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Project By: Jennifer Kirk Add this crafty yet contemporary design element to your reception! Download this free vine template to get started! template link: http://bit.ly/13MxuGQ You Will Need: Vine Template Embroidery hoop White spray paint 2" satin ribbon in color of choice 1/4" ribbon in color of choice White foam core White paper Glue gun X-acto knife with fresh blade Scissors Pencil Metal ruler Step One: In a text editing program (such as Microsoft Word) choose the font you'd like your monogram to be in. It can be a script or something more modern such as the sans-serif font (Gotham Condensed) I went with. Enlarge it to about 5.75" high. Print, then cut out. Step Two: Using your monogram cutout as a template, trace around it using a pencil onto foam core. With an X-acto knife (it's important to have a fresh, brand new blade) carefully cut out the monogram. Using shallow, numerous cuts instead of fewer, deeper cuts gives you more control around curves. For straight edges (such as with the letters 'T' or 'E'), use a metal ruler to cut against and guide your blade. Step Three: With spray paint in a color of your choice (I chose a metallic silver), give your monograms a few light coats, allowing to dry in between. You don't want to go too heavy with each coat. Too much paint could possibly warp the paper layer of the foam core. Let dry completely. Step Four: While the monograms are drying, separate the embroidery hoops into two pieces, and give each a light coat of white spray paint. Let dry. Step Five: Print out vine template (two pages) onto plain white paper. Stack each template design onto three or four sheets of plain white paper (number of layers depends on the thickness of your paper and the sharpness of your scissors). Cut in half (or quarters for the smaller vine design). Hold papers together with a paper clip then cut out, using the template as a guide. Step Five (cont). When finished, pinch leaves in half for a more realistic, 3-dimensional look. Each hoop needs about 6 large vines and 8 small vines. Step Six: Cut two small pieces of narrow (1/4") ribbon. Knot at the end, then tape to backside of monogram. Step Seven: Tape ends of ribbon to top embroidery hoop so that the monogram hangs down from the top. Step Eight: Starting with the larger vines, glue to the edges of the hoop with a glue gun. It's easiest to do the flat side of the hoop first. Step Eight (cont). Apply as little glue as possible to minimize mess and risk of glue gun burns. Before applying glue, wipe any excess onto some scrap paper. Next, squeeze a small amount onto the end of a paper vine, then press the end of vine onto the hoop. Wipe excess glue off the gun again, then apply a small dab to the other end of the vine to anchor it down to the hoop. Step Eight (cont). As you are gluing down the large vines, you will have to either bend/crease the paper to follow the curve of the hoop (as in photo above) or you can cut each vine into shorter pieces. Make the wreath fuller by gluing on the smaller vine pieces (I used about 8 small pieces and 6 large pieces). Step Nine: Looping a satin ribbon at the top of the wreath will make it so you can tie it to the back of a chair or hang it above the table where guests sign in, etc.
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!
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 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!
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.
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: Chelsea Fuss Hop Vine Centerpiece: Hop is a gorgeous vine for fall decorating. This centerpiece will look best on family style, rectangular tables. A farm table or rustic burlap, linen or muslin tablecloths are perfect for underneath this centerpiece. Most likely you are familiar with Hops, the small clusters of flowers on these vines, as they are used to brew beer. The vines are gorgeous dried or fresh. We used approximately eight vines per table, winding them down the center. Warm Candle Glow: Candles were interspersed and secured in small antique tart tins. Anything with patina looks great for a fall table! Be cautious and use common sense when using candles. Most venues have rules about open flames, be sure and check with your venue coordinator. Mini White Pumpkins: For coordinating favors, we tied olive green satin ribbons to tiny white pumpkins. Rustic Autumn Wedding: This décor concept is perfect for the beer-loving couple and couldn't be more festive for a rustic autumn wedding.
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: Victoria Hudgins As the evenings warm up and weddings move out of doors, what a dream it is to have that perfectly lit fairytale evening under flickering lights. It can be hard to come by a selection of good looking lantern lights at a nice price. That's where you take matters into your own hands! You Will Need... White metal craft cording- available in the floral section of most craft stores. Gauzy fabric (You can also try tulle or cotton) Pliers Glue Strings of white Christmas lights Step One: The easiest way to make the lantern is to fashion a simple box out of metal cording, keeping a small entrance at the top for threading the light through. Step Two: Cut the fabric to size and begin gluing around the box. Cover all four sides of the box and the top if you wish. Or, leave the bottom open for the light to flicker down upon your guests. Tip: The sides do not need to be perfect, over-wrapping a bit will not be seen once the lights are on, just a gorgeous hazy glow will light the night. Step Three: Slip the Christmas lights into the openings of the lanterns. Step Four: Hang them up pretty to add a glow to the space or accent a dessert table.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson Photography This lovely floral wall makes perfect décor for a wedding reception, bridal shower, dinner parties — you name it! Ingredients: 4 Bunches of Carnations (I used 4 different color palettes) Washi Tape Scissors Note: Carnations are “hardy” flowers. They do quite well out of water. If you are going to have your carnation wall outside (and if it is a warm day), I would fill a spray bottle with water and mist the carnations. How To: Step One: Purchase the carnations a couple of days before the event. Once you get them home, give the stems a trim with the floral scissors and place them in a bucket of cool water. On the day of the event, cut the stems of the carnations. (There are 25 carnations in a pack, so depending on how full or how large you want the flower wall to be, use your judgment on how many you need to use). Step Two: Cut a strip of the washi tape and secure the carnation to the wall. Place the carnations on the wall in whatever pattern you desire. Step Three: I used some of the leftover stems and placed them in bud vases and I cut the blooms off the stems to place around the vases!