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DIY Ring Bearer Bow Tie

Wow, do we have a busy day today. Luckily for me I am loving every minute of posting these DIY entries! Next up is an easy to make bow tie Abbi made for a ring bearer, but it could be made for adults as well. How cute is her model?

What you’ll need:
- Vintage fabric
- Ribbon to match the fabric (http://www.cheapribbons.com/products.html )
- A sew-on snap
- Thread

DIY Vintage floral fabric bow tie

Instructions:
Step 1: Cut your fabric to 4 ½ inches by 8 inches.

Step 2: Fold in half length wise with the right sides together and sew a ½ inch seam. This will make a tube that you need to turn right side out.

Step 3: Take your fabric tube and press it flat with the seam in the middle of the back.

Step 4: Now fold the tube in half with the seam side out and take a ½ inch seam to make the tube into a circle. Turn it so the seam is on the inside.
Step 5: Flatten it with the seam in the middle of the back and then scrunch it up in the middle to make it look like a bowtie. Wrap a piece of ribbon around it and sew it in place.

Step 6: Measure the wearer’s neck and cut a piece of ribbon long enough to go around plus 1 inch for overlapping and folding over.

Step 7: Sew one end of the ribbon to the ribbon on the back of the bow tie. Also sew one side of the snap in place there.

Step 8: At the other end fold over the ribbon ½ inch for stability and sew the other side of the snap on there.

DIY Teacup Cake Topper

Another project sent by Julia, who also made this adorable DIY Travel Paper Plane Mobile. This time she made a teacup cake topper, that can be found either at thrift stores or in your grandma’s cupboard. It’s a great alternative if you would like to honor your grandparents if the traditional figurine cake topper is not your thing.

DIY Vintage Teacup China Cake Topper

What you’ll need:

-flowers
-vintage teacup and saucer
-floral foam
-twig
-colored paper
-paper embellishments (I used pearl stickers)
-glue dots
-tape
-scissors
-pen
-bowl of water

DIY Vintage Teacup China Cake Topper

Instructions:
Step 1: Trim floral foam to a size that will fit snugly into your teacup. Poke holes in the top to allow water to soak through better.

Step 2: Place floral foam in a bowl of water and tape down so it doesn’t float up. Make sure water gets into the holes you poked. Allow foam to soak at least ten minutes, but ideally over an hour (the more water it has, the longer the flowers will last).

Step 3: Arrange trimmed flowers in teacup, poking stems into the foam. If stems are soft or really thick, make a hole in the foam before inserting flower so you don’t break the stem.

Step 4: Cut paper into a flag shape and write names of the bride and groom on it. Embellish with whatever you choose (I used pearl stickers).

DIY Vintage Teacup China Cake Topper

Step 5: Fold paper over end of twig and secure with glue dots. Insert twig into the foam of your flower arrangement.

Step 6: Place teacup and saucer on cake and take lots of pictures!

*All photos by Picture Party






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DIY Tin Can Vases

I hope you’re loving our DIY festival as much as I am! Tomorrow is our last day posting all the DIY projects for our fun little DIY Contest. I truly wasn’t expecting we were going to end up publishing over 20 entries, so thank you everyone who entered. It will be tough for you, that will have to choose the winners on Friday!

Our last project for today was sent by Cori, from Cori Cook Floral Design. Using empty tin cans and patterned gift wrap, she made a gorgeous group of small centerpieces. They were born for bridal showers, don’t you think?

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

What you’ll need:
- Ruler
- Pencil
- Scissors
- Scrapbook Paper or gift wrap with interesting designs
- Decorative ribbon
- Spray Adhesive
- Containers to cover like an empty can, old unused vases and soda cans
- Floral foam
- Flowers

DIY Tin Can Vases centerpieces

Instructions:
Step 1: Choose the container you would like to cover and measure a strip of the scrapbook paper to fit around the container.

Step 2: Cut the scrapbook paper into a strip that fits around the container.

Step 3: Spray a thin layer of the spray adhesive onto your scrapbook paper strip on the side you want adhered to your container.

Step 4: Wait one minute for the spray adhesive to get really sticky.

Step 5: Then, carefully adhere the scrapbook paper strip to the container.

Step 6: To add more interest to your covered container, spray measured pieces of ribbon with the spray adhesive and adhere to the container.

Step 7: Then, fill your container about halfway full with water. Cut flower stems at an angle to ensure they get the most water pumping through their stems. For a more hand-picked feel, simply cut the stems and place in the container. For more of a controlled, full look, you can use floral foam. Simply cut the floral foam into a piece that fits snuggly into your container and insert stems into foam.

Step 8: This method of covering different containers can work for a variety of containers and creates a fun, custom look for each vase covered. Great for bridal showers, centerpieces, place cards, and votives. For larger containers, you can use a fabric covering using the same methods of adhering the fabric. Be bold and be creative!

*All photos by Flourish Studio Photography

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