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DIY Project: Potted Banana Bread

The next couple of days on SMP are going to be SO fun. It's finally time to show off all of the fabulous DIY favor projects that our readers have crafted and I have to say, these are some of the best we've seen. The first, was sent to us by Heather and is coined, "Potted Banana Bread"

So cute! Here is the breakdown and instructions...

Supplies

-ingredients for bread (any quick bread...doesn't have to be this recipe)- grocery store
-medium sized...

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DIY Project: Homemade Vanilla Favors

My favorite DIY guru in the whole world, Kathleen of Twig and Thistle, is sharing THE cutest DIY project that I have ever seen. It honestly, just might be my new favorite...DIY Homemade Vanilla Extract and Labels!

From Kathleen..."This is a great project if you've got some time and want to give your guests something homemade. It takes about 2 months for the Vanilla to mature but it's a simple project and a...

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Valentine DIY by Twig & Thistle

I was checking out on of my favorite blogs, Twig & Thistle (whose editor just happens to be one of our own lovely DIY editors) when I stumbled upon these ADORABLE Valentine's Day DIY projects. Yes, V-day has come and gone but we're a wedding site so I figured I could milk it for a few extra days...

How cute are those little bags? I'm sorry but they are PERFECT for favor bags. An inexpensive way to add a touch...

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DIY Lunch Bag Favors

I am SO SO SO (say that really loud and throw your hands up in the air with spirit sprinkles) excited about today's post. Remember Kathleen, our DIY winner who crafted those amazing hot chocolate wedding favors? Well, we've asked her to become a contributing DIY editor for Style Me Pretty. And today, she is debuting her first completely adorable...

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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 – 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 – 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 – 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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DIY Project – Custom Sparklers

One more absolutely adorable project by the reader who created the DIY Matchbooks and Custom Cocoa Bags. This time, it's custom sparklers! LOVE!

Materials

Heavy Card Stock
X-Acto Knife
Ruler
Corner Punch Tool
Sparklers
Glassine Bags

Instructions

1. Print pattern / image onto a heavy weight card stock (this helps keep the sparklers flat).

2. Trim each one out using an x-acto knife and ruler. Cut out...

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DIY Project – Custom Matchbooks

This DIY project is one crafted by the same reader who did yesterdays Hot Cocoa and Marshmallow bags...and I have to say, they are just as cute! Custom Matchbook Covers are just another detail that your guests will totally eat up!

Materials

Matchbooks, 1 for every guest
Sticker Paper
Xyron Sticker Machine
X-acto knife
Ruler

Instructions

1. To save money we purchased matchbooks from the grocery store. Just break...

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DIY Project – Hot Cocoa and Mashmallows

Our next DIY project is so ridiculously cute, you are going to die. They were filled with homemade snowflake marshmallows and hot cocoa, then placed lovingly into the guests' rooms as a sweet treat. So great!

Materials

Heavy Card Stock
Labels
Muslin Bags
Thread / Sewing Machine
Corner Punch Tool
Cellophane Envelopes
Resealable Glue Strips
Individual Hot Coco Packets
Recipe for Homemade Marshmallows

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Do-It-Yourself Projects by Matthew Mead

I absolutely love this palette from Matthew's Summer 2006 website... all images and information from Matthew Mead Style These perfect little projects are so simple and yet would each be a lovely touch to your wedding... To make the tip can wraps, featured in the top left corner, collect a handful of tin cans leftover from soups and sauces. "Cover each tin with paper and personalize with the couples’ names, date...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

These place card trees are jaw-droppingly gorgeous. The best part though, is that they are made using really accessible materials and supplies. Too cute for words... How to make the Placecard Tree... For the placecards: I used Stardream metallic cover stock in quartz that I purchased from http://www.paper-papers.com/. I designed a simple layout on MS Word, and used the font Murray Hill to write each person's...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

I love this DIY project...Custom Vinyl inspired Cds and Sleeves filled with the couple's favorite songs. Reminiscent of the old vinyl records, these Cds celebrated the couple's love of music, while adding a vintage flair to an oh-so-chic event....

To Make the Vinyl Records...

We first purchased the records at...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

I am completely smitten with these coat check tags...adding a bit of whimsy and personality into the most unexpected place... How to make Coat Check Tags... I designed the template myself and printed them out at home on Crane's 179 lb. Pearl White Cover (www.crane.com). I trimmed each one out using an x-acto and ruler. Then, using Fiskars 1/8" hole punch I made a hole to place the eyelet. Before adding the eyelet I...

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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Projects

More DIY entries to inspire you! These perfect wedding details are just beautiful...they seem to add a personal touch, while still seeming effortless! To Make the Fans... These are just brown cardstock, white cardstock (run through my printer), wooden fan handles and ribbon. I used double sided tape to adhere the white page with content onto the brown cardstock and then used my gluegun to sandwhich the...

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