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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Carrie Coleman Photography

    This planted centerpiece would be the perfect decor for an eco-friendly wedding! 


    Ingredients:

    Rocks Potting soil Moss Garden plant of your choice Glass container of your choice Garden gloves

     

    How To:

    Place rocks on the bottom of the container.

    Add soil. (Use a trowel for this step if you like.)

    Remove the plant from the container. You will probably need to remove some of the dirt from the plant. 

    Once you have it “planted” in the dirt in the container, give it a few drops of water. 

    Now add the moss.

    There you have it! A lovely terrarium. Place the terrarium in indirect sunlight. Spritz it with water once a week and remember you can always change out your plant for the seasons. Get creative and have fun!

    1
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    Add a romantic, ethereal touch to your bridal look with this jewel toned floral crown.


    Ingredients:

    Ranunculus Peonies  Anemones  Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Tape Floral Wire Scissors

    How To:

    First, take two pieces of the floral wire and place the end one piece in the center of the other and tape the two together. This will become the base for the crown. At this point, you can place the wire around your head or whoever will be wearing it and cut off any excess wire. Note, leave enough wire to be able to connect the two pieces together in the back. 

    Cut the stems of the flowers the desired length, you need about ½ inch stem to work with.

    Begin taping the flowers to the wire in cluster with the floral tape, and continue this process until the crown is filled with the desired look and feel you are going for. Tape the flowers in the same director as you will be covering the tape with the flowers as you go!

    There you have it!

    Perfect for to wear on your wedding day or date night!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Add an unexpected element to your tabletops with these repurposed floral vases!

    Ingredients:

    A Unique Vessel ​I used an empty can of tomatoes. Note: make certain the vessel you use is leak-proof! And choose flowers that will complement the vessel. Flowers (per arrangement): 3-4 garden roses 2-3 stems of hellebores 3 stems of scabiosa Seeded Eucalyptus

    How To: 

    Cut the stems of seeded eucalyptus to fit the vessel and fill each container with the seeded eucalyptus.

    Next add the garden roses. Place these at the front as they are the focal flowers.

    Next add in the hellebores and scabiosa. Leave the stems a little longer than the roses so these flowers can be loose in the arrangement. Fill in with more seeded eucalyptus if needed.

    There you have it! A pretty floral arrangement in a unique vessel for the dinner table or the reception table. Truly a conversation piece!

    0
  • Photos by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Crafty spring brides - this one is for you! Here's how to arrange a perfectly lovely springtime bouquet. 

    Ingredients:

    Tulips Ranunculus Geranium Leaves Dusty Miller Ribbon

    How To:

    First make certain all the stems are clean and prepared to design. Start off by using the geranium leaves and dusty miller to make the “foundation” for the bouquet.
     

    Start with the tulips and criss-cross the stems while making certain you aren’t covering up the heads of the flowers.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the look of the bouquet.

    Secure the stems with floral tape.

    Tie the ribbon of choice to hide the floral tape and cut the stems to even them out and there you have it!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Want to invite friends into your wedding party in a unique way? Try this easy DIY ribbon message bouquet. It's a quick project that won't take much time to whip up. And each bouquet costs less than $10 to create, which makes this a budget-friendly option as well. How can you beat that?

    Materials:

    2 stems of Pink Hyacinth 2 stems of White Hyacinth 3-4 stems of Star of Bethlehem Ribbon Scissors or shears Sticky label (from label maker or computer print out)

    How To:


    1. Criss cross the stems of 4 Hyacinth bulbs, creating and X towards the bottom of the stems.


    2. Then add Star of Bethlehem stems into the bouquet, to fill any wholes in the bouquet.


    3. Cut the bottom of the stems off with scissors or shears, so the bottom of the bouquet has a uniform look.


    4. Pick up the stems and rearrange if needed, before securing with a rubber band.


    5. Add a ribbon to cover up the rubber band and add the sticky label 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' message to the end of the ribbon. Then tie in a bow and give to your bridesmaids as a way of popping the question.

    0
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    We love this fun, unique way to display flowers at your wedding reception!

    Ingredients: 

    Drawer (I chose a white one. It makes the colors of the flowers “pop”!) Potted Plants Flowers of your choice (I chose Ranunculus in pastel colors) Bud Vases (use different shapes and sizes and get creative)

    How To:  

    Cut the stems of the ranunculus or the flowers of your choice and place them in the water filled bud vases.

    Next place the potted plants in the drawer of the dresser. You don’t have to remove the plants of the pots. The dresser that I used only had a top drawer, but if you dresser has a second drawer, fill it with the potted as well. Note, I watered the potted plants the day before the project, so there wouldn’t be any water leakage from the pots.

    1
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    Posies are smaller bouquets that consist of 8-10 stems of florals. They are so cute and so dainty—perfect for your bridesmaids!

    Ingredients:

    A mix of spring flowers. I used, ranunculus, peonies, tulips, garden roses, astilbe, helleborus and pretty textured greenery.  Floral Tape Ribbon

    How To:

    Begin with the flower that you’ll using as your filler, think of it as the “background” to the posy. I used the astilbe for this bouquet. Next I added 1 peony, 1 garden rose and 3 ranunculus.

    Secure the stem with the floral tape and then cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length.

    Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon and there you have it!  

    How lovely are these pretty posies for your bridesmaids!

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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

     

    15
  • 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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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Carrie Coleman Photography

    This planted centerpiece would be the perfect decor for an eco-friendly wedding! 


    Ingredients:

    Rocks Potting soil Moss Garden plant of your choice Glass container of your choice Garden gloves

     

    How To:

    Place rocks on the bottom of the container.

    Add soil. (Use a trowel for this step if you like.)

    Remove the plant from the container. You will probably need to remove some of the dirt from the plant. 

    Once you have it “planted” in the dirt in the container, give it a few drops of water. 

    Now add the moss.

    There you have it! A lovely terrarium. Place the terrarium in indirect sunlight. Spritz it with water once a week and remember you can always change out your plant for the seasons. Get creative and have fun!

    1
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    Add a romantic, ethereal touch to your bridal look with this jewel toned floral crown.


    Ingredients:

    Ranunculus Peonies  Anemones  Seeded Eucalyptus Floral Tape Floral Wire Scissors

    How To:

    First, take two pieces of the floral wire and place the end one piece in the center of the other and tape the two together. This will become the base for the crown. At this point, you can place the wire around your head or whoever will be wearing it and cut off any excess wire. Note, leave enough wire to be able to connect the two pieces together in the back. 

    Cut the stems of the flowers the desired length, you need about ½ inch stem to work with.

    Begin taping the flowers to the wire in cluster with the floral tape, and continue this process until the crown is filled with the desired look and feel you are going for. Tape the flowers in the same director as you will be covering the tape with the flowers as you go!

    There you have it!

    Perfect for to wear on your wedding day or date night!

    0
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Add an unexpected element to your tabletops with these repurposed floral vases!

    Ingredients:

    A Unique Vessel ​I used an empty can of tomatoes. Note: make certain the vessel you use is leak-proof! And choose flowers that will complement the vessel. Flowers (per arrangement): 3-4 garden roses 2-3 stems of hellebores 3 stems of scabiosa Seeded Eucalyptus

    How To: 

    Cut the stems of seeded eucalyptus to fit the vessel and fill each container with the seeded eucalyptus.

    Next add the garden roses. Place these at the front as they are the focal flowers.

    Next add in the hellebores and scabiosa. Leave the stems a little longer than the roses so these flowers can be loose in the arrangement. Fill in with more seeded eucalyptus if needed.

    There you have it! A pretty floral arrangement in a unique vessel for the dinner table or the reception table. Truly a conversation piece!

    0
  • Photos by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Crafty spring brides - this one is for you! Here's how to arrange a perfectly lovely springtime bouquet. 

    Ingredients:

    Tulips Ranunculus Geranium Leaves Dusty Miller Ribbon

    How To:

    First make certain all the stems are clean and prepared to design. Start off by using the geranium leaves and dusty miller to make the “foundation” for the bouquet.
     

    Start with the tulips and criss-cross the stems while making certain you aren’t covering up the heads of the flowers.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the look of the bouquet.

    Secure the stems with floral tape.

    Tie the ribbon of choice to hide the floral tape and cut the stems to even them out and there you have it!

    0
  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Want to invite friends into your wedding party in a unique way? Try this easy DIY ribbon message bouquet. It's a quick project that won't take much time to whip up. And each bouquet costs less than $10 to create, which makes this a budget-friendly option as well. How can you beat that?

    Materials:

    2 stems of Pink Hyacinth 2 stems of White Hyacinth 3-4 stems of Star of Bethlehem Ribbon Scissors or shears Sticky label (from label maker or computer print out)

    How To:


    1. Criss cross the stems of 4 Hyacinth bulbs, creating and X towards the bottom of the stems.


    2. Then add Star of Bethlehem stems into the bouquet, to fill any wholes in the bouquet.


    3. Cut the bottom of the stems off with scissors or shears, so the bottom of the bouquet has a uniform look.


    4. Pick up the stems and rearrange if needed, before securing with a rubber band.


    5. Add a ribbon to cover up the rubber band and add the sticky label 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' message to the end of the ribbon. Then tie in a bow and give to your bridesmaids as a way of popping the question.

    0
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    We love this fun, unique way to display flowers at your wedding reception!

    Ingredients: 

    Drawer (I chose a white one. It makes the colors of the flowers “pop”!) Potted Plants Flowers of your choice (I chose Ranunculus in pastel colors) Bud Vases (use different shapes and sizes and get creative)

    How To:  

    Cut the stems of the ranunculus or the flowers of your choice and place them in the water filled bud vases.

    Next place the potted plants in the drawer of the dresser. You don’t have to remove the plants of the pots. The dresser that I used only had a top drawer, but if you dresser has a second drawer, fill it with the potted as well. Note, I watered the potted plants the day before the project, so there wouldn’t be any water leakage from the pots.

    1
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    Posies are smaller bouquets that consist of 8-10 stems of florals. They are so cute and so dainty—perfect for your bridesmaids!

    Ingredients:

    A mix of spring flowers. I used, ranunculus, peonies, tulips, garden roses, astilbe, helleborus and pretty textured greenery.  Floral Tape Ribbon

    How To:

    Begin with the flower that you’ll using as your filler, think of it as the “background” to the posy. I used the astilbe for this bouquet. Next I added 1 peony, 1 garden rose and 3 ranunculus.

    Secure the stem with the floral tape and then cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length.

    Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon and there you have it!  

    How lovely are these pretty posies for your bridesmaids!

    0

  • 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

     

    15
  • 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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