5.11.2010

Homemade Wedding: DIY decoratons

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Hello, there. Yesterday I was super stoked for all this matrimony business (and of course, I still am!) but I'm starting to get the jitters too. I feel like I'm forgetting something although I can't pinpoint it, exactly. I had one dream that the rain washed our wedding away, and I had another one where no one came. That is normal, right?

Here's a little peak at one of the wedding crafts I was referring to in my last post:

pinwheels

Pinwheels! Finally I had an excuse to buy a book of that pretty scrapbook paper. I followed this tutorial from Martha Stewart. They were easy enough to make, but awfully time consuming. I think they will look really cute poking out of flower arrangements or lining the pathway into our reception. They're especially cute in the spring time, when there's bound to be a breeze.

They'd also be a thrifty alternative to fresh flowers and can double as party favors. The best part is, they are relatively inexpensive to make. I spent about 45 cents per pinwheel.

I could not have managed this project without the help of my friends. I made the most of my to-make list by hosting a crafting bee. You may liken this to a home-based sweatshop operation, except there were snacks, gossip and vodka infused Arnold Palmers. My girlfriends and I ironed and cut 300 feet of fabric pennant flags, folded 60 paper pinwheels, and spent the rest of the night sitting in my living room floor, screaming/laughing, telling stories and drinking sugar booze. The best kind of fun - more so than any bachelorette party I've been to. So far, it's been my favorite part of the wedding planning process and I recommend it if you're going the DIY route. Thank you, craft biddies.

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It figures that I'm the girl that goes out for a run around the block and returns covered with thorn pricks and a fistful of wild flowers. I spotted these pretties down the wooded trail tucked behind my neighborhood. It was the perfect opportunity to practice my flower arranging skills, which until recently just entailed shoving a tangle of stems into a water glass.

For our wedding, I've ordered a modest array of cut flowers from Whole Foods, and I plan to make my bouquet and eight small table arrangements myself the day before. I did a test bouquet just using the flowers I found, using this helpful guide on 100 Layer Cake. Here are the basic principles: Trim stems under water at an angle, remove unwanted greenery and build the bouquet by continually criss-crossing stems like a teepee.

They really are just some wildflowers in a mason jar, but I love how they turned out. I've received so many compliments on them since they've graced our kitchen table.


Not too bad for a bunch of weeds, right?

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3 comments:

  1. Buy yourself a leaf stripper... it'll save your fingers/hands!!

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  2. The flowers are so lovely!

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  3. Thanks! We ended up buying flowers from whole foods and stuffing them in jars like in my test run. They turned out casual but very pretty.

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