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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make your wedding escort cards even more special with these fresh flower wreaths that display guest's names and table numbers. They smell great, look good hanging or displayed flat on a table, and double as a small favor for guests to take home. Want to make your own? Supplies: Floral Tape Velvet Ribbon Scissors Wire Clippers Vine Wrapped Craft Wire Fresh Flowers - Solidago, Phlox, Limonium-Caspia How-To: 1. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly nine inches long (this may vary depending on how large you want each wreath to be). 2. Bend the wire into a circle and twist the side around the circle you've created, to make it strong and secure. 3. Attach a few flowers to the circle at a time, using floral tape, and then stacking the next round of flowers on top of the tape from the last. Repeat this process until the circle is completely covered with flowers, and you cannot see any of the floral tape. 4. Cut a piece of ribbon for the top of the wreath. This can be used solely for decoration or as a way to hang each wreath on a wall or board. 5. Lastly, print table numbers and guest's names out onto card stock. Cut and attach to each wreath.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson Photography Create these pretty posies for the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom to carry or pin on! Ingredients: Flowers (I used Dahlias, Seeded Eucalyptus, Craspedia Billy Balls, Coleus) Floral Tape Floral Pins Ribbons Scissors (for flowers and ribbon) How To: Step One: Begin with the “filler” flower: Coleus and Seeded Eucalyptus. Take a couple of stems of each and add a couple of blooms of the dahlias and add the billy balls. Step Two: Tape the stems together and cut them to your desired length. Step Three: Tie the stems with ribbon. There you have it - a cute posy to carry! Step Four: If you want to make a pin on posy (aka a corsage), follow the same steps above, but cut the stems shorter and add a ribbon and use the floral pin to pin on! Shown Above: Two posies to pin and one to carry. How lovely!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Rachel May Photography Decorate your ceiling with hanging floral arrangements! We'll show you how to create your own blooming chandeliers in a few easy steps. Ingredients: Seeded Eucalyptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Fresh Flowers (I used ranunculus and zinnias) Scissors Floral Wire Green Wire Wreath – I used one large and two small ones How To: Step One: Separate the eucalyptus into smaller bunches. Step Two: Place the eucalyptus on the wire frame and secure it on with the floral wire. Continue this process until the frame is completely covered. Note..you want to make sure some of the eucalyptus is hanging over the sides of the wreath. A completed wire wreath covered with the eucalyptus. To add the flowers to the wreath, you can use floral water picks or you can wire them on. You can hang the flower chandeliers with ribbon or use the 12 gauge silver Aluminum wire. Voila!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Sometimes the best flowers for boutonnieres have the shortest stems. Which is why this delphinium and freesia bout is so cute. Using floral wire to keep stems sturdy and elongate them, you can make these beautiful boutonnieres for your wedding party in minutes. Of course, they're also a small fraction of the price of what a boutonniere from your florist will cost, saving you money on your big day. Here's how to make your own! Supplies: Floral Wire Floral Tape Washi Tape Scissors Purple Stock Freesia Delphinium Pittosporum How-To: 1. First, cut the stem of a freesia flower and the delphinium. Add a piece of cut floral wire to each flower to act as the new, longer and more sturdy stem. You can do this by poking the wire through the bottom of the stem and up through the top of the flower. Form a hook shape, and pull the wire back down to secure it. Each wire should be 4 to 6 inches long. 2. Next, trim the bottom leaves from Pittosporum and bottom blooms from the purple stock, to prepare them for the boutonniere. 3. Arrange all the flowers and add the Pittosporum behind them, to act as the base, before wrapping all of the stems with floral tape. 4. Cut the bottom 1-2 inches from the stems, to give the boutonniere a clean, short look. 5. Wrap the stems in decorative washi tape, in your wedding colors, or a minimal grey, to cover over the floral tape. There you have it! Keep in water until it's time to pin them onto the groom and groomsmen.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Alisandra Photography Add a bohemian edge to your bridal look with this gorgeous DIY floral crown! Ingredients: Jasmine Vine Ranunculus Black Scabiosa Floral Tape Scissors How To: Step One: Cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length, you need about ½ stem to work with. Step Two: Take a piece of the jasmine vine and with the floral tape, begin taping the flowers to the vine. In between taping, try the flower crown on to see how it looks and where you need to place the flowers. Once you have the desired look and feel you are going for, you’re done! All Finished! If you like, you can make this the night before the wedding and place it in the refrigerator.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
This festive wreath is the perfect addition to an autumn wedding!
Ingredients:Grapevine wreath (purchase at local craft store) Bittersweet Grevillea or any type of flowering plant, you could also use rose hips Scissors
Step One: I started the design process at the base of the wreath by inserting stems of the grevillea into the wreath. You don’t need to wire it on the wreath. Being that we are using a grapevine wreath, the stems will stay in place by forcing them within the wreath.
Step Two: Continue this process until you are satisfied with the look you are going for. I placed the grevillea on the bottom and the sides.
Step Three: Now it’s time to add the bittersweet! Cut the bittersweet into smaller stems and begin filling in the wreath. You can add as much as you like to get the look that you desire.
There you have it! So perfect and for a fall wedding and for your home!
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
With its rich texture and deep, bold hues, this centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn wedding tablescape!
Ingredients:Vase of your choice Ranunculus Dahlias Pansies Coleus Waterproof Floral Tape Scissors
Always give the stems of the flowers a cut and put them in clear water for about two hours before you begin making the arrangement. When designing, make sure the leaves on the stems are not inserted in the water inside the vessel.
Step 1: Make a grid across the opening of the vase with the floral tape.
Step 2: Outline the perimeter of the vase with the coleus.
Step 3: Add the dahlias. Make certain you add them in all around so they will be seen from all angles.
Step 4: Add the ranunculus.
Step 5: Add the pansies and you are all done!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Create a unique groomsmen gift for the wedding party, or your groom, with these customized rustic wood coasters. They're really easy to create and make for a special and useful gift. Here's how to make your own set of wood burned coasters.
Materials:wood coasters, like these wood burning tool set (available on Amazon) alphabet hot stamps (available on Amazon)
1. To create custom nameplate coaster, screw on the first letter of the name you want to stamp, to the wood burning tool. Then plug in and turn on and wait 3-5 minutes for the stamp to heat up.
2. Now that the tool has had time to heat up, stamp the first letter onto your coaster, leaving the stamp in place for 3-5 seconds before lifting straight up.
3. Turn the wood burning tool off and wait for it to cool down. Then replace the letter you just used with the next letter in the name. Turn the tool on again and wait for it to heat back up. Once the tool has had time to heat back up, stamp the letter onto the coaster, just as you did with the first letter in the name.
4. Repeat step 3 until the entire name has been spelled out. Note: To create a monogram instead, simply use the same letter over and over again, for a variation of looks from coaster to coaster.
5. Wrap with a bow, if desired, and you have a great, inexpensive groom or groomsmen gift.
These coasters would be a thoughtful detail at a wedding reception, as well as a great place for people to put down drinks. Monogram them with the bride and grooms initials or wedding date and you're all set.
If you decide to take on your own wedding flowers, make it easy and choose foolproof blossoms. Hydrangeas are one of the easiest flowers to arrange and because of their large blossoms, it doesn't take too many to make a lush bouquet, so they are inexpensive as well.
A few things to remember:
-When picking or purchasing hydrangeas, only pick flowers with firm blossoms.
-If you are picking them from a garden, pick them early in the morning or late at night, when they have the most moisture.
-As soon as you pick them or purchase them, place them in a bucket of lukewarm water.
-If at any time your flowers wilt, submerge the entire blossom in warm water for 15 minutes and it should perk up. If it doesn't, toss it.
-After soaking the flowers overnight, condition them by removing most of the leaves (leaving the ones right around the blossoms).
-Place them in a fresh bucket of clean water.
To Make the Bouquet:
-You will need clippers or scissors, 5-8 stems of hydrangea (depending on how large they are), string or raffia, 1.5 yards of ribbon.
-Make a small bouquet with 3 stems.
-Place larger blossoms and leaves around the edge.
-Keep adding to your bouquet, and turn it after you add each stem.
-As soon as you have a round shape, cut the stems to a desired length and tie with string.
-Add ribbon and tie in a French knot or a bow.
-Keep in water right up until the wedding.
-Hydrangeas don't like to be in bright sun or freezing cold, so try to keep them at about 70 degrees until the big day.
Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography
PRESENTATIONUse 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.
CANDYColor 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
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:
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
- 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