July 2009
July 30, 2009
Cupcake_finalWhen it comes to yummy cupcakes it's never too early for dessert, right? When your guests arrive at your reception, why not send them to their seats with a sugary surprise by using sweet treats as seating cards. Our resident DIY expert Shana Faust shows us how to label them in style:

Materials
Double-sided scrapbooking paper of your choice (in colors that match your wedding)
Mini heart hole punch
Circular sticker labels in matching colors
Rub on alphabet letter set
bone folder
Bamboo sticks
Scrapbooking tape
Cupcakes


How-To: Cupcake Seating Cards
July 29, 2009
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We're big huge fans of the great style inspirations offered on DIY blog Eat. Drink. Chic. and we just had to post about this great bridesmaid gift idea we recently found there. Give the girls little glass bottles filled with homemade bubble bath made just for them and decorate each bottle with these beautiful vintage-inspired labels. They'll love it, and you'll have fun making each bottle by picking signature scents for each bridesmaid. The best part is, these gorgeous labels can be downloaded for free! Plus, the bubble bath recipe is simple, and we just love the idea of picking a fragrance to match the season of your wedding or your favorite scents, don't you?
July 28, 2009
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Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Personalized Drink Stirrers (Project Wedding)

2: Peony Centerpieces (Once Wed)

3: Matchbook Favors (Offbeat Bride)

4: Moon Pie Favors (DIY Tutorials)

5: Vintage Books (Project Wedding)

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July 23, 2009
Boxes_finalOnce you've found the perfect favors for your guests, why not wrap them in beautiful little boxes that can be reused when they get home? Here's a fun and easy favor box idea for all you summer brides out there from our resident DIY expert Shana Faust:

Materials
Paper Box from local craft store (not too thick)
Japanese hole punch
Fabric or paper flowers


Step 1:Gather you store-bought paper box (in a colors complimenting those of your wedding) your Japanese hole punch, and the flowers you'd like to use. (These are vintage pics from Tinsel Trading.)

Step 2: Build your box, and become familiar with the piece that will be the top. Using your Japanese hole punch, punch several holes in the center of the top flap of the box.

Step 3: Separate the flower stems and feed 1-2 into each hole you've punched.

Step 4: Flip over the flap. On the inside of the box, cut the wire stems short and twist them into one stem so they don't hang down into the box and interfere with your favors.

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What's going inside your favor boxes, brides?
July 16, 2009
Mailingtubes_aHere's a great DIY alternative to envelopes when mailing out your save-the-dates or invitations. This fun idea comes from our newest guest blogger, Shana Faust! Here are the steps:

Materials
Scrapbooking or wrapping paper (in solid colors or patterns to match your wedding invitations)
Scissors
Liquid adhesive
Mailing tubes (these are from the container store, but they're available at the post office and online too)
Sticky labels
How-To: Invitation Mailer Tubes
July 15, 2009
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Whether you’re throwing a vintage-themed wedding, or just looking to mix a little old in with the new, creating your own tribute décor can be a fun and easy DIY project. First, dig through your stuff to find old photos and keepsakes you might want to display at your wedding. Next, buy frames to hold each selection, keeping your wedding style in mind. Frame your memories and print or handwrite descriptions of each on little display cards. The guestbook table is an ideal place to display tem when you’re done. That way everyone will have a chance to see them.



Images: KM Photography Weddings
July 14, 2009
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Our favorite DIY tutorials from the last week:

1: Tin can table numbers (100 Layer Cake)

2: Coffee filter roses (The Crafteteria)

3: Seashell Mobile (Esprit Cabane)

4: Tea light lanterns (Project Wedding)

5: Cupcake toppers (One Charming Blog )

Want to see your own project featured here? Send links to editors@mydiyweddingday.com
July 13, 2009
070909HowToPinwheelYou can have so much fun with pinwheels at your wedding. Use them as favors or escort cards, or just great décor anywhere. They're easy to make and you can play with different colors and patterns that match your wedding theme. Here's how to make them:

Materials
cup of water
thin balsa wood dowels
Cardstock in bright, fun patterns (look for repeating, consistent patterns)
scissors
adhesive spray
decorative push pin
small bead for the end of the pin (or tape)
How-To: Pinwheels
July 10, 2009
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We are so inspired by all of the amazing DIY details from this lovely homespun backyard wedding. For their casual reception, Ria and Jesse skipped the glasses all together and offered their guests old-fashioned jelly jars to drink from instead. The jars were decorated with these fun handmade monograms. (Aren't they just so sweet?)

There's so much inspiration here. If you're good with a pencil and paper why not start doodling a few monogram ideas of your own? Once you've drawn one you both love, make copies and print them out on the paper of your choice. Tie them from glasses, favors, or maybe even on silverware bundles or napkins to add a personal touch to your reception tables.



Ria and Jesse worked with Table 6 Productions on the wedding designs.

The wedding was photographed by Jenna Walker Photography.
July 08, 2009
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If your ceremony and reception are in two different locations, or your wedding venue is fairly large, you may be planning to post signs to direct your guests on where to go. (Or you could just be doing it for an added décor treat too – we get it.) Either way, it’s a chance to work in a little DIY fun. Here's how:

Buy or cut a piece of wood in the size and shape you desire. Pick up paint in your wedding colors and smaller brushes to apply it. No need to worry about primer or any of the other usual pre-painting procedures here. Just grab a brush and start painting whatever you’d like, however you’d like -- your names, your wedding date, or even something useful like “Wedding This Way”. Anything goes. It’s another way to get personal with your guests and you can try out fun techniques like stenciling or using spray paint. (Plus, it’s a fun project to get your groom in on too.) When your signs are complete, use nails to hang them from nearby trees or post them in the soil near the entrance or passageways your guests will travel. And, be sure to tell your photographers you’ll want pictures with them too. They’ll make quite the keepsake.



Images: KM Photography Weddings (left); Geoff White Photographers

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