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"October 2008"

DIY Project – Wedding Programs

One more DIY Wedding Program for you to fall in love with... Materials Two types of fabric (both of which we incorporated into a variety of other DIY projects) Satin ribbon Cardstock Paper 24-lb Paper Pinking Shears Hot Glue Gun Paper Cutter Sewing Machine Computer/printer Instructions 1. We only had a limited amount of fabric, so the first decision we made was the size of the programs. They ended up measuring 5.5 x 7". In order to incorporate two design themes we were...

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DIY Project – Stitched Programs

I love this DIY project...hand-stitched programs that reflected the couple's personality and style... Instructions (please note, I have skipped the step about designing the art for the cover as it is totally up to you and your own design ideas) 1. Once you have your cover and inside pages designed (ours were made to fit four on a standard 8.5 x 11 piece of cardstock) get them cut and printed (saving yourself lots of time and agony). **when designing keep in mind that you will need a...

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DIY Project – Gumball Favors

We have so many elegant, pretty DIY projects on SMP, I thought it was about time for a really fun, whimsical project. How cute are these Gumball Favors?

Materials

Clear flat bottom candy bags which can be purchased in bulk from candy store

Lots of gum balls (about 10 per bag). They can be color specific to your wedding!  We purchased ours from gumballs.com

White labels to fit the width of the bag

Clear tape

Instructions

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DIY Project – Centerpieces

I am always a little shocked when I hear that brides are crafting their own flowers...centerpieces, bouquets, the works. It just seems like such an incredible task to undertake and yet the impact on your budget is pretty undeniable. But even more exciting to me, is when brides design a floral suite that is both beautiful and amazingly professional...just like this bride did for her recent wedding!

From the bride...

The flowers were my proudest achievement during the...

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SMP Loves…Halloween!

Happy Halloween everyone! For all of you brides out there that are looking for a little "fabulous" now that you are too old to trick-or-treat, I thought these adorable brownie pops might just be the answer! I found them via Amy Atlas, though the original source is Brownie Pops. Check out all of their offerings as these pops barely scratch the cuteness...

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DIY Project – Bird’s Nest Favors

So sorry about all of the technical difficulties yesterday...what a mess! But, we are back in full force today, with fun DIY projects that will definitely leave you inspired. The first is simple and pretty, a lovely favor for any wedding!

Materials

Mini Bird's Nests
Jordan Almonds
4-bar Flat Cards in Butter from Paper Source
Hole Punch
Blue Ribbon
Tulle, cut in large squares
Bird Stamp and Thank You Stamp
Brown and Green...

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DIY Project – Invitations

I love these simple, but rustically chic invitations. I doubt anyone would imagine that they are actually a DIY project! Instructions 1. Choose image and/or text to be printed. 2. Make a carbon based print of image/text (xerox copy or laser printers work) 3. Place image on gocco machine - make master screen using the gocco and gocco bulbs. 4. Once the image is burned into the screen, you can ink it.  Smear ink on the image burned into the screen, insert back into the machine, then...

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DIY Project – Starfish Boutonnieres

These starfish boutonnieres are perfect for a beachside wedding. I get so many emails from readers looking for an alternative to flower boutonnieres. Voila!

Materials

one inch bar pins
small starfish
strong glue

Instructions

These starfish boutonnieres were created with small starfish and one inch bar pins that were glued together.  I used small starfish that my fiancés mom found at a yard sale. 

1. I applied glue to...

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DIY Project – Custom Block Prints

This DIY project is strictly for those of you who have a steady hand and some serious patience. BUT, if you can pull it off, I think that it's such a great gift for your guests...a custom block print inspired by your own unique personalities.

From the bride...

My amazingly artistic fiance, Josh Lowe did three block prints for our upcoming wedding on November 1, 2008. A landscape of where we are getting married for the save-the-date, a nest for the invitation and a...

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DIY Project – Custom Aisle Runner

We have so many more fun DIY projects to share with you over the coming days. I hope you guys are loving this week as much as I am! This lovely aisle runner was totally custom made...a great way to conceal a not-so-pretty church carpet and a wonderful keepsake for you to remember your day! Materials White Muslin Iron Stencil of your choice Printer Acrylic Craft Paint Easy Hem Adhesive Instructions 1. Purchased white muslin that measured 45” wide.  I used a bolt, but...

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SMP Loves…Fringe

I heart these knit capelets by Fringe...I can just imagine the earthy, warm feeling of these paired with a whispy, romantic wedding gown for a late fall wedding. It's a rustic, really feminine look that would be so fabulous on the right bride. If you haven't checked out the fringe shop on etsy, it's a must. I am kind of in love with most of the...

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DIY Project – Message Marbles

I never would have thought to make these but once I saw them, I knew I had to share. Sprinkled on guests tables and around the reception, these customized "message marbles"  are perfect little take aways for guests.

Materials:

Flat clear marbles about 1 inch round (I found some at Target)
Printer
Computer with Word or InDesign (I found InDesign worked well)
Different colored paper (if desired)
1 inch hole puncher
Decoupage glue

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DIY Project – Lip Balm Pockets

These lip balm holders were actually crafted as favors for a birthday party, but I thought that they would also make pretty cute shower gifts or a lovely addition to a bag of must-haves for your bridesmaids! Here is a glimpse into the process involved in making these...   Material   2 colors of cardstock 1 patterned paper Glue Scalloped punch 1 3/8'' circle punch 1 1/4'' circle punch X-acto knife Round stamp Glue Satin Ribbon Lip balm (mine was crafted and...

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DIY Project – Bundt Cake Favors

I heart these little bundt cake wedding favors...so cute packaged in their pretty green boxes and adorned with a little note! They make the perfect favor!

Materials

Recipe for bundt cakes on allrecipes.com
bundt cake pans
Favor Boxes purchased at Michaels
Blank Labels

Instructions

1. Make Bundt Cakes

1 package of yellow cake mix
1 package of instant lemon pudding mix(3 ounces)
3/4 cup of orange juice

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DIY Project – Wrist Corsages

Inspired by an Amy Butler design, these DIY wrist corsages are so stinking pretty. Adorable for bridesmaids or flower girls...OR you could use them to tie up napkins on guest's place setting! Too cute!

Materials

Strips of Fabric
Iron
Sewing Machine/Thread/Needle
Hot Glue Gun
Pretty Strips of Ribbon

Instructions

1. Cut a 4x18 inch strip of...

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DIY Project – Carved Place Cards

This DIY Project is just great. Simple as that. The carved place cards are an unexpected touch to a table setting that not only add a hint of chic, they are also perfect for guests to take home with them so that they always remember your big day! Materials Small 6 x 6 piece of wood, depending on the shape you want to create Wood Carving Tool Spray Paint Sand Paper Oil Based Pen Instructions 1. Design and cut out the desired shape out of wood. Some scrapbooking stores make...

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SMP Loves…Confetti Cakes

I saw this picture on Design*Sponge and totally fell in love. These cakes alone could inspire a pretty spectacular pink and black color palette. And to be honest, most of the confetti cakes could inspire pretty spectacular palettes. Take a peak if you haven't already! Oh and definitely check out...

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DIY Project – Paper Bouquets

We are continuing on with our DIY week! I am loving it so far and I am pretty sure you guys are too. So, let's get right to it. This first project was inspired by Martha's paper bouquets, with the reader's own twist of course!

Materials

tissue paper cut in 1''x3'' rectangles
floral wire and tape
ink or watercolors (optional)

Instructions

1. The first step optional step is to...

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DIY Project – Custom Covered Jewelry Boxes

This is a really great DIY project that you could incorporate solely for the people you love...custom covered jewelry boxes. PERFECT gift for bridesmaids!

And here is the step-by-step!

Materials

Needle and Thread
Fabric Stuffing/cotton balls
Fabric
Pen/pencil for marking
Scissors
Glue
Ribbon / Pin / Jewel / Embellishments for the box
Glue brush (optional, but makes things easier)

Notes:
I...

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DIY Project – Signed Fabric Squares

This next is so thoughtful, I just had to share it with you. Signed Fabric Squares that can then be stitched into a quilt or a great wall hanging. I never would have thought of this idea, and yet I absolutely love it.

Instructions

1.  Draw or design the background pattern, leaving a place for signing

2.  Go to your local t-shirt shop and ask them to make a screen (or, they could do the whole printing, really)

3.  Wash and dry 100 percent...

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