December 28, 2011

Wedding inspiration_Ceremony program

 This is a DIY on how to make your own ceremony program for your summer wedding. This clever idea lets each guest have a fan to cool themselves with during the ceremony.

For 20 (20 x 14cm) fans you will need:

- 1 meter of wall paper (You don't have to use the same wall paper for all of them. If you are making more programs you can even chose to have 20 with each a different pattern on the back). 
- 20 printed wedding ceremony programs on thick paper
- 20 paddlepops (the thick ones are the best)
- paper glue
- a stapler

  1. Print 20 wedding programs on a thicker paper of your choice in the size 14 x 20cm. 
  2. Divide and cut the wallpaper like this, giving you the same dimensions as the wedding programs you have already printed. 

3. Place the paddlepop in-between the wall paper and the wedding program paper. Using the paper glue, glue the two pieces of paper together, making sure the paddle pop is firmly in place. If you feel it is a bit lose, you can use the stapler and staple them together. This works especially if you are able to find a thin paddle pop. 

4. Once the two pieces of paper are firmly attached, you can cut around the edges making them rounded, or the shape that you desire.

Good luck and have fun!

December 17, 2011

Wedding inspiration _ alternative wedding bouquets

 This is a lovely idea for anyone that wants to have a truly unique bouquet! Why not make your own (or order online, for example on out of fabric, paper, newspaper, toys, or anything really! You will be sure to have a one-of-a-kind bouquet that you will be able to keep forever! It's also a way to avoid picking flowers that you will just use for one day. Also, you can save a lot of money, especially if you make them by yourself! It's easy to colour coordinate with the rest of your wedding and you can also easily add an important family heirloom or good luck charm to your bouquet.
Good luck and be creative!

This is such a lovely fabric vintage bouquet with added jewels and heirlooms. 

Flowers made out of felt with added jewels. 

I've seen someone making these flowers and despite they look quite complicated to make, the lady that was making them hardly took any time at all. I guess once you learn how to make one it's easy to make a whole flower and bunch. But you have to make each petal separably. Each petal includes even the middle part. Then the petals are attached 2 by 2 and then all together. I'm sure there are tutorials on the internet! 
Here's a whole bouquet which I'm sure took a long time to make! But look how sweet it looks!

December 16, 2011

Wedding inspiration _ flowers

This is the second post about inspiring wedding bouquets. The first one can be read HERE. I tend to like quite wild and unique bouquets rather than classical bunch of red roses. I like when the leaves or background have a olive green (almost grey) colour and when fun elements are incorporated. With fun elements I mean something that perhaps isn't commonly associated to a wedding bouquet such as seeds, berries, thistles, twigs, fruit, etc. Here are some bouquets that I think are lovely!!! 
This is a very modern bouquet where the yellow Craspedia stands out from the cactus-like leaves and thistles. Perhaps one would think of this choice as a sign of not easily letting people get close to them, but I find it very interesting and unique! For me, this would win any day over a classical Rose bouquet!

A bunch of flowers where the yellow Craspedia has a central role!
A bunch made entirely out of Craspedia. Very fun! 

The pink, cream, peachy colours of this bouquet work very well together. There are a few items in this bunch that I particularly like but I don't know what they are. Does anyone know what the brown seeds are?? And what about the small green round ball flowers? They are unique and create a great touch to the otherwise very traditional bouquet. 

I LOVE this bouquet! I The colours are amazing. I love the dull olive green colour of the leaves giving an amazing background for the bright flowers. The central grand Protea. Also the dynamic Thistles create a fun bouquet. 

An Aussie style bouquet with Banksia flowers as well as coloured blue thistles. If they didn't have the roses it would be a perfect bunch!

I actually adore how this bouquet has such dull colours. It is very architectonic. I don't think I'll ever be able to decide between this kind of bouquet and something extremely colourful! I also like the fact that it has berries in-between the flowers! 

This is a very romantic bouquet with it's light pink flowers and grey leaves and balls. What are those ball flowers? Anybody know?

This bouquet is so romantic and hand made. It's so sweet how it looks like it has been put together rather randomly. The Allium underneath together with roses and babys breath..

December 6, 2011

Wedding inspiration _ DIY paper flower balls

 I've finally finished making a recycled paper flower ball! It turned out really nicely although it was had labour! And to think that theoretically I would like to make at least 10 of these for the wedding! I HAVE to get all my arts and crafty friends (anyone that can be bothered really, they don't need to be particularly talented).
I bought a Styrofoam ball with a radius of 7cm. I thought it was tiny when I bought it but I thought I might as well try with a small one to see how it goes. A 7cm radius ball ends up being a ball with a diameter of 16cm, that means 32 diameter, which is actually quite big. (Even too big?).

You will need (for one ball):
- 1 Styrofoam ball with a radius of 7cm. It can be bought in most arts and craft shops, even flower shops (note: not the green balls that they usually have).
- An old A4 size magazine with a lot of colourful pictures. You will need 150 pages.
- A pair of scissors
- A compass (or an object that has a radius of 7cm, such as a bowl or lid).
- A cutter (you can even use the scissors).
- Sticky tape
- 50 Toothpicks  (either normal or party toothpicks in order to save some time).
- 1 thin ribbon in a colour of your choice and in whatever length you need. Consider that the minimum that it needs to be to even come out of the ball will be about 50cm.
- 6 small pins.

In order to do this in the most time efficient way (although, I will warn for it being tiresome!):
1) Use the cutter or scissors and cut the paper of the magazines from the cover
2) Set your compass to 7cm and draw two circles on a magazine page. The first one in the top left corner and the second on in the bottom right corner. Using an A4 size magazine the two circles will just touch.
3) Put a pile of magazine papers together, with the one with the two drawn circles as the outer page and cut out the circles. You are going to need around 300 circles, which means cutting 150 pages of magazines.

4) Cut 1,5 cm strips of sticky tape and put them on the edge of the table. Do as many as you can fit. You will need 2 strips per flower if you are using normal toothpicks or 1 strip per flower if using party toothpicks.
4b) Wrap a piece of sticky tape around the bottom part of your toothpicks
5) Poke the toothpick through the centre of your your first circle from above. Put your toothpick to one side and fold the paper around the toothpick a few times. Your first one should be wrapped rather tightly.
6) Pock the toothpick through your second piece of paper and wrap it like the first one, only a bit less tightly.
7) Follow step 6 with your third piece of paper. Pinch the bottom part of your paper and put a piece of sticky-tape around the bottom of the paper, slightly overlapping on the toothpick.
Your first flower is done! Continue these steps until you have 100 flowers (I never said it was easy).

To make a flower it took me about 30seconds if I already had everything ready, as in papers cut into circles and sticky-tape on the end of the toothpick. That means about an one hour to do all the flowers. Although at the beginning I was much slower. Cutting the paper and sticky-tape etc I think must've taken about 2 hours. So a total of 3 hours work!

8) Take your ribbon and wrap it around the styrofoam ball and pin it down with about 6 pins.
9) Start inserting the flowers into your ball all around the circumference of the ball. The second row will be on either sides of this, until you reach the polars of your ball. If there are any empty spaces add extra balls. I but mine rather tightly. It also depends on how largely you make the flowers. I realised towards the end that I wouldn't have needed to make them so tight.

November 20, 2011

Wedding inspiration _ invitation cards

 Here are some cards that have inspired our wedding invitations. Perhaps ours won't turn out as well as these, but it will be personal and unique. 
I like the use of natural recycled papers, fun details, interesting folding methods, and trying to save the amount of paper used.