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By: Danyelle Mathews
Do you have friends and family traveling great distances to attend your big day? If so, you might consider putting together little favor bags to welcome them when they arrive. You can include an itinerary for the festivities, some favorite treats and even personalized stationery to help them feel welcomed and appreciated.
You will need: fabric drawstring bags, freezer paper, x-acto knife, pencil, paint, fabric medium, initial template, foam paintbrush, iron, small bowl
Trace a monogram print-out to the freezer paper using a pencil. (Tip- here is great resource for unique fonts)
Carefully cut out the monogram with the x-acto knife.
With your iron, adhere the monogram template to the drawstring bag. Once the template is adhered, mix two parts paint to one part fabric medium in a small bowl.
Carefully paint over the monogram template.
Once the paint is dry, remove the template and fill your bag with your chosen treats. You can use this same idea to create favors or gift bags for your bridesmaids and groomsmen.
Having a backyard or down-home wedding? Then look no further than this adorable table setting! We were inspired by old-fashioned details for this table featuring red, white, and a touch of yellow.
We started with a simple white rental cloth and then we frayed the edges on some red and white ticking for an easy DIY, no sew table runner!
For the centerpieces, which double as favors, we filled tiny zinc pots with meadow flowers like daisies, coreopsis and snapdragon. They are small and easy to transport, so guests can take them home at the end of the event.
For the place settings, we used vintage tea towels with cross-stitched monograms. We mixed and matched sizes and styles. Tea towels are easy to find on Ebay or at thrift shops. But, if you can't find any, you can purchase similar re-striped towels at IKEA and add monograms to them.
The tarnished silverware was also found at a thrift store. We simply tied each set together with red yard and a Kraft paper tag for a colorful touch. We paired dark antique chairs with this table, but any dark wood chair from a rental company will do.
Even though we're giving cookies, I didn't want them to look like just regular-bleh-cookies; I wanted them to be dressed up! :) Here's a mock-up:
By: Jennifer Kirk
If you're gung-ho about DIYing a professional looking table number display, this one is for you! Here is the inside scoop into discovering gorgeous free fonts and whipping up something pretty in Adobe Illustrator.
If you don't already have Adobe Illustrator on your system, head here to download a free trial copy, then install it on your computer.
Download the free font Peoni Patterns and install to your fonts collection on your computer (make sure the font is 'activated' -- usually this is automatic when installing new fonts).
Start up the program Adobe Illustrator. From the menu, select File > New. A dialogue box will open up on the screen. Name your document. We chose 'Graphic Table Numbers.' Input the number of tables at your wedding in the field 'Number of Artboards' (We did 4 just as an example). Set the width of your artboards to 4 inches and height to 6 inches. Click 'OK'.
Your document should now be filled with artboards. Next, from the Toolbar, click on the 'T', or Text icon. Click in any area on the first artboard and hold down on mouse. Drag down and to the right to create a text box. Click inside the box and type the number '1'.
First locate the Character Palette, which is typically to the right of your artboards. Next, move the mouse over to the Toolbar and click on the black arrow at the very top, the Selection Tool. With the Selection Tool, click on your text box to select it -- you will see a blue outline around it. This is how you know an item is selected. Next, change the font and size of your number by choosing size and typeface options from the dropdown menu in the Character Palette. We used the free font Ultra for our numbers.
Note: If your text box is too small, your number will not appear if you size it larger than the text box. To make the text box larger, select it with the Selection Tool, then click and hold one of the tiny blue squares found in each of the four corners. Drag outward to make the text box bigger. Your number should now be visible.
When the number is to your liking, select the text box by clicking on it with your Selection Tool, then choose from the menu, Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste onto the second artboard. Change the number ‘1’ by switching to the Text (‘T’ icon) tool from the toolbar. Delete the number ‘1’ in the duplicate and type in the number '2'. Repeat this process for the remainder of your table numbers. When finished, make sure all the numbers are centered on each artboard. Use the Selection tool (black arrow) to move your numbers around.
Find the Layers palette on the right side of the screen. This is usually below the Character palette. All the table numbers are on Layer 1. You won’t want to accidentally modify the numbers you just typed in and carefully positioned, so create a separate layer just for the patterns. To do this, click in the upper right of the Layers Palette and choose New Layer. Name it 'Pattern' and Click OK.
Next, if you look at Layer 1 in the Layers Palette, you will see an empty box to the right of the little eye icon. Click in the empty, gray box to lock Layer 1. You should see a padlock icon now. This will prevent your table numbers in Layer 1 from being modified.
Making sure you are working on Layer 2 (should be highlighted in the Layers Palette), choose the font Peoni Patterns from the drop down list of fonts in the Character Palette. Next, click on the ‘T' or 'Text' tool in the toolbar. Create a new text box on your first artboard. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds with a specific pattern. Reference this chart for patterns.
When you find the pattern you want to use as your background, create a text box and type in the corresponding letter for the pattern (eg. type in ‘g’ for the scallop pattern). You will need to turn this pattern into a graphic (instead of an editable font). Do this by choosing the Selection tool from the toolbar, select the text box with your pattern in it, then choose Type > Create Outlines from the menu. Now that this pattern snippet is no longer an editable font, it will be much easier to duplicate into a pattern.
Select your pattern and adjust its color to by clicking on a Swatch from the Colors Palette, or use the Color Sliders for a custom mix. We created a palette of our own colors by drawing squares (using the Rectangle Tool from the toolbar) and adjusting the CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black) sliders for each one. You can then grab one of these colors for your pattern. With the Selection Tool, click on your pattern to select it, then press 'I' on your keyboard to switch to the eyedropper tool, then click on one of your colors.
When you're happy with the color of your pattern, click on it with the Selection Tool, then Edit > Copy to create a duplicate, then Edit > Paste in Place. Hold down the Shift key while moving the duplicate pattern to the right (using the Selection Tool) so that it stays horizontally aligned with the original. You can also nudge the two pattern snippets together with the left and right arrows on your keyboard to create a seamless pattern. Repeat copying and pasting in place to create an entire row, using the arrows on your keyboard to line the patterns up precisely. For more accuracy, you can zoom in by going View > Zoom In, or you can click on the Magnifier icon in the Toolbar.
When one row of patterns is complete, group it together (this will make it easier to move around) by choosing from the menu Object > Group Object.
Extra: If you want to scale your pattern down or make it larger, click on it with the Selection Tool, hold down the Shift key while simultaneously clicking and dragging outward (or inward if you want to scale down) the tiny blue box in the bottom right corner.
Copy and paste this entire group to create a second row. Move this below row one to create a seamless pattern. Repeat until the entire artboard is filled. Select all rows of patterns and choose Object > Group Object to group everything together. It’s okay if the patterns run past the edge of the artboard because only items within the artboard will print.
Now you can duplicate the entire pattern onto your other table numbers, or create a new pattern by repeating steps 7-10. When finished, choose File > Print to print your table numbers.
These darling, candy-striped flower arrangements could be used as favors for a bridal shower or at a bridesmaid's luncheon. We filled vintage teacups with yellow and pink roses and then placed a cheery flag in each arrangement! The best part is that the tea cups can be used forever after the flowers fade away.
You will need:
-Old tea cups (we found ours at a thrift store for less than $5)
-2 small roses, 1 large rose, 1 dahlia bud, 1 stem of sedum per arrangement
1. Fill tea cups with cold water.
2. Cut stems of roses about 1 inch short and placed them in the teacup.
3. Fill in the space between the roses with sedum and then added a dahlia bud poking up out of the side.
4. Cut a piece of cardstock about 1.5 inches wide and 8 inches long.
5. Fold the cardstock in half and cut a v in the end so it looks like a ribbon.
6. Tape a long toothpick to the inside of the flag and then wrote in a calligraphy pen on each flag.
7. Display the teacups at the entrance to your event. We chose a candy-striped cotton to echo the colors of the teacups and roses.
If you're like me, you enjoy the little details in a wedding. Take for instance, the wedding directional signage. I L-O-V-E this detail. It may be because the people I'm usually with are directionally challenged (shout out to the majority of my bridal party, family & friends) but I'd like to think it's because it ties in perfectly with our 'Southern Comfort' theme. I saw these signs & was determined to have them at our wedding!
They are 2-sided signs with the same phrase on both sides.
The best part about this project is that (not including supplies I had at home), the entire cost for one sign was $10. Waaay less than what I would've spent on paying someone else to create!
According to some, wedding pies are on the rise as cupcakes take a little break! These magical mini-pies are perfect for a shower, wedding or any lovely occasion. Read on for the recipe!
Step One: Making the Pie DoughMakes 6 to 8 3" pies Make recipe twice. One will be for the bottom crust and the other for the heart cut-outs. 2 ½ cups all purpose flour 1 tsp salt 2 tsp sugar 8 oz butter, cold and cut into cubes ½ cup ice water
Step Two: Pear and Raspberry Filling3-4 bartlett pears, medium dice 1 cup of fresh or frozen raspberries 3 Tbs Vanilla sugar 2 Tbs cornstarch ½ tsp ginger Juice of half a lemon
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and divide among the pies.
Place the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of the food processor. Pulse a couple of times to incorporate all ingredients. Add the cubed and cold butter. Pulse about 10 to 12 times until butter and flour mixture is crumbly.
Add the ice water while machine is running until dough comes together. Do not over work it.
Dump the dough onto a work surface and form into a ball. Wrap in plastic and flatten it into a disk. Refrigerate the dough for 2 hours. Repeat with the second batch.
Roll the first disk of dough on a marble or cold surface to about 1/8" thickness. Using a mini heart cookie cutter, cut out hearts. You will need about 20 mini hearts per mini pie. Place these on a baking sheet lined with parchment and refrigerate while working on filling the pies.
Roll the second disk of dough on a marble or cold surface also to about 1/8" thickness. Cut out circles that will fit into the mini pie molds. Fill the molds and cut the excess dough with some kitchen scissors.
Fill the pies with the pear and raspberry filling. Brush the edges of the pie with egg wash and start lining the heart cut outs forming two rows so that the filling shows through the middle.
Brush the top with egg wash and sprinkle with sanding sugar.
Bake them at 400F for about 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
Recipes Created By: Aran Goyoaga
Photo Courtesy: Aran Goyoaga
I Love completing DIY projects. Seriously, it's like Halloween (free candy = happiness) in my eyes! Last night I set out to start my DIY hanging letters project. I knew I wanted hanging letters somewhere in our venue and while the floral letters are popular, I wanted to go another route. This was my inspiration. Thanks to Nana from PW for her help!
So I took a visit to Joann's yesterday and picked up everything I needed. The letters above are 24 inches. Just for starters, I decided to go with 12 inches and see how that turned out.
I got Mister Mr. to spray paint the letters black (don't really know why).
And I gathered my tools!
If you're planning on trying this, you'll need:Paper Mache letters Modge Podge Paint brush A container to mix the Modge Podge & water Fabric/Scrapbook paper/wall paper Newspaper to cover your work area Scissors Marker (optional)
The inspiration photo (from Nana) was created with scrapbook paper. I got a great deal on the damask fabric at Joann's (50% off plus an additional 30%) so I went that route. You can really do it with whatever you choose.
First, I took the "M" and I covered it with the fabric. I traced around the letter lightly with a marker and then cut it out. I made sure to include fabric for the sides of my letter. After I made sure it lined up, I mixed 1 part water with 1 part modge podge. I mixed it together with my paint brush and applied a layer to the "M"; then I put my fabric over the letter. It was kind of tricky, cutting off the sides that were a little frayed, but it was bearable. Mister Mr. did the "E", the exact same way (except his was darn near perfect :/). When I was finished making sure all the layers were glued down, I went over the fabric with another light layer of Modge Podge (just to make sure it was glued down good) and then a spray from some waterproof sealant.
Here's what I got:
If you are having a vintage, romantic, barnyard or even a traditional wedding, these vintage frame table settings are a perfect accent to your special day. We even like these as gifts or favor ideas!
You will need:
1. Assortment of picture frames: You can re-purpose frames you may already own or look for vintage frames at second hand shops and flea markets. Look for a grouping that might share similar colors or styles but keep in mind that the eclectic and mismatched look is perfectly desirable. Medium sized frames are ideal for table numbers, while you might choose to use larger ones for signage.
2. Coordinating papers: Choose an assortment of papers to match the colors/theme of your wedding. Smaller prints are great for maximum legibility, but larger prints are adequate in a big enough frame.
3. Numbers: Get creative! You can find unfinished wooden letters at craft stores and paint them with acrylic craft paint (shown here for numbers 1 and 2). You can also opt to just cut numbers from contrasting scraps of paper (shown for numbers 3 and 5), or you can look for number stickers in the scrapbooking section of your craft store (shown for number 4).
1. Cut paper to size of frame using the frame backing as a guide.
2. Add a number. For numbers cut from paper use a glue stick to affix. Once dry, place in frame and replace backing. For three dimensional numbers you might have to remove the glass depending on the frame. A stronger tacky craft glue works best for attaching bulkier, wooden numbers.
Bunting is a very cheap and easy way to add color to your celebration. Whether you are planning a bridal shower or picnic reception, these little flags provide major impact with humble materials and a little elbow grease.
Materials: Tissue Paper, scissors, glue stick and string
Step One: Decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once. You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.
Step Two: Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string. Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event. (It can take a while to produce a lot so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work.)
Step Three: To safely store your flags wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.