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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags.       Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
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  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    We love this refreshing take on the potted plant! Take a 4” blooming plant and wrap it in newspaper and twine for an earthy but unique wedding favor or centerpiece. Here’s the how-to!

    You'll need: 

    4” seasonal blooming plants. 1/4 of a page of newspaper for each plant. We used the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for it’s heavy, shiny quality (and the romantic wording!) but you could use any newspaper that has significance (in date or language) to you as a couple. Scissors. Waxed twine.     Directions: Cut a 1/4 of newspaper page for each plant.     Take the center ends and turn them up towards the plant and flat against the pot. Wrap the sides over and fold. Tie with waxed twine.     The pots can be set out as favors or they can double as centerpieces by being displayed down the center of a family style table.     How sweet is this place card?     Use the blooms as a guide for your color scheme by displaying them on pretty matching fabric or with coordinating napkins.     We used violas, but other options include daffodils or hyacinth for spring, miniature marigold or daisies for summer, chrysanthemums or pansies for fall, tulip or paperwhites for winter.     Tip: Make sure the bottoms of the plants are dry or the newspaper will get wet. You can also include a small piece of cellophane under the pot or line the newspaper so that you can water the plants.     Your guests will love this bright, seasonal decoration and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands at the end of the evening.    

     

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  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

    5
  • Project and Photos By: Erica OBrien

    To achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to...     Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat     Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.     Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3".     Step Three: Use round cutter on corners.     Step Four: Mix food coloring.     Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.     Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.     Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout.     Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.    
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  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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    By: Victoria Hudgins   Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).     Materials: Paper Cups Tapers or votives Concrete Mix Water Spoon Protective Mask   Step One: Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.     Step Two: Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.     Step Three: Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.     Step Four: Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.     Step Five: Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!     Display Idea: Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.     They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.     Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
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  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Wrist corsages are a pretty and very budget-friendly alternative to bouquets for your bridal party, and are easy to make yourself in just a few steps! 

    Start by selecting ribbon for your corsages. The color, width, and fabric possibilities for ribbon are absolutely endless, but be sure to choose one that's at least an inch wide to carry the weight of flowers. We chose inch and a half satin ribbon for our project.     Cut each ribbon to a length long enough to fit around a wrist, with a few inches extra to trail down after the bow is tied. Then, cut a small hole in the middle of the ribbon and cut the ends at an angle for a finished look.     Choose a few simple flowers in complimentary colors that work well together in a small bunch. Three blooms tend to work best for a wrist corsage; or, go with a single large bloom for a simple and modern look.     Cut the flowers close the the base, and take a piece floral wire and bend it into a hairpin shape. You will need one piece of wire in this shape for each flower in your corsage.     Stick the wire into the center of each flower and push it through the flower, so that each wire comes out on either side of the stem.     If you're using multiple flowers for your corsage, form them into a small bouquet and twist the wires together. Starting at the underside of the flower, wrap the wires together with floral tape. If you're using a single bloom, simply wrap the wire on that bloom with floral tape.

    Stick your flowers through the hole in your ribbon.

    Use fabric glue to glue the tape-covered wire stems to the underside of the fabric and allow to dry completely.     The lovely finished product -- a beautiful, wearable alternative to a bouquet, at a fraction of the cost!  

     

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  • Photos By: Erin Holland

    Project Styling By: Victoria Hudgins

    Wedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards!   Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page.     Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table.     Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation.     Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas.     Enjoy!    
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  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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  • Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio

    Adorn your favors with sequins and bling using full page fabric stickers and simple cotton bags.       Materials: Sheets of printable fabric stickers Scissors Sequin ribbon Fabric glue Simple cotton favor bags

    1. Take a punch or scissors to cut out heart templates from the sheets of printable fabric stickers.   2. Using fabric glue and lengths of sequin ribbon, begin gluing and placing the sequins on the hearts in a back and forth motion. Let some of the ribbon fall off each side of the heart for a nice finish.     3. Turn the heart over. From the back, trim the ribbon down on all sides.     4. Remove the sticker backing and place a sequin heart on each favor bag.       Project By Victoria Hudgins; Photographs By Pictilio
    2
  • Photos By: Chelsea Fuss

    We love this refreshing take on the potted plant! Take a 4” blooming plant and wrap it in newspaper and twine for an earthy but unique wedding favor or centerpiece. Here’s the how-to!

    You'll need: 

    4” seasonal blooming plants. 1/4 of a page of newspaper for each plant. We used the French newspaper, Le Monde Diplomatique for it’s heavy, shiny quality (and the romantic wording!) but you could use any newspaper that has significance (in date or language) to you as a couple. Scissors. Waxed twine.     Directions: Cut a 1/4 of newspaper page for each plant.     Take the center ends and turn them up towards the plant and flat against the pot. Wrap the sides over and fold. Tie with waxed twine.     The pots can be set out as favors or they can double as centerpieces by being displayed down the center of a family style table.     How sweet is this place card?     Use the blooms as a guide for your color scheme by displaying them on pretty matching fabric or with coordinating napkins.     We used violas, but other options include daffodils or hyacinth for spring, miniature marigold or daisies for summer, chrysanthemums or pansies for fall, tulip or paperwhites for winter.     Tip: Make sure the bottoms of the plants are dry or the newspaper will get wet. You can also include a small piece of cellophane under the pot or line the newspaper so that you can water the plants.     Your guests will love this bright, seasonal decoration and they’ll be happy to take them off your hands at the end of the evening.    

     

    2
  • Photos By: Carly Taylor

    The vintage book theme has been a major player in wedding themes this year. We think these bookmark escort cards are the perfect touch to your celebration!

    The materials: Paper, access to a lamination machine, an exacto knife and pretty markers.     First you will need to laminate the paper you are using. You can buy a small machine to do this or bring your papers to the local copy store for lamination.Next, you will need to cut out your bookmarks using a straight edge or paper trimmer.     Trace a small heart on the top portion of each bookmark.    

    Using an exacto knife, cut around the heart 90% of the way.

     

    Leave a small portion of the heart uncut and attached to the page.

    After cutting, you can easily erase your tracing lines with a clean cloth.

    Using your pen, fill in table numbers on the heart and fold up for easy viewing on your seating table.

    Write in each guest name on the long end of the book mark - and you are done!

    5
  • Project and Photos By: Erica OBrien

    To achieve an ombre look like dip-dyed silk, paint varied shades of food color on fondant. Here's the how-to...     Ingredients + Supplies: appx 1 ounce fondant square cookie cutter round cookie cutter letter cutters (or xacto knife if hand-cutting letters) flat, food-use only paintbrush two colors + white paste food coloring (mix each color with white to achieve light, medium and dark shades; this can also be done with several shades of a single color) fondant board or mat     Step One: Roll fondant thinly on board. Be sure that fondant is not sticking before proceeding to Step 3.     Step Two: Cut fondant into a square about 3" x 3".     Step Three: Use round cutter on corners.     Step Four: Mix food coloring.     Step Five: Dip paintbrush in one of the darkest colors. Using a single stroke, paint on fondant. Repeat with medium and then lighter color, then white, followed by the light, medium, and dark shades of the other color. Fondant can be repainted only AFTER paint has completely dried. Avoid the temptation to repaint while wet.     Step Six: Cut initials using letter cutters or by hand-cutting.     Step Seven: After paint has dried, moisten back of letters with water and adhere to fondant cutout.     Step Eight: Apply a small amount of water to fondant cutout and adhere to cake.    
    3
  • Photos By: ohhappyday.com   This giant confetti looks festive whether its floating through the air or looking pretty on the floor.     We've seen this giant confetti premade in different parts of Europe but you can make your own with a $12 circle punch and some tissue paper. Maybe buy two and enlist the help of a friend.   Materials: Glassine Bags 4 3/4" x 6 5/8" Tissue Paper Giant 2" Circle Punch Computer Printer Japanese Washi Tape     The bags are really easy. Did you know you can put these bags through a regular desktop printer and print your own design on them? For this one we just made a really simple design on Adobe Illustrator then put the bag through the printer. It depends what program you are working in, but usually you need to make your document the same size as the bag and then tell your printer what size the "paper" you are loading into your machine is.   Stuff the bags with the giant confetti and seal with a small piece of colored washi tape.     Then leave the bags for your guests in their seats or hand out with the programs.     Happy Celebrating!  
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    By: Victoria Hudgins   Here's an inexpensive way to get in on a simple urban trend for your wedding! Concrete can give a simple/pretty utilitarian look when used in the right way and is one of the cheapest materials to work with.A large bag of concrete sells for about three dollars at your local hardware store and one bag could make an estimated 100 candles! For three dollars (plus the cost of the tapers).     Materials: Paper Cups Tapers or votives Concrete Mix Water Spoon Protective Mask   Step One: Mix the concrete with the water according to your package directions. Work in small batches and wear a mask to prevent inhaling the powder.     Step Two: Once mixed, pour the concrete into your paper cups. You could pre-measure a line inside your cups for a consistent height or pour in varying amounts for a more organic look.     Step Three: Place a taper candle (or votive if your prefer) into each paper cup. Twist down toward the bottom of the mixture to secure.     Step Four: Let dry overnight (or for 24 hours). Then, cut a slit in the top of each paper cup.     Step Five: Begin unwinding the paper from the concrete. If fully dry it will come right off!     Display Idea: Place a grouping of these to center each table, or make them in mass to back your ceremony stage.     They look pretty lining windowsills...on a shelf or other bare surface.     Photos by: Victoria Hudgins
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  • Photos By: Katherine Chong

    Williams-Sonoma’s Message-in-a-Cookie Cutters are a great way to customize any dessert table or edible wedding favors.     While it comes with three shapes, you don’t need to be limited by the set if you just think outside the box and use cookie cutters that better suit your celebration.     A basic sugar cookie and royal icing is a classic combination and can be easily spruced up with some spices, extracts, or food coloring.     Volia! A message cookie is born.     Simple, cost-effective, and easy to make, message cookies are a DIY bride’s dream come true to wowing her guests with a personal touch.     The cookies can be rolled out, cut, and ready to bake ahead of time since most doughs freeze nicely.     Afterwards, using a fine pastry tip and a steady hand when icing the cookies can help achieve beautiful and intricate detailing.     Some Message Ideas: Monogram Your names Guest names (can also be used as escort cards) “Thank you” “Love is sweet” “I do” “Sweet treats” “How sweet it is” “Something sweet” “xoxo”     Your guests will enjoy this thoughtful and romantic messaging -- and a really yummy cookie!      
    5
  • Photos By: Mary Swenson

    Wrist corsages are a pretty and very budget-friendly alternative to bouquets for your bridal party, and are easy to make yourself in just a few steps! 

    Start by selecting ribbon for your corsages. The color, width, and fabric possibilities for ribbon are absolutely endless, but be sure to choose one that's at least an inch wide to carry the weight of flowers. We chose inch and a half satin ribbon for our project.     Cut each ribbon to a length long enough to fit around a wrist, with a few inches extra to trail down after the bow is tied. Then, cut a small hole in the middle of the ribbon and cut the ends at an angle for a finished look.     Choose a few simple flowers in complimentary colors that work well together in a small bunch. Three blooms tend to work best for a wrist corsage; or, go with a single large bloom for a simple and modern look.     Cut the flowers close the the base, and take a piece floral wire and bend it into a hairpin shape. You will need one piece of wire in this shape for each flower in your corsage.     Stick the wire into the center of each flower and push it through the flower, so that each wire comes out on either side of the stem.     If you're using multiple flowers for your corsage, form them into a small bouquet and twist the wires together. Starting at the underside of the flower, wrap the wires together with floral tape. If you're using a single bloom, simply wrap the wire on that bloom with floral tape.

    Stick your flowers through the hole in your ribbon.

    Use fabric glue to glue the tape-covered wire stems to the underside of the fabric and allow to dry completely.     The lovely finished product -- a beautiful, wearable alternative to a bouquet, at a fraction of the cost!  

     

    4
  • Photos By: Erin Holland

    Project Styling By: Victoria Hudgins

    Wedding receptions can be awkward when guests are seated with a table full of people that they don't know. Help break the ice with conversation starter escort cards!   Step One: Make these conversational cards by first printing out the PDF here. There are eight different conversation starters on each page.     Step Two: Cut along the lines to reveal modern-style flags, then write in each guest's name and table information. Be sure to mix up the topics for each table.     Step Three: Top the flags with a small line of cute tape for an extra design punch, or post the simple black and white flags for a bold, minimalistic presentation.     Step Four: Pin the cards onto a paper-backed canvas.     Enjoy!    
    6
  • Project By: Erica Obrien

    Photos By: Cory Obrien     Supplies: Here's what you'll need (clockwise from left): food-use only ruler small sprinkles or nonpareils (available at most crafts stores) piping gel (available at most crafts stores) tapemeasure small flexible cup petal dust in desired shade (we like Crystal Colors brand) food-use only paintbrush ziplock bag     Step One: Remove shaker cap from sprinkles.     Step Two: Empty into ziplock bag.     Step Three: Pour a small amount of petal dust into bag. (Remember you can always add more, so start with a little).     Step Four: Shake the bag until dust is evenly distributed and desired depth of color is achieved.     Step Five: Using tapemeasure, determine the spacing and width of stripes.     Step Six: Dip paintbrush in piping gel.     Step Seven: Using ruler as a guide to acheive a straight line, brush a generous amount of piping gel onto cake with short, even strokes.     Step Eight: Repeat on the right side of line.     Step Nine: Empty colored sprinkles into small cup.     Step Ten: Gently pour sprinkles onto cake.     Tip: You will have many extra sprinkles. Pour onto a sheet of parchment creased in the middle and pour back into small cup. Repeat process until all lines are finished.     Enjoy your chic, striped creation!  
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