June 29, 2011

We're kicking off link love again with a gorgeous roundup of potential DIY gift ideas -- perfect for your bridesmaids and even a few options for the groomsmen. Check out these projects (and don't forget to let us know how it goes if you try one out!)

1. Burlap Bottles. Perfect for anyone in your bridal party, these stenciled burlap bottles can easily be modified to cover your favorite wine bottle or even a fancy beer bottle. Switch up the stencil to show the city where the wedding is being held, your monogram, or even your wedding date. (Projects by Jess)

2. Painted Votive Candles. French-inspired-Monet wedding theme anyone? These painted candles would look divine sitting on your reception tables at an outdoor evening rehearsal dinner, or be a perfect gift for your bridesmaids. Just add your favorite scented candle. (

3. Feathery Earrings. This project only looks tough. These cute earrings will have your bridesmaids looking chic (whether they wear them at the wedding or not!). (McLaughlin Designs)

4. Tiny Polaroid Magnets. We love this idea not just as a gift, but also as a great save-the-date. Tuck one into your paper save-the-date so you guests are sure to remember. (Ambrosia Creative)

5. Bling Leather Cuffs. For the bride who wants just a touch of urban edge to her wedding day look, these cuffs will do the trick. The sparkly details amp up the glam factor, but the leather keeps it casual. They're also a perfect gift for your besties. (Crap I've Made)

March 02, 2011

Even though it's still pretty cold here in NYC, spring is just around the corner, and for lots of brides, that means finding the right finishing touches. Check out these rustic and spring inspired ideas, all via

1. Custom Favor Bags. Rustic custom monogrammed bags for favors like candy (or even a take-home bit of wedding cake). Where can we sign up? (Rhino Feathers, 50 for $29)

2. Vintage Teacups. These vintage floral teacups have just the right amount of woodsy-meets-girlie style. Use them for your bridal shower or for yoru midnight coffee and tea serving at the end of the reception. (Olive Vintage, $30)

3. Birch Bark Boutonniere. We love carved-tree-initials that this birch bark boutonniere inspires. Plus, we promise your ring bearer and groom would pick wearing this over a flower any day. (AprilHilerDesigns, $6.50)

4. Tree Slice Centerpiece.In case you haven't noticed, we're all about the customization here. Don't want your initials carved all over the place? Try table numbers or even table names instead. (And check out the other cool rustic ideas from these guys!). (BraggingBags, $16.99)

5. Wooden Wedding Sign. While this idea isn't totally new, we love the font used to write the couple's name here. Don't want your names? Then use it to point your guests in the right direction for dancing or cocktails. (TrueConnection, $30)

Images by (from left): Christan Parreira, MorgannHillDesigns, and Mi Belle Photographers.

December 21, 2010

Direct from the girls who started one of our fave letterpress studios, Hello! Lucky, comes this: the ultimate book for the crafty bride. Handmade Weddings features over 50 gorgeous crafts, each one with photos and step-by-step instructions. What I love are the ratings (easy, moderate, advance -- most crafts are either easy or moderate) and the classic-with-a-twist projects. Eunice and Sabrina of Hello! Lucky enlisted the help of top weddings stylist, Shana Faust, for the book, so each project feels homespun and beautiful.

The book hits stores in January, but you can try out this excerpted project right now.

Bride & Groom Cake Topper


With a little creativity, guy and girl doll blanks can be transformed into an adorable personalized cake topper. Simply follow the templates or sketch out your own interpretation (you may want to get a couple of extra doll forms in case of mistakes).



    Makes 1 cake topper

  • 3 1/2-inch tall male and female wooden dolls (available on or at craft stores)
  • Acrylic paints (we used white, red, brown, and black)
  • Thread
  • 20 to 25 seed beads (we used red)
  • Small piece of tulle for the veil
  • Decorative button for the veil
  • Decorative button or cabochon for the bouquet
  • 6-x-1-inch Styrofoam disc (available at craft and floral supply shops)
  • One 8 1/2x11-inch sheet patterned or solid text-weigh paper
  • 1 yard 1-inch ribbon
  • Pencil
  • Paper plate
  • Small square brush
  • Small pointed brush
  • Cup of water
  • Paper towel
  • Beading needle, or "sharp"
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Ruler
  • Pin (optional)
    HOW TO
  1. Paint the figurines. Lightly mark your design on the figurines in pencil. customize the features to match both you and your fiance -- have fun! Squeeze a dab of each paint color onto your paper plate. Wet your brush in your cupof water, dab on some paint, test the brush stroke on the plate, and begin painting. If the brush is too wet, blot excess water on a paper towel, apply more paint, and try again. Use the square brush for large solid areas, such as the hair or clothing, and the pointed brush for fine details. Rinse your brush thoroughly in water before switching colors. let the figurines dry.
  2. Add the necklace. Thread the needle, knotting the thread at one end. String the beads onto the thread until the necklace is long enough to just fit around the bride neck. Tie the loose ends around the neck in a firm knot and trim with scissors.
  3. Add the bouquet and the veil. Cut a 1-x-2-inch piece of tulle (larger for longer or fuller veil). Accordion-fold it, and attach it to the head with a dab of hot glue. Add a button on top using hot glue. Attach a decorative button or cabochon flower for the bouquet using hot glue.
  4. Decorate the base. Trace the styrofoam disc twice on your paper, and cut out both circles using scissors. Measure the height of your styrofoam base and cut a strip of solid paper that measures as follows: [height of base] x [circumference of base + 1/2 inch]. Note: Circumference = diameter x 3.14. Wrap the paper strip around the side of the base, carefully aligning the top and bottom. Affix with hot glue. Align a circle to the top of the base and affix with hot glue. Repeat for the bottom. Wrap the ribbon around the base, and pin or hot glue in place, aligning its seam with the seam in the paper strip. If desired, add a separate bow to the front of the ribbon.
  5. Attach the bride and groom. Using hot glue, attach the bride and groom to the base. Be sure they are facing away from the seams in the paper and ribbon.
  • Retro Homespun Cover the base in gingham or striped fabric. If desire, add more features to the figures. Or make your figurines out of wooden clothes pins and dress them in tiny fabric outfits. (See for inspiration!)
  • Found Cover the base in found papers, such as kraft paper, tissue paper, recycled gift wrap, or old maps.

Excerpt from: Handmade Weddings: More than 50 Crafts to Style and Personalize Your Big Day. By Eunice Moyle, Sabrina Moyle, and Shana Faust (Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 2010). Photo by Joseph De Leo.

November 03, 2010

We're coming out with a little extra love this week -- and just couldn't pass up on these cute DIY projects (especially that scarf -- how cool is that?!)

1. No-Knit Scarf. All you'll need for this is some yarn and the back of a chair. It's that easy. This wrap-around scarf is so cute, I'm basically thinking of it as the ideal holiday gift for all the girls on my list. (Honestly WTF)

2. Handbag with Pockets. I love that this mommy blogger explains how this bag moves seamlessly from mini-diaper bag to chic out-on-a-Saturday handbag. Too cute. (Sew a Straight Line)

3. Farm Buttonhole Napkin Ties. Perfect for a casual rehearsal dinner, or even just a meet-and-greet BBQ (like we did for our wedding on the night before the rehearsal dinner), these cute napkin ties will keep things from getting too stuffy. (Aesthetic Nest)

October 01, 2010


Fall may be on it's way (and it's totally raining here today in NYC), but these crafts have us thinking it's an endless summer....


1. Colorful Mason Jars. We'll admit -- we're a bit tired of seeing the mason jar centerpiece again and again and again. This new twist however, puts it right back on our trendlist. (100 Layer Cake)


2. Lace Cutout Laterns. These ethereal lights are so simple -- and they're just the thing you need to set the mood as the evening winds down. (


3. Herbal Boutonnieres. So after flowers, buttons, fabric and paper -- what's the next new thing to do with boutonnieres? Use some sweet smelling herbs, like the lavender and rosemary seen here. (


4. Pink Drink Parasols. Maybe this one is more bridal shower than wedding reception, but we love the delicate cutout in these drink parasols. (Can you just imagine them making an appearance alongside those DIY lanterns from #2?) (Papermash)


5. Rose Petal Chandelier. Chandeliers like this one set an instant mood and they're so quick and simple you won't feel bad if you can't keep them forever. (The Country Cottage)

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September 23, 2010

This week is all about those extras that can really complete a wedding ensemble. The best part about these projects? Minimal sewing expertise is required to get these totally fashionable looks.

1. Potato Print Accessories. These cute accessories use buttons in various sizes to add to headbands or even bobby pins. We also think that a cute cluster of these buttons would make an excellent non-floral boutonniere. (Incy Wincy Stitches)

2. Melon Necklace. Yup, you read right. This necklace is actually made from melon seeds that have been painted and then had holes carefully poked through their centers. Bet you never knew it wasn't wooden beads from looking at that photo, right? (The Little Treasures)

3. Skinny Ties. Keep your wedding as hipster as you want with this simple project to convert any old regular wide tiny into indie-rocker skinny fabulous-ness. (

4. Petal Sandals. If these look familiar to you, they should. They're based on a gorgeous design from Louboutin himself. Lucky for you, these won't set you back $500 -- you can add the petals yourself. (

5. Shoe Re-Fashioning. There's nothing like a good recession friendly re-fashioning project to make your wardrobe feel new again. This project actually presents two ideas in one: one for you (pictured) and one for your flower girl. (Whip Up)

And just a few other projects for fun! Check out this chic DIY vinyl necklace on Sisters 4 Say More is More and these four clever uses for a hole punch on Shrimp Salad Circus.

September 09, 2010

It's Thursday and that means one thing: the best of what the web has to offer. Let's jump right to it.

1. Friendship Necklaces. We promise these didn't go out of style! Really! OK, well, maybe you won't be wearing them out on a chic date, but this would make a wonderful (and memorable) project for you and your bridesmaids to try out. (Honestly WTF).

2. Fabric Flowers. If you're going for a retro-kitschy-cute wedding style, these handmade flowers could be just the thing for your bouquet. Just make sure you mismatch the fabric patterns like in the photo. (Snowy Bliss)

3. Cheeky Chinese Fortune Teller. Contraband at most grade schools -- you can show your wedding guests just what a rebel you are by presenting them at the reception. (Well, maybe not that daring). This is more of an inspirational link: the creator, Scott Bedford illustrates a sort of "choose your own ending" with illustrations. Sub in those illustrations with fun facts, stories, or even your own photos to make a totally personalized (and fun!) favor or bit of table decor. (What I Made)

4. Felt Rose Tutorial. Oh cute little felt flower, let me count thy uses... You could make several and put them on a headband for your flower girl, scatter them on your reception tables for added decoration, add a post and make them into earrings for your bridesmaids... The list goes on. (Lydia's Treasures)

5. Emboss Anything. Maybe making a balloon drawing like this one isn't your idea of DIY chic, but follow the easy steps in this tutorial and you'll be on your way to embossing anything! Just think -- your own stylish embossed thank-you notes, invitations, seating cards or programs for a fraction of the cost. (too much of a good thing is simply wonderful)

Do you have a DIY question you want to see answered here? Post it! And we'll answer.

- Amy E.

September 02, 2010

We're feeling especially girlie around here lately, so today's Link Love is all about those feminine touches. Lots of flowers and even some classic tea party inspiration.

1. Say Cheese. Have a sophisticated cocktail and cheese hour as your guests transition over into the reception with this cute DIY cheese tray. (Ritzy Bee Blog)

2. Chiffon and Tulle Flowers. Think you have to pay big to get this delicate and soft look? Think again. Small chiffon pieces and bits of tulle come together to make this delightfully elegant hair accessory (or you could even wear it as a brooch). (Project Wedding)

3. Hankerchief Roses. We get it, sometimes those heirlooms (like grandma's hankie) aren't actually worth hanging on to. But instead of just tossing them out, why not reclaim them into a beautiful rose collection? (

4. Hole-Punch Flowers. That's right! All you'll need to put this craft together is a simple hole punch and some colorful paper. And we promise -- this project is a total cinch. (Kazzell Crafts)

5. DIY Teacup Candles. This craft actually comes straight from Design*Sponge, but if you love it, make sure you check out because she's doing (seriously) an entire month of teacup crafts. (Design*Sponge)

- Amy E.

August 30, 2010

This month's question comes from oohpieceofcandykim who wanted to learn how to make non-flowered boutonnieres. Visit our message boards here and send us your DIY questions. Your request could be answered in a future post.

You don't have to use real flowers for your wedding boutonnieres -- here are three cute alternatives to a freshly picked bloom -- all using buttons.

    To create the yellow boutonniere:
  • 1. Collect silver and yellow buttons of all sizes and shapes.
  • 2. Arrange them one on top of the other to form mini arrangements resembling flowers. Use a green wire (fishing wire or those carried at craft stores works well) to thread through the buttons, holding them all together.
  • 3. Gather all of the "stems" of your new little button flowers and wrap the green wire around it over and over to create volume.
  • 4. Attach a safety pin to the back and you've got a little bouquet of buttons!

(See how nice this one looks against the light suit? It's a great summer pick but works well year round. Choose brighter buttons to contrast against the more subtle ones you're using.)

    For the blue and white boutonnieres:
  • 1. Gather fabric covered buttons with similar colors in a variety of patterns.
  • 2. Cut out a little leaf shape out of a neutral color fabric (which should be the same for all of the boutonnieres).
  • 3. Thread together the back of the buttons, attaching them to the leaf.
  • 4. Take thin green ribbon and cover a short stick or bundle of toothpicks to create the stem.
  • 5. Sew or tie the bundle of buttons to the top of the stick, creating the buds.
  • 6. Attach a safety pin to the back and you're all set!

    For the stem-less flower:
  • 1. Cut eight pieces of ribbon, 5 inches long. Pick a cute pattern as this will be the “petals” and the main focus of the boutonniere.
  • 2. Loop over the ribbon, gathering all of the ends in the middle. (A tip: it helps if you glue or sew the ends down to a small piece of cardboard so they stay together.)
  • 3. Glue a similar colored button to the center of the ribbon so the ends are hidden.
  • 4. Glue the safety pin to the back of the cardboard.
  • 5. For reinforcement, go back and sew all of the parts together right through the middle.

Images by (from left): Angelica Glass, Elizabeth Lloyd Photography, Jason + Anna Photography.

See more photos from Cynthia and Les' wedding (yellow boutonniere) or Jamie and Matt's wedding (blue boutonnieres).

by Leticia Frazao

August 27, 2010

This week's projects all have that certain something to make them look just broken-in enough -- without actually being shabby. Here's the best from around the net.

1. No Sew Headband. It's no secret taht we're big fans of Non-Pareil Magazine yet, so we were hardly surprised to see that they came up with this glamorous no-sew headband. (NonPareilMag)

2. Kanzashi Flower. This cute flower puts a new twist on a traditional Japanese craft. You could easily make these in a variety of colors as decor or add them to your bridal party's gift bags. (Edie's Fashion Factory)

3. Doily Banners. It doesn't get much more shabby chic than this -- a banner made entirely or old doilies. These would look great hanging at an outdoor reception, or even to add an extra feminine touch to your bridal shower. (Katie Jean)

4. Flag Book Cookbook. Esther K. Smith, who wrote the cutest little book "The Paper Bride," came up with this project which includes recipes, but could easily be modified to include personal notes from your bridal party. (The Storque)

5. Reusable Snack Sack. Forget plastic bags, these cute little bags are a cinch to make and can hold just about anything -- from snacks to carry with you on your big day (don't forget to eat!) or could even be made in a more luxe fabric and given as a gift to hold jewelry. (ReproDepot)

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- Amy E.

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