Wedding Favors

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We used paper bags to decorate for our wedding favors. I used the peacock feather stamp I already owned, found a “Thank you” stamp on E-bay, and used the letter stamps from an alphabet set I bought from Michael’s to stamp “T & T” on the bags. We hole punched the tops, and tied with ribbons. Inside, we placed sealed bags of coffee beans in some bags, and tea in others. They were quick to put together, and didn’t have any favors left over!

Handmade Brooch Bouquet

Like many women, I wanted a bouquet that would last well past the wedding. I finally decided on a brooch bouquet, because my mom found many of my grandma’s brooches and it was great to incorporate them into the bouquet. It’ll also be something great for my daughter to someday have, even for her wedding if she decides to.

I used Ebay to find most of my brooches, besides the ones I already owned from my grandmother. The best deal are buying them in lots- it’s great too because many sellers will sell lots of coordinating colors, and I wanted to get a good number of purple and turquoise brooches (our wedding colors). Amazon has some, Etsy sellers sell some, and some thrift stores can be good places for them as well. You can also

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I also found a peacock and peacock feather brooch, to go with our theme.

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Next, I found several tutorials. I decided to use fake flowers as my base, rather than a foam ball- I just didn’t like the foam option, based on photos I saw.

I then started wiring all of my brooches– this is a good group project, because it it tedious. There’s not really a method to this madness, because every brooch is different, some have different backs than others, and the amount of wire you use depends on the size and weight of the brooch. You’ll get the hang of it after wiring a few though.

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After wiring, I started by placing brooches on top of the flowers, taping them along the base as I went.

I used small brooches to fill in all of the gaps, and just started bending the wires to get things to fit together well, and to be well-rounded.

In the end, I made 4 bridesmaid’s bouquets, and a larger bouquet for me. My mom sewed a white wrap for mine, purple for the bridesmaids, and a turquoise wrap for the maid of honor. I tied a turquoise ribbon around the wraps, to add the other wedding color on. They turned out well!

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Wedding Programs

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Though many people skip them now, I love designing documents, so I decided to make some programs myself.

I actually used Powerpoint to design them, because I found a template with some fun aspects to it which used Powerpoint, and it’s so simple to design pages as slides, and then print that way- it’s very photo and text box friendly. The template had figures for the area where you describe your bridal party, like this:

I used the template as a starter, and switched out the colors for the bouquets and such to my wedding colors. I also downloaded some nice fonts for free from various sites, to make the calendar and “thank you” look fancier. If you want a different template or fonts check the forums on Weddingwire and such- many brides have great, free templates they share. Pinterest has some as well. If you don’t want to make them yourself, Etsy as always has people who will design them for you!

To create mine:

I found a peacock design I liked, and created the cover simply with the photo, our names, and the wedding date and location.

On the inside, we had the schedule of the day, information about the special songs that were played, and a blurb about each member of the wedding party.

On the back we had a Thank You to our guests.

Music included:

Father Daughter Dance: “I Loved Her First” – Heartland

First dance: “You’re My Best Friend” – Queen

Cake cutting: “I Like Pie, I Like Cake” – Four Chefs

Bouquet toss: “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” – Cyndi Lauper

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We put the programs in a basket, on sale at Joann’s, with a sign tied on it with a ribbon, that was stamped with the peacock feather stamp from Michael’s, and hand cutout letters.

Hand Painted Table Numbers

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For our Peacock-Themed wedding, with purple and turquoise as our colors, I wanted to have unique, handmade table numbers.

I went on a trip to gather up my supplies, and I got:

  • A pack of small canvases (available at Joann’s or Michael’s- great to use a coupon on, or buy when 50% off)
  • I rounded up the paint brushes, and the bottles of paint in my wedding colors and in black, which I already owned from the chalkboard I’d painted
  • I also bought mini-easels at Joann’s, on sale, to sit the boards on each table

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To make them:

  1. Spread light layers of ink all over the canvas, and smear with a damp paper towel, until desired darkness and colors. I did a mix of turquoise and purple inks, and kept it light, wanting it to look like a watercolor painting.
  2. After the ink has dried, very carefully stamp your shape on top, with a good layer of ink.
  3. After the stamp has dried, use a sticker, template, or whatever you have, to outline the number on the canvas, and then paint the number
  4. Let dry, and you’re done!

Olive Garden At Home

While my husband was away on a trip, I turned our home into Olive Garden… Why? I’m not sure what motivated me, besides wanting to do something fun for him. And it was fun for me too!

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I found a menu template online, and changed it up to include things he likes more. (Template here:http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2011/12/olive-garden-date-night-at-home-recipes.html )

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I didn’t take many pictures of the details, but it was fun to have napkins, wine and more with the theme. At the end of the night, he asked what restaurant would be next!

Melted Crayon Art

I, like many other craftaholics, went through a Melted Crayon Art phase. I wanted to share three of my favorites. For all of them, you can get a pack of these canvases at Michael’s, and the crayons anywhere. Use a good glue to adhere the crayons to the canvas. Here they are:

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Made by cutting out the silhouetted in black card stock with an x-acto knife. I left the last couple crayons right above the silhouette unmelted, to keep it simple. I was considering covering the silhouette, and trying to get the “rain” to go around it, but I was too scared of ruining it.

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This one I added some fake flowers to Joann’s to, which was fun for spring.

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This one I don’t actually love, but I love the idea of it. I painted the canvas first, then put the crayons on. The silver crayons also added a fun effect. I think that spelling out words in the meted crayons has great potential- mine just didn’t turn out extremely readable. I used adhesive letters and just stuck them on. I think I should’ve somehow covered it better though, maybe with clear nail polish or something. I think bigger letters would’ve look better too.

DIY wire Mrs necklace

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I saw this Kate Spade necklace, and fell in love with everything about it except the price: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/kate-spade-new-york-necklace-12k-gold-plated-say-yes-mrs-pendant-necklace?ID=835979&pla_country=US&CAGPSPN=pla&CAWELAID=120156340000786355&catargetid=120156340001257876&cadevice=c&cm_mmc=Google_Jewelry_Fashion_PLA_PLA-_-Fashion+Jewelry+-+Necklaces+-+GS_Pendants-_-46478205623_-_-_mkwid_P4NHiYro%7Cdc_46478205623%7C-%7CP4NHiYro

I decided- hey, I can do that! And of course, Pinterest agreed.I looked to this blogpost for instructions: http://www.randomlyhappyblog.com/2013/02/make-your-own-word-charm-necklace.html

Then, I printed out the word “Mrs” in a font and size I liked, and got to work with my pliers. I had never made jewelry before, so I had to wander and chat with several people at Micheal’s, and watch a Youtube video, to figure out that I needed a chain, a hook/clasp, and to figure out what a Jump Ring was and how to use one with a Jump Ring too (I suggest both- they made things sit more evenly, and looked more professional). It took less than an hour to make, after my first failed attempt (full disclosure: the failed attempt was untimed, it was depressing. Be prepared for this).

My final product turned out quite nicely. Give it a shot yourself! If you don’t want to make it yourself, take a gander at my listing to purchase one for only $15 on my Etsy-

https://www.etsy.com/listing/215017717/wire-mrs-necklace-wire-writing-in-silver?

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