Dried Flower Guestbook Tutorial
I’m excited about all my projects, but I really think this dried flower guestbook turned out awesome! I just love the aged look and beauty of the flowers. However, let’s address a few things before we start. I used a very elementary pressing method in this tutorial. You’re welcome to try out more advanced methods. I was told wax paper is a good way to ensure your flowers will come up easily and won’t ruin the pages of the book. I didn’t use wax paper and my flowers came right up, but they did leave their mark on the book.
I would suggest using an old heavy book that you don’t mind marking up a bit. Also, most of the lilacs I pressed turned brown because of their high water content. I’m not sure if letting them dry for a day before pressing would have helped or not, but it might be worth a try with those flowers that don’t press well. One more thing: I used hot glue mainly because I love hot glue. It worked extremely well, but be careful with it. It’s so easy to burn yourself, especially working with these small flower parts. So now that we’ve got the intro out of the way, we can get started.
- Flower cuttings
- Large heavy book
- Hot glue
- Embellishments (I used small pearl beads.)
- Blank page guestbook
DIY Bohemian Bouquet for Brides
So, you’re having a bohemian style wedding? I feel like this style is very trendy right now, which is great if you’re on a budget because it can be done pretty cheaply! It’s also easy to make bohemian crafts look fancy (like something from Anthropologie). I’m not promising Anthropologie store windows (if you don’t know, they’re extremely artsy and cool). But! I do promise that this bohemian bouquet will have a casual, “anything goes” vibe.
In this bohemian-inspired wedding bouquet, I’ve chosen to use flowers I cut myself. My cousin lives in the country and has a beautiful assortment of greens and spring flowers, and she was kind enough to let me use them. However, if you’re going this route as well, my advice is to either wait until the last minute to cut your plants, or do it no sooner than the day before and keep them in water. Be realistic if you do this. Some flowers will hold up better than others. For instance, I noticed the ferns I picked faded almost instantly. Of course, if you get your flowers wholesale, shipped and preserved, then you don’t have to worry.
It’s no secret that getting dressed up for your wedding is half the fun. And while your big day is traditionally the definition of a formal gathering, it’s totally OK to take it easy. After all, the more comfortable you feel, the more you can enjoy the festivities. That’s why a pair of flats can save the day. Compared to heels, they’re easier to walk in—especially when you’re wearing the dress of your dreams. To top it off, flats will increase your chances of feeling good all day and night, letting you enjoy the dance floor and mingle with your guests. With this DIY, you can customize a pair of flats to match your style and wedding theme. These embellished geometric glitter flats also make a charming gift for your bridesmaids. As always, feel free to customize this idea to your heart’s content!
- Scrap paper
- Mod Podge
- Extra-fine glitter
- Vinyl electrical tape or masking tape
- Flat-backed gems
- Strong craft glue
Vinyl electrical tape can be found at the hardware store, while masking tape can be found at most retailers and craft stores. If you don’t have either type on hand, you can also use painter’s tape. For best results, avoid duct tape and transparent tape.
Step 1: Adhere two strips of tape to the point of each shoe. Place the tape at an angle to form a triangular shape. As always, you can customize this part to your liking. For a larger triangle, use longer strips of tape. Don’t be afraid to rearrange the tape until you achieve a shape and size of your liking. Smooth down the tape to remove air bubbles and creases. This will help create a clean and crisp glitter shape.
Step 2: Using the brush, apply Mod Podge between the tape. Remember, a little goes along way. Try your best to create a smooth, even layer. Taking your time is key for this step. Make sure the tape is perfectly flat on the shoe’s surface. Otherwise, the Mod Podge may seep under the tape and your edge won’t be clean.
Step 3: Place the shoe on top of the scrap paper, which will protect your work space. Slowly add the glitter to the decoupaged section, paying attention to the natural curve of the shoe. Shake the excess glitter off onto the paper. You can pour the excess glitter back into the bottle (or a spare bowl) to save for the next shoe. Set aside to dry and work on the second shoe.
Step 4: Once dry, carefully remove the tape. This will expose a glittery geometric shape at the end of the shoe. If you missed a few spots, don’t fret. Simply add a small amount of decoupage using the brush and add a helping of glitter. Afterward, shake off the excess.
Step 5: Adhere a gem to each shoe and leave it to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area. You can place the gem at the tip of the triangle or directly on the glitter. Looking for another alternative? Try adding multiple embellishments around the glitter shape. Consider bringing in studs or pearls, depending on your style. Your shoes, your rules!
After you’ve dropped a pretty penny on your wedding rings, purchasing a holder for the ceremony may be one of the last things you’ll want to do. Fortunately, giving your rings a home doesn’t have to be another big wedding expense. A simple mason jar lid can be transformed into a darling holder made to suit your wedding’s theme. The trick is to completely cover up the lid, dressing it up in rustic embellishments and elements. You can even use leftovers from past projects, making this DIY extremely budget-friendly. Showing off your rings has never been so easy.
- Hot glue gun
- Hemp cord (or ribbon or other lacing)
- Green floral moss
- Mason jar lid
- Fabric scrap
- Decorative trim or ribbon
Paper flowers are super cool, and such a great flower alternative. I actually built an entire paper flower arch for my mother’s wedding. Their ceremony space was rather plain, and their budget rather small, so I wanted to give them a way to have flowers without the cha-ching. Ever since, I’ve been trying to come up with unique ways to utilize paper flowers. You can use pretty much any method out there for your flowers. You can use fabric, tissue paper, scrapbook paper, etc. I wanted to try out something fun and different for this tutorial, so I’m going to do an origami flower headband. This is a great base idea for a bridesmaid’s headband or even a bride’s hairpiece. The one I made is pretty simple with a pop of color and flowers, but you could go huge and flower crazy; the sky is the limit. You can follow along and create your own origami flower headband or you can just take this idea and run with your own style. … read more
When it comes to your wedding, party favors double as “Thank You” gifts for your guests. It’s the perfect way to show appreciation for the people that helped you celebrate your big day. With a project like this mini tambourine party favor, your friends and family can send off you and your loved ones with cheerful, celebratory vibes. These cuties can also add a fun party feel to your reception. And since this DIY is totally customizable, you can emphasize your wedding’s theme down to the last detail. The key is to choose materials that tie in the colors and elements of your event. You can even use leftover supplies from other projects from your wedding. How’s that for personalization? … read more
I am a fabulous and famous painter. NOT. I like to paint, but I’ll admit it’s just a hobby. That’s why I’m so excited about these floral rocks. I’ve figured out a way that almost anyone can paint these flowers. If you can paint dots and color in the lines you can definitely do this! I wanted to find a way to make this doable because painted rocks are hot right now, they’re a perfect favor and table setting for your guests, and they have so many possibilities. With this technique and a will, there’s a way to paint flowers on rocks. Okay you get the picture. Here’s what you’ll need. … read more
When it comes to your wedding reception, place cards are extremely useful for seating your guests in an organized manner. They also provide another chance to emphasize your wedding’s theme, color palette, and overall vibe. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend a pretty penny for a batch of personalized place cards. With this DIY tutorial, you can use ordinary clothespins to create simple and sweet place cards. And since wooden clothespins are both easy to find and extremely affordable, you’ll save some serious cash on this project. To top it off, fancy crafting skills aren’t required for this project. This is as easy as it gets! … read more
Winter isn’t over yet! I’ve decided to create a simple craft, made to represent the beautiful sparkling snow that may or may not be on the ground where you are. I like this card because it’s simple and because it’s so simple, it’s equally simple to make. It can also be thought of as a base for which to build your own design from. I think invitations are the perfect opportunity for a DIY. Why spend all that money on printing when you can make them yourself? So while I’ve got you feeling thrifty, let’s get started. … read more
Being a huge fan of frosting (and, let’s face it, just about anything sweet), I don’t really understand why anyone would want to serve an unfrosted cake at their wedding but I will say this: they’re awfully cute, especially if you don’t like fondant or gobs of icing.
I think they need a great topper to make them truly “pop” however. And if there’s anything I like more than frosting, it’s a string of mini-wedding pennants!
Of course, rhinestone pennants may seem to go against the very less is more ethos that has made the naked wedding cake so popular, but if you pair your bling with just the right paper (or, in this case, a few up-cycled maps) you’ll be good to go. … read more