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  • 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!    
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  • Photos By: Jennifer Kirk of Ambrosia Creative

    With a few everyday tools, transform plain white poster board into a chic geometric backdrop perfect for a modern-themed wedding.

      Supplies:  desktop printer This template 4 sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock 9 sheets of 28"x22" white poster board  scissors x-acto knife yard stick or measuring tape self-healing cutting mat double-sided tape duct tape fishing line (to hang backdrop)

    Steps One - Three:   1. Download and print all four pages of template onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock. Cut out shapes and tape pieces together to form a star. This is your template for tracing.    2. Trace template onto the back (dull side) of a sheet of poster board. On a 28"x22" sheet, you can fit three stars.    3. Cut out star shapes. From beginning to end, each star takes about five minutes. The backdrop I created measures 44"x 53" and is made up of 27 star shapes.     Step Four:  Stack the stars together, orienting them so the edges are even.     Step Five:   Working from left to right, lay out a row of stars, overlapping the "arms" of each piece. Use double-sided tape to affix edges together. Important: The center line of each star must be exactly vertical and parallel to each other. Keep each row perfectly straight and make sure each star piece is oriented the same direction so the pieces fit together consistently. This is to ensure you have a uniform, symmetrical backdrop. I used the slats of my floor as a guide to line up my stars, but you can also use a measuring tape or yardstick. My completed first row is five stars across.   '   Step Six:   Lay out the second row of stars. Starting on the left, place a star so that the center line meets where the two bottom stars join. Complete the row for a total of four stars. Check that the center line of each star is perfectly vertical across all rows. You can use your yardstick or measuring tape for this.     Steps Seven - Nine:   7. Repeat the process for a third row with five stars across. Then a fourth row with four stars across. Continue for a total of 6 rows.   8. Carefully flip the backdrop over and use small pieces of duct or masking tape to reinforce the "joints" where the stars meet.   9. Trim off the edges on the left, right, and bottom.     Step Ten:    To finish the top of the backdrop, trim off star pieces as indicated in picture. You will end up with three "points" along the top.     Step Eleven:    On the backside of the finished three points, attach a small piece of duct tape a couple inches wide. Punch out a hole using a small hole punch. To hang, string fishing line through the holes, knot, and attach to ceiling hooks.  
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     You will need:  A paper photo album (we used this one from Kolo) works great!  About 1/2 a yard of fabric  Ribbon or string Photo corners Fabric glue Scissors An iron     Take out the ribbon the photo album came with and separate the paper cover and set the pages aside.     Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the outside and inside of the paper photo album cover.     Press the fabric over the paper. Secure the fabric on the inside. fold over raw edges, press them and then secure them to the cover with glue.     Tie together the pages and secure them to the fabric cover with string or ribbon.     For the window opening, cut an X in the fabric and glue the excess fabric underneath the cover.     Secure photos with photo corners.      
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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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  • 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!    
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  • Photos By: Jennifer Kirk of Ambrosia Creative

    With a few everyday tools, transform plain white poster board into a chic geometric backdrop perfect for a modern-themed wedding.

      Supplies:  desktop printer This template 4 sheets of 8.5"x11" cardstock 9 sheets of 28"x22" white poster board  scissors x-acto knife yard stick or measuring tape self-healing cutting mat double-sided tape duct tape fishing line (to hang backdrop)

    Steps One - Three:   1. Download and print all four pages of template onto an 8.5" x 11" sheet of cardstock. Cut out shapes and tape pieces together to form a star. This is your template for tracing.    2. Trace template onto the back (dull side) of a sheet of poster board. On a 28"x22" sheet, you can fit three stars.    3. Cut out star shapes. From beginning to end, each star takes about five minutes. The backdrop I created measures 44"x 53" and is made up of 27 star shapes.     Step Four:  Stack the stars together, orienting them so the edges are even.     Step Five:   Working from left to right, lay out a row of stars, overlapping the "arms" of each piece. Use double-sided tape to affix edges together. Important: The center line of each star must be exactly vertical and parallel to each other. Keep each row perfectly straight and make sure each star piece is oriented the same direction so the pieces fit together consistently. This is to ensure you have a uniform, symmetrical backdrop. I used the slats of my floor as a guide to line up my stars, but you can also use a measuring tape or yardstick. My completed first row is five stars across.   '   Step Six:   Lay out the second row of stars. Starting on the left, place a star so that the center line meets where the two bottom stars join. Complete the row for a total of four stars. Check that the center line of each star is perfectly vertical across all rows. You can use your yardstick or measuring tape for this.     Steps Seven - Nine:   7. Repeat the process for a third row with five stars across. Then a fourth row with four stars across. Continue for a total of 6 rows.   8. Carefully flip the backdrop over and use small pieces of duct or masking tape to reinforce the "joints" where the stars meet.   9. Trim off the edges on the left, right, and bottom.     Step Ten:    To finish the top of the backdrop, trim off star pieces as indicated in picture. You will end up with three "points" along the top.     Step Eleven:    On the backside of the finished three points, attach a small piece of duct tape a couple inches wide. Punch out a hole using a small hole punch. To hang, string fishing line through the holes, knot, and attach to ceiling hooks.  
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  • By: Sarah Zlotnick 

    From early love lessons to SAT prep, moms teach us a lot. They're by our sides through thick and thin, and, with any luck, have been the major helping hand in many of life's biggest moments. Sometimes it seems near impossible to pay Mom back for all her love and support, but hey—she is your mom. And because she's your mom, we guarantee she'll go all misty-eyed from even the smallest of gestures. Which is precisely why we're using this Mother's Day to brainstorm thoughtful ways to show some appreciation for the lady at your wedding. Our favorite ideas (besides wearing her wedding dress, of course) follow below—let us know what you'll be doing in the comments!  

    1. Have her walk you down the aisle!
    Don't think you need to find a male replacement for that moment if Dad's no longer in your life. In one of our favorite features on our blog One Lovely Day, Silka was escorted by her mother, and we have never seen a woman look more proud. Another idea: give one arm to Dad, one arm to Mom, and have both parents walk you down the aisle. |
    2. Give her a flower before the altar. Dad still doing the giving away? Take a moment before you step onto the altar to give your mother a flower from your bouquet. Purposefully singling her out right before you say your vows will show her (and everyone in attendance) how crucial her support has been in getting you there. The gesture will become even more special if you tuck one of her favorite blooms into your bouquet and present her with that.   3. Set aside a space dedicated to her memory. This beautiful idea comes from one of our Twitter followers (@MsMakeItRain29): If your mother has since passed, place a framed photo of her and her favorite flowers on the chair where she would have sat.   4. Include Mom in the getting ready fun. Book her a seat next to yours while you and your bridesmaids are getting your hair and makeup done. Involving her in this girls-only tradition will let her know know that you see her as a friend and confidant, which is the ultimate compliment.   5. Incorporate her wedding wear into your ceremony. In her New Jersey wedding, Marisa draped a dear late aunt's veil over her chuppah. We think this is an excellent compromise if you'd prefer to keep your bridal ensemble to yourself, but still want to show mom some respect for her marital history.   6. Recreate a moment from her wedding day. Sort through Mom's wedding pics and select a photo you find particularly striking (bonus points if it includes her parents). Suprise her by bringing the shot to your wedding and recreating the pose with your photographer—we guarantee she'll be touched by the gesture.     Photo by Briana Marie Photography
     
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins

    This DIY packaging is a fresh and modern way to present small favors to guests.         Fill each cocoon with something fun to keep your guests busy (like these bright and nostalgic finger pops) and something sweet to snack on.   Materials: 1/2 craft glue- 1/2 water mixture Large spool of embroidery thread Balloons (1 balloon for every 2 favors)   Instructions:   1. Blow up your balloons and tie a length of thread to the end of the balloon.   2. Begin wrapping thread around the balloon, the messier the wrap the better.   3. Once you have a good covering over the entire balloon, dip a brush into the glue mixture and coat the entire balloon. Hang the balloon by its end to dry. Note: You could also use liquid fabric stiffener for this step in the project, just fill a large bowl and completely dip your wrapped balloons in.     4. Once dry, cut the balloon in half at the center width. Each balloon will make two separate cocoon wraps.      5. Gently pop each balloon and pull away from the fabric. Fill your wraps and tie together with a ribbon and simple tag.     6. Rest each favor on a place setting for a creative, modern touch.  
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  • By: Victoria Hudgins 

    These trendy, crafted flowers will look amazing in bouquets or décor!     I was inspired by a pre-made version and quickly realized how easy the flowers are to whip up! Consider making a bouquet for everyone in your wedding party or a few dozen to construct a ceremony backdrop.   Materials: Extra long crepe paper in the colors of your choice Floral wire Scissors Green floral tape     Step One: Working horizontally, begin by folding your crepe paper in a small accordion fold. Use your finger to gently roll over the top 1/4 inch of the paper giving it a pretty curled edge.     Step Two: Place a floral wire half way up the paper at one end and begin rolling the paper up TIGHTLY. To get the exaggerated effect, focus on tightly gathering the bottom 1/4" of the paper, letting the top open wide. Tie off the flower at the base of the 'stem' with a simple thread and knot. It helps to have a second pair of hands for this part!         Step Three: Wrap the entire stem with green floral tape.         {Photos by Victoria Hudgins}
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    by Olivia Kanaley     Supplies: Wire berry garland (one 4 ft garland makes 5-6 wreaths) Natural floral wire Shipping tags Wire cutters White glue Paintbrush Clear glitter     Instructions: 1. Cut an 18" length of floral wire using wire cutters and form it into a circle about 2.5" in diameter as shown. 2. Snip sprigs from a wired berry garland and wrap them around the floral wire frame. 3. Continue until the wreath has berries all the way around.     4. Brush on white glue with a paintbrush and sprinkle with clear glitter. Let dry.     5. Tie on a tag with guest's name and table number.     Your escort wreaths will be a memorable memento from your winter wedding!    
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  • Photos By Carly Taylor

    There is no better way to ensure your guests remember the special day you are planning then to post the date on their fridge!   In lieu of giving them a face photo to stare at for the coming 4-9 months, why not hand off a pretty felt magnet that can grace their kitchen with your love even after you're married!     Materials: Felt Scissors Ribbon A custom stamp Small adhesive magnets Embroidery thread A needle   To Make:   Cut felt (2 layers at a time) in the shape of a heart.     Your hearts don't have to be perfect - the more unique and homemade the better!     Cut a coordinating ribbon and stamp in your wedding date.     Place the dated ribbon coming out from one side of the heart.     Place the top layer over the bottom and begin hand stitching the heart together using embroidery thread. Be sure to stitch through the ribbon to hold it into place.       Almost there ...     Send off with a sweet announcement to your guests.     Photos By Carly Taylor
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  • Photos By: Jordan Ferney

    Materials: 2 feet of 18" Russian Veiling Comb Thread and Needle Ruler Scissors  

    Important Note: There are two sides of the veiling: finished and unfinished. You want the finished end to run across your face NOT the unfinished side.

    Starting at point A start sewing in and out of the diamond shapes to gather the fabric. You'll continue sewing in and out on all sides until you get to point B.     Sew it to a hair comb.     After you attach it in your hair on the side of your head with bobby pins, then add an embellishment like a flower or feather to cover the comb.     Birdcage veils are made out of Russian Netting or Russian Veiling which is a millinery material. You can usually find it at a really good fabric store or online.     The veiling usually comes in three lengths 9" 12" and 18".     Isn't she gorgeous! If you just want a little coverage over your hair you want 9".     If you want it to cover your eyes, you'll want 12" and if you want it to cover your nose or chin you'll want the 18" veiling (cut it down to 16" to cover the nose.)     It comes in almost every color and you can also find veiling with chenille dots or pearls if you wanted to add embellishment in that way.     Inspired by precious birdcages everywhere! Enjoy!

     

     

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    Photos by: Chelsea Fuss     You will need:  A paper photo album (we used this one from Kolo) works great!  About 1/2 a yard of fabric  Ribbon or string Photo corners Fabric glue Scissors An iron     Take out the ribbon the photo album came with and separate the paper cover and set the pages aside.     Cut a piece of fabric that will cover the outside and inside of the paper photo album cover.     Press the fabric over the paper. Secure the fabric on the inside. fold over raw edges, press them and then secure them to the cover with glue.     Tie together the pages and secure them to the fabric cover with string or ribbon.     For the window opening, cut an X in the fabric and glue the excess fabric underneath the cover.     Secure photos with photo corners.      
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    Concept by: Victoria Hudgins Photos by Erin Holland   Add a dash of confetti to your party in the form of a chandelier! This looks fabulous hung in multiples on top of a dessert bar, or hung individually as centerpieces.     In fact, you can turn your confetti chandelier into a 'cake topper,' who says that a 'topper' has to be placed directly on top of the cake?     Cut out one inch confetti rounds from colored paper. We used about 120 rounds for this installation. I would suggest using a monotone color scheme or 4-5 coordinating colors on each hoop.     Thread the confetti dots together. Begin at the top, leaving enough thread to attach the string to an embroidery hoop. Have your hot glue gun ready and place a tiny drop of glue on the bottom of each dot to hold it in place.     Using an embroidery hoop, tie four to six strings across the top in a criss cross pattern.     One at a time, tie the strands of confetti dots onto the hoop and string base. You can paint or adorn the hoop as needed to match your wedding décor.     Hang the installation above a cake or elsewhere; adjust the length of the strands for just the right balance.      
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