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Project By: Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: PictilioPies are quite the dessert trend these days. They are sweet to serve year round, filled with seasonal produce. Guests can bring home a slice of sweetness with this simple pie box paper template project. Step One: To make the boxes, first print out the paper template here and cut along the outer lines. Step Two: Fold the dotted line inward to create the box. Secure with a small amount of glue and let dry. Step Three: Fill with pie! Step Four: Use string to tie the box up and add gift tags for a pretty favor presentation.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Save money on wedding flowers by making the groom and groomsmen boutonnieres on your own. Using a combination of flowers from the grocery store and a few silk leaves, you can create these festive fall boutonnieres for about $3 a piece. Aside from being inexpensive, they're very easy to make. It's a great activity to get bridesmaids involved in too, so you don't have to worry about a thing. Supplies: Spray roses in fall colors (orange, mustard, or burgundy) Silk fall leaves Orange wax flowers String or twine Scissors
1. Start by cutting the bottom of the silk leaf away to create a smaller leaf with with a longer stem.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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 Fuss
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!
Photos By: Thistledown PhotographyWe're all over the ombre trend, and paired with our love of ruffles, we thought this clever DIY project was golden for a centerpiece or room décor concept. Supplies: Rit Dye- We used two colors, wine and purple Glass Cylinders Water 5 Bowls or Tubs for dyeing Clothespins and Clothesline 1" Ruffle Trim (cotton or synthetic, the more ruffle it has the better it turns out). Hot Glue Gun Timer Flowers Step One: Cut the un-dyed fabric trim to the diameter of your glass cylinders. Determine how many pieces of trim you'll use on each cylinder, and therefore how many shades of dye you'll need to prepare. Since the cylinder we used was short, only six pieces were needed. Step Two: Prepare the batches of dye. This is more of an art than an exact science. It tends to look best when the darkest shade is pretty dark, and the lightest shade is very light or white. Following the instructions on the dye package, make sample dye pools. Two main things will impact the shade: the water to dye ratio, and how long you let the fabric soak. We recommend coming up with your own palette using water to dye ratios and timings, being careful to record your measurements. Then test a sample. Step Three: Once you've created a palette you're happy with, then go for dyeing the fabric pieces in bulk. Step Four: Rinse the fabric until the water runs clear, then hang on a clothesline until dry. Step Five: Adorn your cylinder with trim, using a dab of hot glue. Overlap the ruffle layers just a bit to create a seamless look. Display Tip: Display the ruffle embellished vase along with undecorated vases for balance. Add simple, color coordinated florals: tulips were a sleek and modern contrast to the flouncy, ruffly vase.
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.