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.



by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

Photography by Hilda Grahnat

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DIY: Flying wedding couple balloons

When I saw this I just knew that I had to find a way to make it wedding appropriate. This is definitely for a couple who want to PARTY at their reception. Plus, wouldn’t it be so fun to have a trampoline jumping shoot with your photographer for your engagement session? I think the best effect would be to have a room chock full of these balloons so it’d really capture the fun atmosphere.

Materials: balloons, string or ribbon, glue, scissors, pictures of the bride and groom about 4-6 inches tall cut out on cardstock

Step 1: Cut around the bodies of the bride and groom

Step 2: Glue to the string or ribbon of the balloon.

Step 3: Done!

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

photography by Hilda Grahnat

ps. some more balloon ideas here!

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QR Code Valentine DIY

I’m sure you’ve seen QR codes all over the place especially in advertising, and you probably already know that they generally take you to a website.  What you MAY not know is that you can easily make your own QR code and can translate into up to 250 characters of text, so it makes a perfect little secret code.  Since its all based on pixels, it actually makes a great little Valentine cross stitch project that you’ll be able to scan with a QR reader to decipher.  If you know how to count, its super easy.  Here’s how to do it.

What you’ll need:

- Aida cloth (or a fabric with a distinct grid) – lower counts like 4 made bigger stitches, while higher counts make smaller.  I prefer an 18 count myself and find that the reader is able to read it perfectly.
- Embroidery thread – use 1 color because I’ve discovered mixing multiple colors within a code makes it unreadable. DMC has great colors, including neon!
- Needle
- Scissors
- Embroidery hoop – though its not really necessary
- Generated QR Code

1. Go to a site like this and create your QR code.  Be sure to click that you want it to create text content, NOT a URL, and generate it as XL size so its bigger when printed.  The more text you write, the bigger and therefore more complex code it will be. (see last picture for comparison)

2. Once you’ve got your code, print it out and draw a light grid and number every 5th row…it will really help when you’re starting to cross stitch.

3. Embroidery thread is generally made up of 6 strands….you’ll want to split these into 2 groups of 3.  Then thread the needle and start cross stitching.  I like to divide the design into quadrants so I can focus on specific smaller areas, but work however is more comfortable for you.  For tips on cross stitching in general, click here.

4. Finish up the design and decide how you want to present it….you could frame it, pop it in a windowed card, whatever you like!  Make sure your hunny has a QR reader installed on their phone so they’ll be able to read the message.  The smaller code says “Happy Valentine’s Day” while the larger one is a bit more text.  In general, I would stick with something short and sweet because as the code gets larger, I’ve found its harder for the QR reader to translate.  Enjoy!

[images by me]

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