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DIY Wedding Ideas

  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch     Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event.     Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint  Matte Sealant How-To:     1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping.     2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass.     3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect.     4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping.     5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape.     6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.  
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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography     This is the perfect floral DIY for the décor at a wedding reception, dinner parties, baby showers...the list goes on!     Ingredients:   Bud Vases Wire Scissors  Flowers (I used Bupleurum, Queen Anne’s Lace and Snow on the Mountain)   How To:     Step 1: Extend the wire about 12 inches.       Next, wrap the wire around the top of the vase 2-3 times and pull it tight.     Now, criss cross the wire 3-4 times.     Step 2: Repeat Step 1 and remember not to cut the wire until you have connected all the vases with the wire. Also, make sure to leave at least 10-12 inches of wire between each vase!     Step 3: I connected the vases to the mantel in my home with clear packing tape. Depending on what you are connecting the vases to, you could use nails to secure them. Once the vases were in place, I placed the flowers inside the vases and I decorated the mantel with flowers and lots of votives!   Love the look of suspended blooms? Check out our Hanging Flowers board for more inspiration!
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  • Project and Photso by Brittni Mehlhoff   Everyone loves a little something sweet every now and again. So why not give your guests a wedding favor they'll love: a sweet treat for guests to eat. These edible DIY gem favors are the perfect snack favors for guests to grab as they're leaving your reception. And they'll also give you the opportunity to add a clever thank you note!     The best part about these colored chocolate candies, though, is how easy they are to make. Here's how to make your own.     Supplies:  White Chocolate Chips (8 oz makes about 6 gems) Spoon Food Coloring Gel Jewel Ice Cube Tray (you can buy it here) How-To:     1. Separate chocolate chips into several different bowls (each bowl will eventually be a different color chocolate) and microwave at half power in 20 seconds intervals until melted. Stir with a spoon to make sure all the chips have melted completely.     2. Next, add food coloring to each bowl of melted chocolate and stir until the color has been completely incorporated.     3. Spoon melted chocolate into each ice cube well. Once all wells have been filled, gently tap the tray several times to remove any air bubbles.     4. Place the tray into the freezer. Once the chocolate has hardened, pop each gem out of the tray.     5. Fill small canvas bags with the chocolate gems and a note to guests to say thanks for coming to your wedding.     There you have it! Pretty, delicious little parting gifts!   Tip: If you purchase several gem trays to work with, you'll be able to get these candies made in a fraction of the time.  
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  • Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography

    PRESENTATION

    Use a color scheme that matches your wedding palette:  wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses!   Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire reception. Create depth and height in your display:  with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table.  You can wrap the boxes in decorative paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade. Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers, candles, or tiny little goldfish, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your reception, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table. Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like good quality linens, ribbons, and paper can add nice touches to your overall display. Less is more:  trimmings are definitely your friends, but don’t go overboard!  Too many space fillers can potentially clutter your table and cause sensory overload! Consider the table: where will it be located?  Will there be a nice backdrop or wall behind it for pictures?  Or will it be open so people can access it from all sides?  Will it even have sides, or will it be round?  These are all good questions to ask yourself before deciding on a set-up design.

    CANDY

    Color is key:  as mentioned before, having a specific color scheme can really make your table pop.  Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant.  Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are red and brown, don’t be afraid of using different shades of reds and pinks.  If using primarily dark colors, try to use trimmings in lighter shades to bring energy to your table.  Check the weather:  Will it be hot or sunny?  Will the table be indoors or outdoors?  If indoor, will there be AC?  If you’re worried about warmth, save the stress and avoid candies that could easily melt (unfortunately this includes most chocolates)! Fruit seasons:  if you’re planning to use fresh fruit on your table (e.g. chocolate dipped strawberries), make sure you consider if they are even in season.  Strawberries in the winter might not be as sweet as when they’re at their peak in the summer! Not just candy:  if you’re open to treats in other forms, consider mini cookies, kettle corn, or spiced nuts as sweet additions.  Placing the wedding cake or groom's cake on the same table can add visual diversity. Be creative:  candy isn’t just made to be eaten, but also to play with!  Bundle large lollipops together like a bouquet of flowers, or skewer some marshmallows to simulate kabobs – the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple: having a variety of flavors and different types of candy can be satisfying to everyone, but don’t be afraid to go with a specific flavor profile.  Whether it be a gummy bear bar or a chocolate truffle tribute, your guests will definitely enjoy the sugar rush! Don’t buy too much!  It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re planning to include a meal and cake in your reception, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with extra sugar.  A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person.  If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.

    CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES

    More than jars:  apothecary jars and similar containers tend to be the standard, but don’t miss out on other shapes and sizes you can find elsewhere!  Vases are fabulously inexpensive alternatives, and are easy to find.  If you’re going for opaque containers, small pails can give a rustic vibe, and wicker baskets can be cute and lighthearted.   Don’t be afraid to use cake stands, flat platters, and other serving ware to give your guests a variety of ways to choose their sweets! Scoops and things:  when choosing containers, make sure you keep in mind how your guests are going to get the candy out!  Scoops, tongs, and other serving ware should be small enough to get the goods! Individual containers:  if your table is set up as a DIY favor station, little bags or mini boxes can be great take-homes.  Dress them up with a little label and ribbon and your guests have a tasty treat for later.  Clear plastic cups or even napkins are an inexpensive option if you prefer the candy to be eaten on the spot.

    WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

    Project Wedding – the forums have a great Classified Section where you can buy gently used items from the community. 

    Online Candy Stores:
    -    http://www.candywarehouse.com/
    -    http://www.candyfavorites.com/
    -    http://www.bulkcandystore.com/
    -    http://www.metrocandy.com/home.asp
    -    http://www.candydirect.com/
    -    http://www.blaircandy.com/
    -    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop/candy_store.asp
    -    http://www.oldtimecandy.com/
    -    http://www.groovycandies.com/
    -    http://www.sweetnostalgia.com/
    -    http://www.nutsonline.com/gifts/weddingfavors/

    Local stores for candy:
    -    Your neighborhood grocery store: Safeway, Lucky, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
    -    Bulk stores like Costco
    -    Michael’s: they have a special selection of wedding candies
    -    Ethnic grocers may also carry unique treats that can give your table a broader range of flavors.

    Containers and things:
    -    Restaurant supply stores, like Kamei or East Bay Restaurant Supply
    -    Save On Crafts
    -    CB2
    -    Michael’s
    -    Furniture stores like Ikea, Crate & Barrel
    -    Thrift or second-hand shops
    -    Cost-saving stores like Target, Ross, or the Dollar Store
    -    Scoops and more scoops

     

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  • Many guests will bring sentimental, humorous or touching cards to mark the occasion of your wedding.  The most popular way for a bride to keep track of those special cards is with a card box.  Typically, this will be placed in an area near the gifts so guests can slip their cards in quickly and easily.  DIY card boxes are a great idea; they're simple to make and much cheaper than pre-made card boxes.  Below, you will find some great ideas for your own DIY card box.


    Basic DIY Card Boxes 


    The basic way to create the foundation for your card box is to use a sturdy cardboard box.  Simply tape it closed and cut a slit in the top for cards to slip through. You can then wrap it in attractive paper to match your wedding theme or colors.  For instance, for a traditional wedding - use white paper to wrap the box and place tiny silver jewels in a decorative fashion over the paper.  For a beach-themed wedding, wrap the box in taupe or sand-colored paper and embellish with sea shells.


    Unique DIY Card Boxes 


    If you'd rather go with something a little more unique, there are countless options for creating DIY card boxes.  For instance, an ornamental birdcage would make a beautiful card box.  Simply affix flowers and ribbon in the colors of your choice to the cage and create a sign to place near it which reads, ‘cards.'  For a vintage style wedding, try to locate a real vintage mailbox and decorate that.  A tropical themed wedding could be gorgeous with a flower-bedecked basket to hold your cards.  Use your creativity and in no time, you will have some wonderful ideas for DIY card boxes.


    Tips for DIY Card Boxes 


    Depending upon where your wedding will take place, it may be necessary to have a trusted individual empty the box periodically and place the cards in a safe place - especially since many guests bring money for the bride and groom.  Also, if you wrap the box in paper and place it on the gift table, be sure that it stands out from the other wrapped gifts at the table.  This way, guests will immediately recognize it and will not mistake it for another wedding gift.


    DIY card boxes can be as elegant or as simple as you'd like - and all it takes is a bit of inspiration and a pair of creative hands.

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  • I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.

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    This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.

    Materials:

     

    silk flower (mine is a peony-type)
    feathers (optional)
    fabric glue
    small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
    Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
    faux pearl beads
    flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
    alligator hair clip

    Instructions:

    Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.

    If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.

    Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.

    While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.

    Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.

    Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.

    And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.

     

     

    For more DIY projects, visit my blog!

     

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  • SUPPLIES:

    These were puchased online and at Michael's Craft Stores:

    -cardstock (1 8.5x10 sheet per cover) (I used Aqua Sparkle)

    -Basho/Japanese Woven Cane Paper (1 24"x36" sheet)

    -Contrasting cardstock to back cane paper (optional) (I used Chocolate Sparkle)

    -Rubber cement

    -Hot glue gun

    -Thin, brown satin ribbon

    -2-3" sand dollar shells

    -Stapler

    -Program insert (I printed ours on regular, white paper with my inkjet at home)

    -Paper trimmer with cutting and scoring blade.

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. Using the paper trimmer, I cut down the Aqua Sparkle cardstock to 5.5 x 11 to fold into a 5.5 program. To make a clean crease for the fold I used the scoring blade.

    I also cut down the Basho into 3" squares and the Chocolate cardstock into 4" squares.

    2. I used rubber cerment to glue a 3" squre of Basho to a 4" square of brown sparkle cardstock and adhered all of that to the cernter of the cover.  

    Basho can be purchased online:

     

    Hiromi Paper

    Kate's Paperie 

    Paper.com 

    Paper Mojo

     

    3. I topped it all off with a 2.5" sand dollar which I affixed with a hot glue gun.  The sand dollars came from US Shell.

    4. Once dried and set, I inserted the program pages (which were cut down to 5.25 x 10.5, folded and stapled in the fold to secure together) and tied in place with a thin, chocolate brown satin ribbon.  For our inserts I decided to include everything for the ceremony and reception in one place, including our seating chart for the dinner:

     

     

    As well as the menu for our cocktail hour and dinner:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This eliminated the neccesity for additional paper menus, seating charts, etc.

     

     

    NOTE: To package for shipping from CA to HI I wrapped each finished program in tissue paper and boxed well for the shipment. Not one shell broke!Here's how they looked on our wedding day:

     

     

     

     

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    The event for which I needed that non-Satanic craft was this past weekend. In addition to little demon-free booklets, we also made these mini gift bags. "Baglets," as one participant christened them. (Or maybe you'd spell it "Baglette"? Looks more elegant than spelling it like "piglet." Beats me.) If you, too, would like to make Baglets out of envelopes, here's how.

    Find an envelope of any size. (I embellished these by printing a label on the front of them first. You can use my design if you want; these PDFs are set up according to how my printer feeds envelopes through. If yours is different, you might need to experiment. Download the label for a small A2 envelope or a larger 6x9 envelope.)

    1. After you've finished printing a design on your envelope (optional), seal it shut.

    2. Cut off one end of the envelope. 

    3. Fold one side in toward the center (maybe about an inch or slightly less). Do the same with the other side, then fold the bottom up by the same amount, making creases in the paper.

    4. Put the bag over one hand. Use your other hand to shape a flat bottom for your bag, pushing the bottom center crease downward, causing the side folds to buckle out. Crease the corners of the bottom into triangles.

    5. Use a bit of double-sided tape to stick the corner triangle flaps to the bottom of the bag.

    6. Reverse the folds along the sides of the bag to give it shape.

    7. If you like, punch holes and thread ribbon through for a handle.

     

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  • Event Design and Description by Lollipop Events and Designs, Photography by Cary Pennington


    Create a feast of fireworks! Transport your guests to the eastern shores for this Nantucket style clambake where sea foam and cherry colored beachy décor set the tone for this laid back nautical event. Think cable knit, Kennedy’s and Coca-Cola Classics for this Americana inspired motif. Glossy red willow branches play dress up as red coral for the evening and bring the event to dramatic new heights.



     


    Table:


    This patriotic palette started with a basic white linen. We jazzed up the linen by throwing a bright red overlay over the table at an angle. Anything from a plain red textured linen to a red and white checkered table cloth, will give the table a Nantucket feel.


    Centerpieces:


    We took two basic cylinder glass vases of the same width and height. Any size will do depending on the drama that you would like to create in the center of the table. Overturn one of the glass cylinders so that is upside down on the table, then take the other cylinder vase and place it right side up on top of the first vase. To ensure that they do not fall down use a glue gun to place a few small drops of glue on the bottom of each vase, you will be able to scrape the glue pieces off after your party. Next, wrap decorative wrapping paper around the center of where the two vases meet. Embellish the vases with decorative ribbon to customize and finish off the look. We used plain red ribbon and then layered a thinner white ribbon on top of it. Finally, take willow branches and spray paint them in a high gloss white or red and place them in the vase. They will have a floating affect due to the overturned vases that you created.


    To balance the large centerpiece, take small bud vases in any size or shape. Embellish them with the same ribbon used on the main centerpiece to tie the table together. Fill them with any flower from inexpensive red carnations to bright red peonies.


     


    Table Settings:


    Any plain white dinnerware will do, just play around with the shapes and textures. We used plain white plates with square bowls, and textured white milk glass stemware. Incorporating tableware in creative ways will create that extra panache and interest on the table. We used basic cornhusk holders to serve as containers for our silverware instead of using them to hold the corn as they were intended.


    For the linen napkins we found fabric of the same color palette but with a different pattern to create extra drama and punch on the table. We then took the same red and white layered ribbon from the centerpiece and bud vases to tie around each napkin, blending together every detail of the decor. To top it off we bought sea fans and spray painted them white to add extra texture and a nautical feel to the table settings.


     



    Event Décor:


    Set up a small table on the side and line it with rows of retro popcorn containers filled with freshly popped popcorn. Make sure to have enough for each guest. This is a quick and easy snack! You can also purchase nautical themed cookies so that your table is filled with both salty and sweet treats that your guests can munch on. To add an extra touch we took a basic white ceramic container and filled it with vintage coke bottles. Next we took decorative wrapping paper and a wooden dowel to create a sail that we glued to the inside of the container to create our own customized drink holder/sailboat!


    Paper Candy:


    We printed a Nantucket themed feast on a simple white lunch bag and placed one at each table setting. We just simply opened up the lunch bag so that it would stand up in front of each place setting. We hole punched it at the top and tied red ribbon through the holes. This is a simple and creative way to provide an easy to read menu for your guests. Next, we used basic picture frame holders to display the table numbers. We chose clear acrylic holders so that we would be able to re-use them for any style of table in the future. Please see our paper candy section to purchase semi-custom menus and table numbers similar to these.

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  • Store bought trinkets just can’t beat the sentiment of a homemade gift. That’s why we absolutely love this project. Not only is it handmade, but the giver has an opportunity to honor and share a great recipe. Now your guests will know exactly what you’re talking about the next time you rave about Aunt Linda’s home cooking!



    Step 1


    Using the instructions on the package, download label templates and in a program like Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Paint design some labels. Look for fun and free downloadable fonts at Dafont.com.


    Fill in names to customize and print them onto your label paper. (2).

    Step 2


    Lay out the food trays (1) and line them with tissue paper (7). Cut the patterned tissue paper into a rectangle shape just larger than the size of the tray. It looks cute hanging off the edge a bit.


    Step 3


    After loaves have been baked and cooled, wrap each mini loaf of bread with wax or parchment paper (5). Tie it up with a bit of Baker's Twine (9) and apply bread label.

    Step 4


    After jam has been spooned into the mini jars (3). Tie a sweet ribbon around the neck of the bottle and apply the jam label.




    Red and White food trays (We got these from our local snack food vendor)
    Mini Jam Jars ($1/each from Cost Plus)
    Mini Bread Pans ($1/for 5 from your local grocery store)
    Wax or Parchment Paper
    Red and White Bakers Twine ($7/for 60 feet)
    Red and White Patterned Tissue Paper
    Red Ribbon ($1.40/ for 25 yards)
    Labels ($10/from an Office Supply Store)


     

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch     Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event.     Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint  Matte Sealant How-To:     1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping.     2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass.     3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect.     4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping.     5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape.     6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.  
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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori of Marvelous Things Photography     This is the perfect floral DIY for the décor at a wedding reception, dinner parties, baby showers...the list goes on!     Ingredients:   Bud Vases Wire Scissors  Flowers (I used Bupleurum, Queen Anne’s Lace and Snow on the Mountain)   How To:     Step 1: Extend the wire about 12 inches.       Next, wrap the wire around the top of the vase 2-3 times and pull it tight.     Now, criss cross the wire 3-4 times.     Step 2: Repeat Step 1 and remember not to cut the wire until you have connected all the vases with the wire. Also, make sure to leave at least 10-12 inches of wire between each vase!     Step 3: I connected the vases to the mantel in my home with clear packing tape. Depending on what you are connecting the vases to, you could use nails to secure them. Once the vases were in place, I placed the flowers inside the vases and I decorated the mantel with flowers and lots of votives!   Love the look of suspended blooms? Check out our Hanging Flowers board for more inspiration!
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  • Project and Photso by Brittni Mehlhoff   Everyone loves a little something sweet every now and again. So why not give your guests a wedding favor they'll love: a sweet treat for guests to eat. These edible DIY gem favors are the perfect snack favors for guests to grab as they're leaving your reception. And they'll also give you the opportunity to add a clever thank you note!     The best part about these colored chocolate candies, though, is how easy they are to make. Here's how to make your own.     Supplies:  White Chocolate Chips (8 oz makes about 6 gems) Spoon Food Coloring Gel Jewel Ice Cube Tray (you can buy it here) How-To:     1. Separate chocolate chips into several different bowls (each bowl will eventually be a different color chocolate) and microwave at half power in 20 seconds intervals until melted. Stir with a spoon to make sure all the chips have melted completely.     2. Next, add food coloring to each bowl of melted chocolate and stir until the color has been completely incorporated.     3. Spoon melted chocolate into each ice cube well. Once all wells have been filled, gently tap the tray several times to remove any air bubbles.     4. Place the tray into the freezer. Once the chocolate has hardened, pop each gem out of the tray.     5. Fill small canvas bags with the chocolate gems and a note to guests to say thanks for coming to your wedding.     There you have it! Pretty, delicious little parting gifts!   Tip: If you purchase several gem trays to work with, you'll be able to get these candies made in a fraction of the time.  
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  • Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography

    PRESENTATION

    Use a color scheme that matches your wedding palette:  wedding colors aren’t just for the flowers and bridesmaids dresses!   Taking advantage of the colors you’ve already established can enhance your candy table’s presence, and bring cohesion to your entire reception. Create depth and height in your display:  with simple boxes or even phone books, you can sculpt a beautiful landscape on your table.  You can wrap the boxes in decorative paper, or even leave them bare and covered with matching linens for a refined, free-flowing cascade. Take advantage of your centerpieces: whether they be flowers, candles, or tiny little goldfish, using an extra centerpiece or two will not only tie into the rest of your reception, but it can also add life and freshness to your candy table. Don’t be afraid to use trimmings: details like good quality linens, ribbons, and paper can add nice touches to your overall display. Less is more:  trimmings are definitely your friends, but don’t go overboard!  Too many space fillers can potentially clutter your table and cause sensory overload! Consider the table: where will it be located?  Will there be a nice backdrop or wall behind it for pictures?  Or will it be open so people can access it from all sides?  Will it even have sides, or will it be round?  These are all good questions to ask yourself before deciding on a set-up design.

    CANDY

    Color is key:  as mentioned before, having a specific color scheme can really make your table pop.  Monochromatic palettes can also be striking and elegant.  Make sure to consider different hues and shades – for example, if your colors are red and brown, don’t be afraid of using different shades of reds and pinks.  If using primarily dark colors, try to use trimmings in lighter shades to bring energy to your table.  Check the weather:  Will it be hot or sunny?  Will the table be indoors or outdoors?  If indoor, will there be AC?  If you’re worried about warmth, save the stress and avoid candies that could easily melt (unfortunately this includes most chocolates)! Fruit seasons:  if you’re planning to use fresh fruit on your table (e.g. chocolate dipped strawberries), make sure you consider if they are even in season.  Strawberries in the winter might not be as sweet as when they’re at their peak in the summer! Not just candy:  if you’re open to treats in other forms, consider mini cookies, kettle corn, or spiced nuts as sweet additions.  Placing the wedding cake or groom's cake on the same table can add visual diversity. Be creative:  candy isn’t just made to be eaten, but also to play with!  Bundle large lollipops together like a bouquet of flowers, or skewer some marshmallows to simulate kabobs – the possibilities are endless. Keep it simple: having a variety of flavors and different types of candy can be satisfying to everyone, but don’t be afraid to go with a specific flavor profile.  Whether it be a gummy bear bar or a chocolate truffle tribute, your guests will definitely enjoy the sugar rush! Don’t buy too much!  It’s easy to worry about not having enough for everyone, but if you’re planning to include a meal and cake in your reception, guests probably won’t be stuffing themselves with extra sugar.  A small portion of ½ cup (4 oz) or less is a good estimate per person.  If you want to buy in bulk for a visual effect, save large containers for popular candies so you won’t have too many leftovers.

    CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES

    More than jars:  apothecary jars and similar containers tend to be the standard, but don’t miss out on other shapes and sizes you can find elsewhere!  Vases are fabulously inexpensive alternatives, and are easy to find.  If you’re going for opaque containers, small pails can give a rustic vibe, and wicker baskets can be cute and lighthearted.   Don’t be afraid to use cake stands, flat platters, and other serving ware to give your guests a variety of ways to choose their sweets! Scoops and things:  when choosing containers, make sure you keep in mind how your guests are going to get the candy out!  Scoops, tongs, and other serving ware should be small enough to get the goods! Individual containers:  if your table is set up as a DIY favor station, little bags or mini boxes can be great take-homes.  Dress them up with a little label and ribbon and your guests have a tasty treat for later.  Clear plastic cups or even napkins are an inexpensive option if you prefer the candy to be eaten on the spot.

    WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

    Project Wedding – the forums have a great Classified Section where you can buy gently used items from the community. 

    Online Candy Stores:
    -    http://www.candywarehouse.com/
    -    http://www.candyfavorites.com/
    -    http://www.bulkcandystore.com/
    -    http://www.metrocandy.com/home.asp
    -    http://www.candydirect.com/
    -    http://www.blaircandy.com/
    -    http://www.hometownfavorites.com/shop/candy_store.asp
    -    http://www.oldtimecandy.com/
    -    http://www.groovycandies.com/
    -    http://www.sweetnostalgia.com/
    -    http://www.nutsonline.com/gifts/weddingfavors/

    Local stores for candy:
    -    Your neighborhood grocery store: Safeway, Lucky, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, etc.
    -    Bulk stores like Costco
    -    Michael’s: they have a special selection of wedding candies
    -    Ethnic grocers may also carry unique treats that can give your table a broader range of flavors.

    Containers and things:
    -    Restaurant supply stores, like Kamei or East Bay Restaurant Supply
    -    Save On Crafts
    -    CB2
    -    Michael’s
    -    Furniture stores like Ikea, Crate & Barrel
    -    Thrift or second-hand shops
    -    Cost-saving stores like Target, Ross, or the Dollar Store
    -    Scoops and more scoops

     

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  • Many guests will bring sentimental, humorous or touching cards to mark the occasion of your wedding.  The most popular way for a bride to keep track of those special cards is with a card box.  Typically, this will be placed in an area near the gifts so guests can slip their cards in quickly and easily.  DIY card boxes are a great idea; they're simple to make and much cheaper than pre-made card boxes.  Below, you will find some great ideas for your own DIY card box.


    Basic DIY Card Boxes 


    The basic way to create the foundation for your card box is to use a sturdy cardboard box.  Simply tape it closed and cut a slit in the top for cards to slip through. You can then wrap it in attractive paper to match your wedding theme or colors.  For instance, for a traditional wedding - use white paper to wrap the box and place tiny silver jewels in a decorative fashion over the paper.  For a beach-themed wedding, wrap the box in taupe or sand-colored paper and embellish with sea shells.


    Unique DIY Card Boxes 


    If you'd rather go with something a little more unique, there are countless options for creating DIY card boxes.  For instance, an ornamental birdcage would make a beautiful card box.  Simply affix flowers and ribbon in the colors of your choice to the cage and create a sign to place near it which reads, ‘cards.'  For a vintage style wedding, try to locate a real vintage mailbox and decorate that.  A tropical themed wedding could be gorgeous with a flower-bedecked basket to hold your cards.  Use your creativity and in no time, you will have some wonderful ideas for DIY card boxes.


    Tips for DIY Card Boxes 


    Depending upon where your wedding will take place, it may be necessary to have a trusted individual empty the box periodically and place the cards in a safe place - especially since many guests bring money for the bride and groom.  Also, if you wrap the box in paper and place it on the gift table, be sure that it stands out from the other wrapped gifts at the table.  This way, guests will immediately recognize it and will not mistake it for another wedding gift.


    DIY card boxes can be as elegant or as simple as you'd like - and all it takes is a bit of inspiration and a pair of creative hands.

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  • I've seen hair flowers sell on etsy for over $80.00, and although they're gorgeous, that's just not in my budget.

    Source

    This pretty creation will set you back $62.00 plus shipping. So here's my version of a hair flower, designed to match my earrings. And the total cost...$16.00.

    Materials:

     

    silk flower (mine is a peony-type)
    feathers (optional)
    fabric glue
    small styrofoam ball, about 2" (I recommend using 'smoothfoam', which is more solid and is stronger than regular styrofoam)
    Swarovski crystal beads or glass beads
    faux pearl beads
    flat-head straight pins (look in the jewelry aisle, they look just like sewing straight pins, but have a flat head on the top)
    alligator hair clip

    Instructions:

    Remove the flower from the stem. If your flower is almost the size of your head like mine was, remove a few of the outer petals to make it smaller. Also remove any plastic pieces from the center of the flower. Glue the petals back together on top of each other, layering them by size.

    If you're using feathers, trim them down to your desired size (longer for more feather goodness, shorter if you want them to be subtle) and glue them to the backside of the flower.

    Then you can add the alligator clip on top of the feathers. I made sure the clip I bought had a large, flat surface so I could glue it to the flower.

    While the feathers and clip dry, start working on the inside. Take one of the small styrofoam balls and cut in in half. Take a bead and thread it onto a flat-head pin. Cut the pin to a shorter length so it will stick into the half-sphere, but not out of the other side. Dip the pin in the fabric glue to ensure it stays put once you've stuck it into the ball.

    Start arranging the beads in random order (or you can make a pattern if you like) by sticking them into the styrofoam. This will give you a 3-dimensional look once you add it to the center of the flower, which really shows off the sparkle.

    Once you've covered the styrofoam, add a generous amount of glue to the bottom of the beaded ball, and stick it in the center of your flower.

    And there you have it! A custom-made, one of a kind hair flower for under $20.00. Have fun with it...change the bead or feather colors to match your wedding colors, or even do a colored flower.

     

     

    For more DIY projects, visit my blog!

     

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  • SUPPLIES:

    These were puchased online and at Michael's Craft Stores:

    -cardstock (1 8.5x10 sheet per cover) (I used Aqua Sparkle)

    -Basho/Japanese Woven Cane Paper (1 24"x36" sheet)

    -Contrasting cardstock to back cane paper (optional) (I used Chocolate Sparkle)

    -Rubber cement

    -Hot glue gun

    -Thin, brown satin ribbon

    -2-3" sand dollar shells

    -Stapler

    -Program insert (I printed ours on regular, white paper with my inkjet at home)

    -Paper trimmer with cutting and scoring blade.

    DIRECTIONS:

    1. Using the paper trimmer, I cut down the Aqua Sparkle cardstock to 5.5 x 11 to fold into a 5.5 program. To make a clean crease for the fold I used the scoring blade.

    I also cut down the Basho into 3" squares and the Chocolate cardstock into 4" squares.

    2. I used rubber cerment to glue a 3" squre of Basho to a 4" square of brown sparkle cardstock and adhered all of that to the cernter of the cover.  

    Basho can be purchased online:

     

    Hiromi Paper

    Kate's Paperie 

    Paper.com 

    Paper Mojo

     

    3. I topped it all off with a 2.5" sand dollar which I affixed with a hot glue gun.  The sand dollars came from US Shell.

    4. Once dried and set, I inserted the program pages (which were cut down to 5.25 x 10.5, folded and stapled in the fold to secure together) and tied in place with a thin, chocolate brown satin ribbon.  For our inserts I decided to include everything for the ceremony and reception in one place, including our seating chart for the dinner:

     

     

    As well as the menu for our cocktail hour and dinner:

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    This eliminated the neccesity for additional paper menus, seating charts, etc.

     

     

    NOTE: To package for shipping from CA to HI I wrapped each finished program in tissue paper and boxed well for the shipment. Not one shell broke!Here's how they looked on our wedding day:

     

     

     

     

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    The event for which I needed that non-Satanic craft was this past weekend. In addition to little demon-free booklets, we also made these mini gift bags. "Baglets," as one participant christened them. (Or maybe you'd spell it "Baglette"? Looks more elegant than spelling it like "piglet." Beats me.) If you, too, would like to make Baglets out of envelopes, here's how.

    Find an envelope of any size. (I embellished these by printing a label on the front of them first. You can use my design if you want; these PDFs are set up according to how my printer feeds envelopes through. If yours is different, you might need to experiment. Download the label for a small A2 envelope or a larger 6x9 envelope.)

    1. After you've finished printing a design on your envelope (optional), seal it shut.

    2. Cut off one end of the envelope. 

    3. Fold one side in toward the center (maybe about an inch or slightly less). Do the same with the other side, then fold the bottom up by the same amount, making creases in the paper.

    4. Put the bag over one hand. Use your other hand to shape a flat bottom for your bag, pushing the bottom center crease downward, causing the side folds to buckle out. Crease the corners of the bottom into triangles.

    5. Use a bit of double-sided tape to stick the corner triangle flaps to the bottom of the bag.

    6. Reverse the folds along the sides of the bag to give it shape.

    7. If you like, punch holes and thread ribbon through for a handle.

     

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  • Event Design and Description by Lollipop Events and Designs, Photography by Cary Pennington


    Create a feast of fireworks! Transport your guests to the eastern shores for this Nantucket style clambake where sea foam and cherry colored beachy décor set the tone for this laid back nautical event. Think cable knit, Kennedy’s and Coca-Cola Classics for this Americana inspired motif. Glossy red willow branches play dress up as red coral for the evening and bring the event to dramatic new heights.



     


    Table:


    This patriotic palette started with a basic white linen. We jazzed up the linen by throwing a bright red overlay over the table at an angle. Anything from a plain red textured linen to a red and white checkered table cloth, will give the table a Nantucket feel.


    Centerpieces:


    We took two basic cylinder glass vases of the same width and height. Any size will do depending on the drama that you would like to create in the center of the table. Overturn one of the glass cylinders so that is upside down on the table, then take the other cylinder vase and place it right side up on top of the first vase. To ensure that they do not fall down use a glue gun to place a few small drops of glue on the bottom of each vase, you will be able to scrape the glue pieces off after your party. Next, wrap decorative wrapping paper around the center of where the two vases meet. Embellish the vases with decorative ribbon to customize and finish off the look. We used plain red ribbon and then layered a thinner white ribbon on top of it. Finally, take willow branches and spray paint them in a high gloss white or red and place them in the vase. They will have a floating affect due to the overturned vases that you created.


    To balance the large centerpiece, take small bud vases in any size or shape. Embellish them with the same ribbon used on the main centerpiece to tie the table together. Fill them with any flower from inexpensive red carnations to bright red peonies.


     


    Table Settings:


    Any plain white dinnerware will do, just play around with the shapes and textures. We used plain white plates with square bowls, and textured white milk glass stemware. Incorporating tableware in creative ways will create that extra panache and interest on the table. We used basic cornhusk holders to serve as containers for our silverware instead of using them to hold the corn as they were intended.


    For the linen napkins we found fabric of the same color palette but with a different pattern to create extra drama and punch on the table. We then took the same red and white layered ribbon from the centerpiece and bud vases to tie around each napkin, blending together every detail of the decor. To top it off we bought sea fans and spray painted them white to add extra texture and a nautical feel to the table settings.


     



    Event Décor:


    Set up a small table on the side and line it with rows of retro popcorn containers filled with freshly popped popcorn. Make sure to have enough for each guest. This is a quick and easy snack! You can also purchase nautical themed cookies so that your table is filled with both salty and sweet treats that your guests can munch on. To add an extra touch we took a basic white ceramic container and filled it with vintage coke bottles. Next we took decorative wrapping paper and a wooden dowel to create a sail that we glued to the inside of the container to create our own customized drink holder/sailboat!


    Paper Candy:


    We printed a Nantucket themed feast on a simple white lunch bag and placed one at each table setting. We just simply opened up the lunch bag so that it would stand up in front of each place setting. We hole punched it at the top and tied red ribbon through the holes. This is a simple and creative way to provide an easy to read menu for your guests. Next, we used basic picture frame holders to display the table numbers. We chose clear acrylic holders so that we would be able to re-use them for any style of table in the future. Please see our paper candy section to purchase semi-custom menus and table numbers similar to these.

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  • Store bought trinkets just can’t beat the sentiment of a homemade gift. That’s why we absolutely love this project. Not only is it handmade, but the giver has an opportunity to honor and share a great recipe. Now your guests will know exactly what you’re talking about the next time you rave about Aunt Linda’s home cooking!



    Step 1


    Using the instructions on the package, download label templates and in a program like Adobe Illustrator or Microsoft Paint design some labels. Look for fun and free downloadable fonts at Dafont.com.


    Fill in names to customize and print them onto your label paper. (2).

    Step 2


    Lay out the food trays (1) and line them with tissue paper (7). Cut the patterned tissue paper into a rectangle shape just larger than the size of the tray. It looks cute hanging off the edge a bit.


    Step 3


    After loaves have been baked and cooled, wrap each mini loaf of bread with wax or parchment paper (5). Tie it up with a bit of Baker's Twine (9) and apply bread label.

    Step 4


    After jam has been spooned into the mini jars (3). Tie a sweet ribbon around the neck of the bottle and apply the jam label.




    Red and White food trays (We got these from our local snack food vendor)
    Mini Jam Jars ($1/each from Cost Plus)
    Mini Bread Pans ($1/for 5 from your local grocery store)
    Wax or Parchment Paper
    Red and White Bakers Twine ($7/for 60 feet)
    Red and White Patterned Tissue Paper
    Red Ribbon ($1.40/ for 25 yards)
    Labels ($10/from an Office Supply Store)


     

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