DIY Green Wedding Favor – Chic Adorable Potted Succulents (or Cacti!)

Pretty Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – MarthaStewart.com

As summer comes to an end I am always sad to say goodbye to my garden until next year. I’m sure many of you feel the same way when you wrap up your gardening and planting in the fall and look forward to another spring! But what if we could enjoy tending to plants year round? That’s where succulents (and cacti!) come in! They are hardy little plants that just need sun, good drainage and a little water once in awhile and grow great indoors. Since they are so easy to care for and long lasting they make perfect take home favors for your wedding guests. Then they too can enjoy a little gardening year round and think of your beautiful wedding or event each time they tend to their potted succulent plant.

You don’t need much to create these potted succulent wedding favors. With just a few materials you can create a bunch of these plant cuties and customize them to fit your wedding theme too!

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – valkyrieh116 on flickr.com

You will need –

– Succulents (You can find them often at local garden stores such as Lowes and Home Depot but you can also find them online! Check out – The Succulent Source on Etsy, or Amazon (Like this collection of 36 mixed succulents or this collection of 128 of them!))
– Small 2″ or 3″ Terra Cotta Pots or Mini Pails/Buckets (Both can typically be found at crafts stores like Michaels or on the Oriental Trading Website). If you go with the pails it is best to drill small holes at the bottom of each so they have good drainage which is essential for plants like succulents!

– Decorative Moss

– Potting soil (They make a kind specific to succulents and cacti but any potting soil will do in a pinch)

– Acrylic Paint and PaintBrush/Sponge (Optional – In case you want to paint your pots before assembling!)

– Ribbon and/or Twine (For wrapping your pot or pail)

– Hot Glue Gun or Glue Dots (Helps keep the ribbon or twine wrapped around the pot/pail in place!)

– Newspaper (Optional – to protect your work area from the mess!)

– Hang Tags or small labels with your names and event date or monogram (Make them yourself or I can create some for you – just visit my stationery and paper product design website weddingsnwhimsy.com for details!)

Let’s get started!

  1. If you plan on painting your pots first pull out your paint and brush/sponge and do this first and allow them to dry.
  2. If you are wrapping the pot or pail with ribbon wrap a piece around your pot or pail and cut to size allowing a small overlap. Remove the ribbon and measure how long it is so you can cut a bunch of ribbon strips to size all at once to speed up your process!
  3. Wrap your pot/pail with ribbon. It helps to put a little dab of glue (or glue dot) on and press one end of the ribbon into it to secure and then wrap and secure it with another dot of glue.
  4. Spread out your newspaper and put a little bit of potting soil into each container. Then gently remove succulent from its container and place it into it’s pretty new home.
  5. Gently water your little succulent so it has a little drink before heading on its journey to a new home!
  6. Add a little more potting soil and/or decorative moss around the top to fill in and hide the roots.
  7. Wipe off any dirt or smudges on your pot/pail that may have occurred while planting with a damp cloth or sponge.
  8. Attach your custom label over the ribbon (covering the seam works best!) or wrap a string of twine around the container with your tag hanging from it and tie. You may want to add a tiny bit of glue behind the twine to secure it as well!

Just repeat the process for each potted succulent you plan on creating for your guests and you are all set! Place them in pretty rows on a table or tray to look like a little garden or place them at the tables as part of the table setting to add a unique touch. You could also use them as place cards or escort cards and put the guests name and/or table assignments on the labels or hang tags. Adorable!

As always if you use this tutorial to create something spectacular     for your big day please send in your photos! Would love to see (and maybe share with the world too!)

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photo credits – hortulus and dog.happy.art on flickr.com

DIY Project – Light Bulb Bud Vase – Perfect for Table Decor or Hanging!

DIY Project Light Bulb Bud Vase Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – themerrythought

Looking for a way to recycle/upcycle some old light bulbs and diy something pretty for your wedding, shower or event? The a light bulb bud vase would be absolutely perfect for you! It is an easy peasy diy project you can do with old light bulbs you would have thrown out anyways. Decorate your ceremony (maybe hang them along the aisle!) or reception with hanging light bulb vases filled with pretty blooms or put in some small flowers and set them on tables. So beautiful , so fresh..and so GREEN! 😀

Here is what you will need –

  • Clear Incandescent light bulb
  • Needle Nose pliers
  • Safety glasses and gloves
  • Floral Wire or Twine (for hanging), Coat hanger, Napkin Ring or aluminum welding rod [available at your local hardware store] (for standing)
  • Optional – Bag to catch glass and throwaway bits & pieces

DIY Project - Light Bulb Bud Vase - Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – themerrythought

  1. First, remove the little silver disc (the contact) on the bottom of the light bulb with your pliers.
  2. Next, remove the black glass cap by working the tip of the pliers into the hole to snap it. (Twist while applying a little bit of pressure!)
  3. Working over your bag, use the pliers to gently loosen the bits and pieces in the bulb and pull them out to discard until the light bulb is empty.
  4. Now the next step depends on if you plan on hanging it or standing it on a table.
  • If you are hanging it you can either tie some twine tightly around the top leaving a tail that can be used to hang. You could also wrap floral wire around the top and create a loop for hanging.
  • If you are standing it on the table the easiest way is to just set it on a small napkin ring that coordinates with the rest of your decor. You can also use a wire coat hanger or aluminum welding rod bent and twisted into a stand for hanging or sitting upon. (See photos for ideas!)

That’s it! Now just add some water and your favorite flower (or grass/foliage/greenery which can be pretty too! Totally simple and eco-friendly to boot.

Some ideas for flowers – Daisies, Mums, Carnations, Roses, Tulips, Astrolomeria, Lilies – etc. etc!

DIY Project - Light Bulb Bud Vase - Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – 2nified on flickr.com

DIY Project: Frosted Candles perfect for Winter Wedding Centerpieces and Decor!

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Browsing Pinterest recently I came across a pin for a beautiful centerpiece of frosty looking blue pillar candles sitting in a pretty silver tray of what looked to be snow. Clicking through I found it to be a project by none other than Martha Stewart and I was so excited to see just how affordable and simple a project it was that I had to share! I think they would make stunning, simple centerpieces at any wedding or event with a snowy winter theme.

What gives the candles their frosty look? Epsom salt! Not only does the salt give the candles their frosty appearance but it is also used at the base to give the appearance of new fallen snow. So pretty!

You could also do the project on a smaller scale and frost votive candles to make miniature versions! The votive size would make fantastic guest favors! 🙂

Here are the simple instructions (with some ideas from me added in!)

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You will need:

  • Candles – Pillars work well grouped for a centerpiece but votive candles and taper candles would work too, depending on the set up! You can purchase candles in a color to match your theme (white, blue, etc.) OR I have seen crafters paint a white candle with acrylic paint as well!
  • Epsom Salts
  • Optional – Glitter and/or food coloring in the color of your choice to be mixed in with the salt (Irridescent snowy glitter or blue food coloring would be pretty!)
  • Modge Podge or Glue
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Rimmed baking sheet or tray (for rolling the candles in)
  • Optional – Tray, votive/candle holder to display finished candles on/in

Now the instructions – so easy!

  1. Pour your epsom salts into the rimmed baking sheet or tray. If you would like your salts have a touch of color to them you can also add food coloring. I think a touch of blue or green would look gorgeous in a winter theme or do a few different salt trays (plain/blue/green) for some variety! (You can mix in some glitter with your epsom salts to add a little extra customization here as well if you like!)
  2. If you are painting your candle with acrylic paint do that and allow to dry. If you purchased already colored candles skip this step!
  3. Take your small paint brush and coat the entire surface with your modge podge or glue.
  4. Roll your candle in the tray of epsom salts until fully covered and allow to dry.

That’s it! Super easy, super affordable and completely gorgeous upon completion. Just take your finished candles and group them on a pretty tray filled with salt and accented with pine cones, winter greenery, holly, cranberries or even holiday ornaments to create a stunning centerpiece. Beautiful on guest tables or even accenting your winter wedding theme on your escort or guest book table! I can also envision frosty little votive candles lining counters or table tops – so pretty! These simple diy frosted candles will help make your wedding or event a true winter wonderland!

As always if you decide to make some frosted candles for your event we would love to see so please send in your pictures. Your work may be featured on the site!

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credit – theinspiredroom.net

DIY Centerpiece Project – Lollipop Candy Centerpiece

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My friend Ana from Craftification shared a great idea with me that I thought everyone here would love! Candy Lollipop Centerpieces! These would be great for a candy or sweet themed wedding, a wedding/bridal shower, baby shower or even a birthday party like a sweet sixteen! Use them on the guest tables or as extra decoration for your Candy Buffet Table! Lollipops come in such a huge variety of colors an flavors you are bound to find the perfect combination of delicious sugary goodness that will liven up any table..(And be edible afterwards! A great take home present for your guests.)

You can go as big or as tiny as you like with these lollipop centerpieces depending on your event and table size!

All you will need are…

  • Lollipops (or suckers) – The big swirly ones are stunning to look at and add a real POP to the design…But don’t forget you can add in some small ones as well like Blow Pops and Tootsie Roll Pops (or a favorite of mine..Jolly Rancher! Yum!) too. The Rock Candy on lollipop sticks would look amazing as well! Cake Pops may work too! See my post here for instructions on how to make your own.
  • A container to display them in – So many options here! A small fish bowl, a chunky glass square vase, a (clean) flower pot, a shallow rectangular tin, a bucket..etc. Use your imagination! If you end up using a bucket or metal tin or bucket of some sort you may want to spray paint it to match the rest of your theme (think bright or pastel colors!). Leaving it as is can look pretty too depending on the rest of your theme. Sometimes a plain metallic finish or clean, simple white will work best. Use your judgment/creativity!
  • Styrofoam or floral foam
  • A little hot glue (might be necessary if you are using large lollipops!)
  • Cotton Candy or Loose Candy to fill the container and hide the foam. Some loose candy ideas would be – Gum Balls, Mike & Ikes, Jelly Beans, Gummies, etc! Chocolate pieces like M&M’s can work too..just make sure it won’t be so hot they will melt!
  • Optional – Design or purchase 2″ round labels for the face(s) of your big swirly lollipops with your names and event date! (Many girls seem to be using publisher to make their own stickers and labels. If you don’t feel comfortable doing that you can check out my design site where I offer custom labels/stickers for purchase!)
  • Optional – A little ribbon to tie bows on your lollipops for extra pizazz. A little tip if you do – Wrap ribbon tightly around the lollipop stick twice before tying a bow. It helps the bow stay put and look more professional!

Now all you need to do is put the foam at the bottom of your container, put a little bit of glue on the tips of your lollipops and stick them in. (You may want to play around with the arrangement before using the glue!) Then, when everything is how you want it to be fill up the container with your loose candy or cotton candy to hide the foam used to anchor the lollipops. Done! SO easy and yet so eye-catching! It will have your guests drooling and unlike flower arrangements they are a built in favor (and won’t wilt!). Love it!

As always if you use these instructions to create a yummy lollipop centerpiece of your own please share your photos with me!

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DIY Project: Autumn Maple Leaf(Leaves) Roses

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I found this DIY project browsing around the web and just had to share it with all of you! It would be a beautiful diy project for autumn wedding decor like centerpieces or decorations or even in wedding bouquets! Plus, it is extremely affordable as you can get the leaves just walking around your neighborhood..for free! 🙂

Some tips before the photo tutorial…

  • Choose bright, freshly fallen leaves – the more colorful the more vibrant your flowers will be! Avoid the crispy dry leaves..they will not fold and form into flowers without breaking.
  • It is best to use leaves of a similar color for each flower..a group of yellow leaves make a beautiful yellow flower..etc.
  • The original tutorial is not written in english but the translation mentions soaking the finished bouquets in vegetable oil for a few days to maintain color and freshness. I have not tried this though – so don’t take my word for it! Other preservation methods would be dipping the finished flowers in glycerin(1 part glycerin to 2 parts water, left in solution 2-6 days) or spraying with acrylic spray from your local craft store.
  • The thread can be covered with a matching floral tape to give the flowers a more finished look.

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The full original tutorial can be found on Natalia’s Site.

As always I would -love- to see photos if you create these beautiful autumn leave flowers! Make you e-mail us if you do 🙂

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