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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Give an inexpensive pair of champagne coupes some personality, with a custom ombre look that would be perfect for a bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, or reception. This would be a great way to add your wedding colors in a unique way, making them perfect for photo ops at any wedding event. Materials: Toasting Glasses Painter's Tape Spray Paint Matte Sealant How-To: 1. Start by taping each glass at the rim, making sure to tape an area wide enough to protect your lips from paint later, while sipping. 2. Next, tape off the inside of the glass. 3. Now that the glasses are properly taped, start spray painting the bottom of the stems. Then work your way upward, being careful to focus the bulk of the paint at the bottom, to create an ombre effect. 4. Once the paint has dried, apply a coat of matte sealant to keep the paint from chipping. 5. Once the sealant is dry, remove the painter's tape. 6. Add your favorite drink and get ready for a toast.
Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien
Create these sweet-as-sugar table numbers in a few easy steps!
What You’ll Need:Ruler Fondant in color of your choice pizza wheel 5 x 7 paper embossing folder (Erica OBrien used an Anna Griffin by Cuttlebug design) Number cutters Cornstarch (to prevent sticking) Sugar cookie recipe of your choice Fondant smoother Exacto knife Food-use only paintbrush Small rolling pin Water
Roll out sugar cookie dough to about 1/4" thick. Use ruler and pizza wheel to cut into 4” x 6” rectangle. Repeat as many times as needed.
Lay cut rectangles on baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate 15 minutes or until firm.
Using number cutters, carefully cut out table numbers as needed. Refrigerate again until firm, about 15 minutes.
Bake until lightly browned. Allow to cool.
Roll fondant thin, about 1/8” thick, into about a 5” x 7” rectangle. Be sure to roll to an even thickness.
Place embossed side of paper embossing folder on rolled fondant, pressing firmly.
Use fondant smoother with firm pressure to evenly emboss fondant. Check that fondant evenly fills cavities on paper embossing folder.
Gently lift embossing folder off fondant.
Impression should be even all over fondant.
Using water and food-use only brush, wet entire surface of number cookie.
Adhere fondant to cookie (embossed side facing up) and flip cookie so that back of cookie is facing up.
Place pizza wheel against edge of cookie and cut fondant to same size as cookie.
Use exactly knife to cut number out of fondant.
Gently remove fondant cut out.
There you have it!
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson Photography This lovely floral wall makes perfect décor for a wedding reception, bridal shower, dinner parties — you name it! Ingredients: 4 Bunches of Carnations (I used 4 different color palettes) Washi Tape Scissors Note: Carnations are “hardy” flowers. They do quite well out of water. If you are going to have your carnation wall outside (and if it is a warm day), I would fill a spray bottle with water and mist the carnations. How To: Step One: Purchase the carnations a couple of days before the event. Once you get them home, give the stems a trim with the floral scissors and place them in a bucket of cool water. On the day of the event, cut the stems of the carnations. (There are 25 carnations in a pack, so depending on how full or how large you want the flower wall to be, use your judgment on how many you need to use). Step Two: Cut a strip of the washi tape and secure the carnation to the wall. Place the carnations on the wall in whatever pattern you desire. Step Three: I used some of the leftover stems and placed them in bud vases and I cut the blooms off the stems to place around the vases!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch Add a custom touch to everything from centerpieces to guest favors with this DIY idea for mini monogrammed mirrored vases. Using inexpensive, but heavy-duty, glass votives, you can create small flower arrangements that will feel unique and special for your big day. And each one will only set you back $1.50. How's that for inexpensive? You can even create a special message for guests, spelled out with letter vases. Or incorporate shapes and patterns for an unexpected detail that guests will remember. Materials: Glass Votives Looking Glass Spray Paint Painter's Tape Scissors (optional) How-To: 1. Start by blocking out the basic shape of the letter or letters you want to monogram or message, with painter's tape. 2. Complete any inner details, using scissors (if necessary) to cut any shapes for the letters that can't be made by tearing the tape. Press the edges down firmly, to make sure the tape is secure. 3. Next, in a well ventilated area, spray paint the glass votives and allow the paint to dry fully before moving onto the next step. 4. Once the paint is completely dry, carefully remove the painter's tape. 5. Next, add water and flowers to complete each piece. Use the finished votive vases as tiny centerpieces running along a long table or as favors for guests to take home at the end of the evening.
Finally -- the tassel trend has made it's way into the wedding world, showing up on almost everything! You can cut up mylar, crepe, or tissue paper to make your own or you can scout out your local trimmings and upholstery stores for more traditional versions (remember, the ones on your high school and college graduation caps and curtains tie-backs in your bedroom?). Here, we've rounded up nine of our favorite creative ideas to help inspire your upcoming fun celebration:
1. Shiny Siding - Make your guests jaws drop as they make their way to the reception with shiny, mylar tassel garlands haning outside your venue.
Photo: Jodi Miller Photography
2. Picture Perect Backdrop - Construct a ceremony chuppah with strings of tissue paper tassels that match your color scheme.
Photo: Apryl Ann Photography
3. Beautiful Banners - Create these eye-catching crepe paper chandeliers that can be showcased from the ceiling.
Photo: Taylor Lord
4. Tasteful Tables - Drape tissue and mylar paper garlands on the front of each reception table.
Photos (from left to right): Meg Perotti and Daniel Kim Photography
5. Eclectic Escort Cards - Greet guests with a board of handwritten stickers embelisshed with silk cord tassels.
Photo: Max Wanger
6. Decorative Centerpiece Displays - Adorn lots and lots and lots of branches with crepe paper tassels. Extra add-on: pom poms!
Photo: Katie Osgood Photography
7. Pretty Place Settings - Spiff up each place setting with linen napkins wrapped in ribbon. And you guessed it, a single tissue paper tassel.
Photo: Anneli Marinovich
8. Unique Chair Markers - Add some flair by tying silk tassel cords to the backs of your reception chairs.
Photos (from left to right): Meg Perotti and Ruth Eileen Photography
9. Whimsical Cake Toppers - Decorate a simple buttercream frosted cake with an explosion of colorful crepe paper tassel toothpicks.
Photos (from left to right): Katie Osgood Photography
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Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff
Greet your guests with something they'll always remember with these DIY ombre seashell escort cards. They are the perfect touch for a beach wedding or a subtle nod to the sea for any bride dreaming of a coastal reception.The finished escort cards look beautiful and unique, but they're also very quick and easy to make. Materials: Seashells (which can be found at a local craft store) Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Paper Towel or Rag Metallic Sharpie Scissors Cotton Piping Filler Cord Craft Glue How To: 1. Start by painting the bottom or top half of a seashell and let the paint sit for 15-30 seconds. 2. Next, gently wipe away the majority of the paint. This will leave you with an ombre painted look. 3. Once the paint is dry to the touch, which shouldn't be long since most of the paint was wiped away in step 2, write guests names and table numbers on each shell, with a metallic marker. 4. Then cut a piece of filler cord, roughly 5 inches long, and tie it in a knot in the center of the cord. 5. Attach these knotted cords to the seashells with glue for a nautical look. Enjoy your beautiful escort cards!
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Pop the question to your bridesmaids with these teeny tiny gift boxes, with a surprise message (and gift) inside. This DIY will help get your potential bridesmaids excited for the big day and you can customize the painted birch boxes to your wedding colors in a pinch. This is a great way to give bridesmaids a piece of jewelry, like a ring, that they can wear to the wedding and cherish long after you say, "I do". Materials: Small Round Birch Craft Boxes Acrylic Paint Paint Brush 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' print outs Crinkle Paper Scissors Velvet Ribbon Fresh Flowers, like Delphinium (optional) How To: 1. First, paint the base and lid of the box with acrylic paint in fun patterns and shapes. Wait for the paint to dry. 2. Next, cut a piece of velvet ribbon between four and seven inches long, and glue one end to the inside of the lid. 3. Wrap the other end of the ribbon through the ring and glue the loose end further down on the back of the ribbon. This will create a secure loop to hold the ring, so it doesn't fall out of the box. It will also lift the ring from the box when the lid is opened. 4. Next, add a strip of paper to the the ring and ribbon that pops the question. You can create these strips very easily with your home computer and a printer. The font used in the example is called Housegrind and is free for personal use, right here. 5. Lastly, add crinkle paper to the box and nestle the ring inside before tucking in the ribbon and paper message and putting the lid back on. Present as a gift to your potential bridesmaids and cross your fingers.
Project by Janie Medley Photos by Tori Watson of Marvelous Things Photography These vibrant bouquets are perfect for spring or summer weddings for brides on a budget. How cute these would be for the bridesmaids!? The citrus color palette is so yummy and cheerful! Before you begin to design the bouquets, clean the stems of the flowers and cut them and give the stems a trim and place in clean, cool water until you are ready to begin the design. Ingredients: I purchased a mixture of spring flowers with bright color palettes. The flowers are from a local flower farm. Garden Roses Peonies Ranunculus Poppies Snow Berries (for texture) Billy Balls..aka…Craspedia (for texture) Pieris (for texture) Citrus Floral Tape Ribbon Scissors
Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff Create hanging ombre signs for various parts of your wedding with this straightforward DIY project. Use the finished signs as bride and groom chair signs, a just married banner for the getaway car, or a special phrase that has meaning for you and your groom. The possibilities are endless for what these DIY signs could be used for, and you can customize them to whatever your wedding colors may be. Materials: Cardboard or Heavy Cardstock Scissors Ribbon Pencil Hole Punch Spray Paint (one light blue and one dark blue) How To: 1. Start by drawing or tracing letters of your word or phrase onto card stock or cardboard. 2. Cut out each letter. Then hole punch each letter at the top. 3. Next, spray all of the letters completely with light blue spray paint. Let the paint dry completely before moving onto the next step. 4. With the darker blue spray paint, begin lightly spraying, focusing the paint toward the bottom of each letter to create an ombre look. Let dry. 5. Lastly, thread a long ribbon through the holes at the top of each letter and hang. Ta da!
Project and Photos by Erica O'Brien Piped flowers are perfect for everything from backyard weddings to bridal showers to formal affairs. Although they had fallen out of favor during the height of the fondant craze, piping has made a huge comeback. You can use any buttercream recipe you like, but we prefer Swiss meringue buttercream. Because it's made with real butter, it has a slightly yellow tint, so be sure to practice on a small batch before adding lots of color. What You’ll Need: Small (8” or 10”) piping bag fit with leaf tip (such as Wilton tip 68) Large (18” or larger) piping bag fit with small star tip (such as Wilton tip 1M) Ivory, light pink, dark pink and leaf green buttercream Large icing spatula Small icing spatula To fill the piping bag, fold the top third over your hand. Use small icing spatula to fill small piping bag about half full with leaf green buttercream. To fill large piping bag, open base of piping bag wide so tip is visible. Think of interior of piping bag as a circular (pie-shaped) cavity divided into thirds. Fill large piping bag with ivory, light pink, and dark pink buttercream, placing each color to fill only one third of the interior of the pie-shaped cavity in the piping bag. Twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until full star is formed. Release pressure so buttercream ceases to flow and lift up and away from cake . Repeat shape directly touching previous shape. Continue on top and side of cake creating a round, piped mound. Continue creating round piped mounds around edge of cake. To create leaves, twist piping bag to create pressure on buttercream. Hovering above cake surface, squeeze piping bag until buttercream starts to come out. Gently touch buttercream to cake surface to adhere. Gradually release pressure while pulling away to create a pointed leaf. Enjoy!