Entries in diy (4)


Backyard Surprise.

This adorable couple invited all of their friends and family to join them at their backyard engagement party.  Surprise!  This little party was actually their wedding.  Looks like so much fun!  The bride wore her mother's vintage floral wedding dress.  We are swooning.  And can we please talk about those hanging florals?  We may have another DIY project to try out.

{Jonathan Ong}


Ribbons Everywhere.

We are loving the use of ribbons.  When used in abundance, they can really make a statement.  And making this kind of impact doesn't have to be super expensive.  You can search eBay, local craft stores, and even thrift stores, to find the best deals.

As you can see, a ribbon chandelier can just as easily work as decor at your next dinner party as it can at your child's birthday party.

yellow & white chandeliermulti-colored chandelier

We also love ribbons hanging from chairs.  When we saw this used at a wedding reception, it instantly caught our attention.  To us, it exudes a dramatic yet whimsical feeling.  

  ribbon on chairs {Jose Villa}

 We've also seen ribbon curtains used as a way to create a more intimate space.  You can start with a wide open venue, and give your guests the feeling of a small dinner party by drawing them in with strategically placed curtains.

ribbon curtains {Jose Villa}

And one of our all time favorite uses, is the Flower Tree.  We love the effect this creates, and it's so easy to achieve.  Simply string any flower of your choice onto a ribbon, hang from a tree....and a perfect bohemian wedding location is complete.

ribbon tree {One Love Photo}


DIY White Winter Shower

White is probably our favorite color and there is no better season to embrace white than winter.  This wintery bridal shower showcases some of our favorite things: white sweet treats, ostrich feathers, sparkly metallics, mason jars and vintage china (for that touch of girly color).  White candy creates major visual impact when grouped together in different jars- Candy Warehouse is a great source for candy shopping by color.  White tea, white wine, tiny goat cheese sandwiches and mini cheesecakes keep with the theme while the moss and feather touches tie the whole room together without looking too matchy-matchy.

Wine labels can be soaked off and replaced with any design of your choice by printing photoshopped images on sticker paper.  Napkins can be cut from fabric and stamped with a monogram for one time use (below left). And anything the bride loves can be placed inside terrariums to create personalized displays.  By adding white lights it creates a focal point for the eye in a candle lit room (below middle).  Wooden letters from the craft store can be wrapped in moss, fabric, or flowers with a spray adhesive and placed on the front door for the guest of honor (below right). 

We love how simple office supplies can provide inspiration. These round tags were transformed with sticker labels, string, and little bells to create a personalized touch that's clean and modern.  They were also used in the invitations (below left). 

Empty ornament balls from Michaels can be filled with almost anything for a strong visual statement when grouped together.  Here they were strung on the front porch to greet visitors to the party with personal notes about the couple. Filled with moss, feathers, and typewriter font they were a hint at what was inside the house.

We really believe whatever your budget- dim the lights and use candles, candles and more candles.  Lighting can make or break an event and is an inexpensive way to create a visual impact.



DIY Upside Down Floral Arrangement.

The inspiration:

When we first spotted these amazing upside down floral arrangements on Style Me Pretty {Our Labor of Love}, we literally gasped.  So amazing, so different, beyond anything we’d ever seen.  We decided that we just had to try to recreate something similar on a smaller scale. 

 Our version:

We bought all the crafting materials from Michaels and the flowers from Trader Joe’s (yellow spider mums, ranunculus and tulips).  We used 3 of the 8” blocks of floral foam (we wanted one solid block, but unfortunately Michaels didn’t carry them).  We secured each block together using toothpicks.  Then added moss to the entire base, securing with an adhesive spray glue.  We pushed the flowers into the foam block (no adhesive was needed).  Then tied ribbon around to secure and hang from a doorway.  Love it!