded paper.
You can also wrap twine around the box, add a name tag, and add twine to the gift items as well.
If you have a lot of guests, make it easier by handwriting one and then color copying the rest! Re-pacakage the food into the smaller containers.
We love a handwritten note, which adds personal charm!
Guests can snack on the treats during their stay, or bring them home as a souvenir of their trip. The boxes also make great favors, if you are a little more ambitious.
For this box, you would need: Berry boxes Shredded paper Wax food paper Muslin bags Waxed Twine White tags Small treats sourced from your destination or wedding location. Buy large quantities and then repackage them in smaller portions. Finally, don't forget to ask your hotel or wedding coordinator to distribute the boxes. Refrigerate if needed - and enjoy! Photos By: Chelsea Fuss0
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Design a colorful dahlia bridal bouquet to carry on your wedding day in a few simple steps! Ingredients: Dahlias (3 different colors) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins How To: Step One: 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 only designed with two types of flowers. I used one pack of dahlias in each color and one bundle of seeded eucalyptus. Step Two: Since we are only designing with two types of flowers, I begin putting the bouquet together with two stems of the dahlias and next add in a few smaller stems of the seeded eucalyptus. Just continue adding the stems of floral until you used all the stems of the dahlias. Stand in front of a mirror while designing and when the bouquet is at the point of how you would like it to look, it’s time to tape it together. Step Three: Using floral tape (you can purchase this from any craft store) secure the stems together and once secured, cut the stems to the desired length. Step Four: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. There you have it, a pretty bouquet using only two types of flowers!1
Project and Photos By: Danyelle MathewsCreating décor to evoke the woodsy feel you are dreaming of for your wedding couldn't be easier! This little forest of trees can be used just about anywhere in your venue. From centerpieces, to the dessert bar, your friends and family will be charmed by these darling trees. Supplies: plastic bottle brush trees tree branches small saw power drill glue gun glue stick Step One: Remove the plastic base that comes attached to your bottle brush trees by simply giving them a gentle tug. Step Two: Gather thick tree branches and saw into varying heights, for the trunks. Step Three: Using your power drill and a small bit, drill a hole into the center of each tree branch stump. Step Four: To attach the bottle brush tree, fill the hole in the stump with hot glue and place the bottom of the tree inside the hole. Your little forest of trees can be made into place cards by attaching guests names with twine. Alternatively, add a little thank you note and give the minis away as winter favors.0
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff This gilded wedding favor diy will ensure every guest at your wedding gets a sweet treat to take home, but that's not all. These favors also double as table numbers at the reception, so guests will know exactly where to sit on your big day. Materials: Glassine Bags Number Stencils Gold Leaf and Gold Leaf Adhesive Wall Paper Samples or Decorative Paper Spray Adhesive (for the stencil) Scissors Tape or Stickers Paint Brush Step One: Start by folding your glassine bag over at the top, so you can center your stencil based on the fold, instead of the very top of the bag. Flip your bag back over, with the top of the bag facing up. Step Two: Flip your stencil over so that the 'back' is facing up. Spray a very thin layer of spray adhesive over the back of your entire stencil. Wait for it to dry slightly before flipping it back over and attaching it to your glassine bag. The spray adhesive should be tacky to the touch before applying the stencil to the bag. Step Three: Now that the stencil has been secured to the bag, it is time to apply your gold leaf glue to the stencil space. Step Four: Use short strokes and apply the glue very thinly. Wait for this to set up. You want the glue to be tacky before applying the gold leaf. Step Five: Apply the gold leaf sheet directly on top of your stencil and smooth the sheet out. Step Six: Press down gently over the entire surface with your fingers or a dry paint brush to ensure the gold leaf will stick to the glue. Step Seven: Wait several minutes and then carefully begin to peel the stencil away from the glassine bag. Patience is key. Step Eight: Once the stencil has been removed, press down lightly with your fingers on the gold once more to secure any loose areas. Step Nine: Cut a piece of decorative paper or a scrap piece of patterned wallpaper and slip it inside the glassine bag to finish the look. Now your bags are ready for candy or other wedding favors. Step Ten: Seal up the bags with stickers or pieces of tape and have the favors placed at each setting.1
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Ask your friends and family to be a part of your bridal party in a memorable way that won't break the bank! These flowers, from a local florist, are extremely affordable because they're in the filler category. At just a couple of dollars per bunch, you can pick up enough flowers to make five mini bouquets like this one for about $10, making each one just $2 to make. Materials: Scissors String Newspaper Marker or pen Montecasino flowers Solidago How-To: Step One: Cut small 5-6 sprigs from larger bunches of each flower type and strip the leaves from each stem. Step Two: Using a combination of Solidago and Montecasino, create a mini bouquet that is about the size of two clenched fists. Step Three: Tie the stems of the bouquet together with string to keep the flowers in place. Step Four: Next, cut a long rectangle from newspaper that is roughly three times the size of your bouquet. Using a marker, write a message, on the newspaper clipping, to your soon-to-be bridesmaid to ask her if she'd like to be in your wedding party. Step Five: Now, wrap the bouquet in the newspaper, keeping the message concealed on the inside of the bouquet, and tie it off with another piece of string. Step Six: When friends or family open the bouquets to put the flowers in water, the newspaper message will be revealed!0
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsTake your planted herb mason jars that were trendy last year and give them a bright modern touch for spring with this super easy (and crazy inexpensive) paper vase project! Materials: To make these polygon vases you will need planted herbs and small vases of flowers + scrapbook paper. You will need one piece of 12x12 scrapbook paper for each vase you want to cover. Measure the height of your vase and cut the paper horizontally at this mark. Step One: Start by gathering all your vases, herbs and flowers. Use different size vases for added artistic touch. The best part of this project is that it doesn't matter what your vases look like. I used a bunch of mason jars, but glasses and thrifted vases will all look just as great when covered. Step Two, Three, Four: Begin folding the paper into itself, making eight creases of equal distance. First fold half way, then again and again. Step Two, Three, Four (cont.) You should be left with a 12 inch long piece of paper folded 8 times; this will sufficiently cover a mason jar or any vase of smaller width. For wider vases, combine two papers together. Step Five: Overlap the ends. Use double sided tape or a thin layer of glue to attach them together. This will leave you with seven folds showing, a heptagon. Cut one fold off if you would prefer a thinner hexagon. Voilá! Stand up your paper vase and slide the actual vase inside. Display Tip: Layer sizes and bright primary colors for a look that will be very timely for spring. Display Tip: On a long table, combine 10-12 of the vases and you won't need much else to center the table. Display Tip: On a circle table make a grouping of fewer vases (5-6) for a graphic center!1
Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss These charming little garden kits make for lovely favors or sweet gifts for friends who help with your wedding. Herbs can grow in a sunny window or on a sunny balcony, and the seeds are pretty easy to grow. You will need: seed starting pots cellophane bags for soil brown parchment paper rocks herb seeds (basil, parsley, oregano, thyme) ribbon tags glassine bags for seeds mini paper clips (optional) potting soil rocks for drainage plant markers waterproof sharpie pen Step One: Fill cellophane bags with a cup or two of potting soil. Secure with a twisty tie and wrap in brown parchment. Step Two: Fill tiny glassine bags with seeds. Step Three: Label the plant marker with the type of seed you're using. Step Four: Place the seeds, soil, rocks, and plant marker inside the pots. Step Five: Tie with a ribbon and tag. Your guests will love these eco-friendly favors!6