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Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsHere's a crafty and inexpensive way to make bunting! Made in mass they will give you a gorgeous backdrop for desserts, a reception or a shower. They would also look amazing lining the aisles of a ceremony. Step One: Choose about six different papers to work with, in coordinating colors and textures. Step Two: Use a paper cutter to cut .25 inch wide strips of paper, the entire length of the paper. Step Three: Once all the strips are cut, begin rolling the paper strips individually into themselves. Roll each strip going down a bit to create the basic shape of a bullet. Step Four: Use a small dab of glue (or glue dot) to end each individual roll. Step Five: String your rolls up, mixing colors and texture as you go. Use a simple kitchen twine or other embroidery thread for this. Display Tip: Hang your creation up above tables, lining a tent, or in succession on a wall for a gorgeous and fresh bunting presentation!0
Photos By: Mary Swenson You simply can't go wrong with edible favors for your guests, and these super-simple cookies can even be customized with a special word or letters to make the favors even more significant. To make about two dozen cookies, you'll need the following ingredients: 3 cups all-purpose flour 3/4 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 2 sticks of unsalted butter, at room temperature 1 cup sugar 1 egg 2 teaspoons vanilla extract Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Beat butter and sugar with a mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. Reduce speed to low, and add the flour mixture gradually, and beat until combined. Shape the dough into two disks, wrap each one with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Roll out the refrigerated disk on a lightly floured piece of parchment or wax paper to a 1/8 to 1/4 inch thickness. Repeat with the second disk of dough, and put both disks of dough back in the refrigerator until firm, about 30 minutes. Use a cookie cutter to cut out cookie rounds from the dough. We used a fluted-edge cutter here for a decorative look, but any shape will work. Then, using mini alphabet cookie cutters, cut a letter from the middle of each dough round. We chose the word "thanks" for our cookie favors, but you can use your initials, your wedding location, or whatever word you'd like. Just a hint: Keep it on the short side! Bake the cookies at 350 degrees on parchment-lined baking sheets for 12 to 15 minutes, until the cookies are firm. Let the cookies cool completely on a wire rack. Once the cookies cool, you're ready to package them up. We slid ours into a glassine bag and made a label with the bride and groom's initials to affix to the back of the bag The packaging options for these cookies are endless! For something different, try a tin, a brown kraft box, clear cello bags...anything that can hold your cookies and can be embellished with a bit of pretty ribbon and a personalized tag will work. Have fun with it!3
Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Erin HollandRosemary wreath topiaries are a great way to say thank you to your guests. The herb pots will bring a most lovely scent and look to your reception tables and guests will love to take home a little something beautiful and tasty to remember your day with. Materials: One Mini Terracotta Pot per Guest Bunches of Organic Rosemary Floral Wire Craft Sticks Dirt Scissors Step One: Collect organic rosemary (grown from your garden or purchased from a florist). Step Two: Using the floral wire, start by making a small wreath shape with a straight stem, proportional to the size of the pots. Step Three: Beginning at the bottom of the stem, connect rosemary to the floral wire with small ties of thread. Be sure to cut off any loose ends at the end of each tie. The ties should blend in right under the branches. Step Three (Cont). Continue all the way around your frame: gathering, bunching, and tying the rosemary.
Step Four: Fill the pot with soil and slide the completed rosemary wreath into the center. Wet the soil a bit to secure the stem. Step Five: Adorn small garden sticks (craft sticks) with a thank you and place one in each of the favors. *Note: This project uses cut rosemary. It will stay fresh for about three days when spritzed with water. Alternatively, you can make the favors longer in advance and present dried rosemary. If you'd like them fresh- they should be made within three days of the event.1
Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff
Give your guests a gift that they'll be able to enjoy long after the day has ended. A touch rustic and a touch trendy; these planted (and painted) succulents are perfect for a contemporary wedding.
The favors easily double as escort cards too!
Step One: Working with your color palette, paint simple designs onto paper baking cups
Step Two: Set baking cups aside and wait for the paint to dry. Next, remove succulents from plastic containers and gently loosen up the dirt surrounding the roots. Then, add a small amount of soil to the bottom of the paper baking cup.
Step Three: Plant succulents in the baking cups and surround the them with a bit more soil to keep them in place. Set aside.
Step Four: Next, stamp a thank you message onto card stock and cut out, leaving a 1/8 inch border around the stamped message.
Step Five: Glue the 'thank you' stamp to the top lip of the paper cup using a hot glue gun or craft glue.
Step Six: Lastly, add a small piece of card stock with each guest's name and table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card.
Step Seven: Make a pretty display by thoughtfully lining the plants in rows; alternating colors.
When the plants outgrow these small containers, they can be easily transferred to a pot or terrarium!4
Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hankandhunt.comI can’t remember the last time I coated my tree with tinsel, but I had a few boxes lying around. The ends reminded me of tassels and so I decided to give it a try. Who doesn't love a little something quick and easy to give a little sparkle? Materials: Tinsel (one package = 4 small tassels) Silver embroidery thread Scissors Take the tinsel out of the box carefully and lay flat. Cut in half.
Separate with your fingers into four sets, you will be folding each set in half.
Take a 6 inch length of embroidery thread and tie tightly around the center of each section. Double knot, fluff, and you are done- instant tassel. Note: There are different grades of tinsel, you want the very thin kind, it lets you tie a tighter knot and fluffs better.
Repeat with remaining tassels. Tie each tassel to a length of embroidery thread to make a garland. Hang. Fluff each tassel as needed.
A simple little craft for a holiday wedding or just for a fun New Year’s party, this can be made in a few minutes and there was no fringing involved. This garland is perfect for a beginning crafter! Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hankandhunt.com1
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.
2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.
3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.
4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.
5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.
6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.
7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.
8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.
9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.
Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio A modern décor concept that's easy on the eyes and the budget. Center your tables with small succulents and air plants for a simple and affordable décor option. Include various shades of colored sand for a dramatic and modern presentation that your guests are sure to love! Step One: Use store bought craft sand, or collect sand from a beach (or the hardware store). If using beach sand, be sure to lay out the sand to dry for about a week before beginning the project. Step Two: Gently wet your sand with a ratio of 1 tablespoon water to 2 cups sand. Step Three: Separate your sand into bowls, and begin dropping in food coloring to tint the sand. You will need about 10 drops of food coloring for every 2 cups, this can vary depending on the vibrancy of hue you'd like to achieve. Step Four: Mix the food coloring into the sand until all of the grains are covered. Step Five: Spread the sand out onto baking dishes and bake at 200 degrees for about 10 minutes (until most of the wetness is gone- leaving just damp sand behind). Remove from oven and let dry out the rest of the way over night. Step Six: Once dry you can store sand in plastic bags until use. Glass containers will give the best centerpiece presentation and simple succulents can easily be planted and placed inside.8
Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk Here's an easy and oh-so-chic way to add a little glimmer to your wedding day! You'll Need: 10 3/4" x 14 3/4" wooden tray from craft store 3/4" wide masking tape Metallic gold leaf sheets Size (adhesive for gold leaf) Foam brush x2 White spray paint Spray gloss laquer (clear) Fine grit sandpaper Paint brush with small, fine tip White acrylic paint Hand-vac or vacuum with hose attachment (to clean up bits of gold leaf as you work) Step One Lightly sand away any rough spots on tray Step Two Spray entire tray white (I didn't bother with the underside). Let dry completely. Step Three Starting from the upper right corner of the tray, stretch a piece of masking tape down to about 7 3/4" in from right side. Step Four Lay down three more strips of tape flush with one another. Step Five Remove the third tape strip completely and save, using as a "spacer" to evenly add more masking tape diagonals to the left. Step Six When the left side of the tray is completely masked, begin the opposite diagonals on the right side of tray. Each strip must be cut straight at the top and should just touch the perpendicular diagonal. Step Seven Once the right side is masked, carefully remove the perpendicular diagonal. Burnish the tape with your fingers to make sure each strip is firmly adhered to tray. Step Eight With a foam brush, apply a thin, uniform layer of size to exposed white stripes. Allow to dry for 30-45 minutes. Step Nine Carefully expose a sheet of metallic leaf. With clean, dry hands (the leaf will cling and tear if your hands are wet), gently tear off a small corner piece. Press into the corner of the tray using your fingers and/or a dry foam brush. Step Ten It helps to first leaf where the side of the tray and bottom meet. Use the straight edge of a leaf sheet to get a straight, clean line. Step Eleven For the longer stripes, tear off strips of metal leaf and press down onto the white areas prepared with size. Gently smooth and burnish the metal leaf with your fingertip. If you're like me, you may be a little impatient and want to remove the masking tape as you work. Before you remove the tape, clean up any residual leaf with a vacuum attachment and hose, but be careful not to scratch off any leaf you just applied. Next, very slowly peel off tape, burnishing the metal leaf as you go. Step Twelve Use a small piece of masking tape to clean up any leaf clinging to the sides of the tray. Tiny pieces of gold leaf may cling to white areas of the tray. Use a bit of white acrylic paint to touch up any wayward leaf. When finished, spray a couple of coats of protective clear laquer.2
Project By: Jennifer Kirk Add this crafty yet contemporary design element to your reception! Download this free vine template to get started! template link: http://bit.ly/13MxuGQ You Will Need: Vine Template Embroidery hoop White spray paint 2" satin ribbon in color of choice 1/4" ribbon in color of choice White foam core White paper Glue gun X-acto knife with fresh blade Scissors Pencil Metal ruler Step One: In a text editing program (such as Microsoft Word) choose the font you'd like your monogram to be in. It can be a script or something more modern such as the sans-serif font (Gotham Condensed) I went with. Enlarge it to about 5.75" high. Print, then cut out. Step Two: Using your monogram cutout as a template, trace around it using a pencil onto foam core. With an X-acto knife (it's important to have a fresh, brand new blade) carefully cut out the monogram. Using shallow, numerous cuts instead of fewer, deeper cuts gives you more control around curves. For straight edges (such as with the letters 'T' or 'E'), use a metal ruler to cut against and guide your blade. Step Three: With spray paint in a color of your choice (I chose a metallic silver), give your monograms a few light coats, allowing to dry in between. You don't want to go too heavy with each coat. Too much paint could possibly warp the paper layer of the foam core. Let dry completely. Step Four: While the monograms are drying, separate the embroidery hoops into two pieces, and give each a light coat of white spray paint. Let dry. Step Five: Print out vine template (two pages) onto plain white paper. Stack each template design onto three or four sheets of plain white paper (number of layers depends on the thickness of your paper and the sharpness of your scissors). Cut in half (or quarters for the smaller vine design). Hold papers together with a paper clip then cut out, using the template as a guide. Step Five (cont). When finished, pinch leaves in half for a more realistic, 3-dimensional look. Each hoop needs about 6 large vines and 8 small vines. Step Six: Cut two small pieces of narrow (1/4") ribbon. Knot at the end, then tape to backside of monogram. Step Seven: Tape ends of ribbon to top embroidery hoop so that the monogram hangs down from the top. Step Eight: Starting with the larger vines, glue to the edges of the hoop with a glue gun. It's easiest to do the flat side of the hoop first. Step Eight (cont). Apply as little glue as possible to minimize mess and risk of glue gun burns. Before applying glue, wipe any excess onto some scrap paper. Next, squeeze a small amount onto the end of a paper vine, then press the end of vine onto the hoop. Wipe excess glue off the gun again, then apply a small dab to the other end of the vine to anchor it down to the hoop. Step Eight (cont). As you are gluing down the large vines, you will have to either bend/crease the paper to follow the curve of the hoop (as in photo above) or you can cut each vine into shorter pieces. Make the wreath fuller by gluing on the smaller vine pieces (I used about 8 small pieces and 6 large pieces). Step Nine: Looping a satin ribbon at the top of the wreath will make it so you can tie it to the back of a chair or hang it above the table where guests sign in, etc.4
Project and Photos By: Caroline Drake Balloons are so much fun, and they aren't just for birthday parties. You can easily dress up some giant balloons to add some fun to your wedding day! These dramatic, 36-inch round balloons could function as a centerpiece on a table, a marker for directions to the wedding, an addition to your food table, or even a whimsical prop for wedding photos! Materials Scissors Colored Crepe Paper/gift wrap tissue Ribbon (the length of the ribbon will depend on how tall you want your balloon to float) Giant 36 inch round balloon filled with helium (found at party stores) Step One Take a sheet of crepe paper and fold it over several times, and cut 3 inch strips. Step Two Take the scissors and start cutting fringe, but be sure to only cut about an inch up on each side and about 1/4 inch apart. Turn the tissue to the other side, and continue to cut fringe across the other side. Be sure not to cut all the way through to the other side, there should be about an inch of un-cut paper in between the fringe on each side. Open up the folded tissues, and fluff the fringe. Repeat the process until you have several strips of various colors. Step Three Take your piece of ribbon, and tie it to the end of the blown up balloon, leaving a long piece on one end- the ideal height of the balloon, and several inches on the other end so you can tie the fringe onto the balloon. Step Four Tie several strips of fringe to the ribbon by the center, top. Allow the fringe to hang down. Voilá! Such a unique, and fun way to bring a little whimsey into your wedding décor!1