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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 & 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!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography This wreath is perfect display at your wedding. You can use it on the church doors, at the reception venue, and a bonus is that you can take them home to display on your front door. You can also add additional floral and a ribbon if you like. Ingredients: Wreath Frame (purchased at the craft store) 3 Bunches of Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Wire Scissors Instructions: Step One: Start the design by taking 3-4 clippings of the seeded eucalyptus and place them on the wreath frame. Step Two: Secure the clippings in place with the floral wire. Step Three: Clip the stems of the clippings and continue the previous steps, adding more clippings. Layer the clippings over the wire to hide the mechanics and layer the clippings in the same direction as you continue the process. There you have it! A lovely seeded eucalyptus wreath for your special day!
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!
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 Janie Miller Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Here we'll show you how to create beautiful wedding bouquets using just one type of floral! We'll start with a dusty miller bouquet, which is perfect for a winter or holiday wedding. Then we'll arrange a bouquet of fresh lavender, which is not only beautiful but smells amazing and dries out perfectly, making it a lovely keepsake for a bride and her bridesmaids. All you need is a pretty ribbon to wrap the handles and you have the perfect bouquet. Dusty Miller Bouquet Ingredients: Dusty Miller (I used one bunch) Ribbon Scissors Floral Pins Floral Tape How To: Separate the stem of the dusty miller. Now begin designing the bouquet by simply placing the stems in your hand to form the bouquet. You can make it as full as you like. Tape the stems together. Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon and add a pearl pin. There you have it!! Fresh Lavender Bouquet Ingredients: 1 Bundle of Fresh Lavender Ribbon Scissors Floral Pins
For more DIY bouquets, check out our DIY Flowers board!
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.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Table number card by Momental Designs This is a quick and easy centerpiece using mason jars. I have tons of mason jars and I’m sure most of us do, so here’s a pretty way to incorporate them into the reception table décor. Ingredients: 3 Mason Jars (depending on the size of wooden container) Queen Anne’s Lace (3 Bunches) White Chrysanthemums Scissors Old Fork Table Number Card Small water glass or jelly jar Wooden Box Container (and I lined the bottom with newspaper to give the jars height) How To: Fill mason jars with water and place in wooden container. Cut the stems of the Queen Anne’s Lace and Chrysanthemums and place in the mason jars. You want the Queen Anne’s Lace to “spill” over the rim of the container, so cut the stems accordingly. Fill the mason jars with the flowers varying the heights. You want the arrangement to look full and have that “just picked from the garden” look and feel. Place the small water glass in the wooden container. Now take your old fork and bend the end prongs and place the table number card between the prongs. Place the fork in the water glass and there you have it!! Enjoy your gorgeous centerpiece!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Dress up basic dollar store kraft boxes with some scrap fabric and extra paint. Fill the finished boxes with candy and you have a cute and inexpensive favor for guests.
Supplies:Fabric Scraps Scissors Decorative Kraft Box Paint Brush Mod Podge or Craft Glue Paint
1. Cut a small piece of fabric that is at least twice the width and the proper length for your box.
2. Apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the side of the box, all the way around. Place the box on one side of the fabric, in the center, so that there is extra fabric above and below the box. Then, start rolling the scrap of fabric onto the box and smooth out any bumps as you roll. Set aside and wait for the glue to dry.
3. Cut slits all the way around the excess fabric at the top of the box.
4. Then apply glue to the inside of the box and tuck fabric in to secure fabric to the inside.
5. Repeat step 3 and 4 with the excess fabric on the bottom of the box. Set aside and let dry.
6. Paint lid and let dry.
7. Fill the box with candy and tie it up with string and a little note or thank you tag. Voila!
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.com