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DIY Pinwheel Pins

Dormain’s pinwheel pins can be made so all guests can feel they’re part of the bridal party.

pinwheel groomsmen bouts

pinwheel boutonniere

What you’ll need:
- Origami paper (4.5”x4.5”)
- Buttons
- Large round pin backing
- Cutting mat,
- X-acto or snap blade
- ruler
- PVA glue, E6000 glue
- Needle, thread.
- Optional: heavy duty paper awl, bookbinding needle and thread (instead of other needle and thread)
(All supplies are readily available in most arts & crafts stores and/or fabric stores)

pinwheel wedding boutonnieres


Step 1: Measure the origami paper across the diagonal and mark the center point. From about a 1” radius from the center mark, cut along the diagonal to each corner. Dab some PVA glue on the center mark and fold in one of the eight bisected corner sections, so that the point is about a half inch beyond the center of the paper. With a dab of PVA glue between each layer, fold down alternating corner sections (should look like a pinwheel at this point).

Step 2: There are various was to sew the button on to the pinwheel, but here’s how I did it, which minimizes slack in the thread holding the button: Use the paper awl to puncture two holes in the center of the pinwheel (Note: awls make good sized holes, so be sure to space your holes far enough apart to not have them perforate into each other, but not wider than the diameter of the button you are using). Double-knot the end of your book binding thread. From the back of the pinwheel, stitch through the button and back out, gently pulling taut. Since bookbinding thread is nice and thick, sew through the thread, just under the double-knot, and gently pull taut (you should now have a flat bit of thread between the two holes). Tie a knot by looping under the flat bit between the holes, and, before pulling taut, loop back through the slack left on the other side of the flat bit. Trim any excess thread.

Step 3: Put a healthy dollop of E6000 glue on the back of the pinwheel over the knotted area. Lay a clean pin backing and gently press into place (but don’t squish out all the glue – no more than peeking out the edges). Let dry (face down) for at least an hour.

DIY Wishbook

This project sent by Sanja is DIY as it gets. She made her wedding guest book entirely from scratch – from the sheets of handmade paper to binding!

 diy wishbook album

What you’ll need:
- 3 sheets of printing paper
- 1 sheet of watercolor paper or heavy stock paper (you can find it here)
- half a handful of cotton wad
- 3 tissues
- 1 tbsp rosemary leaves (you can find it here)
- 1 tbsp lavender flowers (you can find it here)
- 5 cups water
- sisal craft twine (you can find it here)
- food processor
- rolling pin
- hole punch
- scissors
- glue

 handmade paper crafts

 diy paper sheet album

 diy paper album book

The amount above is sufficient for 1 A4 sheet of recycled paper, or two 9×5 inch sheets for the wishbook. Depending on the wished quantity of sheets, increase the amounts of ingredients.
Step 1. Tear the paper into 1×1 inch scraps. Pull the cotton wad and tissues into similarly sized pieces. Mix. Add 4 cups of water. Heat the remaining 1 cup and pour over lavender flowers and rosemary leaves. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes to release the scents. Pour over the paper mixture. Let stand for at least one hour, or overnight.
Step 2. Pour the mixture into the food processor. Pulse until well-blended, resembling cooked oatmeal. Spread a 16×16 inch piece of linen. Pour the mixture over. Cover with another 16×16 inch piece of linen, and tap lightly with your hands, to arrange the mixture into a sheet. Roll the rolling pin over the sheet, to reach 0,2 inch thickness. Uncover and leave to dry (for approximately 1 day).
Step 3. During the first several hours, cover the sheet with linen and then with a towel, and roll the rolling pin across, so as to absorb the extra liquid.
Step 4. Once the sheet is almost dry, you can form different textures on it. Apply the wished motif and press (with books or other heavy items).
Step 5. When the sheet is dry, you may cut it into wished shapes and sizes. Sheets for this wishbook were cut into 9×5 inch pieces. When cut, punch two holes on each piece, and pull the twine through. You can use a rosemary sprig to tie the opposite ends of twine to it.

 diy wishbook

 diy wishbook hand letters
Step 6. For the title, use one of the scraps of paper and write the title on it. Slightly press with the pencil so as to imprint the title. Dab some glue into each of the letters and press the twine into the indentations.

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DIY Sundae Ring Bearer Bowl

This weekend is going to be jam packed with the last half of our chosen DIY entries! Patricia made a retro ring bearer bowl using vintage sundae cups. The sparkly initials and the pinwheel detail at the end of the ribbon make for a most whimsical ring holder.

 diy ring bearer ideas

What you’ll need:
- Styrofoam ball
- Sundae cup
- Fabric tape
- Ribbons
- Wooden letters
- Toothpicks
- Moss

 unique ring bearer ideas

Step 1. First, make sure your Styrofoam ball fits nicely in your sundae cup. In my case, the ball is slightly too big and I sawed it into half.
Step 2. Fill up the cup with moss, or some glitters or little meaningful trinkets and spread them around the inside of the cup. Check that there is no ugly gap.
Step 3. Apply a layer of white craft glue over the Styrofoam ball and cover it with the moss.
Step 4. Using a long needle, poke through the Styrofoam ball with the ribbon running through it. Beginning at the position where you want the rings to be tied, through the other end of the ball and create another entry point 1cm away from the last point of exit. Make sure the other end of the ribbon ends up near its other end. This is where you will tie your rings to.
Step 5. Next, for your initials, attach a toothpick to the back of the wooden letters with clear tape or superglue. Then decorate your initials with either your choice of colour or coat it with fabric or glitter, making sure the toothpick is hidden.
Step 6. Stuck the initials onto the Styrofoam ball.

 diy vintage ring bearer ideas

Step 7. You may accessorize the sundae cup with some ribbons or fabric tape.
Step 8. Your garden sundae ringbearer is now ready to house your rings to the alter!

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