Posted November 12, 2013 by EmmalineBride | ♥ Leave a Comment!
I spotted this DIY wreath place card tutorial over at Spoon Fork Bacon and couldn’t wait to share it with you! These place cards are made with rosemary sprigs, floral wire, scissors, and twine, along with paper for personalization. What a lovely idea for a winter wedding, holiday party, or festive winter entertaining!
DIY Wreath Place Cards
This is such a cute idea! I love the little bow at the top and the place card flags, which add a whimsical touch.
Ready to get crafting? You can learn how to make these beautiful DIY wreath place cards by following the tutorial here. I normally don’t post wreath-inspired finds this early in November, but seriously, it snowed over an inch yesterday. This past weekend, I was raking fall leaves; this upcoming weekend, I may be shoveling snow! Too early, I say, too early! Oh well. Bring on the Christmas music, right? ;)
There’s plenty more coming up next! Stay tuned!
Posted June 25, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 6 Comments
Happy Monday! We hope you had an amazing weekend! We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding goodness with a collection of 10 killer wedding DIYs we think you’ll love. This list contains some of our favorite wedding DIYs ever… and we think you’ll agree! Feel free to follow each tutorial to a T or mix it up with a variation of your own. And, if you tackle a craft below, please let us know so we can see your beautiful work (+ share it in an upcoming post!) So, ready to get crafty? Read on to see which DIYs made the list… after the jump!
10 Killer Wedding DIYs
1. DIY Perfume
Become a frangrance mixologist in an evening! This custom homemade eau de perfume by Design Sponge makes a great gift for bridesmaids. I plan to make one myself!
2. DIY Paper Peony (+ FREE Printable Template)
Pretty up your place cards with DIY paper peony flowers thanks to a FREE printable template + tutorial from Ellinee.
3. DIY Sharpie Mug
Decorate mugs for your coffee or tea loving bridesmaids or create a custom ‘His’ + ‘Hers’ mug set thanks to this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. This DIY is super easy to do with cheap white mugs (try Ikea), Sharpie markers, and your oven! Get the full how-to here.
4. DIY Coasters
Make your own (affordable) favors with this tutorial via FellowFellow: it’s fun and easy.
5. DIY Cement Votive Holders
Deck out your outdoor reception tables (or patio) with DIY cement votive holders. These are easier than they look and can be reused for years after the big day! Read the tutorial at Say Yes to Hoboken.
6. DIY Wedding Program
Make your ceremony programs with this tutorial via Intimate Weddings using burlap and vintage patterned paper. Pretty!
7. DIY Homemade Lip Gloss
Homemade lip gloss makes a great gift for bridesmaids. Customize the labels to make it your own. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these… Cheeky Kitchen shows you how it’s done!
8. DIY Bow Sash
Last but not least, you can add a pop of color and a girly detail to your dress (or bridesmaid dresses) with this tutorial by Momtastic.
9. DIY State Art
Personalize your reception space with DIY state art to show where your love resides. This fun idea – called Heart in Ohio – comes from The Harpster Home. Decorate your reception + display in your love nest after the big day.
10. DIY Wrap Bracelet
It’s a wrap! We finish up this round-up with a funky twist on traditional wedding jewelry: wrap bracelets! Visit Honestly WTF for the full tutorial.
Psst. Did you know you could print on burlap? It’s true… imagine menus, place cards, escort cards, programs… so many possibilities. Just thought we’d share! :)
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P.S. We have a new giveaway coming up next! Don’t miss it!
Posted June 5, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments
Happy Tuesday! There are few things I (Emma here!) love more than DIY projects turned heartfelt gifts, which is why I’m excited to share our exclusive new DIY project with you today. Our DIY wedding hankie can be tied around your bridesmaid’s bouquet as a wrap, placed in her clutch purse as a personalized accessory, or wrapped around a jewelry gift + tied with ribbon as functional, re-usable gift wrap. It can be wrapped in a ribbon and gifted to your mom, grandma, or aunt (to catch those joyous tears). And, it can be placed in your own clutch purse just in case you need it during the ceremony. Hankies are inexpensive (around $4 for a pack of six) and its uses are endless. This DIY wedding hankie project costs little out of pocket, requires little know-how (beginners: rejoice!), and there is almost no clean-up. Plus, you’ll have an excuse to buy a few new crafting projects for your DIY arsenal: I swear, these little alphabet stamps are used by me almost daily. So, if you’re ready to get started, read on to find out how to craft these beautiful bridesmaid hankies just in time for those joyous tears! Enjoy!
DIY Wedding Hankie
For this project, you’ll need…
– hankies (we used white hankies… you can use a vintage patterned hankie if you prefer)
– alphabet stamp set
– permanent ink pad in black
– decorative stamp (we used a skeleton key stamp from JoAnn’s)
1. Fold hankie lengthwise; at one corner, apply decorative stamp.
2. Above stamp (or below, depending on size) use your alphabet stamps to personalize with your bridesmaid’s name.
3. Allow to dry.
4. When dry, use to wrap a jewelry gift box (+ tie with a ribbon), wrap in twine and place in a tote bag, or knot securely around your bridesmaid’s bouquet on the wedding day.
*EB NOTE: Hankies aren’t just for the ladies! Gift your groom, groomsmen, father, grandfather, or uncle with a personalized wedding hankie with a batch of decorative (albeit manly) stamped handkerchiefs he’ll love.
We hope you enjoyed this DIY! We plan on unveiling an entire series of exclusive DIY projects, so please bookmark our blog + visit us again soon! (Better yet, sign up for FREE updates so you never miss a post!)
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Posted May 9, 2012 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 1 Comment
Happy Wednesday! We’re helping you cross ‘awesome bridesmaid gift’ off your wedding to do list with these oh-so-sweet, ultra-girly DIY apothecary bottles from Formal Fringe. The tutorial – which includes a free printable! – uses clear glass bottles (from Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, or other local craft store), transfer labels, and decorative drawer pulls – my latest obsession. I recently visited Hobby Lobby and discovered an entire aisle dedicated to drawer pulls and decorative knobs; I’m in love. In this tutorial, Taryn adds water and a splash of red food coloring to give the decorative bottles a pink effect. As an alternative, we think it would be fun to add your favorite pink bubble bath. Wrap up the bottle in a pretty ribbon, attach a luxurious loofah, and gift to bridesmaids as a spa-inspired gift. You could also add a few drops of essential oil as a chic tabletop fragrance diffuser. Read on to see more…
For the full DIY tutorial + printable, head over to Formal Fringe. I love this idea: I’ll be making one as a gift soon!
all photos above via formal fringe
Posted November 1, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 3 Comments
Feeling crafty? We found a beautiful tutorial to create a DIY flower girl dress… from a pillowcase! With just a few simple sewing supplies, you can create a handmade dress for your flower girl she’ll love to wear on the wedding day… and beyond! This unique idea was spotted via Aesthetic Nest (via Pinterest). Find out more after the jump!
Isn’t this adorable? We love its simple, lovely design and re-usability. To find out how to craft yours, read the full tutorial here.
Posted October 5, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 12 Comments
Move over, ordinary place cards! Today we’re showcasing a HUGE round-up of our favorite DIY pumpkin place cards perfect for your upcoming fall wedding. A few weeks ago, we talked about DIY pumpkin candles and we’re back to up the ante. We love when decor pieces can do double duty as place cards, so today’s round-up is all about decor and functionality. Read on to browse our hand-picked pumpkin place card ideas, check out a few handmade finds and learn how you can turn these pretty pumpkins into wedding favors, too! PLUS, check out this yummy pumpkin-inspired beverage to greet guests upon arrival (+ learn how to whip it up at home!) Enjoy!
1. Glitter Pumpkin Place Card
Who knew glitter, a little styrofoam and candle light could combine so effortlessly? Instead of using real pumpkins which can dry out quickly, this DIY uses styrofoam pumpkins so you can make them well ahead of time.
This glittery pumpkin place card holder (+ candle!) requires only a handful of styrofoam pumpkins, glitter spray paint and votive candles, among a few other easy-to-find supplies. Get the full scoop – including the complete how-to details – here.
2. Spray-Painted Pumpkin Place Cards
We spotted this idea via Martha Stewart: spray-painted pumpkin place cards! I love the metallic spray paint. It’s such a fun alternative if you like the pumpkin idea without using orange throughout your wedding. Use any color you wish (we especially love it in gold). Spotted here.
3. Easy Pumpkin Place Card
This next place card idea is RIDICULOUSLY easy (and looks so cute!) Spotted via RecipeGirl, this DIY requires nothing more than real mini pumpkins, a little jute string and green paper for tags. Write the names of your guests on tags (cut out to resemble leaves), attach the tag to the pumpkin stem, place and enjoy! (See? Told you it was easy.)
4. Plastic Pumpkin Place Cards
These place cards are made from plastic pumpkins and carved wood bases. Catch the full how-to scoop here which features an excellent step-by-step tutorial with pictures.
5. Pin the Place Card on the Pumpkin
Better Homes & Gardens brings us this amazing idea for an easy alternative to the orange pumpkin: yellow! Just print your place cards, cut and pin them on! What could be easier?
6. Flying Pumpkin Place Cards
Leave it to Martha Stewart to come up with a perfectly fitting pumpkin place card for your Halloween-themed wedding (or party!) I love this one! Check out the full scoop here.
7. White Pumpkin Place Cards
This white pumpkin idea is taken from a Real Bride who did a fabulous job with her place cards! Image via Lynn Michelle Photo.
8. 3D Paper Pumpkins
A circle cutter, paper, raffia, and a few easy supplies are all it takes to craft these amazing 3D paper pumpkin place cards! Get the FREE printable and the tutorial here to craft your own!
Handmade Pumpkin Place Cards
Running out of time? Not feeling very crafty? There are plenty of pretty pumpkin place cards available by handmade artisans ready to order! Take a peek at a few of our favorites:
Painted Pumpkin Favors
What to do with all of those pumpkins sitting at guests’ seats? We recommend setting up a DIY pumpkin painting station! This is perfect for kids (and, kids at heart) and can even double as your wedding favor. Just use metallic paint pens!
Or… what about a DIY pumpkin GLITTER bar? Messy – yes. Fun? Absolutely!
With crisp air rolling in, you’ll want to greet your guests with a hot beverage upon their arrival. Instead of coffee or tea, mix things up with a pumpkin spice latte! YUM! They’ll go perfectly with your pumpkin place cards and warm up guests so they can dance the night away! Don’t forget these yummy fall-inspired treats, too! I’ll take mine with extra foam, please!
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Posted September 27, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 21 Comments
Have you ever wondered how to cut wine bottles to re-purpose as candle holders? Today you’ll learn how to put old wine bottles to good use as re-usable candle holders. We love when wedding centerpieces make a statement (remember the cascading hydrangea table runner?) and these candles are no exception! They can be grouped together on tables for a romantic glow or placed along a path for a soft, ethereal light. After your wedding day, they can be reused on your patio while entertaining or in your love nest during a romantic dinner.
Read on for info on the candle holder tutorial, find out where to order handmade holders and learn an alternate idea you can do in less than a minute. Enjoy!
How to Cut Wine Bottles
We think she did a beautiful job! The best part? Her wedding scheme is gold and green and she was able to incorporate the colors into her wine bottle holders. The bonus? She worked on it with her fiancee, a great DIY idea for date night.
To make them, she gathered old bottles donated by family and friends and removed the labels. To remove the labels, just use water, razor blades and goo gone to remove the sticky residue. She mentions to have a few extra bottles just in case, as a few of hers cracked or split while she was making them. After the labels were removed, she cut the bottles herself with instructions from this terrific video by Dan Rojas entitled how to cut wine bottles in 30 seconds. Then, she cut the bottoms with a cutting tool and boiling water. She does a terrific job explaining the entire how-to, so find out the full tutorial here. Tip: She makes an important note about safety: once the candle is burning, the top of the bottle will get extremely hot. So, please don’t touch + be sure to keep away from children and pets.
Buy Handmade Candle Holders
Now, if learning how to cut wine bottles yourself isn’t your cup of… er, wine, we recommend buying handmade! We found some of the most amazing wine bottle candle holders via The Good Life which we displayed in the first two images of this post. Here are a few more favorites from the very same shop:
Wine Bottle Candle Holders in Less Than A Minute
Turn any wine bottle into an oil lamp with this glass candle insert by National Artcraft via Amazon. (Emmaline Bride is an affiliate of Amazon, but you can buy it wherever you’d like!) Just add oil to the insert, place into the top of a wine bottle and light the wick. Now you have a beautiful wine bottle candle in less than a minute!
Wine Bottle Guest Book
And, if you’re incorporating a wine theme throughout your entire wedding, consider this amazing wine bottle guest book idea via EVCreations via The Marketplace! Guests write their names onto a wine bottle to be opened at your one year, five year and ten year anniversaries. We LOVE this idea!
We hope you enjoyed these wine bottle ideas today. If you decide to DIY, please send us pictures! We’d love to see your work and possibly feature in an upcoming follow-up post. Thanks!
Posted September 22, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 4 Comments
Are you a crafty bride who WOWs her family + friends with seamless sewing projects? Or, perhaps you just love innovative ideas with POPS of color? Then, you’ll love this unique idea: escort card spools! Yes – spools! These escort card spools were spotted via Style Me Pretty (photographed by Minnow Park) and have positively stolen our hearts. Who knew colorful spools of thread could add such a whimsical punch of color to your palette?
These coordinate beautifully with the tablescapes, too. The bride did such a great job!
Another example that we mentioned before is an example by our friend and talented crafter, Lauren Elise Crafted, featured in her exclusive EB DIY entitled “Sew in Love” (where you can learn how to make your own).
I know – amazing, right? I love her take on using the wooden spools but utilizing fabric in lieu of thread and sewing the names instead of adding a tag. Perfect!
If you want to give the threaded version of the spools, here are a few tips to DIY at home:
DIY Tips for Escort Card Spools
It’s easy to handcraft your own. All you’ll need is stickers, paper, scissors, glue, a fine-point sharpie marker, and spools of thread in coordinating colors. The real trick to make this DIY pop is to use vintage, wooden spools to complement your palette. (This makes it look pulled together instead of a mash-up of crafting supplies go awry – just sayin’.) We found these vintage spools via Kelsey Drew (pink) or Finders4Keepers (blue) where we spotted these:
Place a sticker with the table number printed onto it (or hand-write with a sharpie marker) onto the top of each spool. Then, cut out pieces of paper into tiny flags, write guests names, and glue to the spool. Voila!
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Posted September 17, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 9 Comments
Good morning and Happy Saturday! We’re bringing you fresh wedding inspiration all weekend long, since wedding planning doesn’t come to a halt for a weekend break. Let’s just hope you’re doing wedding planning in comfy pajamas with a huge cup of coffee at hand. You are? Good. Let’s begin. :)
So, what’s your wedding song? Mine is “The Other Half of Me” by Bobby Darin. My husband and I have a sentimental story in relation to the song, so it seemed fitting for our first dance as husband and wife. Yesterday, I read this article which quoted one bride’s recent post-wedding song serenade. She was cooking dinner in her kitchen and tending to her baby boy when her wedding song came on over the radio. On cue, her husband came in after hearing the song and took her for an impromptu twirl on the kitchen tile. While it does sound like something out of a made-for-tv-movie, it did prove an interesting point: a wedding son is definitely worth having. The couple reminisced about their wedding day and the years leading up to this moment they shared, now with a baby in a high chair and a few years of experience in the marriage department.
While this story may rate a 9.0 on the adorableness scale, let’s be realistic: we know that songs like Ben Folds’ “The Luckiest” or that song your hubby recorded onto a mix tape back in high school won’t make the cut for your local radio station’s top ten list. And you know what? That’s okay. In fact, it’s more than okay; it simply means your wedding song is worthy of a special tribute. So, today we’re showing you one beautiful way to pay tribute to your wedding song through a DIY fit for hanging in your love nest. We’re going to show you one way to turn that wedding song into an art piece to admire every morning while you grab that first cup of coffee.
above: Beautiful bride, Sarah, shares her first dance with husband, Pete, from this Real Wedding post
How to Turn Your Wedding Song into Art
This diy wedding song idea comes to us via Pinterest from the lovely people over at This Humble Home. Ana, the craftista behind this darling DIY, shoes us how to turn your wedding song into art with a few materials available at your local craft store. In fact, she bought her panels from Michael’s dollar store rack finds (she had us at Michael‘s) with a little mod podge and some stylish printing on cardstock. You could also probably use canvas panels, too. Here’s what it looked like before…
And… here’s the final unveil…
Didn’t she do a beautiful job? We think so, too. Check out the full how-to scoop here for a fun DIY you can do over the weekend. Oh, and if you know your best friend’s wedding song and she’s getting married soon, make her one as a perfect bridal shower gift! She’ll love it. And, I have a hunch it will get more daily use than the blender for which she registered.
Posted August 30, 2011 by EmmalineBride | ♥ 5 Comments
Spotted: an easy + modern DIY floating peony centerpiece for your wedding! You may use peonies (as shown) or your favorite flower for this DIY. This works for bridal showers, engagement parties, wedding receptions, and parties at home! This was spotted at Martha Stewart and requires small bowls, flowers, a white cheese board, and votive candles. Lovely!