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Holiday Recipe Cards

I heart Karen B. of Grapevine Invitations. She is not only one of the more talented people on the planet...she is also really nice, really thoughtful and all together lovely. So when I get the chance to highlight some of the insanely awesome work that she is putting out there, I jump! This is a fabulous DIY project that is perfect for the holidays. And although I am beginning to sound like a broken record, it's also a pretty awesome...

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Holiday DIY Flavored Sugars

While we wait for the gorgeous vintage inspired affair that I sneak peeked a little earlier, I thought you might enjoy this really great holiday DIY project that Viola over at Chewing the Cud put together for us. It's the perfect cost cutting gift for family and friends and done on a smaller scale, would make for pretty awesome favors! Oh and the gorgeous packaging...from her adorable line of...

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DIY Groomsmen T-Shirts

You guys are going to go bonkers for this next DIY feature. Lisa Tse, the genius behind one of our favorite brands EVER, InkBox Design Boutique, has stopped by to share a simple and totally adorable do-it-yourself project made especially for your grooms. Lisa has a TON of cool stuff for the bride on her site, but she wanted to share these adorable little T's that are just...

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Holiday DIY Cookie Gifts

I heart the holiday season in a big, BIG way. The pretty lights, the trees, the gifts, the hot cocoa and marshmallows. So to celebrate, we've asked some of our favorite Little Black Book members to craft some holiday inspired DIY projects. Little crafts that are chic, elegant and would make anyone who received them grin from ear to ear. But the best part, all of the projects can easily be interpreted into favors of all...

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DIY Matchbooks by Papermade

Last week we featured THE most gorgeous wedding that Max Wanger photographed and tons of you fell in love with the DIY matchbooks that Elaine, the lovely and incredibly crafty bride designed. Well, we've asked her to put together a DIY of the matchbooks for us so that everyone could add the adorable little touch to their own upcoming event!

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Homemade Pie Favors

Okay! Now on to the pies themselves. This was probably the easiest thing that I have ever done and coming from the world's worst baker (I swear, I'm not exaggerating)...that really says a lot. I fully admit that I cheated and bought pre-made pie dough. For one round, I made the filling myself but then I discovered that they actually make pre-made pie filling, so you know I jumped right on that bandwagon. Sad, I know. But they turned out so stinking cute, who cares! Materials Pie Dough...

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Homemade Pie Favor Tags

We are featuring a handful of our favorite DIY projects from our From Inspiration to Reality Shoot that we did with our Connecticut Vendors a few weeks back...and this one just might be my favorite. I knew that I wanted to do some homemade pies, inspired by...

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DIY Candy Favor Bags

We just announced that we are turning our From Inspiration to Reality adventures into a regular feature on SMP which I couldn't be more excited about. Such a fun way to get our favorite Little Black Book members to rub elbows with all of you super stylish brides. Plus, it gives us lots of prettiness to write...

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DIY Paper Pinwheels

Remember the incredible editorial shoot that we featured a few weeks back, designed by the forever talented Carter & Cook? Well, we had a ton of requests for more information on the adorable pinwheels that posh paperie crafted, so Elizabeth, the genius behind the detail, was sweet enough to give us perfect step-by-step info, along with...

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DIY Projects from Audrey’s Party

I just wanted to give everyone a heads-up that I've done some great DIY projects, complete with printable templates, from Audrey's birthday party over on the Style Circle. To see the DIY Favor Bags click right here. To see the DIY stir sticks...

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DIY Project: Custom Matchbooks

Love, love, loving these cute custom matchbooks that Laura designed for her wedding. Just goes to show...a wedding brand of sorts can be threaded into so many different details, creating an impact that seems so expensive, so utterly chic! Materials Color Printer Paper Cutter or X-acto Knife with self healing mat 8.5 x 11″ 80lb white card stock 8.5 x 11″ 80lb colored card stock Permanent Double Sided Tape Gluestick Matchbooks Instructions 1. Download the...

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DIY Project: Custom Seed Packs

Love this next one. Love all of them actually, but this one is especially sweet because the bride and groom really looked to their own lives to find favors that they could make and share with their guests. From the bride...My name is Trish and my fiancé is Luke. and we came up with an idea to do a seed packet and matching pot for our wedding favor. He is an assistant superintendent at Oakland Hills Country Club in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Last summer they held the PGA championship at...

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DIY: Photo Coasters

These are really similar to the coasters that we featured just a bit ago...but a more personal approach! Such a great gift for those that love you! From the bride...Custom Photo coasters are a great favor for any size wedding. Depending on your budget you can choose how many coasters you’d like to include. They are environmentally friendly because your guests will re-use them in their home for years on end, rather than throwing them away, like so many favors. If you have a photo booth...

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DIY: Coasters

I am completely obsessed with this next idea, and actually, just might go make these adorable coasters myself to have in our office! Also love the idea of making each bundle different, with modern graphic prints. GREAT way to add a pop to your decor. Here is the play by play... From the crafter...I think these favors are appropriate for our current economic situation. With each set of four coasters costing about one dollar (mine were a little less), I think it would be difficult to...

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DIY Project: Flavored Sea Salt

This is a bit of a variation on the Spice Jar favors that we featured last week, featuring flavored sea sat and some pretty great packaging to go along with it! Here is the breakdown... Ingredients Kosher salt/ Sea Salt (or a mix, your preference) 2 Tangerines, zested 1 Lemon, zested Tools lemon grater food processor Supplies Ramekins/small dishes Small spoons Glass Spice Jars 1/2 pint cardboard berry containers paper fill Ribbon thick and thin circle tags Paint...

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DIY Project: Custom Flower Pots

This next project is SO versatile and forever elegant. I love that you can really put your own style stamp on this one!

From Cathy...A little background on my project~ CathysWraps ~  plastic pot & decorative sleeve combo was created to give my mother's plain yet versatile little pots a makeover. It adapts to hang flowers from church pews with Doey’s pew clip (invented by my mother, Doey, and used by florists for...

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DIY Project: Mini Bundt Cakes

Love these  little treats...and you KNOW your guests will to. There is just something great about receiving a homemade favor, one that you can devour on your way home and remember the sweetness of the day. So cute.

From the bride...I am getting married at my grandmother's house in Charleston, South Carolina. For both me and my fiance, it is really important to include our grandmothers' in our wedding. We both have a love for our grandmother's pound cake. And, they are both from...

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DIY Project: Programs that double as a CD

This next project sent in by Bliss Weddings Market is completely fabulous...plus it's a two-in-one, with ceremony programs that double as a CD wedding favor. So cool!

Here are the step-by-steps...

Materials
Paperboard CD case (from www.BlissWeddingsMarket.com)
Two 1/8" wide circle eyelets in the color white (from www.BlissWeddingsMarket.com)
Eyelet Setter (from www.

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DIY Project: Southern Style Treats

This next one, crafted by the lovely Mekala of Tie that Binds, just reminds me of my Texas roots. Love that.

And here is the breakdown. There are lots of components so it's lengthy...but, you could craft all or just one and still end up with a pretty great gift for your guests!

Step 1

Food:
Peanuts
Sunflower Seeds
Homemade/Favorite BBQ sauce (homemade recipe found...

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DIY Project: Violet Petals

It's Day three (and the last day) of our DIY contest! We have so many great projects for you to devour today...from send off bells to custom bottles of bbq, each is completely unique and completely fabulous. First up, are these crystallized petals of violets crafted by Julie...

Here is the breakdown and instructions...

I am a future bride from Toulouse, France. We'll marry on May the 9th in Tarbes, a town near Pyrénées, and we have are using purple and anise...

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