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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!
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
Adorn your 'do with fresh flowers at your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, or even your wedding day. This quick and easy flower hair accessory will only take a few minutes to make and is the perfect way to get teh bridal party involved in day-of activities.
Materials:Hair clip (with flat back) Hot glue gun Scissors 6-12 inches of ribbon Lavender cremons or mums Dusty miller
Step One: Remove two or three leaves of dusty miller from a larger stem.
Step Two: Using a glue gun, attach the leaves to one side of the hair clip.
Step Three: Next, cut the stem off a large cremon at the base. Note: Be sure to cut as flush as possible. A flat surface will be easier to adhere to the hair clip.
Step Four: Attach the big bloom to the opposite side of the hair clip with hot glue.
Step Five: Lastly, cut a short section of ribbon. Then attach it to the clip in between the flower and the leaves. Wait a few minutes for the glue to cool and it is ready to use.
This fresh floral headpiece would be the perfect addition to an updo at a spring wedding!
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 Freshen up your spring wedding with these delightful DIY mini arrangements! Ingredients: All flowers were purchased at Whole Foods Tulips Daffodils Carnations Heather Roses Kermit Mums Ribbon Scissors Bud Vase Instructions:
Before you begin to put the bouquet together, clean the stem of the florals. You will find that most stems of tulips 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. Have fun with this project. You have a pretty vase filled with lots of pretty spring flowers. Start by selecting a pretty stem out of your vase and begin designing your mini bouquet. I only used 7-8 per bouquet. Once the bouquet is at the size you want, tape the stems together and give the stems a trim. Place your mini bouquet in a bud vase. These would be so cute on cocktail tables at your reception, cake tables, etc. or you can group them in 3’s for the reception tables. So cute to have in your home or to give as gifts! If you want to carry them as a bouquet, wrap the bouquet handle with your favorite ribbon. Perfect for all the ladies in your bridal party! There you have it! Mini Spring Bouquets!
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 and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Boutonnieres may seem intimidating to make, but they're actually one of the easiest flower DIYs you can tackle for a wedding. They are small, which means you don't need many flowers, and they're quick to make once you get the hang of it. So why not make your own for a fraction of the price that you would spend for a florist to do it for you?You can even use flowers from the grocery store. Supplies: Scissors Tulips Solidago Monte Casino Floral Tape Ribbon Straight Pin How-To: 1. Start by removing all the lower leaves from the solidago and monte casino. Then cut the stems down to 5-7 inches. 2. Now, begin assembling the boutonnieres. Start with the solidago, as a base. Then add a tulip, crossing the stem of the tulip and solidago, like an X. Next, add the monte casino. 3. Wrap all of the stems with floral tape to secure the bout, starting about one inch down from the lowest bloom. 4. Cut the excess stems off, straight across, 1-2 inches down from the floral tape. 5. Add a ribbon and keep a straight pin handy for pinning onto the groom and groomsmen before the ceremony. Keep stems in a shallow dish of water until ready to use. About $12 worth of flowers from the local grocery store, makes 7-10 boutonnieres, which means the cost is less than $2 per boutonniere.
Project and Photos By: Caroline Drake Balloons are so much fun, and they aren't just for birthday parties. You can easily dress up some giant balloons to add some fun to your wedding day! These dramatic, 36-inch round balloons could function as a centerpiece on a table, a marker for directions to the wedding, an addition to your food table, or even a whimsical prop for wedding photos! Materials Scissors Colored Crepe Paper/gift wrap tissue Ribbon (the length of the ribbon will depend on how tall you want your balloon to float) Giant 36 inch round balloon filled with helium (found at party stores) Step One Take a sheet of crepe paper and fold it over several times, and cut 3 inch strips. Step Two Take the scissors and start cutting fringe, but be sure to only cut about an inch up on each side and about 1/4 inch apart. Turn the tissue to the other side, and continue to cut fringe across the other side. Be sure not to cut all the way through to the other side, there should be about an inch of un-cut paper in between the fringe on each side. Open up the folded tissues, and fluff the fringe. Repeat the process until you have several strips of various colors. Step Three Take your piece of ribbon, and tie it to the end of the blown up balloon, leaving a long piece on one end- the ideal height of the balloon, and several inches on the other end so you can tie the fringe onto the balloon. Step Four Tie several strips of fringe to the ribbon by the center, top. Allow the fringe to hang down. Voilá! Such a unique, and fun way to bring a little whimsey into your wedding décor!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography These vibrant bouquets are perfect for spring or summer weddings for brides on a budget. How cute these would be for the bridesmaids!? The citrus color palette is so yummy and cheerful! Before you begin to design the bouquets, clean the stems of the flowers and cut them and give the stems a trim and place in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design. Ingredients: I purchased a mixture of spring flowers with bright color palettes. The flowers are from a local flower farm. Garden Roses Peonies Ranunculus Poppies Snow Berries (for texture) Billy Balls..aka…Craspedia (for texture) Pieris (for texture) Citrus Floral Tape Ribbon Scissors
Photos By: Mary Swenson A super-affordable (and quite charming) alternative to a large, single centerpiece is a cluster of small containers in the center of your table. For this project, we use plain glass juice glasses, but mini vases and even votive holders can have the same effect. Simply cover the container with decorative paper or fabric, and fill them each with inexpensive flowers, and you've got a pretty centerpiece in no time. Here are some ideas to get you started! Cheesecloth is available in most grocery stores, and is a very budget-friendly fabric that's perfect to use for your wedding - it's white, soft, and gauzy, and looks so pretty wrapped around our glasses! White affords you the ability to pair it with any color or colors, and we thought that cheery yellow and white tulips would be a happy match. Wrap patterned fabric around your vessels and pair it with flowers in a contrasting color for a sophisticated look for your table. Even everyday, grocery-store bought flowers like mums look gorgeous when they're clustered tightly with flowers of a similar hue. If you're using three or more mini-containers, covering each one in a variety of shades from the same color family creates a fabulous look for your table. We kept our flowers white with this arrangement so that our beautiful color palette could take center stage. Scrapbook paper comes in an endless variety of prints and patterns; choose your favorite complimentary sheets and combine them for a funky, modern look. Fill them with flowers that mimic the colors on the paper. These centerpiece containers can do double-duty as favors or even table numbers; here, we covered our glasses in kraft paper and used adhesive letters to spell out the table number.