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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Get ready for the holidays with this versatile winter bouquet, which is small enough to use almost anywhere. Adorn table settings at the rehearsal dinner or reception, with these affordable blooms. Or pop the mini bouquets into small vases, running the length of each table, for a more casual centerpiece option. You can even use this technique to create a larger bouquet for bridesmaids to carry on the big day. Materials: Scissors Pinecones Wax Flowers Mums Wire Twine
Instructions:Step One: Attach wire near the bottom of a pinecone, twisting several times. Then bend the remainder of the wire downward to create something that resembles a floral pick. Set aside. Step Two: Cut down several mums stems to 6 inches in length and remove all leaves from the stems. Step Three: Start to form a small arrangement of mums and wax flowers (3-4 stems total to start), making sure to criss cross the stems 1-2 inches below the base of the blooms. Then add the wired pinecone, just as you would a flower. Step Four: Next, tie a piece of twine around the stems and wire pick, and double knot tightly. Now, you have a tiny, festive arrangement perfect for the holidays.0
Project and Photos by Erica Obrien The best part of this cake topper project is that it's highly customizable. Everything from the color of the sprinkles, to the size of the letters and even the letters themselves can be personalized to work with your wedding cake. Step 1: What you'll need: Laser cut wooden letters. These can be purchased at any crafts shop or custom made. We recommend Woodland Manufacturing. The site allows you to choose your letters, connection style, font, and height. Prices are extremely reasonable, and shipping is very fast. Popsicle sticks or wooden coffee stirs Non toxic craft glue (such as Elmer's) or glue gun Small nonpareils (sprinkles) Sweetened condensed milk Food coloring paste in color of your choice Food-use only paintbrush Step 2: At least one to two weeks prior to project, order custom laser-cut wooden letters here. The size you select should be based on the top tier of your cake. (Our top tier is 5" in diameter, so we selected lettering that was 2" tall and about 5" wide.) Step 3: Put a small dab of glue on part of popsicle stick that will be attached to letters Step 4: Glue popsicle stick or coffee stir to back of letters as centered as possible. Allow to dry. Step 5: Mix small amount of food coloring into sweetened condensed milk. Color will intensify, so add a little at a time. The sweetened condensed milk is a foodsafe way to hide the wood and to adhere the nonpareils. Note that some of the wood color might show through. Step 6: Use food-use only paintbrush to paint colored sweetened condensed milk all over letters. Step 7: Over a bowl, carefully pour sprinkles onto letters. Allow to dry. Step 8: Carefully center and insert onto top of cake. Enjoy your gorgeous wedding cake!0
Project by Erica Obrien No plates, no wrappers, these bite-sized gems are completely edible and perfect for everything from a formal dessert table at a wedding to a laid back gathering of girlfriends at a bridal shower. Of course the colors are customizable as are the sizes.
Step 1: Make the Cups At least one day in advance, gather what you’ll need and make the cups. The farther in advance, the better. Be sure to make extras in case of breakage. Here’s what you’ll need: Cardstock Tape Ruler Fondant in color of your choice Food-use only ruler Rolling pin Pizza wheel Water Two small round cutters, one slightly larger than the other Cornstarch (to prevent sticking) Roll cardstock tightly. Insert smaller round cutter into rolled up cardstock to ensure a snug fit. Tape down length of cardstock to secure. Use small amount of cornstarch to prevent fondant from sticking. Roll fondant into long thin strip. Place ruler on fondant and use pizza wheel to cut straight line. Save excess. Repeat on other side of ruler, matching strip width to height of smallest cutter. Use ruler to straighten edge of strip. Cut strip into 4 ½” pieces, or large enough to wrap around cardstock roll with a slight overlap, creating a closed ring. Wrap strips around cardstock roll, securing overlap with enough water to ensure sticking. Allow to dry at least overnight. Repeat as many times as needed until desired number of rings are made. Roll out extra fondant. Using larger cutter, cut an equal number of discs as you have rings. When dry, rings will be able to stand upright. Rings will create sides of cups; discs will form bottom of cups Step 2: Make and Decorate the Cakes Here’s what you’ll need: Cake of your choice baked in 2” high pan Piping bag with large round tip 8 and filled with your choice of buttercream Fondant rings and discs (made in advance) Edible “confetti” (sprinkles, sugar pearls, fondant circles, non pareils) in the color of your choice Place fondant ring on fondant disc. Place small amount of buttercream at bottom of ring to secure disc and cake to ring. Use smaller cutter to cut cake round. Insert cutter into ring and gently press to release cake. Press down to secure cake to buttercream. Top cake round with candy kiss-shaped dollop of buttercream. Top cake cups with confetti.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography Design a colorful dahlia bridal bouquet to carry on your wedding day in a few simple steps! Ingredients: Dahlias (3 different colors) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins How To: Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I only designed with two types of flowers. I used one pack of dahlias in each color and one bundle of seeded eucalyptus. Step Two: Since we are only designing with two types of flowers, I begin putting the bouquet together with two stems of the dahlias and next add in a few smaller stems of the seeded eucalyptus. Just continue adding the stems of floral until you used all the stems of the dahlias. Stand in front of a mirror while designing and when the bouquet is at the point of how you would like it to look, it’s time to tape it together. Step Three: Using floral tape (you can purchase this from any craft store) secure the stems together and once secured, cut the stems to the desired length. Step Four: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. There you have it, a pretty bouquet using only two types of flowers!1
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Carve up some harvest pumpkins and gourds for the fall/ Thanksgiving season to use as unique place cards for guests at your reception. Bonus: This seasonal DIY can also be used as table numbers or bride and groom signs for the happy couple. Materials: Small pumpkins Carving tool Acrylic craft paint Paint brush Marker or pen How-To: 1. Paint several coats of acrylic craft paint onto small pumpkins. Note: You can either paint the stem the same color or tape off the stem to keep it safe from paint. 2. Once the paint is completely dry, use a marker to write a name, table number, or message on the pumpkin. 3. Using the marker lines as a guide, carve the name or phrase (like 'Bride' and 'Groom') into the pumpkin carefully. 4. Once carved, touch up any necessary areas with another coat of paint and allow for it to dry fully before use.0
Project and Photos by Erica OBrien Erica OBrien created this romantic piping technique exclusively for Project Wedding. The look is fabulous for a wedding cake or bridal shower. The best part is it was designed to perfectly imperfect, so it’s easy for anyone to master. Wildflowers enhance the look, but are totally optional. What You'll Need: Buttercream in color of your choice(Erica used Swiss Merengue buttercream, but if you’re using a confectioner sugar-based icing, be sure to sift the sugar thoroughly) One 12" piping bag Ateco ruffle tip 401 Fresh flowers (optional) Tip 401 creates an open half-tube shape Practice on a flat surface. Hold the tip at a 45-degree angle to your work surface and squeeze gently in an up and down ruffle motion. Hold piping bag at a 45-degree angle to cake, with tip opening facing cake. Hover slightly above cake surface and begin gently squeezing buttercream out. Once buttercream makes contact with cake, continue squeezing gently and evenly but begin motioning to create a crescent, or small swag, shape. For this step, tip should still be hovering above cake surface and should not come into contact with cake. Attach first swag to cake by gently touching cake surface. Continue motion creating swags all around top fifth of cake side. Once first row is complete, offset next row by beginning at center of swag from first row. Continue with this row, ending and beginning each swag at the center of swag from row above. Continue until entire cake is covered, five rows total. Optional: Arrange fresh flowers on top and sides of cake. Ta Da!3
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography
Here's how to create a colorful, textured fall bouquet in a few simple steps.
Ingredients:Cleosia, also known as Coxcomb Ranunculus Sunflowers (I removed the yellow petals) Seeded Eucalyptus Velvet Ribbon Scissors Floral Tape Floral Pins
Step One: Clean the flower stems of extra leaves and give them a sharp angle cut and place them in water for a couple of hours so they can hydrate. For this bouquet, I pulled the petals off the sunflowers to give the bouquet added texture.
Step Two: Begin the design by crisscrossing the celosia, the ranunculus and the sunflowers. Begin turning the bouquet after each fourth flower and once you have the bouquet designed to the size and look that you want, add a few stems of seeded eucalyptus to “cuff” the bouquet.
Step Three: Tape the stems to secure the bouquet in place.Step Four: Cut the stems to your desired length. Step Five: Wrap the stems with the velvet ribbon and secure the ribbon in place with a floral pin. Step Six: Next, take extra ribbon and tie around the handle. Step Seven: Secure the ribbon in place with 3 pearl pins and cut the ribbon ends at a diagonal. Enjoy your gorgeous fall bouquet!0
Photo: This Modern Romance
Photo booths are all the rage at weddings, and why not? They keep your guests entertained! Here's our step-by-step guide to make your own.
Materials Needed:Digital point-and-shoot camera Camera tripod Remote shutter release Backdrop Props
The Camera - Place a digital point-and-shoot camera on top of an extended tripod at eye level, tunr on the flash (unless you're having a spotlight) and connect a remote shutter release so guests can take their own photos. As backup, have polaroid cameras on standby.
Photos (from left to right): This Modern Romance and Anjuli
The Backdrop - Pick a colored or patterned piece of fabric that you can hang. If you're having an indoor wedding, pin it to a wall, or if you're having an outdoor wedding hang from curtain rods, secure with rope, and nail into the ground.
Photos (from left to right): Shelly Kroeger Photography and Birds of a Feather
The Props - Go on a scavenger hunt! Look for props in your own home (like scarves, hats, glasses, frames). or make your own from paper (lips, mustaches, ties). Even provide chalkboards or dry erase boards for guests to write messages on.
Photo: This Modern Romance
The Location - Choose an area that doesn't obstruct the flow of the reception, but is still easily accessible. If you're having an indoor reception, consider a hallway or corner of the ballroom, or if you're having an outdoor wedding, consider next to the DJ that way guests can pose to the beat.
Photo: This Modern Romance
The Extras - After the wedding is all said and done, you're back from your honeymoon, and all the gifts are unwrapped and put away, go through the camera's SD card and save the ones you'd like to put into a scrapbook. Those memories will last a lifetime!2
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Surprise guests with a yummy treat to take home after the reception with these stylish mirrored glass favors that can be customized to your style. Add stripes, polka dots, or geometric shapes to plain glass bottles in minutes with this simple tutorial.
2. Now, cut tape stripes for the bottle. For thinner stripes, you may need to cut the tape lengthwise with scissors to get pieces of tape that are the width you want (about 1/2 inch wide). Or purchase a new roll of tape that is in the desired width you want to use.
3. Attach each tape stripe to the bottle securely, keeping about 3/4 inch apart from each other at bottom of bottle. I was able to attach 5 strips of tape to my bottle, evenly spaced apart.
4. Then completely cover the top of the lid with tape, to ensure that no spray paint will come into contact with the bottle opening, where candy will eventually be added.
5. Next, shake spray paint well, according to instructions, and spray the entire bottle with a thin coat of paint. Wait for it to dry and apply a second coat if necessary. Note: Use spray paint in well ventilated area. Looking Glass spray paint, especially, has very strong fumes. So it's best to work outside for this part.
6. Once the paint is completely dry, remove all the tape from the bottle.
7. Add small candy pieces and then plug the opening with a piece of cork.
8. Next, tie a wooden gift tag to the bottle with a piece of string. This is a great time to add a thank you stamp to the gift tag or add guests name and a table number for a favor that pulls double duty as an escort card as well.
9. Add a small sprig or two of seeded eucalyptus and you have a beautiful wedding favor for guests. Or switch the seeded eucalyptus out for any seasonal flower or greenery for a custom look, perfect for any season. This is a great place to add a pop of color as well, with a colorful spray or pretty ranunculus bloom.
Project by Janie Medley
Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography
Whether you're planning a sky-high tiered cake or something small, simple and sweet, decorating your own wedding cake can be simple and fun. Start with a blank canvas and pretty it up with flowers and fruit following the guidelines below!
What You'll Need:Ranunculus – 3 stems Dahlias – 3 stems Figs Blackberries0