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DIY Votive Vellum Wrapper

We’ve got a busy day ahead of us, and lucky me to be swimming in a pool of amazing entries! Another project by Kayla, this time giving pages from an old book a new life as these adorable votive candle wrappers. Old pages lined up against a votive candle holder works like vellum paper when the candle is lit.

do-it-yourself DIY votive vellum vintage book page wrapper candle

What you’ll need:

- Vintage Book Paper
- Mini jars or votive candle holders
- Cutting Mat
- Glue Stick
- Ruler
- Pencil
- X-acto knife
- Tea light or small votive candle

do-it-yourself DIY votive vellum vintage book page wrapper candle

Instructions:

With the exception of the vintage book pages, all the materials can be found at any craft store.

You can start this project a million ways. You can either go out and buy clear straight-sided jars (if this is the case, skip step 1), or use jars you have laying around the house. If you are in the latter camp, begin at step 1.

Step 1: Find some old jars you have laying around the house (I had a salsa jar and a relish jar today). Soak the labels off your jars overnight, or if you are impatient like me, use Goo Gone and get the job done in a flash.

Step 2: Using your ruler, measure the height of your jars. This measurement will be the width of the strip of paper you will cut.

Step 3: Do a dry run with your paper and make sure it will wrap all the way around your jar before you start cutting it. If it is good to go, use your X-acto knife and ruler to cut out a strip, making the short end the height of your jar. (If your jar is 4″ tall, your strip of paper might be 4″ wide by 8″ long.

Step 4: Lay the paper strip you have just cut flat on your work surface. Using your glue stick, dab a bit of glue in the center along one of the short edges of your paper. Stick that edge to your jar. Wrap the jar with your paper and end by gluing along the inside edge of the other end of your paper, pressing the glued edge onto the paper you have already wrapped. 

Step 5: Drop in a tea light and watch the light dance. I like to combine these paper-wrapped candles with little votives for a nice mix of textures and glow.

DIY Treat Bags

Hope everyone had a good weekend! Today we’ll be sharing more entries from our DIY Contest, so posting will be at full speed. We received so many entries that we may not be able to post them all, but we selected about 20 projects that will for sure be posted between today and tomorrow. We’ll be back to our normal schedule later this week, so not to worry! We’ve got some pretty amazing weddings lined up.

Remember voting won’t start till all entries are published, so keep your eyes peeled for the voting announcement!

First project up was sent by Kayla from Inkling Paper. She made a quick and easy favor bag embellished with a vintage map “ribbon”, and also shares a free download to complete the package.

DIY Treat bags wedding favors or welcome bags vintage maps travel theme

What you’ll need:

- Vintage Map (I used a super old thomas guide)
- Paper lunch sack
- Glue stick
- cutting mat
- X-acto knife
- Pencil and ruler
- Ribbon
- Zig-zag scissors (optional)
- Circle punch
- Circle template (download favor label.pdf)

Do-it-yourself welcome bags out of town travel theme vintage map

Instructions:

Step 1: Using your cutting mat, X-acto knife, and ruler cut a strip from your map (I made mine about 1″ by 6″). Trim the ends into an inverted “V” if desired.

Step 2 (optional):
Using your Zig-zag scissors (or pinking shears), cut about 1/2 and inch off the top of your paper bag to give it a little dimension and detail.

Step 3: Fold the top of your paper bag over on itself (I folded mine over about an inch).

Step 4: Open up your bag, fill it with treats, local goodies for out of town guests, or your wedding favors. Close of the bag and refold the flap along the crease you already made.

Step 5: Using a glue stick, glue the back side of your map strip. Fold the strip glue side down over the top of your treat bag with the “special” end facing the side you folded the paper bag flap towards.

Step 6: Cut 2, 3″ lengths of ribbon. Lay them “criss-cross-applesauce” on top of your map paper on the front flap of the bag.

Step 7: Using your circle punch, punch out an image from the downloadable template (you can scale the templates up or down to fit the size of your punch). I used a 1.5″ punch.

Step 8: Smear glue on the back of the paper circle. Flip it over and press it down firmly on top of your ribbon. The glue on the back of the paper circle should be enough to hold the ribbon down nicely.






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DIY Pom Pom Bouquet

This project was sent by Alexandra (who also has an adorable Etsy shop). This non-floral alternative is a great idea for a rehearsal bouquet! Remember tomorrow is the last day to submit your DIY project. First place winner will receive $500 and second place winner a $100 gift certificate from Wendy Mink Jewelry. Click here for more details and how to enter. Good luck and Happy Friday!

From Alexandra:

This bouquet uses yarn scraps, old shirts of the groom’s (flannel and cotton button-down), an old tank top, a vintage knitting needle, some vintage lace, and old ribbon scrap. You also need a needle (curved would be preferable) and thread that matches your fabric, jewelry wire (about 26 gauge, a bit wider would be ok too), pins (optional, actually, you could sew everything), and fabric or hot glue, wire cutters (pliers might be helpful but not really necessary). I also added in a necklace, which is optional- you could also use a brooch, or any sentimental sort of trinket that can be tied or pinned on.

DIY non-floral bouquet pom pom yarn vintage jewelry shirts fabric rehearsal bouquet

Most of these things can be purchased at Joann Fabric (joann.com), though I recommend going to your local yarn store to get nicer yarns (yarn.com also sells lots of nice stuff, and knitpicks.com has good prices.) You can get new fabric from Joann or another fabric store, or hit up some thrift stores, assuming you don’t have old shirts around. Same with ribbon and lace. The knitting needle doesn’t need to be vintage, just grab a cheap straight needle with a wide top from Joann. Make sure the needle is not longer than you want the entire bouquet, from top to “stem”, unless you have the tools to cut it shorter. It has several parts- yarn pompoms, fabric pompom, fabric yoyos, and assembly.

DIY non-floral bouquet pom pom yarn vintage jewelry shirts fabric rehearsal bouquet

Yarn pompoms: Using a pom pom maker tool, wrap the scrap yarn around both “arms” of the device, filling it up as much as possible. Fold the arms in, snip the yarn, and tie another length of yarn around it tightly. Open the device, fluff the pompom, and trim.

Fabric pompom: Use a soft stretchy jersey fabric, like a flimsy t-shirt. Cut off all the seams and cut the remaining squares (formerly the front and back of the shirt) in a zigzag fashion so you have one long strip of fabric per side (again, I have pictures showing this process, it’s hard to explain.) Wrap these strips around the pompom maker and make a pompom like you did with the yarn (you may want to use yarn for the tie, since the jersey is not that strong). Trim until it looks nice.

DIY non-floral bouquet pom pom yarn vintage jewelry shirts fabric rehearsal bouquet

Yoyos: cut circles of varying sizes in a woven fabric (like a men’s shirt). You probably want the circles at least 6 inches in diameter. Thread a needle and work a running stitch around the outside of the circle. Pull the thread to gather the fabric into a little bundle, and press flat. Make a few stitches to tack the front of the flower to the back so it will stay flat. Tie off the yarn and tuck visible ends to the inside. If you want, you can hot glue or sew on a button for the center.

Assembling: Choose your biggest and most sturdy pompom, the one you want in the center of the bouquet. Shove the knitting needle through the middle of it and use a little hot glue to keep it in place (hide the end of the needle and the glue inside the fluff). For the rest of the pom poms and yoyos, cut off a length of jewelry wire, about 8 inches. Bend the top two inches down, like an upside-down J. Stick both ends through the pompom or through the fabric of the yoyo (through the ruffley middle part, preferably only through the back layer so it will hide well) and twist the short end around the longer one. Now you have a stem! Wrap that stem around the knitting needle so that the new “flower” is where you want it in relation to the center flower. Repeat for all the flowers.

DIY non-floral bouquet pom pom yarn vintage jewelry shirts fabric rehearsal bouquet

Once the flowers are assembled, wrap the “stems” in a few layers of fabric and pin in place (or tack down with a few stitches- probably a better idea if you’re going to be a bit rough on it.) Drape wide strips of lace around the tops of the stems, just under the blooms, and again pin or stitch in place. If you want streamers of ribbon and lace, attach those the same way, underneath the lace. To add feathers, arrange and add just a dot of glue to hold them where you want them. Add vintage jewelry if desired- brooches, necklaces or mismatched earrings can be pinned on.

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