Friday, May 31, 2013

Home-made Wedding Cake Toppers and Favours



These assembled statuettes from Once Wed can be used as cupcake toppers or given as bride’s maids’ gifts. The figurines are the perfect size to be set on a windowsill to serve as a sweet reminder of your wedding day.

The assembled pieces shown here were mostly collected from garage sales and the twenty-five cent bins at a flea market, but one of the best places to find miniatures is in the dollhouse section of your nearest craft store. The cake-decorating isle is another great place to look for miniature odds and ends.

When given as bridesmaids’ gifts, it can be nice to personalize each statuette by changing the colors or themes to fit each individual.


Materials & Tools
  • All purpose clear gel glue, for metals, fabrics, plastics (Beacons fast-drying or e-6000 recommended).
  • Medium weight florist wire or pipe cleaner, cut to 6.5” pieces.
  • Found miniature objects: dollhouse accessories, charms, miniatures, small toys sources: craft supply stores, garage sales, flea markets, eBay.
  • Tiny silk or millinery flowers, sources: craft supply or tinseltrading.com.
  • Platform pieces approx. 1.5” wide e.g. poker chips, milk caps, dominoes, small match boxes.
  • 2” Brass discs for base, source: Metaliferous.com
  • Skeins of small to medium fly-tying chenille (chenille pipe cleaners can substitute fly tying chenille and florist wire, expect a different look), sources: eBay, flyshack.com, found under body materials.
  • Wire cutters.
  • Needle-nose pliers.
  • Scissors.


Method:
  • Step 1 - Bend 6.5” wire into an arch, use round object as a guide with approx. 1 to 1.5” diam. and be sure to keep ends even in length.
  • Step 2 - Wrap wire with chenille, start by gluing tail of chenille yarn to one end of wire. Work yarn up and around arch and back down to other end, keep coils/ wraps tight and even by twisting like you would a watch knob. When finished, cut chenille and tack down the tail end with another dot of glue. Using needle-nose pliers you may want to curl the ends of the arch for a more finished look.
 
  • Step 3 - Gather items and layout to preferred composition by stacking any number of items. Start with brass disc as base, then a platform piece (poker chip/ domino, miniature book as shown, etc.), a main object (like bird pictured in example), the chenille arch, and decorative flowers to finish.
  • Steps 4, 5, & 6 - Glue in order of layout, starting from the bottom. Hold each object for a few seconds after gluing to help set in place.
Cut off flower heads and glue into desired positions to finish the statuette.


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Thursday, May 30, 2013

Turn Your Bridesmaids Gifts Into Extrodinary



Looking to get a little crafty when it comes to your bridesmaid gifts? In this DIY project from Design Sponge, the bride chose beautiful earrings for each girl, but wanted to snazz things up a bit. So she decided to use pieces of wallpaper from a vintage sample book to turn the gifts from ordinary to special!

This concept could be applied to so many different small gifts - it’s a quick, easy, and an affordable way to dress up store-brand presents with an extra special touch.

Here’s what you need:
  1. Scraps of decorative paper or wallpaper
  2. A thick needle
  3. Glue Stick
  4. Scallop scissors


Method:
  • Once you have your supplies, cut your cardstock down to size.
  • Use your scallop scissors to cut the decorative paper slightly smaller than the cardstock.
  • Use your needle to punch holes in the cardstock.
  • Then, glue the decorative paper (no holes yet) to the cardstock.
  • From the back of the cardstock, use your needle to punch through the decorative paper. Slip the earrings in, and you’re done!
Afterward, the bride put them in jewellery boxes tied with ribbons from her wedding programs, and placed them inside makeup bags.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

DIY Dixie Cup Garlands



Light up your wedding with your very own dixie-cup garlands with this tutorial from Hey Gorgeous Events.

Cuteness alert coming right at you! Wouldn’t this garland be absolutely fabulous for a bridal shower, an outdoor wedding and or even the most perfect addition to a nursery in lieu of a night light?


Method:
  • Carefully cut apart a Dixie cup and smooth it out so it is as flat as possible. Trace the smoothed out cup carefully onto a piece of paper to make your Dixie cup shade template. Try and make your template a few separate times until the template wraps around the cup perfectly -  so don’t you get upset if the first template you trace doesn’t fit over your cup perfectly. Make as many shade cut outs from your scrapbook paper as you will need to cover each individual bulb on your light garland.
  • Using double sided tape, adhere one end of a shade cover to a Dixie cup. Add another piece of double sided tape to the other end of the cut out and carefully wrap the entire piece around the cup. Try to slide the edge of your cut out against the lip of the Dixie cup to give the ‘shade’ an as seamless as possible look. Make sure your edges match up and repeat this step until all of your Dixie cups are covered.
  • Using a pencil (or you can just eyeball it) mark an X on the bottom of the Dixie cups. Then carefully using an Exacto knife you’ll need to cut an X pattern into your cup. This is where the bulbs will poke through and the X needs to be small enough that the cups won’t slip out and fall off. Repeat this step until all of your Dixie cups have slit X’s into the bottoms and then carefully begin popping in each bulb to the bottoms of the cups, stringing along until your garland is covered.

And it’s also important to note, that it’s a bit risky to use regular holiday lights for this project; they can get very hot and because of how close they would be to the cups and paper may cause the cups to melt or catch fire. The original project article suggests using LED lights which is great if you can find them with white wiring.


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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Banana Bread Mini Loaf Wedding Favours



Your guests will go bananas for these banana bread mini loaf favors from Intimate Weddings!

Use 4.5" x 2.5" loaf pans for this recipe adapted from Allrecipies.com. If you double the recipe, it will make 9 mini loaves. Simply place the loaves inside 1/2 lb. candy treat boxes (5-1/2″ X 2 -3/4″). Read on for instructions on how to make the cellophane window.

Ingredients for Banana Bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour.
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/2 cup butter.
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar.
  • 2 eggs, beaten.
  • 2 1/3 cups mashed overripe bananas (about six bananas).
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional).
Method:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease four 4.5" x 2.5" loaf pans or one 9×5 inch loaf pan.In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar.
  • Stir in eggs, mashed bananas and walnuts until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
  • Pour batter into loaf pans.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes ( 60 to 65 minutes if using large loaf pan) or until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

  • Meantime, get out the xacto knife. Cut a 12 cm x 5 cm rectangle out of top of 1/2 lb. candy treat boxes (5-1/2″ X 2 -3/4″ ).
  • Cut a 12.5 cm x 5.5 cm cellophane rectangle.
  • Tape the cellophane to the inside of the lid, creating a cellophane window.
  • Place loaf inside box. 
Create a label to keep the lid closed.


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Monday, May 27, 2013

Watercolour 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid?' Cards



Glamour & Grace has shared a sweet way to ask your bridesmaids if they will stand by your side on your wedding day. This DIY is so adorable and super easy - it is even more awesome because this technique can be applied to so many elements in your wedding such as fabulous escort cards or favour tags.


Materials
  • Watercolor paper cut into 9″x6.25″ rectangles, folded into cards (size A6: 4.5″x6.25″), 1 per bridesmaid.
  • Watercolor paints (any brand will do).
  • White colored pencil or colorless blender pencil (Prismacolor makes one that is available at most craft stores).
  • Scrapbooking or decorative paper cut into 9″x9″ squares.
  • Small pieces of leftover watercolor paper for envelope labels.
  • Medium flat paintbrush.
  • Glue.
  • Bone folder (optional).
  • Tape.
  • Cutting mat and xacto knife, or rolling cutting board (available at craft and scrapbooking stores).
Helpful hints: Using a bone folder to fold the paper is very helpful, since watercolor paper tends to be thicker than printer or scrapbooking paper. It will give you a nice, clean fold. Also, use an X-acto knife, ruler, and cutting mat or a rolling cutting board to cut your paper, rather than scissors, to have a precise, even cut. Additionally, if the inside of your cards are too bumpy to write on, glue in a small piece of cardstock that is slightly smaller than the card.

Before you start, jump on the computer and create a design. Print to copy for each card.


Method: 
  • Step 1: Cut all of the paper (watercolor and scrapbook) to the sizes indicated above. Fold the watercolor paper in half to make 4.5″x6.25″ cards. Unfold one of the watercolor paper cards and position the template with the words on it underneath the top flap. Hold it up to a window and tape in place, so that you can easily trace the words from the template. Using your colorless blender pencil, trace over the words/design, pressing hard with the pencil. You want the watercolor paint to be repelled by the wax of the pencil, so make sure you fully cover the area of the design you want to remain white.
  • Step 2: After the design is fully traced onto the card, un-tape and place on your work surface. Decide what color paint you would like to use, and with a wet brush (not dripping!), gather the paint onto your brush. Paint around the design to create an organic, flowing border, then fill in with the middle. Use different colors within the same color palate, mixing to get a blended, gradient look. Keep it moist as you work, but not soaking wet. You want the paint to mix on your paper.
  • Step 3: Once you have a color story you like, set aside to dry, and repeat with the rest of your cards.
  • Step 4: When the cards are mostly dry, take a small scrap of paper towel, or a q-tip, and wet it. Go over the white design and wipe away any paint that is left on it. The wax should resist most of the paint, but this will help take off any that was leftover and make it whiter and brighter. If you wish, you can go over the lines with your white colored pencil to brighten them even more.
  • Step 5: While the card is drying, take your scrapbooking paper and lay it design side DOWN in front of you. Measure 4.5″ from each side of one corner and mark with a pencil. Connect the dots with a light pencil line. Repeat with the opposite corner. Then, with the other two corners, do the same thing, but measure 5.5″ from each side of both corners. Your paper should look like the example template. Cut the small triangles that form from the pencil lines (see the grey areas on the template).
  • Step 6: Using the bone folder again, with the paper still facing design side DOWN, fold along the lines you just drew, and glue the two smaller flaps and one large flap together, leaving the other large flap up and open. You have a beautiful, custom made envelope! Your finished measurements should be: 5 x 6 3/8. If you want, glue the scrap pieces of watercolor paper on to the fronts of the envelope, to create a label for the name of the girl to whom you are giving the card.
Each little work of art will be such a sweet way to invite your best girls to stand next to you on your most special day!


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Friday, May 24, 2013

DIY Bottled Pendants as Quirky and Fun Wedding Favours



Looking for quirky, one-of-a-kind DIY wedding favors that can double as escort cards? Make bottle pendants with mini-versions of your wedding guests with this tutorial from Intimate Weddings.

Tie a tag with your wedding guest’s name on each one and you also have name cards. You could also add a chain, or leather rope necklace.

You will need:
  • Bottle pendants
  • White craft sand
  • Tweezers
  • Small funnel
  • Miniature train figures
  • Ball chain necklace with clasp (optional) 
 

Method:
  • Gather your materials.
  • Place funnel over your bottle and add sand. Fill about 1/3 full.
  • Using tweezers, place your figure inside the bottle.
 

Viola! (She’s still on the phone!) Isn’t he stylish?

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Monday, May 20, 2013

Nail and string letters to colour your walls



Add some colour to your walls on your wedding day with simple but effective nail and string letters! Jess from jk jk did this above her kitchen cupboards to spice up the neglected space.

All you need are:
  • Nails
  • Coloured string of your choice
  • A printer
  • Marker
  • Ruler
  • A hammer
Method:
  1. Find a font and a font size you like. It will be much easier if you chose a font with no serifs (tails). The font Jess used was Bell Gothic Std Black. Print out the letters to make banner. Make sure all letters are correctly spaced and straight.
  2. Hang the banner where you'd like the string letters to be. Step back. Make sure the banner is strait and that everything looks the way you want it. This is important. Take your time on this one.
  3. Now break out the nails! Place a mark on each nail 3/4 inch away from the head. This will help when deciding how far to put the nail into the wall.
  4. Put a nail in each corner of each letter and also around any curves. Decide how many nails you're going to use around the curves and be consistent with each curve.
  5. Carefully tear off the paper. You'll have to pull the paper around the letters, so you don't yank any nails out of the wall.
  6. Get out the string and start wrapping. To begin, tie a knot to one nail and start wrapping. When you're finished, tie the end to the same nail. In this example, Jess went around each letter 7 times with the string.
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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Simple but Fun - Bookmark this Mother's Day



Do you and your mother love to read? Then why not complement that book for Mother's Day with a DIY bookmark – as inspired by a tutorial on Craftster.

"I was reading 'Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West' and had this idea for a funny bookmark..." - noooitaremybirthday. 

In the original tutorial, the legs are formed of 'Polyclay' which can be found at your local crafts shop but why not try salt dough for that extra touch of convenience and do-it-yourself!

Materials:
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup water
Method:
  1. After mixing up the dough, roll it out into a thickness you're happy with. Cut out the dough as needed with a butter knife then shape into your design (in this case, a pair of legs!) Shaping salt dough by hand gives it an authentic uneven surface for an added sense of a unique, home-made item.
  2. Don't forget to use either a piece of A4 paper or card to produce slits in the top of the legs for you to insert the body of your bookmark later on.
  3. If you're using salt dough, place the legs in your oven on the lowest setting to speed up the drying process. Check them frequently as the drying time will depend on thickness. Let them dry further a few more days on the counter. Otherwise, follow the instructions on your Polyclay packet. 
  4. Once the salt dough is dry, the legs can be sanded back nice and smooth with a medium grit sand paper, followed by a fine grit.
  5. Using acrylic paint or inks, paint the legs white (as Polyclay will turn brown in the oven). Then add details as you desire. 
  6. While the paint dries, jump on the computer and design the body of your bookmark. Don't forget to personalise the bookmark with a personal message for mum! Print and cut out as necessary. Otherwise, an interesting piece of card or decorative paper will do nicely. 
  7. Once the paint is dry on the legs, slip the paper into the slits you made earlier with a small amount of craft glue to help the legs stick to the body. 


As for the ruby shoes, a touch of craft glue and red glitter will help them sparkle – just as they did for Judy Garland.

Hi-ho! The wicked witch is dead! (Just don't get her wet!)


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