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

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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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