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DIY Moss and Milk Glass Centerpieces

Our next DIY project is by Christina, who you may remember from this Vintage Milk Glass and Moss Centerpieces post from a little while ago. Today she shares how to make them, and you are welcome to peruse the instructions to create your own (just not for resell). Speaking of vintage milk glass vases, if you have milk glass vases that you would like to sell, please list them in our classifieds section for vintage brides!

Now, onto the project:
DIY Vintage Milk Glass and Moss wedding centerpieces

DIY Vintage Milk Glass and Moss wedding centerpieces
What you’ll need: (clockwise from photo above)

- upcycled milk glass pedestals in all different sizes. Mix it up with different shapes like low bowls and even milk glass ashtrays. I would advise a grouping of 3 or more different sizes for a better looking tablescape.
- hot glue gun (a high temp) and lots of glue sticks
- knife
- floral pins (can be found here)
- floral foam (for dried flowers not oasis, can be found here)
- preserved moss (shown: reindeer moss, mood moss and sheet moss)

DIY Vintage Milk Glass and Moss wedding centerpieces

DIY Vintage Milk Glass and Moss wedding centerpieces

DIY Vintage Milk Glass and Moss wedding centerpieces

Step 1: Using a knife, cut the floral foam to fit snuggly in the milk glass. Using your glue gun, generously glue the foam into the glass (pic 2). For added height cut a smaller square out of the foam and glue it on top. Shave all of the corners of the foam off. (pic3)

Step 2: Using either mood moss (as shown) or sheet moss, make three clusters that meet together at the top. Hot glue them down and tuck and hide floral pins into them for added security.

Step 3: Fill in the vacant areas with clusters of reindeer moss. Start at the bottom lip of the glass and layer and glue the moss with the best shaped moss on the outside. The reindeer moss comes in all different shapes and sizes so experiment and piece them together like a puzzle.

Step 4: Check to make sure all moss is securely fastened. If loose, re-glue in needed areas and cover with tiny bits of moss. Make sure there are no dried glue drips or strings on your finished product!

Wonderful for a vintage woodland wedding, these centerpieces can be made months and months ahead of time. Just keep them out of direct sunlight and mist the reindeer moss occasionally to keep it soft.

To enter our “Found Tucked Away and Used Today” DIY Contest, email me your DIY project to amanda @ruffledblog.com with 4-8 images that are at least 600 pixels wide and instructions. Last day to enter is March 25, so hurry! Winner will receive $500 and second runner up a $100 gift certficate to Wendy Mink Jewelry!

Brides, wedding planners, florists, Etsy sellers…everyone is welcome to enter!

Carla +Neethling’s Handmade Wedding

Happy Monday! Just one week left to enter our DIY Contest! Don’t forget to enter – the first place winner will receive $500 and second place winner a $100 gift certificate to Wendy Mink Jewelry. Participants must reuse an old item and incorporate it in a DIY project – here is entry #1 and #2 to get your creative juices flowing. Good luck!

We’re starting this week with a vintage inspired wedding with lots of handmade details, all the way from Wellington, South Africa. The bride, Carla, shares a little bit about their wedding day below…

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The bride, Carla, shares a little bit about their wedding:
I bought my bridesmaids’ dresses and then put lace and ribbon on to personalize them. I also had everyone in the bridal party (parents,brothers,sisters, best men and bridesmaids) have similar colors of grey, mint green, blue and purple). A corsage was made for each of them to wear and the similar colors made the pictures beautiful!
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I had a friend of my mother do the flowers. She is a professional and LOVES flowers. I went with her to the florist and together we chose colours and flowers that I liked. We collected lamp covers over the months and decorated them. Lucia (Flowers & Decor) took old books and wrapped them up with ribbon. She then placed the lamp covers on top. Different vases were placed on the tables with not one table looking the same. She placed big and small together. The extra detail was baby pictures of me and my husband in golden picture frames.

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We decided on a theme that would be me and my husband together. I love vintage, but with a hint of the unique, so we had sepia styled photos made and put them in golden frames on the tables. What helped me a lot was to go to the fabric shops and buy samples of different kinds and colours of materials. That way I could see what textures and colors would work together.

We made the the napkin rings ourselves. I grew up on a farm so our neighbors made the flowers with our wedding colors and my mom and I tied them with a ribbon. For each guest we made a fabric heart as a gift that also doubled as a place card. My wonderful bridesmaids helped me put on the different kinds of ribbon and lace with a button. It was great fun and extra special because it was handmade with love. Each of our tables had a wrought iron centerpiece with a crown or a heart on top. Each table had different ribbons hanging from the centerpiece. I wanted to do the table placements a bit different, so I made a card with each guest’s name on it, together with a color ribbon, a button and a pearl pin of the table they were seated at. I made a clothesline from the one chair to the other chair. The chairs without seats resembled a question that asked “Where is my seat?” so guests could look for their names and in that order find their place inside.

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We had the wedding ceremony at a church in Franschhoek. The same church where my great-grandmother, grandmother and mother got married. When the service was finished the guests had to drive about 40 minutes to the venue (www.kleinevalleij.co.za). For a little road side snack, my bridemaids and I baked heart shaped shortbread cookies and we packed them in a cellophane bag, we then had a little business card made with the story about why we got married at this specific church. Our wedding car a 1947 Chrysler was also the wedding car of my husband’s grandparents. We also put that story on the card. As the guests left the ceremony they each got a packet of cookies and a cold bottle of water. So as they were driving they could have a bite and read the story.

Wedding Vendors (Wellington, South Africa)
Venue: Kleinevallej / Caterer: Linda Marie Bruyns Heart Worx (linka@telkomsa.net) / Photographer: Lizelle Lotter / Music: Philip le Grange Life Audio (info@audiolife.co.za) / Videographer: Mandelbrot Films ) / Bridal Salon: Robyn Roberts (http://www.robynroberts.co.za/) / Hair and Makeup: Helga Bridal (http://www.helgabridal.com/) / Vintage Rentals: La Fete (http://www.lafete.co.za/)






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Happy Camper

I wanted to leave you with something fun for the weekend! I spotted these vintage VW campers over at one of my favorite blogs, Please sir, and I had to share with my vintage brides. Snail Trail is a company based out of London that rents vintage campers, trailers and even this adorable red Fiat 500 available for special occasions and photoshoots. The first thing that came to mind was how fun it would it be to rent one of these cuties for a bachelorette party? Though the caravans have quite literally a little more mileage than the VW campers and are mostly available for photoshoots only, the VW campers are perfect for road trips. Each camper has their own name and quirky personality, and seats 4-5 people.

Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan Airstream
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan Airstream
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan Airstream
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan
Vintage Camper Trailer Bachelorette Party VW Camper Caravan

In the United States, you can rent VW campers in California via here, in Washington via here, in Hawaii via here and here. If you know of more, please leave a comment a below!

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