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Project By: Victoria HudginsPhotos By: Carly Taylor Making a large expanse of wall connect with your wedding can be a hard task when working on a budget. Putting simple flowers up in an artistic array is the perfect solution. This installation would be lovely behind a dessert bar, backing a ceremony, or on any wall where you'd like to add a bit of texture and style. To create the floral wall you will need: A selection of florals that coordinate well with our day. Since you will only be using single stems, you could buy these on your own as a great way to save money. You'll also need embroidery hoops, which are a cheap purchase at your local craft store, mine are each 10 inches, and tulle in a soft color to add texture and depth. First, detach your embroidery hoop into two pieces and lay a piece of tulle over the bottom hoop. The tulle needs to be cut about two inches larger than your hoop.
Arrange a few blooms in a pattern you find pleasing on the bottom tulle. It helps at this step to do your entire arrangement at once, giving you a chance to see how each small piece combines to make one beautiful artistic design.
Once your blooms are in place, cover with a second layer of tulle, then place the inside hoop back into the piece. Doing this will pull your tulle taut. Secure by screwing the embroidery key until it is tight.
Your flowers will stay perfect floating between the tight layers of tulle.
Hang along your wall in whichever way your venue will allow.
Photos By: Katherine Chong
Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.
You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.
Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.
For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table. Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy! People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge. Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations
Photos By: Victoria HudginsPaper marbling is a technique that has been around for a long time. The process leaves a beautiful impression on paper giving a high design style to invitations, gift tags and stationery. For your wedding why not take this traditional paper impact a little further by saturating your paint and marbling in a bold, modern and fresh way? Materials: Heavy stock white paper, 2-3 colors of acrylic paints, a shallow pan and water. Step One: Begin by dropping each of your paints into the water filled pan. Drip the paints in a straight line one at a time. Step Two: Using a kitchen skewer, blend the paints together. When you do this some of the paint will rise to the top but (unlike normal marbling) the weight of the paint will allow a majority of it to remain on the bottom of the pan. Step Three: Holding your paper on both ends make a U shape with it and set it in the water, bottom of the U first. This will prevent any air bubbles from ending up in your final design. Step Four: Once the paper is entirely in the pan quickly take two fingers and push it toward the bottom of your pan. Swirl it around the bottom of the pan in a circular motion, this is where it picks up the bold saturation. Step Five: Pull the paper out and let dry for 6-8 hours. Once the paper is dry, cut it up for tags, seating cards or any other paper-based project you've dreamed up. Project styling, design concept + photography by Victoria Hudgins
Photos By: Jordan Ferney
1. Cut out the shapes of flags that you want. The shorter flags work better than the longer lengths.
2. Fold a flap of fabric over on one side and sew a space big enough for the dowel to fit in.
3. Taking the large bowl, add about 2 cups of Elmer's Glue. Then mix in 1/3 cup water and stir until it is completely mixed in.
4. Dip Flag into the glue mixture (with dowel already inserted) until it is completely covered. Remove some of the excess glue with your hands but make sure it is still has a generous amount of glue covering the surface.
5. Hang the flags to dry by taping the dowels to the string. Make sure the string is level and is in a place that isn't windy. (Somewhere like a garage is best.) Line the area below the dripping flags with newspaper or scrap materials to prevent mess.
Flags should dry and harden within 12 hours and you'll have yourself some cute flags to decorate your event.
What a sweet photo op! Add festive details to your special day with these fun flag sculptures. They are made to be stiff so they stand out straight.
The best part is they are really affordable and can be made with a few simple tools around the house.
You could have a few lining a path or put them in the grass all over your outdoor reception.
Photos By Chelsea FussMaterials: Four bunches of daffodils: use different colors and flowers that are at different stages. The paperwhite daffodil, "Grand Soleil d'Or" has small petals and gives the bouquet the wild feel. String Scissors and/or clippers Suslin or cotton Directions: 1. Remove the leaves from the daffodils and separate the flowers and leaves into piles. 2. Grab a few stems of flowers and hold in your left hand if you are right-handed and right hand if you are left-handed. 3. Alternate, adding flowers and leaves. Each time you add another bunch, turn the bouquet. 4. Once you like how it looks, trim the stems and tie the bouquet together with a string. 5. Cut into a piece of cotton muslin just an inch and then tear a 1" x 12" long piece. 6. Tie the bouquet together with the cotton. Tip: Daffodils don't like to have their stems cut a lot and will exude a sticky substance. Try to just cut them once and keep them in a cold, dark place until ready for use. Photos By Chelsea Fuss
Photos by Jordan FerneySupplies: 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!
Project and Photos By: Victoria HudginsGive your guests a treat and help them find a seat with this sweet and sparkly escort idea! Thoughtful personalization, even as simple as this, is always a great way to make all your guests feel cherished and included. Step One: Pick out a few shades of baking glitter (available in the cake section of craft stores). Step Two: Place a simple alphabet letter template firmly on top of a macaron, then dust the baking glitter on. Step Three: Pull up slowly and use a Q-tip to gently dust off excess. Step Four: Place a simple seating card beneath the macarons for directional cues. You can make the macaroons up to one week prior to the wedding. Lay flat and cover tightly to save. Set out immediately before the reception.
Project and Photos By: Jennifer KirkInstructions for creating a unique topiary style décor. Materials: Wood veneer edging Small cup hooks Wood glue Hot glue gun Small brick of green dry floral foam Boxwood and flower cuttings Fishing line or string C-clamp Binder clips (x3-4) Ruler Scissors Power drill with thin drill bit Step One: From the roll of veneer edging, cut out five strips that are the same size. For the small pendant, the strips were 17.5" inches long. The larger pendant is made out of strips 21" long. Step Two: Dab a small amount of wood glue onto the very end of one of the wood strips. Connect the ends together (about 1/2 an inch) of one of the wood strips, forming a loop. Hold together with a binder clip as the glue dries. Repeat with two more wood strips (do not loop the fourth and fifth strips) for a total of three loops. Step Three: After the glue has dried (ours was a fast-dry formula that took about 15 minutes), remove binder clips. Nest one loop inside another, forming a wide, 45 degree angle 'X' when viewing from above. Glue together at the top. Step Four: Next, dab some glue at the top of the 'X' then nest inside the third loop, this one going across the 'X' and down the middle. Step Five: Clamp together with a C-clamp and let dry for 15-20 minutes. Step Six: When the glue has set, remove C-clamp. Thread the fourth wood strip through the sphere and glue ends together to form a loop inside that is flush against the other loops. Use a binder clip to hold the loop together as the glue dries. Step Seven: Remove the binder clip after the glue has set. Hold the sphere so that the outer loops run longitudinal and the side of the sphere faces you. Position the innermost loop you had just formed in step 6 at a 45 degree angle. This innermost loop crosses with one of the longitudinal loops facing you. Glue together at the center spot where they meet. Step Eight: Repeat step 6, threading in the last wood strip, forming a loop, gluing, then positioning in a -45 degree angle and gluing where it crosses the other loops. Clamp or use binder clips to hold while drying. Step Nine: Remove clips. With a power drill, drill a small hole at the very top of the sphere. Step Ten: Twist in a small cup hook into the hold. This hook will be for hanging the pendant. Step Eleven: Carefully pull aside the loops (an area where they are not glued together) just wide enough to insert a small brick of dry floral foam. With hot glue, secure the foam to the inside bottom of the pendant. Step Twelve: Thread boxwood cuttings though the openings of the pendant and push ends into the foam. Weave longer cuttings around the foam to conceal it. Add some color and texture with small flowers and various types of greenery, and artfully arrange some pieces to drape out of the sphere. Step Thirteen: When finished adding plant cuttings, hang pendants with string or fishing line.