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
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  1. mssnapdragon Member
    mssnapdragon 267 posts, Helper bee @ 3:22 pm

    Oh so cute – seriously, I could craft all day.

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    melodicsighs1 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:26 pm

    Wow! I wish I had a friend like you to craft with for my wedding! Everything’s so cute and will pull together so nicely, I’m sure.

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    RAllise 498 posts, Helper bee @ 3:27 pm

    Wow, they are looking great! I stole Miss Poodle’s Oragami Cherry Blossoms and now need 440+ for my centerpieces. I folded all the way from CT to AZ & back on my business trip…it’s craftingmania!!! And now it seems I must steal your ribbon swizzle sticks…crumb!!!

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    Newport Nuptials 1268 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:27 pm

    Wow, everything looks awesome. Your friend is lucky to have you to help!

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    beagle 1381 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:30 pm

    I love the colors! Like Snappy, I think I would be content crafting all day, week, month… you get the picture :) Hope you post pictures of the final product!

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    quiche 3150 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:30 pm

    I LOVE THE SWIZZLES! I wanted to bring down DIY swizzles to Jamaica, but I think Mr. Quiche and everyone else I know would have tied my hands together to avoid another project. Haters! :)

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    lcneiny 183 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:35 pm

    Wow, I’m really not a crafter but this post makes me want to go out and try some of these! Those swizzle sticks look easy enough for even clumsy me to complete successfully! Way to go Mrs Taffy :)

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    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:39 pm

    So ridiculously cute!!! You are so Martha!

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    Jessie516 5480 posts, Bee Keeper @ 3:44 pm

    Those are so cute! I’m totally missing my crafting-self post-wedding. I don’t have any engaged friends right now, so I don’t have any weddings to craft for! 😉

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    rzblna 303 posts, Helper bee @ 3:45 pm

    So cute! Where did you guys get the great rhinestone buttons??

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    shelliduke 412 posts, Helper bee @ 3:52 pm

    Those are awesome! I originally wanted to do those rosettes, but after making a couple demos, they were SO MUCH work. Awesome to set up an assembly line – unfortunately none of my girls live close enough to help me with this stuff! The drink swizzle sticks are a great idea, though – think I’m going to have to steal that one!

    @rzbina – I was at JoAnn’s this past weekend and saw a whole display of rhinestone buttons and other cool designs on buttons that I had never seen before.

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    poodle 3386 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:56 pm

    I am in love with those cocktail flags! I am actually looking forward to my friends getting engaged! so that way I can offer my help with crafts after my wedding, I need an excuse!!

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    Mrs. DG 8491 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 4:01 pm

    I can’t wait until my friend’s wedding to craft again!

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:13 pm

    i love those colors! what kind of paper did you use for the rosettes? and how will they be used? i have just decided to make them my obsession of the moment!

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:52 pm

    super cute flags!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:07 pm

    @RAllise: It’s so easy to get dragged into another fun project!!! 😉

    @Miss Beagle: Yes, I will definitely post pictures after the wedding! :) I am so excited to go!

    @Mrs. Quiche: lol, yep! Mr. Taffy would have gone crazy if I had tried something else on top of everything!

    @lcneiny: You should try, they are very easy and fun to make! :) I can’t take the credit though, this was all Katie’s doing. :)

    @Jessie516: We should just have craft night then! 😉

    @rzblna: We found the buttons at Haberman’s fabric in Ropyal Oak, Michigan. I have also seen a great selection at JoAnns!

    @shelliduke: Yes, the rosettes are a crazy amount of work! We have spent two full nights making them assembly style, and might have to do one more round to get enough for her decorations. eep! Once we saw how pretty they were, we just couldn’t stop…

    @tea: Yes, Katie chose great color combinations! :) The paper is from paper source (you need two letter size pieces for one rosette). The colors are pool, lake, and I can’t remember the cream/off white that she used.

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:28 pm

    Those are fantastic and so neatly done.

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    tea 2414 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:58 pm

    @Mrs. Taffy: thanks for the info!

    @Jessie516: i was able to get my craft fix during undergrad by going to craft night at the michigan union! they have it on tuesday nights. it’s called artsbreak. worth a look if you’re near the university. i still have a few of the things we made there!

  19. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:17 pm

    Baaaa I wish I had done ALL those things! I LOVE the little flags :)

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    firemuffy 204 posts, Helper bee @ 8:15 pm

    The flags are so cute!

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    ms boardwalk 356 posts, Helper bee @ 9:19 pm

    those petals are pretty! and i love the fabric flags!

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    KendraBakes 108 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:15 pm

    These are so cute. Hopefully my friends will be this crafty with me when the time comes in a few months. Will we be able to see this wedding when it happens, because it looks like it will be awesome!

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    espresso 1308 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:54 pm

    Whoa there! So many craft projects at once- you’re making some of us look kind of bad here Taffy (i.e. me) 😉 It takes me days to find the ink for my stamps- and here you are busting out your Martha skills. You’re seriously awesome!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 12:37 am

    OMG, those are so awesome! You did such a great job. I love those flags!

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    mrspaetz 3812 posts, Honey bee @ 1:34 am

    love the flags! so simple yet fun! i’ll so use them when we have friends over for mixed drinks!

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    Kat, Guest @ 9:21 am

    Nice Job Ms. Taffy! So cute!

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    Steph, Guest @ 10:44 am

    Great stuff – I can’t wait to figure out what I’m going to DIY for my wedding! These are some awesome ideas…

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    Miss Red Head, Guest @ 11:23 am

    wow, I might be making those flags tonight… where did you get the wood skewers, were they made for drink stirrers?

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    lucy, Guest @ 9:38 am

    Mrs. Taffy! I want to make LOADS of those rosettes for my wedding and am wondering how many you were able to make assembly-style with how many helpers?

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:18 pm

    @lucy: Hi Lucy! With three of us, it took maybe four hours to make about 20 or so I think. It is hard to say, because we were talking a lot. 😉 I think all in all we did four 4 hr sessions to make all that she needed. It was really fun!

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    Adriana Barrantes, Guest @ 5:15 pm

    I want to know how to make those rosettes, and the scalloped ones are beautiful, any pointer on how? Cuz i tried but mine are not commig out ok :(

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