DIY Vintage Fork Place Holder

Brooke showed us how to reuse old forks as place card holders. Vintage forks are a popular item for crafts, so there are several ways to reuse them into place card holders. We just had to share this easy method!
and we just had to share this easy project.

What you’ll need:
- Vintage forks (silver-plated are easier to bend)
- Pliers

vintage fork place card holder

This super-simple project is an easy way to display name cards, menus, labels for buffets, etc., with a great vintage vibe. I’ve called these place card holders, but they can hold anything–I even display my business cards in one of these.

vintage silver fork card holder

Step 1: Using a pair of pliers, bend the outer tines of a fork forward until they are perpendicular to the stem.

Step 2: Bend the inner tines backward until they are perpendicular to the stem. Work with all tines until the fork will balance well.

Step 3: Using the pliers, add a bit of a curve to the outer tines. You can make these into elaborate curves, or keep them simple as pictured. This will stop whatever paper products you display from slipping off the holder.

vintage fork wedding place card

Step 4: Add your place cards and voila! A simple vintage display and a great way to recycle old forks.

DIY Fall Inspired Boutonnières

Continuing with our DIY Contest weekend extravaganza, next project up was created by Alana Olsen. She created the perfect boutonnières for fall and winter weddings, but the woodsy feel is adorable year round.

diy woodsy guinea feather boutonniere

What you’ll need:
- 3 sprigs of a hearty stemmed herb, such as rosemary, as used here, lavender, thyme, etc.
- 2-3 small/baby magnolia leaves
- 4-6 birch branch tips, or curly willow tips or any small twig tips found outside!
- 2 pins
- ½ yard of vintage ribbon
- Guinea feather
- Scissors
- Floral tape (can be found at craft stores)

rosemary groom boutonniere
guinea feather rosemary wedding bout

Step 1: Take 2 small magnolia leaves, turning one back side up, hold ends of leaves together and tape with floral tape. Floral tape is tacky and sticks to itself, it may take a couple tries, but just pull the tape and wrap around and it should hold!
Step 2: Cut the feather down to appropriate size for the boutonnière and attach using the same technique with floral tape.
Step 3: Take 4-6 twig tips and trim down to appropriate size. Tape together with floral tape and then attach to rest of boutonnière, again using floral tape.
Step 4: Take 2-3 herb sprigs, trim to size and strip any foliage that will be taped and place on boutonnière and tape in place.
Step 5: Take ribbon and leaving one end at the top, wrap from the bottom up, tie into a small knot and trim ends at an angle.
Step 6: Insert pins and your fabulous fall inspired boutonnière is ready to wear!

Such types of boutonnières are very hearty and can be made days ahead of an event. Just spritz with water, place in a zip lock baggie and place in the Frigidaire!

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DIY Nest Ring Pillow

Sit tight, because we have several entries to share today! Nicole made a bird’s nest ring pillow for her own wedding.

birds nest ring pillow

birds nest ring pillow

What you’ll need:
- Any size grapevine nest (I used 5″)
- Sheet moss
- 15″ length of thin ribbon
- Plastic eggs, silk flowers and feathers if desired
- Craft glue
*All items commonly available at most local craft stores

birds nest ring pillow

birds nest ring pillow

birds nest ring pillow

diy birds nest ring pillow

Most grapevine nests have some wire wrapping for stability, but if yours does not, loop a piece of wire up through the bottom and back down, flattening it on the bottom, to leave a small loop on the inside. You can even use a paperclip for this if you have no wire on hand. Tuck one end of your ribbon through the loop inside the nest and set aside.

Step 1. Cut a square of sheet moss larger than your nest, then trim into a circle that fits snugly into your nest. Using a craft knife, cut a slit in the sheet moss and feed both ends of your ribbon up from the bottom.

Step 2. Cover the back of the sheet moss with craft glue, pull the ribbon through until taut and press the moss into the nest.

Step 3. If you’d like to add additional decorations to your nest, tie on your wedding rings to gauge placement and then secure decorations such as plastic eggs, silk flowers and/or feathers with craft glue.

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