You may remember our DIY Floral Letters from a few months ago. The floral letters were a hit, and our friends at Pinterest invited us to their headquarters to teach a DIY for all of their employees! Since making this baby’s breath wreath was so fun (and easy!) for us, we thought we’d share the tutorial on our blog, too.

Floral Design: Loop Flowers. Photography by Christina McNeill.

 

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DIY INSTRUCTIONS:

Step 1: Gather your materials. You will need a wreath ring, 22 gauge floral paddle wire, floral sheers, wire cutters and blooms of your choice.

Step 2: Prep your flower material. Cut blooms with your floral shears into roughly 5″ lengths.

Step 3: Gather roughly 5 stems of your material and make a little bundle in your hand. Take the paddle wire and and wrap the blooms onto the wreath ring while pulling the wire tightly around the wreath ring and back onto itself. You can leave a small portion of the stems sticking out below the wire.

Step 4: Repeat Step 3 until you’ve covered your wreath ring. Each bundle should overlap so that you cover the previous bundle stems.

Step 5: Getting it ready to hang. Make a loop with your green floral wire and attach it in the center of your letter. String a beautiful coordinating ribbon through your loop and hang on a on a door, or wall!

 

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Special thanks to Milkfed Press for providing a beautiful print out at our Pinterest event! 

 

This post is sponsored by Richard Photo Lab. Christina McNeill and Loop Flowers are Snippet & Ink Select vendors. This post contains affiliate links. 

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We’re going to be honest, this week’s Paper Flower DIY is pretty time intensive. But what you spend in time, you’ll save in dollars! Not only are these paper flowers just as beautiful as their counterpart, they’ll always stay peppy and photo ready!  Want to give your friends a double-take?  Add greenery and foliage to make them look more realistic!

Thanks to Download and Print you can save a little time with this free downloadable template. So schedule a craft night with your bridal party, open a bottle of wine and start creating!

 

Photography: Sonya Yruel.

 

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TOOLS:

–  Crepe Paper
Tissue Paper
–  24 – Gauge Floral Wire
Hot Glue Gun + Sticks
–  Floral Tape
Markers, or Paint (optional)
Crepe Flower Template

 

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DIRECTIONS:

1.  Download our free petal template HERE.
2.  Select the flower you wish to make and cut the designated number of petals.
3.  Align the grain of the crepe paper with the double arrow on the pattern.
4.  Using a marker a few shades darker than your crepe paper, shade the lower third of your petal. TIP: Use uneven strokes for a natural look.
5.  Set aside.

To create a peony or magnolia stamen: 

6. Crumple a piece of scrap paper into a 1/2″ ball.
7. Twist 24 gauge wire around stamen ball.
8. Wrap and twist a small piece of crepe over the ball, twisting like you were covering a piece of candy in a wrapper.
9. Use floral tape to adhere the stamen to 24-gauge floral stem wire. Set aside.

To create a rose or tulip stamen: 

10. Cut a 10″ x 1.25″ strip of brown or black tissue paper. Cut approximately 1/8″ wide fringe, being careful only to cut 1″ deep.
11. Create fringe with fringing or regular scissors.
12. Wrap fringed tissue paper onto floral wire.
13. Adhere together with floral tape. Set aside.

Attaching petals to stamen: 

14: Taking your cut out petals, reference the squiggle line on the pattern, use two hands to stretch the crepe paper. The petals will begin to cup and curl.
15. Use a hot glue gun to adhere petals to the flower stamen. Stagger and layer the petals forming a tight bud around the stamen.
16. With all the petals attached, wrap the base of the petals with floral tape twisting around and down the stem wire.
17. Gently ease your flower open to achieve the ideal amount of bloom.

 

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Are you incorporating paper flowers at your wedding?  Share your paper flowers with us on Instagram for a chance to be featured! 

 

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Inspired by this amazing wedding where the Magnolia Leaf Garland takes center stage, we wanted to see how easy it would be to make one! Thanks to Nature’s Grace Design, who explains how to add this whimsical detail to your wedding without increasing your budget. Add simple candles for a romantic tablescape or drape it across the back of the bride and groom chairs.

Photography: Danielle Defiore

Materials needed:

Magnolia Leaf Tips
Cording or Paper Wrapped Wire
Pruners
Paddle Wire
Pruners

Tip: Before you begin, set aside a few magnolia tips for filling in any natural gaps in the garland

 

Directions:

1. Clean down magnolia tips cutting away bruised, discolored, or torn leaves. After cleaning, prune woody stem leaving approximately 3-4 inches length.

2. Lay out the desired length of cording, with a few extra inches on each end for tying off.

3. Start your garland by laying the magnolia tip on the cording wire, making sure you leave a few inches on the end for tying off.

4. Begin wrapping the magnolia tips and cording wire together with the paddle wire. Wrap down the stems away from the leaves. It is important to keep the paddle wire tight as you wrap for a secure garland.

5. When done with the first piece, place another magnolia tip slightly overlapping the first on the cording wire. Wrap in the same manner until you are at the end of the stem. Continue this process with the rest of your magnolia tips until you reach the desired length.

6. For the end piece, simply turn the magnolia tip in the opposite direction to finish off the garland. Lay it slightly overlapping, and bind it to the garland with the paddle wire. Wrap the extra cording wire around the last stem for tying off.

7. After setting your garland in the desired location, use the extra magnolia tips to fill in any open spaces.

 

 

Share your Magnolia Leaf Garland with us on Instagram for a chance to be featured. See more of our favorite tablescape inspirations here.

 

Danielle Defiore is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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Easter is right around the corner and if you’re like me, planning a small dinner can quickly escalate into prepping for an impromptu Easter event! This simple and whimsical Easter Egg Place Card DIY from Glow Event Design is easy, elegant and affordable. It brings a bit of the outdoors in and adds a thoughtful hand-made touch to your themed tablescape.

Photography by Christina McNeill.

 

 

Supplies: 

– White Chalk Marker
– Eggs
Egg Dye
Nests

 TIP: Add green foliage (we used angel vine) to your nest for a polished and organic look. 

 

 

Loop Flowers created a floral centerpiece filled with ranunculus, combo roses, sweet pea, fritillaria, hyacinth, spirea and bunny grass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Share your DIY Easter Egg Place Cards with us on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Looking for more inspiration?  We’ve got you covered with more escort card ideas.

Photography: Christina McNeill / Styling, Design: Glow Event Design / Floral Design, Nests: Loop Flowers / Linens: La Tavola / White Ink Marker: Target / Plates: Pottery Barn // Glassware:  Fortessa via Williams-Sonoma / Silverware:  Vintage Christofle

Christina McNeill and La Tavola are Snippet & Ink Select vendors. 

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Wax seals are often used as finishing touches on envelopes.  But in this week’s DIY we’re putting our own spin on it thanks to Adelphi Events!  We’ve taken vintage letterpress numbers to create these unique escort cards that are both beautiful and budget-friendly. Unleash your inner artist and do the calligraphy yourself, or let one of our favorite calligraphers do all of the heavy lifting for you!

 

Photos by Christina McNeill. Floral Design by Loop Flowers.  Calligraphy by Joy+Confetti.

 

 

Supplies:

Sealing Wax (we also love these)
Sealing Wax Stamp
Letterpress Numbers
– Lighter or Wax Seal Glue Gun
– Silpat (optional)
Fine Art Paper (note: we purchased 5.9 x 7.9 inch paper and made two escort cards out of one sheet. The paper is naturally deckled, so we had to trim the sides so that they would match.)

 

 

Directions:

We used a Silpat to make the seals assuring we wouldn’t mess up the beautiful calligraphy on the cards. TIP: Our letterpress numbers arrived with soot on them so make sure to use a little rubbing alcohol, Q Tips and elbow grease to wipe it away.

1. Melt the wax: Hold the wax stick in one hand and the lighter in the other hand. Place the wax and ignited lighter about 1″ above the Silpat and let the wax drip down. Allow the wax to drip into a puddle that’s slightly smaller than the size of your seal. TIP: To minimize black soot in the wax, hold the flame against the top portion of the wax about 1″ back and let the melted wax slowly drip over the edge of the wax stick into a pool on the silpat. (alternative: Not into using a lighter? Try THIS hot glue gun!)

2. Make the circle: Press your round seal firmly into the wax, hold it there for about 20 seconds as the wax cools and hardens, and then gently remove it. If you meet resistance when trying to pull it up, let it cool further for about 1 minute. TIP: If you have multiple seals, you can be extra efficient in and make multiple seals at a time.

 

 

3. Letterpress number: Taking a lighter, direct flame at center of the wax circle design to melt back to loose puddle of wax. (This will remove pattern imprint, but will keep circle shape). Stop melting once wax starts to move slightly but before edges of circle start to warp. Give the wax about 5 seconds to cool from molten state and press letterpress number firmly into center of the circle. Hold it there for about 20 seconds as the wax cools and hardens around letterpress number, then gently remove. Have a little patience and test it out a few times first – we promise you’ll get the hang of it! TIP: If your number comes out clean but not exactly perfect or deep enough into wax, you can briefly heat up the metal of the letterpress number and push into wax a second time, perfectly aligned with numbers prior spot.

4. Affix to Cards: Once your seal is dry, using Tacky Glue or Gorilla Glue, make a small ring of glue on the backside of the seal. Adhere each seal to its individual escort card and let dry completely. (NOTE: We tried elmer’s glue and superglue which didn’t hold and/or soaked through the card…)

 

 

 

 

 

Share your Wax Seal Escort Cards with us on Instagram for a chance to be featured! Looking for more inspiration?  We’ve got you covered with more escort card ideas. 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Styling and Design: Adelphi Events / Calligraphy: Joy+Confetti / Floral Design: Loop Flowers / Fine Art Paper: Medioevalis / Glue Gun: Manuscript / Sealing Wax: Amazon / Wax Seal Stamp: BacktoZero / Letterpress Numbers: Reminiscence Papers / Silpat: Williams-Sonoma / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

 

Christina McNeill is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 

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