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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: 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: 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.
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!
Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography
Re-create this stained glass monogram with cookie cutters, lollipops, and these instructions from our cake expert!One recipe for stained glass cookie dough(Makes more than enough for one cookie and quite a few extras). Materials: Rolling pin Letter cutters in various sizes Heart-shaped cutter (large enough to accommodate letters) Mallet or hammer Lollipops or hard candy in the colors of your choice Small plastic bag Silpat or other non-stick baking sheet liner Baking sheet Preheat oven to 350 Fahrenheit. Working on Silpat or non-stick baking sheet liner, roll out dough approximately ¼” thick. Cut dough using heart-shaped cutter. Remove the excess (It can be frozen for future use). Using letter cutters, cut out monogram from dough. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 15-20 minutes to firm. Bake in pre-heated oven until dough is partially, but not completely, baked and just barely beginning to turn golden, about 5-7 minutes. While cookies are baking, place lollipops or hard candy into small plastic bag. Use mallet or hammer to crush candy into very small pieces. Fill cavities with crushed candy until it is slightly above the cookie line, taking care not to get any crushed candy on the cookie part. Return to oven and bake until candy is just melted, about 3-5 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Wet a small piece of fondant until it is very sticky. Gently adhere to cookie in several spots, avoiding candy part, and use to affix cookie to cake.
Project By Erica O'Brien & Photos By Brooke Allison Photography
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!
By Victoria HudginsBidding a nod to tradition and family, having heritage photos at your wedding can be a beautiful statement. Here is a simple and pretty way to display them for a table top/reception accent piece. Materials: Craft Letters Mod Podge Paintbrush Enlarged copies of family photos X-acto Knife
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: Erin Holland
Project Styling By: Victoria HudginsWedding 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!