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  • Photos By: Thistledown Photography

    We'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.        

     

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  • 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!
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  • Project by Janie Medley  Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography   The perfect centerpiece for a garden theme wedding or dinner at your home. After the event, you can use the potted pansies as favors. How beautiful these would be on a farm table lined down the center of the table. This centerpiece could also be used as the escort card table decor!       Ingredients:  Pansies – purchased at the garden center Terra Cotta pots – purchased at local craft store Sheet moss – purchased at the garden center Container – I used a vintage Pepsi Crate I purchased from Crate and Barrel     How To: This DIY is so easy to make and so much fun!    Step One: Fill the container with the sheet moss     Step Two: Repot the pansies in the terra cotta pots.       Step Three: Place the terra cotta pots in the container among the moss.  Also, place the moss around the top of the pots to cover up the soil.       There you have it!!
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Here'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!        
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These simple favor bags are a great way to bring in the charm of patterned fabrics, even if you're not a skilled seamstress. Cut, glue and voilá- you've got a darling little sack.     Step One: Select coordinating patterned fabrics     Step Two: Cut the fabric into 4 X 4 inch squares. Use a craft board and roll cutter for easy measuring.     Step Three: Fold the fabric over in thirds.     Step Four: Glue the ends down. This will leave a covered, easy-open pouch in the middle. Add a few decorative stitches for bonus color-coordination.     Step Five: Fill the bags with simple candy treats for your guests to enjoy.     For an extra cute presentation, set the bags at each place setting!    
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  • 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!  
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Erin Holland

    Rosemary 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.  
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  • 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!  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Get ready for the holidays with this versatile winter bouquet, which is small enough to use almost anywhere. Adorn table settings at the rehearsal dinner or reception, with these affordable blooms. Or pop the mini bouquets into small vases, running the length of each table, for a more casual centerpiece option. You can even use this technique to create a larger bouquet for bridesmaids to carry on the big day.         Materials: Scissors Pinecones Wax Flowers Mums Wire Twine

    Instructions:

        Step One: Attach wire near the bottom of a pinecone, twisting several times. Then bend the remainder of the wire downward to create something that resembles a floral pick. Set aside.     Step Two: Cut down several mums stems to 6 inches in length and remove all leaves from the stems.       Step Three: Start to form a small arrangement of mums and wax flowers (3-4 stems total to start), making sure to criss cross the stems 1-2 inches below the base of the blooms. Then add the wired pinecone, just as you would a flower.     Step Four: Next, tie a piece of twine around the stems and wire pick, and double knot tightly.     Now, you have a tiny, festive arrangement perfect for the holidays.
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  • Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hankandhunt.com

    I 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.com
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  • Photos By: Thistledown Photography

    We'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.        

     

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  • 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!
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  • Project by Janie Medley  Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography   The perfect centerpiece for a garden theme wedding or dinner at your home. After the event, you can use the potted pansies as favors. How beautiful these would be on a farm table lined down the center of the table. This centerpiece could also be used as the escort card table decor!       Ingredients:  Pansies – purchased at the garden center Terra Cotta pots – purchased at local craft store Sheet moss – purchased at the garden center Container – I used a vintage Pepsi Crate I purchased from Crate and Barrel     How To: This DIY is so easy to make and so much fun!    Step One: Fill the container with the sheet moss     Step Two: Repot the pansies in the terra cotta pots.       Step Three: Place the terra cotta pots in the container among the moss.  Also, place the moss around the top of the pots to cover up the soil.       There you have it!!
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    Here'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!        
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   These simple favor bags are a great way to bring in the charm of patterned fabrics, even if you're not a skilled seamstress. Cut, glue and voilá- you've got a darling little sack.     Step One: Select coordinating patterned fabrics     Step Two: Cut the fabric into 4 X 4 inch squares. Use a craft board and roll cutter for easy measuring.     Step Three: Fold the fabric over in thirds.     Step Four: Glue the ends down. This will leave a covered, easy-open pouch in the middle. Add a few decorative stitches for bonus color-coordination.     Step Five: Fill the bags with simple candy treats for your guests to enjoy.     For an extra cute presentation, set the bags at each place setting!    
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  • 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!  
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  • Project By: Victoria Hudgins

    Photos By: Erin Holland

    Rosemary 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.  
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  • 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!  
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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff   Get ready for the holidays with this versatile winter bouquet, which is small enough to use almost anywhere. Adorn table settings at the rehearsal dinner or reception, with these affordable blooms. Or pop the mini bouquets into small vases, running the length of each table, for a more casual centerpiece option. You can even use this technique to create a larger bouquet for bridesmaids to carry on the big day.         Materials: Scissors Pinecones Wax Flowers Mums Wire Twine

    Instructions:

        Step One: Attach wire near the bottom of a pinecone, twisting several times. Then bend the remainder of the wire downward to create something that resembles a floral pick. Set aside.     Step Two: Cut down several mums stems to 6 inches in length and remove all leaves from the stems.       Step Three: Start to form a small arrangement of mums and wax flowers (3-4 stems total to start), making sure to criss cross the stems 1-2 inches below the base of the blooms. Then add the wired pinecone, just as you would a flower.     Step Four: Next, tie a piece of twine around the stems and wire pick, and double knot tightly.     Now, you have a tiny, festive arrangement perfect for the holidays.
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  • Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hankandhunt.com

    I 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.com
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