Summer seems to have arrived while we were gone. We're still having some cloudy days, but it looks like the deluge of rain we've been suffering through has passed. I'm so ready for nice weather. We have a camping trip booked for July, and I'm so excited because I haven't been in about 4 years! Bring on the s'mores and mosquitoes...Read more
One year ago we were deep, and I mean DEEP, in the final stages of my daughter and son-in-law’s wedding plans. We were hoping the weather was going to continue to cooperate and that we hadn’t forgotten anything important. I expected us all to be in a state of chaos and insanity at that point, but it was kind of the opposite. Everything went well, and we were able to actually enjoy that time without anyone falling apart. The year since has gone by like a rocket. The Mr. and Mrs. are happy and doing well, and I’m still forgetting once in a while that I don’t need that cute thing in the craft store that would be perfect for the wedding. It’s a happy memory for all of us, but for those of you on the other side of the planning tunnel, there are lots of great DIY ideas out there to make the day special.
I love this Something Old, New, Borrowed and Blue Pin from Something Turquoise. It’s a great way to cover the tradition and a nice keepsake.
Sometimes simple is the way to go, especially when it comes to weddings. This lovely little ring pillow from Elephantine is cute and easy to make.
My daughter considered a birdcage veil, before she decided to use mine, and it would have been fun to make with this tutorial from Wedding Chicks.
If you plan to go with some tossing confetti to wrap up the night, why not make these Confetti Sticks from Best Friends for Frosting?
These Neon Paper Dahlias from Ashlee Marie make a big, bold statement without too much financial investment.
Succulents are so popular right now, and they’re very easy to plant and grow. These Succulent Wedding Favors from Smarty had a Party would be an inexpensive and easy gift for your guests.
These Mr. and Mrs. Blocks from Mod Podge Rocks would make great wedding décor, then transition to home décor afterward.
I know this bouquet is a little ambitious, but these origami paper flowers won’t die, so you can take your time making it. Visit Capitol Romance to get the how-to.
I love curating my Friday Favorites each week, and I want to make sure that the talented people who have created these projects are fully acknowledged for their work. Before you pin or share, please click through the link or photo to the originating website. You can also find all the projects each week on my Friday Favorites Pinterest board. Thank you!
I’m still trying to locate some photos of many of the things we made for the wedding. We were so busy that day, and the days leading up to it, we didn’t get a chance to take pictures. Unfortunately, I’m starting to think some of it will have to live on in our memories and I won’t be able to share it all here. While I wait it out a little longer, I thought I’d tell you about a fun thing we did that was a hit with the not-quite-tall-enough-for-a-rollercoaster crowd.
At a wedding, guests will often tap their glass with their fork to make that clinking noise as a signal the bride and groom should share a kiss. At the last wedding we attended before my daughter’s the newlyweds were driven a bit bonkers with glass-clinking. But because we were using mason jars and those silver-looking plastic forks, that wasn’t going to be an option. I wasn’t about to let them off the hook though.
I considering putting a small bell at each guests’ spot. I also thought about just putting one larger bell in the center of each table. As I mentioned last week, we had lots of kids in attendance, so I was afraid every parent there would hate me by the end of the night. Instead, we decided to go with one bell, and it worked out perfectly!
I made this sign using my vinyl cutting machine and some of the leftover grey vinyl from the glasses.
After a little searching, I found this bell on Amazon. I was surprised at how good the quality was, especially for the price, and I’m pretty sure you can hear this thing ringing for miles.
We hung it just above adult eye level to make it a little tougher for the kids to overuse it. It was adorable to watch two little brothers we know try to help each other reach it. We also added the “2 rings per customer please” to the sign to help with the ones who were a little older. Believe it or not, it worked, and I’m pretty sure everyone who wanted a shot at ringing it found a way.
We liked the bell so much, we hung it on one of the cedar posts by our front door after the wedding. Without the kissing sign, of course.
As if these two needed any encouragement.
My daughter’s now-husband was a typical groom when it came to the wedding planning. He was happy to be there, but didn’t have many things he was opinionated about. Because of that, when he did express a desire to have something we tried to make it happen. These little lanterns just happened to be one of those things.
This is a project the bride and groom took on themselves and had finished in no time. I wish I could show you a photo of the two of them working away at it, but I failed to take any. If I could go back and do it over, that’s the one thing I would change. More photos.
Anyway, to make these, remove the lids from the jars. Lay the ring top down on a piece of wood and find a large nail.
Make two marks directly across from each other and hammer the nail through at those points to create holes.
Cut a length of wire that will allow the jar to hang at whatever height you choose, plus a couple of inches extra on each end. Feed the wire up through the hole and twist it around itself.
Repeat on the other side and twist back onto the jar. Add a candle and it’s ready to go.
We went with all battery-operated candles for the wedding for three reasons. The first, and most important, is that we knew there would be a lot of little kids in attendance and we didn’t want any of them getting burned. Second, we didn’t want to burn the forest surrounding our house down. That one was pretty important too. The last reason was convenience. We were able to turn the candles on while decorating earlier in the day.
As it started to get dark, all of the candles started to gradually become more obvious because they were already lit. It created a pretty glow as the evening progressed.
If you don’t happen to have any of our above issues, these would also be lovely with a real candle. Come to think of it, these would make a great wedding favor for your guests too. Chalk one up for the groom!
Well, this is it…the last Coffee Sleeve of the Month. These have been so much fun for me over the last year, and I hope you’ve enjoyed some of them too. Not wanting to slip out of this series quietly, I saved the best for last. I also cheated a little and instead of a single coffee sleeve I made two, but how could I split this couple up?
To make both of these sleeves, you’ll need this pattern (printed at full size), InsulBrite, white fabric, black fabric, 1/4” wide white ribbon, 5/8” wide black ribbon, ten white 1/4” grommets, a white button (1/2 – 1”), a black button same size, three 1/4” white buttons, 3” of white elastic cord and 3” of black elastic cord. Tie or sew the ends of each piece of elastic together to create loops.
We’ll start with the groom. Cut out the larger pattern piece from the white fabric, the two bat-shaped pieces from black and flip the larger piece over and cut from black for the back. Also cut a piece of InsulBrite using the larger pattern.
Stitch the three small white buttons onto the white piece at the marks on the pattern.
Fold the two black bat pieces in half with wrong sides together. Press the fold.
Fold at the tip at the top of each piece, tapering down to the bottom point, as shown. Press the folds.
Layer the pieces, starting with the InsulBrite. Lay the white piece on top with the buttons facing up, then the two folded black pieces. Center the elastic on the right and add a tag on the left.
Lay the back piece on top, right side down, then pin everything in place. Stitch around with a 1/4” seam allowance, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom to one side for turning.
Clip the corners and turn right side out. Press and top stitch near the edge. I left the top stitching off in the white section.
Make the bowtie by cutting a 4” piece and a 1 1/2” piece of the 5/8” wide ribbon. Loop the large piece with the ends at the back. Wrap the smaller piece around and stitch at the back. Sew it onto the sleeve by hand or machine.
Sew the black button in place where the elastic reaches and wrap around a cup.
Now our groom needs a bride. Cut out the large piece, the two smaller pieces and the large piece flipped over from the white fabric. I chose to use a lace for the two smaller pieces on mine. Also cut the InsulBrite from the large piece.
Fold the two small pieces in half with right sides together. Press the fold.
Mark the spots for the grommets as shown on the pattern near the folds. Apply the grommets according to package instructions.
Layer the pieces, beginning with the InsulBrite. Add the large white piece on top of that. Lay the two small pieces on top of that, right side up. Center the elastic on the right and the tag on the left.
Lay the backing on, right side down, and pin in place. Stitch around the edge with a 1/4” seam, leaving a couple of inches open at the bottom to one side for turning. Clip the corners and turn right side out. Top stitch close to the edge all the way around.
Cut 36” of the white ribbon (longer if you’d like it to be a little easier to tie at the end). Starting at the top, lace up like a pair of shoes.
When you reach the bottom, tie a bow. Stitch the white button where the elastic reaches. Slip onto a cup.
After this last year of coffee sleeves, it just feels right that these two are wrapping it all up.
And I think I know just the couple, in the midst of wedding plans, that can use this set.
Next Wednesday, June 29th, my husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary. It’s been 20 great years, but it feels like it was only yesterday that we were two kids, heading off to start our life together. Now we HAVE two kids and a lot of road behind us. There was really no choice in my favorites this week. It had to be weddings.
We were married back in the days of the white guest book and feather pen. I’m kinda glad to see we’ve moved on. This Birthday Calendar Guestbook from The Bright Life is pure genius.
Wedding or not, this Tree Pedestal Cake Stand from OnceWed is beautiful.
This Embroidered Love Pillow from Growing Home would be a fun bridal shower activity and a lovely gift for the bride.
It might be worth it to have this many bridesmaids just to make this rainbow. And all the flowers match! From The Knotty Bride.
Coffee Bean Favor Bags from Intimate Weddings. How do I get invited?
For some reason, I just love the idea of these Mini Pinata Favors from Ruffled.
I don’t remember ever seeing Save the Date cards before I got married. If I were going to have some though, I’d want them to be just like these from Weddingbee.
There’s just something elegant about a black and white wedding cake. Add some red, like this one shown on Project Wedding, and I might swoon a little.
I’ve noticed a trend toward smaller veils lately. This Mini Veil from Emmaline Bride is just right.