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Photos By: Chelsea Fuss
Oragami Paper Cranes:
It's stated in Japanese tradition that if you make one thousand cranes, your wish will come true! You don't have to make a thousand for a beautiful impact, though. Once you make a few, they go quickly. Invite some friends over to create this super sweet decoration for your big day.
Use these pretty birds as escort cards, favors or table decorations! You can also string them and hang them from a tree or the ceiling.
Photos By: Katherine ChongWilliams-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!
Photos By: Mary SwensonMaterials: • A rectangular piece of Styrofoam, found in the floral section of any craft store (make sure it's at least 4 inches deep, so that it can stand upright on a table) • Fabric to cover the foam (we used white linen) • Ribbon • Ball pins • Seating cards First, cut the fabric to size, making sure that it fully covers the front, back, and sides of the your piece of foam. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Cover the foam with the fabric, making sure to pull it taut to eliminate any bumps and to keep it tight against the foam. Use the pins to secure the fabric to the foam. Cut ribbon pieces just long enough so that they come to the bottom of the rectangle when they hang over the top, and notch the ends for a nicely finished look. Then, postition the ribbons so that they are spaced an equal distance apart along the rectangle. Pin the ribbons in place to the back of the foam. Print out your escort cards onto cardstock and cut them into equal sizes; or, buy pre-cut cards and hand-write the names and table numbers. Pin the cards along the ribbons, keeping an equal distance between each card. Make sure to leave each pin sticking out a bit so that it's easy for guests to remove their card from the board. Not only is this board a simple, elegant, and budget-friendly way to display seating cards (and its colors can be easily customized to coordinate with your event)... It's also a space-saver: since it's a free-standing piece, it takes up just a fraction of the table space you'd use if you layed out the cards on top of the table! Voila! Your escort card display board is gorgeous!
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.
Project and Photos By: Erica OBrienTo 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.
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!
Photos by Carly TaylorPerhaps one of the easiest projects you can create, these yarn poms when done in bulk will lend a dramatic flair to your ceremony or reception area for a very minimal investment! Design them to coordinate with your wedding colors. They will look great on a cake, above the dance floor or as the backdrop to an altar. Materials: Yarn in varying colors to match your wedding decor Scissors. Process: 1. Using your middle three fingers begin to wrap the yarn around in a circular motion. 2. Wrap a thick layer of yarn, about 50 loops for a medium sized pom. 3. Carefully pull the looped yarn off your hand, keeping it in its wrapped shape. 4. Using the long end of the yarn, wrap it around the center of your looped yarn 3-4 times, pull to tighten. 5. Cut the end of the yarn off and tie a small knot around the center of the loop. 6. Starting at one end, begin cutting the yarn down the center of the loops. Cut all the way around the circle you have created. 7. Fan the pom out on all ends to create an even poof for the ball. 8. The poms are easy to hang using fishing wire tied around the center loop you created. 9. How sweet is this pom pom cake!? Photos by Carly Taylor
Photos By: Chelsea FussFor a simple favor that's an easy takeaway, try mini lemon breads! These darling little bread loaves will charm your guests and are inexpensive to put together. A good recipe is key! We really like this one. You will also need mini loaf pans, parchment or craft paper, string or twine and tags. Make sure you also have a pretty surface or tablecloth to display the breads on. Measure a piece of paper that will be a few inches shorter on each end than your loaf of bread. Fold over once so the raw edges don't show and wrap the paper around the middle of the bread. Tie with twine or string and a tag. It's that simple! Display on an interesting or pretty surface. Display on an interesting or pretty surface. Enjoy!
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!
Stick your flowers through the hole in your ribbon.
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!
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!