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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 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: 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.
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 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!
A clever way to create an organic, modern ambiance Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Pictilio Make this simple felt garland as a backdrop that will flow throughout your wedding space. The felt gives a substance that can't be achieved with paper and, in long lengths, it will lend an organic, modern ambiance to the event. Step One Trace a foliage template, or draw one by hand onto pieces of felt and then cut to size. Step Two Cut a small slit in the top portion of each foliage piece. Thread the bottom stem of a foliage piece through the top slit of another. Step Three Continue threading to make the garland as long as is needed for your wedding day. Hang in various lengths for a gorgeous textured look.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography
This DIY is to show brides how beautiful a bouquet can be made using grocery store flowers from Whole Foods. The key is to finish the bouquet off with beautiful ribbon! The total cost for the flowers for this bouquet is $40.
Ingredients:Hyacinth (I used two bunches, different color palettes) Tulips (one bunch) Freesia (one bunch) Trachelium (one bunch) Ribbon (two different colors) Scissors Floral Pins Floral Tape
Before you begin to put the bouquet together, clean the floral stems, give them a trim, and place them in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design. Also, use some of the pretty leaves of the hyacinths in the bouquet!
Begin with taking one stem of each floral and cris-crossing the stems in your hand.
Turn the stems and repeat the criss-cross process until the bouquet is as full as you would like it to be. Once finished, add more flowers and make adjustments as necessary.
Tape the stems together and cut the stems evently to the length you desire.
Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon adn add a pearl pin.
There you have it! So pretty for a spring wedding...especially for the bridesmaids!
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: 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.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography
Create your own bouquets using this lovely, classic spring flower!
Ingredients:Two packs of tulips (I used two different color palettes for a soft contrast), and one pack of irises purchased at Whole Foods. Total flower cost: $45. Ribbon Scissors Floral Pins
Before you begin to put the bouquet together, clean the stems of the florals. You will find that most tulip stems will have a little dirt in them. You will need to strip some of the leaves off the tulips as well. I normally leave the prettier leaves on to use for the bouquet. Give the stems a trim and place in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design.
Start out by criss-crossing a single stem of each floral.
Continue the process, turning the bouquet as you are designing.
Once the bouquet is at the size you want, tape the stems together and give the stems a trim.
Wrap the bouquet handle with your favorite ribbon and secure it with the pearl pin.
There you have it! Perfect for a spring wedding!