This simple garland is the perfect accessory to add to any event, especially your modern wedding. It’s easy to make, just requires a bit of time. Let’s get crackin!
Supplies: paper color of your choice, circle cutter (I got mine from here) OR scissors, sewing machine, thread
Step 1: Cut out your circles in any size you want. We did 6″ circle here.
Step 2: Fold the circle in half.
Step 3: Fold the circle in half the other way.
Step 4: Fold the circle in half two more times so that there are 8 pieces total. The folds should go in and out, meaning that every other fold should be going the same way.
Step 5: Cut out two of the pieces with scissors.
Step 6: Sew down one line of the circle.
Step 7: Continue sewing down each paper fold onto the next circle. I left about 3-4″ between circles. I also alternated which line I sewed down to add variety to the look of the garland.
UPDATE: Turns out, there’s a great French designer, Maïze, who has been making garlands like this for awhile. Though I was unfamiliar with her work, I think you should buy from her! She’s got lots of amazing garlands. Here’s her website. - Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
photography by Maurine Dashney
Last month I made a boutonniere inspired by military accoutrement. This month I thought I’d take the idea of a traditional flower and make it a bit more modern by creating a silhouette of a flower using a paper cutting technique. It’s unique, simple, and cost effective. What couple doesn’t saving costs?
Materials: scissors, craft knife, pencil, mat board, paper color of your choice, template of flower (download here)
Step 1: Trace your design onto black paper.
Step 2: With your craft knife, slowly cut out the design. Make sure you always pull down with the knife. If you make a mistake, you can use a little bit of glue to piece it back together.
Step 3: Pin it onto the lapel of the suit.
There you go! A simple and unique boutonniere for the modern couple. Enjoy!
by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
I love taking a traditional concept and giving it a new spin. The traditional boutonniere is made of flowers and attached to the lapel of a suit but for this DIY, I thought it’d be fun to spiffy it up a bit. In homage of Memorial Day yesterday, I took some inspiration from military badges and created a tassel pin. You can use the colors of the wedding to keep the theme cohesive.
Supplies: scissors, large gold safety pin (try this option from Amazon), crepe paper in the colors of your choice.
Step 1: Cut a piece of crepe paper with the grain going the short way of the crepe paper. I made mine about 2″ wide.
Step 2: Cut small pieces into the crepe paper about 1 1/2″ in.
Step 3: Roll the crepe paper in to form a tassel.
Step 4: Puncture the top of the tassel onto the safety pin.
step 5: Repeat for the additional colors.
In just a few easy steps, you’ve created a fun and unique boutonniere for your groom. Try it with the groomsmen too!
DIY and photos by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
A simple way to add immediate pizzazz to your invitation suite is the envelope liner. It’s quick, easy and here, it’s FREE! Just download the templates here and use the steps below to create a unique wedding surprise for your invitees.
Supplies: Paper cutter or scissors, templates (download here: envelope liners), double-sided stick tape or glue stick, envelopes
Step 1: Print off your template pattern
Step 2: Cut off the white edges.
Step 3: Measure the size of your envelope and cut about 1/16″ smaller to the shape. You don’t need to go all the way down to the bottom as that will just add extra bulk.
Step 4: Put down the tape and secure the liner to the tape.
Step 5: Crease the liner to the crease of the envelope.
Voila! You’re done! It’s so easy and perfect for making a great impression!
DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
Do you love getting your craft on? Make a handmade card for the bridal couple with these few simples steps. It’s a little mod, a little now, and lots of fun. You can even personalize it with customized names to add an extra touch.
Step 1: Cut out very small circles from white paper for the strand of pearls. I made 3 about the same size and then 4 smaller ones.
Step 2: Cut out a bow tie from the black paper. The more uneven the better to give it a quirky quality.
Step 3: (optional) To spice up the background, I added diagonal gold lines. Use a ruler for extra precision.
Step 4: Write in “bride” and “groom” or their names for a personal touch.
DONE! Fun and easy, right?!
DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built
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