DIY Project: Super Easy, SO Beautiful Glitter Ornaments – Great for Favors and Decor!

diy glitter ornaments with pledge floor wax Perfect for weddings events
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The Holidays are here and while everyone is bustling around in preparation of get-togethers with family some of you are lucky enough (or crazy enough? hehe) to also be getting married during this wonderful time of the year! If you are having a holiday or winter themed wedding, party or event one of the simplest and yet most beautiful favor or decor ideas are ornaments. Whether your event theme will be red and green, silvers or blue or even something completely your own these DIY Glitter Ornaments can be created to fit anyone’s color theme AND anyone’s budget!

All you need are a few ingredients –

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Fine Colored Glitter in your choice of color(s)
    (If you are making a lot of ornaments I highly recommend buying in bulk from somewhere like KitKraft to save you some money!)
  • Pledge Floor Care Multi-Purpose Finish OR Water based Polyurethane (Like Minwax or Varathane)
  • Glass or Plastic Ornaments (Both work great!)
  • Optional: Ribbons, Scrapbooking Stickers, Gemstones and Glue etc. to add some extra sparkle or details to your ornaments

Ready? Let’s Glitter!

For best results it is best to clean your ornaments with some rubbing alcohol before starting. Remove the top of the ornament and then just pour a little inside your ornament(s), swish it around and pour it out. Allow them to dry for a few hours (upside down in small disposable cups works wonderfully!)

Now, all you need to do is pour some of your floor wax or water based polyurethane into your ornament, swirl it around and pour the excess back out into the container.

Then add some glitter and swirl around until fully coated. Allow to dry and replace the top of the ornament.

Then if you like add some ribbon, some gems or if you have a steady hand you could always paint your names, a little monogram or your wedding date. I think they could also look really pretty painted with themed words like Love, Cherish, Hope and Sincerity…or maybe words that define you and your relationship!

SUPER easy. SUPER gorgeous! Your guests will love having such a beautiful take home for their tree or holiday decor and they will remember what a wonderful time they had at your wedding or event every time they pull it back out around holiday season.

 

DIY Project: Lacy Votive Holders for Votives or Tea lights

I found this beautiful (and SO simple!) project while browsing Martha Stewart’s website and had to share! These Lacy Votive Holders would be such a beautiful addition to any wedding table setting for any season. I can picture brightly colored lacy votives scattered throughout a summer wedding held outside in a tent under the stars or crisp, intricate white lacey votive holders with some subtle glitter scattered throughout a winter wedding in a frosted ballroom. So pretty!

If you are feeling really ambitious (or you are having a small wedding) these would make really pretty custom wedding favors as well!

All you will need are…

  • Tea light or votive candles
  • Small Glass Votive Candle Holders (to keep the project safe!)
  • Rectangular pieces of lace – 5″ wide by 14-21″ long works well but practice with one first to decide on what size works best with your glass holder. The Martha site recommends guipure lace but says any medium to heavyweight lace will work. (Lace can be found in any fabric store and it can be dyed different colors to fit the theme of your wedding or left a clean white, depending on the look you are after!)
  • Balloons
  • Fabric Stiffener
  • Needle and thread(to match the lace)
  • Optional: Fabric Dye (if you are dying the lace), Glitter

Now the instructions..

  1. Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides, which will be the top of the votive holder, following the lace’s motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread, gathering the bottom into a tight circle, and knot. Whipstitch the short sides together.
  2. Place a balloon inside the lace, and then blow it up to fit the lace’s dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cup so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry.
  3. Pop the balloon.
  4. Your votive holder should be all set! Now if you like add some subtle glitter or leave it alone 🙂 Just slide in your glass votive holder and it is ready to light up your wedding!

These beautiful votives will look stunning scattered throughout your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Your guests will love the attention to detail and you’ll love the cost and simplicity! 🙂

As always, please send in your photos if you create these lacy wedding candle holders for your big day. We would love to see! 😀

Credit: MarthaStewart.com

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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 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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