Friday, April 26, 2013

DIY Buttonholes

Images by Pomp & Splendour.
A lovely DIY idea from Polka Dot Bride caught our attention, so we thought we 
would share!

These little cute buttonholes are traditionally worn by the groom and his groomsmen and often fathers of the bride and groom will also wear one on a wedding day. They can be a little fiddly to make, but with some perseverance, the right tools and a few secrets from a florist you may succeed in making your own!

Take a trip out to a craft store and buy some flexible green floristry wire, some floral tape, clear craft glue, pearl top pins and some fine satin ribbon for binding. If you don’t manage to get your hands on everything your local florist may be happy to sell you 
some items.

Select your botanical elements, flowers, individual leaves, buds, etc. The more interesting the better! Leave a few centimeters of stem to work with and cut off the rest.

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Wire underneath flower heads piercing the stem and bringing the wire down the length of the stem. Pierce leaves at either side of the spine and again bring the wire down the length of the stem.

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Break off a length of tape and stretch and wind it about 5-10cm down the wire and stem. The tape is stretchy and rubbery and is easy to work with. It seals the moisture in the stem of your flowers so that they last longer out of water.

Once you have wired all of your items, arrange them together in a cluster and tape all 
of the stems together, winding the tape all the way down. Length should be about 10cm. Be sure to craft the cluster so that it is front facing with a flat back so it sits nicely 
on a lapel.

Cut a length of ribbon to bind the stem. Starting from the back at the top of your boutonniere place a small glob of graft glue and firm the top of the ribbon here, holding in place for a few seconds. Gently wind the ribbon down the length of the stem and all the way back up to the start position. Once again glue the end down.

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If you want to try making a boutonniere with open stems you can do this by leaving the stems slightly longer to start. Only wire and tape from the base of flower head a part of the way down the stem. Cut off with scissors any visible wire and tape and cover half way down with ribbon. Open stemmed boutonnieres will need to be kept in some water until they are ready to wear so that the stems don’t dry out.

Finally add the pearl pin and these babies are ready to wear! Make sure you have a few practice runs before the big day and give yourself plenty of time just in case they don’t want to cooperate with you. Have fun and good luck!

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Vintage Cake Stands -– Make Your Own!

Vintage cake stands are a coveted item these days - create your own with this Vintage Cake Stand tutorial from Intimate Weddings

They add a charming touch to a vintage themed wedding. If you’re lucky, you can find vintage cake stands at resale shops and yard sales. But they’re not easy to find – at least not at a cheap price. Don’t fret! You can make your own vintage cake stands. And it only takes a few minutes!

Here’s what you need:

  • Vintage plate
  • Glass candlestick
  • Crystal drawer pull (optional)
  • Epoxy glue (slow drying if you are making more than one vintage cake stand)
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie
  • Popsicle stick
  • Q-tip
  • Something to mix your epoxy in (such as a recycled aluminum tray) 
  • Find the half way point on the back of your plate and place a dot using a ruler and your sharpie or other marking device.
  • Pour your epoxy in a well ventilated area (we used the fast drying epoxy, and it hardened in the tray and was no longer usable after about four minutes. If you are making several plates use the slow drying epoxy). 
  • Mix the epoxy using a Popsicle stick.
  • Dip Q-tip in epoxy and coat the rim of the candlestick
  • Adhere candlestick to back of plate using fingers to press it into place.
  • If you are adding a drawer pull to the other side of the plate, place a dab of epoxy glue on the drawer pull. Turn plate over and adhere to middle of plate.
  • Let dry for recommended drying time.
Enjoy your lovely vintage cake stands!! You can also make two tier cake stands using one small plate and one dinner plate. Just make sure the base is good and sturdy. You can use a vintage drinking glass or old fashioned, tulip shaped ice cream sundae dish for the base. The last thing you want is your goodies to topple over!

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Brilliance Luxury Jewellery's 10 DIY Ways Engaged Couples Can Personalise Their Wedding

It’s safe to say that many engaged couples are now opting for more personalized wedding details and planning instead. Brilliance luxury jewelry has the scoop on ten DIY wedding styles that make nuptials truly special. The results are stunning and memorable despite budget considerations and limited resources:

1. Personal vows: A lot of wedding vows are taken from Bible verses, or lines from songs and famous poems. Even if you aren’t a professional writer, you can come up with a promise that comes straight from the heart.

2. Vintage details: “Something old and something borrowed” have become tradition as far as bridal accessories go. The desire to recall those days when weddings were more authentic and less packaged has led to classic details in many of today’s nuptial preparations. From old-fashioned bridal dresses and jewelry, to vintage cars, through to venues that have historical significance, it is becoming obvious that many modern couples wish to incorporate timelessness in their matrimonial ceremonies.

3. Picnic-in-the-garden reception: The only real prerequisite for a picnic reception is beautiful weather. With Pantone’s declaration of emerald green as 2013 color of the year, a garden with green growing things and colorful blossoms will surely provide a gorgeously fresh backdrop to any wedding reception. Food can be served in picnic baskets, desserts on wicker serving trays, drinks in Mason jars… the possibilities for a casual and pleasant party are endless.

4. Hand-crafted tokens in Mason jars: Speaking of Mason jars, they can also be quite handy as vehicles for wedding décor and giveaways. You can “preserve” photos and other memento in a sealed Mason jar filled with vegetable oil. It’s a one-of-a-kind, craftsy, and beautiful accent piece or souvenir for your beloved guests to admire.

5. Photo lanterns: Your significant other lights up your life… let this be made more obvious by getting your pictures printed on fabric or paper lanterns! These will definitely cast a romantic and festive glow on your evening reception.

6. Bridal charm bracelet: There used to be a practice involving a bride completing a string of pearls within a certain period prior to her wedding, so as to have something to wear with her bridal finery. Close friends and family members can come up with a charm each that tells the bride’s story or reveal her personality. She can then wear it at the wedding or keep it as a precious token.

7. Family tree board: Weddings are occasions for families to get together, so why not celebrate these reunions with a family tree board? You can make it yourself using old pictures from photo albums, or have an artist render it on canvas or 

illustration board.

8. Veiled and embellished fascinators: Bridal veils and elegant head pieces for the bridesmaids have become tradition. These days, the fascination with fascinators, or statement head pieces, has become more pronounced. There is more freedom to personalize a head piece with chosen embellishments; often with fun, quirky results.

9. Origami or edible place settings: Nothing spells out “thoughtful” more than having place settings with origami pieces, lovingly folded by hand. Or, on a more gustatory and sweet level, why not bake cupcakes and ice the guest’s name on it?

10. Instagram instead of high-gloss, post-edited wedding portraits: Professional photographers sometimes take so much time to process pictures that the wedding glow has died down by the time the newlyweds can get to see them. Instagram and other real-time photo apps can be used instead. As an added bonus, the filters add a vintage touch to the moment.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Handmade Party Blowers – Fun To Create And Use

Martha Stewart recently featured beautiful handmade party blowers to add excitement to any special occasion.

These handmade party blowers are as much fun to create as they are to use. For a paper tongue that will curl properly, choose a decorative paper that is about the same weight as photocopy paper.

You will need:
• Plastic straw
Double-sided sheet adhesive 
Decorative paper
Clear tape
Rubber band
White glue 
Decorative tape

1. To make the stem, cut a straw to measure 6 inches long. Cut a 2-inch-wide strip of vellum to the same length, and cut double-sided sheet adhesive to the same size. Apply adhesive to vellum, but do not remove the second protective backing. Curl the vellum strip around the straw, and mark the point where one long end of the strip contacts the other. Cut the strip at the mark, making it just the right width to cover the straw. Remove the protective backing from the adhesive, and slowly and evenly roll the vellum onto the straw, smoothing out any bubbles as you go.

2. Cut a 2-by-10-inch rectangle of decorative paper for the tongue. Fold the long sides of the paper in to meet along the center. Cover the seam with a length of clear tape, then fold over about 1/4 inch of one end, and fix it with tape. When taping seams, keep in mind that when finished, the tube will need to be airtight. Starting at the sealed end, roll the tongue tightly around a pencil, and wrap a rubber band around it to keep it coiled. Leave the rubber band wrapped around the tongue for at least a day.

3. Remove the rubber band from the tongue, which should remain coiled. Fold in the corners of the open end, as shown.

4. Dab a little white glue on the interiors of the folds and inside the opening. Slip the vellum-covered stem into the tongue. Apply pressure until the glue dries, and cover the joint with a piece of decorative tape. 

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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Faux Silver Hearts

These faux silver hearts are so easy and you will fool your friends into thinking you have picked up a new skill as a metal smith - from Smile Monsters.

Salt Dough! Nothing other than:
1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
1/2 cup water

After mixing up the dough roll it out into a thickness you're happy with. These hearts were cut out by hand with a butter knife then further shaped by hand. This produced a wonky-shaped heart with an uneven surface. Don't forget to make a hole for hanging.

Place in your oven on the lowest setting to speed up the drying process. Check them frequently as the drying time will depend on thickness. Then let them dry further a few more days on the counter.

Once they are dry they can be sanded back nice and smooth with a medium grit sand paper followed by a fine grit. Then spray paint them with a bright metallic finish.

Once the silver paint is dry, rub on black paint with a damp paper towel making sure to get all the nooks.

Leather cording finishes them off. Just don't get it wet!

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