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
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?!
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