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: 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: 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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DIY: Kissing clothespin cake topper




I’ve been thinking of fun, alternative caketoppers and when I saw this, I thought it’d be the perfect thing to turn bridal. They’re so quick and easy to make that you could even make a bunch of them and clip them to brown paper bags as favors for your guests. I found an oversized clothespin at the dollar store, which adds a little more drama to the cake than everyday laundry clothespins.

You will need clothespins, acrylic paints, paintbrushes, pencil, (optional lace/tulle for veil)

Step 1: Pencil in your tuxedo with bow tie and wedding dress. Keep it simple. I added a pearl necklace and rosy cheeks.

Step 2: Paint in your lines.

Step 3: (optional) Glue gun pieces of lace or tulle to make veil.

Voilà! — Brittany

I adore this cake photographed by John Cullen and thought it’d be the perfect thing to show off our kissing duo.

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Design*Sponge At Home sneak peek!

The Design*Sponge At Home book gets released today and I’m so happy to share a sneak peek of it with you straight from design*sponge herself! There are lots of DIY projects in there that are not just perfect for your home, but could easily be translated to your wedding, like this succulent wall that a d*s reader submitted.

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Name: Lily Huynh
Location: Seattle, Washington
Cost: $80-$90
Difficulty level: 2
Time: 2-3 hours

Many of us long to have a lush backyard filled with trees and room to garden, but are faced with the reality of limited space, fire escapes, and cement patios. Looking to create an “urban greenscape” for the backdrop of her wedding ceremony, Lily
Huynh of NINCOMSOUP decided to turn to bricks to create the structure she would need for her wall of greenery. By planting tiny succulents into the holes in each brick, Lily was able to get the lush, green feel she wanted, without having to have an actual garden out back. Lily loved her finished succulent wall so much she decided to move it from the background of her wedding ceremony to the front, where it served as a makeshift alter. Whether you’re planning for a wedding decoration or just want to create a small wall of greenery on your fire escape, this is a fun and affordable way to build a small greenspace without a backyard.

Materials:

- Engineering Bricks (these come in a variety of types, most commonly with 3 large holes, although you can find some that have 10 or 16 small holes).
- Succulents (Look for mature succulents that are have anywhere from a ½ inch blossom diameter to 3 inch blossom diameter.
- Cactus Soil
- Potting Soil
- Large plastic bucket
- 9×12 inch baking pan
- 1 tall, skinny spoon
- The amount of bricks, succulents, cactus and potting soil all depends on how large you plan to make your succulent brick wall.

Instructions:

1. Mix the potting soil and cactus soil in a 1 to 1 ratio to fill a bucket
2. Separate the succulents into individual florets that will fit the various sizes of the brick holes
3. Trim the roots to about 1 inch
4. Fill the baking pan with about a ½ inch of water
5. Place the brick into the baking pan and spoon the soil mixture into the holes, until loosely full
6. Take the back end of the spoon to pack the soil into the hole a bit (not too tightly)
7. Arrange the different sizes of florets into each of the brick holes. Pack the florets with the soil mixture, making sure that each is packed firmly in place. (tip: use the spoon to surround the plants with soil, and then use the back end of the spoon to
help pack the soil into each individual hole)
8. Let the bricks sit out for a few days to acclimate the succulents in their new homes
9. Stack the bricks on their sides to build the “succulent brick wall”

Grab your copy of Design*Sponge At Home right here, here, or here. Thanks for sharing Grace, so proud of you!

[image by Belathée Photography]

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