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Use your favorite ribbon and flowers to make the boutonnieres for your wedding day. You’ll be able to customize them how you want, plus you’ll save money.

Tools and Materials

You will need

  • Flowers (choose your favorites)
  • Plastic wrap
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon
  • Floral pin

Cut flowers down to desired length, approximately 4” to 5” is recommended.

Arrange the flowers as desired, and bind the bottom stems together tightly with plastic wrap.

Wrap the bottom of the stems with floral tape, covering the plastic wrap. Start at the top of the stem, about 1/2” underneath the flowers and work your way down to the bottom. Make sure to cover the very bottom of the stems, as you do not want to stain the suit or tuxedo.

Cut one or two pieces of ribbon approximately 10” to 12” in length

Tie a bow around the flower stems; cut off excess ribbon ends. Use Fray Check to prevent ribbon from unraveling.

*** Credits:  Jess Abbott (Thank You)


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How To Have A Sophisticated Halloween Wedding / Party

1. Letterpress Invites: The first way to add a little fancy to your party is to create gorgeous invitations. Letterpress might be a little more involved than you like, but is sure to inspire. 

2. Lace Pumpkin: For a fancier pumpkin, wrap yours in lace! Simply lay fabric over the pumpkin, cut a hole for the stem, and secure at the bottom with glue or tape (if you’re looking for something more temporary). Love the idea of making mini lace pumpkins too!

3. Festive Name Cards: A great way of combining a little class with a more playful tone is to make whimsical name cards. So cute! 

4. DIY Glitter Pumpkin Candle: Love this glittery look! If orange is a little too loud for your soiree, glitter it up with gold and white. (Tutorial : Twig and Thistle)

5. Pumpkin Table Setting: You can achieve a more general fall vibe with a few Halloween touches by combining pumpkins with gorgeous red and orange leaves, twigs from outside, and other warm hues.

6. Dessert Table: An easy way to add a Halloween vibe to a fancier party is at the dessert table. No one can reason a festive collection of treats. 

7. Treat Bowls: For just a touch of Halloween class, decorate candy bowls using black tape or craft paper and turn them into clear jack-o-lanterns.

8. Baker’s Twine Pumpkins: More pumpkins! This time, wrap them up in twine for a soft, country vibe. For this project, cardboard pumpkins were used but you could definitely do this with regular ones. (Tutorial: Crafts Unleashed)

9. Silver Pumpkins: These couldn’t be simpler! Simply spray paint your pumpkins to create a silvery grayscale scene.

10. Sequined and Thumb Tacked Pumpkins: Or go even further and bling them out with sequins and thumbtacks!

11. Mason Jar Cocktails: You can always count on mason jars to bring your party drinks to a new cuteness level. Love this bright orange drinks with black and white paper straws.

12. Pumpkin Party Cooler or Punch Bowl: Could also use as a punch bowl for some mulled cider!

13. Ghostly Ceiling Decor: If you’re partying in the outdoors, create some mood lighting by filling a water balloon with water, a glowstick, and then putting it in a stocking. Soooo spooky!

14. Skeletal Ice Cubes: For your cocktails, be sure to mix up some spooky ice cubes. These ones have little plastic skulls and bones in them!

15. DIY Burlap Decor: For a rustic sort of bohemian vibe, try one or all of these  burlap decor projects. All you need is black paint, burlap, and a few spiders. (Tutorial : Brit + Co.)

16. Canning Jar Ring Pumpkin: If you’ve got a bunch of canning rings (mason jar lid rims) laying around the craft room or kitchen, put them to good use with this fun DIY pumpkin. (Tutorial: Simply Klassic)

17, DIY Spooky Fabric Art: For this project, you can print graphics directly onto fabric. Love the vintage look.(Tutorial: Graphics Fairy)

18. Spider Infested Flora: Finally, when in doubt, you can always add creepy crawly spiders! 

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DIY Personalized Chalkboard Cork Coasters

What you will need:


Paint one side with of the coaster with black chalkboard paint - let dry.

Paint the other side of the coaster with an accent color - let dry.

Personalize with names using a chalk pen. Note: you can write names with regular chalk but I prefer a chalk pen for a crisper neater appearance. 

That’s it! Instant charm for your next party!

*** A very special thank you to Lia Griffith for sharing this fun tutorial with us

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DIY: Wedding Welcome Bags

 The Bag

There are lots of container options for a welcome bag – anything from simple kraft paper bags to fancy gift boxes. My personal favorite is a customized canvas tote bag, because it doesn’t take up a lot of room in a suitcase, and it’s something your guests will be able to use again. I have a couple of these from weddings I’ve attended, and I use them at the grocery store on a regular basis – a fun reminder of a fun time!

Tip #1

Ask an artistic friend to create a fun wedding “logo” for you - or use some cool fonts to create your own – and use it to customize your welcome bag or other wedding swag (t-shirts, beer koozies, etc.). 

Tip #2

If you go with a reusable tote bag, don’t feel like you have to fill the whole thing - your guests don’t want to lug a bunch of extra stuff home with them anyway. Or, think bulky-but-cheap: full-size bags of popcorn or boxes of crackers take up space without breaking the bank, and people will likely polish them off while they’re hanging out between wedding weekend events.

The Snacks

Confession: I remember the welcome bag snacks from the past three weddings I attended. Homemade pretzel Hugs (seriously addictive), Garrett Popcorn’s Chicago mix (even more addictive), and chocolate dipped coconut patties. So my snack bias is probably showing, but I think if you’re only going to include one thing in your welcome bag, it should be something edible. Preferably something sweet and something salty. Bonus points for something made locally. For this San Francisco-inspired welcome bag we went with a couple locally made treats (479° Popcorn and Poco Dolce toffee squares) and yogurt-covered pretzels. For the popcorn and pretzels, we bought large bags and repackaged them in smaller glassine and kraft paper bags, then sealed them with a big round customized sticker.

Tip #3

If you plan on packaging things yourself, glassine or cello bags are best for anything remotely greasy (chips, popcorn, cookies); kraft paper will show grease spots, so use it for things like chocolate covered pretzels or hard candies.

Tip #4

Don’t forget something to drink. Bottled water, soda, or sparkling juice are good options. Make sure you’re considering who your guests are before including booze in welcome bags – your college buddies might be excited to find something from a local microbrewery in their bag, but your fiancée’s grandparents might not. Or they might. Use your best judgment.

Welcome Letter & Itinerary

Send your greetings and gratitude in a little welcome note, and make sure to include an itinerary and transportation information – there’s nothing worse than traveling across the country for a wedding, only to realize you’ve left the invitation at home and have no idea what time the ceremony starts or how to get there! Depending on the location of your wedding, as well as how much of the weekend is scheduled, guests might have a little free time to explore the area. Give them a highlights tour with a list of your favorite things to see and do, and places to eat and shop.

Tip #5

Ask your guests to share their photos from the weekend on Instagram, and to make sure and tag them with a custom hashtag – we used #lizzieandjames for our imagined San Francisco couple. You might even set up Eventstagram at your reception to display all the pics!

Tip #6

Consider including the phone number of your wedding planner or a friend or family member who can answer any wedding-related questions. You probably won’t want guests calling you or your fiancé for directions while you’re getting ready to walk down the aisle.

Oops! Kit

Without fail, I forget to pack something important whenever I travel – usually toothpaste. If you want to go above and beyond snacks and a welcome letter, a little “Oops! Kit” is a thoughtful touch for your welcome bags. We used a fabric pen to draw a little red cross on small muslin bags for our kits (a rubber stamp would work well too), then filled them with trial size toiletries we think would be most useful: Kleenex, blister healing Band-Aids, Shout Wipes, Advil, TUMS, and mints.

(Note: Make sure to place a piece of cardboard or other liner inside the muslin bag before painting or stamping, otherwise the ink will bleed through to the other side.)

Tip #7

Drugstores should have travel size items, but they don’t always carry trial sizes. If you’re looking for a mini version of a specific toiletry, is a great resource.

Tip #8

Depending on your wedding destination, you might want to include location-appropriate items that guests will be glad to have, like sunscreen or bug spray.

Fun Extras

If your budget allows, it can be fun to include little tokens of the trip for guests to take home with them. Some ideas:

- souvenirs like a magnet, shot glass, landmark miniature
- postcards for your guests to scrapbook or send
- local treat to take home like a jar of honey, jam, or mustard
- playful, customized things like a deck of cards, beer koozie, temporary tattoo
- mix CD or thumb drive playlist of your favorite songs

Tip #9

If you include anything like local jam or honey, make sure it’s small enough for your guests to pack in a carry-on bag. It would be terrible to have your thoughtful gift get confiscated at airport security!

Tip #10

 Avoid scented candles or soaps; the fragrance can transfer to edibles, making your carefully planned snacks taste like perfume.

 So there you have it! Our tips for building an awesome welcome bag for your out-of-town wedding guests. Did we miss anything? If you’re doing welcome bags for your wedding, what are you including in them?

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Cookie Favors: DIY Chocolate Chip Cookies in CD Sleeves - Printable

I love cookie favors! Especially when the cookies are homemade and delicious – like these chocolate chip cookies! I’ve made cookies from this recipe easily more than a dozen times. Everyone loves these soft, delicious cookies and I assure you that you will too! They would be perfect wedding favors and one of the highlights of your cookie table.

Not only am I giving you the recipe, but free downloadable labels for your cookie favors. All you will need to wrap these awesome favors are some white CD Sleevesfull sheet labels for printing out your free labels and scissors (scallop).

Chocolate Chip Cafe Cookies (These are like the big, fat, chewy cookies that you find in cafes – only better!)

Makes 18 big cookies

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Sift flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.

Cream together melted butter, brown sugar and white sugar until well blended.

Beat in vanilla, egg and egg yolk until light and creamy.

Mix in the sifted ingredients until just blended. Stir in chocolate chips by hand using a wooden spoon.

Drop the cookies 1/4 cup at a time onto baking sheet. Cookies should be approximately three inches apart.

Bake for 21 minutes on non-stick pans or 15-17 minutes on regular cookie sheet. Cool on baking racks.

Print out your cookie favor labels on adhesive paper.

Cut out labels with scalloping scissors. Adhere to white CD sleeves. Voila! Your fabulous favors are good to go!

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Filled with rich earthy tones, this whimsical, free-spirited collection of florals is perfect for the unconventional bride.


  • Protea (1 stem)
  • Rose (2 stems)
  • Safari Sunset (3 stems)
  • Liatris (2 stems)
  • Succulent (1 stem)
  • Scabiousa Pod (3 stems)
  • Limonium (4 stems)
  • Assorted Greens

And your tools; a length of wire, an elastic band, a pin and some ribbons.


After your flowers are hydrated, organise and lay out the stems you will need in front of you. Be sure to wire your succulent prior to assembling your bouquet.


Create the base of your bouquet by combining the assorted greens with the limonium. For a more wild effect, keep some of the greenery longer than others.


Focal flowers are protea, rose, succulent and safari sunset. Tuck them in evenly inside the foundation you have built.


Accent pieces are the liatris and scabiosa pods. Keep the two stems of liatris at two different heights to avoid making it look like an antennae.


Bind your bouquet with a rubber band. Tip: use floral tape first to make it easier. Trim the stems according to your personal preference. We usually recommend 6”.


Wrap the bouquet with ribbon, covering the rubber band. Secure the ribbon with pins pointing upwards at a 45 degrees angle. Tie a bow with black and white ribbon and pin it into the bouquet.

Isn’t it gorgeous? And so blooming simple!

*** A special Thank You to Bloominous for sharing this great tutorial with us. 

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DIY: Watercolor Wash Place Cards


These beautiful place cards will make a statement on any table. Each card has a unique watercolor wash background flecked with contrasting acrylic paint, and the possible color combinations of watercolor and calligraphy are endless. This project can be made over and over again and adapted to any occasion, whether it’s a wedding reception, holiday dinner, or birthday party.

Yield: 75 place cards
Time: 8 hours (including drying time)
Budget: $65.00

• 90 3.5×6-inch pieces pieces of heavy watercolor paper cut
• Pan of assorted watercolors
• 1 tbsp acrylic paint in an accent color for splattering
• 2 tbsp table salt
• Ink, watercolor or gouache of your choice for the calligraphy
• 1-inch-wide artist tape
• Wide paint brush
• Small paint brush for watercoloring
• Dish of water
• Paper towels
• Bone folder
• Calligraphy nib and holder
• Old toothbrush


1. Apply a strip of artist tape across the full width of each watercolor paper card, starting 1 inch up from the bottom short edge. Press the tape down firmly, especially along the edges, so that no watercolor will be able to seep underneath. There should now be 1 inch of paper exposed below the tape and 4 inches exposed above it.


2. Using the large paint brush, brush both the front and back of each card with water, then pat dry with a paper towel. (This prevents the paper fibers from expanding unevenly and warping.) Since there are so many cards, I recommend painting about twelve at a time so your workspace doesn’t get too cluttered.


3. Using the smaller paint brush, paint the cards with an abstract watercolor design in the colors of your choice. (I normally combine two to four watercolor shades per card, but play around with what you like best.) Don’t let this step scare you! This should be liberating because there is no wrong way to do it. You can fill up the entire paper with paint or leave portions of it unpainted. You can overlap the colors or keep them from touching. You can paint uneven blobs or perfect pinstripes or streaks fanning out in circles like fireworks. You can use light, similar shades for an elegant, understated look, or bright, contrasting ones for a bold, festive effect. Each card can be different – if you use the same colors, they will tie together in a series.


4. If your paper is soaking wet, blot off excess watercolor with a folded paper towel. Then sprinkle the cards with a pinch of table salt. The salt crystals create a unique pattern by absorbing the wet color they land on, producing slightly lighter spots when you brush off the salt later (see step 6).


5. With the old toothbrush, splatter acrylic paint randomly over the card. Choose a color that will really stand out from the background colors you chose. I really like using gold to add some sparkle. Lay flat and let dry.


6. Brush off the salt and carefully peel off the tape. If the cards aren’t flat (which can happen in humid weather), press them between a stack of books overnight.


7. Fold the cards in half and make a sharp crease with a bone folder.


8. Use ink, watercolor, or gouache to calligraph the guests’ names in the blank strip on each card. If you’re nervous about messing up, just practice each name on scrap paper a few times until you’re comfortable. Let dry completely.


*** Thanks so much to to Green Wedding  Shoes and Molly Suber Thorpe for sharing this lovely DIY with us today. For those interested in learning more about calligraphy, pick up Molly’s latest book Modern Calligraphy.

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DIY: Cassette Tape Escort Card Idea


If you’re like me, you probably have an old shoe box full of cassette tapes, and nary a cassette deck in sight. Instead of ditching your old tapes, you can recycle them into escort or place cards.

To make an escort card simply place washi tape over the cassette and label them with a sharpie. Instead of table numbers you can name the tables after your favorite bands.


This idea is perfect for rock ‘n’ roll weddings and music geeks of all kinds.

*** A special Thank you to Halleluja Weddings for inspiring this blog post.

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DIY: Natural Bath Salts

DIY bath salts are probably the easiest and most economical DIY favors known to man, er woman – especially with this bath salts recipe. Talk about bang for your buck! Which of your female guests wouldn’t love a luxurious soak in a tub filled with gorgeous aromas and pure, skin-softening salts?

Bath Salts Recipe 

  • 3/4 cup Epsom salts
  • 1/2 cup coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 cup baking soda
  • 8 drops essential oil
  • food coloring


Mix all of your dry ingredients in a large bowl.

If there are lumps, crush them. Add food coloring and essential oil.

Using a whisk, mix in the essential oil and food coloring.

Scoop bath salts into airtight containers.


*** A special Thank You to Intimate Weddings for sharing this fun tutorial with us. 

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DIY: Printing On Burlap


Are you ready to have your life changed? I promise you when you start printing on burlap you will NEVER go back to stenciling, painting, or your cut machine for simple little projects like monograms. Of course, you can also use the print on burlap technique for more complex projects too.


What you need:

  • Freezer Paper (found near the wax paper in the grocery store)
  • Burlap
  • Inkjet Printer
  • Hot Iron
  • Printer paper
  • Scissors

Step 1: Get a piece of printer paper to use as your guide.

Step 2: Cut out a piece of burlap and a piece of freezer paper the exact size as your piece of printer paper.


Step 3: Iron the piece of burlap so it’s nice and flat.

Step 4: With the burlap on the ironing board, place the shiny side of the freezer paper down onto the burlap.

Step 5:  Take your hot iron and run it all over the top of the freezer paper.  The freezer paper will start to get all crinkly as it adheres to the burlap.  Be sure all edges and corners have ‘stuck’ to the burlap.


Step 6: If you have any overhang from the burlap, trim it.  You don’t want burlap strands getting stuck in your printer.

Step 7: Remove all other paper from your printer tray.

Step 8:  Position the burlap with freezer paper in the printer tray so that the printing will be on the burlap side.


Step 9: Print

Step 10: Starting at the corner, remove  the freezer paper.  (You can reuse the same piece of freezer paper several times until it no longer sticks to the burlap.)

A few examples of Printed Burlap Projects….



**** A very special Thank You to 2IY for sharing this fun tutorial. 

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DIY: Doily Soap Cozy

Guest Blog: Paper Mama

A Doily Soap Cozy is perfect for increasing the amount of lather… not to mention the adorableness… to a bar of soap.  They make charming party favors. (Free printable tags below)


  •  A favorite bar of soap (preferably with rounded edges)
  •  1 small doily (mine was around 6 inches)
  •  Stretchy cord string
  •  Upholstery needle (you need a needle with a big eye)


1.  Do a test run with the doily and the soap. Wrap the doily around the soap: Is there a lot of excess material? Then you may need to trim the doily. I trimmed enough so there was about a 1/2 inch of overlap, when I wrapped the doily over the soap.

2. Once your material is all trimmed to size, it’s time to stitch the doily. Using your upholstery needle and stretchy cord string… sew your doily around your soap.

3. You can make these little soap goodies into favors or gifts with tags.

                              TAG PRINTABLES  (right click + save).

***  A special Thank you to Paper Mama for sharing this charming tutorial. All photos courtesy of Paper Mama

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DIY: Mercury Glass

This is a simple method of turning any glass vase into a faux antique mercury glass piece.

You will need:

  • Glass vase (local thrift store)
  • Can of Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint
  • Vinegar

Step 1.  Clean glass well. 

Step 2.  Spray paint, using several light coats, being careful not to overspray to avoid runs. The paint is slightly cloudy when sprayed, but dries VERY quickly to a mirror-like finish.  For the larger piece, I sprayed the inside, for the narrower piece, I sprayed the outside, with identical results.

Step 3.  After about 3 light coats, mix a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the painted surface enough to create beads.

Step 4.  Let sit about a minute, then dampen a paper towel with the vinegar/water mixture and firmly “pat” the beaded moisture that sits on the paint. You can actually rub a little in places, removing some of the paint as you go. Keep dabbing/wiping until you create the antique/worn look you desire.

Step 5. After the piece completely dries, spray one very light coat of the looking glass paint over the already painted surface. This fills in the wiped away spots, adding dimension. You can repeat steps 3-5 until you get the look you want, although I only did it once.

NOTE: If you do not like your results, you can completely remove the paint with vinegar.

*** Photo Credits: Leslie D

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These sweet and wild green wreaths are perfect for anytime of year (just change out the ribbon to suit the season). They look gorgeous on church doors, bride and groom chairs, or as pew markers. Total cost: $5 per wreath.


  • Spool wire
  • Floral tape
  • Clippers
  • Greens (about 15 stems per wreath, we used rosemary, bay and boxwood)
  • Ribbon


1.  Form a circle (whatever size you need. Remember your wreath will be slightly bigger than the form) with the spool wire and double it over several times.

2.  Cover the circle in floral tape.


3.  Cut small pieces of greens and, take excess leaves off about an inch of the bottom stem.


4.  Secure each piece with wire.

5.  Make sure you overlap the stems to cover any wires or mechanics. You may need to fill in with a few extra pieces.


6.  You can make these up to a week ahead of time. Spray daily with water and keep in a cool, dark place.

7.  Hang with ribbon and afterwards send them home with special guests.



Add this natural touch to your big day - and have fun!


*** Photo Credit: Chelsea Fuss

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