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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

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.

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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.