Mrs. Taffy’s Back to School Special

This post isn’t really about school… it is about a recent crafting marathon for a friend’s upcoming wedding. However, we used enough pencils, erasers, rulers, scissors, and paper that night to justify the title! 😉

We had three goals for the marathon: create paper rosettes for the decor, cocktail flags for the reception, and flower pins for the bridesmaids’ dresses. Here is a sneak peek of our Martha Stewart-inspired rosettes:

You can find Martha’s directions for the rosettes here.

While the bride and another friend got busy marking and scoring the paper for the rosettes, I started to work on the flower pins for the bridesmaids’ accessories. I found some vintage unopened packages of pre cut silk flower kits that I planned on using for this project.

Once Miss K picked out the petals shapes that she liked, we layered them to give some height and texture to the pin.

Earlier that day Miss K chose some sweet buttons to add some sparkle:

I threaded a needle, stitched a few threads, and voila!

Each bridesmaid will have two flowers to pin on their dresses (one of each design), and the bride’s adorable niece will have one small flower pin. :)

Once the pins were finished, I joined in on the rosette assembly line. My main job was to create and trim a scalloped edge on some of the paper, which would give some contrast to the rosettes. You can see my version on the top here:

Miss K and Miss N scored, pleated and assembled the paper like pros!

Slowly but surely, the finished pile began to grow…

And we started to estimate how many she would need in total before the big day!

Next up, we started another Martha project (and made some margaritas). Remember these cute grosgrain ribbon cocktail flags?

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Our raw material for the flags:

Miss K came up with a great idea to simplify the assembly process by removing the knot. (see the original tutorial here)

1. We cut the ribbon into uniform pieces, then applied double stick tape to the entire ribbon.

2. We placed the skewer in the middle, then pressed the ribbon over and smoothed it out:

3.We finished the edges by snipping a V.

We made two different heights for the different cocktail glasses that will be used. (They aren’t the glasses pictured here)

Whew! Nothing like a night of margaritas and craft therapy. Married bees, have you found a way to get your crafting fill post-wedding? Engaged bees, do you have some recently married friends that would love to help you get things together?


Mrs. Taffy

Ann Arbor
Wedding Date:
May 2009
Change is Afoot
The Dress!


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