We’re embracing this last stretch of winter with one of our favorite things – chocolate! Nothing sounds quite as good as snuggling up in a chunky blanket, putting on your favorite old movie and sipping on some hot chocolate right? Add your best gal pals to the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a perfect Friday night. We partnered with Avery to make the easiest hot chocolate stick recipe for delish wedding favors or thank you gifts.
Japanese origami is all about symbolism, and one of our favorite origami creations is the Lucky Star. Creating 1 star for your loved one signifies the only one, while 9 stars signifies love for a long time. If you want to go the extra mile, 1314 stars represent a whole eternity of love! Can you imagine a more special (and meaningful) touch to a Valentine’s gift? Fred Meyer Jewelers was the real mvp and put together a step-by-step DIY to teach you how to make your own:
If every quantity of Lucky Stars has a specific purpose, shouldn’t every detail of your ring too? Understanding the different meanings of rings is key to choosing the right one for you. We’re truly enamored by Fred Meyer Jeweler’s Destiny Diamond, which is embedded across 3 collections that provide a wedding ring and personality blueprint – each in their own way!
If you have a vibrant, extroverted soul (and let’s face it, you love to be the center of attention), the Strength Collection should definitely be a contender. Featuring a strong solitaire as it’s center stone, this striking piece is the kind that people won’t stop talking about. If you’re all about the glitz + glamour, and you tend to light up every room, you’re probably a Harmony gal. We’re talking diamonds on diamonds in a symphony of sparkle. But let’s say you’re more of a traditionalist, and your story together is a dynamic one. The Journey Collection is all about adventure, signifying your past, present and future in various three-stone, anniversary and wedding bands.
Don’t you just love love? Be sure to explore Fred Meyer Jeweler’s new catalog to find out which diamond is your best friend!
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Long-time Ruffled readers know we can never turn down a good DIY project. From backdrops to favors to paper flowers, we saw a hefty portion this year and it made narrowing down this list no small task! Before we start the drum roll, don’t forget to check out our other Best of 2016 installments — fashion, ceremonies, bouquets, and receptions. Now, we’ll let these DIY projects take it away:
Scalloped felt backdrop from this project.
Copper leaves cake topper from this project.
Hershey Kiss floral backdrop from this project.
Matisse cutout wall hanging from this project.
This 3d DIY geometric wall decor is a must try!
All you need is a paper punch and painterly gift wrap for this DIY geometric string lights
Bookmark this one for next year — these DIY Christmas Village Luminaries have their own free downloadable template!
Today we’re sharing a DIY just in time to decorate for the holidays! Fiskars recently launched new craft knives and we knew we wanted to try them to make this Christmas Village. Audrey from French Knot Studios is sharing a printable template for you to make your own holiday luminaries, so read on below on how to whip up your own:
Convinced they actually met each other lifetimes ago, the love story between Jacqueline and Matthew is truly a sweet one. The couple decided to base their wedding day loosely around the head and the heart, cheekily naming each reception table after a part of the anatomy. Thank you to danfredo photos + films for capturing their day, and to Heart + Dash for bringing their vision to life!
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Today we’re sharing a modern + handcrafted bridal shower inspiration in partnership with Birch & Goldberry. The trio behind this Houston TX company offers fine handpainted gift wrap, artisanal soaps and candles, making for a one-shop for creating your bridesmaid gift kits. We took inspiration from these girl bosses and these items to dream up of a fun bridal brunch that you can recreate yourself — with how-tos below!
Shot by the talented Emily Elizabeth Photo, this sleek + modern design from DIY contributor and Event Stylists ENLY Designs drew us in right from the start. From the hand stitched placemats to the hexagonal table runner to the triangular chandelier, we’d fall right down the rabbit hole if it led to a paper-filled wonderland like this. This vignette most definitely has a wow-factor, and we can’t imagine a more perfect setting for getting together with your girls.
See how to make the abstract place mat here!
You may be wondering just how to present the question, and we have a solution for you. After a little bit of wining + dining, curated gift boxes are a fun and unique way to spread the love and provide these very important people with something truly memorable. Our ideal gift box would include a soy candle, abstract soap bar, heartfelt note and confetti of course! Oh, and complete with bubbly upon delivery.
See how to make the menu cards here:
The common denominator of all these amazing DIYs is Birch & Goldberry. They have a wide array of products you can incorporate into a shower like this, and as the Paper & Packaging Board reminded us last month, the crafting possibilities with paper are endless (check out this easy paper backdrop DIY if you’re looking for something more to decorate a bridal brunch). The wrap collection featured in today’s shoot is The Neutrals, though their other wrap bundles are speckled with purples, greens and even sky blues to provide a visual symphony worth talking about. These papers have a thick texture that is wonderful for fine crafts as well as gift wrapping.
See how to make the Triangular Chandelier here:
Thank you, Birch & Goldberry for providing these handcrafted gifts + gift wrap patterns. Head over to their site for more gift ideas for your ladies!
I guess you could say we’re crazy in love with today’s DIY project – a green + white ombre photo backdrop made entirely of paper! We partnered with the Paper & Packaging – How Life Unfolds ™ campaign to showcase one of the many unique ways you can incorporate paper into your wedding day with this geometric design! It can be used as a ceremony, photo booth or sweetheart table backdrop, just to name a few ideas. You can even use it in the events leading up to your wedding – we’re thinking it could be the perfect eye-popping addition behind a sweets table at a bridal shower!
Not only is this project easy, it’s completely customizable. You have free creative reign with size, color and overall shape. Needless to say, the possibilities are endless. Thank you to our newest DIY stylist and contributor, Colorado-based ENLY Event Design, for capturing the step-by-step images and end result!
It’s #WeddingWednesday, so what better time to share a great DIY project? We’ve partnered up with Fiskars to bring you this modern backdrop installation, perfect for your ceremony or any wall in your home! Inspired by the abstract shapes popular in Matisse’s artwork, we created our own abstract masterpiece you can easily replicate in a day. Thank you to Opal+Rose Photo for capturing the images!
For this project, you will need:
– Fiskars Easy Change Detail Knife
– Fiskars Amplify Mixed Media Scissors
– Fiskars Cutting Mat
– Card stock
– Thin plywood or birch veneer
– Cotton rope
– Wooden dowel
– Paint and paint brushes
Click through to the slideshow to see the rundown of steps for this DIY!
We’re so in love with how it turned out! Pretty, huh? We are all about DIYs that can be used after the wedding, and we think this beauty would look amazing at home hanging above a bed or a sofa.
Fiskars’ new craft knives is ideal for precision cutting, which is essential to a project such as this one we shared. This kit includes 12 changeable blades that serve different purposes, and it comes with 5 standard blades for future replacement.
Always believers in a good ol’ DIY, we’ve got an extra fun one as a late summer weekend send off. Using our partner Fiskars‘s newest 3d paper punch, some pretty paper, and string lights, we’ve got a great DIY that’s not only a eye-catching garland, but also has the added bonus of providing some extra light for your nighttime fêtes. Our thanks to Emily Chidester Photography for capturing the end result and each step needed to create these fun party additions + home decor!
Not all DIYs are created equal. This one that Kathryn of Studio Cultivate is a clear example that you don’t need to labor over decor in the name of DIY. Instead, you can invest on a few paintings like these ones from artist Kathryn Schermbeck and decorate around them for a big impact at your wedding. These images by Ariana Clare fuses together artistry and an easy project that will be an interesting talking piece at your wedding. Hang it at your ceremony, behind your sweetheart table at the wedding reception, then take them home to decorate your walls for years to come!
From the painter and DIY designer, Kathryn Schermbeck: Instead of spending the majority of your wedding flower budget on just flowers, why not invest in pieces like this artistic canvas that can be a great wedding backdrop that will live on in your home to continually celebrate and remind you of the special day?
Today we have the ladies from Ruie + Grace, whom you may remember from this popular DIY we shared last year. This time they are back to share this DIY paper punch chandelier that you can create in a few hours with the help of our partner Fiskars. We’re loving their intricate paper punches for backdrops and installations like this one for that “how-did-you-do-that” look!
We love us a quick DIY project that can be used anywhere. It can be nestled under your wedding arbor at your ceremony altar, behind your dessert table, or even as a prop backdrop for your funky photo booth section. Felt is a great material to transport and store because it doesn’t wrinkle, tear like paper nor fray like other types of fabric. Whatever your use for it, Fiskars made cutting several sheets of thick felt a breeze. Let us begin:
This is just one of those gem of DIY projects that you get an immediate return of every minute of your DIYvestment. Make one for your engagement session, ladies. Rock it on dinner dates with your love and at various brunches with your gals. Also, hello, bridesmaids gifts. Wedding gown designer Sweet Caroline is here to teach us how to make a tulle skirt with rhinestones with the help of Fiskars that would make Sarah Jessica Parker jealous:
This just one of those DIY projects that we whole-heartily can get behind, hold the flag and hail it from all traffic stops. Nicole Adams of Gingerspice Bakery created these beyond beautiful treats that are essentially wedding cakes to go in small cups. These cup finds from our partner Beaucoup and a sweet tooth are all you need to make these DIY Cake in a Cup treats captured by We Are the Castros.
This one, guys. This DIY is it. It’s one of those DIY projects that we feel like hoarding forever because it’s SO good. This DIY shag backdrop is the queen of all of your fringe needs. Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is teaching us how to create this colorful statement piece, which can be customized in an endless array of patterns and colors to fit your wedding or party. Or home, because I’m totally making this as curtains for my home office.
Here’s our second fantastic DIY project with Fiskars and I think this super-easy, beginner-friendly project will certainly bring the wow factor at your next event. Like our last DIY project, this one is also a papel picado project and this time it’s a gorgeous table runner. Keep scrolling for the how-to’s and photo inspiration!
Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System
Fiskars Garden Lattice Large Punch Cartridge
In a similar way you’d make our papel picado backdrop, this table runner follows suit. Cut a long strip of butcher paper or gift wrap and fold every 2-3″ inches like a paper fan.
Depending on the length of your table, you can add an extra 12″ on each end of it to waterfall on the edges.
The trick here is to keep each square punch separate from one another. That’s how the strips will stay in one piece. The closer your folds are to the width of the punch, the more seamless your final product will look.
To do this, get your AdvantEdge ready and run the paper through exactly as the instructions.
Each time you move down the handle of your AdvantEdge for the next punch, it locks itself in place. You want to feel your cartdrige locking itself in each notch, which is how you get the evenly spaced punch.
We’re giddy to announce our partnership with one of our favorite DIY brands, Fiskars! Maybe you’ve heard of them? They just happen to be a household name for crafts + cutting tools. We’ll be sharing a series of DIY projects and we’re starting with a bang with this papel picado backdrop from our Papel Picado inspiration shoot styled by Candice Mock of Patchwork Planning and captured by Jessica Cooper.
Materials (hover the image for all supplies):
Fiskars AdvantEdge Punch System Starter Set
Butcher Paper Roll
Fiskars Original Orange-Handled Scissors
Butcher paper (we used a roll of meat-wrap paper from Paper Mart)
1.Cut a piece of butcher paper at the length you need your backdrop to be + 3″ or 4″ extra for a tab at the top
2.Fold your paper in 3″ wide strips like a fan
3.Cut strips of 2-3 scored folds
4.Now that you have long strips of paper, you’re ready to start using your AdvantEdge Punch System Starter Set! Leaving 3-4″ inches extra, punch your paper once.
5.Push the handle a notch to the right
AdvantEdge locks itself in each track to maintain a continuous 12″ pattern. Once you reach the end of the track, flip it upside down to align it seamlessly with the next round.
Once you’ve reached the end of the AdvantEdge track, bring the handle back to the left to continue the process.
Trim excess paper, fold tabs around a wooden dowel or rod, and bam, you’ve got yourself a faux laser cut backdrop that does not look like DIY at all!
If you don’t own the infamous Fiskars Original Orange-Handled Scissors yet, you should – it’s a DIY Toolbox essential. These can cut a wide variety of materials including denim, silk and multiple layers of fabric. It’s our go-to scissors for most of our projects.
Earlier this month we announced we’re partnering with Creativebug to bring you a series of DIY projects brought to life inspired by their classes, and we’re thrilled to share our first one today! This DIY was inspired by this rice paper lanterns class, and you can sign up for a free trial here.
As we mentioned earlier, Creativebug is THE destination for DIY classes made so easy, you have no excuse not to try them for yourself! Even better, you can gather a group of friends, some wine and hors d’oeuvres, and make a night of it while you tackle your wedding decor with extra helping hands. Oh, and did we mention you can sign up for a free trial? You’ll get access to over 700 classes, with the ability to save one class to your library even if you choose to cancel. To keep the fun times coming, it’s only $4.95 a month for unlimited access! Gina Paola Design created these ceremony lanterns (shot by Jonica Moore) from this class, which would look great for home too.
Interested in learning how to make your very own rice paper lanterns? Head right over to Creativebug, where you can get all the details in a video tutorial. You can also discover more about Creativebug’s wedding offerings in this highlight reel:
Are you ready for a big dose of adorableness? We’ve partnered up with Beau-coup to bring you this totally unique Save the Date idea — a mini suitcase packed with confetti! Could this possibly be any more perfect for a destination wedding? Thanks to Jessica Hill Photography for capturing these pretty images.
If you ask me, today’s DIY project is the perfect touch for any boho inspired wedding or party. Who doesn’t love it when some feathers join in on the fun? Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate recently shared this creative + fun paper feather backdrop (with Emily Chidester Photography capturing it all on camera), and we especially adore the idea of it as a cake display accent!
In the market for some high-impact, low-stress wall decor to make your party pop? Look no further, because we’ve got Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate with us to share how to make these great geometric wall shapes that will add some quick pizzazz to your wall (or cake, or plants, or so much more) in seconds flat!
For this project, you will need:
-balsa wood 1/4″
-gold spray paint
-hot glue sticks
-hot glue gun
-miter cuter hand shear
-glue dots or double sided tape
1. Measure out the lengths you want each geometric shape to be, using either an X-acto blade or the miter hand shear to cut at marked points.
2. If you don’t want to be exact with the angled cuts, the miter hand shear helps to estimate the proper cuts. As you work, align the pieces to be able to better decide on the angle to cut.
3. Do the same with the 3-dimensional pieces that will project from the base, cutting after studying the desired angle, and trimming if necessary afterwards.
4. With a dot of hot glue on each end, the pieces are easily assembled and quickly set. Hold in place while the glue cools.
5. Choose the preferred color of cardstock, apply hot glue to the base of balsa wood structure and press to the paper.
6. Gently cut around the edge of the balsa wood with an X-acto blade to cut away from paper sheet.
7. To temporarily adhere to wall, use glue dots or double sided tape and arrange in a clustered gathering.
-Odd number quantities always make for a more dynamic composition!
-Make a variation without attaching to cardstock paper and use as a cake topper.
-Use larger pieces of balsa wood and create center pieces, we pulled a plant through one for an interesting take on table decor.
This eclectic woodland wedding, captured by Redfield Photography, definitely shows the bride and grooms personalities. Some couples steer away from taking every element of their wedding on but not Jane and Brandon. Just about every detail of their wedding was planned or created by their family and friends or themselves. Now that is some serious teamwork!
From the bride, Jane: Brandon and I both come from creative stock (his mom’s a dancer, my parents are both classical musicians), so the little details and what they represented really mattered to us. We started out wanting to keep it simple, but ended up making pretty much everything and dragging our best friends and family into it, too. I learned to do a lot of things I didn’t know how to do before (Wood carving? No big deal!). A few days before the wedding, it basically became a craft fair in the woods – a few days of summer camp full of DIY, painting, tying, punctuated by karaoke and beer pong and family chats. It was a blast. It helped that the owners of the barn, Mia and Ralph, were awesome and game for making the day what we envisioned.
Big wood initials – Brandon is an amateur furniture maker (he made all the furniture in our NYC apartment!). When I told him I wanted him to build something cool, he sawed and hammered in his parents’ garage, and when he was done, he had created two giant initials (J and B), painted them gold, and attached LED lights to the back so they would glow for the dance party. Pretty cool husband I’ve got.
Invitations – We designed our invitations based on old vintage Poconos postcards. As a keepsake, we burned little forest landscapes into small wooden rounds with our initials on the back, and tied everything together with baker’s twine.
Programs – We wrote every guest a little thank you note in our program, because we wanted to make sure everyone knew they were a part of our family. I dusted off the old Photoshop skills and cobbled the programs together myself. A illustrator friend from the tech startup I work for drew a caricature of us that we used for the front, and I literally got them printed from Office Depot two night before (whew). Flowers – I was convinced we didn’t need to spend a fortune on flowers. We found bloominous.com, which ships flowers to you – designed and bulk. One of their designers, Richard, and I plotted over the phone for weeks, and a day before the wedding, all the flowers came FedEx. Our lovely friend made my floral crown and all the bouquets (she’s never ever done it before and they turned out to be AMAZING) and my bridesmaid and family put all the table flowers in all sorts of vases to place on the tables.
Wedding ceremony chapel – My parents disappeared for two hours, and when I found them, they had decorated the ceremony chapel with fresh garlands I ordered online (from Sam’s Club!) and added some color with flowers Mia had around the barn. So beautiful.
Cake – Brandon’s groomsman Nick’s mom is basically his second mother. He’s been dreaming about a wedding cake baked by Daria for years – it’s half the reason I suspect he wanted to marry me. When I told her we were hoping for a “naked” cake, she pulled herself together, googled it, and made the most spectacular and delicious carrot cake I’ve ever seen.
Tables – Well, this wasn’t DIY, but we found Forget-Me-Not Vintage rentals. I told Renee my vision for a family style dinner with jewel colored old-world goblets, eclectic china, and mismatched… everything, and she obliged. We set all the big farm tables out in the clearing in the woods – together it looked pretty magical.
Favors – A friend of mine started Sriracha2Go which makes tiny, keychain versions of the hot sauce I (and every other Asian in the world) put on everything. He generously sent us a bunch of these to use as favors! I printed my mom’s Chinese chicken recipe and put them in little burlap sacks. Totally functional!!
Brandon and I really just wanted a big ol’ party in the woods with all the people we love, and as many of the things we like, as possible. When we found Tall Timber Barn in the Poconos amongst all the beautiful tall trees, next to an old abandoned resort rumored to be haunted, 15 minutes bus ride from a local casino for an afterparty, we were sold. We wanted a family dinner outside in the clearing with eclectic table settings, lots of flowers and vases, games, and sunshine, followed by a dance party in the barn with glowsticks and animal masks, lots of things to see and eat, and lots of laughter and bourbon. We wanted the day to feel romantic and slightly otherworldly. Our wedding party got to explore the haunted resort in the area with our photographers, Marisa and John, and videographer. Brandon and I wanted to honor our families’ journeys. Brandon’s family hails from Hawaii and my parents and I are from China, so we wanted to make sure we took pieces of our cultures we loved and brought them into our wedding. Both our families have gone through a lot to get to celebrate together and we felt so deeply grateful. We had a traditional Hawaiian lei ceremony officiated by Brandon’s uncle Juan, who came all the way from Honolulu to join us.
My parents are both musicians, and my brother and I were forced as children of musicians to learn (albeit rather poorly in my case). We brought the band back together for a big show, my parents and I on violin and my brother on piano. My dad also plays a host of Chinese folk instruments, and he busted out some mean solos on the Er Hu, a 2 stringed instrument traditionally used in Chinese theatre. Everyone started stomping the floor on the beat and hollering – it was awesome. We also brought Chinese street shiskabobs straight from the streets of Flushing, Queens. We basically went to Flushing one day and convinced our favorite street vendor to drive to the depth of Pennsylvania at night. What awesome guys for coming! These late night snacks were my favorite food growing up as a little girl in China, and they were a huge hit at the wedding. And finally, my dad’s speech. He’s not a verbose guy, and when he said, “This is everything your mother and I hoped for you,” it meant everything. He also hand carved a photorealistic picture of Brandon and I in wood as a gift for us – unreal.
Any advice for couples planning their weddings now? Go for everything you truly want and make sure you make your family and friends feel loved and special. I believe you should do all the things you dreamed of to make this one day yours – it’s a day that really represents who you and your fiancé are as people and as a couple. People kept telling me not to focus on the details, but I’m so glad we made it a fun, creative project we got to work on with the whole family. Details for me were all the fun!
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With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, what better way is there to start celebrating than with a sweet treat you can make at home? Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate is with us to show how to make these gemstone hard candies, with images captured by Emily Chidester Photography.
-silicone candy/ice mold (ours was from here)
2 cups white sugar
1 cup water
2/3 cup corn syrup
1 teaspoon flavored oil (we used peppermint oil)
1 teaspoon food coloring (or less to preference)
1. In a saucepan, stir together sugar, water and corn syrup. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Using a candy thermometer, cook to around 300-310 degrees. It is not necessary to keep stirring during this time, as this will cause bubbles to form and set when the candy hardens.
2. Remove from heat and stir in flavored oil and food coloring, the less food coloring you use the lighter the tint of color.
3. Using a spoon, ladle into silicone mold. If the candy starts to harden in the saucepan sooner than you can fill all the molds, you can place back over heat to melt again, until you have removed it all from the pan.
4. You can use any candy/ice silicone mold. We chose a diamond ice mold.
5. After allow candy to set, remove from mold and bundle in cellophane bags, add a twist tie and sweet card. These make perfect treats for your maidens, or party favors!
Over on the East Coast we’re getting our fair share of snow and chilly weather this weekend, and we can’t think of a better way to pass the time than with a fun DIY project! Kathryn Godwin of Studio Cultivate and Emily Chidester Photography are with us to share the secret behind this striking DIY Pegboard Backdrop, perfect for a dessert table or even a ceremony backdrop on a bigger scale.
For this project, you will need:
-pegboard 4×4 ft
-tapestry needle (a large eye is needed for the yarn)
1. Cut a 3ft length of yarn to start, any long and it will become easily tangled. Thread tapestry needle and begin stitching at a corner of the pegboard.
2. Loop through the first two holes and double knot on the backside. Continue to stitch the yarn in and out of the holes, and back to fill the lines. It will help to move at a faster pace when creating horizontal or vertical lines to skip over several holes at a time.
3. Vary the patterns with stitching, create horizontal, vertical, diagonal and chevron lines. Patch working the stitches into each other will bring an organic flow to this graphic and modern decor.
4. Set on a table and lean against the wall as a back to your dessert, gift or escort card table, or go big with a 4×8 foot sheet and use it as a backdrop!
In a pinch for a modern gift wrap? Kathryn from Studio Cultivate whipped up this quick project for wrapping last minute gifts. Better yet, you may already have all of these materials in your craft closet! Thanks Alicia White for the images.
For this project you will need:
-nail polish (cheaper is better!)
-white craft paper
-coffee stirrer stick
1. Gather nail polish in 2-4 colors of your choice, and complementary ribbon.
2. Using a bin that is larger than the paper you wish to marble, fill with 2 inches of water.
3. Remove brushes from bottles and shake polish over water, it will sit on the surface of the water. This is where the quality comes in, nicer nail polish sinks to the bottom, you want polish that actually floats on the surfaces.
4. Use a coffee stirrer stick (or even just the polish brush) to pull the colors around the surface, breaking up the larger globs of color and swirling it around. Work quickly, as the polish will set on the water and will not work as desired.
5. Lay the paper you wish to marble face down on the surface of water. Do not submerge, but gently press your finger across the sheet of paper, pressing it to the water.
6. Peel back paper and set aside to let dry for a few hours.
7. Then get to wrapping! Use a satin ribbon that matches the colors you used in marbling to pull the packaging together.
Nothing really says “holiday season” better than a festive wreath, so we’re delighted to have Twin Lens Weddings by Georgia and Sarah with us to share how they made their own take on the Christmas wreath by giving it a cascading effect. Read on to get the tips for making your very own!
What better way to welcome in the holidays than a festive wreath hanging on your door? We wanted to take the traditional Christmas wreath and give it a twist with a cascading effect.
For this project, you will need:
-Wire wreath frame
To create this wreath, we chose to harvest from our backyard forest, but any of our chosen stems can be replaced depending on what you have available.
What we used:
-One bough for medium and long stems, cut as needed
-A selection of shorter stems
-Stems without berries
1. Starting the wreath is easy – just lay your chosen stem on the wreath frame and begin binding the greens to the frame by wrapping wire around tightly. Cutting the wire while wrapping shouldn’t be necessary with this method, but it isn’t against the rules either. To ensure the wire is wound tightly, it may be easier to cut and tie off small portions of wire as you go along.
2. To create a subtly layered effect, we began by laying down small cuts (approximately 4”-7” long) of each material in a general pattern of two to three pine stems, one holly (with berries,) juniper, and holly (with no berries.) Feel free to mix up the pattern as you see fit.
3. We began the cascading portion of the wreath by adding medium length stems (7”-10”.) The stems were laid down and bound as before, but depending on the shape you are trying to make you may want to wrap wire individually around certain stems and then attach them to the frame. This allows for more control in positioning the cascading section. We then added long stems (10”-16”) and tapered out the cascade by returning to medium stems, then short stems. Take care with this portion – it will take the longest, but make sure to double check how the shape is coming out. You will want the long cascading stems to flow with the direction of the shorter stems.
4. The rest of the wreath can be completed by continuing to lay short stems and wrapping wire tightly around the frame near the bottom of the stems. Lay the stems down closely on top of one another, so the free portion of the greens will cover up where you wrapped wire previously.
5. When you come to the end of the circle, lift up any greens in your way and fill in the remaining area with short stems.
6. Now you are ready to hang your wreath! If using evergreen plants, this live wreath should last without water for several days. We’ve had ours up for a week with little change. Happy wreath-making!
Photography and DIY
If you caught today’s shoot at Terrain, chances are the hanging root balls grabbed your attention. We love the idea of using these as terrariums and displaying all sorts of beautiful flowers, both indoors and out! Thank you Jessica Cooper Photography and Sebesta Design for sharing your tips.
For this project, you will need:
-(1) Grapevine ball of 6” or larger
-Plastic Sandwich Bag
-Tape or Bindwire
Step 1: Take your grapevine ball, find a large hole and push the vine open so you can have enough room to put your hand inside.
Step 2: Take your moss, green side out and layer the inside of the ball, covering all of the open outer space. If it moves, you can push it a little harder and wedge it through the vine.
Step 3: To help hold the moss in place as well as create a supportive base to hold your flower cluster in place, ball up wax tissue and stuff inside the ball. Leave some room towards the opening so you can hide your flowers stems inside the ball.
Step 4: Create a little handheld bouquet and tie it together.
Step 5: Put some fresh moss in the bottom of your sandwich baggie and moisten it to provide a water source for your flowers.
Step 6: Cut the bouquet stems, just long enough so that all of the stems will reach the wet moss, but short enough that they fit inside the bag as well as inside the ball.
Step 7: Place the bouquet inside the baggie and tie the baggie closed with heavy waterproof tape or bind wire.
Step 8: Place the flowers inside the ball and secure with additional wax tissue and moss if necessary.
Step 9: Find a couple of supportive vines around the opening where the flowers have been set and twist wire around them, creating a closed hook to hang the ball from.
Step 10: Add some more bind wire or string to hang the ball and enjoy!
We hope you enjoyed the beautiful modern safari wedding inspiration from Megan Saul Photography and Jayne Weddings earlier today, as we’re super excited to have them back with us to share exactly how they made the DIY Geometric Paper Backdrop seen behind the wedding cake! You might remember Amanda’s baby shower origami backdrop, so here are instructions that are super easy to follow! A special shout-out goes to Taya Lyskanycz with Jayne Weddings for creating this show-stopper of a display.
For this project, you will need:
-Stapler or Double Sided Tape
-12×12 Square card stock paper
-Foam Core in the size of your backdrop
-Gold Spray paint
1. Start by taking the paper and folding it in half. Crease with bone folder. Then fold it in half again, crease with bone folder. You should now have a smaller, thicker square.
2. Take that square and fold it in half diagonally. Crease very hard with bone folder to get a nice seam, then unfold back to the smaller square stage.
3. Fold it half diagonally the other direction. Reopen to smaller square. You should now have a small thick square with an X shape fold lines.
4. Pick one triangle of the X to cut out. Leave a small section of this to use to tape or staple together. Once cut out, hold the edges and push together so the rest of the shape pops up and becomes 3D. Tape or staple together. We used tape, as it’s easier, but if you are making this for more then a few weeks ahead of time, I would use a stapler.
5. Once the 3D triangle is together, push straight pins into the corners of the triangle. Then place on foam core and push pins thru. Flip board over and bend the pins back against the board, so they don’t murder anyone during installation.
6. Then spray paint any color you want! You could also use colored paper to create something super exciting!
I’ll admit, I’m totally guilty of picking through coolers and trying to find a Share a Coke bottle with my name on it. ShareaCoke.com upped the ante by increasing the variety of names by 4x + letting you customize the iconic glass bottle on their site with any name. To celebrate, we’ve got a humongous giveaway you can enter to win. The giveaway package includes two round-trip flights on United Airlines to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii plus a $500 Visa gift card, a total of a $1700 value. Read on for how to enter at the bottom of this post!
Today’s DIY takes the idea of personalized Cokes and puts a wedding twist on them, using the bottles as centerpieces for a sweetheart table at the reception — so cute!
For this project, you will need:
-fine grain glitter
-healing gel mat or cardboard
1. Print an ampersand in the desired font, to about 5″ in height on normal computer print paper.
2. Tape printed ampersand with masking tape flat to foam core.
3. Place foam core on a healing gel mat or a piece of cardboard, to protect the surface you’re cutting on.
4. Use x-acto knife to cut around ampersand – when cutting foam core, don’t try to cut through the first time you slice into it, but trace the ampersand once lightly and return to cut fully through.
5. Mix 1 part glitter to 1 part mod podge in an empty container. Brush mixture onto ampersand, covering the top and sides. Then sprinkle with more glitter. Set aside to dry. Once dry return and do the other side of ampersand.
6. Using the same mod podge mixture, brush mixture on bottom half of a Share a Coke bottle. Cover the bottle fully around, and gently brush along edge of label. Sprinkle more glitter over mixture. After setting aside to dry, gently tap bottle to shake off and remove excess glitter. If any glitter dust sticks to the label or other areas of the bottle, this can simply be wiped off with a paper towel.
7. Set ampersand between two glittered Share a Coke bottles and fill bottles with flowers for a built in special centerpiece detail and vase!
To enter #ShareaCoke giveaway for a chance to win, here’s what you need to do:
- Follow @ruffledblog on Instagram and tag a friend who you’d share the prizes with – two round trip flights to anywhere in the continental U.S., Caribbean, Mexico, Central America or Hawaii plus a $500 Visa gift card!
- Use #ShareaCoke in your tags
- One comment with a tagged friend + #ShareaCoke hashtag = one valid entry
- Participants can tag as many different friends as they’d like to increase chances of winning
Winner will be chosen at random and announced on our Instagram page on August 1, 2015. Good luck, guys!
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