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If you consider yourself a novice at working with flowers but you’d like to learn how make a bouquet for your wedding (you can do it!!) there are two tips I can give you:

1) Make your bouquet in a vase first. This will make it much easier for you to manage and will allow you to step back and see how you’re liking it.

2) Choose a big bloom to make up the majority of your bouquet and then just a few smaller bits to bring some life and personality into the equation. Tree peonies, like the ones we used above, are definitely more expensive and harder to get but they are so amazing on their own that you don’t have to do much of anything else to them to make a beautiful bouquet. They will make your job SO much easier!


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A Quick Fix: DIY Dry Shampoo

Simply mix together the ingredients listed in the graphic above, stirring rigorously for about 3-4 minutes. Then, shake directly onto roots, or place in hands and rub into the root area. Brush to blend, distributing it evenly before styling as usual.”

You’ll have great-smelling hair and fabulous volume! It’s a great foundation for some of those amazing vintage, teased styles you’ve been coveting.


  • Use organic ingredients if you can.
  • Add in 2 tablespoons cocoa powder for dark hair.
  • Feel free to substitute in any kind of essential oil you’d like for scent.
  • Crush in any lumps the oil may have created with a pestle or back of a spoon.
  • Vintage glass shakers or squeeze bottles work perfect for storing.

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Expertly done calligraphy is truly an art-form. So before we begin, truth be told that our few tips on how to fake calligraphy are not going to teach you how to master the art or give you a highly skilled hand.


Before you begin, you’ll need to find a good pen to use. Any pen that has thick ink will work, but it’s all personal preference. Don’t be afraid to test a few different pens out before settling on one. I like to use the Micron 05 pen.

You don’t need to have the nicest handwriting in the world in order to fake calligraphy. If you don’t like your handwriting, just practice! Look up different styles that you like online, and emulate them. No need to copy or trace anyone else’s writing, just use it as inspiration. Note how the letters are formed and how they connect to one another. Research different techniques, find the right pen for you, and waste a lot of paper.


Feel free to use as many loops and swirls as you like. Add them on to the end of your words, or onto your capital letters. Whatever you do, let it flow naturally.

Traditional calligraphy pens give different strokes with varying thicknesses. So, the goal is to create this variation in thickness on your own. In order to do this, draw a line next to the longest stroke of each letter, and just fill the space in with your pen. It can take some time to do multiple letters in this way, but the outcome definitely looks nice! And again, as long as you keep practicing, you’ll find what works best for you. 


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DIY Glitter Vases / Jars

Glitter glass jars are perfect for parties, weddings or just to add a touch of sparkle to your dining room table. 

These would also look adorable holding makeup brushes on a vanity or keeping pens and pencils neat and tidy on your desk. Glitter! Seriously, who doesn’t just love glitter?

Supplies -

  • Glass containers (preferably with smooth, straight sides)
  • Glitter (I used Martha Stewart Crafts glitter in Wintermint and Bronze from Michaels)
  • Foam brush
  • Painter’s tape
  • Mod Podge

Apply a thin and even coat of Mod Podge to the interior walls of the vase. Next up, dump in a generous amount of glitter and roll the vase in your hands, tap the sides to get the glitter to evenly coat the Mod Podge.

Then just let the vase dry. It takes a few hours, depending on how thick you apply the Mod Podge. Any excess glitter can just be scooped up and put back in the original container for reuse. If you miss any spots on the vase, simply apply a second coat using the same technique using a thin layer of Mod Podge, then applying glitter and swirling to coat.


The second version, is a glitter-dipped look. First up, mark off your jar with a piece of painter’s tape. How much of the surface you want to be covered in glitter will determine where to put the tape. I went about 2/3 of the way up. Then cover the area below the tape with Mod Podge using a foam brush.

Next up, coat the outside of the vase with glitter. You’ll get a big mess with this one so make sure you have kraft paper or something similar covering your workspace. Then simply fold the paper up like a funnel and sift the excess glitter back into the jar when you’re done. Once the glitter/glue combination is dry, apply an additional thin coat of Mod Podge on the outside of the glass (or spray with a spray sealant being sure to protect the area not coated with glitter from getting sprayed) to lock the glitter in place!


** Special Thank You to The Sweetest Occasion for this fun tutorial

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DIY: Paper Bows ~ Free Printable

Spring is a perfect time to add a pretty little bow on your packages and party decor.


 For this template there are four sizes from the large bow that to a tiny version. These are outline templates that you can print onto your pretty paper, or print in card stock and use to outline onto you paper.

For those of you who have a cutting machine there is also a  SVG file to make these bows.

Once you have your bows cut and ready to assemble, you can use the tutorial in this post.

** A very special Thank You to Lia Griffith for this fun download.

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DIY: Wedding Postage Stamps - Printable

I love these vintage-style postage stamps designed by Cathe Holden of

Use them  to decorate favors, invitation inset envelopes, to seal invitations, embellish thank you cards, etc.

 Five great colors to choose from.


Labels are free to download and are in printable PDF templates.

To print I like  WL-975 small labels or you can print on Full Sheet Labels and cut the labels out.







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Belly bands are one super handy, and cost effective element to add to your wedding invitations. They come in all shapes and sizes and have lots of different uses. One of the most obvious is to keep a wedding invitation, consisting of loose papers, neatly together. To use a belly band is more cost effective than binding them together. These little paper bands could also replace an envelope should you decide to deliver some invitation by hand. They are also great  way for an extra message or a pretty design element, to get your guests excited even before opening the invitation


For today’s printable we have a few different belly bands in happy, summery colors. These will look playfully chic paired with a monochrome invitation, printed in black on white or brown craft paper. Alternatively keep it all color by using a matching color scheme. These should work around most invitation sizes, as the belly bands quite long.


  • Your wedding invitation
  • The printed out belly band
  • Double sided tape
  • Scissor


Cut out the belly band.

Apply a piece of double sided tape to the one end of the belly band.

Wrap the belly band around your invite and fasten with the double sided tape. Trim the paper band if it is too long, to make it look nice and neat.


NOTE: Please be patient as there is slight hesitation before opening.


                                       We’re Getting Married 


                                              Lavender Band


                                                Airplane Band


                                             You’re Invited Band


                                           Couple Head Profiles

      image                                                              Special Delivery


                                              Heart And Wreath


                                                 Save The Date 

** A special thank you to The Pretty Blog for the Belly Band Downloads.

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DIY Berry Lipstain

For those of you concerned about what chemicals we’re putting in and on our bodies, you can’t get more natural than this homemade berry lip stain! We love it because it adds the perfect “just-bitten” hint of color to fake that Snow White luscious lip! Here’s how to do it yourself:


  • Blackberries (for their bright berry color)
  • Raspberry (for its feminine pink color)
  • 3 Pomegranate Seeds (for their vibrant red color)
  • 1/2 teaspoon edible oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil)
  • Small Bowl + Spoon (or mortar + pestle if you have them)
  • Fork or Sifter to drain
  • Small 5-gram Pot/Jar with screw top from any craft store


STEP 1: Mash the blackberries and raspberry in the bowl thoroughly with the back of your spoon.

STEP 2: Add the pomegranate juice into the mixture by individually squeezing them between your thumb and index fingers over the bowl.

STEP 3: Pour the olive oil into the bowl and stir everything together with your spoon.

STEP 4: Finish by draining the liquid from the mixture into your small portable jar.

For application, use your fingers, a lip brush or a Q-tip. It’ll only be good for a few days so refrigerate it for longevity. Have fun with it and even try different fruits (acai berries, cherries, etc)! You can play with the ratios of each fruit to customize your desired shade but you’ll get the most color payoff from the blackberries.

*** Special Thank You ~ Photos and tutorial by The Beauty Department

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9 Fabulous and Free Printable Wedding Invitations


1. Mason Jar

Mason jars make for a hip and quirky design.

Download: Wedding Chicks


2. Floral Bouquet

Classically pretty, this design works well for traditional weddings.

Download: Printable Invitation Kits


3. Garden Stripes 

These contemporary stripes say “summer wedding” without extra frills.

Design is also available in Blue, yellow and grapefruit

Download: J Bartyn 


4. Love, Cherish, Honor

This attractive design can be enhanced with some ribbon and paper flowers.

Download: DIY Network (Scroll to photos 2 & 3 for Downloads)


5. Nautical

Getting hitched down by the sea? This nautical design is pretty ship-shape.

Download: Wedding Chicks


6. Hot Air Balloon

Simple, yet striking, this hot air balloon offers something a little different.

Download: Love and Lavender


8. S’more

If you’re looking for a cute play on words, this invite is super-sweet.

Download: Love and Lavender


9. Spring Floral

These colorful spring flowers leave your options open if you’ve yet to decide a color scheme.

Download:  Printable Invitation Kits

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DIY: Candy Striped Favor Boxes ~ Free Printable

 Candy favor boxes would look cute on your tables!


  • Thick white, printable card stock or thick glossy photo paper (2 per box)
  • Color printer
  • White string
  • X-acto knife/scalpel
  • Ruler
  • Cutting board
  • Double-sided tape or glue
  • Candy
  • Paper/plastic bag or wrapping to hold the candy


Download the PDF (below). The box comes in two sections. One side should fit snugly into the other to close.

Print out both sections of the candy box onto 2 pieces of thick white card stock. (The thicker the card, the more expensive, but the better the result, in my opinion.) You can also use glossy photo paper if you would prefer a shinier texture.

Use your x-acto knife to score gently from dotted line to dotted line (where the folds will be).

Use your knife, ruler and cuttting board to cut them out.

For each section, fold along score lines then stick ends together with double-sided tape or glue. (My preference is for double-sided tape- clean and simple. I just love the stuff.)

To make sure the boxes hold together, tie string to the ends of each section

Put your candy in a small paper/plastic bag or wrap and secure. Stick the candy into the section withoutthe ‘candy’ wording. Slide this section into the end of the other section to create your completed box.


** A very Special Thank You to Eat Drink Chic for sharing this fun download.

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DIY: Pretty Painted Glass Centerpieces

Spring weddings should be easy to enjoy with pretty flowers taking center stage. These painted glass vases will give your tables a subtle design edge with even just a few floral stems.
Collect many different glass vases from thrift stores, left over bottles, etc. Purchase a couple of water-based paints in the colors of your choosing. (hint* you can even bring an item or fabric into the hardware store for them to match a color for you).
In a large basin, mix 4 cups paint with 1 cup water, stir well.

Begin taping off your vases to the level you would like the paint to reach. Vary the levels on your vases for a pretty aesthetic.

Dip the vases into the paint and swoosh to cover the entire bottom portion.
Turn the vases over on a drop cloth, and allow at least 24 hours dry time.

Peel off all tape and using a damp paper towel, remove any residue paint (since your paint was mixed with water it will come right off).
Leave your edge straight for a clean look or you can make a jagged edge for added effect.

Set your vases somewhere dry and let the paint set for another 48 hours before using.
The possibilities are endless for color combinations!

Fill with a few stems and group for very pretty table arrangements.


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DIY: 10 Free Printable Wedding Projects

There’s a lot of amazing DIY wedding design that you can accomplish with just a printer and paper. The extra details like bride and groom chair signs or custom favor bags can be printed easily at home for the price of the paper and ink. We’ve brought together the printable wedding templates we’re loving now from talented designers around the web. All you need to do is click the link, download and print!

Printable Mr. and Mrs. Signs


>  Get the template here.

Script Bridesmaid Proposal Card

DIY printable bridesmaid proposal card: Something Pretty /

>  Get the template here.

 Printable Calendar Save-The-Date


>  Get the template here.

Simple Table Number Printables


>  Get the template here.

DIY Ceremony Seating Signs


> Get the template here.

Speech Bubble Escort Card and Menus (For Your Rehearsal Dinner!)


> Get the template here.

Navy Floral Cocktail Hour Bar Sign 


> Get the template here.

Printable Advice Cards For The Bridal Shower and Reception


> Get the template here.

Print and Fold Pie Favor Container


>  Get the template here.

Love Is Sweet Dessert Bags

>   Get the template here.

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DIY: Coconut & Vanilla Body Scrub


This would be a sweet and inexpensive gift for your bridesmaids or guest welcome bags.



  • 2 cups of white granulated sugar  
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or olive oil if you don’t have any coconut) 
  • Vanilla essence/flavoring ( completely optional!) 
  • Natural red food coloring  
  • Spoon  
  • A jar  
  • Mixing bowl


Add the coconut oil and sugar into a bowl. Mix well. Mix well.

Add a few drops of vanilla essence (optional) and mix in well.

Drop in a few drops of natural food coloring (don’t worry, it’s not enough to stain your skin!)

Mix in well until all of the color has thoroughly spread throughout the scrub!

Scoop your mix into the jar.

Add any decor to the jar that you want to, I think it’s particularly nice to just pop a ribbon around it if you’re giving it as a gift!

** A special thank you to Jessica from Bespoke Bride for inspiring this blog.

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