DIY: Table number jar lights

Why not kill two birds with one stone and combine your table numbers with lighting for your special event? With just a little spray paint you can direct your guests to their correct table by following this sweet and simple tutorial.

Materials: spray paint (I used gold), scissors, masking tape, pencil, glass jar, tea lights

Step 1: Pencil in your number on the roll of masking tape. Please note how tall your jar is before you make your number so that it’s not too large. If you’re not comfortable with hand drawing your number, print out a number on a word processor program and cut it out.

Step 2: Cut out the number and apply it to the jar.

Step 3: Set your jar on some paper you don’t mind ruining and spray paint the jar.

Step 4: Let the jar sit for 24 hours and then remove the number very carefully, making sure you don’t chip the paint.

Step 5: Set your tea light in the jar and let it work its magic!

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

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DIY: Printable monogram stationery

Personalize your thank you cards with one of these FREE printable monogram cards. A perfect size to show your guests gratitude!

Click here to download all 26 letters. Simply print the page you want, cut out the shape (it’s a standard 4 bar or 3 1/2″ x 4 7/8″), then write in your sweet note. Use a matching 4 bar size envelope (3 5/8 x 5 1/8″) to jazz it up.

Voila!

project and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

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DIY: How to make a post-it heart pinata

I’ve been wanting to try something with post-its forever as I thought it would be a cinch to stick those little papers up and call it art. Well, needless to say, it wasn’t as simple as I thought if you want something in really great colors that will stick permanently. I ended up cutting out my own squares out of different colored paper and gluing them with a glue gun. This way, there’s much more flexibility with the color-choice.

Materials: paper of your choice in post-it size (I used one to measure), scissors, cardboard, string, glue gun, pencil

Step 1: Draw a heart onto your cardboard. I made a mini one to show you how to do it but the final one is 20″ down the middle and 30″ across the widest point.

Step 2: Cut out two hearts for the front and back of the pinata.

Step 3: Make strips of cardboard 5″ wide to go around the perimeter of the heart.

Step 4: Curl these strips with a pencil to so they are more pliable.

Step 5: Glue the strips to the heart.

Step 6: Glue the other side to the strips.

Step 7: Begin applying the “post-its” with the glue gun by starting at the bottom and working up so you can layer on top. For this color choice I started with light colors on the bottom and then worked up to the darker colors. I did a warm palette on one side (reds, pinks, oranges, yellows) and cool on the other (blues, purples, greens)

Step 8: Punch two holes on either side of the arch of the heart.

Step 9: Bring a string through and tie on top.

With the right colors these technique can create a lasting effect on your guests. Add in some fun favors and the guests will love to take a whack.

photography by Amanda Thomsen and DIY steps by Brittany Watson Jepsen

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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DIY Cupcake stand

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a bunch of cupcakes instead of one big wedding cake? I found some candle holders at the dollar store and with a little makeover thought it’d be fun to place one at each guest’s table as a favor and as dessert. Just leave some cute boxes at the door so as they leave they can box it up. Bingo!

Materials: gold spray paint, pink glitter, glue that adheres to glass (I used a universal glue found here in Denmark), spray mount, glass candlestick, and glass candle holder.

Step 1: put some glue around the rim of the candlestick.

Step 2: Attach the holder to the candlestick. Wait 24 hours while the glue dries.

Step 3: Spray the cupcake stand gold. Wait 24 hours.

Step 4: With the spray mount, spray about 3″ of the perimeter of the stand.

Step 5: Quickly after, pour the glitter onto the stand. Use a piece of cardboard underneath to capture the glitter. Repeat until the edge is filled.

Voila!

Photography and DIY by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

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Guest post: Straw flower DIY from Merriment Events

Making straw flowers with construction paper

Today’s guest post is from the lovely Courtney of Merriment Events!  She’s come up with a super easy DIY that will dress up any libation….thanks Courtney!

Making straw flowers with construction paper

Materials:
Scissors
Scrapbooking paper (2 to 3 colors)
Glue
Straws

Making straw flowers with construction paper

Directions:

1. Cut paper into fringe.
2. Layer fringe and glue together.

Making straw flowers with construction paper

Making straw flowers with construction paper

3. Roll fringe together so that it will slip over straw.

Making straw flowers with construction paper

4. Glue end. Slip over straw and pull fringe down.

[images from Kaycee Dean Hopper]

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