Turn your latte into something special with this cute stencil trick and a little cocoa.
I drew the design on a piece of paper, then laid a plastic lid on top. (This one is from a deli container I saved.) With an X-acto knife, I cut through the plastic, tracing along the design underneath. A tip: you’ll never be able to cut the shapes out in one pass. Make many cuts on top of each other until you break through.
Lay the stencil on top of your mug and sprinkle with cinnamon or cocoa. Dust the powder through a sieve or strainer to make a very fine layer.
This is a fun and easy stenciling project. You could design your own totebags, or tee shirits as gifts for your bridesmaids, flower girls or even your moms.
How To stencil your own stuff:
Buy a roll of freezer paper (approx. $3.99)
Draw your design on the paper. The great thing is that the freezer paper is slightly see-through, so you can lay it over the image you want to stencil and easily trace it (Make sure to draw on the papery side). Also You can actually cut the freezer paper down to 8.5 by 11 and print on it from your printer for a guide to cut as well.
Cut the design out carefully with an X-acto knife.
Then iron the paper, shiny side down, onto the fabric you’re going to stencil. Iron another sheet to the back of the fabric to keep the paint from soaking through. You can use the iron setting that corresponds to the fabric you’re stenciling.
With a foam brush, stenciling brush, kitchen sponge, or a paint brush, apply fabric paint to the cut-away areas. I used Jacquard brand textile paint from the local art and craft stores.
Let the paint dry (use a hairdryer if you’re the impatient type, like me.) Peel the freezer paper off. Set the paint by following the directions on the jar — usually ironing will set it. Ta da.
A Lottery Ticket Favor is a playful idea and your guests will love the chance to win some money.
Best of all this DIY project is so easy!
Simply enclose a $1 Scratch-off state lottery ticket and a penny (for good luck) in a glassine or vellum see-through envelope. You can decorate the envelope any way you want with ribbons and tags. If ribbons aren’t your thing, simply make labels on your home printer and affix them directly to the front of the envelope.
Some clever saying for your labels could be:
* Lucky in Love! * Wishing you RICHES from the new Mr. & Mrs. * We get HALF! * Hope our luck rubs off on you! * With a whole LOTTO love!
Those cutesy names used by photographers to describe their packages aren’t by accident. Many studios cleverly use psychological tactics to get couples to spend more. For example, some photographers use precious metals for package names: from bronze (the least expensive) to Gold (top of the line). But what bride and groom just wants “bronze” wedding pictures? Isn’t daddy’s little girl worth at least silver or gold?
My advice is don’t get caught up in all the clever marketing. Just pick a package that meets your needs and forget what the photographer calls it!
Our Welcome Bags are finished! These will be handed out to the guests who are staying at the various hotels. We went shopping for them and I assembled everything between Saturday and Sunday. Whew! It was a lot of work, but I had a lot of fun putting these together.
So, what’s included in each bag?
We included two water bottles, a bag of mixed nuts, a bag of our FAVORITE potato chips, some Tootsie Rolls, and some gum.
Oh, and what are those paper products?
The first one is a little bit of fun:
Here’s a close-up:
The top part says “We Partied Too Hard at Amy & Bradley’s Wedding!”, while the bottom is a tongue-in-cheek “In Case of Emergency” fill-in-the-blank.
The other paper product is our Welcome Packet.
Originally, I was going to include various guide books from the Milwaukee area…but when it came down to it, I didn’t get around to hoarding enough from local hotels and travel establishments to make it work.
Instead, I decided to just make a packet with pertinent information for our guests.
Here’s what our Welcome Packets look like:
Welcome Letter. You can’t see it very well here but we individually signed each and every welcome letter, in a colored Sharpie that matched the covers of each packet (here, the color is yellow).
Weekend Itinerary & Key Contacts
Walking Directions & Cab Information
Restaurants & Local Attractions
I made Welcome Packets in 5 different colors, just for something fun:
We had to fill 30 Welcome Bags, so we did 6 of each color. Easy peasy!
You may have also noticed our SWEET water bottles we included in the bags:
So, those are my Welcome Bags! I think the guests will like them! It feels SO good to have those done. Yay!
**Thanks Amy for sharing this project with us!!!!!
Ah… how romantic! A groom-to-be Jason Fordley hired a sand artist to create this amazing large-scale sand mural wedding proposal on the Beach for his girlfriend Kelly Riplinger. Needless to say Kelly said…YES!
Have you ever been at a party and suddenly became self conscious about your breath from the garlic you just ate; maybe spilled something on your dress, or a sudden gust of wind blows your perfect hair in all directions. What did you do? I bet you ran to the ladies room; looked in the mirror and screamed…eeekkk! You most likely looked around for help but there was nothing there.
Don’t let this happen to the guests at your wedding. Why not make a cute bathroom basket for the reception hall bathrooms. These baskets are simple to make and your guests will appreciate them.
To get started purchase a few baskets (local thrift stores are a great source). These baskets can be as simple or as fancy as you like. Keep them natural, paint them to match your colors, and decorate with ribbons or flowers.
Start shopping early for items so can watch for sales at your local stores and maybe save some money. You don’t need to put anything super fancy in your basket…keep it simple.
Here is what I would suggest…
- Deodorant (use can spay as people won’t want to share roll on or solid)
- Female Hygiene products…tampons, pads
- Things for hair…Hairspray, Bobby pins, something for quick ponytails, brush & comb
- Aspirin, and antacids such as Tums, or Alka Seltzer, cough drops
- Things for Breath…Any type of Gum, or Mints, maybe Mouthwash (be sure to provide small cups for rinsing.)
- Maybe some body spray (vanilla scent is a good choice), hand lotion, and lip gloss. Clear nail polish might also be useful for stopping runs in nylons.
Men’s Basket - The Men’s basket will be very similar to the Ladies except remove the personal ladies items. The Mens basket should also maybe have a very light scented cologne, and add some toothpicks (for some odd reason men like them.)
One great item you may want to include in both the men’s and ladies room is “Shout Wipe and Go”. These are great in case your guests spill food or drink on their fancy clothes. And a special note to the bride…have some of these nearby you at all times.
Before you assemble your baskets please either remove all items from the packages or at least open the packages before you put them in the baskets. Unopened packages may intimidate some guests from opening them.
Next to the basket you can put a simple note or maybe a sweet poem in a picture frame telling the guests to help themselves to the items.
Here are a few poem ideas you might want to play around with.
#1 Compliments of the newlyweds To help you feel your best! Just use a little…freshen up, And leave for other guests!
#2 If your skin feels dry, your hair out of place, Your throat is parched, or whatever the case. We’ve put this together to help you along, Now get yourself out there before the next song!
#3 So happy you’re here to share in our special day!
But should something happen to go astray, Please help yourself to the contents within, Wet wipe, hand lotion, and even aspirin, Use only what you need and leave the rest, It may also be useful to another guest, So repair the damage that may have been done, Then hurry on back and join in the fun!
Hi everyone! I’m so happy to be sharing a little project today. My name is Mandy
I want to thank Jasmine for inviting me to share this quick, simple tutorial on my vintage brooch necklace. It’s super easy to make, and would be such a beautiful gift for your bridesmaids (or anyone for that matter!) Here are some photos and details of how to make your own brooch necklace!
Firstly, gather as many neat brooches as you can. The best places are to scour flea markets, estate sales (costume jewelry jackpot!), or thrift stores. A couple of my brooches were my grandma’s, and the others I found at a thrift store for around $3-$5 each. Not bad! And of course you can browse Ebay for a ‘lot’ of vintage brooches. I found 30 floral cuties for $30 in a recent search I did.
Then buy some rope, cording, grosgrain ribbon or whatever you like, and get crafty with your enclosure. I used a toggle clasp and wrapped a piece of gold wire tightly around the ends of the rope, then through the one of the toggle loops. It holds like a champ! You can find toggle clasps at your local jewelry store, or on Etsy.
You might want to lay out your brooches along the rope beforehand, so you can determine the cutest position and order for each. Then, all you gotta do is start pinning them to the rope. Voila! You have a cute and inexpensive gift for your ‘maids (or anyone else) that they will oooo and ahhh over!
I am completely obsessed with this next idea, and actually, just might go make these adorable coasters myself to have in our office! Also love the idea of making each bundle different, with modern graphic prints. GREAT way to add a pop to your decor.
Here is the play by play…
Home Improvement Store: -Square ceramic tiles. I purchased mine at Home Depot. Mine are 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, although you may find variations in sizes between stores.
Craft Store -Decoupage glue, I used Mod Podge (or craft glue to dilute with water at a 1:1 ratio) -Paper- can be scrapbook, cardstock, leftover invitations, monogrammed napkins, copies of love letters or song -Foam brushes -Felt for backing coasters. You can use rolls of thin cork board, which will increase your cost slightly. Cork does make it easier to achieve a clean, professional look. -Paper cutter -Heavy-duty glue -Ribbon or raffia for tying, or small appropriately-sized boxes. Even paper cut into thin strips and glued. -Waterproof acrylic sealer, in a spray or paint can
A note about what paper you choose: You can order extra paper from your invitation supplier to make sure that your coasters coordinate. This way, they are clearly associated with your wedding. You can also stamp any logo you may be using onto your paper in waterproof ink. I kept mine black and white so they would match with most people’s home decor, but there are so many amazing patterns available! Scrapbook paper comes in large packs that are all pre-coordinated, which takes the guesswork out of which papers to choose. Finally, you can choose to stamp directly onto your tile with an ink like Staz-On, which you can color with ceramic or glass paints and then cure. This would work especially well if you had a custom stamp made for your wedding.
1. Clean the tiles with alcohol to remove smudges/fingerprints. Be sure you’re working on a non-stick surface like plastic or vinyl. The decoupage glue WILL stick to newspaper or cardstock! (That’s it’s intended purpose.)
Optional: The grooves on the sides of each tile can be sanded down. I like the way they look, though. They can be painted, or sponged with waterproof ink before adding your paper. They can be gold-leafed or covered in ribbon at the end of the process.
2. Cut your paper into squares 1/4″ smaller than your tile. Have a stack of these cut to expedite the process.
3. Brush the tile with decoupage glue. Use a generous coat, since you want all parts of your paper to bond permanently. You must work quickly, as it begins drying immediately. Decoupage glue is NOT very forgiving!
4. Center your paper on the tile. Press the paper to the tile firmly, beginning in the middle and working your way outwards, eliminating air bubbles. Pay extra attention to the edges. These must adhere well, otherwise the paper will peel. Allow this layer to dry, 10 to 15 minutes.
5. Apply a layer of decoupage glue to the top of the paper. Make sure your brushstrokes are uniform and run in only one direction, as you will be able to see them (lightly) when the glue dries. Allow this layer to dry 15 to 20 minutes.
6. Brush another layer of decoupage glue over the coaster. You can make your brushstrokes in the same direction or the opposite direction (horizontally). The latter will produce a hatchmark effect.
7. Continue adding layers of decoupage glue until you are satisfied with the look. I used three. Then repeat the process of sealing with waterproof acrylic sealer, brushing on a layer and allowing it to dry. If using spray sealant, follow directions on the can. With either, make sure you are in a well ventilated area and you follow the precautions on the product! I wait at least one day before adding the sealer to make sure that my coasters are thoroughly dry. Each sealer has a different curing time; check yours for the appropriate number of hours/days it will take to dry.
8. When the coasters are completely sealed and dry, cut the felt to the appropriate size to match your tiles. Use the heavy-duty glue to affix the felt square to the bottom of the tile. Most heavy-duty glues require adequate ventilation! Again, be sure to follow manufacturer’s directions and precautions. The same process applies to the use of rolled cork board. Wait a few days before packaging to make sure that the adhesive no longer has an odor.
9. Stack and package your coasters. Add a tag with a printed message, or place a larger poster-style message on the table where these will be displayed inviting guests to take a set. “Next drink’s on us!” or some variant of “Coasting through marriage.” A cute or humorous set of instructions would also work.
Alternate ideas/Additional Considerations: *These look beautiful when they are placed in a grid arrangement next to each other, especially when arranged in the pattern of the original paper. These can be used as a part of your table centerpieces if they are placed under a flower or other arrangement. They would look amazing used as a runner down the center of a long table. You can leave a note for guests instructing them to help themselves to their favorite four if you choose to display them this way.
* Each set doesn’t have to be identical! It actually looks even cuter if you mix and match!
* Consider making each coaster one letter of a four letter word, like LOVE or LIFE. You can use die cuts or stickers over paper.
* Tiles are available in larger and smaller sizes, as is paper. I saw 16″, 12″, 8″ and 6″ square tiles. The same process can be used to personalize these, which can be incorporated into other areas of your wedding.
* Consider punching paper with various punches to create an eyelet or papel picado look. Some scrapbook paper is cut to look like lace.
* Many craft stores sell rub-on images and letters that can be applied to the tiles and then sealed.
* Don’t forget the elements that personalize the coasters. Use monogrammed initials, stickers, etc. to ensure that they are a coordinating part of your day.
* If you don’t love the unfinished edges, the paper or fabric can be cut long enough to cover the edges. Just fold the paper/fabric over the edges and tuck under the bottom side of the tile. The felt or cork will cover the rough edges.
Growing up near the ocean I love anything to do with the beach. So when I saw this Sand Castle Wedding cake it was love at first sight. The icing is white chocolate cream cheese and is covered in ground up Nilla Wafers.
These mini DIY Wall Terrariums are just about the cutest little things. These vertical terrarium wedding favors make great gifts because they don’t take any room, and are extremely easy to maintain. Who wouldn’t want to bring a little bit of the outdoors to their home or office?
- Gravel (can be found at any pet store in the aquarium section) - Air plants, cactus or succulents (you will need a small amount of potting soil if not using air plants) - Moss - spray paint - magnetic metal tins (from here or here you just need to slap magnetic tape on the back!) - Dremel tool - painter’s tape - E6000 glue
Cover your tins with painter’s tape before you begin spray painting the inside of them. Spray tins with 3-4 light coats until they have are opaque in solid white. While your tins are drying, remove the acrylic top from all lids by putting a small amount of pressure with your hands to pop them off. Measure the diameter and mark a line with a permanent marker. Using the diamond cutter tip of your Dremel tool, slice all acrylic lids in halves (you can also try different shapes or drill holes). Lightly sand the edges using a sander tip of your Dremel tool.
Place acrylic tops back in the metal frame of the caps and glue both pieces. I also recommend dabbing the edges of the tins with a q-tip with glue to seal the lids to prevent the weight from the gravel popping out of the containers. It took one wall terrarium to splash gravel all over the floor for me to figure that out :)
Once your tins are dry from spray paint, remove tape and wash tins with water and soap. Close all tins, now with open front lids. Add gravel, misty moss and air plants. If you prefer building a closed terrarium and skipping cutting the lids, you will need activated charcoal, which can be found in the aquarium section at any pet store. Air plants won’t work well in closed containers, so you may want to switch to ferns and small leafy plants.
Q. Is it considered rude to write “black-tie” on the wedding invitations? My mom says guests won’t come if they have to wear a tux.
A. It might be a hassle for some of your guests to rent a tux (especially if you don’t run with the opera-benefit crowd), and good hostesses don’t hassle their guests. A simple solution is to use the wording “black-tie invited” or “black-tie optional.” That way, those who own tuxes or don’t mind renting one will go ahead and wear them, and other male guests will know they should wear a nice dark suit. Mentioning the formality of your wedding will also help female guests know what they should wear. Do it that way and everyone will know that your wedding will be formal, and that they should dress appropriately — tux or no tux.
This next Cocoa Project is probably inappropriate for a summer wedding but it’s a cute idea if your getting married in the cooler months.
What you’ll need: - 100, 12″ Disposable Decorating Bags (x3) - Chocolate powder (x2 from Costco or Sam’s club) - 75 teeny, tiny hair ties (x2) - Marshmallows bags (x4) - Twine (x1) - Favor tags
Step 1: Cut decorating bags around 6.5″
Step 2: Fill bag with 2-3 tablespoons (or whatever your chocolate powder suggests) with chocolate.
Step 3: Use the teeny, tiny hair tie to close off the chocolate. (You may need to cut the access bag after tying it off. The picture below, for example, should be cut so there’s just about a 1/2 inch of bag showing after the hair tie.)
Step 4: Insert chocolate filled cone into another decorating bag; make sure seams line up.
Step 5: Scoop out a 1/4 cup of marshmallows and poor into decorating bag on top of the chocolate cone.
Step 6: Tie a piece of ribbon, yarn, or string above the marshmallows. You need to make this tight so the marshmallows don’t dry out. I tied it into two knots.
Step 7: After string is secure around bag, add your favor tag and tie it into a pretty bow.
Step 8: Repeat as many times as necessary.
And there you have it, a quick, easy, and affordable wedding favors that are perfect for fall and winter weddings!
I mean, COME ON! How completely and totally adorable are these Candy Poppers. Perfectly placed on each dinner plate, they are that little bit of whimsy, little bit of sweetness that every wedding needs. Oh and did I mention that they are insanely easy. Just follow these super simple instructions and voila!
Materials tissue paper roll double stick tape scissors 1.75 x 5 piece of cardstock ribbon page of crepe paper candy
Step One: Place double stick tape on crepe paper put tissue paper roll on tape and roll across crepe paper apply tape on end of crepe paper and secure.
Step Two: Twist one end of crepe paper and secure with ribbon, tie in bow.
Step Three: Fill roll with candy. To reduce the ick factor you might want to place the candy in cellophone or some sort of plastic bag or lining inside the tube).
Step Four: Twist other end and secure with ribbon, tie in bow.
Step Five: Fold cardstock and cut on an angle, to create a “flag” look write message and attach tag to finished roll.
Thank you so much to Elizabeth and Karrie at Posh Paperie for this fabulous DIY project…I am madly in love with everything you do.
I found this cute idea on the Thig and Thistle website. Since Sunday is Mother’s Day I wanted to share this idea with you.
Create a simple and tasty brunch tablescape for Mother’s Day with these little fabric wrapped cheeses as a starter. All you’ll need is some fabric, a scalloped rotary cutter, waxed linen twine and enough Mini Babybel Cheeses for everyone.
Place in the center of each plate and you’ll have instant decor and a delicious appetizer to get the meal started. Serve with flat crackers, bread and apple slices. These little favors could easily be used for a bridal shower lunch or even a casual afternoon wedding! Just find a coordinating fabric and you’ve got an easy and inexpensive favor that everyone will enjoy!
Instructions Download the 8″ Circle Template and cut out along dotted line. Use the template as as a guide to cut out each of the fabric rounds and use a scalloped rotary cutter or pinking shears to create a decorative edge.
Remove the plastic wrapper from mini cheese wheels but keep the wax wrapper intact. Place two mini cheese wheels in the center of the fabric and gather fabric up and around cheese. Tie shut with a piece of string or waxed linen thread and finish off with a bow!
These little favors could easily be used for a bridal shower lunch or even a casual afternoon wedding! Just find a coordinating fabric and you’ve got an easy and inexpensive favor that everyone will enjoy!
This adorable, flower girl basket is made out of a plain ol’ take out container. I covered the basket with specialty paper and paper flower embellishments, but the possibilities of colors and patterns are really endless. Enjoy!
What You’ll Need
A Chinese “Take Out” Favor Box (about 5 inches wide)
2 Yards of 1/2” Grosgrain Ribbon
A Few Buttons
A Sheet of Decorative Paper
Fresh Blooms or Petals (I use rhododendron blooms)
Hot Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Resources: Look for the “take out ” boxes in your local party stores. The paper flowers can be found in scrap booking and craft stores. My Paper flowers are from Kaiser Scrapbook. Paper is from Basic Grey.
1. Fold the top flaps inside the box, and glue them down using your hot glue gun. Use a small piece of clear tape to tape the handle in an upright position. (see figure 1)
2. Lay one side of your box down on the paper, and trace around the box. Cut out along the lines. Trace and cut out three more sides. (see figure 2)
3. Use your paper glue to adhere the paper to each of the sides of the box. (see figure 3)
4. Use your glue gun to attach a band of ribbon along the top edge of the box. (see figure 4)
5. Double your ribbon, leave the tails hanging in front, and wrap the ribbon neatly around the metal handle. When you reach the end, tack down the ribbon with your hot glue gun and trim any excess ribbon. (see figure 4)
6. Arrange your paper flowers and buttons on the front of the box and attach with your glue gun. (see figure 5)
This is a simple project but one that can pack a lot of punch and be used in many different ways. Use as dessert trays; maybe put your wedding cake on a large frame, use frames for your seating charts. Or maybe scatter frames around a buffet table to describe the dishes; use them next to your guest book and place a picture of the bride and groom on top….the possibilities are endless.
Instructions: Step 1. Head on out to your local thrift store and look for the ugliest frames you can find. The ones you’d never in a million years put in your house. Metal, wood it doesn’t matter just make sure they have a lot of detail.
Step 2. On the way home hit your local hardware store and purchase a can (or two or three depending on your needs) of spray paint in whatever colour you’d like. This is the fun part as there are so many fun colors to choose from now like watermelon or pistachio.
Step 3. Once you’re home remove the backing and glass from your frames and set aside.
Step 4. Using a very fine sandpaper give your wood frames a little sanding (you won’t need to do this to metal frames).
Step 5. In a well ventilated area spray your frames with the paint to your hearts content. Spray from a few inches away and use a sweeping motion. It’s better to have to go over the frames multiple times than to create drips from too much paint.
Step 6. When the frames are dry you’ve got a few options. You can either put just the clear glass back in or you can put coordinating fabric or scrapbook paper inside (under the glass) for an added touch of fun.