How many of you have bags of tea lights sitting at home waiting to be used up? Everyone, right? They’re such a go-to item, yet we usually just leave them plain. This is the easiest DIY. Just add glitter!
You will need: tea lights, glitter paper (here’s my choice), scissors, glue gun
Step 1: Measure the height of the tea light
Step 2: Cut a strip of paper to the height and measure the perimeter of the circle and cut.
Step 3: Curl the paper so it easily bends around the light. This was needed for me because my glitter paper was more of a cardboard and awkward to put around a circle.
Step 4: Add hot glue around the perimeter of the tea light.
Step 5: Attach the paper to light.
Voila! That’s it! So simple and cute! Make a whole bunch and add them to your Valentine’s table for an extra dramatic punch.
by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
Some of the best gift wrapping is not on shelves; it’s waiting to be made! This simple DIY is a chinch to make and cute as a button. I’ve been looking everywhere for polka dot gift wrap and couldn’t find it anywhere so I had to make it myself. I just got some one dollar kraft paper from the dollar store and got to work!
Materials: kraft paper, pencil with a good eraser, white stamp pad (it’s kinda hard to find in stores so I’d recommend ordering online like <a href=”" target=”_blank”>Amazon)
Step 1: Dip your pencil eraser into the stamp pad. Really cover it with the ink.
Step 2: Dip it onto the wrapping paper.
Step 3: If you want to make it super geometrical, use a ruler to space them out, but I just eyeballed it.
You can pay hundreds of dollars to pay for a gold wreath or you can pick some greenery from your garden do this super easy DIY yourself. It’s the perfect dash of gold to your wedding ensemble. It’s part Roman, part angel and all beautiful.
You will need: wire thin enough to shape easily to the head, wire cutters, greenery clipped from the garden, gold spray paint, straw floral tape
Step 1: Spray paint your leaves at least 24 hours before you intend on making the crown.
Step 2: Measure the wire against your model and cut it to the right length, leaving about 3 extra inches.
Step 3: Form the wire into a circle and wrap the extra inches around to secure it.
Step 4: Break the leaves into 2 1/2″ segments.
Step 5: Take your first segment and floral tape it against the wire.
Step 6: Take the next segment of leaves and overlap it with the previous segment and floral tape it onto the wire.
Step 7: Repeat until you get to the end and overlap it with the beginning.
Voila! That’s it. You’re done! So easy, right?!
project by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built
An autumn wedding does not need to be associated only with orange, red, and brown. I found some lovely white pumpkins that can create the perfect vase for an all-white wedding. They are so easy to make that you’ll want to use them all year round.
Materials: white flowers of your choice, white pumpkins, knife, flower clippers
Step 1: Like normal jack-o-lantern, cut a circle into the pumpkin. Don’t make it too small or too wide. Too small might look a bit funny with flowers in it, and too wide might make them fall out.
Step 2: I left all the seeds inside so it would be easier to stick the flowers in.
Step 3: Put some water into the pumpkin for the flowers.
Step 4: Criss-cross the flowers so they hold their shape like above.
Step 5: Keep on criss-crossing until the pumpkin has a nice shape of flowers.
Done! Aren’t they just the cutest?!
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