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I DO-it-yourself

Last summer was the summer-of-the-wedding. My husband and I were not only planning our own wedding, but were invited to nine others between May and September!

I was up to my ears in bridal showers, bachelorette parties, rehearsals, ceremonies and receptions. And I can’t tell you how many trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond I had to make.

They were all lovely and, since I am in a serious relapse of wedding attending after last year, I thought I would share a few favorite ideas that I saw.

These favors were for an 80s themed bachelorette party, but could be tailored to any theme. Chocolate covered pretzel sticks were adorned with colored stripes or sprinkles. There were even a few “groom” decorated ones! This would be an easy and inexpensive DIY favor.

I loved this direction sign at my friend Kate and Andrew’s wedding. It was perfect for their rustic, barn wedding. The post had the direction and distance of sentimental places – like their favorite fishing hole, honeymoon location and their new home! This would take a little bit more advanced handiwork, but exudes loads of charm.

Tired of the same old wedding favors? They also had artisan salt in their wedding hue from Didi Davis Foods (www.salttraders.com). A hand embossed and labeled tag set the tone perfectly!

Looking for a post-ceremony crowd pleaser? My friends Emily and Brian had a homemade cupcake bar while they had their church wedding photos taken before departing for the reception! While we waited to see them off we munched on an assortment of mini-cupcakes and punch.

And finally, M&M favors! My friends Glen and Nikita had personalized M&Ms in their wedding colors with their names and faces on them! Too adorable! (This picture is not mine. I don’t have a good one.)

What’s the most number of weddings you had to attend in a short period of time?

What’s the best wedding DIY project you’ve ever seen?

Poms with a Twist (or pouf!)

You may remember how I posted my tissue paper pom tutorial here. BUT, I have just discovered a material to make them with!

Wait for it.

Tulle. Yes, tulle. As in 80s prom dresses.

But aren’t they fun? And so poufy!

I may have to try these out for my next party.

PS. Happy Mother’s Day to all : )

DIY Project: Cupcake Flags

Maybe you haven’t heard, but cupcakes are the new black.

You must be living under a rock if you haven’t experienced the cupcake fad explosion over the last few years. There are now whole stores devotes to selling cupcakes (Read about some tasty cupcakes I got for my birthday here) and The Food Network even has a new show, Cupcake Wars, devoted to the trend.

However, it’s “trend” status is morphing into “tried and true staple”. Many have questioned when the cupcake fad would end, but lately I’ve been reading how many event and catering specialists are now thinking it is here to stay. (Which I am personally quite glad to hear.)

Brides have been trading in the classic tiered wedding cake for trays of cupcakes in all colors and flavors. One wedding I went to this summer even had a “Cupcake Bar” (E – they were delicious by the way!).

Then the cupcake flag was birthed. See this beautiful example from (Hostess with the Mostess) below.

How did this begin? Perhaps hostesses wanted to combat the informality of the cupcake? Perhaps brides who had foregone the traditional “cake topper” wanted something special?

Just like “how many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop,” the world may never know.

Martha Stewart has downloadable templates for these flags, which are fine and dandy if you find one that works for you. But, what if you want your name on it? Certain colors? A theme? You might get some strange looks if the cupcakes at Cindy’s baby shower have wedding rings on them.

What’s a gal to do? Custom flags of course!

Many vendors on Etsy can create custom beautiful flags for you. BUT, I would recommend trying to make your own.

I made my own flags for our wedding. Moose wasn’t feeling the cupcake suggestion, so we ended up serving cheesecake. But visions of wedding cupcake flags had already infiltrated my crazy bride brain, so I invented…. cheesecake flags!

The best part about making your own is that you can have as many different kinds as you want. An Etsy vendor will likely charge you per design. With color and text variations, I had about  27 different kinds of flags. (Overkill? Yeah. I know.)

The other, and probably more enticing, reason to make your own is the fact they they are very inexpensive!

I made 150 of these flags. Can you guess how much I spent?

Toothpicks = $3
Hot Glue = $3
Printing Costs = $5 (This is if you go to Staples and not print them yourself.)

TOTAL COST = $11

I was able to fit 27 flags on a sheet by flipping half of the triangles around to create square shapes.

I used Adobe Illustrator. If you don’t have that you could probably use Microsoft PowerPoint or Publisher (it’s just triangles people! There are also lots of nice rectangle flags, like the one I posted above if triangles scare you.)

After that, I cut them out and hot glued a toothpick to the back. Bada boom. Three episodes of Smallville later, I had 150 cupcake (er, cheesecake) flags ready to go.

No one noticed that the back was blank. (*Seriously, wedding guests. Did you notice?) Heck, I wouldn’t have noticed. After I pulled that puppy out I would be eating that dessert with glee.

I hope this helps you make your cupcake involved event a little more celebratory and a little less expensive.

Cheers : )

Pssst… Images from (Hostess with the Mostess), and (FoodNetwork.com)

Distressed Photo Canvas: The Perfect Gift!

One of my best friends gave me this belated Christmas gift about a month ago, and I’m only just getting to posting about it now. It’s a distressed photo canvas! This is a photo from my wedding which she took and created this amazing work of art!

She is a fellow blog-reader and spotted this amazing project on another blog, Delia Creates. The how-to project is detailed here: http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2010/03/distressed-picture-canvases.html

I can’t wait to try this out for myself! It’s a great gift idea or fun to do just for yourself. I love the textural results!

My brain is exploding with ideas! Distressed signs are very trendy right now – I could make my own! I love that bits of the image rub right off leaving exposed canvas throughout bits of the piece. The colors get a watery gradient going through them as well, so it almost feels like a watercolor painting.

For now, we have a great keepsake of a wonderful day. I love this photo. It was taken right after our wedding ceremony and looking at this picture takes me right back!

Delia Creates shows several examples of projects she has done so you guys can see a few more examples. I love that you can use this project for photos or artwork.

http://deliacreates.blogspot.com/2010/06/lemonade.html

Have you made photo canvases before?