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DIY Birch Bark Lamps

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I have no words to describe how excited I am to make this DIY project myself. If you loved these birch bark pendant lamps from this truly woodsy Michigan wedding, today you’re in luck. I will leave you with Nora, the bride: Our birch tree lanterns came from an idea that evolved down from hollowed-log lights we had seen in Finland and attempted to make them ourselves.

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DIY birch bark lanternsBirch Bark Lampshades DIY
DIY birch bark lamps

DIY birch bark lanternsBark Lampshades DIY

View all lamps and more images from their wedding in the gallery!

Supply list:

  • twine or fishing line
  • bark
  • utility knife
  • leather punch
  • 60 watt lightbulbs
  • 14 gauge electrical wire and sockets or pendant lamp kits (available at local hardware stores or at Ikea)

Instructions:

From Nora: One of my brother’s neighbors peeled the birch bark off of a dead birch tree he had seen. Jared cut them to the right size we wanted, and using a leather punch he cut holes on each end of the “lampshade”. He then stitched the ends together with twine.

The lamps were wired together along a really long piece of 14 gauge lamp wire, outfitted with 60 watt incandescent bulbs. The birch bark lampshade was then tied to the pendant wire with the lightbulb suspended in the middle.

A few tips:

You can use hot glue instead of stitching the lampshade ends if you intend to use these them for decoration only without lightbulbs. Otherwise the hot glue bond may eventually loosen up with the heat from the lightbulb. If you plan on using this birch bark lampshade tutorial for your home, we recommend using a lightbulb wattage that you feel makes the most sense for the size shade you’ll be using. Birch bark can be found in the woods, and it’s free! If you’re getting birch bark from its natural source, rinse it with water and a splash of bleach before you bring it indoors, and let it dry. Another thing to note is that over time, birch bark will eventually dry out and crack. If you plan on using them for your house, consider applying a coat of acrylic clear matte medium. It’s a water based sealant, and it won’t yellow like polyurethane. If you live in an area where birch bark is not accessible, you can purchase birch veneer sheets anywhere online.

If you’re not familiar with wiring electrical cords, I recommend using pendant lamp kits. Each lamp will be lit independently, which means you could hang each lamp above a table! If you like these lamps but prefer a seamless look to them, you can use nylon fishing line instead of twine. Table lampshades will need a spider top fitter, available at lamp shade part stores like this one.

Using the same instructions + tips, you can use birch bark to wrap containers to use as centerpieces, make napkin rings, and votive holders! We’d love to see what you come up with!

All photos by Ellagraph Studios.

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Started as a California-based DJ collective in 2013, Dart has now grown to include numerous live musicians and performers, all with the same simple goal of offering a more customized and personal approach to music curation at weddings and special events.

At Dart, we are all working DJs and musicians. Music is our passion and we want to share it with you and your guests—whether that means digging through vinyl crates for that one song you have to have, or customizing a repertoire list for one of our bands to flawlessly execute, our main goal here is to elevate and personalize your event so that it uniquely represents you.

Despite our attention to detail, we are not elitists and we do not take ourselves too seriously. These events are supposed to be fun, inclusive experiences and we want to only enhance that feeling by playing the best music we can. Whether it’s getting down to LCD Soundsystem or setting the mood with Paul Simon, we want to offer something a little different that will still connect with you and your guests.

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Dutch Fall Wedding Inspiration

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Katja Scherle

Autumn truthfully brings out the most gorgeous color tones, and you’ll see pretty much every single one of them in this stylish shoot from Katja Scherle and Hey Look. Every second of this shoot, from the wild organic floral arrangements to the blush pink gown to the inspired calligraphy, is worth falling completely head over heels in love with — and we sure have.

Dutch fall wedding inspiration - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

From the designer and florist, Hey Look: An idyllic orchard estate in the Netherlands is the backdrop to our classic, earthy fall wedding setting. The historical surroundings of the farm estate, the crisp fall weather and rays of sunshine inspire a shoot that is close to earth and soil. Contemporary and casual with elegant touches.

Dutch wedding inspiration - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

wild wedding bouquet - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

wild boutonnieres - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

grooms boutonniere - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

Dutch fall wedding inspiration - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

We aim to show that often all you need for a beautiful, intimate wedding is a simple setting, seasonal flowers and a location with a lot of personality. We shot close to the biggest flower center and auction in the world – the perfect location for a flower loving couple planning a destination wedding.

braided wedding hair - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

escort card display - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

black escort cards - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

orange and green centerpiece - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

calligraphy place card - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

fall wedding flowers - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

Ruffled - photo by Katja Scherle http://ruffledblog.com/dutch-fall-wedding-inspiration

View all images from this shoot in the gallery

Wedding Vendors

Photography

Katja Scherle

Event Design, Styling, and Floral Design

Hey Look

Venue

De Olmenhorst

Dresses

Kisui

Hair and Makeup

Marianne Roza of The Beautiful Bride Company

Groom's Suit

Rietbergh

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The Paper Flower Market provides brides with everlasting blooms in a magnificently realistic fashion and stunning composition that can be showcased forever in semblance of the love represented on their special day.

This is a floral design and creation company with an artist who works solely with premium papers imported from Italy and Germany.

Each flower is delicately made by the artist with hand coloring and styling techniques to create absolutely swoon worthy wedding blossoms. We specialize in custom bouquets, but also have preset bouquet styling options on our website. We extend our services offering floral crowns, Bridesmaids’ bouquet options, and other floral needs, providing gifts and keepsakes for all special parties involved on your wedding day.

Special Discount Code: RUFFLED15

Credit for all images:
Photography by Lawrence Te
Model Christy Creson

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I know how much you all love a good eco-friendly fête (who doesn’t, after all?) so brace yourself for the most darling green wedding. From their wedding rings to their ceremony stage, everything was made or purchased with Mother nature in mind. If that want’s enough to feast your imagination with ideas, the bride also wore glasses which means major points in my book for staying true to who you are and being comfortable on your wedding day. Thanks Katherine O’Brien for sharing these photos with us!

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From April’s brother, who created the ceremony stage:

The inspiration for the wall was a bit haphazard, and came together after a series of discussions I had with April and Mark. We knew the color palette was going to draw from the aqua/greens of desert plants – namely the agave plant since this was a loose theme for their wedding as seen in April’s bouquet – and I wanted to integrate Texas plants into the design since they were traveling to Austin for the ceremony. I wanted the piece to be rustic, even dilapidated and crumbling, so I started with the idea of a decaying wall made of old fence boards. I found an ad on craigslist and acquired the fence wood from a dude who was removing his old fence, and then dry-brushed the boards one of three colors: white, robin’s egg blue, and pale green.

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Much of the design was created to cover the backyard fence of the venue, and thus came the idea of the cloth ‘water’ wall. I dyed large sheets of muslin three shades of aqua, and then tore them into strips and stapled them randomly into a large, rectangular frame. I wanted the ‘water’ wall and fence wall to work together, so I adapted the design to allow the strips of fabric to ‘flow’ through the fence wall, which also provided the bride and groom with a color platform to stand on. The fence wall had small planters built into it to allow me to plant the aforementioned Texas plants into the structure.

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Wedding Vendors (Austin, Texas):

Venue: Copa/ Photographer: Katherine O’Brien / Florist: Central Market / Officiant: Shazia Anwar / Caterer: Copa / Rings: Brilliant Earth / Cupcakes: The Cupcake Girls / Set Design: Alan Lampert

For cupcake recipes and more images from this wedding, check out Katherine’s blog!

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