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DIY Geometric Favor Boxes

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We can barely contain our excitement to share our newest DIY project with you all! The ladies from HEYLOOK sent over these incredible geometric faceted favor boxes (polyhedron), perfect for a display table of their own or for use as place cards at each guest’s seat! Without further ado, here’s how to get started:

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Instructions:

Print this template onto thin cardboard stock or thick paper in the colors of your choice. We chose a set of strong colors, but these would also look super-cute in pastels or in gold, silver and/or bronze.


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Cut out along the straight lines, then fold along the dotted lines. Make sure you crease all folds into the same direction: over the dotted lines, so these will be inside the box.


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Try to assemble the box without gluing it first, so you can see which sides go where. The important sides to mark are the lid and the fold-over side (this is the last side to glue). You could mark those parts with a pencil line or a little piece of masking tape that you can remove in the end.


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Now you can start to assemble the boxes with paper glue. Fold the last assembly piece (the one before the lid piece) into the box and fix with glue.


diy faceted place cards from hey look

Cut out small strips of paper and add texts. We hand-wrote ours, but of course you can also print out some in a font of your choice. Attach strips to lids with glue as shown in the picture.


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Now your boxes are ready to be filled with goodies. If you use heavy or breakable favors, add some thin strips of tissue paper to pad the boxes.


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And you’re done!


View step-by-step images in the gallery

Download geo boxes template here.

Not that we have to tell you…but these free downloads are for personal use only. Please do not modify, sell or distribute them.

DIY Dip-Dye Ribbons

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The ladies from HEYLOOK created this quick Valentine’s Day gift packaging for the last minute gift you got your honey, complete with watercolor gift tags (also great for favors)! These lovely dip-dyed ribbons for packaging remind us of hand dyed silk ribbons, though for much less. You could use one of these ribbons and fabric stiffener or cornstarch to create a bow to embellish your a simple white wedding cake. Just sayin’.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For this project, you will need:

– White cotton fabric (or any other non-synthetic fabric) torn or cut into strips. You can use muslin fabric (available at craft stores) or sheets
– Cloth dye or liquid fabric paint
– Water and dipping dishes

Prepare your fabric strips by rolling them into small rolls that will fit your dipping dishes. If you’re using fabric dye, follow the instructions on the package to prepare the dye (most likely you will need hot water). We used liquid fabric paint and mixed it with water in a ratio of 1:2. The more water you add, the lighter the color will be. Just experiment a little.

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Dip the fabric rolls into the dye as shown on the picture. For the two colored ribbon, let the paint drip off a little, then turn the roll around and dip the other side into the other dye. For larger gradients, just let the roll sit in the dye for a moment until the paint is soaked through the roll about half way.

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

For softer color, soak the fabric roll in water first, then dip shortly into paint. Try out different ways to get variating effects. Play around. Let the dipped rolls dry on a paper sheet until they are not wet anymore, only moist. Unroll and hang the ribbons to dry.

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pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

pink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's daypink ombre ribbon gift packaging for valentine's day

Download Watercolor Favor tags. For personal use only.

DIY Zip Tie Chandelier

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The Event Stylists HEYLOOK are back with another DIY Project perfect for any occasion, really: a chandelier made from zip ties! These are ridiculously low-cost with a huge design payoff, and can be easily customized to fit the theme of your event. I’d love to see these as a giant art installation for a ceremony!

From HEYLOOK: To give a little industrial edge to this sweet valentine’s table setting, we made a zip tie chandelier inspired by Anthropologie displays.


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valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

For this project, you’ll need:
– Spraypaint in the colors of your choice
– Zip-ties (we used 200 small ties for this chandelier)
– Clippers and metal wire

Start by making a circle of metal wire. Depending on the thickness of your wire, you’ll need to make it a double or triple round. It needs to be relatively stable so it won’t bend too much when the weight of the zip-ties is added.


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Then add some lines of wire to the inside of the circle to give your chandelier some layers. Depending on how full you want your chandelier to look, you will need to add more wire lines. Now, if you’re not going for the industrial edgy look, you can replace the wire circle frame with anything more sleek and pretty. You could use any ready-made wooden, plastic or metal hoops. Spraypaint them if you like. Use a large hoop for the outside and smaller ones for the inside. Then either tie them together with thin metal wiring or make the entire chandelier separately (you’ll end up with different sized, single line chandeliers that you can use either apart or hang them layered into one another).


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Now make the zip-tie chains. Tie one loop (just until you hear the first click, so you get a very open loop), then tie the next one into it. Continue in this way. Now again, if you’re going for a symmetrical look, you can make all the outside chains one length and all the inside ones another one (the inside ones should be longer). We variated the chain lengths throughout the entire chandelier.


valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

valentine's day chandelier diy project from heylookvalentine's day chandelier diy project from heylook

Tie the chains to the frame, then grab a bunch from one side, lay them out flat on a covered surface and spraypaint them in one color. You can spraypaint the chains entirely or go for a white to color gradient look as we did. Hang them up to dry (make sure the painted chains don’t touch the unpainted ones – just tape the unpainted ones together), then repeat with another color.

When you’re done, arrange the chains on the wire frame to get the look you want. Then add a dap of hot glue to each chain to fix it into position on the metal frame. We bent them wire frame a little bit at this point, because the perfect circle frame was well, too “perfect” for the look we wanted. Hang the chandelier with nylon string.

Now, imagine a whole venue full of these. Awesome! You can make rainbow colored chandeliers or keep them all in one color or different shades of one tone.

DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas

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Today we’re mixing things up a bit. We’ll be sharing a few projects from the Valentine’s Day shoot that the ladies of HEYLOOK have created just for Ruffled. In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, Michaela and Lotta used its festive hues, but they can be made to match your wedding colors. The flurry of unbearably cute ideas and buttery easy + cheap projects is about to begin.


valentine's day diy projects from heylook

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Instead of simple votive glasses, we made these spray painted jars, again to make the setting more industrial looking and a little less cute. To make these, simply tape the very top of a glass jar with a wide tape strip. Then spray paint the top of the jar with a thick layer of paint very closely, until the paint starts to run down the jar. Let it dry a bit, then add another thick layer of paint. The image shows our jar after one layer of paint. For the end result we added two more layers after this.


valentine's day diy projects from heylook

We wanted our table to have have many of the traditional valentine’s elements, so we knew we needed some cherubs. Pick some up from a thrift or dollar store and spray paint them in the colors of your table setting. Aren’t they sweet?


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Instead of a cloth table runner, you can use heart shaped confetti to give your table setting that special valentine’s look. Simply punch out some hearts from colored paper with a paper punch, then arrange the hearts on the table.


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Now, you can match your cutlery with your place setting by spray painting the handles in the same color. But if you prefer a non-permanent option, just get some masking tape in a matching color and wrap it around the handles.

New Year’s Eve Party

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The girls at HEYLOOK sent over a NYE party kit that is as fabulous as it is simple to decorate at home, just in time for tomorrow! Here are four easy DIY projects that are a must for a New Year’s Eve party:

DIY streamer letter

1. Gold fringe wrapped numbers:

For the NYE “2012” decor you’ll need:
– cardboard (we used some boxes leftover from Christmas gifts)
– a tinsel door curtain (available at party supply stores like this one)
– glue and scissors
– numbers (or letters) printed on paper to desired size.

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NYE wedding ideas

Trace number outlines to cardboard and cut out. The font used on the numbers is called Bebas neue and can be downloaded free here. Then place some glue on the cardboard cut out and wrap a few strips of the foil curtain around it. Continue in this way until the entire cardboard number is covered with foil strips. You can cut off excess strips or simply let them hang off loosely, depending on what look you’re going for. If you like the look we created, make twist the strips a few times while wrapping and attaching them to the number. If you like it more neat, attach the strips evenly.

These numbers, although fairly large, are very light-weight and can be hung from the ceiling on nylon string with a bit of tape.

We completed the look by hanging strips of foil curtain from the ceiling in several places. This entire decor is done with one single curtain, so the costs are really low.

NYE wedding ideas

NYE DIY confetti poppersDIY confetti poppers

2. Confetti Poppers:

For the confetti poppers you’ll need:

– tissue paper
– toilet paper rolls
– glue, scissors
– erm…confetti
– glitter dots (you can use a hole punch to make your own)
– double sided tape
– sewing needle and thread
– streamers
– nylon fishing line

Brush a thin coat of coat of glue on toilet paper rolls and wrap tissue paper like in the photo above. Using a sewing needle, pull the thread on one end of your popper. This will be the bottom of your confetti popper. Once you threaded one end, make sure to make a knot large enough on the inside so the thread stays put. Add confetti, and tie the other end of your popper with fishing line to hang from the ceiling. Embellish with tissue paper, glitter dots, double sided tape and loose glitter sprinkled on.

NYE wedding ideas

3. Tinsel “sparkler” cake toppers:
You can make some cake decor and drink stirrers with tinsel garlands. We simply attached a piece of tinsel to gold wire and stuck them into our rather imperfect (but yummy!) coconut cream cake.

NYE wedding ideas

4. Wishes for the New Year:

They also created a printable for Wishes for 2012, an idea worth perusing in lieu of guest books for your weddings! Guests can write their wishes for the new year and hang them on streamers. Print out the cards for the New Year’s wishes and cut them out.

Bebas neue from dafont, which can be downloaded here
Old Script, which can be downloaded here

Thank you HEYLOOK for sharing these tutorials with us!

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Download 2012 New Year poster and wish cards