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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.
By: Jenny BattA touch of gold goes a long way! These metallic tassels will add an interesting flair to place settings. Materials White latex paint Small plastic container Paper clips Foil lined tray Bamboo skewer Gold liquid gilding Step One: Wrap thick cotton twine around your fingers about 20 times and cut the end. Step Two: Take a second piece of twine, then wrap and tie around the top. Knot to secure. Step Three: Unfold paperclips and hook on the tops of the tassels. Step Four: Pour white latex paint into a small container with high sides. Hold the tassel up with the paper clip and dip the tassel into the paint. Step Five: Use the skewer to press in the entire tassel until it is completely submerged. Pull out tassel and use skewer to scrape off any excess paint. Step Six: Lay to dry on a foil lined tray or cookie sheet. Use the skewer to gently style the tassel if needed. Repeat with remaining tassels. Let dry for 24 hours, flipping tassels over and placing them on a clean portion of the tray after 12 hours. You can also hang to dry with a tray underneath. Step Seven: Outside, paint each tassel gold and let dry. Spray a second coat. Flip over and cover the other side with two light coats. Let them air out a few days before use. DIY: Gilded Tassel Adornments Tie each tassel to cotton twine and wrap around napkins at each setting. Add a tag if desired. These would be just as fun as escort cards or attached to magnets and given as favors! (photos by hankandhunt.com)
Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
How sweet would it be to have all of your guests sporting a colorful corsage! Here's how to create them.
Project and Photos By: Chelsea FussInstead of corsages, consider giving the mothers of the wedding party small bouquets to carry. No need to worry about pinning on finicky corsages, let them carry these sweet bouquets instead. You will need: Around 10 stems of flowers including 3 large open blossoms, 1 stem of greenery, 1 stem of filler, and a mix of budded and open flowers in different shapes and sizes. Pictured: 2 parrott tulips, 2 stems of ranunculus, 2 stems of mimosa, 3 stems muscari, 1 stem hyacinth. Other flowers that work well: roses, lisianthus, astiilbe, queen anne's lace, lily of the valley, and herbs. Finally, you'll need string, scissors, clippers, ribbon and a vase to hold bouquets. Directions: 1. Strip most of the leaves off the flowers and cut the stems around 6 inches short. 2. Hold a few of the flowers in one hand and add flowers and greenery with the other hand, until the bouquet looks about right. 3. Tie with a string. 4. Trim the stems about 4 inches long. 5. Tie with a ribbon. 6. Keep in vase with a label until the event or photos begin! Tip: When arranging the flowers, remember you can balance out one large flower with 3 smaller flowers. Another idea is to keep the larger, open flowers towards the bottom and the lighter flowers and buds towards the top of the bouquet. The mothers in your wedding party will love carrying these sweet nosegays and can enjoy them for about a week after the wedding! Aren't they stunning? Project and Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Photos By: Katherine Chong
Are you a good baker? Then cut out the catering cost at your event and create your very own dessert table! With some jarred lemon curd, a quick swiss meringue and a torch, you can create lemon meringue tartlets in no time. Top them with some fresh blueberries and you have a dainty treat with a beautiful and natural color palette.
You can find pre-made pie or tart shells at just about any grocery store to save many steps. If you feel a bit uneasy about making meringue, use a packaged vanilla pudding mix to fill the shells, and top your tarts with some fresh fruit tossed in a simple syrup or apricot glaze.
Besides mini-pies, here's another idea: Fill your own tall and slender shot glasses with store-bought crushed chocolate graham crackers, vanilla pudding made from mix, freshly cut bananas, and some whipped cream. Drizzle some caramel sauce on top and sprinkle on a few dark chocolate shavings for an ultra chic version of banana cream pie.
For a more personal touch, roll out some sugar cookies topped with a monogram motif in pre-made royal icing tinted with drops of food coloring to match your wedding colors.Get creative with lovely tulips or any other simple arrangement to accent your table. Use fruit in season -- summertime tarts will make everyone really happy! People tend to eat with their eyes, so elevate a plain brownie square with a little floret of espresso pastry cream, sprinkled with chopped almonds for a decadent take on mocha almond fudge. Even if your wedding is on a budget, your guests will be impressed with these professional-looking (and tasty!) DIY dessert creations
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.
Project and Photos By: Jenny Batt of Hank and Hunt I found these tiny glass domes the other day and instantly thought of doing something for the couple who loves to travel. These charming little domes are pretty enough to set on a windowsill, where they will remind your guests every time they pass by. Supplies: moss cloth glass domes wood dowels heavy duty or kitchen scissors hot glue gun white cardstock cardboard Step One: On your computer, design and print three signs. I used the Bebas Neue font (download it for free here) at 12pt. I typed the initials of the bride and groom, "save the date" and the date to be saved. Space each group about 1.5" to 2" apart. Add as many to a sheet as you like. Cut out each group, for ease, and cut each into small strips. Cut one end of each strip into a point. Remember to cut the point to the opposite direction for the middle sign, here it was the "save the date" sign. Step Two: Next, cut each dowel into 4 even pieces, about 3" long. Step Three: Trace the bottom of the glass dome on a piece of paper. Use this to cut circles from the cardboard. Step Four: Hot glue each dowel to the center of the cardboard base. Be sure to hold the dowel up straight until cool. Step Five: Test where you would like the signs to go on the dowel and add three small drops of hot glue to attach the signs. Tip: Add the signs at slightly off angles to get the real post effect. Step Six: Use your circle template to cut rounds of the moss cloth. Cut slightly inside the traced line to make sure the moss fits inside the glass dome. Step Seven: Cut a slit halfway through the moss circle. Place circle on cardboard round, around the post. Check to make sure it fits with the dome on top. If not, retrim slightly until it does. Hot glue each side of the moss down to the cardboard base. Step Eight: Run a thin bead of glue around the outside of the moss on the cardboard base and immediately add the glass dome and press down. Step Eight (Cont). Hold until cool. Repeat with remaining domes. These are pretty sturdy and fit in small boxes; be sure to pack with lots of paper crinkle to mail them. They would also be fun to hand deliver for a small local wedding. Consider making these as favors or escort cards instead, just change what is written on the sign!
Materials: 20" x 30" foam board, 2 bags of preserved moss (found in gardening section of craft store), All-purpose glue, String, Satin ribbon (optional), Tape, Printer, X-acto knife with fresh blade, Metal ruler, Pencil, Scissors
Step One: Create a monogram template using your font of choice. I used a modern condensed typeface called Gotham and enlarged my 'R' to fill my 8.5" x 11" document. I worked in Illustrator but you can also do this in Microsoft Word. Save your document as a PDF, and when sending to print, choose the option 'Poster' under 'Page Sizing and Handling.' I printed mine out at 220% and cut and pieced the printouts together to form an 'R' that is 22" x 12."
Step Two: With a pencil, trace the template onto foam board.
Step Three: Cut out using X-acto knife. A ruler can help guide your blade with straight cuts, while you will have to freehand it around the curves. It's always better to do numerous, shallow cuts, as opposed to one deep cut -- you have better control this way.
Step Four: With the tip of the X-acto knife, poke holes through the foam board for creating a hook. If your letter is wide, such as 'W' or 'U' you will need two sets of holes on both sides of the letter. Thread a thin piece of string through and knot.
Step Five: Working on a small area of the letter at a time, apply a generous amount of glue along the edge of the monogram. Apply pieces of moss, tearing thicker pieces in half cross-wise for the most uniform surface. Next, fill in the letter with a layer of glue, then moss.
Step Six: Continue glueing on moss, working on edges first, then filling in. Finally, glue on small pieces of moss to the edges of the monogram.
Step Seven: As the foam board dries, there's a chance of it warping because of the moisture of the glue. Mine began to curl inward, so I let it dry upside down with a couple of bowls on top. When dry, hang the monogram using the hooks on the back, or thread a wide satin ribbon through the hook to create a loop for hanging.