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How to Preserve Leaves for Wedding Decor

Have you ever wondered how to preserve leaves to keep them looking vibrant and rich? Are you planning a fall wedding and hoping to incorporate fall foliage into your decor without the leaves turning brittle and lackluster? Well, you’re in luck: today, we’re showing you how to preserve leaves for fall wedding decor and you won’t believe how easy it is! Using a few simple techniques, you can keep your fall foliage looking freshly-picked all day long. Read on to find out how to preserve leaves PLUS view hand-picked fall wedding centerpieces we think you’ll love. Enjoy!

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Gather Your Leaves for Crafting

Before you preserve your leaves you’ll need to hand-select the loveliest leaves on the lawn. Be on the lookout for leaves that are flat, full of color and slightly dry. Skip leaves that are spotted, since they typically don’t take to wax or glycerin solutions very well. Gather leaves right before you plan to preserve them; if you have to wait a day, be sure to keep the leaves pressed in a book or weighed down on wax paper to prevent curling.

How to Preserve Leaves

You can preserve leaves using various techniques. Today, we’re going to discuss how to preserve leaves with wax, glycerin or via pressing them.

– Use Wax

It’s easy to preserve leaves with one simple ingredient: wax. Check out this pretty demonstration of how leaves look when preserved with wax:

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This hanging leaves project via Martha Stewart uses beeswax and a double boiler to preserve leaves with wax. You can get the full supply list and read the full scoop here. Leave it to Martha to come up with this beautiful hanging leaf idea! Wouldn’t it look gorgeous above the cake table or at your reception site entryway? We think so!

– Use Glycerin

A solution of glycerin and water (twice as much water as glycerin) poured over leaves in a pan will keep your leaves soft and colorful. Leave the leaves in the pan for six days to fully absorb the solution. Easy!

– Pressing Leaves

You can always preserve leaves using the old-school, grade-school tradition: press them! Find a big book (an old textbook works wonders) and add DRY leaves in a single layer on the pages. Place the book in the sun so they can stay dry while they press.

Fall Centerpiece Inspiration

Now that you’ve pressed the leaves, how about trying a few fun centerpieces? Here are a few fall wedding centerpieces for inspiration:


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Don’t forget to keep the theme going throughout the wedding, even if you can’t use real leaves for the entire event. For instance, fall place cards will complement your fall centerpieces beautifully and fondant leaves atop a wedding cake such as this cake via Style Me Pretty (photographed by Joelle West):

Happy Planning!


-E.

How to Cut Wine Bottles for Candle Holders

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!

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how to cut wine bottles

images above via the good life

How to Cut Wine Bottles

Our favorite tutorial is via this real bride‘s step-by-step instruction via Weddingbee. She was inspired by the picture on the left; her recreation is shown on the right.

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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:

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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!

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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!

Happy Planning!

-E.

Burlap Candle Holder + Vase

When you begin planning your wedding centerpieces, keep an eye out for accessories that offer multi-functionality. Accessories which offer dual functions will reduce your centerpiece set up time dramatically and eliminate clutter on your tables. This is especially useful when planning an outdoor wedding reception, as tables are typically smaller in size and space is limited. One of our favorite decor pieces which offers dual functionality is this rustic burlap candle holder + vase combination. By day, this burlap vase displays floral bouquets beautifully (tip: use wildflowers for added whimsy!). By night, replace the flowers with votive candles for a romantic glow at your reception site. The vase is re-purposed with handmade details by Sweet C’s Designs. It is wrapped in burlap and tied with jute ribbon for a rustic look. The vase can be customzes with small initials, a fleur de lis, a custom quote, or your wedding day for a personalized touch.

burlap candle holder
burlap candle holder

Like what you see here? Find more fabulous burlap finds at the lovely Sweet C’s Designs, featured artisan in The Marketplace!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

DIY Teacup Candles

Happy Saturday! What’s that, you say? Fresh posts at EB? Why, yes – of course! Does your wedding planning come to a screeching halt because it’s the weekend? We didn’t think so! And, neither do we. Besides, we’re quite obsessed and it’s only natural to post as much as possible. ;)

If you’ve been an avid reader of EB (p.s. thanks + we love you) you may be aware that I (Emma here!) am in love with teacups. I frequent thrift shops, estate sales, and garage sales searching for the next perfect teacup to add to my collection. One problem? There are not nearly enough opportunities to show off the teacup collection. Today, however, we’re fixing that problem with a DIY to incorporate your chic collection AND a romantic centerpiece idea for your wedding. With a few supplies, you can make these darling DIY teacup candles – via Georgica Pond – for next to nothing using thrift store, garage sale, or estate sale teacups. Make meaningful candles for the head table by using teacups passed down from your grandmother.

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In just a few easy steps you can turn hidden teacups into functional works of art. Lovely!

And, after the wedding day, gather up all of the teacups and display them like so…

What a brilliant teacup shelf display! Spotted here.

We’ll be bringing you plenty of fun finds all weekend long, so be sure you’re hooked up to our RSS feed for up-to-the-minute updates straight to your inbox. Have a wonderful day!

Happy Planning!

xo,
-E.

Rustic Wedding Centerpieces: Log Bowls

We love to find unique, multi-functional finds for both wedding day and ever after. How many brides can say they were able to reuse their rustic wedding centerpieces in their love nest after the big day? That’s why we love these log bowls by Loyal Loot Collective. They are handmade and offer the rustic look of trees in their natural state – but with a twist. Each bowl is made from reclaimed trees and contains a high-floss finish in a variety of colors. We think they will complement your rustic wedding beautifully.

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rustic wedding centerpieces
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log bowl centerpieces

Spotted here // images and product by Loyal Loot Collective.

Hope you’re staying cool out there, lovelies!

xo,
-E.

DIY Terra Cotta Pots

Hi, lovelies! We hope you’re having an amazing, relaxing 4th of July weekend. Yesterday we showed you a pretty blue-and-white DIY striped skirt and we’re continuing the crafting craze with these DIY terra cotta pots. These pretty little pots are perfect for bridal shower or wedding centerpieces, parties, or summer BBQs. These pots are easy-to-DIY and you can use any color fabric of your choosing, which means it will complement your party theme perfectly. Use prints and patterns (shown) for a touch of whimsy!

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diy terra cotta pots

Spotted here. Images by Ashley Ann Photography which was another fantastic version of the original DIY by Christine Chitnis. Get the full DIY scoop here. Lovely work! ♥

Just fill with potting soil, some fabulous flowers, and enjoy. I am definitely making these!

Happy Crafting

xo,
-E.

DIY Centerpiece: Mason Jars with Coffee Beans

Hey, coffee lovers! You’ll like today’s find, especially if you also happen to love mason jars. Mason jars with coffee beans makes an unusually chic centerpiece and is perfect for a coffee themed wedding. And, it’s easy to DIY. Simply fill mason jars with coffee beans, add fresh flowers, and place on tables. Be sure to select flowers in a bright color to contrast the coffee beans and really POP. We love the pink flowers in the example shown below:

Mason Jars with Coffee Beans

Mason Jars with Coffee Beans - DIY Centerpiece Idea

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xo,
-E.

About the Author

emma arendoski author of the handcrafted wedding and emmaline bride
Emma Arendoski is the author of the ultimate wedding book, The Handcrafted Wedding, and editor of EmmalineBride.com. Grab a copy of her book here! You can follow her on Twitter @EmmalineBride.

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DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces: Floating Candles

This mason jar centerpiece is easy-to-DIY for your wedding! Adding candlelight creates a romantic atmosphere and these mason jars will add both a rustic and whimsical touch. First, you’ll need mason jars (you can buy them in bulk here for about $1 each) and fill with water. Next, tie a decorative ribbon (or raffia, as shown below) to the top of the jar in a bow. Place a floating candle (preferably long burning) in each jar and group approximately 3-4 jars together on each table. Light each candle and enjoy!

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DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces

**EB TIP: These DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces can also be made into favors. Use the lanterns to provide light to your wedding reception; add a tag to the handle with your name and wedding date. During the reception, instruct guests to take a mason jar lantern home. If you’re worried about open flames, use a plain mason jar (skip adding the water) and place a flameless battery-operated tealight candle in each jar. My sister did this for her wedding and it was such a fun idea!

Happy Planning!


-E.

About the Author

emma arendoski author of the handcrafted wedding and emmaline bride
Emma Arendoski is the author of The Handcrafted Wedding and editor of EmmalineBride.com. Grab a copy of her book here! You can follow her on Twitter @EmmalineBride.

7 Unique Wedding Centerpieces with Texture

Selecting a centerpiece for any event can be a daunting task that tends to be more difficult for weddings. After spending months of planning – and perhaps crafting – your wedding centerpieces, they ought to be both memorable and unique. One of the first aspects of your decor seen by guests is the centerpiece, so make it a good one! Keep in mind that both color and texture are equally important when selecting the centerpiece. Also, a centerpiece does not necessarily have to be large-and-in-charge. In fact, some of my favorite centerpieces through the years have been subtle, sweet, and simple – a little bit goes a long way. For instance, these unique wedding centerpieces spotted at Floresdelsol are made of dried floral and plant textures (such as moss, spring thistles, and status flowers) so they are on the simple side yet offer bright vivid colors and fresh textures. It is rare to find centerpieces, such as these, that can be used after the wedding as decor in your love nest; in fact, the flowers are dried so they can be admired forever.

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purple unique wedding centerpieces
mossy unique wedding centerpieces
mossy unique wedding centerpieces
floral texture centerpiece
floral texture centerpieces
green unique wedding centerpieces
unique wedding centerpieces
unique wedding centerpieces
floral texture unique wedding centerpieces
ivory wedding centerpiece
dried floral texture centerpiece
dried floral wedding centerpieces
dried floral wedding centerpieces

Now, tell us: which one is your favorite? Do you like dried floral centerpieces?

Happy Planning!

xo
-THE EB TEAM

DIY Doily Vase

Today are excited to feature a beautiful DIY project by our chief DIY expert, Lauren Elise! Enjoy!

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DIY Doily Vase
by Lauren Elise

Hi Emmaline Bride readers! It’s Lauren Elise again and I’m back today to share a simple and easy DIY that will provide a subtle, vintage touch to your floral décor. I must admit that my go-to favorite floral container is definitely a mason jar. I love the rustic feel they provide and despite the many number of times I see mason jars, I never tire of them. But I’m still always looking for something new and unique. I’m not sure how the idea came to be but I recently discovered the awesome qualities of fabric stiffener and decided to experiment on doilies. Right away I saw that the doilies could take the shape of a mason jar or similar container and could then be transformed into a vase on their own. So with a little bit of fabric stiffener and gravity, you can make a doily vase!

Doilies frequently appear in wedding décor (as they should, they’re adorable!) but this would be a way to take that theme and make it more unique. The doilies can take all kinds of shapes so they’re versatile. I would pair them with a collection of vintage medicine or mason jars or old tea tins to complete that vintage look. And the best part is that when the wedding it over, you can incorporate these doily vases into your home décor or spread the love and give them as gifts to friends and family.

So what is your take on doilies? Are they the essential vintage detail? Doilies can definitely get the “old grandma” connotation but for me, they become a lot more contemporary when they are used in less traditional ways. When you just lay them out on a side table with a bowl of potpourri on them then they seem old grandma-y. But if you redefine how to use them, like this DIY, they take on a whole new meaning. For those that love them, how do you use or display your doilies?


Materials ::

° Aleene’s Fabric Stiffener or some other type of fabric stiffener
° crocheted doilies of varying sizes – I bought new ones from Joann’s but you could also use vintage ones
° a plastic bag or something similar to cover your work surface
° smaller plastic bags, like grocery bags
° rubber bands
° rubber gloves
° mason jars, Tupperware, or anything rounded that can be used as a form for the doilies
° flowers for décor



Directions ::

° Get your fabric stiffener and follow the directions on the bottle {image a}. I put the stiffener directly on the doilies, not watered down and that seemed to make them sufficiently stiff. But you can also mix water with stiffener for varying results.

° Take your mason jar, Tupperware, or rounded item and cover it with a grocery bag, securing with a rubber band {image b}. Place your rounded item upright {image c}.

° Put your doily into a bowl and pour the fabric stiffener over it. Put on rubber gloves. Following the directions, work the stiffener into the doily, making sure the entire surface gets covered. You don’t want excess stiffener on the doily though. Drape the doily over the mason jar or rounded item {image d} and let it sit overnight. In the morning when you remove the doily from the mason jar, it should be stiff and hold the shape of the jar independently.

° Fill the doily vases with flowers. For longer lasting flowers, fill the mason jar with water and then place it inside of the doily vase (the doily should conceal the jar inside) before you start the flower arranging.

*It has been a pleasure to be here with you today! If you have any questions about anything I have made, please feel free to contact me through my blog. I am also available to make anything you see. I would love to craft something special for you!

-Lauren Elise

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