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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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DIY: NATURAL WEDDING WREATH

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.

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

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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.

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

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4.  Secure each piece with wire.

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

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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.

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

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*** Photo Credit: Chelsea Fuss

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Etsy Instant Download Cross Stitch Patterns

Q.  Do you think making a handmade embroidered gift for a bridal shower is tacky? I am a 20 year old college student and money is very tight. Do you know where I can find some cross-stitch patterns? Thanks

A. I think a handmade embroidered gift is a wonderful idea. When it comes to handmade gifts, you are only limited by your imagination.  One of the best sources for crafty inspiration is Etsy (yes I am addicted!).  I found some fun instant download cross-stitch patterns on an Etsy site called Imagination Administration

Here are some charming cross stitch pattern ideas and a brief explanation about instant download patterns……

image                               Library Card Wedding Embroidery Pattern 

What is an Instant Download Pattern?

You receive the patterns over the Internet as a PDF (Portable Document Format) file directly from an Etsy seller – how easy is that?

How does it work?

STEP 1. Add as many Instant Download Patterns as you want to your basket. You can customize & Edit some patterns

STEP 2. Proceed through checkout.

STEP 3. You will receive automatic access to your pattern PDF file, once payment is made.

When you are ready, all you need to do is open your PDF file to view it. It will open automatically in the Adobe Acrobat Reader.. You can save, view it or print your pattern from Adobe Acrobat Reader  (Free download)

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Why would I want to buy an Instant Download Pattern?

* Save TIME – you get them instantly, (I know when I want something, I want it NOW!)

* Save MONEY – postage to some countries is more than the cost of our patterns! Instant Download e-Patterns will cost much less then having your patterns mailed via the post.

* Easy ACCESS – save your patterns on your computer for you to view or print them anytime you want.

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What do I get with an Instant Download Pattern?

You get the whole pattern just like it had been mailed to you, only sent to you electronically. Of course you don’t get the pretty color photograph on the front, but if the postage to send the printed pattern to you is quite high, this can work out to be a pretty expensive photo!

image                                Dollhouse Quilt Cross Stitch][‘- Pattern 

image                                  Happy Camper Cross Stitch Pattern

***  A special Thank You to Imagination Administration for allowing use to use their product photos. You can view more instant download patterns here

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DIY: Chalkboard Escort Cards

Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn’t have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept. 

 
 
Supplies:
  • Manilla shipping tags
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam paintbrush
 
Step One
Arrange your tags on a large work surface
 

 
Step Two
Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.
 
 
Step Three
Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.
 

 
Step Four
Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.
 


{Tutorial & Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}

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DIY: ACRYLIC MENUS - SIMPLE & REUSABLE!

If you’re looking for instant hostess with the mostest status, these super simple, super adorable (reusable) DIY menus  are fair game. They add a little something something to a simple dinner party, elevating it to the utmost degree with little to no effort at all!

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:   You can either use the sheets to make full size menus (8×10”), or you can cut them down to a smaller size like we did (5×7”). To cut them down, just measure the size and mark on the acrylic with the paint marker. Then score the sheet along those lines with the glass cutter. After several passes, you should be able to snap the sheet to make a clean cut. Remove any markings with glass cleaner.

Step 2:   Spray paint one side of the acrylic sheet with two light coats of spray paint. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.

Step 3:   On the clear unpainted side, handwrite your menu for the evening in paint marker. If you’d like to do a fancy script, you can print out your menu in a font of your choice, place the printout behind the menu, and trace the script in marker. *This would be easier with a lighter spray paint color or a more hazy coat of paint. Hold the menu & printout up to the window to get maximum backlighting while tracing.

Step 4:   Worried about messing up? Don’t be! Glass cleaner & paper towel let you quickly start over, and for small mistakes, a Qtip and glass cleaner have you covered. When the dinner’s over, wipe off the menu with glass cleaner and set aside to reuse at your next dinner party!

*** Thank You to Jacquelyn Clark from Style Me Pretty Living for sharing this great tutorial with us. 

 entertaining menus paint recycle acrylic

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DIY WOOD BURNING PARTY SIGNS

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Supplies -
wood burning kit
wooden planks
charcoal pencil
white paper
printer
(I got all of my supplies at Michaels. You can order wood burning kits online, any of them will work fine.)

Directions -

Step 1: On a computer, type out or design whatever you want your wooden sign to say. Choose a fabulous font that fits the style of your event. If you like the one I used in this DIY project, you can download it here! It will fit a small wooden plank perfectly.

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Step 2: In order for the size of the letters or font to fit on the wooden plank, you may need to print a few copies, adjusting the size until it fits perfectly on the wood piece.

Step 3: Once you have the correct size, turn the paper over and with a charcoal pencil trace the back of your design. Make sure to trace hard enough so the charcoal will transfer onto the wooden plank.

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Step 4: When all of the letters are traced, place the paper on the wooden plank with the charcoal side facing down. Press firmly on the letters to make sure they transfer nicely to the wood. Remove the paper when you’re finished.

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Step 5: There should be a nice outline of your letters for you to trace. With the wood burning tool (which can get extremely hot, so be careful) start to trace and fill in the letters. Once you complete one letter move on to the next. You will get the hang of it after the first letter. Have fun!

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DIY: Chocolate Darling Dynamite

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Isn’t this an adorable idea?

What you will need…

  • 3 packs of Rolos
  • 1 sheet of red construction paper
  • 2 black pipe cleaners
  • scotch tape

Instructions

Trim the construction paper into three pieces and wrap each piece around a pack of Rolos and secure with tape. Hold onto the excess construction paper for now.

Wrap the pieces of construction paper around each pack of Rolos and secure with a bit of tape.

Gather the three packs of wrapped Rolos into a bunch and secure with a pipe cleaner.

Using the excess construction paper from Step #1, make a tag with the message “Darling, you’re dynamite!” (Other message suggestions: “You’re a blast!” or “You’re the bomb!”) String the tag onto the pipe cleaner.

Lastly, the second pipe cleaner in the middle of the three packs of Rolos, trimming off the end so that your “fuse” is an inch or two long.

(Source: laurenconrad.com)

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DIY Rose Garland

Guest Blog: Maggie Lord

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I love this charming garden rose garland. It is perfect for any wedding decor. Use it as a ceremony backdrop, a window frame garland, a photo booth backdrop, or a sweets table accessory….the list is endless.

What You’ll Need :  

  • Floral Wire
  • Green Branches
  • Garden Roses
  • Spray Roses
  • Sea Lavender
  • Clippers
  • Rose Stems

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Your first step is to lay out your branches into the shape that you will want your garland.  You may want to measure first and then tape out the shape on the ground or table where you are working so that you have something to follow.  We followed the seams in the concrete to get a good right angle to follow.

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Once you have your layout, take sturdy floral wire and attach the branches where they cross over.  You can leave some extra wire loose to use later.

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Next, you will want to trim the stems off of the garden roses and attach pre-soaked rose stems to the blossoms.

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Using the wire from the rose stem, secure the garden rose blossoms to the branch as tightly as you can without damaging the blossom.

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It is best to attach to the branches further back so that the rose feels nestled into the garland.

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Space out the blossoms so that they form a loose cluster that feels organic.

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Next, using extra loose wires or fresh wires, add the spray roses in and around the garden roses to create dense clusters.

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You can also add the spray roses out along the branches to give the garland some color.

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Use the spray roses to fill in any large gaps you see.

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Next take sprigs of sea lavender and wrap the stems with thin floral wire

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Using the loos wire at one end twist the lavender into the empty gaps in the garland to create a full effect.

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Add lavender along the garland as you see fit.  You may want to hang it at this point so that you can get a feel for how it looks up on a wall.

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Go in and add any extra filler at this point until it looks balanced.

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You may want to extend some of the filler down the branches away from the center.

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Also take a look at the garland from the side to see if there are any gaps that need filling.

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Et voila ! You are finished!   This looks amazing hung outside as a window dressing ….

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… or inside as a free form wall decoration!

**** A special thank you to Maggie Lord and Rustic Wedding Chic for sharing this charming tutorial. 

** Photo and Tutorial credits: Rustic Wedding Chic

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DIY: BOOK PLANTER WITH SUCCULENTS

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DIY: Natural Peppermint Foot Scrub

Make your own Peppermint Foot Scrub in a few simple steps with simple and easy to find ingredients…

        

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup granulated sugar
  • Coconut or Olive Oil
  • Peppermint Essential oil

DIRECTIONS

Pour 1 cup of granulated sugar into a mixing bowl. Gradually add your favorite Olive Oil or Coconut Oil and mix together until you have a slightly wet, but grainy consistency (really, whatever looks good to you).

Add a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil. Transfer the scrub to a cute container and Viola! Peppermint Foot Scrub.

You could really make this recipe with any flavor of essential oil you would like.  

*** A special Thank You to the Idea Room for sharing this project with us.

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DIY CRAFTY WEDDING IDEAS

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Triangles have become SUPER popular lately. These frames would be fun to display wedding signs or table numbers

                                     Triangle Frame Tutorial

DIY: Create Honeymoon Memories

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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.

DIY Ring Pillow Satchel

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This cute satchel would be adorable for a ring pillow. After the wedding you will have a sweet keepsake to remember your special day. 

                           Heart Satchel Instruction Here

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                                Sugar ‘n Cream Scents Yarn 

DIY: Upcycled Glitter Tape Vase

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Add a bit of glitz and glamour to your bridal shower with tin can glitter vases.  

DIY Lanyard Chain Bracelet

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These lanyard bracelets would be fun for your bridesmaid and flower girls.                              
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                                        BRACELET TUTORIAL

DIY Folkart Clay Owl

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This do-it-yourself project comes with step by step instructions and pictures to help you get through the process.

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 You can paint the owl with Folk Art Acrylic Paint and add a little string onto the back for an instant handmade ornament!

                            FOLK ART CLAY OWL TUTORIAL

**** A special Thank You to Blitsy Crafts for allowing us to use their photos.

You can view the entire Blitsy Craft line here

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DIY: Dimensional Heart Garland

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.

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TOOLS

  • Heart Punch
  • Craft Paper
  • Glue
  • String

DIRECTIONS

Punch out hearts for the length of your bunting. Each section of the bunting will use two hearts.

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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.

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Once all the hearts are laid and dried, fold the top and bottom hearts away from one another for a pretty 3D effect.

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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.

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*** Special Thank You to: Subtle Revelry  |   Photography By: Pictilio

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DIY: Canelé Cake Favors / Escort Cards

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.

                 

Materials:
  • Canelé cakes 
  • bright tissue paper
  • string 
  • pinking shears
  • white pen
  • white round sticker

Step One:

Cut a 6” by 6” square of the tissue with pinking sheers (use two pieces per cake)

                     

Step Two:

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.


                    

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Roll the cake in the tissue and fold over the end of the paper onto the bottom of the cake.

                    
Step Four:

Secure with a sticker.

                   
Step Five:

Twist the top tissue and secure with string. Trim if necessary.

                  



***Project By: Chelsea Fuss | Photos By: Lisa Warninger

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DIY: A Garden Rose Bouquet

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If you’ve always dreamt of carrying a bouquet of old fashioned garden roses down the aisle, but your budget doesn’t quite match up to the dream, try this version!

Materials:
  • 24 stems of spray roses (It works best if you buy one bunch with buds and one bunch with open blossoms) Order them ahead of time to secure your favorite color!
  • Garden clippers
  • String or twine
  • florist tape
  • 1-2 yards of ribbon

Directions: 

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.


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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Enjoy your beautiful, garden bouquet!

****  Photo Credits Chelsea Fuss

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