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DIY Wedding Ideas

  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Alisandra Photography     Add a bohemian edge to your bridal look with this gorgeous DIY floral crown!     Ingredients: Jasmine Vine Ranunculus Black Scabiosa Floral Tape Scissors  How To:     Step One: Cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length, you need about ½ stem to work with.         Step Two: Take a piece of the jasmine vine and with the floral tape, begin taping the flowers to the vine. In between taping, try the flower crown on to see how it looks and where you need to place the flowers. Once you have the desired look and feel you are going for, you’re done!     All Finished! If you like, you can make this the night before the wedding and place it in the refrigerator.
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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    This festive wreath is the perfect addition to an autumn wedding! 

    Ingredients:

    Grapevine wreath (purchase at local craft store) Bittersweet Grevillea or any type of flowering plant, you could also use rose hips Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: I started the design process at the base of the wreath by inserting stems of the grevillea into the wreath. You don’t need to wire it on the wreath. Being that we are using a grapevine wreath, the stems will stay in place by forcing them within the wreath.

    Step Two: Continue this process until you are satisfied with the look you are going for.  I placed the grevillea on the bottom and the sides.

    Step Three: Now it’s time to add the bittersweet! Cut the bittersweet into smaller stems and begin filling in the wreath. You can add as much as you like to get the look that you desire. 

    There you have it! So perfect and for a fall wedding and for your home!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    With its rich texture and deep, bold hues, this centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn wedding tablescape!

    Ingredients:

    Vase of your choice Ranunculus Dahlias Pansies Coleus Waterproof Floral Tape  Scissors 

    How To:

    Always give the stems of the flowers a cut and put them in clear water for about two hours before you begin making the arrangement. When designing, make sure the leaves on the stems are not inserted in the water inside the vessel.

    Step 1: Make a grid across the opening of the vase with the floral tape.

    Step 2: Outline the perimeter of the vase with the coleus.

    Step 3: Add the dahlias.  Make certain you add them in all around so they will be seen from all angles.

    Step 4: Add the ranunculus.

    Step 5: Add the pansies and you are all done!

    Enjoy!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Marvelous Things Photography

    Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table!

    Ingredients:

    Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: Always begin with processing your flowers once you get them home. Give the stems a fresh cut at an angel and place the flowers in clean water. Start the design with the seed eucalyptus. You’ll want it to hang over the mug, (you may have to place a strip of tape across the top of the mug in order to hold the seeded eucalyptus in place.

    Step Two: Next place the ranunculus in the design. The ranunculus is the “featured flower”. Make certain it is placed in the center and near the front of the design.

    Step Three: Now add the remaining flowers and there you have it!

    So perfect for your wedding or for your home if you are hosting a dinner party!

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  • After the bride and groom make their happy departure, let the guests mingle and roast marshmallows. If your venue does not have firepits, you could also use little gas camp stoves on every table.

     

     

    Materials:

    1. Hershey's Chocolate Bars
    2. Graham Crackers
    3. Marshmallows
    4. Wire Hangers
    5. Cellophane Bags in 3 Sizes
    6. Adhesive Paper and Cardstock
    7. Labels and Instructions design (downloadable pdfs right here and here.)
    8. Kraft Box with Lid 4.75" x 6" x 2.5"
    9. Tissue
    10. Ribbon
    11. Scissors
    12. Wire Cutter



    STEP 1: Remove the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers from their original packaging and put them in cellophane bags. Here we put six graham cracker squares in a 4" x 6" bag, Three chocolate squares in a 5" x  3" bag, and about 10 marshmallows in a 5.5" x 8" bag.



    STEP 2: With the wire cutters, cut off the head of the hanger and then bend the hanger in fourths so it fits the length of the box. Secure it with ribbon.



    STEP 3: Print out the labels on adhesive paper and instructions on cardstock and cut them out. Fold up the instructions.

    STEP 4: Lining the box with a piece of tissue, assemble the marshmallows, crackers, chocolate, instructions and hanger in the box.



    STEP 5: Adhere the label to the box lid and voila! A S'mores Kit!

     

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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.

    [source]

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

    [source]

    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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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  • Project by Janie Medley Photos by Alisandra Photography     Add a bohemian edge to your bridal look with this gorgeous DIY floral crown!     Ingredients: Jasmine Vine Ranunculus Black Scabiosa Floral Tape Scissors  How To:     Step One: Cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length, you need about ½ stem to work with.         Step Two: Take a piece of the jasmine vine and with the floral tape, begin taping the flowers to the vine. In between taping, try the flower crown on to see how it looks and where you need to place the flowers. Once you have the desired look and feel you are going for, you’re done!     All Finished! If you like, you can make this the night before the wedding and place it in the refrigerator.
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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    This festive wreath is the perfect addition to an autumn wedding! 

    Ingredients:

    Grapevine wreath (purchase at local craft store) Bittersweet Grevillea or any type of flowering plant, you could also use rose hips Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: I started the design process at the base of the wreath by inserting stems of the grevillea into the wreath. You don’t need to wire it on the wreath. Being that we are using a grapevine wreath, the stems will stay in place by forcing them within the wreath.

    Step Two: Continue this process until you are satisfied with the look you are going for.  I placed the grevillea on the bottom and the sides.

    Step Three: Now it’s time to add the bittersweet! Cut the bittersweet into smaller stems and begin filling in the wreath. You can add as much as you like to get the look that you desire. 

    There you have it! So perfect and for a fall wedding and for your home!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    With its rich texture and deep, bold hues, this centerpiece is the perfect addition to your autumn wedding tablescape!

    Ingredients:

    Vase of your choice Ranunculus Dahlias Pansies Coleus Waterproof Floral Tape  Scissors 

    How To:

    Always give the stems of the flowers a cut and put them in clear water for about two hours before you begin making the arrangement. When designing, make sure the leaves on the stems are not inserted in the water inside the vessel.

    Step 1: Make a grid across the opening of the vase with the floral tape.

    Step 2: Outline the perimeter of the vase with the coleus.

    Step 3: Add the dahlias.  Make certain you add them in all around so they will be seen from all angles.

    Step 4: Add the ranunculus.

    Step 5: Add the pansies and you are all done!

    Enjoy!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Marvelous Things Photography

    Spread the love with this beautiful floral arrangement — perfect for a welcome display, sweetheart table, or cake table!

    Ingredients:

    Monogram mugs from Anthropologie Seeded Eucalyptus Ranunculus Larkspur Heather Scissors

    How To: 

    Step One: Always begin with processing your flowers once you get them home. Give the stems a fresh cut at an angel and place the flowers in clean water. Start the design with the seed eucalyptus. You’ll want it to hang over the mug, (you may have to place a strip of tape across the top of the mug in order to hold the seeded eucalyptus in place.

    Step Two: Next place the ranunculus in the design. The ranunculus is the “featured flower”. Make certain it is placed in the center and near the front of the design.

    Step Three: Now add the remaining flowers and there you have it!

    So perfect for your wedding or for your home if you are hosting a dinner party!

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  • After the bride and groom make their happy departure, let the guests mingle and roast marshmallows. If your venue does not have firepits, you could also use little gas camp stoves on every table.

     

     

    Materials:

    1. Hershey's Chocolate Bars
    2. Graham Crackers
    3. Marshmallows
    4. Wire Hangers
    5. Cellophane Bags in 3 Sizes
    6. Adhesive Paper and Cardstock
    7. Labels and Instructions design (downloadable pdfs right here and here.)
    8. Kraft Box with Lid 4.75" x 6" x 2.5"
    9. Tissue
    10. Ribbon
    11. Scissors
    12. Wire Cutter



    STEP 1: Remove the marshmallows, chocolate and graham crackers from their original packaging and put them in cellophane bags. Here we put six graham cracker squares in a 4" x 6" bag, Three chocolate squares in a 5" x  3" bag, and about 10 marshmallows in a 5.5" x 8" bag.



    STEP 2: With the wire cutters, cut off the head of the hanger and then bend the hanger in fourths so it fits the length of the box. Secure it with ribbon.



    STEP 3: Print out the labels on adhesive paper and instructions on cardstock and cut them out. Fold up the instructions.

    STEP 4: Lining the box with a piece of tissue, assemble the marshmallows, crackers, chocolate, instructions and hanger in the box.



    STEP 5: Adhere the label to the box lid and voila! A S'mores Kit!

     

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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.

    [source]

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

    [source]

    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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  • 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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  • 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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    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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