Posts tagged DIY
Posts tagged DIY
Triangles have become SUPER popular lately. These frames would be fun to display wedding signs or table numbers
While on your honeymoon, send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are with what you did that day…then bind them when you return to have a journal of your trip — complete with photos, stamps, and a run-down of each day’s events.
This cute satchel would be adorable for a ring pillow. After the wedding you will have a sweet keepsake to remember your special day.
Add a bit of glitz and glamour to your bridal shower with tin can glitter vases.
These lanyard bracelets would be fun for your bridesmaid and flower girls.
This do-it-yourself project comes with step by step instructions and pictures to help you get through the process.
You can paint the owl with Folk Art Acrylic Paint and add a little string onto the back for an instant handmade ornament!
**** A special Thank You to Blitsy Crafts for allowing us to use their photos.
You can view the entire Blitsy Craft line here.
The only thing better than a bright confetti garland is a garland with an added dimension to it. Don’t you agree? With it’s simple heart shapes and pretty colors, this dimensional heart garland has it all. An easy project to bring a detail of prettiness to any wedding decor. Hang between rows of seats, behind a dessert table, vertically to stage the ceremony, or around the head table as accent décor.
Punch out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.
Once the hearts are punched, cut a length of thin string and begin gluing on the hearts. Lay one heart down (backside up). Center a small line of glue, then quickly layer the string on top and another heart (backside down). Measure a few inches and continue the process.
Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.
Run the lengths of garland around cardboard dividers and tape in place as you go. This will make it easier to transport without getting tangled.
*** Special Thank You to: Subtle Revelry | Photography By: Pictilio
Canelé cakes originated in France, where they were popular starting in the 19th century. Today you can find them at most bakeries. The little cakes are about three inches tall with a caramelized crust, and a custard in the center. You can make your own or order them in bulk from a bakery. We’ve created a cute, modern packaging for a wedding favor.
Cut a 6” by 6” square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)
Write the name of the guest about 2 inches from the bottom of the paper. Once it’s wrapped up it will look like the photo below.
Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.
Secure with a sticker.
***Project By: Chelsea Fuss | Photos By: Lisa Warninger
First, pick off the brown petals from the blossoms. We used spray roses, one of the most inexpensive roses on the market, to create this bouquet.
"Edit" each stem. Spray roses have several blossoms on each stem. Clip 1-2 off each stem to leave the prettiest blossoms and the stems that are around the same level on the stem. Also, remove the leaves from these stems.
Take a few of the stems with nice leaves and clip off all the blossoms. Wash the leaves. Leave 1-2 branches of leaves on the stem. Make sure none of the leaves are too low on the stem or it will interfere with the “handle” of your bouquet. Be sure to choose leaves that are hydrated and feel firm.
Spray roses consist of 3-5 smaller blossoms on each stem, and have a more casual feel then your normal florists’ roses. They are readily available at markets and florists all year.
Gather a few stems in one hand at a 45 degree angle. Each time you add a stem, turn your bouquet. Don’t be afraid to place some blossoms higher than others. This gives your bouquet depth and interest.
Be sure to add leaves in as you go. These frame the blossoms and give the bouquet a natural feel. Tie with twine, cover in florist tape (to protect the ribbon) and tie up with a ribbon.
By deconstructing the spray roses, you can create a bouquet that looks very natural. Your guests will never guess that your flowers came from the local grocery!
The total cost of this bouquet: $12 + ribbon!
Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!
**** Photo Credits Chelsea Fuss
This would be fun for a outside entertaining.
Shake each glow stick while holding inside jar until contents are empty. You will notice little pieces of what looks like plastic along with the liquid so be careful.
Head to your garbage and dump out the little pieces of plastic. Swirl liquid around the jar.
That’s it. You’re done! Go and find a dark place and enjoy the glow!
*** Special Thank You to Intimate Weddings for sharing this great tutorial.
We are quite excited to add this Fabulous Freebie to our list! These are easy to download with one click. Open in Adobe Acrobat where you can personalize the names, initials and message on the belly band. Each PDF has instructions at the top of the page.
In this kit you will find:
3) Notecard Belly Bands. Editable PDF fomat. Matches all color options
You can purchase matching A7 envelopes at a paper or craft store such as Paper Source.
*** Thank you to Lia for this great download. Find more of her creative inspiration at liagriffith.com.
Step 1: For larger flowers, such as a ranunculus or a poppy, snip off most of the stem, leaving a bit right under the flower head. For smaller and more wild flowers, such as chamomile or aster, snip off one stem with a small bunch.
STEP 2: For the larger flowers, all you need to do is simply skewer the stem. Piece of cake! For the smaller flowers, use the gold embroidery thread to wrap around the base until tightly wound. (As you will see, I used some gold thread to embellish some of the larger flowers as well)!
STEP 3: Place a dot of hot glue on the back of the embroidery thread, and use the glue to seal the thread.
STEP 4: Pour yourself a cocktail, and enjoy! The floral scent while you sip is just an added bonus.
This hanging copper planter is so cute and so easy. It will instantly spruce up any wedding / party decor. It will also make for a fantastic housewarming gift!
Below you will find links to 11 different ways to transfer images and typography onto pretty much any type of material.
1) How to Transfer Typography onto Furniture : This is a two part Tutorial showing how to blow up your image really big, using a free program, and an easy cheap transfer method, so that you can paint your image on large or small pieces of Furniture, Walls or Signs. Great for painted wood pieces or natural wood.
2) The Citra Solv Method : This method uses a cleaning product called Citra Solv. This one works well with Fabric projects, like Towels, Pillows, Chair Seats and Lampshades. This method will give you a slightly faded, slightly imperfect, transfer for an old world look.
3) The Wax Paper Method: I have yet to try this method, but it looks amazing! The only supplies you need are your Printer and some Wax Paper. I’ve seen this one used on Painted and Natural Wood and Painted Metal.
4) The Freezer Paper Method: This one is similar to the one above, only you use Freezer Paper instead of Wax Paper.
5) The Iron On Method: This Tutorial shows you how to do an Iron on Transfer, using Transfer Paper. Great for any Fabric Projects.
6) Printing on Fabric: Gail at My Repurposed Life, shows you how to cut out the middle man, and print directly onto fabric, with your home printer! For those of you that sew (or don’t mind gluing your projects) this is a really fun method!
7) The Mod Podge Method: Good old Mod Podge, is there anything this stuff can’t do?!! This excellent Tutorial explains how to use this technique to Transfer onto Wood. I’ve also seen this used on Fabric, Canvas, Terra Cotta and even shiny Ceramic pieces. This is a really popular method and super versatile since you can use it on so many materials!
8) The Projector Method: Marian from Miss Mustard Seed shares her Sign Making secrets, using an Overhead Projector to transfer images onto wood! This method can be used for Painted or Natural Wood.
9) Using Water Slide Decals: Learn how to use Water Slide Decals to transfer images onto Glass, Soap, Candles and Paper, with this fun technique. Carol from The Polka Dot Closet will walk you through all the steps!
11) The Omni Gel Method: This Tutorial will explain how to use a liquid substance called Omni Gel, to transfer images onto Tumbled Marble Tiles for Coasters. I’ve also used this on Painted Wood.
Grey, blush and cream tones give a wedding a soft, elegant feeling with a dash of vintage flavor. I just love these colors together and want to share with you this lovely DIY favor box kit from Elli.com. Included you will find a paper box template that’s super easy to assemble, a collection of gift tags and a DIY paper rose to top off the favor box beautifully.
Set behind each guest’s plate as a wedding favor or give to your wedding party, or use them for whatever you like! Just simply click the link below, download and print.
** Project & Photo Credits Elli.com (Thank You!)
What you need:
Using the palm of your hand roll two thin tubes. If you just want to use one color you can.
Wrap one color over the other. Roll them together with the palm of your hand to blend the two.
What You’ll Need:
STEP FIVE: Tie the instructions tag onto the handle with ribbon.
STEP SIX: Fill the box with blank love notes cards.
*** Project and Photo credits: Eighteen25 (Thank You!)
Special Guest: Grace Bonney
Hanging floral arrangements are everywhere right now, and they are a really beautiful way to show off flowers. They are perfect for events such as a bridal or baby showers, or a special birthday or dinner party.
Most of the hanging arrangements I have seen out there are either in floral oasis or not in water at all. For me, it was important to find a way to have the stems in water so that the flowers would stay fresh longer. I don’t use oasis because it contains a lot of chemicals. I also wanted to be able to use more delicate flowers and not have to limit myself to just sturdy flowers. We created a chandelier-style structure using floral water tubes and as a result, the arrangement we made lasted for days rather than hours.
- Decorative punched sheet metal with holes big enough to push through a stem (we got ours at Lowe’s)
- 4 pieces of simple wood trim (we used salvaged wood)
- Tin snips
- Strong twine or rope
Alternatively, attach the sheet metal to an old frame if you don’t feel like building one!
For flower arranging:
- 3” floral water tubes with rubber caps (the type we used is made of recycled material and can be found online)
- Sharp floral clippers
- Seasonal flowers (we used lisianthius, ranunculus, blushing bride and viburnum)
- Vases with water for your flowers + to fill water tubes
- Clear soda, such as 7-up (not diet)
- Saw horse legs or two chairs to balance the frame on
- Strong twine, wire or rope for hanging the arrangement
1. Start by building the frame. We built ours with scrap salvaged wood, but if you have an old frame, that is perfect, too! The easiest way to make the frame is to overlap the wood at the corners and nail the wood together. Then cut your sheet metal with tin snips, this is easy but keep in mind that the edges can be a bit sharp. Attach the metal to the frame with furniture tack, it will easily go through the sheet metal. Make sure everything is stable/sturdy enough for hanging.
2. Condition your flowers by removing all of the foliage and cutting them with sharp floral clippers. Immediately put them in clean vases with water. You can add a dash of clear soda, like 7-up, to help the flowers last a bit longer. Let the flowers drink for an hour or so.
3. Balance your sheet metal frame between two saw horse legs (or two chairs or tables). Make sure it is stable.
4. Fill the floral tubes with water by dunking them in a small bucket or vase. Attach the rubber caps to the tubes.
5. Take a flower and push the stem through an appropriate hole in the sheet metal. Once your stem is through the metal at a height you like, push it through the hole in the rubber cap and into the floral tube (above the metal sheet).
We started by putting our flowers in the middle, then worked our way outwards. For an ombré effect, start from the left and move to your right. Hang each flower at different lengths so that each bloom is showing and not hiding another bloom.
Only push the stems halfway so the end of the stem stays in water, avoiding the air pocket above the water surface. Have the tubes filled to the brim, some water will squirt out when you push the stem into the tube. The water does not leak once the tubes and stems are in place/upside down.
What is extra great about this frame/holder is that you can easily move your flowers around by pulling them out and pushing them back in another spot. Just be careful with more delicate stems!
6. Once you are pleased with your design, thread a piece of strong twine or rope through the corners of the frame and hang it from a couple of hooks in the ceiling!
Well conditioned flowers will last for at least one full day in normal temperature, the one we made lasted for three.
*** Special Thank You to Grace Bonney for sharing this fabulous DIY project with us.
Guest Blog: Lia Griffith
If you are looking for a personalized gift for your bridesmaids, a friend’s birthday or for a new graduate, then this monogrammed stationary kit is a perfect choice for the DIY you. The printable kit includes vintage style cards, an envelope that can be personalized with a name and address and monogram stickers to complete the look.
To personalize this set first you will need to download this free font, Museo Slab (click here). Then download and open the three PFDs. Click onto the G on both the note card and sticker and you can change it to your letter. Make sure you shift for a capitol letter. With the envelope you can click onto each line to change the name and address. It’s as easy as that!
The labels are designed to print onto a 1.5 inch round label sheet, though for this version I printed mine onto a full sheet of label paper and used my 1.5 inch circle punch to trim.
Tools: metal ruler, cutting mat, craft knife, circle punch, adhesive dot roller.
*** A very special Thank You to Lia Griffith for these sweet printables. For more great do it yourself ideas please visit Lia’s Handcraft Your Life
Today we have a cute and simple tutorial for you to try….
What you need:
Step One: Lay the doily out flat…
Step Two: Fold the doily, side edges in, I find this works best if you use the line of the lace design as a guide, but really depends on how small or large you want to make the envelope…
Step Three: Now fold up the bottom of the doily, you need to make sure that the bottom is at least equal to what will make the flap at the top…
Step Four: Now you can glue or double sided sticky the flaps in place, making sure that you do this right at the very edges so that whatever you plan to put in the envelope has plenty of room, and also allow drying time…
Step Five: Fold down the top portion of the doily that will make the flap…
Step Six: Voila! the finished article, really simple and inexpensive and perfect as a finishing touch for thank you notes and gifts or even as part of your wedding style.
** Special Thank You to Pearl Lowe