April 17, 2009
We're crazy about these playful paper cones, spotted at Karen and Joey's outdoor wedding on TheKnot.com. They do double duty as chair decor and containers for biodegradable confetti to be thrown at the bride and groom as they leave the ceremony. Here's how to make your own:
First, pick out some paper that coordinates with your wedding theme and colors. (Try Paper Studio -- the "search by color" option makes it easy to browse hundreds of options.)
Then, download this paper cone template from The Spotted Sparrow. (There are a few different basic patterns for paper cones, but we think this one is easiest to use and results in the best final shape.) After saving the image to your computer, adjust the size until you have something that works with your paper dimensions and creates a cone you like. This part takes a little guesswork. Once you're satisfied with the size, print out the pattern and trace it onto a thicker piece of cardstock or cardboard, which you'll then cut out and use as a stencil for all your cones.
Now, time to roll the cones! Put glue or double-sided tape on the back of one of the straight edges, then roll the other edge inward to create a cone shape. Cut any excess paper off the top to make the opening even. Finally, punch a hole on each side and thread a pretty string or ribbon through. (You'll use this to hang the cones from the ceremony chairs.)
The last step is filling your cones. If you're looking for something a little more eco-friendly than rice, try birdseed, lavender, flower petals or this pretty biodegradable confetti from ecoparti. Just remember -- whatever you fill them with will be tossed on you pretty soon!
Image: Dia Rao, Santa Barbara
April 16, 2009
We found this fun little DIY favor in Basha Kooler's book, Favors. The fortune cookie soap and printed bag are perfect for weddings with an Asian connection. Check out Cierra Candles for the soap making supplies, and head to a nearby Michaels or other local craft store for the rest of the materials.
April 15, 2009
We love Paper Source, and we love free pattern downloads. The math's pretty simple, then -- we really love this paper rosette project from Paper Source (pdf).
All you need is some nice 8 1/2" x 11" paper and pretty ribbon or string (Paper Source is great for both) to make these sweet and simple rosettes. The project doesn't involve much more than folding sheets of paper accordion-style -- no scissors required! -- so grab your nieces and nephews or the neighbor kids and make a fun afternoon of it.
The finished products will look gorgeous hung from trees for an outdoor wedding, or on the supports of an outdoor tent. For an indoor affair, hang the rosettes from the ceiling at different heights or off the centerpieces.
Image: Paper Source
April 14, 2009
Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:
1: Sweet bird centerpiece for a spring wedding (CraftStylish)
2: Paper bird and fresh flower garland (Once Wed)
3: Altoid-tin travel candle favor (Design*Sponge)
4: Silhouetted pew cards (mint)
5: Flourless marzipan and nougat cups (sweet paul)
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