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Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien
Take the signature wedding cocktail one step further by creating your signature infusion. Using ingredients found in your home plus your favorite clear alcohol, you can further personalize your special wedding day beverage. You need not use top-shelf alcohol. Mid-price alcohols are just fine.
Recipe 1: Chai-Infused Vodka
Cinnamon sticks Cardamom pods Whole nutmeg Whole cloves Candied ginger Vodka of your choice (not pictured)
Recipe 2: Spice-Infused Tequila
Dried chili peppers Fresh jalepeno peppers Whole peppercorns Fresh cilantro Blanco tequila (not pictured)
Recipe 3: Citrus-Infused Gin
Candied grapefruit peel Lime zest Chopped lemon peel Sliced oranges Clear gin (not pictured)
Gather all your ingredients
Remove top from bottle. Glass bottles with small openings, such as swing top bottles or olive oil dispensers with pourers work best since they won’t allow solids to pour out easily. Thoroughly wash and dry your bottle.
Insert ingredients. The more you use, the stronger the flavor. Use less if you prefer a more subtle flavor.
Ingredients should fill approximately lower third of bottle.
Use small funnel to pour clear alcohol to top of bottle. Store in a cool, dry place (such as the fridge). Allow to steep at least four days and up to one month, shaking daily to disperse the flavors, until desired flavor is achieved.
Finished product. Combine with your favorite mixers.
The recipes presented here are only suggestions. Feel free to create your own using our infusion flavor guide, featuring infusion ingredients and the alcohol they pair best with.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Add a personal touch to your wedding invites with this simple but elegant DIY idea for watercolor envelope liners.
Materials:Envelopes Paper Pencil Glue dots Scissors Paint (plus water for thinning, if needed) Paintbrush
1. First, choose the envelope you'd like to use and pick a paper for the liner. Open the envelope and lay it flat on the liner paper. Trace the envelope on the liner paper. This is the initial shape that will be used as a guide for the actual liner.
2. Offset the envelope slightly below the initial tracing. This should be about a 1/2-inch internal margin to the tracing of the top flap. Trace the top flap. Now, create 1/8-inch internal margins on the right and left sides of the liner. Trace the sides of the envelope. You should now have a drawn shape that is similar to the shape of the flat envelope, just smaller.
3. Cut the shape out using the internal margins. Insert the liner into the envelope to check the sizing. Make any necessary tweaks. You can use this first liner as a template to create as many additional liners as you need.
4. After all the liners are cut out, you can paint them however you'd like. I diluted some acrylic paints and created an abstract watercolor effect for mine.
5. When your liners are fully dry, insert the liners into the envelopes and fold the liner to match the envelope fold. Use glue dots to adhere the liner to the envelope.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Make your wedding escort cards even more special with these fresh flower wreaths that display guest's names and table numbers. They smell great, look good hanging or displayed flat on a table, and double as a small favor for guests to take home. Want to make your own? Supplies: Floral Tape Velvet Ribbon Scissors Wire Clippers Vine Wrapped Craft Wire Fresh Flowers - Solidago, Phlox, Limonium-Caspia How-To: 1. Cut a piece of wire that is roughly nine inches long (this may vary depending on how large you want each wreath to be). 2. Bend the wire into a circle and twist the side around the circle you've created, to make it strong and secure. 3. Attach a few flowers to the circle at a time, using floral tape, and then stacking the next round of flowers on top of the tape from the last. Repeat this process until the circle is completely covered with flowers, and you cannot see any of the floral tape. 4. Cut a piece of ribbon for the top of the wreath. This can be used solely for decoration or as a way to hang each wreath on a wall or board. 5. Lastly, print table numbers and guest's names out onto card stock. Cut and attach to each wreath.
Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien
Everyone one loves a mini dessert, and with this DIY you can treat all your guests to lots and lots of mini cookies. We just love the mini milk bottles they are packaged in here, but you could easily use a cellophane treat bag or small box.
What You’ll Need:Wooden rolling pin Piping gel Sugar cookie recipe Fondant (in colors of your choosing) Small heart cookie cutter Food-use only paint brush Small acrylic rolling pin
Roll out sugar cookie dough with wood rolling pin, using extra flour if necessary to prevent sticking. Refrigerate until firm before proceeding to next step.
Use small heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts from dough. Scraps can be either re-rolled and used again immediately or shaped into a flattened disk, wrapped in plastic wrap, and frozen.
Space cookies on parchment-lined baking sheet and bake at 325, checking after 6 minutes for doneness. Remove from oven when a slight golden brown can be seen around the edges.
While cookies bake, roll fondant thin with small acrylic rolling pin. Cut small hearts using same heart-shaped cutter used for cookies.
Brush cookie with piping gel.
Place fondant heart on top of cookie, pressing gently so it adheres to cookie.
Display cookies in mini milk jars (we purchased them on Amazon) tied with matching ribbon.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Alisandra Photography
These cute, easy beverage accoutrements are perfect for cocktail hour at your wedding, bridal shower, dinner parties...the list goes on!
Ingredients:Edible Pansies (I purchased these from Terrain) Plastic Food Tray (I purchased this one from Displays2Go) Mini Ice Tray 6 Flat-Bottom Plastic Cups Designer Rocks or coins to fill the cups Beverage/Cocktail
The night before the event, fill the ice trays with water and place 2-3 pansies on top and place in the freezer.
Next, place the plastic cups on the tray. I placed three on each side and place the rocks/coins in the cups to weigh them down.
Fill the tray with water until it’s about ½ inch deep. Note: if you are using water tap water, you should pre-boil it to keep the water from being cloudy. I used bottled water to avoid having to boil the water.
Next, place the pansies in the water and space them out to your liking.
Place in the freezer overnight. When ready to use the pansy tray, remove the tray from the freezer and remove the rock/coins from the plastic cups. Pour a little hot water in the cup to remove it from the tray. Next, place the prepared drinks with the pansy ice cubes on the tray and you are ready to serve. I added a few fresh pansies to the tray as well.
There you have it!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson Photography Create these pretty posies for the mothers and grandmothers of the bride and groom to carry or pin on! Ingredients: Flowers (I used Dahlias, Seeded Eucalyptus, Craspedia Billy Balls, Coleus) Floral Tape Floral Pins Ribbons Scissors (for flowers and ribbon) How To: Step One: Begin with the “filler” flower: Coleus and Seeded Eucalyptus. Take a couple of stems of each and add a couple of blooms of the dahlias and add the billy balls. Step Two: Tape the stems together and cut them to your desired length. Step Three: Tie the stems with ribbon. There you have it - a cute posy to carry! Step Four: If you want to make a pin on posy (aka a corsage), follow the same steps above, but cut the stems shorter and add a ribbon and use the floral pin to pin on! Shown Above: Two posies to pin and one to carry. How lovely!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Coming up with a cute wedding favor that is also practical for guests can be a challenge, but there's no need to reinvent the wheel. Colorful notepads and unique pencils, dipped in gold or silver leaf are a great (affordable) option. And they're easy to put together too. Here's how you can make a useful gift for guests to take home for under $2 apiece.
Materials:Twig Pencils (which can be purchased at World Market—$4 for 12 pencils) Liquid Silver Leaf Notepads (which can be found at The Dollar Store—$1 for 4 notepads) Gift Tags Alphabet Stamps Stamp Pad Heart Stickers (Optional) Ribbon Scissors
1. Start by shaking the container of liquid leaf thoroughly. Then remove the lid and dip the end of the pencil in the liquid leaf.
2. Scrape the edges of pencil back into the container to remove as much excess as possible before laying it down to dry, in a well ventilated area. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for all of the pencils you want to dip.
3. While waiting for the pencils to dry, stamp gift tags with the name of each guest onto the front of the tag.
4. Then add a sticker and write the table number that each guest will be seated at. Or you can skip the stickers and stamp the number onto the gift tags instead.
5. Next, assemble each gift with a notepad, a ribbon, the gift tag, and the pencil.
This DIY will serve as an easy, yet practical, gift idea for guests that will also get them to their proper seat at the reception.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Rachel May Photography Decorate your ceiling with hanging floral arrangements! We'll show you how to create your own blooming chandeliers in a few easy steps. Ingredients: Seeded Eucalyptus and Silver Dollar Eucalyptus Fresh Flowers (I used ranunculus and zinnias) Scissors Floral Wire Green Wire Wreath – I used one large and two small ones How To: Step One: Separate the eucalyptus into smaller bunches. Step Two: Place the eucalyptus on the wire frame and secure it on with the floral wire. Continue this process until the frame is completely covered. Note..you want to make sure some of the eucalyptus is hanging over the sides of the wreath. A completed wire wreath covered with the eucalyptus. To add the flowers to the wreath, you can use floral water picks or you can wire them on. You can hang the flower chandeliers with ribbon or use the 12 gauge silver Aluminum wire. Voila!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch
Create custom favors for guests at your wedding with a gold embossed favor box idea, filled with your favorite treats. The embossed detailing will take inexpensive painted boxes to the next level. And you can even personalize the design by having a custom stamp made with your initials, wedding date, etc.
Materials:small to medium kraft boxes rubber stamps acrylic paint paint brush clear ink pad embossing powder embossing heat gun
1. Remove the lid from each kraft box and paint the base and lid with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
2. Next, gently tap the stamp over a clear ink pad, several times, making sure that the raised area of the stamp is completely covered in ink.
3. Press the stamp evenly onto the top of the lid.
4. Then, pour embossing powder over the stamped area.
5. Remove the excess embossing powder and set the design with a heat gun.
Add candy, cookies, or macarons and you have a unique wedding favor for guests to take home wit them.
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Sometimes the best flowers for boutonnieres have the shortest stems. Which is why this delphinium and freesia bout is so cute. Using floral wire to keep stems sturdy and elongate them, you can make these beautiful boutonnieres for your wedding party in minutes. Of course, they're also a small fraction of the price of what a boutonniere from your florist will cost, saving you money on your big day. Here's how to make your own! Supplies: Floral Wire Floral Tape Washi Tape Scissors Purple Stock Freesia Delphinium Pittosporum How-To: 1. First, cut the stem of a freesia flower and the delphinium. Add a piece of cut floral wire to each flower to act as the new, longer and more sturdy stem. You can do this by poking the wire through the bottom of the stem and up through the top of the flower. Form a hook shape, and pull the wire back down to secure it. Each wire should be 4 to 6 inches long. 2. Next, trim the bottom leaves from Pittosporum and bottom blooms from the purple stock, to prepare them for the boutonniere. 3. Arrange all the flowers and add the Pittosporum behind them, to act as the base, before wrapping all of the stems with floral tape. 4. Cut the bottom 1-2 inches from the stems, to give the boutonniere a clean, short look. 5. Wrap the stems in decorative washi tape, in your wedding colors, or a minimal grey, to cover over the floral tape. There you have it! Keep in water until it's time to pin them onto the groom and groomsmen.