DIY Decor – Custom Lyric/Phrase/Quote Canvas Art

Create your own custom phrase quote lyrics canvas art for your wedding or special event. diy do it yourself wedding song

Browsing Pinterest I came across a beautiful canvas art piece by Gorgeous Graffiti, based in the UK – A simple one color canvas with 3D lettering in a variety of lyrics and phrases. When I saw this I thought it would look fantastic as wedding and event decor and would be a really simple DIY that would be fully customizable to your event!

You could use a special quote or phrase, song lyrics…or even a relationship timeline! I thought it would look great with a snippet of lyrics from your wedding song…or maybe a set of smaller canvases at the bar “Eat, Drink, Be Married!”. The possibilities are truly endless. Including the colors! Stick with the all white look or you can choose to go with one of your wedding colors (or a couple colors if you want the letters to contrast!)

All you need is…

  • Canvas
  • Glue
  • Wooden Letters (You can find these at your local craft store or there is a huge selection here, including custom vine monograms which would look awesome! There is also a fantastic tutorial for using puffy paints, wax paper and your own font printout here!)
  • Paint (Acrylic would work on smaller pieces, but a spray paint would work best on a larger project!)
  1. If you are painting the letters a different color than the canvas you will want to paint them and allow to dry.
  2. Take your letters and arrange them on the canvas until you are happy with how they look and glue them in place. Allow glue to dry.
  3. If you are painting the canvas and letters one color you can now just spray or paint over the entire canvas and letters and allow drying. Apply second coat if needed! (If spray painting use long, even strokes and make sure you start and stop spraying off the canvas so you do not get pooling of paint!)

That’s it! SO simple and it will be a beautiful custom piece at your wedding or party! I wish I had seen something like this back when I got married in 2009…I would have totally made one for my big day!

If you decide to make one for your wedding or event please take photos and share. Would love to see what your creative minds come up with!

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custom phrase quote lyrics canvas art for wedding or event diy do it yourself wedding song

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

frosted blue diy wedding candle centerpiece salted salts epsom pillar taper votive winter snowy

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 Recipe & Favor Idea – Sea Glass Candy – Perfect for Summer & Beach/Waterfront Weddings

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credit – Sarah Parrott on flickr

When one thinks of summer one of the first things most people think of is… the beach! What’s one thing that one finds at the beach? Sea glass! That’s why I thought this diy candy recipe would make a perfect wedding or party favor for those having a summer, beach or waterfront wedding or event. Like a lot of the ideas on my blog the recipe is fully customizable to give you the ability to tweak it to fit your special day. There are so many flavors and colors to choose from and also a variety of pretty packaging options!

First things first, lets start with the recipe so you can make your own sea glass candy right at home!

DIY Homemade Sea Glass Candy

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 to 1 teaspoon flavoring oil, depending on strength of flavor – You will want to make a test batch to get the color and flavor intensity just right! *See notes below for links to some sites with a HUGE selection of delicious flavor oil options. You can also try baking, craft or your local grocery stores!
  • Liquid or gel paste food color (Gel Paste Colors tend to be more intense!) Available in most craft and baking supply stores or online. *See notes below for links to sites offering a wide selection of colors.
  • Confectioners’ sugar for dusting
  1. Lightly grease a cookie sheet and place on a wire cooling rack.
  2. Stir sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat just until sugar dissolves.
  3. Without stirring, boil until candy thermometer registers 300-310 degrees which usually takes about 30 minutes. You can test by dropping small amount into ice water; syrup should separate into threads that are hard and brittle when ready!
  4. Immediately remove from heat and wait a minute or two for boiling to stop.
  5. With a wooden spoon, stir in flavoring oil and food color until well blended. Immediately pour onto prepared cookie sheet.
  6. Let cool completely, about 20 minutes.
  7. Lightly dust slab of candy on both sides with confectioners’ sugar, brushing off excess sugar.
  8. Break into small pieces.

Store airtight. Makes 1 pound, 6 ounces(4 cups)

 
That’s it! Make one color/flavor or a few batches of different coordinating colors to make pretty mixes! Pack them in little tins, bakery bags or bakery boxes with some pretty ribbon or twine and maybe even add a cute label or sticker with your names and wedding date, your wedding monogram, etc. The possibilities (as always!) are endless. Let your creativity explode! (Need twine or custom designed labels or stickers to personalize your yummy sea glass treats? Check out my shop website and I can help you out!)

It’s so simple and delicious. The hardest part will be not eating it all up before the wedding!

*Note – Helpful web links!

  • Wilton – Large Selection of Food Coloring
  • LorAnn Oils – Huge Selection of concentrated super strength flavors plus they have food coloring too!
  • Layer Cake Shop – Another great selection of yummy flavoring oils and food colors too!
  • Weddings*n*Whimsy – My stationery, paper products site – Custom designed paper products for weddings and events such as tags, labels, place cards, table numbers and more! Plus much sought after luxe baker’s twine in a huge assortment of colors.

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credit- Sarah Parrott on flickr.com

DIY Recipe & Favor Idea – Homemade Lemonade Favors in Pretty Italian Bottles – Perfect for Summer Weddings!

homemade fresh squeezed bottled lemonade with recipe for summer wedding favors

Summer is here and who doesn’t enjoy a fresh, cold glass of homemade lemonade? These custom homemade lemonade wedding favors are presented in pretty italian glass swing top bottles that you can customize with a label, tag or pretty ribbon! I got this great idea browsing pinterest and I stumbled on photos of lemonade favors done by Jordan of Ohhappyday.com (see photo above!). I did more research into a recipe and supplies and will break it all down for you below so you can send your wedding or shower guests home with their own refreshing bottle of lemonade. It’s extremely affordable and your guests will love how pretty they are (and how yummy they are too!).

You will need…

  • Your favorite homemade lemonade recipe (If you don’t have one see below for a yummy recipe that I use!)
  • Italian Bottles (She used some from Ikea (SLOM bottle with stopper) but I know some of us (including me) aren’t fortunate enough to live near one so I found a fantastic place online that you can order from that offers them in 3 different sizes! That way you can decide if you want a single serving bottle (250 mL), 2 serving bottle (500 mL)or more of a family size favor size (1000 mL). The more you buy the more you save! – Check out ebottles.com!)
  • A funnel
  • Custom Labels, Tags or Ribbon (Make your own or I would be more than happy to create custom labels/tags for you if needed! – weddingsnwhimsy.com)

Make your lemonade, fill up your pretty bottles using the funnel and then customize them with a label or tag, or some pretty ribbon!

Here is a recipe for homemade lemonade I have used and it comes out delicious!

Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Makes 2 quarts which should be enough for 8 of the 250 mL bottles, 4 of the 500 mL bottles or 2 of the large 1000 mL bottles. Multiple recipe as needed!

  • 1.5 cups of freshly squeezed lemon juice (Usually about about 4 lemons!)
  • 7 cups of water
  • 1 cup of granulated sugar

Just mix the ingredients above and you will be all set to fill your bottles! Want strawberry lemonade instead? Try mixing in 2 pints of pureed strawberries to the recipe above. You could also try adding a tablespoon of grenadine!

Yum! I think I am going to have to break out the recipe and enjoy some this weekend. It’s delicious and I love it during the summer – and I think you and your guests will too!

 

DIY Project – DIY Custom One of a Kind Lacy Wedding Garter Tutorial (Great for Prom too!)

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There are so many little details that make up your big day and your wedding day outfit (and all the little accessories) are a pretty important part! Luckily, those special little details don’t have to cost an arm and a leg. When you DIY (or do-it-yourself) you can save a lot of dough while still customizing your day (and look) to fit you! Making your own custom one of a kind lacy wedding garter is a great way to save some money while matching your look to your wedding theme! (Or maybe your favorite sports team, etc. The possibilities are endless – it is all about you!)

These diy frilly garters will look fantastic on any bride. You can even make them for your bridesmaids! Or if you are planning for prom you can use this tutorial to make the perfect prom dress accessory too! 🙂

It’s so easy if you follow these instructions!

You will need…

  • 1.5″ Ribbon (Your choice of color!)
  • Pins
  • Lace
  • Scissors
  • A lighter
  • Elastic
  • Needle & Thread (To match the ribbon or a contrasting color!)
  • Safety Pin
  • Charm(s)

Let’s get started!

  1. First, take your measuring tape and measure your thigh in the spot you want your custom garter to sit and multiply that number by 1.5. This is your “final number”.
  2. Add 1″ to that final number for seam allowance and measure that length from your ribbon and cut.
  3. Lightly burn the edges of your ribbon to stop fraying. Basically you want to hold it close enough to gently melt the edge to finish it. (If you are uncomfortable with the idea of using the lighter you can also use a little bit of clear nail polish to stop fraying too. Just go lightly and only at the edge as it can occasionally cause a little bit of staining!)
  4. Fold the ribbon in half and then pin the ends together.
  5. Using a needle and thread (or sewing machine) sew the ends of your ribbon together but only to the half way point, snipping the loose thread.
  6. With the wrong side facing down, fold the seam allowances down and sew them down. The part of the garter that has the opening will be the inside of your garter.
  7. Now, fold the ribbon in half the other way, sewing a seam along the fold to connect the two halves of the ribbon together.
  8. Cut a piece of lace in the amount of your final number (calculated above!) plus 0.5″.
  9. Starting at the inside opening sandwich and pin the lace within the two sides of your ribbon until you reach the opening again. Then overlap the lace a tad, adding your last pin.
  10. Sew along your pin line and then pin the loose threads.
  11. Now it’s time to cut your elastic! To determine the length of the elastic to cut, wrap it around your thigh and test to see how tight you want it to be.
  12. Attach a safety pin to one side of the elastic to help you thread it through your ribbon.
  13. Feed the elastic through the one open end of your ribbon (safety pin first) until it comes out the other side. Then overlap the elastic, pin and sew!
  14. Tuck the elastic safely inside your ribbon and distribute the fabric evenly.
  15. Find the middle of the front of your garter and sew on your charm(s)!
  16. You can get creative here if you like and add anything else that may suit your personality and theme. Feathers? a little glitter? Buttons, beads or crystals? The possibilities are truly endless!
  17. If you plan on throwing one garter and keeping another just repeat the process to make a matching garter.

That’s it! It is so easy and you can design it in your wedding colors with charms and little touches that reflect you and your big day. If you create your own garter be sure to send in photos. We would love to see what you come up with!

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I found these awesome instructions on youtube from craft goddess Corinne from craftzine. If you find it easier to watch a video check it out below!

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