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Monday
Sep242012

DIY Project: Mod Podge Marriage Certificate Initial

 

Well this is the cutest idea I've seen since the wedding invitation ornament we posted about. Unsurprisingly, both ideas were found by my cousin on pinterest and man does she execute a good DIY. Here is the latest: a mod podged marriage certificate adhered to your initial. It's simple, sleek and so creative! 

Mod podge is awesome (I used it in the DIY glitter phone case tutorial) and very easy to use. All you'll need to do for this project is take a copy of your marriage certificate, trace your initial on the back, and cut. Then adhere the certificate to the initial using the mod podge. After that, run a top coat of mod podge over the certificate (don't worry, it dries clear!). Then, place somewhere in your home for all to enjoy. :)

Tuesday
Feb282012

DIY Project: A Truly Adorable STD

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How adorable is this Save The Date?! It'd be a pretty simple DIY project, too. Just take an old suitcase, print up (or write) your announcement on a piece of paper and attach it to one of the suitcases. Lay on the ground, feet spread as if you're walking, and have someone snap a picture! Easy peasy and super cute!

Wednesday
Jan252012

DIY Project: Bridal Party Necklaces

This project started with me dropping into this bead store I had passed several times. I had see this bride's post on a DIY pearl necklace and she made it seem pretty easy. I liked what she did, but I wanted something a little more polished. More creams and champagnes, less whites. An organized messy necklace. I parked my car, walked in, and oohed and ahhed my way through the store. The girl working there was about my age, and an accomplished jewelry designer. I showed her the aforementioned DIY pearl post and she picked out the beads I would need for what I wanted. It was not cheap, but I was hooked. I started stringing beads in the studio with the designer's help here and there. I went home, strung more. I went back to the store, strung more. Then I cut a few strands and started over. This lasted for about three months or so. Finally, I was finished. Here is the finished product:

When I was done, I thought maybe I should get some more beads and make the bridesmaids' necklaces as well. So, I showed the designer the red bridesmaid dress swatch and told her I wanted some golds, some champagnes, some reds. I wanted to make each bridesmaid a different necklace. I felt pretty confident in my necklace making skillz, so I picked out the beads myself and went to town. The designer was there for moral support for which I was so grateful! Here is one in the process:

This one took me about two months because it is really intricate. It's actually three wires of beads clustered together. I ended up scrapping it because I made it too short and I would've had to cut longer wires and started all over. It took me SO LONG to make it, too! GAHH!

 

This one is made of two simple beaded strands of amber glass beads and flat pearls (there's probably a more chic official name for them, but I don't remember), and then a longer wire strand with a wire wrapped bead dangling off.

This one is just a simple strand. The little rice pearls have holes cut at an angle so they cluster up really nicely.

This necklace took forever to make. It's a Y style necklace. There are about ten wire-wrapped beads that dangle off the ends.

This necklace is one really long strand. It is made with champagne rice pearls, little gold beads and champagne faceted czech something-or-others. (Make sure to write down what beads you use! Clearly I didn't!)

This is my MOH's necklace. I wanted hers to be completely different from everyone else's. She also likes chain necklaces so I felt like it was a win-win.

Here are my tips for making your own necklaces:

-Start at a bead store that offers free studio time. Consult with the designers because they are so good at what they do and have an eye for these types of things. They can help reassure you, guide you, and offer moral support. Also, they'll provide the tools you need (for free!) for wire-wrapping, attaching the clasps on, etc.

-Use wire instead of string. This will make your necklace more durable and less likely to break.

-Give yourself AMPLE time. I can't tell you how many times I strung, cut and restrung necklaces! I gave myself about a year and spent about two hours a week on these. I finished the last one about a week before my wedding.

-Have patience. Wire-wrapping (something you have to do if you want the beads to dangle, or clustered) is especially difficult for a first-time jewelry maker. You need to practice, practice, practice. And if all else fails, try, try again. (Another good reason to have the designer nearby!)

-Store the beads in plastic bags when you're not using them. Pearls and other beads can be crack, change color or break if they aren't taken care of.

-Try them on and take pictures. Consider what your bridesmaids will be wearing. Adjust the necklace design accordingly.

-On the big day, make sure to get lots of pictures!

Monday
Jan162012

DIY Project: Heart Shaped Rice Krispie Treats

Finding the perfect wedding favors can be a daunting task. You want something that speaks to you and your new spouse, but you don't want to $pend too much! This is a really sweet DIY idea: heart shaped rice krispie treats with a personalized label. All you do is make up a batch of rice krispies, use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut them, and put them in a cellophane bag with a personalized label. Adorable and delicious! Click here for step-by-step instructions.
Thursday
Dec292011

DIY Project: Wedding Flowers

Practice Bouquet

The bills can really add up when it comes to planning a wedding, so as a bride you've got to decide what you're willing to spend big money on, and what you'd like to save on. In my case, flowers weren't at all important to me. Especially after I visited a florist and was told it would cost me OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS to RENT two giant urns for the ceremony. I had to stop myself from laughing in her face! I figured since I wanted super simple bouquets for my wedding, that it couldn't be all that hard. I had taken a "life-skills" class in high school where I was taught a little about flowers and I thought maybe I would just do it on my own. Turns out, with a little help from my MIL and a friend, it is not only doable, but adviseable!

You will need: a couple dozen flowers (depending upon how big you want your bouquet), some floral tape (found at walmart), some ribbon and a few pins. 

Step one: De-thorn your roses. Take off any wilting petals. I took off all the greenery too. 

Step two: Start with three roses. Put them together, and start wrapping the floral tape from the top of the stem down. Add and fourth and fifth rose. Wrap the tape. Repeat until you've used all the flowers. Be sure to wrap the tape very tight. Don't be afraid to move the stems around- they are much more plyable than you might think!

Step three: Wrap the ribbon tightly from the bottom of the stem to the top. Secure with a few pins.

Practice Bouquet.

Here are my wedding flowers before I de-thorned them and took off all the greenery.

For the actual wedding, I bought flowers from the Grower's Box. They were shipped in from Colombia. I bought 250 white and cream roses and used them for my bouquet, five wedding party bouquets and decor for the memory table. In addition, I bought 4 dozen yellow/orange roses from the little mom and pop shop down the street, and used them for aisle petals, bouttonieres and a flower girl bouquet. 

They always come a few days before they bloom, so take that into consideration when ordering. Once you get them, you need to keep them in a cool place. For this reason, we had the air conditioning blasting in our apartment for three days before the wedding! Ha! In all honesty, it was probably too cold because on the day of the wedding we had to pry the flowers to open more. 

And here they are on the big day. See those yellow/orange petals in the aisle? I was quoted $200 by the florist and we did them ourselves for $40.00.

Oh, and those two urns that I was quoted over a thousand bucks to rent? We made four of them for about $500 including the (faux) flowers!

Friday
Sep162011

DIY Wedding Hair: A Modern Bun

Inspired by Hilary Duff's wedding hair, this is a fun and easy style for the big day. It is a little more structured than the previous DIY wedding hair post we did a few months back, and I think it is the perfect modern bun- not too fussy, yet not too messy.

1. Take a section of hair at the crown of the head, use a ton of hairspray and backcomb.

2. Pull your hair into the highest ponytail you can. Secure the hair tie as tight as you can, but make the ponytail a few inches away from your scalp.

3. From underneath, find the approximate middle of the ponytail and put your fingers through to the other end.

4. Grab the end of the ponytail and pull it through the hole. Pull about two or three inches of hair through and no more.

5. Pull the base of the ponytail so it becomes tight to your scalp.

6. Your hair should now look like this. See how the top of the bun kind of goes off into a V? Gently pull those pieces forward if it happens to you and use bobby pins to secure.

7. Secure the ends of the ponytail around the base of the hair tie with bobby pins. Spray the hair to take care of the fly-aways if you like, though if you prefer a messier look, I'd leave them like I did here.

That's it!!

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Friday
Jun172011

DIY Project: Headboard

Three months after moving into our new place, I finally got around to making our headboard. Inspired by Just Dandy, who is an interior design queen, I set about to create a headboard for our bed. Given the fact that we move multiple times per year, I wanted a headboard that would be lightweight, easy to transport, and easy to install/take down. I decided on a three-piece headboard made of plywood, fabric and batting.

Let me preface this post by stating the obvious: I am not much of a DIYer. The whole experience renewed my admiration for DIYers because this stuff is not easy. We had some minor setbacks (you know, like I didn't buy enough fabric, and I bought the wrong size staples for the staple gun), but after some blood (rested the saw on my leg, oops), sweat (it was hot as the blazes) and, well, no tears, the end result is nice and will do. There are, however, some things I'd do differently, and I'll share them with you in each step.

Here's what I did:

 

Step 1: Gather Materials (3 pieces of wood, fabric, batting, scissors, staple gun and the right size staples. Not pictured: a saw, hammer, picture framing kits, screwdriver and an iron.

Step 2: Cut the wood down to size. (Note that my husband took over the job after I cut my leg with the saw.) If I were to do this over, I'd probably just have Home Depot cut it for us. It just so happens that their saw was broken today and being the impatient one that I am, I just decided we'd do it ourselves.

*Tip: Do not rest the saw on your leg. (aka practice common sense)

Step 3: Lay out the fabric and iron out the wrinkles. 

If I were to do this again, I'd add an extra foot in width to the material. That would give you enough fabric to easily wrap the sides of the boards. I really had to stretch the fabric to get it to wrap. I also might consider choosing a different fabric. I chose silk shantung and I learned the hard way that silk shantung rips slightly when stapled. Oops.

*Tip- Buy enough material. (aka use common sense)

Step 4: Cut the material

*Tip: There is probably a better way to cut the fabric. I just eyeballed it, and although I didn't have enough fabric, my cut was just fine. 

Step 5: Convince your dog that the batting for the headboard is not actually his bed.

Step 6: Cut the batting.

If I were to do this over, I'd probably use a marker and a ruler and draw a line to cut on instead of eyeballing it along the side of the wood.

Step 7: Layer.

Fabric, batting (we did two layers of batting), board. (Note how little material I had left over to wrap the sides of the board!!) If I were to do this over, I'd add a step where I fasten the batting to the board. I'm nervous that over time the batting will sink and bulk at the bottom of the headboard...maybe it won't because the fabric is so tight, but maybe it will- time will tell!

 

Step 8: Staple. Hammer in any staples that don't make it all the way through the wood on the first attempt.

*TIP: You should probably measure the staple placement ahead of time and evenly space them....I just stapled wherever, and you can kind of tell. 

Step 9: Put the hooks on with the screwdriver.

 

Step 10: Hammer some nails in the wall and hang the headboard.

Here are the before and after pics:

 

 

Before

After

 After (in the daytime, which is clearly the best time to take pics!)