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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

    With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.

     

    If you're hoping to incorporate this idea in some small way, boutonnières are the perfect fit. Give a nod to the holiday without going over the top and add a personal touch with custom monogrammed pendants your wedding party will cherish.     Supplies: Small florals (assorted) Christmas tree trimmings Scissors Washi Tape Oven Bake Clay Small Letter Stamps String Small 1/2 inch Metal Circle Cutter

    1. Start with two or three short branch shoots from the tree (about 4-5 inches long) and remove the needles from the bottom third of each stem.     2. Begin adding additional flowers until you've reached desired fullness.       3. Wrap the end of the stems together with washi tape, leaving the stems exposed at the bottom.     4. You can fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnières fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for at least two days).   5. Now it's time to make your monogramed pendant. Roll out a small piece of clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness.     6. Cut the circle shape from the clay.     7. Stamp your pendant with the first letter of your groom's or groomsman's first name (or last name if you'd prefer).     8. Poke a hole through the pendant at the top and bake in the oven according to directions.     9. String the pendant up and attach to the boutonnière with washi tape.     10. Add a straight pin and they are ready for your groom and groomsmen on the big day.    

     

    Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  • Photos By: Olivia Kanaley

    For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.

      To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern.     Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers.     Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center.     Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape.     If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower.     Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb.     You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.

     

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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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    Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Give your cake, signature cocktail or desserts a bit of bling with these easy-to-make toppers. They can be made in miniature for individual servings, in large form for a cake or in a stack of sizes for a substantial presentation (my favorite)!     You will need: textured gold ribbon liquid fabric stiffener binder clips or clothespins wax paper a small craft hole punch lollipop sticks     First, cut the ribbon at increments double the size of the heart you'd like to make.     Fold the ribbon segment in half and dredge into the liquid fabric stiffener (do not use the spray, it must be liquid for thorough saturation).     While the ribbon is still wet, mold into shape and clip the top edges of the heart together. Lay the newly formed hearts out to dry on wax paper. It helps to gently move the hearts every few hours while they dry so that you don't end up with a puddle of film to remove afterwards.     Once dry, remove the clips. Use a small craft hole punch (a regular, household punch will be too large) to make a hole at the bottom of each heart. Gently insert a lollipop stick into the hole to finish the topper off.     Place this fabulous embellishment on your cake, dessert minis, or in a drink for a pretty display!      

     

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  • Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   A festive accent for a springtime bridal shower or Easter weekend wedding     Materials hollow decorative eggs or blown eggs, needle and thread or string, hydrangeas, scissors, awl     Step One Using an awl, carefully pierce all the way through the surface of your egg, about one inch from the top. This will make it much easier to get the string through.     Step Two Thread your string through a needle and guide the needle through the poked holes on the egg.     Step Three Continue steps one and two with additional eggs to create the desired length.     Step Four Once you have added all the eggs, you can begin adding the hydrangeas. Move the eggs 1-2 inches apart from one other on the garland string to make room for the flowers. Cut short trimming from a large hydrangea stem and attach to the garland after every egg or two with an extra piece of string.     Step Five Push the eggs back together between the hydrangeas if necessary. Repeat until entire garland is covered. Add a knot on each side of the finished strand and you are ready to hang.     Use these pretty, pastel strands as garlands that flank the aisles of your spring ceremony or as a hanging backdrop for guests to admire at the reception.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper.      You Will Need...   Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount   Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder     Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.)     Step Two  Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam.     Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation.     Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4".     Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount.     Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope.     Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope.     Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.    
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    Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Make a small, natural ring pillow perfect for the tiny hands that will be carrying your precious cargo down the aisle!  

    Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors

    Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.

    Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.

    Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop. 

    Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.

    Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!

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  • Photos by Carly Taylor

    Perhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment!     Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar.     Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors.   Process:   1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion.     2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom.     3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape.     4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten.     5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop.     6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created.     7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball.     8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created.     9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!?     Photos by Carly Taylor
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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags.       Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Materials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards      First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam.     Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam.     Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers.     Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board.     Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)...     It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table!     Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!    

     

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  • Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

    With the holidays right around the corner, discarded Christmas tree trimmings are a dime a dozen. Using this extremely inexpensive, and often times free, material as greenery for a holiday wedding is a festive way to say I do.

     

    If you're hoping to incorporate this idea in some small way, boutonnières are the perfect fit. Give a nod to the holiday without going over the top and add a personal touch with custom monogrammed pendants your wedding party will cherish.     Supplies: Small florals (assorted) Christmas tree trimmings Scissors Washi Tape Oven Bake Clay Small Letter Stamps String Small 1/2 inch Metal Circle Cutter

    1. Start with two or three short branch shoots from the tree (about 4-5 inches long) and remove the needles from the bottom third of each stem.     2. Begin adding additional flowers until you've reached desired fullness.       3. Wrap the end of the stems together with washi tape, leaving the stems exposed at the bottom.     4. You can fill a short glass with a little water to keep the boutonnières fresh until the wedding (depending on the flowers you use, they should stay fresh this way for at least two days).   5. Now it's time to make your monogramed pendant. Roll out a small piece of clay to about 1/4 inch in thickness.     6. Cut the circle shape from the clay.     7. Stamp your pendant with the first letter of your groom's or groomsman's first name (or last name if you'd prefer).     8. Poke a hole through the pendant at the top and bake in the oven according to directions.     9. String the pendant up and attach to the boutonnière with washi tape.     10. Add a straight pin and they are ready for your groom and groomsmen on the big day.    

     

    Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff

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  • Photos By: Olivia Kanaley

    For this project you will need fabric - we used chiffon and tulle. Yardage needed will vary based on the number and size of flowers, as well as the fabric thickness. You'll also need a piece of paper, a pen, scissors, pins, needle and thread, glass seed beads, and a plain hair clip or comb.

      To make a stencil first free hand a rose petal shape and cut out. Then retrace it five times on a larger sheet of paper to create a full flower shape. This will help you get an even pattern. Cut out pattern.     Take some fabric and fold it into a square a little larger than your flower pattern. Pin the pattern to fabric and carefully cut out. Repeat this process until you have enough layers to make a full flower - the number of layers will vary depending on the weight of your fabrics and the size of your flower. The example shown here uses 26 layers.     Stack flower cut outs, alternating fabric types and staggering petals. Use a needle and thread to secure them together at the center.     Pinch together the center of the flower (from the bottom) and secure with stitches to create volume and give the flower and authentic shape.     If desired you can sew decorative beads in the inside center of the flower.     Finally, sew the flower to a hair clip or comb.     You can also create a tie-on corsage or sash, by sewing one or more flowers to a length of silk ribbon.

     

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    Photos/Project By: Victoria Hudgins   Using fresh or dried herbs is a wonderful and economical way to bring a seasonal touch to your wedding. Lavender is my favorite dried herb to use because it is easy to work with, affordable, and smells amazing. Here's how I made these simple lavender escort cards!
        Collect a bunch of lavender and hang upside down to dry out. Or, purchase dried lavender from a local florist or home store.     Use simple white escort cards and write in names and table numbers for your guests.     Using an exacto knife, slice two small horizontal holes at the top of each card.     Thread your lavender through the holes, cutting off any excess stem at the end.     Since the herbs are dried, you can complete this project well before your wedding day.     Place bunches of lavender on the display table for added décor.      
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    Photos By: Victoria Hudgins   Give your cake, signature cocktail or desserts a bit of bling with these easy-to-make toppers. They can be made in miniature for individual servings, in large form for a cake or in a stack of sizes for a substantial presentation (my favorite)!     You will need: textured gold ribbon liquid fabric stiffener binder clips or clothespins wax paper a small craft hole punch lollipop sticks     First, cut the ribbon at increments double the size of the heart you'd like to make.     Fold the ribbon segment in half and dredge into the liquid fabric stiffener (do not use the spray, it must be liquid for thorough saturation).     While the ribbon is still wet, mold into shape and clip the top edges of the heart together. Lay the newly formed hearts out to dry on wax paper. It helps to gently move the hearts every few hours while they dry so that you don't end up with a puddle of film to remove afterwards.     Once dry, remove the clips. Use a small craft hole punch (a regular, household punch will be too large) to make a hole at the bottom of each heart. Gently insert a lollipop stick into the hole to finish the topper off.     Place this fabulous embellishment on your cake, dessert minis, or in a drink for a pretty display!      

     

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  • Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   A festive accent for a springtime bridal shower or Easter weekend wedding     Materials hollow decorative eggs or blown eggs, needle and thread or string, hydrangeas, scissors, awl     Step One Using an awl, carefully pierce all the way through the surface of your egg, about one inch from the top. This will make it much easier to get the string through.     Step Two Thread your string through a needle and guide the needle through the poked holes on the egg.     Step Three Continue steps one and two with additional eggs to create the desired length.     Step Four Once you have added all the eggs, you can begin adding the hydrangeas. Move the eggs 1-2 inches apart from one other on the garland string to make room for the flowers. Cut short trimming from a large hydrangea stem and attach to the garland after every egg or two with an extra piece of string.     Step Five Push the eggs back together between the hydrangeas if necessary. Repeat until entire garland is covered. Add a knot on each side of the finished strand and you are ready to hang.     Use these pretty, pastel strands as garlands that flank the aisles of your spring ceremony or as a hanging backdrop for guests to admire at the reception.    
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  • Project and Photos By: Jennifer Kirk   Color printing can make up the bulk of the cost for invitations. Below is a budget-friendly way to add interest and color to simple black and white invitations with bright fabrics and patterned paper.      You Will Need...   Materials: Fabric Patterned papers Spray mount   Tools: Sewing machine Rotary cutter Pinking shears Corner rounder     Step One For invitations that will go inside an A7 envelope (5.25"x7.25") cut out 5"x7" fabric rectangles. (You can use the downloadable PDF as a guide for both the fabric cutouts and invitations.)     Step Two  Fold fabric in half. Sew each side closed with a straight-stitched, 1/4" seam.     Step Three With pinking shears, trim the very edges of the sides and top. Your finished pouch holds a 4.35"x6.5" invitation.     Patterned Envelope Liners: Step One To line "announcement" envelopes (a straight envelope flap), first cut out paper rectangles measuring 6.75"x4".     Step Two Round the top corners with a paper corner rounder and lightly spray the back of the paper with spray mount.     Step Three With one hand, pop the envelop open. With your other hand, gently guide the paper partway into the envelope, rounded corners towards the top. The backside is sticky from the spray mount, so take care not to let it adhere to the envelope.     Step Four Align the top of the paper so that it sits just below the envelope adhesive and the edges are even on both sides of the flap. Press down firmly, then fold the flap down to crease the paper with the envelope.     Step Five Use scraps of paper to embellish RSVP cards, directions, etc.    
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    Project & Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff   Make a small, natural ring pillow perfect for the tiny hands that will be carrying your precious cargo down the aisle!  

    Materials: Sheets of Moss, Floral Foam or Regular Styrofoam Brick, Knife, Floral Pins, Ribbon, Craft Glue, Scissors

    Step One: Cut foam brick in half to create a square and begin cutting the square down to desired shape. Slice off edges to make it less blocky and more of a pillow shape.

    Step Two: Cut a piece of moss based on the size of your foam block and begin wrapping it around the foam. Secure the moss to the foam using floral pins.

    Step Three: Once the moss is secure on all sides, cover up any floral pins that are showing by gluing very small pieces of moss overtop. 

    Step Four: Cut a piece of ribbon or fabric scrap to roughly twelve inches in length. At the six inch mark, fasten the ribbon to the center of the moss pillow with a dab of glue and a floral pin.

    Step Five: Secure your rings by sliding them thru the ribbon and tying a knot!

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  • Photos by Carly Taylor

    Perhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment!     Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar.     Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors.   Process:   1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion.     2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom.     3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape.     4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten.     5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop.     6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created.     7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball.     8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created.     9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!?     Photos by Carly Taylor
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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags.       Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Materials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards      First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam.     Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam.     Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers.     Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board.     Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)...     It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table!     Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!    

     

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