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.

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

Instructions:
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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DIY Tea Bag Favors

This project is perfect for tea lovers who want a creative and unique wedding favor. Here are two, easy ways to make homemade tea bags — one method requires some simple sewing while the second requires none at all. Package a set of the no-sew bags in a pretty box to give your guests or setup a Tea Bar with the empty tea bags you sew and a variety of loose teas for guests to make and take their own creations.

 tea wedding favors
 tea wedding favors
 tea wedding favors

What you’ll need:
- Download tea bag tags
- Lightweight cotton fabric or cheesecloth
- Cotton thread or embroidery floss
- Loose tea (http://www.etsy.com/shop/teaforallreasons)

For the no-sew method:

Start with a 6″ square of fabric. Place about 1-2 Tbsp of tea (depending on what kind you use) at the top center. Begin rolling the fabric until you finish with the end in the middle.

 tea wedding favors
 tea wedding favors

Fold the roll in half and secure with a 12″ piece of cotton thread. Wrap it around and knot it tightly a few times to make sure it is secure. If needed, you can trim the top. All that is left now is to make a little tag for the end of the string, which I show later.

For the simple sewn method:

Start with 3″ x 2.5″ rectangles of fabric. You will need 2 for each bag. Pin them together and sew along three edges, about 1/4″ from the sides, leaving the top open. Be sure to double over your beginning and ending stitches. And don’t worry about fraying edges, I think they add to the aesthetic!

 tea wedding favors

When sewing around sharp corners, I find an easy way to continue at the end of a line is to leave the needle through the fabric, lift the foot, rotate the fabric, then put the foot back down and finish sewing.

Next you will hand stitch the closure thread onto the bag. Starting at one end, thread the string back and forth loosely until you get all the way around. Be sure to not sew the bag shut, you’ll only go through one piece of fabric at a time.

Now you are ready to make a tag for the ends of the string:

Here is just one way of making tag. This applies to both styles of bags shown. I made my tags 1″ x 5/8″ rectangles and you can download my design here if you would like, or you can make your own customizing the art and colors to your wedding. If using my template, print it to size on the paper of your choice, I used a natural stock with some flecks in it. Cut out the tags along the crop lines and fold them in half. Apply a dab of craft glue or cover tag if using a glue stick, center the strings, fold and press until secure.

tea wedding favors

tea wedding favors

You can make your tags in a variety of shapes and colors and can also label them with the flavors. Another fun idea is to use craft punches in different shapes and different colored paper for each flavor, then make a key showing what shape is what flavor.

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