Looking for an easy and inexpensive way to add some sparkle to your style? We’ve got you covered with flirty DIY feather butterfly pumps from Em the Gem. In these shoes, each step you take will be as fun and fabulous as the monarch butterfly details you add.

If you missed it earlier, you can see part one of our DIY Shoe Upgrade with Em the Gem.

DIY Faux Butterfly Pumps  



Spice up any ensemble with these feather monarch butterflies pumps! Add a touch of whimsy and flair to your style with ease using this one-step DIY. All you’ll need is a pair of heels, hot glue gun and faux feather butterflies.  We love these monarchs from Amazon.




Tip: Use an odd number of butterflies on your shoes, helps balance things out.  //  If the butterflies have wire attached, use wire cutters or scissors to remove. 


Photography by Em The Gem.


Em The Gem is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 


We’d love to see your DIY Shoe Upgrades, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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No budget for expensive pumps?  No problem!  We’ve got two fun and easy DIY projects that will dress up your shoes in an inexpensive and sophisticated way. From pumps to flats, these simple DIY’s from Em The Gem will elevate your shoe style in no time.


Stay tuned for part two of our DIY Shoe Upgrade post.


DIY Bow Heel

Put a ribbon on it, literally. This chic shoe upgrade is easy and will add a bit of sophistication to your style. A pair of classic pumps with an unexpected twist will put some pep in your step and upgrade every look in your wardrobe.




Satin Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Tip: Bring your shoes with you to the store to buy your satin ribbon! There are many shades to choose from and it really helps to see them side by side.

Step 1. Cut 2 pieces of satin ribbon about 17 inches long (for a 3″ heel).

Step 2. Fold each ribbon in half width-wise.  At the ends, make a small cut to make a V, this will be the tail. (Each ribbon should end up around 16 inches after cutting.)

Step 3. Fold each ribbon in half length-wise.  In the center, make a pleat by pinching the ribbon together.  Use a stapler to secure the pleat.




Step 4. For the bow, cut two 15 inch ribbon pieces. Loop into a circle, doubling back about an inch. Staple in the center to secure.



Step 5. Cut two pieces of ribbon (about 6 inches) for the center of the bow. Fold each piece in on itself and staple at each end to secure.



Step 6. Lay the bow and the tail on top of the center piece. Bring the center pieces together and staple again to secure. Cut off the excess pieces.




Step 7. Attach your bow to the top of the back of your heels with a hot glue gun.



DIY Bow Flats

If heels and pumps make you think of foot pain and aching arches, this simple DIY for flats is perfect for you. It’s chic, classic and even easier than the first DIY! Just follow steps 4, 5 and 6 from above (excluding the tail) to create your new favorite pair of shoes.


Satin Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

Tip: We cut only 6 inches of ribbon to make these bows a tad smaller. Feel free to play around with what size best suits you! 


 (Like this DIY?  Check out this Real Wedding where bride, Lora, added a gold bow to her wedding flats!)


Photography by Em The Gem.


Em The Gem is a Snippet & Ink Select vendor. 


We’d love to see your DIY Shoe Upgrades, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

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This year we’re so excited to bring you weekly DIY projects that are lovely, attainable, and cost effective, too!

Photos by Christina McNeill.


We’ve teamed up with Adelphi Events and Max Gill to create these totally charming Tin Can Table Number Luminaries (try saying that ten times fast!). While they do take some time, they can be done over several months – don’t be afraid to pull in your best friends for a crafting night to hammer and paint away! We’ve chosen a chic matte black paint for the outside and copper for a warm glow on the inside, but you can certainly go with other colors to fit your wedding design.



Download and print the number templates HERE (thanks to Adelphi Events for creating these!). Or, if you like the idea of luminaries but don’t need them for table numbers, you can easily incorporate the same steps to make lanterns to hang in trees, or to line pathways at night.



Masking Tape
Goo Gone
Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Scrubbing Pad
Montana Gold Acrylic Spray Paint. (We used Copper Chrome for the interior and Coke Black for the exterior)
Votive Candles
Free Printable Number Templates



Step 1. Remove paper label from outside of tin can.

Step 2. Wash can inside and out with soap and water. Using Goo Gone and a Scotch-Brite Stainless Steel Scrubbing Pad, remove any remaining adhesive from cans.

Step 3. Wash tin can again, inside and out, with soap and water and let dry completely.

Step 4. Print out number templates and affix to the can with Masking Tape by taping one end first, then wrapping around tin can so the number is visible, and tape the other end down.

Step 5. Using nail and hammer, hammer nail into tin can on each dot of the template – starting at the OPENING of the tin can and working your way to BOTTOM of the tin can (keeps integrity of the tin can) TIP: Use Needle Nose Pliers to push any dents made while nailing, push out any dents from INSIDE the tin can

Step 6. Once you’ve finished creating the holes, remove paper template (reserve for future use) and use nail to reshape all holes.

Step 7. Spray paint interior of tin can multiple time. Let it dry in between each layer, and let it dry completely before moving to the next step. TIP: Metallic colors are best for the interior as they will reflect the most light from the candle.

Step 8. Place the number template inside the can to ensure that exterior spray paint won’t seep through nail holes while spraying. Flip the can upside-down (with the open end on the ground) and spray the exterior of the can. Let dry completely. TIP: Darker exterior colors will hide any imperfections made while nailing better than lighter colors.

Step 9. Flip can again so it is right side up. Cover open end with a disposable plastic or heavy paper plate, and spray paint to fully coat exterior of can. Let dry completely. TIP: Use markers to fix any teeny imperfections in the paint.

Step 10. Place a candle (tea light or votive will work) inside the can, light, and ENJOY!




More tips:

– Not all cans are created equal. We found the cans with non-metallic interior (usually white) are IMPOSSIBLE to hammer a nail into. Save as many cans as you can and, as you go through the process, throw out any cans that give you immediate issues with major bending and warping from the get-go. They’ll only give you more problems as the can gets more holes.

– We tried painting the cans first and then hammering the nails. This method did not work for us and caused more problems. It’s best to hammer first then paint!

– When you remove the lid with a can opener, sometime a small jagged piece of metal remains. Use needle nose pliers to remove or bend back into place.

– Some cans need an extra pass with Goo Gone… Do your best to remove ALL adhesive goop (even deep in the ridges!), as it becomes much more obvious once spray painted.


We’d love to see your DIY Luminaries, so don’t forget to tag us @snippetandink on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

Photography: Christina McNeill / Styling, Crafting, Free Printable:  Adelphi Events / Floral Design: Max Gill / Flatware: Fortessa’s Arezzo Brushed Black / Dinnerware:  Fortessa Coupe / Stemware: Schott Zwiesel Cru Classic Bordeaux / Film Processing: Richard Photo Lab

Christina McNeill and Max Gill are Snippet & Ink Select vendors.

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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for a donut hole “croquembouche” tower. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!


DIY donut hole croquembouche tower DIY donut hole croquembouche tower




Supply list

1. foam cones (we purchased ours from Michael’s)
2. toothpicks
3. donut holes



– As simple as the donut towers were to make, it took a bit of trial and error to figure out the best and most efficient ways to put them together. At first, we tried doing a few toothpicks at a time at the base of the tower, adding donuts along the way to work our way up. But we found that once your hands get sticky with glaze, it’s much harder to press new toothpicks into the foam. So…

– Start by covering the entire Styrofoam cone with toothpicks. Start at the base and work your way up, pressing the donut holes into the toothpicks (each donut hole will be held in place by more than one toothpick). 



– Be sure to buy more toothpicks than you think you need. For the large foam tower (about 24” high) we used 800 toothpicks! For the medium tower (18” high) we used about 600 toothpicks.

– We found that smaller, evenly round cake donut holes work a bit better than the larger traditional glazed donut holes, which often come in varying sizes and shapes. But it does mean you’ll need more donut holes since they’re slightly smaller.

– If you need to transport the donut towers after you add the donut holes, wait to add the last bunch of toothpicks and donut holes on the top until after the tower has been put in its final place of display. You’ll want to be able to grip the top to stabilize the tower when you move it, and being able to hold on to the foam at the top makes this a lot easier than trying to maneuver around the donut holes.


Design ideas

– You can opt for simple plain glazed donut holes, or chocolate, powdered sugar, or a variety. You can make a spiral pattern, random assortment, or you can even add sprinkles!

– I’m a sucker for all things polka dot, so at first we thought we’d use chocolate donut holes for “dots” but they were so dark that the donut tower started to look a bit ominous – great for Halloween treats, but not the look I was going for! I decided I wanted some real pops of color instead, and couldn’t find donut holes with sprinkles anywhere, I decided to make my own. (This is a pretty simple trick, but it definitely adds to the work time for this project.) Using plain glazed donut holes, I dipped them in an extra layer of homemade glaze (powdered sugar mixed with warm water) so they were good and sticky, rolled them in sprinkles, and set them aside to dry. We paired some of the colorful, sprinkled doughnut holes with some powdered sugar ones, and it turned out to be just the kind of polka dot design I was hoping for – fun and festive without being over the top!

– A simple cake topper is an easy way to add an extra touch of whimsy to your donut tower. 

Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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From our easy DIY “day after” brunch, here’s the How To for the custom coffee cup sleeves with cut-out letters. Thanks to Rebecca Pfiffner from Be Hitched for this fun project!


Day After Wedding Brunch | DIY Coffee Cup Sleeves | Snippet & Ink Day After Wedding Brunch | DIY Coffee Cup Sleeves | Snippet & Ink




Supply list

1. paper coffee cup sleeves
2. Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine
3. Cricut sticker sheets OR scrapbook letter stickers



– I measured the basic dimensions of the coffee cup sleeve when it’s laid flat, and created a super simple text design to fit on the sleeve. I was able to fit about 9 coffee sleeve designs on each 8.5” x 11” sticker sheet, which made for a pretty streamlined printing process. I peeled away the back of the sticker, pressed the design over the sleeve, and peeled the paper away so that only the design stuck to the sleeve.

– As I say in the main post, I loved using the Cricut Explore Air Wireless Cutting Machine, but if you don’t feel like investing in it, Michael’s has an entire aisle filled with scrapbooking sticker letters that you could use.


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Photography: Christina McNeill / Event Planning & Design: Be Hitched / Venue: Pizzaiolo
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