May 13, 2012

Wedding Inspiration _ DIY decorations

 I made a few things for the wedding yesterday:
- Jars wrapped with burlap and lace
- A headband for the flower girl
- My garter
- Fabric flowers made of felt.

The first photos are of the jars. I used jars that had pasta sauce in them and are about 15cm high. The burlap covers the straight part of the jar and is 6cm wide. I bought a natural white burlap by the meter which is relatively cheap. I then cut it into strips that are 6cm high and the length which corresponds to the circumference of the jar.
The lace I have is a natural cotton lace that I bought at the 1 euro store. So it's 1 euro/m. I also put 2 buttons on each piece of lace. In this case I put 2 wooden buttons that I had at home. All the jars got different types of buttons though.

1. I simply sewed 2 buttons onto the lace. One at the edge of the lace and one in the middle.
The burlap is attached to the jar by glueing the outside of one end of the fabric, wrapping it around and then attaching the opposite end to the first end.
The lace is then also attached to the burlap with glue. I use UHU but I think most glues work just fine unless you are planing on washing the fabric, in that case you'll need proper fabric glue. Start by attaching the end of the lace that doesn't have a button. Place extra glue under the button as it slightly overlaps the first end, hiding it.
2. This is the result of the jars. One has a candle in it and the other has the fabric felt flowers.

I also made my own garter (is that what it's called?). Using the same natural cotton lace as before, some thin champagne coloured ribbon and an elastic.
1. Add a safety pin to the end of the ribbon and weave it into the lace. Make sure the ribbon is slightly longer than the lace.

This is the result of the lace with the ribbon weaved into it on both sides.

Cut a piece of elastic that is 1/3 shorter than your piece of lace. Mark the middle, 1/4, 3/4 marks on both the elastic and the lace. In order to make the elastic the same length as the lace, obviously you have to pull it. Put pins on these marks and then one inbetween each of the marks.
 Sew on the inside of the ribbon with a straight tight stitch. I went down twice. Make sure the ends of the elastic are firmly attached to the lace.
 Here it is. My unique vintage garter...

I also made this hair band for the flowergirl. I bought a simple headband and wrapped it with the cotton lace, gluing it at every second turn. The colour of the headband is light pink and you can see that colour through the holes of the lace.
I then also made a felt flower. Cut 2 circles in the size you wish your flower to be. Fold it into the amount of petals you wish to have (mine has 6). This means you're actually just folding it into 3 parts: Fold it in half, then fold one third and then the other third. Cut a arch shape into the folded fabric. Unfold and have a flower.
I stitched the two layers together and then added the cute button. So now our beautiful flower girl will match many of the other decorations made for the special day.

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