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!

DIY Project: Gel Beach Candle Favor or Decor

Whether you are having a wedding on the coast..or simply a summery beach themed wedding, these do-it-yourself beach gel candles would be a great favor or addition to your room decor! The completed product is a beautiful, professional look..and the project is so easy!

Materials you’ll need…

Pretty Glass Jar or Candle Holder
Candlewick
Scissors
Clear Candle Gel (Found in Craft stores, AC Moore Carries “Gelly Wax” pretty reasonably!)
Aquarium Gravel to match your wedding colors, or a neutral color such as white or a pale brown
Seashells, Beach Glass, Rocks and/or marbles (NOTHING flammable!)
Optional – Liquid Candle Dye to tint gel to desired color, Gel Candle Fragrance

  1. Pour 1/2″-1″ of aquarium gravel into the bottom of your container.
  2. Bury the candle wick base in the gravel. (Note: You can use sand instead of gravel, however if you do this it is important to use a wick safety sleeve or “Flame Stopper” so the flame stops before reaching the sand. This can be any small metal tube that can be slid down the wick and crimped with pliers where the flame needs to stop.)
  3. Arrange your small seashells, beach glass or other decorative goodies on the gravel.
  4. Heat the gel on the stove top or microwave following directions that came with the candle gel you purchased.
  5. Once your gel has been heated to the appropriate temperature, you may add optional candle color tint and/or fragrance. Remember, a little color goes a long way, and if you make it too dark you will not be able to see the scene you created! The best way to add color to the clear gel is with a toothpick, dipping it slightly into the color tint and then into your gel. Discard the toothpick and stir. Repeat with a new toothpick as needed if the color is not how you want it. Do the same with fragrance, but adding it by the drop. It is always better to add a little at a time than to add to much in the beginning! Don’t waste a batch of the gel wax on being hasty!
  6. Once your wax is the right temperature, and it is the color and fragrance of your liking, gently pour it into your container(s), being careful not to disturb the scene(s) you have created.
  7. Adjust the wick so it stands straight.
  8. Set the candle(s) where it will not be disturbed for 12 hours while the gel sets and the trapped bubbles rise to the top and pop.
  9. Use scissors to trim wick 1 inch above the gel..and you’re done! You can either set one at each place setting or use it as decor! You could even tie the containers with a small bit of jute string and attach a personalized card with details of your day..or a little thank you!

Tips and Important Notes:

  • Seashells that contain air might also rise to the top! To prevent this, put a small amount of candle gel into the shell before placing it on the gravel.
  • Non-flammable Fish-shaped glass beads can be pushed halfway down into the gel so that they appear to be swimming.
  • Disturbing the gel to rearrange shells or add objects will introduce more bubbles, but they will settle out of the gel if you leave it undisturbed again!

It is a beautiful favor your guests will adore..and they can bring it home to burn and be reminded of your wonderful day!

As always if you use this entry to create your own candles, we’d love to see! I know your creative minds will have some fabulous ideas for these candles!

DIY Project: Wedding Wish Bowl


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Creating a wish bowl for your wedding is an inexpensive, personal touch your guests will love! A wedding wish bowl is simply a vase or bowl you place at your wedding with little pieces of paper or little cards that your guests can write wishes, advice and basically send good fortune to you and your new hubby. Guests then drop the cards into your wish bowl for you and your love to read whenever you like! Some newlyweds like to read one a day, so they have a constant reminder of their beautiful day when it is over and they are enjoying their new life together. The scraps of paper can also be included in a wedding album or scrapbook to accompany your memories. It’s such a cute idea! Some couples use the wish bowl instead of a guestbook, while some use it as an additional touch.

The project itself is rather simple! All you’ll need is some little sheets of paper or small cards for your guests to write on, a pen or two for writing, a vase/bowl/container of some sort, some craft items like ribbon or gems to adorn your vase/bowl. You also create a small card with a wish bowl poem to include near the bowl, so guests know what it’s for..and to add a little more personalization to your day!

As for the vase or container, you can use one you already have around the house (just give it a good cleaning if it recently held flowers! heehee), or you can pick one up at a craft store rather affordably..usually $10 or less. I personally love A.C. Moore’s collection of glass vases and containers used for floral arrangements, which would work perfectly here! Michael’s and Joann’s should also carry similar, affordable containers too.

Paper can be any old plain paper (if going the absolute most affordable direction), to colored card stock that matches your wedding theme. Just cut the paper down into small cards or strips that can be dropped into your container!

Some ideas for decorating your container include…

  • Tying a ribbon (or ribbons) around the container that coordinate with your wedding colors
  • Sewing beads and charms to the ribbon to further personalize the container to your theme. (ie. Swarovski crystal beads, charms shaped like seashells, etc.)
  • Glue colored gems/beads to the container itself that match the colors/theme of your wedding
  • If your container is glass, you can do your own etching with materials found at a craft store (will cover this more in depth in another blog!). Etching initials or a monogram would look great!

The card you put a poem or instructions on to sit near the wish bowl is the last part! You can be as creative as you want here. Make a card that would stand on its own with some cardstock, make it a sticker to affix to your container, lay it down near the bowl…You could even put the finished card in a frame and stand the frame near the bowl. The possibilities are endless, just be crafty!

Here are some Wish Bowl poems..Use one, or brainstorm your own! 🙂

Instead of a guestbook stuck in a drawer,
Jen and Bill thought they would do more.
Please write them a note, a wish, or greeting.
On the plane to Spain, it will make for good reading!
Or if you prefer, some advice would be nice,
on how to stay married and keep the spice.

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Please leave us a note,
please drop us a line,
add advice on marriage,
to stand the test of time

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As we begin our journey –
A brand new Mr. and Mrs.
We surely could use
Your advice and good wishes.

Share with us your wisdom
About marriage love and life
The secret to being a good husband
Or a top notch, first rate wife

Jot down a memory,
A reminder of our day.
A doodle or picture will do
If you don’t know what to say.

Please don’t forget –
It would be such a shame
Don’t drop your card in the bowl
Without signing your name.

Whatever you pen,
We’re sure to treasure
Long after this day has passed,
Your words will bring us pleasure

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From each of your experiences,
Comes a very treasured gift,
A priceless piece of knowledge,
That we did not know exists.

Please share with us your wisdom,
About marriage, love, and life,
How to be a devoted, loving husband,
Or the perfect, caring wife.

Please write your thoughts and gestures,
To share with us for life,
For the greatest gift of all,
Is the gift of your advice.

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Bride and Groom are now newlyweds
With love for each other filling their heads.
Please write them a note, a wish, or a greeting.
On the plane to Maui, they’ll make for good reading.
Or if you’d prefer, some advice would be nice
On how to stay married and keep up the spice!

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Now go make one and send us the pics of the finished product! We’d love to see what you come up with!