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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.
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.
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!
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff We all know the importance of first impressions and when it comes to your wedding, the first impression guests will have will be delivered in the form of your Save the Date. Set the tone by creating your own custom watercolor 'Save the Date' postcards. Choose watercolors that match your wedding colors and theme, then design them with your initials, wedding date or a meaningful phrase like 'together forever'. Materials: watercolor postcard paper, watercolor paints, assorted paint brushes, liquid frisket Step One: Dip your brush into a container of liquid frisket and begin painting a design onto the watercolor postcard paper. The liquid frisket will act as a resist to the watercolor when it comes time to add color, so keep that in mind when creating a design. Step Two: Wait for the mask to dry completely. Then, using a different brush, add a layer of water to the entire postcard to prepare it for the watercolor paints. Step Three:
Next, begin painting the postcard with washes of various colors until you've reached the desired look. For a softer look, gently blot the paint from the paper as you go. Step Four: Once the paint is completely dry, it is time to pull the resist mask off. Step Five: Using your finger, rub over one end of the liquid frisket until it begins to pull up, just as you would with rubber cement. Pull the mask off in entirety, and you will be left with crisp white areas that show off your design. Step Six: Lastly, add a stamp and address your postcards. Don't forget to also include a note reminding guests of the date of your nuptials and any other details you would like to share. These save the date postcards are sure to make a charming first and lasting impression that will continue to excite your guests every day up until the big day.
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.
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.
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff
Photos By: Mary SwensonMaterials: • 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!
Project and Photos By: Brittni Mehlhoff
These floral minis are a sweet and unique way to incorporate fresh flowers into your reception décor.
They're fairly easy to make and can double as favors. Imagine how pretty they'd be situated on top of each place setting!
Supplies:Scissors Floral foam Small vessel or decorative bowl One large bowl filled with water Hydrangeas and other fresh flowers with small to medium size blooms
Photos By: Cory O'Brien
Erica O'Brien, of Erica O'Brien Cake Design, is frequently asked about the chevron technique, one of the hottest design trends this wedding season. Here, she shares her method.