Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY wedding- items you can prepare yourself

This week we will talk about DIY
-Items you can prepare yourself, so you can save on wedding Costs…

Homemade Wedding Bouquets: The Basics:
A simple single-flower wedding bouquet is not difficult to make, and the classic dome shape of this round bridal bouquet complements most wedding gowns. Be sure to stick to hardier flowers like roses, which are easier to arrange and can endure a little manhandling. To make a bridal bouquet about 8 inches in diameter, just follow the instructions below.
Things you will need:

 Flowers- the larger you want the bouquet the more you’ll need

Floral wire .

 Floral tape.

Pretty ribbon to wrap the stems of the finished bouquet – usually a wide one inch ribbon works well

. A hot glue gun to attach the ribbon onto stems

 Wire cutters

 Strip all the leaves and excess buds off the flower stem. You’ll want it bare so it can easily be wrapped. Start with one large center flower. It can be bigger, or a different color or the same. I like to make it the focal point everything works around. I usually use a large rose.
 Next, choose at least four flowers to be the next layer. Four will make for an average to small bouquet. Each layer will need more flowers. It’s like creating a half of ball. You build layers around the center flower. Carnations or another puffy flower work great for this layer.
 Position and tape each flower individually. This gives you wiggle room and the ability to move one flower without moving them all. Floral tape is wonderful because it will hold but allow flexibility if you need to redo anything. The goal is to have the top flower slightly above the first layer but still blending in a circular pattern.

. The third layer will require six or more flowers depending on how big they are. You want full layers without gaps. Again full flower styles work best. This layer can be switched up a bit though. I have found mums and hydrangeas work nicely for this layer.

Remember to wrap each stem with tape to attach them individually. Believe me this is important. I made one bouquet where I just bunched and wrapped- ugh I couldn’t adjust or fix anything.

Usually once you have your third layer finished the bouquet is ready for finishing touches. However you can add a fourth layer if you want to go big. Just repeat all the steps and add a few more flowers to the layer.
. If you think the bouquet needs something extra you can add small filler flowers like baby’s breath, or even leaves, berries or butterflies to add something extra or fill in any gaps. You may need to wire some items to secure them to the stems of your flowers.
Position and fluff flowers so everything fills in and makes a round shape. Cut the stems so they are all about the same length. Then tape them with the floral tape. Once everything is securely taped in you can start wrapping the bouquet with the ribbon.
 Start from the bottom and wrap upward adding just a tiny dot of hot glue under each turn of the ribbon, just enough to secure the ribbon without making it a hard knot from the dry glue.

Bride & Groom Cake Topper
With a little creativity, guy and girl doll blanks can be transformed into an adorable personalized cake topper. Simply follow the templates or sketch out your own interpretation (you may want to get a couple of extra doll forms in case of mistakes).
Makes 1 cake topper
  • 3 1/2-inch tall male and female wooden dolls (available on or at craft stores)
  • Acrylic paints (we used white, red, brown, and black)
  • Thread
  • 20 to 25 seed beads (we used red)
  • Small piece of tulle for the veil
  • Decorative button for the veil
  • Decorative button or cabochon for the bouquet
  • 6-x-1-inch Styrofoam disc (available at craft and floral supply shops)
  • One 8 1/2x11-inch sheet patterned or solid text-weigh paper
  • 1 yard 1-inch ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Paper plate
  • Small square brush
  • Small pointed brush
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towel
  • Beading needle, or "sharp"
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pin (optional)
1.     Paint the figurines. Lightly mark your design on the figurines in pencil. customize the features to match both you and your fiancé -- have fun! Squeeze a dab of each paint color onto your paper plate. Wet your brush in your cup of water, dab on some paint, test the brush stroke on the plate, and begin painting. If the brush is too wet, blot excess water on a paper towel, apply more paint, and try again. Use the square brush for large solid areas, such as the hair or clothing, and the pointed brush for fine details. Rinse your brush thoroughly in water before switching colors. Let the figurines dry.
2.     Add the necklace. Thread the needle, knotting the thread at one end. String the beads onto the thread until the necklace is long enough to just fit around the bride neck. Tie the loose ends around the neck in a firm knot and trim with scissors.
3.     Add the bouquet and the veil. Cut a 1-x-2-inch piece of tulle (larger for longer or fuller veil). Accordion-fold it, and attach it to the head with a dab of hot glue. Add a button on top using hot glue. Attach a decorative button or cabochon flower for the bouquet using hot glue.
4.     Decorate the base. Trace the Styrofoam disc twice on your paper, and cut out both circles using scissors. Measure the height of your Styrofoam base and cut a strip of solid paper that measure as follows: [height of base] x [circumference of base + 1/2 inch]. Note: Circumference = diameter x 3.14. Wrap the paper strip around the side of the base, carefully aligning the top and bottom. Affix with hot glue. Align a circle to the top of the base and affix with hot glue. Repeat for the bottom. Wrap the ribbon around the base and pin or hot glue in place, aligning its seam with the seam in the paper strip. If desired, add a separate bow to the front of the ribbon.
5.     Attach the bride and groom. Using hot glue, attach the bride and groom to the base. Be sure they are facing away from the seams in the paper and ribbon.

DIY wedding table numbers

Picture frame
Glue, scissors, stickers Numbers
All you need to do is cut the stickers
And paste them on the burlap that we cut out by the frame, paste, and insert to the frame,
And here is a lovely design table numbers.


Lace Placemats

Lace is another popular rustic wedding item, and it is easy and fun to use. To make placemats simply cut the lace into the size and shape you would like. Then use thin ribbon or twine and fabric glue to personalize your placemat. You can add a border around the edge or simply add a little bow to a corner.


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