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: Submerged Underwater Flower Centerpieces Instructions

Photo courtesy of: InStyleWeddings.com

If you’re looking for a beautiful, modern centerpiece that is easy on the wallet and is can be done yourself these submerged flower centerpieces  are for you! Submerged flower centerpieces have been all the rage the past year or two..and why wouldn’t they be? They look so elegant and contemporary plus you don’t need a ton of flowers to make a big impact. Tulips and orchids look stunning..but so can many other flowers (and branches too!).

Let’s get started! You will need…

  • Flowers/Greenery/Branches to be submerged (Fresh or silk/latex flowers can be used..both have their own pros and cons. Fresh obviously won’t last forever so they are best put together  the night before to ensure they stay fresh for the big day. Silk will never die BUT water works as a natural magnifier so if the silk flowers have frays, loose threads and flaws they will be more obvious once submerged in water. Latex seems to be used more often when a fake flower is used for this reason! Also, when using fake flowers test them underwater first before putting them into the centerpiece. Colors may bleed and you don’t want that happening on your big day!) Some ideas for things to submerge: Tulips, Stem of Orchids, Calla Lillies, Ferns, Hydrangeas, Oriental Lillies, Cherry blossom branches, branches of hibiscus berries, gladiolas, roses.. etc! Avoid flowers with paper thin petals or flowers with a ton of pollen..and you’ll be fine!
  • Pretty vase (Often tall rectangular or cylindrical ones and fish bowls are the vases of choice..but there are no rules. If you have another pretty vase you think would work well that your flowers would fit into..use it!
  • Stainless steel washers and/or fishing sinkers to keep the flower submerged. (Washers and sinkers come in a multitude  of sizes and weights. Use the smallest size you can that will keep your flower(s) submerged! The more flowers you submerge or the larger the flower the more weight you’ll need.)
  • Decorative rocks, gravel, stones seashells (to hide the wire/fishing line/weights)
  • Floral tape (Needed if you are using multiple stems)
  • Floral/fishing wire or Fishing line to attach the flowers/greenery to the weights
  • Distilled water (Distilled water will stop the bubbles from forming on the flowers. If you don’t mind the bubbles then any water should be ok!)
  • Optional: Floating candles, Submersible LED lights to give the vase a pretty glow

Now all there is to do is assemble!

  1. Take your vase (make sure it is nice and clean!) and your flowers/branches/greenery and plan how you would like it to look once in the vase and submerged. This is easy if you are using only a single stem of orchids or  a single tulip but if you plan on having more than one stem you may want to practice how they will look grouped before taping/wiring/tying them together.
  2. If you are using fresh flowers now might be a good time to give them a fresh cut (at an angle) under running water to keep them fresher longer! If you are using fake flowers make sure you test them first to make sure the colors will not bleed once under water.
  3. (If you are using a single stem skip to the next step!) If you are using more than one stem and know how you want them grouped you can now floral tape the group of stems together to hold them in place near the bottom (You are going to want to hide the tape with rocks/stones so don’t tape them too high!)
  4. Now with your floral wire or fishing line tightly wrap around the stem(s) and then tie/attach the wire or line to the steel washer or fishing sinker. (Some flowers/branches may not need to be weighted at all..I cannot stress enough that practicing beforehand is key! A stem of orchids may push into a tall skinny vase and not budge..but you won’t know unless you practice first! It all depends on the type of item being submerged and the vase being used!)
  5. Now you can gently slide your flowers/greenery/branches into the vase, letting the weight rest at the bottom.
  6. Next, hide the ugly washer/sinker with your decorative stones, river rocks, gems, sand..whatever you decided would be a pretty!
  7. Now all you have to do is fill it up! You may choose to submerge the flower completely or just half way..Both can look very pretty! Just make sure the water is distilled water if you do not want the little bubbles to form on your flowers.
  8. That’s it! You may choose to leave it the way it is or you may decide to float a candle on top. Both would look very nice! 🙂

Some final thoughts..

The project itself is really simple! The biggest problem you are going to have is getting them to your venue. Some people recommend seeing if you can bring the weighted flowers, stones and distilled water to the venue the night before and set it up to avoid transportation issues. Otherwise make sure they are secure in your vehicle and not completely full of water (enough to allow the flower to drink). Finish filling them up once they are at your venue!

As always if you use our instructions to make your own centerpieces..We want to see! Please e-mail your photos to us 🙂

Photos courtesy of: theknot.com

DIY Project: Manzanita Tree Centerpieces (Wish Tree, Crystal, etc!)

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Manzanita branch trees have been growing in popularity in the wedding scene  as both beautiful centerpieces and stunning decor (like a manzanita wish tree!).  Tree centerpieces and decor give your wedding an ethereal, whimsical beauty that can give your wedding a modern fairy tale feel or even a lush green forest!

Buying them already made can be quite costly.. So why not make them yourself? The branches aren’t exactly cheap -BUT- it is much cheaper than buying the whole tree already completed. You could also skip using manzanita branches altogether and gather branches from your backyard for an even cheaper alternative! 🙂

You will need (for one tree):

  • Manzanita Branch(es) or branches you have gathered in the park/backyard (Make sure you allow them to dry out a bit before building!) Also – If you plan on hanging heavier objects from the branches (like votives) make sure the branches you have collected/purchased are strong enough to hold them without breaking. You don’t want your guests attacked by falling candles!
  • Container to use as a base of the tree (A pretty wide mouth vase, a cute pail, a clean flower pot…Use your imagination! Just make sure the mouth of the container is wide enough to allow arranging of the branches.)
  • Something to keep the branches in place (I have seen marbles, river rocks, floral foam, aqua beads, etc!) If you use floral foam you will want to hide the foam with marbles, rocks or moss when you have finished arranging.
  • Optional: Silver/White paint(or any color you like!), Glitter paint, Glitter & Glue (If you do not want to leave the branches in their natural state!)
  • Things to hang/decorate the branches – The possibilities are endless! Butterflies, silk or preserved flowers (preserved orchids would be stunning!), strands of crystal, lush amaranthus, fake petals strung on fishing line, lights and even hanging votives if the branch can handle the weight! Little squares of pretty paper would also look pretty for guests to write their wishes and advice upon to hang.

Let’s get started! It’s SO simple 🙂

  1. First, if you plan on painting or glittering your branches do this first! Spray paint them in pretty metallic silver or a clean white…You may need more than one coat of paint! Then, add some glitter paint or glue on crystals/glass glitter as well if you like! (Which would be stunning for a winter wedding!) To be safe it is best to allow the branches to dry overnight before moving onto the next step. If you are leaving the branches natural skip to the next step! 🙂
  2. Add your river rocks, marbles, aqua beads….(whatever you plan on using!) to the container. Add the branches and play around with them until you get them to look the way you want them to look. You may also choose to hot glue floral foam into the bottom of your container and then arrange the branches in the foam. Then just hide the foam with moss, crystals, rocks or marbles!
  3. Now all that is left is to decorate them! Glue on silk flower and butterflies, drape sparkling strands of crystals or strands of flowers, hang votives..etc! So gorgeous! 🙂

That should do it! Whether you make one tree or multiple trees for centerpieces I’m sure your guests will be impressed by their beauty…and you can say you created them yourself!

For further inspiration I found this fantastic video on youtube to help you make your tree:

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As always please share your photos if you create your own – we’d love to see!

(Photos from Nettleton Hollow Blog and Real Simple Magazine Article)

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DIY Project: Autumn Leaves Pumpkin Centerpiece Decor

David Monn (a Nyc event designer) was on the Martha Stewart yesterday and he did a wonderful presentation of easy fall table decor that I thought would also work beautifully in some cases for a fall themed wedding! One of his wonderful creations was a perfect autumn centerpiece, a pumpkin filled with colorful autumn leaves. It’s an extremely easy centerpiece to assemble, and also extremely affordable this time of year – especially if you have rich autumn leaves laying all over your yard or park that can be used for free!

Here’s what you will need…

  • Low, Squat Pumpkin (if you want this to be a nonperishable centerpiece, the craft pumpkins would probably work from the craft store too as long as its low and squat and can be scooped out into a bowl!)
  • Fall leaves from outside, pick a rich variety of colors – reds, yellows, orange and green! (like with the pumpkin, if you want them to last you can use silk leaves from your craft store)
  • Carving knife
  • Floral foam (Oasis)
  • Floral Wire
  • 3 inch floral sticks

Now let’s start!

  1. Cut your pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and carve your pumpkin into a bowl.
  2. Cut your floral foam to fit inside your pumpkin bowl and push into your pumpkin.
  3. Attach five leaves of different sizes to a floral stick using floral wire to form a branch.
  4. Push your branch into your floral foam and repeat until the foam is completely covered. You will end up with a pumpkin bowl with an overflowing colorful abundance of crisp leaves.

Now just repeat as needed until you have the number of centerpieces needed for your reception! These would also look beautiful as randomly placed decor throughout your ceremony and reception. Maybe place one near the guest book, or a couple around your altar! It would bring the beautiful crisp autumn colors into your big day to compliment a wonderful fall theme.

Credit: Martha Stewart and David Monn for the idea and images!