Obviously we love DIYs, but when it’s a DIY that serves double duty? We’re totally obsessed. These watercolor blocks come together to make an incredible 3D backdrop for your ceremony or dessert table, but as individuals, they make perfect escort “cards” too! It couldn’t be easier to make them, so let’s figure out how to do just that:
If you love confetti poppers as much as we do (don’t we all?), then this DIY candy popper is for you. Because the only thing better than confetti is candy, and it doesn’t get better being handed a popper filled with Hershey Kisses and Mini Rolos.
For this project, you will need:
Crepe paper of your color choice (we used these ones from Paper Mart)
Hershey’s Kisses (we used silver, orange, and almond)
Cardboard tubes cut to 6″ (we used tubes from gift wrap rolls)
And that’s the final product! Feel free to jazz it up even more and add other accents like calligraphy, press-on jewels, or other designs. Thank you Hershey’s for partnering with us! You can find more wedding inspiration treats on their page here.
Candy wedding favors are always a treat for guests, not to mention they’re incredibly easy to get and make all your own. In this DIY project, we took Beau-coup’s rock candy and created a fun and creative project out of it. If you’re already rocking the current stylish geode trend at your wedding, these delectable beauties are the perfect complement to your decor because of their cool amethyst look. A big thanks to Jenn Byrne for the photos!
If you’re loving this idea for favors and the packaging style, take a gander at our step-by-step images that will help you recreate this sweet gift for your guests. Head to Beau-coup for even more ideas and inspiration!
“Why don’t we have a wedding that feels like a family barbecue?” may be one of the best ideas we’ve ever heard — especially when that barbecue takes place at Leo Carrillo Ranch in California. Artistrie Co., wed (weddings.events.design.), and Moments in Bloom set to work photographing and designing Amanda and Wences’ wedding day, which was full of great things like over-sized “Love” beach balls floating in the pool, a variety of delicious cakes, and potted succulent favors for the guests.
From the bride, Amanda: We wanted our wedding to feel comfortable rather than formal. Being from Southern California family barbecues are a staple all year round for each of our families, they are weekend events where everyone gets together to catch up, eat good food, and enjoy each others’ company. So when it came to planning our wedding we thought, “Why don’t we have a wedding that feels like a family barbecue?”
Once we found Leo Carrillo Ranch we could immediately start seeing our wedding vision take shape. Since the site itself used to be actor Leo Carrillo’s home we are getting that literal feel of having a special event at a family member’s house. The site itself is everything that we love, from the hacienda style architecture to the canyon and natural wildlife that surrounds it. We knew that we did not need to do much to the site itself to make it beautiful, so it was going to be in the details that we chose that would make our wedding special and uniquely ours. Having oversized lawn games, a photo booth, and gourmet tacos are fun ways we thought could merge the backyard family barbecue feel into our wedding day.
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We always love the romantic nature of beach weddings, but this styled shoot photographed by Hazelwood Photo during the golden hour is just beyond. Amber Votel and Swoon Floral Design worked on the design and floral arrangements, and they used natural elements like thistle, stones, and wood to keep everything looking organic, relaxed, and positively timeless.
From the event designer, Amber Votel: This modern coastal styled shoot was conceived by event stylist Amber Votel and shot by Hazelwood Photo. We were inspired by the rich textures, natural elements and moods found at the sea shore – the breeze, the sand, the dunes, and the sunset at golden hour. We kept the color palette soft and minimal- sea glass blue, creamy white, dusty sage green and lots of earthy browns and grey. Shells, coral, stones and wood were combined with glass, linen and metal creating a textural modern bohemian mix. Brass lanterns and wood and glass vintage pieces seem to have been sourced from an old ship.
Lincoln City, Oregon was the perfect backdrop for the shoot. The beach was misty and windswept with a colorful golden sunset, soft grassy dunes and nature all around. We were also just paces away from Proposal Rock, a huge natural rock formation rising from the sea, renown as a romantic destination as the name suggests. The bride and groom had a laid-back modern bohemian look perfect for casual outdoor nuptials. Her long sleeve deep v-neck dress by Elizabeth Dye was styled with a simple green satin sash and bold brass and rough-cut gemstone jewelry. Her beauty look was fresh and simple- hair was a loose, windswept braid and makeup was soft and natural, reflecting the natural tones of the scene. Modern effortless elegance.
The bouquet combined classic white blooms with lots of textural greenery into a loose wild composition. The arrangements scattered on the tables resembled seaweed pearls, sea plants, and textured flowers or grasses that could have been plucked from the dunes. We collaborated with some amazing local vendors and artists who expertly translated the feel of the sea into a perfect wedding day look. The gorgeous dappled ombre cake by Artisan Cake Company featured an elegant swirl of candied sugar that spun around like a wave from the deep. Favors were earthy scented hand shaped soaps by Roots Soap Co. that appeared to be stones from the shore. The paint by number coastal wedding suite by Factory Made reflected the soft colors and textures of the scene. Swoon Floral Design created the amazing floral arrangements and Kirstie Wight Makeup conceived the beauty look. Rentals from Something Borrowed Vintage Rentals and hand made items from Forest Meets Sea and Farm Walk Road accentuated the table. Jewelry pieces were designed by Lumafina, By Angeline and Love Tatum.
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Paint by Numbers Paper Suite
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If ever there were two perfect pairs, it would be modern styling and New Year’s Eve. Izzy Hudgins Photography and French Knot Studios recently put together this elegant styled shoot (with a punch of fun, of course) that uses blush pinks, black, white, and metallic sheen to create something truly special. Happy 2015, all!
From the event designer, Audrey of French Knot Studios: Gold glitter is synonymous with New Year’s Eve, so instead of the razzle dazzle, we went with more of a metallic sheen. The Brice Hotel in Savannah, Georgia has a fabulous secret garden already strung with market lights, for the perfect ceremony setting. East Taylor Creative made a fringed herringbone backdrop. Pale blush pink, black, and lots of necklaces make for a classic look on our bride and bridesmaid.
Set in the private dining room of a local eatery, the wood paneled walls added warmth and texture to our reception. We bedecked the chandeliers with tissue tassels and “Pop, Fizz, Cheers” banners from The Bannerie. Italian flatbreads, homemade sauces and jams, fresh bread, meats, and cheeses were delicious options for guests to grab and mingle. A Squad Bakeshop made the cutest champagne snack cakes which we adorned with laser cut picks from Nic. Roc. Designs.
I’m deeply excited to share this particular wedding shoot with you all today. Not only is your wedding day a celebration of love and friendship — it’s also a prime opportunity to give back to your community and the world at large. A star team of vendors, including CarolineRo, Charleston Stems, Sara York Grimshaw Designs, and Sweetgrass Social, put together a lovely styled shoot to show how easy and beautiful it can be to implement charity into your big day:
From the photographer, CarolineRo: I’ve been in weddings for a bit and am such an advocate of having freedom in your wedding. To me, that means breaking the norm, straying away from stereotypes and in this case, giving back. One of my favorite authors, Bob Goff, talks a lot about not merely showing love but instead, exemplifying and being love. To me, this is showing off what really matters in life which is loving and serving other people.
So even though a wedding is definitely about a couple and their love — the union they’re about to make — it’s also such a perfect opportunity to show others what is important to them and how a marriage can impact others and help change the world. So all of that being said, I wanted to design and photograph a styled wedding shoot incorporating non-profits and organizations that do just that: give back (and in a beautiful way!).
The specific ideas/ways to give back that are seen in this shoot are:
-In lieu of a favor, making a donation to charity:water to help ensure that all people around the world have access to clean water, something we take for granted. Charity:Water has a lot of campaigns for everything from birthdays to specific countries-all ways that encourage others to give back.
-Use/wear jewelry that employ women in Africa. I’ve been a big fan of 31 Bits for a long time now and aside from their jewelry employing and empowering women in Africa, they are beautiful pieces and they also offer an entire bridal line. The bracelets and necklaces also make good gifts for bridesmaids.
-Bread bags and table numbers. Instead of the traditional table number, these table numbers represent a child in Africa that needs sponsoring. Also, the bread bags are a way to spotlight the organization that allows sponsoring of children, Bread of Life Mission.
-Clutches from Proud Mary. Harper Poe, of Proud Mary, buys all of the textiles she uses from different people in third world countries, thus giving them jobs! These also make great bridesmaids gifts. Lastly, The FEED bag. With each FEED bag purchased, 1 child is provided with 1 year of micronutrient powder.
Shoot Location: Charleston, SC / Photographer: CarolineRo / Venue: Charleston Stems / Floral Design: Sara York Grimshaw Designs / Design and Coordination: Sweetgrass Social / Paper Goods and Chalkboard Designs: Blue Glass Design / Linens: La Tavola / LOVE Sign: 428 Main Vintage Rentals / All Other Rentals: EventWorks / Long Wedding Gown: Fabulous Frocks / Short Wedding Gown and Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Bella Bridesmaid / Hair: Beth Bell at Allure Salon / Makeup: Pamela Lesch Makeup / Styling: Alexandra Styles / Main Jewelry (any of the bracelets/necklaces with the round/layered beads): 31 Bits / Additional Jewelry: Croghan’s Jewelry Box / Rectangular Clutches: Proud Mary / White Tote Bag: FEED projects / Bow Tie: BowTieCause / ‘In lieu of favor’ Cause: Charity:Water / Bread-Table Number Cause: Bread of Life Mission / Bride and groom: Derrick and Maeve (they’re married with three kids!) / Bridesmaids: Laura and Beth
This DIY that Anniemade created for us is great for both weddings and for the holidays coming up! These DIY state tags can be used as Christmas ornaments or wedding favors, and can be made any in state or other shape that strikes your fancy.
From Annie of Anniemade: Deceptively easy and practical to enjoy long after your big day, these tags are made from kids air-dry clay. You can simply customize with any cookie-cutter in your own state – or if you’re from two different states, make both! We’ll even show you how they can be favor thank you tags, gift tags, and escort cards for your reception. Moreover, they can also go on to become great ornaments for your friends and family to enjoy at the holidays.
Here’s what you need:
– State-shaped Cookie Cutter (you can find many more states here)
– 5 lb tub of Crayola Air-Dry Clay (makes approximately 20 ¼” x 5” CA-shaped tags)
– Foam brush
– Gold acrylic paint (ours is Martha Stewart Yellow Gold)
– Bamboo Skewer
– Jute string or thin ribbon
– Parchment Paper
– Rolling pin
To add text layer:
– Graphite Transfer Paper (ours from Amazon)
– Pencil with eraser
– Painter’s Tape
– Regular computer paper
– Extra Fine Tip Black Paint Pen
Step 1: Play with the Clay
Set parchment paper out on a flat, hard surface like your dining or kitchen table.
Open your clay container and grab the approximate amount of large avocado. Roughly shape it in your hands into a ball that somewhat resembles the shape of your state.
Set the clay ball down on the parchment and use a rolling pin to roll the clay to a ¼” thickness or so. Our clay was sticky so we recommend rolling the pin very fast so it doesn’t get caught up on the roller.
If you’re making a bunch, you could roll out a much bigger rectangle of clay to be cut the same way you would cut a bunch of cookies from a large piece of dough.
Step 2: Cutting your state
Set your cookie cutter down on your flattened clay ball and push down firmly. Carefully peel away the excess clay around the cutter and place back in your clay container to use later.
While the clay is still in the cutter, use the flat end of your bamboo skewer to create a hole (where the string will eventually go) near the top of your state shape. Make sure the hole pushes cleanly through.
Then carefully press the clay out of the cookie cutter. If you get fingerprints on the piece, you can smooth them out using a few dabs of water.
Repeat for as many tags as you’d like to make in a batch. Set the shapes out on parchment and allow to dry for 2-3 days.
Step 3: Painting & Finishing your state
Set your gold paint and cover your now-dry white clay shapes. You can paint right on the parchment paper. We painted just the front of ours but you could paint both sides if you so chose.
When the paint has dried, cut a length of jute string or thin ribbon about 6-7 inches long. Fold it over on itself once and then use the pointed end of the bamboo skewer to push the ribbon through the hole you left in the clay state. Push, do not twist the skewer, as twisting can remove some of the gold paint.
Once pulled through, slide the open ends of the jute through the loop and your tag is ready to go!
Step 4: Adding Text
We added some rustic text using a graphite transfer method and a black paint pen. We measured the size of the space for text (about 1.5” x 3.5”) and typed our messages and names, such as “thank you.” The font is a free Google Web Font – IM Fell.
We printed this on computer paper as our template which we used painter’s tape to adhere to the gold tag.
Between the tag and the paper template, we slid a small piece of graphite transfer paper. Graphite paper is basically just a giant sheet of colored pencil that adheres when you push down on it- making it a great tool to transfer / trace any image or text.
Once the graphite (dark side touching the gold tag) is in place, use a pencil to press down firmly and trace each of the letters. When you finish, remove the paper and the graphite and you’ll have markings left for you to trace with a black paint pen.
When the paint pen dries, carefully use the pencil’s eraser to remove any visible graphite lines and you’re done! You can also use pre-set rubber stamps if you’re making larger quantities.
Have fun! You can make these as escort cards hanging from manzanita branches, as place cards with guests’ names on them, as favors, as tags for packaginging… no matter how you customize them, you can display these as escort cards or favors on an intricate tree of Manzanita branches, for guests to take off each branch. Or for the holidays, go all out and place them on a Christmas tree!
These mini zen garden kits are so quick to assemble, you will be designing your own mini garden in no time. Using the same tiny tins, I created the same DIY vertical garden pockets…remember them? Now in its miniature version, with a splash of color!
What you’ll need:
The only thing you will make is the rake. Cut bamboo skewers in 5 small pieces: a long one for the handle, a shorter one to hold the teeth, and 3 for the teeth. Sand any rough ends and glue all pieces in place. To give these zen garden as kits, use zip bags for the sand. Add in the stones and rake in the tin and bam, zen garden favor kits.
Mini Vertical Garden (view the original instructions here):
mini tins (I used these ones)
gravel (I used the same ones used in fish tanks)
magnet and hot glue gun (optional)
mini zip bags (can be found here)
Trace the tin onto cardstock and cut. Add to the bottom of the tins.
Loosen the frame of the clear plastic top and gently lift it halfway.
Cut plastic top with scissors to about half – the plastic is easy and soft enough to cut with scissors
Add gravel in the tin, add air plant and close the lid
To give out as wedding favors, add gravel in a zip bag and add all ingredients in the tin so guests can take home as kits
Terrariums are easy to make and perfect as gifts, so it’s a great candidate for wedding favors. I found these mini bell jars at American Bridal and they were just the perfect size and shape. I mean, they were practically born to be made terrariums with. Some of the materials can be found right in your own backyard!
What you’ll need:
Mini bell jars (can be found here)
hot glue gun
Sculpey polymer clay + acrylic paint (optional)
Break off a piece of bark that fits under the mini cloche. Measure the length of the twigs so they fit under the bell jar. I found bark and twigs from fallen branches in my backyard, but you can also use other medium to cover the bottom of the jar like dirt, gravel or sand.
Glue the twig on the bark. Place it on the bell jar tray, add gravel and moss as desired.
To make these mini mushrooms, roll a piece of clay to form the stem. Then insert a piece of wire that is slightly longer than the stem through it (I just used leftover wire from a art frame, but the gauge doesn’t need to be thick). This will securely attach the top of the mushroom since these little guys tend to be a bit top heavy. To form the top, start out by rolling a ball. Slowly form your shape pulling the sides down a bit, forming a “hat”. Remember imperfect is a good thing! Place the final top on the stem and bake for a few minutes (these are tiny, so they don’t go in the oven for long). The little birdie is even easier to make: form a ball and shape it in a slightly round Z! Make the eyes with the help of a toothpick and add a little beak. Let them cool and paint. After you have your mushroom, birds and woodland creatures ready, glue them onto the bark. It’s a cute pop of color and whimsy to a terrarium.
I could easily build an entire feature around Catherine and Julian’s reception tables — they’re just that incredible — but the beauty in this wedding from Louisa Bailey doesn’t stop there. It continues with Catherine’s incredible gown and accessories from Johanna Johnson, Julian’s participation in the reception music, and the lush floral arrangements from Cecilia Fox. I promise you’re going to fall in love!
From the bride, Catherine: We wanted our wedding to be fun and relaxed with a mix of glamour and elegance. There was no theme as such but when making decisions in regard to the type of wedding we wanted, we focused on things important to us such a wonderful food and great music. We both love to dance so it was critical everyone was up on the dance floor early in the evening!
When it came to the actual décor and colour theme, we had had a fabulous florist in Cecilia Fox who used white creams and green winter blooms with accents of rich burgundy and violet. Julian’s Dad made the square wooden boxes used for our centerpieces which were filled and overflowing with winter blooms and foliage and berries.
Any advice for brides planning their weddings now? Ensure you take the time to choose a wedding photographer that you connect with and who has shot previous weddings that make you smile!
Julian’s Dad played a selection of bluegrass songs on Mandolin during the welcoming and ceremony. As for the first dance, one of my friends choreographed a routine that we attempted to perform to Icehouse’s Electric Blue. Julian plays saxophone, so halfway through the dance jumped up on stage and played the sax solo!
Wedding Location: Melbourne, Australia / Wedding Photographer: Louisa Bailey / Pre-ceremony Venue: Chrysalis Gallery / Wedding Venue: The Substation / Wedding Flowers: Cecilia Fox / Wedding Dress, Veil, and Headpiece: Johanna Johnson / Wedding Shoes: Jimmy Choo / Makeup: Karen Burton / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: Nicolangela / Groom’s Suit: Harrolds Melbourne / Wedding Caterer: Artistic Catering / Wedding Cake: Chocolate Rose / Wedding Music: The Harpoons / DJ: Rainbow Connection / Wedding Invitations: printed by Taylor’d Press
We can’t take a look back at 2012 without mentioning our favorite DIY tutorials and crafted goodness! From wedding favors to paper flowers to backdrop installations, these projects are guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing and creating some serious beauty:
We loved these paper flowers so much, we used them as our business cards at the Cream Event NYC:
These cement pots with gold leaf detailing proved to be quite the hit:
It’s been much too long since our last printable! We are giddy to share this crazy good download designed by Rabbit Hole Design from Wedding Friends, a wedding site created by a team of talented wedding pros based in Pretoria, South Africa. Today they are sharing with us these botanical illustrated chocolate wrapper printables, so you can use them as favor packaging!
We can all unanimously agree that everything is cuter in miniature size. Case in point are these vintage teacups transformed into mini planters. They are the bee’s knees of eco-friendly, practical and personal wedding favors. Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt is back with us to share her latest tutorial:
From Jenny of Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt : I’m sure you have seen all the succulent DIYs out there for weddings, but have you seen the other miniature plants in the terrarium section of the nursery? They are full of tiny flowering and hosta like lovelies. They have some with pink spotted leaves and small soft silvery white leaves. Miniature violets? Yes, please. I love all of them, their diminutive size makes them perfect to stick in a collection of teacups. Add a flag and use these as escort cards.
You will need:
mini plant for terrariums
Wash and dry your teacup. Using a spoon, fill the bottom 1/3 of the cup with soil. Remove your plant from its pot and gently squish the bottom of the roots. Place in the center of the teacup and add dirt around until planted. Dust off the sides and water lightly. Add a tag to the handle or a paper flag like we show here. These would be just as cute sprinkled around the reception, too.
Can’t find a large enough collection of teacups that match? Try searching pattern names on ebay on the ones you have found. Another idea? Add a pop or color and spray paint the outside of them all, a great way to make frilly teacups a bit more modern. Are you having a hard time finding mini plants? Try boutique style nurseries, these aren’t at your local hardware store.
We’re so excited to share this DIY tutorial from Blue Label member Rachael Grace Photography. These mini photo canvases are easy to execute, and could be produced in bulk at a DIY crafting party with your bridesmaids + friends as sweet wedding favors! Read on for Rachael’s tips on how to make these little beauties:
Do you know the feeling when your creative bug comes to visit? You just want to get your hands dirty and create something from scratch. But we all have those half finished creative projects laying around, that we didn’t quite have time to finish. Today I want to share an easy creative project that looks like it took ages, but really it’s just an hour. I’m in love with these little guys, so simple and beautiful.
What you’ll need:
– A canvas (start with a 5×5 size. The small sizes are much easier and more forgiving to start out on)
– Gel Medium (I use Liquitex, but any brand will do)
– A brush
– Furniture Polish
– A Xerox copy of your photo (remember it will be mirrored once it’s on the canvas)
For this project I choose a 6×6 canvas and a 5×5 Holga film camera photo. I wanted a white border around the image, but definitely not necessary.
Step 1: Spread a layer of gel medium on the canvas. Be careful to spread it thin enough and as smooth as possible. If there are thick areas you’ll end up rubbing the photo off along with the paper. Not cool! Place the photo print side down. Don’t do what I did the first time and put the photo up… :) Smooth out the image and remove any air bubbles. You want the whole image securely sticking to the canvas. Let it dry overnight.
Step 2: Use a spray bottle or sponge to soak the canvas. Once the paper has soaked up the water you can rub gently on the paper. I’ve used paper towels and sponges, but on small canvases it works best to just use your finger. The important thing to remember is to rub gently. The ink will rub off too, so go slow.
Step 3: Once you’ve removed the majority of the paper I like to use a rough sponge to rough up the edges. Can’t have it too clean! Then let the canvas dry out for bit.
Step 4: You’ll notice that once it’s dry the photo still looks cloudy with paper residue. The easiest way to rid the canvas of fog is furniture polish! The oily kind that’s just for real wood furniture works best. Pour a little on a cloth and rub it into the canvas. It clears it right up! It took me trying about 10 different products to figure that out!
And that’s all there is to it! A small canvas like this one only takes about an hour of time sans the waiting for it to dry. It’s the perfect way to add some vintage to your photos! And so many ways you can add your own flare to it so experiment on your own! The larger the canvas the less room there is for error, but the WOW factor is totally worth it!
Spring is a season that just begs to see bright and fun fabrics, so we were understandably excited to see this cheery gingham bouquet inspiration created by Karin Woodward of Haute Horticulture and shot by Annabella Charles Photography. We’re particularly fond of the hodgepodge of different flowers in varying shades of pink, and not to mention that scrumptious-looking strawberry and whipped cream cake!
All of the above flowers:
Pink: Hydrangea, Sweet Pea, Tulips, Waxflower, Hyacinth, and includes extra Green Hellebore, Pink Jasmine Vine, Double Knock Out Roses (from my garden) in hot pink, and Honeysuckle vine.
From the event stylist, Karin of Haute Horticulture: We took 5 “bridesmaid’s” bouquets different flowers… same colors. We then recycled them and made the “bridal” bouquet. We took Pink Gingham fabric from the local fabric store and tied a giant bow around the bouquet instead of ribbon. The fabric actually holds a big bow much better than ribbon and is super cute. We then made a cute summertime cake with whipped cream and strawberries instead of icing.
The Button Hole (Boutonniere) was made from Green Hellebore and Waxflower.
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My name is Amanda, and I have an unhealthy obsession for gorgeous delish floral arrangements. It’s a mix of stare and swoon followed by a giddy pinning frenzy. Like the ones from Half Orange Photography‘s amazing workshop photoshoot, designed by Stems of Dallas. Their inspiration behind the shoot was a simple yet striking Celebrate! theme, with pops of gold, crisp white and mint green. A color palette that works wonders for every season of the year.
Our theme was “celebrate!,” and we wanted the whole shoot to reflect the attitude of a celebration held in Austin, TX. Our initial inspiration came from champagne: the colors green and gold came to mind, circles and sparkle, and an accessible feeling of elegance. We wanted to combine the glitz and glam of an elegant affair, so we brought in gold, champagne, beautiful flowers and faux fur for our bride to wear with her second look. We also wanted some quirk, texture, and a slightly hippie vibe since we shot in Austin- so our bride Sarah wore a halo made of flowers, we decorated the table with succulents and held the entire session at a dried up riverbed. The table was covered in lace table cloths, and we strung circles punched from glittery cardstock to make a table runner.
Wedding Vendors (Austin, TX):
Wedding Photographer: Half Orange Photography / Event Stylist: Lauren of For Lovely Events / Wedding Flowers: Katy Utley of Stems of Dallas / Equipment Rentals: Loot Vintage Rentals / Cinematography: Stringer Productions
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
And you’re done!
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.
Where to start with Renee and Reece’s New Zealand wedding? How about Renee’s gorgeous cape, gorgeous bridesmaids’ dresses, or the gorgeous 100-year-old vineyard? Lavara Wedding Photography seriously knocked this wedding out of the park, so make sure you absorb every detail!
From the bride, Renee: We wanted our wedding day to be filled with colours that had a vintage-shabby chic-rustic feel. For people to feel relaxed and inspired but the DIY projects we chose to do but mostly to feel our personalities shine through in every aspect of our wedding. It made is easy to style the day with such a beautiful venue to work with. We always knew that when this day came we would get married at our friend’s family-owned Vineyard which has the most amazing brick work and a 100 year old vine that grows above the seating inside.
With the venue being so amazing it really did make the theme and colour scheme easy to pick. Rustic, vintage pastel colours with bright accents of different florals made for a relaxed, quirky but romantic atmosphere. The bunting that I made to hang above the tables was different floral patterns that would of clashed if side by side but were broken with sage green and blush pink, black and cream stripes and polka dots pieces. It was a soft and bold mixing of colours which was fun. The tables and chairs were black so it worked out well to have a black pattern. We always wanted the bridesmaids in a patterned floral fabric and the none of the groomsmen in black so it really opened the door for the use of colours in our bridal party having so many colours in the styling of the wedding, it made it so fun being able to use colour and not have just one or two colours.
The DIY was so much fun. Table runners made from Calico, homemade muesli put into old baby food Jars that myself and all my baby mumma friends collected over the 9 months before the wedding, ring cushion made with an old sack with a floral heart sewn on from the same fabric as the bunting, photo props from materials from the local art shop, place cards made out of old manilla folders and hand stamped with floral design, to my sons waistcoat to match his Dad’s suit were all made my amazing Mum, friends and of course myself. It really did feel good to get some arts and craft back into my life. It was so rewarding to see the finished product.
My advice to brides and couples getting married would be to stay true to who you are. Our guests really noticed that it was ‘Reece and Renee’s wedding,’ one guest saying that even if he turned up to the venue and didn’t know which one of his friends was getting married by just looking around he would have known it was ours! That was all achieved from keeping our invite worded exactly how we talk every day to our friends, to the background music, aisle song and keeping everything as relaxed as you can. We know that our guests truly did feel the relaxed, fun colourful spirit of the wedding. I believe that by being creative and growing that atmosphere allowed them to be apart of and see how we are as a couple to share and insight into our outlook on life as we start our journey as husband and wife. Friends and family love to help so ask them, you will be amazed at what you can pull off with the help of more hands and you will be surprised at how many people can dig up their creativeness, we all have it in us. Make sure you have a fantastic photographer, we really did. We have these photos for the rest of our lives for generations so see, I still look at my parents’ photo album and I am sure Jet (our son) will too. So make sure you find someone you trust and who listens to you and take care in helping you create photos that are special to you and your family. Lastly, trust that everything will come together on the day because it will and when it does, my golly gosh it’s amazing and you never want it to end…
Our songs were picked by me and Reece. Our aisle song was Estelle and John Legend ‘You Are’ the words are so meaningful and the tempo a bit more up beat than your usual aisle song. Once we were announced Husband and Wife we had a surprise for our guests as we had organised our friend Jacob to play the saxophone along with Nina Simone’s classic ‘My Baby Just Cares for Me’. It was such an amazing sound to echo around the vineyard and really make the moment more dramatic and personal to us. Such a great memory!
Wedding Vendors (Hamilton, New Zealand):
Wedding Venue: Vilagrads Estate / Wedding Photographer: Lavara Wedding Photography / Wedding Dress: Sarah Seven / Bride’s Cape: I Sew 4 U / Bride’s Ring Bracelet: daliadaliak / Bride’s Earrings: Tre Chic / Bridesmaids’ Dresses: bespoke / Groom’s Suit: Working Style Chancery Lane / Groomsmen’s Suits: Cambridge Suit Outlet / Boutonnieres: Mignonne Handmade / Wedding Flowers: Homewood Gardens / Celebrant: Kay Gregory / Wedding Cake: Lara at Cake Couture / Wedding Hair: Olivia Noble of Servilles Newmarket / Wedding Makeup: Tori Hart Makeup / Labels for Muesli: kawaiigoodies
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Happy Earth Day, everyone! While the weather might not be the prettiest, we hope you’ll take the time to hug an extra tree or two today. In the hopes of getting everyone in the eco-friendly frame of mind, we’ve gathered together some easy tips and projects to make going green for your wedding more accessible than you’d think.
Clockwise, starting from top left:
1. Use recycled resources to create your own ceremony stage. While this may look a bit daunting, the results are extraordinary!
2. Reuse fabric scraps in unexpected places. Pieces of rick rack trim can turn into adorable boutonnieres!
3. Use 100% recycled materials to create eye-catching decor. With items from Ikea and your local craft store, you can easily fabricate unique sources of light.
4. Have place cards double as wedding favors — follow the example of this fantastic place card terrarium.
5. Soy, soy, soy! Use soy to create wonderful-smelling candle favors.
Clockwise, starting from top left:
1. Use recyclable objects. Gather various vases, jars, and tins that can be used again afterwards, and decorate them with reusable fabrics.
2. Wear a vintage wedding gown. Whether it’s a family heirloom or a thrift-store pick-up, conserve resources by utilizing pre-made garments.
3. Give eco-friendly favors. Encourage your guests to give back to the earth by offering up wildflower seeds in unique containers.
4. Stockpile recyclable objects to reuse as wedding decor. Gather plastic and glass objects to create unforgettable chandeliers and centerpieces!
5. Use fabric scraps to create ribbon wands for your send-off.
Given that Earth Day is coming up this Friday, we figured we’d try to help out our eco-conscious brides looking for a way to stay as green as possible while they plan their upcoming weddings. You can also arrange to pick up items with local brides to decrease fuel emissions and save on shipping. Eco and budget-friendly. What better way could there be to preserve resources than to recycle decor already loved by past brides? Our classifieds allow you to do just that (and for free!), so take a look around for some great deals and best of all, ready made DIY projects and hard to find vintage items.
We’re thinking about turning this into a weekly feature. You can list your wedding items here and we will pick our favorite items that are still for sale for our next feature. How does that sound?
We may have saved the tastiest project for last! Without a doubt, the most challenging aspect of this DIY wedding favor will be keeping yourself from licking spoonfuls straight out of the bowl. Just think about it: what doesn’t taste better with Nutella? And better yet, without hydrogenated oils? We’re sure your guests will feel the same way, and we can’t imagine a more scrumptious parting gift!
1/2 cup whole almonds, raw
1 1/3 cup hazelnuts, raw
1 3/4 cup milk
7/8 cup powdered milk
3 tablespoons mild-flavored honey
pinch of salt
6 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
5 ounces milk chocolates chips
The original recipe was created by David Lebovitz and found via A Wooden Nest. The Chocolate-Hazelnut Paste will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week. However, we used fat free milk and fat free powdered milk, and the recipe turned out just as delish. The original recipe mentions it lasts a week. Our experiment was still good for two weeks, and chances are, you will eat it all before you know it.
1. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet, keeping the almond separate, and toast the nuts at 350ºF, stirring a few times, for 10 to 15 minutes, until the hazelnuts are browned.
2. While they are roasting, warm the whole milk and powdered milk in a small saucepan with the honey and salt just until it starts to boil. Remove from heat.
3. In a clean, dry bowl set over a pan of barely simmering water, or in a microwave oven, melt the chocolates together until smooth.
4. Once the nuts are well-toasted, remove them from oven and use a spatula to place the warm hazelnuts in a clean tea towel, then fold them inside the towel and rub them vigorously to remove any loose skins. We didn’t worry too much about removing the skins completely. At the end, it won’t make any difference.
5. In a food processor, grind the hazelnuts and almonds until they’re as fine as possible. You may not be able to get them completely smooth, depending on your food processor. After 5 minutes in the food processor you will notice the creamy consistency – that’s what you want.
6. Using a double boiler, melt chocolate chips. Add milk mixture and chocolate with the nut paste. Mix well. Pour your warm Nutella in a Ziploc bag, seal and cut a small piece of one corner. Slowly squeeze onto your containers so it doesn’t spill on edges of the jars. This will help you speed up filling your containers faster than using a funnel) and it’s a lot less messy… This recipe makes 4 wedding favors using 8 ounce jars, and do I even need to say how much your guests will love you for these? Serve with fresh bread or crackers, and a mini milk bottle.
We’re this close to our final DIY wedding favor project, but fret not. We have another great project in store for you today, and it’s so timely with Earth Day coming up next week. These soy wax candle favors were made using recycled materials, natural ingredients, and it’s also very budget-friendly. Sounds like an all around winner, non?
What you’ll need:
– Soy wax flakes (UPDATE 2014: this has the best price-per-pound that I found: here…or support your local candle supply shop since we’re talking green)
– Wick (here + here)
– Containers. They can be vintage teacups, recycled jars, old tumblers, Depression glass goblets …
– Pitcher with spout
– Fragrance oil
2014 UPDATE: you need 2 ounces of fragrance oil per pound of candle wax
We recommend fragrance oil over essential oils, but you can probably use essential oils (they are much pricier though).
– Popsicle sticks, chopsticks, or something to hold the wick (we drilled a hole in the middle of Popsicle sticks, but you can also find readymade ones at candle supply stores)
– Candle dye, optional
Melt soy wax flakes in a double boiler, add in your favorite scents and dye. Once flakes have completely melted, set your pot away to cool down for a few seconds. In the meantime, warm up your glass containers using a blow-dryer for a minute. This will help the wax cool more evenly! Pour wax into containers, thread wick with Popsicle stick and let it cool for a few hours until solid. Cut wick about 1/4 inch long.
For the packaging, we used recycled handmade gift wrap and watercolor tags. To make these tags, paint sheets of watercolor paper in different hues. Great stress reliever! Cut tags with a paper punch and tie your wedding favors using twine or other eco-friendly ribbon.
We added a label on the lids of the jars for guests to easily find their favorite scents. One tip to avoid mislabeling scents when packaging is to add tiny color coding labels on the bottom of the jars before you begin pouring the wax.
You can use the leftover unscented wax to make tea lights for your reception tables! One pound of soy wax flakes makes two wedding favors using a 11oz jars and it costs well under a dollar each not including the containers. UPDATE 2014: 11 oz jars will be best for gifts. For cheap wedding favors, use smaller jars like 4-6 oz and this project will yield twice as many wedding favors, bringing the cost of each to around 50 cents or less, not counting the cost of containers.
We’re approaching the end of our DIY wedding favor series, but I guarantee you will love our last picks as much as the first ones. These vertical terrarium wedding favors make great gifts because they don’t take any room, and are extremely easy to maintain. Who wouldn’t want to bring a little bit of the outdoors to their home or office?
– Gravel (can be found at any pet store in the aquarium section)
– Air plants, cactus or succulents (you will need a small amount of potting soil if not using air plants)
– spray paint
– magnetic metal tins (from here or here, you just need to slap magnetic tape on the back!)
– Dremel tool
– painter’s tape
– E6000 glue
Cover your tins with painter’s tape before you begin spray painting the inside of them. Spray tins with 3-4 light coats until they have are opaque in solid white. While your tins are drying, remove the acrylic top from all lids by putting a small amount of pressure with your hands to pop them off. Measure the diameter and mark a line with a permanent marker. Using the diamond cutter tip of your Dremel tool, slice all acrylic lids in halves (you can also try different shapes or drill holes). Lightly sand the edges using a sander tip of your Dremel tool.
Place acrylic tops back in the metal frame of the caps and glue both pieces. We also recommend dabbing the edges of the tins with a q-tip with glue to seal the lids to prevent the weight from the gravel popping out of the containers. It took one wall terrarium to splash gravel all over the floor for us to figure that out :)
Once your tins are dry from spray paint, remove tape and wash tins with water and soap. Close all tins, now with open front lids. Add gravel, misty moss and air plants. If you prefer building a closed terrarium and skipping cutting the lids, you will need activated charcoal, which can be found in the aquarium section at any pet store. Air plants won’t work well in closed containers, so you may want to switch to ferns and small leafy plants.
We loved last week’s DIY piñata favors so much, we’re continuing the trend today with these adorable DIY Patrón-inspired bottle favors! Agave syrup is the perfect non-alcoholic alternative to tequila if you’re looking for Mexican wedding favor ideas. Best of all? We’ve got the downloadable bottle labels, which are totally editable to your taste.
We’re loving our next wedding favor idea, closing our week on a high note. Aside from looking precious, these wedding favors can double as escort cards or place cards. All you need are old hardcover books, mats and glue.
What you’ll need:
-old hadcover books or binders board and linen. We chose vintage books that had linen covers for their texture. You can find oodles of these books in thrift stores.
-mats (you can order pre-cut mats depending on the size of the books you find, or order custom cut mats at your local framing store)
-PVA adhesive (acid-free preferred)
Remove the pages from the hardcover, leaving the first one attached to the front cover. Using spray adhesive or glue, use the first page to reinforce the spine. Cardstock will also work. Glue the edges of your mats on the inner side of the bookcovers.
Using pages from the book, feed your printer with a few sheets and print your guests names. Using another stack of pages from the books, print the table numbers they will be sitting at and place them in one of the frames. The remaining book pages (you will have plenty!) can be used as backdrops for your escort card table, or made into garlands to hang above your cake table.
Obviously, we’re not quite ready to let go of tasty, edible wedding favor ideas, so for today’s DIY contest entry we’re showcasing homemade donut holes made by Anna! After a long night of dancing, what better way to send off your guests than with something to nibble on… and who doesn’t love donut holes?
Donut Holes: (you can make your own or purchase from your favorite local donut shop)
-canned flakey biscuits
-frying oil (canola, vegetable etc…)
1.Take each doily and roll it to a cone shape and firmly tape it to hold in place.
2. Cut out strips of paper with your scallop scissors and write your “enjoy: message on each end.
3. Tape your messages on the inside edge of each cone.
4. Cut several squares of parchment paper and stuff inside each cone.
5. Place donut holes inside each cone, and try not to eat them!
This is a simple delicious recipe and it tastes like a funnel cake!
Take biscuit dough out of the can. Pinch off a small piece of dough and roll into a ball to make donut hole. Do this with the rest of the can. Note, the donuts do expand in the grease, so don’t make them too big! Fill your pot with at least 2 inches of oil. Heat oil until it bubbles when you drop the dough in. Dough will cook quickly so flip dough over as you see it crisping. When your dough is golden brown take out immediately. Have your paper bag with powder sugar ready to go by the oil. As soon as your donuts are taken out of the oil, drop them into the bag and shake. Voila! Beautiful donut holes!
Anna Naphtali of The Colorful Living Project is a Ruffled sponsor.
This next submission for our DIY wedding favor contest is absolutely superb, but the most marvelous element is how eco-friendly they are. They are also cost next to nothing to make if you live in a woodsy part of the country. Our favorite part? The theme “Take a piece of Colorado with you!” message to guests. Thanks to Angela and Jeffrey for this submission.
1. Aspen (dead, to keep it eco friendly) or wood that is convenient in your location
3. Tung Oil and a rag
4. Twine and a favor tag
Find the wood you would like to use, make sure that it has a large enough diameter to work as a coaster for a mug. Saw 1/4″ thick (it is very easy to be consistent in size with a table saw, but any saw will work). Sand the coasters (we used several different grades of sanding paper). Use tung oil for a natural, but smooth polish. Wrap with twine and label – ours says “Take a piece of Colorado with you”!