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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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  • A while back I blogged about wanting to DIY some memory bouquet charms for my grandparents, grandfather & cousin for my wedding day ('member?).   Well this week I got busy on my most sentimental DIY project to date! First, I ordered an incredibly cute glass pendant kit from {the fabulous} Annie Howes.   I ordered it from her ETSY store, but you can purchase from her site too.   I received my kit really quickly & got to work!

     

     

    I had a few pictures of my family members lying around so I scanned them into my computer and played with the size until they were tiny enough to fit into the glass pendant.

     

     

    I left enough white space around the pictures so I could trim it later! :)

     

     

    Then, I applied the "Diamond Glaze" inside of my kit (you have to work quickly with this stuff). Annie said not to skimp on it...so I let the glaze flow! lol!

     

     

     

     

    I centered my glass pendant with my picture and pressed down hard!

     

     

    Then I took my x-acto blade and trimmed it down (I used the #11 blade). & Voila! My memory bouquet charms were complete! I am EXTREMELY proud of this project & the ease of actually doing it was unbelievable. The fact that I'll have my family members with me on my big day is HUGE to me! :)   On the wedding day!   CIAO Ebonee Monique

     

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  • While reading a blog a while back I saw this amazing idea for a wedding bouquet. It was to use pins and brooches that looked like flowers to create a bouquet instead of real flowers. I thought this was sentimental and unique, not to mention the perfect craft for DIY brides like me.

    I've seen a few of these online. Here are some of my favorites. It's helpful to see them so you know what I'm talking about. I love both the autumn tones of the one on the left and the classy black and white on the right.

    Photo by Alice Hu Photography

    Since my sister was getting married in February, I thought I could make her one as something special for her day, not to mention it would be good practice for making my own for my fall wedding.

    Here is what her bouquet turned out like.

    It was pretty small because that's how I wanted it. But these can be made any size.

    I decided to try and make one of these after seeing them online {and getting a quote from a professional in a range out of my budget} and I hope this tutorial helps you make one.

    And now, a run down of supplies you will need and a tutorial for to make these on your own. Stick with me, this will be long! {But fun I promise :-) }

    Supplies You Need

    Brooches, pins and other pieces to use as the "flowers". Some ways you can get them are at thrift stores, ebay, and jewelry stores like Claires. Friends and family might start giving them to you if you ask. Remember though if you want to keep this bouquet forever and not take it apart, be sure to ask friends if you can keep the jewelry. I also plan to order some for my own bouquet through the bridal salon where I got my dress. They have a jewelry section and can order pieces for you.

    Since I had started collecting my own pins, I already had some to use for my sister's bouquet. She was having a civil ceremony and wanted to keep things simple, so I made hers on the smaller side. Once you start assembling the pins you can basically make the bouquet any size you'd like.

    A headband, some clips, a ring and other pins. You can use all of these things. {I didn't end up using the butterflies, but aren't they cute?}

    Wire. I tried differnt types of wire, which can be found at craft stores and home improvement stores. The lower the number on the gauge, the thicker the wire is. At first I tried 16 because I wanted to make sure the "stems" of the flowers would stay, but it proved to be too difficult to wrap around the pins. I ended up using 19 gauge silver wire.


    Pipe cleaners. I got some packages from the dollar store. They came in packs of 45 so I got the black and white since I wanted the white to blend in to what was going to be my flower stem. These were 12 inches long.


    Floral tape. I also got this in white, although you can find a lot of green. The flower tape is from Joanns.


    Wire cutters and wire tools. You can also find these at craft stores. Check the floral aisle, the tools there were cheaper than in the jewelry section for some reason. I had some tools but ended up buying a combo cutter, pliers from Joanns.

    Ribbon. In any color you would like. I used two colors of two widths, one about 1 inch and one 2 inches wide. One to wrap the stems, one to wrap the total "handle" of the bouquet.

    Glue gun and glue sticks. These items can also be found at craft stores. I used this to glue the ribbon on to the stems.

    Miscellaneous supplies I used were clear tape, scissors and paper towels for the glue gun.

    Now that you have everything you need, let's get started!

    How To Make a Brooch/Pin/Jewelry Bouquet

    1. First I cleaned all the pins. Since I got some online and in thrift stores, I wanted to make sure they were clean. A mild soap will work. Make sure you let them dry well.

    This is the group of pins I started with. I didn't use them all. Depending on what size you want the bouquet to be, you can use up to 50 pins {as was recommended to me by a professional who makes them}.


    2. Hot glue the pins closed. This is helpful so that when you are working with the pins, the clasps don't open and you risk the wire falling off or the pin moving {or it stabbing you in the finger}. I literally put a small glob of glue over the closed clasp in the back so they were glued shut.

    3. Wrap the wire around the back of the pin to create your "stem". This step might take you the longest, but don't give up! I worked with the wire a lot. It can get frustrating but it will work! Basically you want to secure the wire to the pin and make a stem.
     


    First I started off with 18 inches of wire, but this proved to be longer than I needed. You can give yourself room to work with the wire and cut any length you need. Towards the end I was only cutting and using 12 inches of wire. This included the part I "wrapped" around the back of the pin.


    Keep in mind all pins are different. I used a ring in mine set and I liked it because the extra ring part gave me something to secure the wire to so it was stable. You can choose any pins/jewelry you want and most will work.

    Some of the wire I wrapped went on the top of the pin, meaning it was visible from the top. I tried to avoid this but some pins will not allow that.

    Basically you want to hide the wire under the pin so it's not seen. Practice to see what works best for your pins. {Sorry about the blurry photo}

    I made sure to wrap the wire tightly so it the pin wouldn't wobble on the "stem". This is tricky, but it can be done!

    4. Next, wrap the stem with a pipe cleaner. This is to make the stem thicker and give it some support. I ended up using only 1 pipe cleaner for each flower. You don't have to wrap it tightly, just wrap it as it allows.

    This is what it will look like after it is wrapped with pipe cleaner. That is about 8 inches of pipe cleaner total length after it is wrapped.

    5. Wrap the stem with floral tape. This is to cover the pipe cleaner and again, provide support to the stem. You can tape the end of the floral tape to itself at the bottom. I covered my stems to the end of the pipe cleaner.

    6. Hot glue ribbon to the stems. This was the part that makes the stems look like they belong in a bouquet! This is to cover the floral tape and provide something pretty if your stems show when you finally assemble the whole bouquet.


    In some photos I saw of these online, I didn't see stems at all. Obviously that can be done, but this small bouquet came out differently. Depending on how you are assembling these, you might be able to skip this part.

    You don't want to pull the ribbon too tight, but you want it to be closely around the stem without any gaps if possible.

    Here is a photo of steps 3-6 from left to right. Wire, pipe cleaner, floral tape and ribbon.

     

     

     

     



    Soon you'll have all your "flowers" all ready to go. There are a lot of steps, but they go relatively quick. {Except for the ribbon gluing part - or is that just me? Shortcuts are welcome!}

     

     

     

     



    7. Assemble all the "flowers" you have made into a bouquet. This part is also tricky because you will feel like you don't have enough hands. If you can hold the bunch in one hand and add to it with the other, you will start to see what the flowers look like grouped together.

    Don't worry about making this perfect but do take the time to put items together that you may want together or look good and fit well next to each other.

     

     

     

     



    Once you do this you'll have all different lengths of the stems. I just cut them off with wire cutters and scissors.

     

     

     

     



    8. Next I simply used First Aid clear tape to tape the bunch together. You can use anything that you feel is strong enough. First I tried to use the wire to hold it together but that wasn't the best option in my opinion.
     

     

     

     

     



    Sorry for the blurry photo - again! At this step you will see just how much or little pipe cleaner/floral tape/ribbon you need to use on each "stem". If most of it is covered, it can be a waste of material and time. It all depends on how your "flowers" fit together and how you want it to look.

    9. Next I glued ribbon onto the handle to cover the tape. Fist I made little tufts at the top.

     

     

     

     



    Then I cut two short lengths to over the bottom of the handle.

     

     

     

     



    Finally I started gluing the ribbon around the handle to totally cover it up. The glue didn't bleed through my ribbon, but be careful of that, it could happen.

    Be careful with this part too, because this is the final ribbon you will see on the outside of the handle. You want the wrapped ribbon to be even.

    After that dries and your bouquet is all together, you are done!

     

     

    Feel free to add your own additional ribbon or embellishments. Those can add a special touch.

     

     

     

     



    I had a fun time making this and welcome questions and suggestions on improving the process. {After all I have to make mine soon, it will be lots bigger!}

    Some of these pins were my grandmothers and mom's so my sister really liked using it and we got lots of positive comments.

     

     

     

     


    We also thought this could be something you keps around your house as decoration, since it won't die like real flowers.

     

     

    Thanks for reading! See more photos of this process here.

     

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  • My husband and I got married on August 16, 2008, and I was dumbfounded at the various costs of a wedding. Even after planning large events in my professional life for years, nothing had prepared me for the costs of adding the label "wedding" to anything you might need to buy or rent.

    I'm here with some encouraging news, though. You can have that special wedding that you've dreamed about even on the minutest of budgets without having to sacrifice on elegance. The key is to go handmade on as much as you can. My whole wedding, including all of the homemade items shown below, cost only $8,000, which is less than half the national average of $21,814, according to The Wedding Report.

    The best part of going handmade is that you end up with a highly personalized and unique wedding that welcomes your guests to get to know your joint personality as a couple for perhaps the very first time. To me, that's even better than the money you'll save.   Here are some of my handmade, money-saving wedding tips: Don't skimp on the wedding theme
    Before you purchase anything, spend some extra time thinking about the elements you want to define your wedding experience, and then let these elements guide you through all of your wedding arrangements. This can be your colors, flower choices, personality (fun, sophisticated, etc.), or lifestyle (outdoorsy, beachy, etc.) in any combination.


    For our wedding, I chose hydrangeas because the blooms are so large that you basically get a bouquet-sized arrangement for the price of one flower. I love the look of blue hydrangeas, so I picked two shades of light blue for my overall wedding colors. I also wanted to play off the idea of love birds for our reception and show our fun and laid-back personalities. This combination of hydrangeas, blue, love birds, and fun/laid-back style gave me plenty of detailed elements to work with as I started to make handmade items to carry out this theme. As I shopped for wedding bargains and craft supplies, I always asked myself if the item(s) up for consideration tied in with the theme, and if they didn't, then they weren't a good deal. This will greatly simplify decision making and help your wedding achieve a consistent feel.
    Try not to purchase "wedding" items
    Like I mentioned earlier, the word "wedding" comes at a premium price. Just about anything for your wedding except maybe your apparel can be created with a little out-of-the-box thinking. Consider your ring-bearer pillow. It's just a pillow with rings tied to it. I made the pillow below by hand sewing (I'm not very good with a sewing machine) two pieces of felt together embellished with a few blue buttons - items that I happened to have lying around.


    How about your guest book? You want to record your guests' attendance, but those little books are so pricey, especially if you only need a few pages like I did. Instead, I used a well-wishes tree. I cut out little squares of paper with blue birds printed on them and attached a string of ribbon to the top. Guests were encouraged to write a little message on the cards and tie them on the tree. This tree created an interesting centerpiece for my welcome table, too, saving me money on my florist bill, which brings me to my next tip.



    Let wedding items serve multiple purposes
    You can't beat a two-for-one deal. Just like the well-wishes tree was able to be both the wedding guest book and a large table arrangement, there are plenty of other ways to let items serve double duty. For example, my wedding favors doubled as placecards. I found little nests and oval soaps online. Then I printed the guests' names on little strips of paper with blue birds in the background and secured them around the nests.


    The one area where I splurged on professional printing was my invitations. I needed a way for guests to RSVP and also include a map to the venues. Instead of having two coordinating cards printed, I simply had one tiny card printed with a URL for guests to RSVP and print custom directions. The Wedding Channel has a great interface for letting you set up a custom website for free with RSVP functionality, uploading maps, etc. I was able to let one card serve as the map and RSVP card, saving me on printing, extra envelopes, and postage. Plus, many of my guests commented on how much more convenient the website was for them, and I thought this method fit in with our laid-back style perfectly.


    Use what you already have in new ways
    There's no better way to add personal flair to your wedding and save money than by using items you already own and love. Run around your house and try to look at everything with a fresh pair of eyes, keeping your wedding theme in mind. After speaking with florists, I found that I could save quite a bit by providing my own containers for flower arrangements. My mom had given me these cute cream-colored fluted bowls years ago as a gift, and my friend Brandi decorated a bridal shower she threw for me with large birds' nests and graciously gave them to me afterwards. I was able to take these to my florist, and he created some one-of-a-kind arrangements with my own containers that perfectly fit my theme. If you do this, it's a good idea to put labels on the bottoms of your containers letting guests know they should be returned to you. Sometimes, wedding guests like to take centerpieces as a souvenirs, which is fine, as long as you get them back once the flowers are past their prime.


    My reception seating chart was also made from found items at my house. Instead of a fancy printed chart, I mounted slips of paper with table numbers and guest names to a basket-weave tray with pearl-embellished hat pins. I happened to have a little easel to hold it up, too.

    I know these tips can help you have a beautifully coordinated and personalized wedding, no matter how large or small your wedding budget is.

    About the Author: Betsy Pruitt

    After the wedding, I missed planning an event from start to finish and thinking about all of the little details that make a party shine.  It inspired me to create my own business, Belly Feathers, to help others have highly personalized events with lots of handmade love.  I plan special events remotely from start to finish and design one-of-a-kind invitations, decorations, party favors, and more.

     

    In addition to running Belly Feathers, my true passion, I work as a marketing communications manager focused on event planning, writing, and graphic design for a software company in high-tech Huntsville, AL. I bring over 10 years experience planning corporate and special events, both large and intimate, to my Belly Feathers friends (aka clients).

    Photos courtesy of B. Good Designs in Huntsville, AL, and K&R Photography of Leesburg, GA

     

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  • So I was trying to figure out how you get the tissues in the envelope...like what size you buy and all that, when I ran across this article over on weddingbee (Mrs. Sunrise)

    I have a fascination with Tears of Joy tissues, so I’m going to show you how I made my own.

    First, let’s talk about the materials that I used…

    Small glassine envelopes: glassine is a very thin and translucent type of paper which is similar to vellum, except glassine is water resistant (as well as air and grease resistant). If you have bought postage stamps from the post office before, that is what they put your stamps in.

    They are relatively cheap and can be purchased from a paper store. I purchased my glassine envelopes from eBay in the #3 size, which measures 4¼” x 2½”.

    Then I bought some personalized rectangle labels from beaucoup.com.

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    The kind that I bought is called Summer Garden and measures 2½” x 1¼”. I ordered my labels in pale pink.

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    My package from beaucoup arrived quickly. Hmm… I wonder what is inside?

     

    Can you guess?

    My labels, of course!!

    I was pleased with how they turned out.

    Equipped with some coupons, I went to Jo-Ann’s and scored some pretty pink & green ribbon.

    I just used regular ol’ pocket Kleenex. They fit in the envelopes perfectly.

     

    I figured that 2 sheets of tissue per envelope was enough to wipe away some happy tears. 

     

    Bridesmaid N happened to be in town one weekend so I immediately put her to work stuffing the envelopes. We were being neat freaks and taking our time so it took a lot longer than it should have, but it’s nice to have some help because it cuts the workload in half. After Bridesmaid N left, I finished up the envelopes with the labels and ribbon. Here are the six easy steps:

    1) Cut the ribbon into 7″ strips and set them aside.

     

    2) Turn the stuffed envelope over and stick a label to the flap.

    3) Flip it back over and affix a ribbon to one end of the label.

    4) Close the flap and press down the right side of the label while leaving the left side of the label up.

     

    5) Pull the ribbon around the back of the envelope and bring it around to the left side of the raised label.

    6) Tuck it under the label and press down. Voila! All done.

    This is what the other side of the finished tissue packets look like.

    And there you have it. Simple and neat.

    If you decide to make your own, please show me! I would love to see how great yours turn out.

     

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  • Copy, paste, and edit your article here. The text from the topic is reproduced below for your convenience:

    DIY Hand Painted Family Sign by Addicted 2 Decorationg.

    Another great DIY project from Kristi!  I think this will be my next project instead buying a sign from Etsy. 



    1. Using my hand held circular saw, I cut pieces of MDF to the desired sizes.

    2. Next, I painted two coats of primer on the MDF. And then I used one coat of the base color. I just used some leftover wall paint in a satin finish.


    4. Next, I took my sign lettering that was printed out from my computer, and taped the sections together . I then cut away all of the extra blank paper around the edges of the lettering.


    5. Using a #2 pencil, I "colored" the back side of the sign lettering. I went over it a couple of times to assure that it was well-coated.

    6. Once it was coated well, I placed the lettering right-side-up on the painted MDF. I used a ruler to make sure the lettering was straight across.


    7. And then I used a sharp pencil to trace the lettering onto the MDF.



    8. Once everything was traced, I was ready to start painting. I used tiny round craft brushes, and an assortment of paint colors of Behr sample paint pots in a matte finish.


    9. The swirlies at the top I actually painted first with a light aqua color. I hated how it looked with the yellow, so I went back to Home Depot and got a deeper color. However, it happened to be a very happy accident that I had that lighter color underneath the darker color.

    10. After everything was painted, it still looked horrible, so I got a big fat Sharpie marker (a Super Sharpie with a pointed tip), and started randomly outlining various parts of the lettering, thinking it would make it "pop". It just made it look cheap. But determined to see it through to the end, I continued to outline, but the more I did, the more careless I got. Still, I was convinced that it was headed for the dumpster.

    11. Knowing that it couldn't get any worse, I decided to give one last idea a try--giving it an aged look with some sandpaper. I used 150 grit sandpaper and just started sanding (manually--not with my electric sander), and right before my eyes, a miracle occurred.

    So that's it! Well, I attached the two sections with some eye screws...and then it was finished!!

     

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  • Not sure how to trim down your wedding budget? No one will notice if you don'thave these extra wedding frills

    By: Sharon Naylor

     



    Photo by Festivities Event

    EXTRA CEREMONY DECOR: Skip altar flowers, pew decorations, swags of fabric and a custom-designed aisle runner to save a bit. Besides, your guests will spend the majority of the wedding at the reception.

    VANITY RECEPTION DECOR: Do you really need to splurge on having your names spelled out in roses on the lawn? Do you need silk table runners, imprinted with your names and wedding date? Probably not, even if you really, really want it. Skip a custom-designed monogram projected on the dance floor in favor of clustered candles and votives to provide the same glowing ambiance.

    AN ORNATELY DESIGNED CAKE: Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on sugarpaste flowers, butterflies, piped-on pearls or a replica of the lace pattern on your dress. The amount of labor the cake requires generally determines its cost, so opt for sleek, clean lines and minimal extras.

    SOUPED-UP INVITATIONS: Check out a discount site like invitations4sale.com for 40% off, or use software and paper from mountaincow.com to make your own items for much less.

    HIGH-END TRANSPORTATION: It’s expensive to rent limousines, classic cars and party buses, plus overtime charges can pile up. Instead, decorate your own or your friends’ cars, convertibles or even minivans for fun rides to the ceremony and reception. If you can't live without the limo, hire just two: one for you, one for the parents.

    OVER-THE-TOP ENTERTAINMENT: Generally speaking, DJs cost significantly less than  bands, but if you insist on live performance, look for a group with just three musicians who can play different instruments. Or program your iPod with your favorite tunes—just make sure the venue is equipped with good speakers.

    FRIVOLOUS FAVORS: Treat your guests to edibles, like cookies or chocolates, with DIY labels that show guests how much time you (and your fiancé) put into them. Or try packets of flower seeds from Home Depot or Lowes—they retail for around $2 each. Feeling gratuitous? Make charitable donations in your guests’ names, providing is a tasteful and cost-effective solution to what to give.

     

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  • Photos and Project Creation by Victoria Hudgins


    Leave your guests with a scrumptious snack for the morning time and they will be pleased they stayed up to party with you the night before!  Hand out gifts of your favorite mini-loaf wrapped up with the world's best butter drizzle.



     


    Ingredients & Materials

    Mini loafs of bread- one per guest or family, brown butcher paper and kitchen twine for wrapping, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and small jars to store the drizzle (I found mine in packs of four at Ikea). 


     


     


    Step One

    Make your mini loaves the week prior and store them in air tight containers. Use your favorite recipe or one from a box.  I made mine from a box mix and got quite a few compliments when serving the bread. If you have a special family recipe, it's a perfect opportunity to pass it along!


     


    Step Two

    Wrap the mini loaves in brown butcher paper and tie with kitchen twine.



     


    Step Three

    The buttery drizzle is really the special favor for your guests; it is sure to liven up their morning. To make one serving, combine 1 tablespoon of melted butter with a hearty drizzle of honey, 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg.



     


    Step Four

    Store the buttery drizzle in glass jars and package with the bread.  Be sure to put a 'warm up and stir before using' note along with the package and maybe even include a printout of the recipes. 


     

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  • Your guests will love these fresh and modern favors -- that they can keep forever! We filled tiny zinc pots with succulents and wrote the name of each guest on the pot with white paint. Eventually, your guests will be able to re-pot these or plant the succulents in a garden as they grow larger. The paint is easily removed with a damp cloth so the container can be re-used. It's a perfect way to show your guests that you love them and also love the earth! Enjoy!



    Here's what you will need:

    4" pot of succulents (will fill about 8, 3" containers)
    3" round zinc containers
    pea gravel or small rocks
    white paint pen




    1. Write the name of each guest on the zinc pots.
    2. Divide succulents from 4" pots. Be sure to grab their roots when you do this.
    3. Add 1 layer of small rocks or pea gravel to the bottom of the zinc pot.
    4. Add a handful of soil.
    5. Add two little succulents and plant them with additional soil into the pot.
    6. Add rocks on top.

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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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  • A while back I blogged about wanting to DIY some memory bouquet charms for my grandparents, grandfather & cousin for my wedding day ('member?).   Well this week I got busy on my most sentimental DIY project to date! First, I ordered an incredibly cute glass pendant kit from {the fabulous} Annie Howes.   I ordered it from her ETSY store, but you can purchase from her site too.   I received my kit really quickly & got to work!

     

     

    I had a few pictures of my family members lying around so I scanned them into my computer and played with the size until they were tiny enough to fit into the glass pendant.

     

     

    I left enough white space around the pictures so I could trim it later! :)

     

     

    Then, I applied the "Diamond Glaze" inside of my kit (you have to work quickly with this stuff). Annie said not to skimp on it...so I let the glaze flow! lol!

     

     

     

     

    I centered my glass pendant with my picture and pressed down hard!

     

     

    Then I took my x-acto blade and trimmed it down (I used the #11 blade). & Voila! My memory bouquet charms were complete! I am EXTREMELY proud of this project & the ease of actually doing it was unbelievable. The fact that I'll have my family members with me on my big day is HUGE to me! :)   On the wedding day!   CIAO Ebonee Monique

     

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  • While reading a blog a while back I saw this amazing idea for a wedding bouquet. It was to use pins and brooches that looked like flowers to create a bouquet instead of real flowers. I thought this was sentimental and unique, not to mention the perfect craft for DIY brides like me.

    I've seen a few of these online. Here are some of my favorites. It's helpful to see them so you know what I'm talking about. I love both the autumn tones of the one on the left and the classy black and white on the right.

    Photo by Alice Hu Photography

    Since my sister was getting married in February, I thought I could make her one as something special for her day, not to mention it would be good practice for making my own for my fall wedding.

    Here is what her bouquet turned out like.

    It was pretty small because that's how I wanted it. But these can be made any size.

    I decided to try and make one of these after seeing them online {and getting a quote from a professional in a range out of my budget} and I hope this tutorial helps you make one.

    And now, a run down of supplies you will need and a tutorial for to make these on your own. Stick with me, this will be long! {But fun I promise :-) }

    Supplies You Need

    Brooches, pins and other pieces to use as the "flowers". Some ways you can get them are at thrift stores, ebay, and jewelry stores like Claires. Friends and family might start giving them to you if you ask. Remember though if you want to keep this bouquet forever and not take it apart, be sure to ask friends if you can keep the jewelry. I also plan to order some for my own bouquet through the bridal salon where I got my dress. They have a jewelry section and can order pieces for you.

    Since I had started collecting my own pins, I already had some to use for my sister's bouquet. She was having a civil ceremony and wanted to keep things simple, so I made hers on the smaller side. Once you start assembling the pins you can basically make the bouquet any size you'd like.

    A headband, some clips, a ring and other pins. You can use all of these things. {I didn't end up using the butterflies, but aren't they cute?}

    Wire. I tried differnt types of wire, which can be found at craft stores and home improvement stores. The lower the number on the gauge, the thicker the wire is. At first I tried 16 because I wanted to make sure the "stems" of the flowers would stay, but it proved to be too difficult to wrap around the pins. I ended up using 19 gauge silver wire.


    Pipe cleaners. I got some packages from the dollar store. They came in packs of 45 so I got the black and white since I wanted the white to blend in to what was going to be my flower stem. These were 12 inches long.


    Floral tape. I also got this in white, although you can find a lot of green. The flower tape is from Joanns.


    Wire cutters and wire tools. You can also find these at craft stores. Check the floral aisle, the tools there were cheaper than in the jewelry section for some reason. I had some tools but ended up buying a combo cutter, pliers from Joanns.

    Ribbon. In any color you would like. I used two colors of two widths, one about 1 inch and one 2 inches wide. One to wrap the stems, one to wrap the total "handle" of the bouquet.

    Glue gun and glue sticks. These items can also be found at craft stores. I used this to glue the ribbon on to the stems.

    Miscellaneous supplies I used were clear tape, scissors and paper towels for the glue gun.

    Now that you have everything you need, let's get started!

    How To Make a Brooch/Pin/Jewelry Bouquet

    1. First I cleaned all the pins. Since I got some online and in thrift stores, I wanted to make sure they were clean. A mild soap will work. Make sure you let them dry well.

    This is the group of pins I started with. I didn't use them all. Depending on what size you want the bouquet to be, you can use up to 50 pins {as was recommended to me by a professional who makes them}.


    2. Hot glue the pins closed. This is helpful so that when you are working with the pins, the clasps don't open and you risk the wire falling off or the pin moving {or it stabbing you in the finger}. I literally put a small glob of glue over the closed clasp in the back so they were glued shut.

    3. Wrap the wire around the back of the pin to create your "stem". This step might take you the longest, but don't give up! I worked with the wire a lot. It can get frustrating but it will work! Basically you want to secure the wire to the pin and make a stem.
     


    First I started off with 18 inches of wire, but this proved to be longer than I needed. You can give yourself room to work with the wire and cut any length you need. Towards the end I was only cutting and using 12 inches of wire. This included the part I "wrapped" around the back of the pin.


    Keep in mind all pins are different. I used a ring in mine set and I liked it because the extra ring part gave me something to secure the wire to so it was stable. You can choose any pins/jewelry you want and most will work.

    Some of the wire I wrapped went on the top of the pin, meaning it was visible from the top. I tried to avoid this but some pins will not allow that.

    Basically you want to hide the wire under the pin so it's not seen. Practice to see what works best for your pins. {Sorry about the blurry photo}

    I made sure to wrap the wire tightly so it the pin wouldn't wobble on the "stem". This is tricky, but it can be done!

    4. Next, wrap the stem with a pipe cleaner. This is to make the stem thicker and give it some support. I ended up using only 1 pipe cleaner for each flower. You don't have to wrap it tightly, just wrap it as it allows.

    This is what it will look like after it is wrapped with pipe cleaner. That is about 8 inches of pipe cleaner total length after it is wrapped.

    5. Wrap the stem with floral tape. This is to cover the pipe cleaner and again, provide support to the stem. You can tape the end of the floral tape to itself at the bottom. I covered my stems to the end of the pipe cleaner.

    6. Hot glue ribbon to the stems. This was the part that makes the stems look like they belong in a bouquet! This is to cover the floral tape and provide something pretty if your stems show when you finally assemble the whole bouquet.


    In some photos I saw of these online, I didn't see stems at all. Obviously that can be done, but this small bouquet came out differently. Depending on how you are assembling these, you might be able to skip this part.

    You don't want to pull the ribbon too tight, but you want it to be closely around the stem without any gaps if possible.

    Here is a photo of steps 3-6 from left to right. Wire, pipe cleaner, floral tape and ribbon.

     

     

     

     



    Soon you'll have all your "flowers" all ready to go. There are a lot of steps, but they go relatively quick. {Except for the ribbon gluing part - or is that just me? Shortcuts are welcome!}

     

     

     

     



    7. Assemble all the "flowers" you have made into a bouquet. This part is also tricky because you will feel like you don't have enough hands. If you can hold the bunch in one hand and add to it with the other, you will start to see what the flowers look like grouped together.

    Don't worry about making this perfect but do take the time to put items together that you may want together or look good and fit well next to each other.

     

     

     

     



    Once you do this you'll have all different lengths of the stems. I just cut them off with wire cutters and scissors.

     

     

     

     



    8. Next I simply used First Aid clear tape to tape the bunch together. You can use anything that you feel is strong enough. First I tried to use the wire to hold it together but that wasn't the best option in my opinion.
     

     

     

     

     



    Sorry for the blurry photo - again! At this step you will see just how much or little pipe cleaner/floral tape/ribbon you need to use on each "stem". If most of it is covered, it can be a waste of material and time. It all depends on how your "flowers" fit together and how you want it to look.

    9. Next I glued ribbon onto the handle to cover the tape. Fist I made little tufts at the top.

     

     

     

     



    Then I cut two short lengths to over the bottom of the handle.

     

     

     

     



    Finally I started gluing the ribbon around the handle to totally cover it up. The glue didn't bleed through my ribbon, but be careful of that, it could happen.

    Be careful with this part too, because this is the final ribbon you will see on the outside of the handle. You want the wrapped ribbon to be even.

    After that dries and your bouquet is all together, you are done!

     

     

    Feel free to add your own additional ribbon or embellishments. Those can add a special touch.

     

     

     

     



    I had a fun time making this and welcome questions and suggestions on improving the process. {After all I have to make mine soon, it will be lots bigger!}

    Some of these pins were my grandmothers and mom's so my sister really liked using it and we got lots of positive comments.

     

     

     

     


    We also thought this could be something you keps around your house as decoration, since it won't die like real flowers.

     

     

    Thanks for reading! See more photos of this process here.

     

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  • My husband and I got married on August 16, 2008, and I was dumbfounded at the various costs of a wedding. Even after planning large events in my professional life for years, nothing had prepared me for the costs of adding the label "wedding" to anything you might need to buy or rent.

    I'm here with some encouraging news, though. You can have that special wedding that you've dreamed about even on the minutest of budgets without having to sacrifice on elegance. The key is to go handmade on as much as you can. My whole wedding, including all of the homemade items shown below, cost only $8,000, which is less than half the national average of $21,814, according to The Wedding Report.

    The best part of going handmade is that you end up with a highly personalized and unique wedding that welcomes your guests to get to know your joint personality as a couple for perhaps the very first time. To me, that's even better than the money you'll save.   Here are some of my handmade, money-saving wedding tips: Don't skimp on the wedding theme
    Before you purchase anything, spend some extra time thinking about the elements you want to define your wedding experience, and then let these elements guide you through all of your wedding arrangements. This can be your colors, flower choices, personality (fun, sophisticated, etc.), or lifestyle (outdoorsy, beachy, etc.) in any combination.


    For our wedding, I chose hydrangeas because the blooms are so large that you basically get a bouquet-sized arrangement for the price of one flower. I love the look of blue hydrangeas, so I picked two shades of light blue for my overall wedding colors. I also wanted to play off the idea of love birds for our reception and show our fun and laid-back personalities. This combination of hydrangeas, blue, love birds, and fun/laid-back style gave me plenty of detailed elements to work with as I started to make handmade items to carry out this theme. As I shopped for wedding bargains and craft supplies, I always asked myself if the item(s) up for consideration tied in with the theme, and if they didn't, then they weren't a good deal. This will greatly simplify decision making and help your wedding achieve a consistent feel.
    Try not to purchase "wedding" items
    Like I mentioned earlier, the word "wedding" comes at a premium price. Just about anything for your wedding except maybe your apparel can be created with a little out-of-the-box thinking. Consider your ring-bearer pillow. It's just a pillow with rings tied to it. I made the pillow below by hand sewing (I'm not very good with a sewing machine) two pieces of felt together embellished with a few blue buttons - items that I happened to have lying around.


    How about your guest book? You want to record your guests' attendance, but those little books are so pricey, especially if you only need a few pages like I did. Instead, I used a well-wishes tree. I cut out little squares of paper with blue birds printed on them and attached a string of ribbon to the top. Guests were encouraged to write a little message on the cards and tie them on the tree. This tree created an interesting centerpiece for my welcome table, too, saving me money on my florist bill, which brings me to my next tip.



    Let wedding items serve multiple purposes
    You can't beat a two-for-one deal. Just like the well-wishes tree was able to be both the wedding guest book and a large table arrangement, there are plenty of other ways to let items serve double duty. For example, my wedding favors doubled as placecards. I found little nests and oval soaps online. Then I printed the guests' names on little strips of paper with blue birds in the background and secured them around the nests.


    The one area where I splurged on professional printing was my invitations. I needed a way for guests to RSVP and also include a map to the venues. Instead of having two coordinating cards printed, I simply had one tiny card printed with a URL for guests to RSVP and print custom directions. The Wedding Channel has a great interface for letting you set up a custom website for free with RSVP functionality, uploading maps, etc. I was able to let one card serve as the map and RSVP card, saving me on printing, extra envelopes, and postage. Plus, many of my guests commented on how much more convenient the website was for them, and I thought this method fit in with our laid-back style perfectly.


    Use what you already have in new ways
    There's no better way to add personal flair to your wedding and save money than by using items you already own and love. Run around your house and try to look at everything with a fresh pair of eyes, keeping your wedding theme in mind. After speaking with florists, I found that I could save quite a bit by providing my own containers for flower arrangements. My mom had given me these cute cream-colored fluted bowls years ago as a gift, and my friend Brandi decorated a bridal shower she threw for me with large birds' nests and graciously gave them to me afterwards. I was able to take these to my florist, and he created some one-of-a-kind arrangements with my own containers that perfectly fit my theme. If you do this, it's a good idea to put labels on the bottoms of your containers letting guests know they should be returned to you. Sometimes, wedding guests like to take centerpieces as a souvenirs, which is fine, as long as you get them back once the flowers are past their prime.


    My reception seating chart was also made from found items at my house. Instead of a fancy printed chart, I mounted slips of paper with table numbers and guest names to a basket-weave tray with pearl-embellished hat pins. I happened to have a little easel to hold it up, too.

    I know these tips can help you have a beautifully coordinated and personalized wedding, no matter how large or small your wedding budget is.

    About the Author: Betsy Pruitt

    After the wedding, I missed planning an event from start to finish and thinking about all of the little details that make a party shine.  It inspired me to create my own business, Belly Feathers, to help others have highly personalized events with lots of handmade love.  I plan special events remotely from start to finish and design one-of-a-kind invitations, decorations, party favors, and more.

     

    In addition to running Belly Feathers, my true passion, I work as a marketing communications manager focused on event planning, writing, and graphic design for a software company in high-tech Huntsville, AL. I bring over 10 years experience planning corporate and special events, both large and intimate, to my Belly Feathers friends (aka clients).

    Photos courtesy of B. Good Designs in Huntsville, AL, and K&R Photography of Leesburg, GA

     

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  • So I was trying to figure out how you get the tissues in the envelope...like what size you buy and all that, when I ran across this article over on weddingbee (Mrs. Sunrise)

    I have a fascination with Tears of Joy tissues, so I’m going to show you how I made my own.

    First, let’s talk about the materials that I used…

    Small glassine envelopes: glassine is a very thin and translucent type of paper which is similar to vellum, except glassine is water resistant (as well as air and grease resistant). If you have bought postage stamps from the post office before, that is what they put your stamps in.

    They are relatively cheap and can be purchased from a paper store. I purchased my glassine envelopes from eBay in the #3 size, which measures 4¼” x 2½”.

    Then I bought some personalized rectangle labels from beaucoup.com.

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    The kind that I bought is called Summer Garden and measures 2½” x 1¼”. I ordered my labels in pale pink.

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    My package from beaucoup arrived quickly. Hmm… I wonder what is inside?

     

    Can you guess?

    My labels, of course!!

    I was pleased with how they turned out.

    Equipped with some coupons, I went to Jo-Ann’s and scored some pretty pink & green ribbon.

    I just used regular ol’ pocket Kleenex. They fit in the envelopes perfectly.

     

    I figured that 2 sheets of tissue per envelope was enough to wipe away some happy tears. 

     

    Bridesmaid N happened to be in town one weekend so I immediately put her to work stuffing the envelopes. We were being neat freaks and taking our time so it took a lot longer than it should have, but it’s nice to have some help because it cuts the workload in half. After Bridesmaid N left, I finished up the envelopes with the labels and ribbon. Here are the six easy steps:

    1) Cut the ribbon into 7″ strips and set them aside.

     

    2) Turn the stuffed envelope over and stick a label to the flap.

    3) Flip it back over and affix a ribbon to one end of the label.

    4) Close the flap and press down the right side of the label while leaving the left side of the label up.

     

    5) Pull the ribbon around the back of the envelope and bring it around to the left side of the raised label.

    6) Tuck it under the label and press down. Voila! All done.

    This is what the other side of the finished tissue packets look like.

    And there you have it. Simple and neat.

    If you decide to make your own, please show me! I would love to see how great yours turn out.

     

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  • Copy, paste, and edit your article here. The text from the topic is reproduced below for your convenience:

    DIY Hand Painted Family Sign by Addicted 2 Decorationg.

    Another great DIY project from Kristi!  I think this will be my next project instead buying a sign from Etsy. 



    1. Using my hand held circular saw, I cut pieces of MDF to the desired sizes.

    2. Next, I painted two coats of primer on the MDF. And then I used one coat of the base color. I just used some leftover wall paint in a satin finish.


    4. Next, I took my sign lettering that was printed out from my computer, and taped the sections together . I then cut away all of the extra blank paper around the edges of the lettering.


    5. Using a #2 pencil, I "colored" the back side of the sign lettering. I went over it a couple of times to assure that it was well-coated.

    6. Once it was coated well, I placed the lettering right-side-up on the painted MDF. I used a ruler to make sure the lettering was straight across.


    7. And then I used a sharp pencil to trace the lettering onto the MDF.



    8. Once everything was traced, I was ready to start painting. I used tiny round craft brushes, and an assortment of paint colors of Behr sample paint pots in a matte finish.


    9. The swirlies at the top I actually painted first with a light aqua color. I hated how it looked with the yellow, so I went back to Home Depot and got a deeper color. However, it happened to be a very happy accident that I had that lighter color underneath the darker color.

    10. After everything was painted, it still looked horrible, so I got a big fat Sharpie marker (a Super Sharpie with a pointed tip), and started randomly outlining various parts of the lettering, thinking it would make it "pop". It just made it look cheap. But determined to see it through to the end, I continued to outline, but the more I did, the more careless I got. Still, I was convinced that it was headed for the dumpster.

    11. Knowing that it couldn't get any worse, I decided to give one last idea a try--giving it an aged look with some sandpaper. I used 150 grit sandpaper and just started sanding (manually--not with my electric sander), and right before my eyes, a miracle occurred.

    So that's it! Well, I attached the two sections with some eye screws...and then it was finished!!

     

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  • Not sure how to trim down your wedding budget? No one will notice if you don'thave these extra wedding frills

    By: Sharon Naylor

     



    Photo by Festivities Event

    EXTRA CEREMONY DECOR: Skip altar flowers, pew decorations, swags of fabric and a custom-designed aisle runner to save a bit. Besides, your guests will spend the majority of the wedding at the reception.

    VANITY RECEPTION DECOR: Do you really need to splurge on having your names spelled out in roses on the lawn? Do you need silk table runners, imprinted with your names and wedding date? Probably not, even if you really, really want it. Skip a custom-designed monogram projected on the dance floor in favor of clustered candles and votives to provide the same glowing ambiance.

    AN ORNATELY DESIGNED CAKE: Don’t spend hundreds of dollars on sugarpaste flowers, butterflies, piped-on pearls or a replica of the lace pattern on your dress. The amount of labor the cake requires generally determines its cost, so opt for sleek, clean lines and minimal extras.

    SOUPED-UP INVITATIONS: Check out a discount site like invitations4sale.com for 40% off, or use software and paper from mountaincow.com to make your own items for much less.

    HIGH-END TRANSPORTATION: It’s expensive to rent limousines, classic cars and party buses, plus overtime charges can pile up. Instead, decorate your own or your friends’ cars, convertibles or even minivans for fun rides to the ceremony and reception. If you can't live without the limo, hire just two: one for you, one for the parents.

    OVER-THE-TOP ENTERTAINMENT: Generally speaking, DJs cost significantly less than  bands, but if you insist on live performance, look for a group with just three musicians who can play different instruments. Or program your iPod with your favorite tunes—just make sure the venue is equipped with good speakers.

    FRIVOLOUS FAVORS: Treat your guests to edibles, like cookies or chocolates, with DIY labels that show guests how much time you (and your fiancé) put into them. Or try packets of flower seeds from Home Depot or Lowes—they retail for around $2 each. Feeling gratuitous? Make charitable donations in your guests’ names, providing is a tasteful and cost-effective solution to what to give.

     

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  • Photos and Project Creation by Victoria Hudgins


    Leave your guests with a scrumptious snack for the morning time and they will be pleased they stayed up to party with you the night before!  Hand out gifts of your favorite mini-loaf wrapped up with the world's best butter drizzle.



     


    Ingredients & Materials

    Mini loafs of bread- one per guest or family, brown butcher paper and kitchen twine for wrapping, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, butter, and small jars to store the drizzle (I found mine in packs of four at Ikea). 


     


     


    Step One

    Make your mini loaves the week prior and store them in air tight containers. Use your favorite recipe or one from a box.  I made mine from a box mix and got quite a few compliments when serving the bread. If you have a special family recipe, it's a perfect opportunity to pass it along!


     


    Step Two

    Wrap the mini loaves in brown butcher paper and tie with kitchen twine.



     


    Step Three

    The buttery drizzle is really the special favor for your guests; it is sure to liven up their morning. To make one serving, combine 1 tablespoon of melted butter with a hearty drizzle of honey, 1/2 a teaspoon of cinnamon, and 1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg.



     


    Step Four

    Store the buttery drizzle in glass jars and package with the bread.  Be sure to put a 'warm up and stir before using' note along with the package and maybe even include a printout of the recipes. 


     

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  • Your guests will love these fresh and modern favors -- that they can keep forever! We filled tiny zinc pots with succulents and wrote the name of each guest on the pot with white paint. Eventually, your guests will be able to re-pot these or plant the succulents in a garden as they grow larger. The paint is easily removed with a damp cloth so the container can be re-used. It's a perfect way to show your guests that you love them and also love the earth! Enjoy!



    Here's what you will need:

    4" pot of succulents (will fill about 8, 3" containers)
    3" round zinc containers
    pea gravel or small rocks
    white paint pen




    1. Write the name of each guest on the zinc pots.
    2. Divide succulents from 4" pots. Be sure to grab their roots when you do this.
    3. Add 1 layer of small rocks or pea gravel to the bottom of the zinc pot.
    4. Add a handful of soil.
    5. Add two little succulents and plant them with additional soil into the pot.
    6. Add rocks on top.

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