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DIY Wedding Ideas


  • Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography

    PRESENTATION

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

    CANDY

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

    CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES

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

    WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

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

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

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

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

     

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


    Basic DIY Card Boxes 


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


    Unique DIY Card Boxes 


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


    Tips for DIY Card Boxes 


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


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

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

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

    Materials:

     

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

    Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    For more DIY projects, visit my blog!

     

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  • SUPPLIES:

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

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

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

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

    -Rubber cement

    -Hot glue gun

    -Thin, brown satin ribbon

    -2-3" sand dollar shells

    -Stapler

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

    -Paper trimmer with cutting and scoring blade.

    DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

    Basho can be purchased online:

     

    Hiromi Paper

    Kate's Paperie 

    Paper.com 

    Paper Mojo

     

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

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

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

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

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

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

    2. Cut off one end of the envelope. 

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

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

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

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

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

     

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


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



     


    Table:


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


    Centerpieces:


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


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


     


    Table Settings:


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


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


     



    Event Décor:


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


    Paper Candy:


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

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



    Step 1


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


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

    Step 2


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


    Step 3


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

    Step 4


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




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


     

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  • 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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  • Photos by This Love of Yours... Photography

    PRESENTATION

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

    CANDY

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

    CONTAINERS AND SUPPLIES

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

    WHERE TO BUY SUPPLIES

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

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

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

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

     

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


    Basic DIY Card Boxes 


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


    Unique DIY Card Boxes 


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


    Tips for DIY Card Boxes 


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


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

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

    Source

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

    Materials:

     

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

    Instructions:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

     

     

    For more DIY projects, visit my blog!

     

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  • SUPPLIES:

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

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

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

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

    -Rubber cement

    -Hot glue gun

    -Thin, brown satin ribbon

    -2-3" sand dollar shells

    -Stapler

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

    -Paper trimmer with cutting and scoring blade.

    DIRECTIONS:

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

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

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

    Basho can be purchased online:

     

    Hiromi Paper

    Kate's Paperie 

    Paper.com 

    Paper Mojo

     

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

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

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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

     

     

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

     

     

     

     

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  • {{SOURCE: HOW ABOUT ORANGE}}

     

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

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

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

    2. Cut off one end of the envelope. 

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

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

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

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

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

     

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


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



     


    Table:


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


    Centerpieces:


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


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


     


    Table Settings:


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


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


     



    Event Décor:


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


    Paper Candy:


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

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



    Step 1


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


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

    Step 2


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


    Step 3


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

    Step 4


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




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


     

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  • 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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