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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 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 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 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.
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.
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
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!
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
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!