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March 09, 2012

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We’re always in search of new ideas for chic, crafty weddings. So we were super excited to hear that Taunton Press is compiling the ultimate DIY wedding book set, The Bride’s Guide. It’ll feature a trio of gorgeous bridal-crafting books by DiyBride.com expert Khris Cochran, each with 40 easy project ideas. Think: feather boutonnieres, vintage paper parasols and personalized baby-breath centerpieces.

 

Genius!

 

 

 

 

Buds and Blossoms Bridal Bag. Photo by Khris Cochran.

June 14, 2011
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Looking for a fun wedding favor that will really set you apart? Try this: a homemade limoncello recipe. Limoncello is an Italian, lemon-flavored liqueur, sometimes served as an apertif (or you can serve it after dinner).


Start this recipe (which I used for our wedding) about six months in advance and you'll have a totally unique favor to hand to your guests at the end of the night.


Homemade Limoncello


What You'll Need

    Step One
  • one bottle everclear (at least 151 proof)
  • one bottle vodka (80-100 proof)
  • 15-20 large thick skinned bright yellow lemons
  • large clear glass jar (to hold your mixture, something like this)
    Step Two
  • 3-4 cups filtered tap water or distilled water (not mineral water)
  • 3-4 cups pure white sugar
  • cheese cloth

How to Make It

Step One


    Day 1
  1. Pour the bottle of everclear and the bottle of vodka into the large glass jar.
  2. Clean all of the lemon skins thoroughly with a vegetable brush. Dry the lemons. Use a peeler or zester to zest the yellow part of the skin off the lemons. You don't want any pith (the white part) to get into the mixture, this will make it bitter. Try to make the pieces as large as possible, it will make the straining process easier
  3. Add all of your lemon zest to the jar and stir gently.
  4. Cover the jar tightly with a lid and store in a cool, dark spot (not in the fridge).
  5. Stir your mixture about once a week. Let the mixture sit for anywhere from 8 days to 40 days. The mixture should turn bright yellow and start to smell like lemons.
    Next
  1. Gently stir lemon peels.
  2. Scoop out one of the larger peels and test the flexibility. Ideally, when the peel breaks like a potato chip, you know you're ready to move on to the next step.

Step Two

    Day 1
  1. Dissolve the sugar in the water and bring to a boil over high heat on the stove. Boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture is totally clear. This should make you 3-4 cups of simple syrup.
  2. Set aside the simple syrup to cool.
  3. When cool, add the simple syrup to your mixture. The more simple syrup you add, the lower the overall alcohol content you'll have and the more syrupy your limoncello will be. As you stir the mixture should start to feel more like a liqueur.
  4. Return the infusion to a cool, dry place for up to 40 days (or for at least 8 days), and repeat the process of gently stirring the mixture about once a week.
  5. The mixture should look bright yellow, and once everything settles, it should be fairly clear.
    Next
  1. Filter you limoncello using the cheese cloth and a funnel and strain into smaller bottles. Flip-top 80ml clear glass bottles (we used these) are an excellent size for wedding favors. Just make sure whatever bottle you pick can seal tightly.
  2. Since it's homemade, your limoncello should be consumed within about 6 months for the best taste. It will get smoother with age.
  • Notes: Depending on how much simple syrup you added, your limoncello will be about 45% alc/vol.
  • Serve your limoncello chilled in a small cordial glass, a shooter, or in a lowball glass over ice.

  • Check out more signature cocktail ideas at TheKnot.com.

    Image via MyRecipes.com.


January 20, 2011
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After a bit of a winter break (hey, it's really cold up here, ok?!) Link Love is back in full force bringing you the best DIY wedding ideas from around the web. Are you newly engaged? Congrats! Don't forget to check out our other blog at WeddingChannel.com. Now, on to these gorgeous projects.


1. Quilted Wine Tote. For all you oenophiles, here's a cute idea for your bridal party or even your out-of-town welcome bags. Make the wine tote in your wedding colors, and tuck in a bottle that's meaningful to you as a couple, or something that will be served at the wedding. (Needle & Spatula)


2. Paper Hearts. The photo here doesn't really do this project justice. These cute paper hearts can sweeten up the room in the form of a cute garland to decor for a bridal shower. (Upon a Fold)


3. Paper Rose Pomander. How cute would your flower girls look carrying one of these paper rose pomanders? Sure, you'll need a little patience to twist all those flowers together, but it's well worth the effort, we think. (Hearts Hands Home)


4. Sugar Scrub. Just looking at this yummy photo makes us want to run home and take a long hot bath (especially during these winter months -- did I mention it's cold up here?!). These scrubs look like the perfect bridesmaid gifts. (Smart Bottom Enterprises)


5. Napkin Ring Template & more. We love these pretty napkin ring templates, plus that gorgeous table runner. Going for a rustic chic look? We just found your table decor. (NonPareilMag.com)


November 25, 2010
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Happy Thanksgiving! For this special edition of Link Love, we're going with some fall inspired treats your guests will love. (And a bit of food -- it is Thanksgiving afterall!)


1. Homemade Butter. Impress your family and friends with this super easy (and fun!) recipe for homemade butter. Dish it out into baby food jars (seen here) for the perfect wedding favor. (A Lemon Squeezy Home)


2. Wine Bottle Lights. Add instant romance with this gorgeous decor idea (you could even vary the light color depending on the type of wine bottles you use). Perfect for a winter wedding. (Wit and Whistle)


3. Glass Jar Cosies. Yes, by now we've probably seen 101 uses for the mason jar. This one is pretty cute, which is why we just had to include it. Keep the jars winter appropriate with these covers. (Whip Up)


4. Leaf Soap. This paper-thin one-time use soap is perfect as a favor or to leave in the bathrooms at your reception venue. It's personalized in a way and definitely brings in a fall theme. (The Greenbeans Crafterole)


5. Edible Flower Cupcakes. Not interested in sugar flowers? Then go for the real thing and choose only edible flowers to top your cupcakes (or cake). There are plenty to choose from like lavender, day lily, squash blossom, Nasturtiums, chrysanthemums, and carnations, all with their own unique taste. (Stephmodo.com)


October 14, 2010
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You already know that DIY wedding success is all about the little things -- even if you think they may not be noticed by your guests, trust us, they will be. These projects are all fairly simple and fairly small, but I'm sure they'll still make a big impact.

1. Vanilla Sugar Cookies. Normally, I wouldn't add in a recipe that this simple, but the icing and designs just make these too cute (rack it up to just having a sweet tooth today). (WhipUp)


2. Craft Table Runner. If you're going DIY and quickly finding the price of fabric can really add up, try this -- a simple runner. It's a great way to dress up your table without looking like you just cut back on fabric. (100 Layer Cake)


3. Pennant Bunting Card. Talk about an exciting way to announce your engagement! Spell out your names on a fabric pennant and tuck it in your card along with a save-the-date. (Just Something I Made)


4. DIY Macaroon Bags. I'm probably never 'over it' when it comes to macaroons. And these cute little bags are no different. The best part? You could easily print out the labels and use them on a variety of favors. (Green Wedding Shoes)


5. Paper Favor Cups. These cute cups are just the thing to hold mini M&M's, bite-size brownies, or even small saplings for your guests to take home. Use old scraps of wrapping paper, magazines, or even old newspapers to try it out. (JustSomethingIMade.com)


September 21, 2010
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Maybe you saw our DIY wine bottle label, but here's another twist on the same idea: try it on a water bottle.


Instead of prepping the label for your party favors, you can sweeten up a basic bottle of water for those dancing late into the night that want some H20 and a little break from the cocktails.


Or, if you're having an outdoor wedding in the heat of summer, leave a water bottle at each of the chairs so your guests can stay refreshed during the ceremony.


All you'll need are some basic blank labels (tip: use business mailing labels bought at an office supply store in bulk -- they're often a few dollars cheaper than buying craft labels), an ink jet printer and the photo you want to use. You can design your own photo and words combination or search for downloadable templates (we love Just Something I Made, which frequently posts vintage-inspired templates and images). You can also add the wedding labels to your favors, out-of-town guest welcome bags, or even to seal the envelope on your thank-you notes.


Images by Adrienne Maples and Studio EMP

See more photos from Riley and Jesse's wedding and from Megan and Tim's wedding.


Re: Tiffany's comment below: You bring up a few good points. If you give the labels adequate time to dry, the ink shouldn't run. Depending on the labels you buy, you can also try printing them from a laser printer, which will cut down on the possibility of ink running (or you can design the label and take it to a place like Kinko's or Staples. Using professional printers will also cut down on the smudge-factor of the ink).

If you're going to do this project like the photo on the left, simply stacking the bottles together, you shouldn't have any problems. Remember that these bottles are going to be used for a short time -- the labels don't need to last forever.

If, however, you want to float them in a bucket of ice and water, eventually yes, the labels will get soggy and likely come off. Prevent that by applying the label and then wrapping the middle portion of the bottle with wide clear packing tape. It won't prevent the label from falling off forever, but it should last for a few hours -- just long enough for your guests to grab one and gulp the water down.


July 22, 2010
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Weddings are a great excuse to be a little bit whimsical, especially when it comes to those happening during the summer. These ideas can add a touch of fun to your day -- from homemade soap bubbles to feathery headbands -- without making it too ostentatious. Enjoy!


1. Embossing on paper. This may not be the easiest DIY project, but the results are just gorgeous! If you're doing your own invitations, but still want that luxe feel, you've just got to try this craft for embossing. Done with invitations? Then use this for your thank-yous. (Food & Wine ModPodge)


2. Vanilla Soap Bubbles. Blowing bubbles as the bride and groom exit the church (or leave the reception at the end of the night) can be gorgeous in photos. Make the event just as sweet on the nose with this recipe, for scented bubbles. Tie on a ribbon in your wedding colors and your done! (Soap Queen)


3. Earring Loop Display. This classic idea is perfect for your mom or your bridesmaids -- and it's so easy to customize by choosing your own fabric or even painting the embroidery hoop. You could even attach a pair of earrings you picked out to add something extra to the gift. (Little Treasures)


4. Wooden Wedding Sign. Perfect for the couple who just can't get enough of the great outdoors, this wooden sign even has added lights (not visible in this daytime photo) that give it a warm, welcoming glow as the reception goes on. (Sonya Animri)


5. Feather headbands. Make your bridesmaids really stand out with these cute feather headbands. This is a great project for just about any wedding because you can make it as wild or keep it as classic as you want. You could even buy a child's headband and give a special one to your flowergirl, too. (Craftzine.com)


Get even more great DIY ideas from our photo gallery.

July 08, 2010
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Wedding season is in full swing, and these projects could give you that extra finishing touch you need to make your wedding stand out. From a DIY wedding cake (Go ahead! Try it!) to adorable gifts for your bridesmaids, here are the best projects from around the web.


1. Table Number Plates. Here's a creative idea for marking your table numbers and giving your guests an immediate conversation piece. These plates are stylish and so easy to do! You could even stencil on a symbol or a word, if you don't want to use numbers. (Craftzine.com)


2. Rainbow Frame. Instead of just giving a photograph, add some personality to a simple black frame with this project that uses up fabric scraps in various colors to make a "rainbow" collage. You could also just use your wedding colors. (LollyChops.com)


3. Straw Labels. We know the 4th of July just passed -- but we couldn't resist these adorable straw labels! Instead of "Cheers!" you could use the same process to feature your new monogram, wedding date, or even a cute silhouette of the bride and groom. (Twig & Thistle)


4.Decal Penny Project. Looking for a perfect gift for you and your bridesmaids? These cute necklaces are actually made from pennies, with a little floral decal added. You could even make it a group project at your bridal shower. (Just Something I Made)


5. DIY Wedding Cake. As much as we love DIY projects, we generally think you should leave your wedding cake to the pros (do you really want to spend the night before your wedding baking?) Still, this cake is pretty sweet, and so gorgeous! Maybe you can try it for a day-after brunch or an engagement party. (Project Wedding)


Get even more DIY ideas from our photo gallery.

Plus, check out these amazing 15 DIY hairstyle ideas.

June 25, 2010
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Love the look of wine bottle table numbers, but looking for a new twist to make it your own? Try this photo label trick that's part postage stamp and part vintage postcard. Simply pick a few of your favorite photos and print on sticker paper ($14 for 30 sheets, Staples.com). It makes this project that much easier and you won't have to worry about your labels sliding off of chilled wine bottles.


Print 4x6 inch photos (or slightly larger if desired) so guests will be able to see their tables. Cut the photo's perimeter with a 1/4 inch white border around all sides. Then, with a hole puncher, punch semi-circles to create a postage stamp look. Peel the paper back to expose the sticky side and adhere to “naked” wine bottles.


Get even more amazing DIY ideas in our photo gallery.

Find out 6 ways to buck tradition and be yourself on TresSugar.


Image courtesy of A&M Photography.

June 04, 2010
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1. Take the flowers with you. These flower containers are made from fast food drink caddies -- how creative is that? Use them as a centerpiece, and encourage your guests to each take home a pot of flowers at the end as a favor. (I Do It Yourself).


2. Dress up your envelopes. Dressing up your envelopes is a great way to add a personal touch and help set the mood for the wedding. You can download these templates for free. (Just Something I Made.


3. Short and sweet favors. If you're on a budget, try out these for favors. Choose a small sweet (chocolate, a hard candy, a mixture of each), and simply wrap and tie. The total cost per favor is about 10 cents. Beat that! (Project Wedding via {frolic!}).


4. Put a name on it. These monogrammed paperweights are just too cool to pass up. A perfect gift for anyone in your bridal party (guys and girls), they're fairly easy to make, and it's something that everyone can use. (Junie Moon).


5. The two-minute project. This Japanese-inspired bag really will only take you two minutes to make -- and it looks so chic. Could be an excellent bridesmaid gift or a nice beach bag for your honeymoon. (Annekata).


-- Amy E.


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