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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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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: 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: 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 Mini Candy Milk Cartons - Free Printable


For a somewhat less traditional take on wedding favors, try these cute and quirky candy boxes in the style of miniature milk cartons!



  • White A4 Paper or card 
  • Colour Inkjet or Laser Printer
  • White Brads
  • Guillotine or Scalpel
  • Ruler
  • Double-sided Tape (or glue)
  • Small Round Hole punch (around 2.5 mm in diameter)
  • Template (Download below)




Print out the design template on your color printer. I’ve deliberately removed the cut/fold lines on the design template as it would show on your final carton so please use this milk carton template from Mirkwood Designs as a reference for where to fold and cut on your actual design template.

Using your ruler and scalpel, gently score along the fold lines, that are indicated by the dotted lines on your reference, on your printed template then crop your template out and cut along cutting lines that are indicated by solid lines on your reference. Please make sure you score first because once you’ve cut out your template you will no longer be able to see the guide lines around the edge that I’ve included as a visual aid for where the fold/cut lines should be.

Fold into carton. This should be fairly easy to work out. Use double-sided tape  (or glue) to stick the bottom flaps together and close your carton.

Fill up your carton with candy. Probably the most appropriate candy would be milk bottles! In the center of the top tab of your carton, use your punch to create a round hole then use a white brad to secure it shut.

***A Special Thank You to Eat, Drink & Chic for sharing this fun printable

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DIY: Wedding Hanky Love Letters - Printable

Guest Blog: Amy Moss

I love the creative ways in which vintage handkerchiefs have been incorporated into weddings recently! Whether for Save the Dates, Invitations or simply for decoration- a collection of these hankies in various floral patterns creates such a beautiful, old-fashioned aesthetic.

Inspired by this concept, I designed some letter-writing paper sheets in the style of vintage hankies. Guests can pick them off a line to write little notes to the newlyweds and then hang them back up for display!

These “Hanky” Love Letters are a unique guestbook alternative for your wedding.

Download the designs below and print out onto textured white stock. Then use a ruler and scalpel to cut out the individual sheets.

I’ve also provided a design with a cross-stitch heart in the center. This can be used as a decorative device in between your hanging letters.

I hope you enjoy these designs! I’m sure you can find a multitude of other uses for them also - such as,  notecards, everyday letter-writing, thank-you notes etc.

Set Of Wedding “Hanky” Designs (3 Page PDF)


Love Letters For The Newlywed Sign


Hanky With Cross Stitch Heart


(If file does not download properly, try right clicking on the download button and save to your computer.)

***A special Thank You to Amy Moss Editor or Eat, Drink, Chic for sharing this fun project with us.

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DIY: Dyed Stationery And Cards

Strike up a colorful correspondence using dip-dyed papers. Different papers will take fabric dye differently (and coated papers may not take it at all), so results can be surprising. We also dipped a roll of rayon seam binding, resulting in wide stripes.

We used Rit liquid dyes in Scarlet, Denim, and Navy, and Rit powder dye in Gray. You can combine colors for custom shades. Let the dye solution cool before dipping paper.

Don’t worry about creating precise lines when dipping in dye; irregularities are part of the appeal. If you still have dye left over after dipping, pour it back into it’s can to use for future projects.


  • Announcement cards and envelopes
  • Greeting cards and envelopes
  • Watercolor postcards
  • Shipping tag
  • Seam binding
  • Plastic storage bin or galvanized-steel bin
  • Stir stick
  • All-purpose liquid or powder dye
  • Paper towel, for sample


Fill plastic bin with hot water to a depth of at least 6 inches. Stir in dye, starting with a small amount and adding more as desired. Dip a sample strip of paper towel to test the color. If too dark, add water; if too light, add dye. Let solution settle, so there are no bubbles at the surface.


Holding your paper as straight as possible, dip into dye solution to desired line. Keep paper in dye until it turns the desired color. Hang to dry.

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DIY : Tape Stencil Stationery


  • roll of painter’s tape
  • X-Acto knife
  • pencil
  • cardstock
  • ink pads
  • mini hole punch
  • twine (for gift tags)
  • vellum envelopes (optional)


1. Start by cutting a small triangle template out of cardstock. Use a pencil to trace triangles along the bottom edge of a roll of painter’s tape. Also use the template to space the triangles evenly apart. Now trace triangles along the other edge (staggered between the triangles on the bottom edge).

2. Use an X-Acto knife to cut along the pencil lines. Go over the cuts a few times with your X-Acto until you have cut through several layers of the tape.

3. Now use your tape to decorate cards, gift tags, postcards, etc. You can stagger and space the tape in many different ways to create different designs.

4. I used small ink pads to color in my designs. Just turn the ink pad upside down and pat it onto any exposed parts of the paper.

Tip: If you have used several layers of tape and it starts to rip when you are trying to peel it, go over your lines again with your X-Acto knife, and also peel off the leftover triangle bits of the tape.

You’re done! You can use your stamped designs for gift tags, stationery, gift wrap — you name it!

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Guest Blog Lia Griffith

Last Christmas, a designer friend of mine introduced me to making the paper poinsettia from a cocktail napkin. I loved this idea, and after a few tweaks and a glitter addition, I love it even more. I now call it my 30 second gift topper. I have made a step-by-step tutorial below and promise after a few tries, you will have it down to 30 seconds too. This would be very pretty in white or even gold or silver napkins. Give that a try! Cheers! ~ Lia

* A Very Special Thank You To Lia Griffith. You can see more of her great projects at her Etsy Lia Griffith Shop 

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Cute Bicycle Thank You Cards ~ Free Printable

These sweet little cards are perfect for thanking your wedding guests or friends who celebrate with you at your housewarming party or anniversary bash. Print on white card stock, score and fold, and you’ve got quick, easy and super adorable thank you cards.

 Cards are available in your choice of pink, mint or blue. 

Download your bicycle thank you cards in pink, mint and blue 



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DIY: Wedding Poster Guest Book - Free Printable



A Wedding Poster Guest Book is a fun alternative to the more traditional guest books. It allows for signatures of your wedding guests in poster format.

Using a Poster Guest Book at your wedding is easy. Download the wedding poster guest book template for free.  Customize the poster with the names of the bride and groom and wedding date. If your printer is large enough, load it with 11 x 17 card stock and print the poster. If you have a regular printer, we recommend saving this Printable PDF and visiting a local print shop to print your guest book poster here.

At your reception, place your guest book poster on a table in a high-traffic area. Add some cute pens so guests are encouraged to write down their names. After your wedding, frame the guest book poster and proudly display it on a wall in your home. This will be a fun daily reminder of the amazing time you had on your wedding day with all your family and friends.


*** A special thank you to LoveVSDesign

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10 Killer DIY’s to Obsess Over

Happy Monday! I hope you had an amazing weekend! I’m kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding goodness with a collection of 10 killer wedding DIYs I think you’ll love.  Feel free to follow each tutorial to a T or mix it up with a variation of your own. And, if you tackle a craft below, please let me know so I can see your beautiful work (+ share it in an upcoming post!) So, ready to get crafty? Read on to see which DIYs made the list!

1. DIY Perfume

Become a frangrance mixologist in an evening! This custom homemade eau de perfume by Design Sponge makes a great gift for bridesmaids. I plan to make one myself!

2. DIY Paper Peony (+ FREE Printable Template)

Pretty up your place cards with DIY paper peony flowers thanks to a FREE printable template + tutorial from Ellinee.

3. DIY Sharpie Mug

Decorate mugs for your coffee or tea loving bridesmaids or create a custom ‘His’ + ‘Hers’ mug set thanks to this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. This DIY is super easy to do with cheap white mugs (try Ikea), Sharpie markers, and your oven! Get the full how-to here.

4. DIY Coasters

Make your own (affordable) favors with this tutorial via FellowFellow: it’s fun and easy.

5. DIY Cement Votive Holders

Deck out your outdoor reception tables (or patio) with DIY cement votive holders. These are easier than they look and can be reused for years after the big day! Read the tutorial at Say Yes to Hoboken.

6. DIY Wedding Program

Make your ceremony programs with this tutorial via Intimate Weddings using burlap and vintage patterned paper. Pretty!

7. DIY Homemade Lip Gloss

Homemade lip gloss makes a great gift for bridesmaids. Customize the labels to make it your own. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these…Cheeky Kitchen shows you how it’s done!

8. DIY Bow Sash

Last but not least, you can add a pop of color and a girly detail to your dress (or bridesmaid dresses) with this tutorial by Momtastic.

9. DIY State Art

Personalize your reception space with DIY state art to show where your love resides. This fun idea – called Heart in Ohio – comes from The Harpster Home. Decorate your reception + display in your love nest after the big day.

10. DIY Wrap Bracelet

It’s a wrap! We finish up this round-up with a funky twist on traditional wedding jewelry: wrap bracelets! Visit Honestly WTF for the full tutorial.

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DIY: Free Printable Note Cards


I love free printable note cards. Who doesn’t need a quick note card from time to time?  I’ve found the cutest free printable note cards on Today’s Creative Blog that you can use as thank you cards, Hello or  Thinking of you notes. or even Birthday cards.


The white cardstock really makes the design POP, but the Kraft paper gives it a vintage look. Make sure you’re using a cardstock paper for best results.


These are easy enough to print up, tie with ribbon or Baker’s Twine for a quick gift.

Download it and keep it on hand for a quick printable note card when you need it.

DOWNLOAD Free Printable Note Cards HERE

Photo credits:  Today’s Creative Blog

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DIY: How to Line Envelopes

Lining envelopes is a simple way to add a little extra color, texture and luxury to your invitations and stationery.  You can purchase templates, but personally, I don’t think they’re worth the expense.  It’s so easy to line your own with this step by step.

Cut your paper just shy of the width of the envelope, and the same length of the open envelope.

Insert “liner.”

From the fold of the envelope, to the bottom of the glued portion of the envelope, create a fold on both sides.

Remove the liner. Using a paper cutter, cut just inside those folds.

Insert the liner and allow it to fold naturally, creasing the liner.

Pull the liner forward and using double stick tape {as shown} or glue, outline just above the crease and below the glue on both sides and fold your envelope to seal the liner.

Each liner takes 3-4 minutes, but is totally worth the effort to give your stationery a rich feel.


* Photo Credits:  Julie Blanner


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