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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
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  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

        First, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise.     Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive!     For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure.     We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft.     Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick.     For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play!     Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story.     For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat).     Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine.     Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!    
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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.

    For this sweet project, you will need:

    Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors  Simple white tags   Directions:

    1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.

    2. Add a small pile of candy.

      3. Wrap the paper over and tape together.   4. Twist the ends and tie them with string.     5. Add name tags if needed.     Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises!   Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    This centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms!      Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones  5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers

    Directions:

    First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement.     Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase.     Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top.     We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store...     ... and a painted horse for some humor!     Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses.   Photo By Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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  • Photos by Jordan Ferney

      Supplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4)  3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage     Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down.     Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting.     This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old.     The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you.     Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces.     For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store).     Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in.     Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done!     This seating card display costs under $25.     Happy DIYing!

     

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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios   Want to leave your ceremony in style? There is no better way to do it then under a canopy of flying confetti! Here is a fun way to present the confetti to your guests; be ready for a colorful shower of love!     Materials: Vellum paper, scissors, a small hole punch, embroidery thread, a needle and a stack of scrapbook paper in your color palette     Step One: The first step is to make the confetti, which is the easiest part but also the most time consuming. I would suggest tackling 20 sheets or so each day over a week. More than that and your hands will get VERY tired. To make the confetti, simply punch holes out of the paper, easy peasy!     Step Two: Next, cut the hearts from your vellum; you will need to cut double the number of confetti packs you hope to make.     Step Three: Once everything is cut, lay the hearts out and top every other one with a handful of confetti. Top the bottom half with another vellum heart.     Step Four: Hold one end of the heart and starting at the bottom, begin hand sewing around the other side with embroidery thread. Make about 7 stitches around. Do not sew these too tight and leave a decent length of thread at the bottom of each heart. Tie once at the bottom, in a lose knot. The idea is to keep the confetti in but to allow your guests to easily pull the thread right out.     Lay out your hearts with a note of instruction for guests to pull the thread and throw up their hearts when it is time. A beautiful shower of bright confetti and iridescent hearts awaits your finale.     Tip: Be sure to check with your venue before planning this project- not all venues allow you to throw confetti or rice. Happy hole punching!    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Bunting is a cheap and easy way to add color to your soiree! Materials Needed: Tissue Paper, Scissors, glue stick, and string.

    First, decide how large you want each flag and then cut out several sheets at once.

    You'll want to cut out pieces that are double the desired flag size so that they can be folded over.

    Once you've finished cutting you're ready to glue. With a fresh glue stick quickly swipe half the flag area. Lay string down halfway through and fold the tissue over the string.     Be sure to apply glue to the middle area of the flag so that it adheres to the string. Repeat until you have enough for your event.     It can take a while to produce a lot, so best to settle down in front of a movie while you work!    

    To safely store your flags, wrap them around an empty cardboard gift wrap roll or paper towel roll so they don't wrinkle.

    You are ready for the party!  
    10
  • Project and Photos By: Victoria Hudgins

    If embossing seems like a formality beyond your budget. Not to worry! It's a very easy craft to learn and will give your papers and packaging that polished look. This particular project shows embossed favors, but you can use the same tools to emboss your invitations, menus, programs, or save the dates!   You will need... A craft heater, available at most craft stores. A jar of embossing powder, which will last you through hundreds of favors boxes and other projects, a stamp in the words of your choice and a white stamp pad.     Step One: To emboss favor boxes, start by stamping the box with a very wet stamp. Take extra care to ensure the entire stamp has been covered before pressing down. You could use other colors but I love the look of embossing with white for a traditional wedding.     Step Two: Once the favor box is stamped sprinkle a generous amount of embossing powder on top of it.     Step Three: Use the heating tool to dry and heat the embossed word on your box top. It will bring pretty dimension to a simple statement.     Step Four: Tap the extra powder onto a sheet of paper for re-use!      
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

        First, make sure you use a scoring board so folds and lines are straight and precise.     Origami patterns are really gorgeous and add interest to tables, invitations, programs and more. They are also inexpensive!     For place cards, we measured and cut the Origami paper into 2" by 4" strips and folded in half using the scoring board. We cut 1" strips and created a "ribbon" v at the end using an x-acto knife. Use a dab of glue on either side to secure.     We love the minimalist combination of the Japanese patters with sweet handwriting. Consider practicing your best (or quirkiest!) handwriting and then color copying your favorite draft.     Origami paper makes a beautiful envelope liner! Simply trim the sides to fit the envelope, slide into envelope and secure with a glue stick.     For save-the-dates, color copy handwritten invitations onto postcards. Trim the patterned paper to size (using a rotary cutter) and then using an adhesive glue (a glue stick works too) we secured origami paper to the back of the card. It's makes for a gorgeous pattern-play!     Here are a few tips for working with origami paper: 1. Pair the origami paper with a heavy white card stock for areas that need text. 2. Origami paper is very easy to work with and is a perfect weight (not too heavy, not too flimsy!) 3. Even if you don't consider yourself crafty, give it a try! 4. X-acto knives and rotary cutters used with a straight edge help to get those perfect lines! 5. Consider your color scheme and try to keep the papers to a one, two or three color story.     For programs, simply fold the paper in half (using the scoring board if you want them extra neat).     Color copy a handwritten program (this works great for menus too!) and then cut to size. Fold card stock in half. Tie together using waxed twine.     Have fun creating your colorful, patterned paper goods!    
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  • Photos By: Hank and Hunt

    Project By: Jenny Batt 

    Want to add a touch of whimsy to your wedding reception? Make these crepe paper pom garlands in matching shades and add pretty pops of color.

    Materials:

    Crepe paper flats Scissors Twine     Step One: Cut squares of crepe paper in the colors you like.  

    Step Two:

    Cut each set of squares into strips about ¾” wide.

      Step Three: Take each strip and pinch together in the middle. This step doesn’t take as long as you think it would and it makes it easier to get really fluffy poms. If you tie multiple together before pinching, you will possibly tear the paper when you fluff each pom later.     Step Four: Cut a long piece of twine for the garland. Set aside. Take about 20 pinched strips and tie together in the center.     Step Five: Tie each pom to the twine for the garland. Add as many or as few as you would like. Add pops of clashing colors for fun, too.     Tip: Enlist your friends and have a crafting party to make multiples of these, you'll be able to make a whole bunch in a small amount of time.        

     

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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    This DIY packaging is a shabby chic and sweet way to present candy favors to guests.

    For this sweet project, you will need:

    Colorful candy Newspaper (We like the French newspaper Le Monde Diplomatique which is usually available at newsstands. It has glossier paper and doesn't bleed ink) Embroidery floss or string Parchment paper Double stick tape Scissors  Simple white tags   Directions:

    1. Cut a 1-inch wide, 5-inch long piece of newspaper and parchment paper.

    2. Add a small pile of candy.

      3. Wrap the paper over and tape together.   4. Twist the ends and tie them with string.     5. Add name tags if needed.     Watch your guests open up their sweet surprises!   Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photo By Chelsea Fuss

    This centerpiece is stunning - mainly because of the vibrant blooms!      Materials: 10 red, white and pink anemones  5 mini daffodils 8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open) Ranunculus greens and buds English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants) Modern vase Rocks Chicken wire or a flower frog Clippers

    Directions:

    First, fill the vase with rocks half way up the vase. Fill with water. Start filling the vase with stems. The rocks will keep the flowers in place and help you create the shape of your flower arrangement.     Try to create an "s" shape with greens and lighter flowers cascading to the right and diagonally across at the bottom of the vase.     Place larger blossoms at the bottom of the arrangement and lighter smaller buds and greens towards the top.     We added a table number made from a simple number sticker purchased at a grocery/drygoods store...     ... and a painted horse for some humor!     Tip: To make this arrangement more budget friendly, substitute more greens for flowers. The recipe is made of spring flowers. For a summer or fall version substitute with: dahlias (the single petaled varieties would work great), iceland poppies, garden roses, peonies, california poppies, daisies, roses.   Photo By Chelsea Fuss
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    You'll need:  1. 3 cake pans (sizes: 11", 8", 4.5") 2. A cake stand (aprox "12 round) 3. A pound cake recipe 4. Buttercream frosting (4 cups) 5. 1 frosting knife 6. Flowers + herbs (make sure they are organic and edible!)     Bake your cakes the night before and let them cool overnight. Put together with toothpicks holding the layers.     Once you have placed your toothpicks, stack your cakes carefully!     Almost there...     Voila!     Measure layers to make sure that all the cakes are centered from all sides.     Frost with frosting knife -- get the knife wet to make it extra smooth.     Clean off edges of the cake stand. Keep refrigerated until right before serving.     Your cake is ready to decorate now!     Have fun adding edible herbs and flowers.     Herbs will hold up for a long time, but add the flowers last minute so add them that morning, securing them with frosting.     Using a pound cake recipe is your best bet because they do not crumble. Buttercream frosting can melt easily, keep your cake as cool as possible before serving!     Your gorgeous cake is ready!     The best part ... tasting the sweet creation.      

     

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  • Photos by Jordan Ferney

      Supplies: 1. Metal Zinc Tray 14"x14"($10) 2. Wheat Grass Seeds($4)  3. Potting Soil ($8) 4. Gravel for Drainage     Step One: Put a layer of gravel to help with drainage. The metal tray we used did not have built in drainage so the gravel helps with that. Step Two: Put a layer of soil on top of the gravel, make sure you leave 1/2" of the metal vessel showing. Step Three: Put a generous layer of seeds down, make sure it is even up to the edges. Step Four: Cover the seeds with a .25" layer of soil. Pat down.     Step Five: Water the seeds with a gentle flow of water (either a watering can or a paper cup with holes punched in the bottom)so the seeds aren't washed around. Keep in a sunny area and water daily, keeping the soil moist. Grass should be ready 7-10 days after planting.     This gorgeous wheat grass is 14 days old.     The grass will eventually look overgrown so you'll want to test it in advance of the big day so you'll know what works best for you.     Wheat grass is an easy way to liven up a spring or summer event. You can use it for seating cards or even incorporate it into centerpieces.     For the seating cards, you will need the cards and popsicle sticks ( $2 from a craft store).     Wheat grass seeds can be bought at a health food store like Whole Foods. If after a week of growth you notice bare spots you can move the grass that is full around to cover it and give it a few days to grow in.     Voila! Your gorgeous DIY project is done!     This seating card display costs under $25.     Happy DIYing!

     

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    Project By: Victoria Hudgins Photos By: Prokopets Studios   Want to leave your ceremony in style? There is no better way to do it then under a canopy of flying confetti! Here is a fun way to present the confetti to your guests; be ready for a colorful shower of love!     Materials: Vellum paper, scissors, a small hole punch, embroidery thread, a needle and a stack of scrapbook paper in your color palette     Step One: The first step is to make the confetti, which is the easiest part but also the most time consuming. I would suggest tackling 20 sheets or so each day over a week. More than that and your hands will get VERY tired. To make the confetti, simply punch holes out of the paper, easy peasy!     Step Two: Next, cut the hearts from your vellum; you will need to cut double the number of confetti packs you hope to make.     Step Three: Once everything is cut, lay the hearts out and top every other one with a handful of confetti. Top the bottom half with another vellum heart.     Step Four: Hold one end of the heart and starting at the bottom, begin hand sewing around the other side with embroidery thread. Make about 7 stitches around. Do not sew these too tight and leave a decent length of thread at the bottom of each heart. Tie once at the bottom, in a lose knot. The idea is to keep the confetti in but to allow your guests to easily pull the thread right out.     Lay out your hearts with a note of instruction for guests to pull the thread and throw up their hearts when it is time. A beautiful shower of bright confetti and iridescent hearts awaits your finale.     Tip: Be sure to check with your venue before planning this project- not all venues allow you to throw confetti or rice. Happy hole punching!    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    The creative force that is Jordan Ferney came up with this vintage soda bar for us - and we have been loving it ever since!

      There are so many to reasons to love a soda bar: they are in pretty glass bottles, lots of times with original vintage-y logos on the packaging, and they are made with pure sugar cane, delicious!     We had to bring back this popular feature and share the photographic inspiration from Jordan!     Old fashioned sodas add a fun and playful element to an event and can even be used as part of your decor.     We love them all set up arranged according to color or you can even just buy the color of flavors that go with your wedding.     Instead of keeping them on ice, refrigerate them up until right before and line them up on a table or bar for maximum effect.     You'll hear your grandpa excited when he finds his favorite soda from when he was nine!     The hardest part of having old fashioned sodas is sourcing them. They can be difficult to come by. If you live in California BevMo has a very large selection of specialty sodas (and even ships them online if you can't find something local).     Gourmet delicatessens and stores can also have good selections and we've even got lucky before at warehouse stores like Costco.     Add some fizz to your wedding day with gourmet sodas!     Project and Photos By: Jordan Ferney  
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