Saturday, August 30, 2014

Wedding Garland

I had some Wedding Color Paint Chips, Save the Dates, and Wedding Invites left over, so I decided to make a garland out of them. 
I used my 1.5" punch to punch out as many circles as I could. 
DIY Wedding Garland
Next I used thick thread and my sewing machine to string them all together.
DIY Wedding Garland
Not sure what I am going to do with this yet, but I loved how it turned out!
DIY Wedding Garland

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Wedding Flowers

Wedding flowers are wicked expensive. Like stupid expensive. Plus they are basically just dying from before you even start using them. I just can't feed into that kind of nonsense. 
Mark suggested that we went flower free, but I couldn't really get behind that either. So Erin and I set out to make flowers for the wedding! We don't mess around! That being said, the beginning was all messing around. We tried several different things, like making felt flowers, and were kinda hitting the wall. Until Erin made her first paper flower using information she found on the Internet!
DIY Wedding Flowers
I was completely over-the-moon sold. 
We started making the flowers using Erin's Cricut to cut out all of the paper shapes. She had several die options and the Cricut allowed us to manipulate the shapes to make standard flowers, like roses, and our own creations. 
DIY Wedding Flowers
Cutting out the shapes was only the first step. After we had the shapes, we used Erin's Copic markers to color the edges of the paper to make them look more realistic. Then we used Quilling techniques to curve the paper into petal shapes. Finally, we hot glued it all together. 
After making our first few flowers, we realized we were going to need some help. Luckily, our friends Cort and Liz, were able to pitch in and help us get everything done. 
After spending months making all of the roses we needed (67!), we created easier grey flowers (68 more!) to go with them. These flowers utilized some fake queen anns lace as it's center. 
DIY Wedding Flowers
Finally, we used the Cricut to cut out leaves for the bouquets and attached the bouquet flowers to thick floral wire with hot glue. Erin and Liz arranged them into perfect shapes, before we cut the wire to the correct length and wrapped it all in ribbon. We made 6 bouquets for my bridesmaids and then 1 large bouquet for me. 
DIY Wedding Flowers
DIY Wedding Flowers
Then we needed to make the boutonnieres and corsages. We used a simple die cut pattern for my Sizzix, added some color (copic and watercolor), and again used some quilling techniques. 
DIY Wedding Flowers
DIY Wedding Flowers
DIY Wedding Flowers
DIY Wedding Flowers
These turned out so much better than any flowers I could have bought. Plus they are now keepsakes for the wonderful people in my wedding party. AND it cost me less than $100 in paper. However, it was hours and hours and hours of work.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Wedding Accents

Mark and I are supremely lucky to have such talented and phenomenal friends, like Sara! Sara really helped us make some great accent pieces for our wedding decor. 
She made our card box:
DIY Wedding
She also made perfect Table Signage for us, which she cut into cute hearts!! Here are the digital images:
DIY Wedding
DIY Wedding
DIY Wedding
She also made us a perfect thumbprint poster of a Celtic knot tree with foxes sleeping under it. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of this yet.
It's these kind of pieces that really pull decor together and make venues more personalized. I really love that we are able to make every part of our wedding scream 'us'!

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Wedding Cocktail Hour Centerpieces

My mom is basically the most wonderful woman and is super talented. So when she offered to make my Cocktail Hour Centerpieces for our wedding, I was very excited. 
We collected all of the details we wanted included in the vases (which were donated by a friend); such as, pine cones my grandpa collected in Hilton Head, golden cardboard tubes I bought when I was in the Brownies, and several other memorable items. 
Most of these pieces went into the large vases:
DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour Centerpieces
DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour Centerpieces
The smaller vases were less personal, but still very nice!
DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour Centerpieces
DIY Wedding Cocktail Hour Centerpieces
I am super excited to use these at the wedding!

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Insane Inflatable

This was a great 5K! I would definitely do it again!

Wedding Seating Cards

Originally, I really did not want to do a seating chart. I firmly believed that adults should be able to figure out seating by themselves. However, after hearing about some weddings where that went horribly awry, I broke down and decided to create a seating chart. 
I decided to buy some small plastic animals to hold the seating cards. I started by cutting slits in their backs for where the cards would sit. 
DIY Animal Seating Cards
DIY Animal Seating Cards
Obviously, this left the animals looking a little weird and I didn't like that they were all different colors. So next I spray painted them all silver!
DIY Animal Seating Cards
DIY Animal Seating Cards
 After they were all dry, I noticed that some of the animals became a bit indistinguishable once they were all silver. So I sharpied on needed details.
DIY Animal Seating Cards
DIY Animal Seating Cards
DIY Animal Seating Cards
DIY Animal Seating Cards
All 100 done!
DIY Animal Seating Cards
Next I used my Sizzix Die Cutter to cut out the Seating Cards. I added some extra width to the cards by including decor tape on the bottoms of the cards. Additionally, I used clear labels to put peoples names and tables onto the cards (I would never trust my handwriting to this!).
DIY Animal Seating Cards
DIY Animal Seating Cards