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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DIY: Mini Canvas and Easel save the dates!

Do your save the dates and wedding invites get cluttered on your fridge or lost in a sea of papers? Make sure yours stay out in public view by turning them into mini art. They’re sure to be remembered when the special day arrives.

You will need: mini canvas and easel (usually sold in a set like this), decoupage glue, your design printed backwards with a laser printer, decoupage paint brush, box large enough to send easel in the post office, scissors

Step 1: Cut your design to the size of the mini canvas.

Step 2: Paint the glue/varnish on both sides of the surfaces (the design and the canvas) making sure there are no air bubbles and wait for 24 hours for it to dry.

Step 3: After 24 hours dip your finger in water and gently rub the paper off until it reveals the design.

Voila! So easy and unique!

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DIY: Bridal spoon favors

I love finding new uses for common objects (remember the clothespin?) so when I spotted these wooden spoons I knew I had to do something with them. I painted some faces on them and thought they’d be perfect to hand out as favors at a wedding or as a gift to a bridal couple. Especially two foodies! Personalize them to the couple and you’ll be a big hit!

You will need: pencil, wooden cooking spoons, acrylic paints, paintbrush, twine and labels for packaging.

Step 1: Draw your face with a pencil. Keep it simple! For the bride, make a simple collar or necklace. For the groom, draw a necktie.

Step 2: Paint in the pencil lines with acrylics.

Step 3: To make the eyes I used the other end of my paintbrush.

Done! How easy was that?! And so cute! Add on a cute tag with twine and they’re ready to go!

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

Photography by Hilda Grahnat 

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Printables: DIY envelope liners

We have an adorable FREE printable for you today by the talented Amanda Jane Jones!  These patterned envelope liners would dress up any wedding invitation, thank you note, or save the date….just print and cut to the size of your envelope!  Download them by clicking the link below.

ENVELOPE LINERS by Amanda Jane Jones

[printables by Amanda Jane Jones for Brooklyn Bride]

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DIY Watercolor Easter egg name settings

A spring wedding is the perfect time to bring in the symbols of the season. These Easter egg name settings could be used for a rehearsal dinner, engagement party, the reception, or even a simple Easter dinner.

You will need: hardboiled eggs or eggs where the insides have been emptied, small terra cotta pots (2″ in diameter), moss, paint brush, gold pen, eggs, straight pins, acrylic or watercolor paint, water, cup

Step 1: Soak the eggs in water

Step 2: Add a bit of water into some acrylic paint in a cup.

Step 3: Dab some paint onto the wet egg with your brush and let the paint bleed.

Step 4: Write the name of your guest with a gold paint pen.

Step 5: Cut a piece of moss to the size of the pot and insert.

Step 6: Add straight pins into the moss to hold the egg in place.

Step 7: Add egg onto the moss.

 

Enjoy!

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

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