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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.
Photos By: Mary SwensonSimple, rustic pine cones are perfect to use in a fall or winter wedding. These budget-friendly accents are seasonal without being kitschy, and add an element of warmth and charm to your event decor. Here are a few ways to incorporate them into your day! Pine cones are great additions to any floral arrangement. We kept our flowers light-colored and simple so that the pine cones didn't get lost, but they work with virtually any color scheme! You can find pine cones attached to a stick at florists and craft stores, which make it easy to pop them into your arrangement. You can also twist floral wire around the base of the pine cone, and then use that to attach the pine cone to the stem of the flower. Forgo centerpiece flowers altogether by filling up glass containers with pine cones, or use these mock arrangements as inexpensive fillers for other areas of your event: a buffet table, the bar area, the gift table, or any spot that needs something extra! Use pine cones for super-easy place cards that also double as favors. We jazzed up small pine cones with faux snow spray, and glued a small piece of ribbon to the tops with name tags looped through. Group the finished pine cones on a tray or a table, or get creative and hang them from a large branch or mini-tree. If you're passing out glasses of wine or champagne, or setting out stemware en masse for your guests, using tiny pine cones as an accent on each stem of glassware is a sweet detail! We used a hot glue gun to adhere clear twine to the tops of each pine cone, and let them dry. Then we tied the pine cone around the base of each glass and trimmed off the excess twine.
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!
Red, White, & Blue Real Wedding
Christina and Timothy pulled off a patriotic, 4th of July-themed wedding of total rustic elegance. See the photos from their day!
Photo By: Jen Lynne PhotographyPurple DIY Picnic Pack a picnic with all sorts of personalized touches... guests will swoon over the details! Red & White Party Ideas From red velvet cupcakes to ribbons to florals, here are a handful of creative ways to incorporate red into your party Photo By: Mary Swenson Farmer's Market Bouquets Create a deceptively sophisticated bouquet for your big day with seasonal stems from your local farmer's market. See more inspiration. Photo By: Chelsea Fuss Cool Raspberry & Yogurt Mousse Cakes These are a dream on a summer day... Catch this recipe (with a bonus raspberry n' cream macaron tutorial) right here. Photo By: Aran Goyoaga
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.
Photos By: Jennifer Kirk of Ambrosia Creative
With a few everyday tools, transform plain white poster board into a chic geometric backdrop perfect for a modern-themed wedding.Supplies: desktop printer This template 4 sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock 9 sheets of 28"x22" white poster board scissors x-acto knife yard stick or measuring tape self-healing cutting mat double-sided tape duct tape fishing line (to hang backdrop)
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!