Archives for August 2008

DIY Project: Stamped Favor Tags


credit: Miss Cherry Pie on WeddingBee

If you are looking for a really cheap and affordable way to customize your favors, hand-stamped favor tags are the perfect solution! The tags can be tied to a multitude of favors, such as bags of cookies or candies, filled favor boxes and more.

You can buy the tags at your local Officemax or Staples office supply store for only $4.99 per 100 tags! Then you can customize the tags with your choice of stamps. There are millions of different stamp designs available if you scour the web and your local craft stores. You can even order custom stamps online that may include your wedding date and/or the names of you and your fiance.

Some stamp design ideas…

  • Simple “Thanks” Stamp
  • Starfish
  • Butterfly
  • Snowflake
  • Moon or Stars
  • Variety of Flowers
  • Monogram or Letters

The project is so easy there really isn’t any need for step by step instructions! All you’ll need are…

  • Paper Shipping Tags
  • Stamp(s)
  • Ink Pad (Choose colors that compliment your wedding theme or favors!)

Just lay the tags out, dip your pretty little stamp in the ink pad and stamp away. It’s so easy, but the results are simply stunning. Chic and classy..and you hardly spent a thing! You may choose to further customize your tags by attaching ribbons or string that further compliment your theme and favors. If you’re feeling really ambitious, adding some color to the stamped designs with colored pencils can turn out really nice!

Note: If you like your handwriting and/or drawing skills you can skip the stamp and decorate each tag by hand. Just buy a pretty pen at your local craft store (the scrapbooking section would have a huge variety of pretty pen options!) and let the creative juices flow!

What designs do you think would look fantastic stamped on these tags? What are you tying them to? We’d love to hear! 😀

hand stamped tag for favors and more
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pine themed handmade stamped tags for favors
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handstamped snowflake theme paper hang tags wedding favor
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DIY Project: Tissue Paper Pom-Poms

Tissue paper pom-poms are a beautiful decor addition to any casual wedding reception or bridal shower. They are just as unique, colorful and classy as the circular paper lanterns..except they are much more affordable! Hung at varying heights from the ceiling, these large paper flowers will make your wedding theme colors completely POP! With only a few materials and some practice, you can easily make these wonderful decorations for your big day.

You will need…

  • Tissue Paper in Your Choice of Colors or Patterns – 17″ x 30″ for Medium Pom-Poms and 20″ x 30″ for large Pom-Poms, 8-11 Sheets per Pom-Pom Ball (the more sheets, the fuller the ball)
  • 24 gauge floral or craft wire – About 6 inches of wire per Pom-Pom Ball
  • Monofilament or string for hanging
  • Scissors

Now you’re ready to make some poms!

  1. Stack 8-11 sheets of your choice tissue paper(s) and make 1 1/2″ wide accordion folds, creasing with each fold. You can either make the ball one solid color by stacking 8-11 sheets of the same color tissue..or it may be neat to stack 2 varying colors (pink/yellow/pink/yellow) to incorporate multiple colors in one ball!
  2. Fold a 6 inch piece of wire in half and slip over the center of the folded tissue and twist to secure. With scissors, trim the ends of your folded tissue into rounded or pointy shapes.
  3. Separate the layers, pulling away from the center one at a time.
  4. Tie a length of monofilament or string to the floral wire twisted in the center for hanging.

That’s all you need to do to make these affordable, gorgeous pom-poms! Repeat the process as often as you need to fill your whole room with pom-poms of all colors and sizes. Fantastic! I’m definitely going to hng these at the reception of my tent wedding next summer. I hope you’ll share pictures and suggestions if you like this project and make some of your own!

credit: Martha Stewart.com

credit: casaazul on flickr.com

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DIY Project: Wedding Paper Luminarias/Luminaries

Luminarias (also called luminaries) are a beautiful handmade detail for your wedding ceremony or reception, and are incredibly easy and affordable to make. You need only a few basic craft supplies to create customized glowing paper beauties that will add that special something to your wedding day decor.

You will need…

  • Small votives or battery operated tea lights
  • Small lunch-size paper bags (they come in a variety of colors, even metallic! Check craft stores or online.)
  • Scissors, thumb tacks and/or a craft knife, depending on design you plan on putting on the bags
  • Small stack of Newspaper
  • Optional: Sand for weighing bags down..a MUST if bags will be used outside

Let’s begin!

Once you have decided on a design for your luminarias (google luminarias or luminaries on google images to get a great selection of ideas!), you will need to decide on the method you will need to transfer the design. There are two basic ways – perforation with a thumb tack or actually cutting the design out with a craft knife.

Perforation – Perforating your bags with a thumbtack will allow bright pinpricks of light to shine through in the pattern of whichever design you choose.

  1. Place several layers of folded paper on a cutting board.
  2. Tape the paper bag (with bottom flap unfolded) to the newspaper with masking tape or any other removable tape.
  3. If you have a pattern you have printed or drawn that you are going to be using to create your bag(s), gently tape it into place over the bag so the design is centered.
  4. Take your thumbtack and prick evenly spaced holes along the outside of the design, making sure to poke all the way through to the other side of the bag.

Cutting Out – Cutting your design out of the bag with a craft knife has both pros and cons. The larger holes will allow much more light to shine through, so the designs will be more apparent..however, the larger holes also allow more wind to come through which may blow out your candle. This may be where the battery operated tea lights have an advantage! Make sure the designs you choose are no larger than 1 1/2″ as designs that are too large can cause the bag to distort and sag.

  1. As above, place several layers of folded newspaper on a cutting board and tape your bag (bottom unfolded) to the paper with masking/removable tape.
  2. Very gently draw or trace the design you chose onto the bag.
  3. Using your craft knife, cut out your design!

Once you have created your design all that is left is to light your bags up! If you are using the bags outside, fill a bit of sand in the bottom of each to weigh the bag down. If you don’t thing the bags will blow around, you can omit the sand. Then add your votive or tea light to each bag and you’re all set!

Both methods will successfully create gorgeous glowing luminarias to decorate your ceremony or reception venue. There are so many different color combinations that can be used for the bags, and an endless amount of designs..the sky is the limit with customization for your wedding!

Hints and Tips:

  • Cookie cutters can create great designs! Simply trace them over your bags and perforate/cut away! Think butterflies, flowers, hearts..stars and more!
  • Using two different colored bags per luminaria/luminary can further customize your bags to your wedding theme. Cutting a small design in one area in one color bag, and then another design in another area of another colored bag will allow the opposite color to show through when one bag is placed inside the other and lit.

As always, make sure you send us some pictures of your luminaria creations! If you have any ideas or suggestions to further customize or beautify the bags please comment! 🙂

DIY Project: Floral/Flower Ice Cubes


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Floral/Flower Ice Cubes would make a great personal detail for your wedding day! It would be perfect for a spring or summer wedding, especially if your wedding theme is garden related. They are extremely easy and affordable to make, and can be customized more specifically to your wedding theme with your choice of flowers and even food coloring.

The cubes can be added to drinks and cocktails (maybe dress up your signature cocktail?), added to punch and more..be creative!

Flowers can be found in your own garden, your local farmer’s market or even your grocery store. Just make sure the flowers haven’t been treated with any chemicals or pesticides, and they are safe to ingest (See chart below!)

You will need…

  • Edible flowers that have not been sprayed or treated (Pansies, violas, wallflowers, lobelia, and miniature roses work nicely. You can also use just petals from larger flowers such as rose petals, just be sure the flowers are non-toxic! Here is a great chart about edible flowers for reference. )
  • Water (I’m personally fine with tap water, but you can use filtered or bottled water too!)
  • Ice cube trays (Regular ones work fine and look beautiful! If you are feeling extra creative you can also use the shaped ice cube trays, such as hearts or stars, depending on your wedding theme.)
  • Optional – Food coloring

That’s all you need..here we go! 🙂

  1. If you are going to color the water for your ice cubes you will want to do this first! This isn’t necessary as the flowers being frozen inside each little cube are more than beautiful enough to stand on their own. Some, however, want to further incorporate their wedding colors into the cubes..and this is one way of doing it! I suggest taking a large plastic container like a gallon milk jug, filling it with water and gradually adding food coloring one drop at a time and shaking the color in until you reach the color you are seeking. You don’t want a lot of color..you still want the flowers beauty to show through in the cube..but a slight hint of pink..green..blue (any color you like!) can be a creative addition to your cube.
  2. Next, fill your ice cube trays half way with your water and freeze until firm.
  3. Now, add your choice of small edible flower or flower petal to each cube compartment and cover with more water.
  4. Freeze again until firm..and they are ready to go! You can either serve them immediately or put them in large zip-loc freezer bags to save until you need them.

As long as you have the freezer space, these ice cubes are a gorgeous little detail for your wedding reception. There are so many different colors of flowers and food colorings that the possibilities are endless when it comes to coordinating these cubes to your wedding theme.

We’d love to hear your your creative combinations for these cubes..and of course if you make them we want to see pics!