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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Sponsored post: Minted DIY program challenge

Minted recently concluded their latest challenge, this time all about the wedding program…this in particular was an interesting challenge because they invited bloggers to take part and try their hand at customizing and DIYing the heck out of existing designs.  The only requirements were you had to figure out a way to bind the program, and whatever you wanted to do on the backside was fair game.  Best design wins $1000, not too shabby!

I thought the winners all did an excellent job [you can check out the winning entries here], but I thought I’d share with you some of my favs too…

Victoria from A Subtle Revelry used a cute button to tie the program together, I really loved the ombre stitched LOVE on the back of the program…maybe a little too labor intensive if you’re doing a couple hundred of these, but still an excellent idea!

Ruth from Not So Cookie Cutter played up the ampersand and stripes on this DIY wedding program, and it was a super simple but effective way of tying in a potential theme [easy to do with ampersands or stripes].

Lehan from Lehan Paper Design added some simple black grommets to this wedding program which was completely in tune with my modern tastes.  Im a big fan of grommets, and love that they come in a ton of colors…though I think the black really worked well with the black and white cover.

The little black/white twine tassel that Barnbride came up with was totally adorable and perfectly matched with the striped wedding program.  Maybe a little more time than you’re wiling to spend, but you could always buy ready-made tassels, or start an assembly line with some helpers for a similar look.

[all images credited to their bloggers]

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DIY Wine bottle wrap

Last week I went to my dear childhood friend’s engagement party, and after seeing these bottles of wine from Swanson Vineyards, knew they were the perfect gift.  However, wrapping wine bottles is no easy feat!  Unless of course, you just HAPPEN to have a darling fabric wrap from Chewing the Cud that is the PERFECT size for wrapping 2 bottles!  It honestly couldn’t be easier…

Start the bottles with the fabric on a diagonal near the bottom, and keep the bottles approximately 2-3″ apart.

Start rolling those bottles like a burrito!  Keep the fabric tight so they dont slide around.

When you’re all rolled up, bring the tops of the bottles together (slide them apart a little if they dont sit flat)…

Tie a double knot at the top and you’re all done!

For more directions, check out Chewing the Cud’s blog where she gives lots of ways to wrap gifts with fabric, or check out Martha Stewart where she shows how to make your own fabric wrap.

[images by me]

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