How-to: DIY Wedding Flowers

Hi sisters!

I’m a Mrs. now, with lots of stories to share with you from the weekend of the big day! Catherine will probably have some funnier things to upload (a la bachelorette party goodz)

This post is about doing your own flowers. And I mean, literally all the flowers. But hey, they’re easier than they look, especially when you have friends with good eyes for flower arranging and a super helpful stepmom that can assist when you’re about to go crazy.

The original intent was to put them together Friday afternoon (Saturday morning wedding!), after we got our nails done. Well. HA the rehearsal started at 5:30, so there was really just no hope for that. After the rehearsal, we loaded them all up and took them to the hotel where the real arranging began.

I ordered flowers from Sam’s. I’m pretty sure we also got some people’s flowers that we did not order (spider mums), but they worked nicely. We had tons leftover. Baby’s breath multiplies, FYI and it will look like you never used any!

I had three boxes of random containers for centerpieces, with only one layer of vases so that they could be directly transported in the box. It went okay in theory. We had to move osme around based on how huge the arrangements were at the top.

Materials:
Flowers
Shears/Scissors
Floral tape
Ribbon
Straight pins
Good friends
Champagne

The last two are essential!

1. Unpack all of your flowers and get them into containers so they can open up. I picked mine up on Thursday and they were perfect by Saturday.DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

We had flowers ALL over the apartment, y’all.

 

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Also, champagne.

 

2. Determine how many stems you want in your arrangement. I think my girls did 15?  Here’s where you can either get fancy with it or just wrap them up. If you want, you can start with a certain number and wrap a few together before adding on more. For a more rustic look, you can just bunch them up how you want them and tape away!

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Easy enough?

3. For the centerpieces, we just grouped them together in a similar way, snipped off the ends and placed them in the vases. Here’s a box full of vases and flowers:
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We also made 20 boutonnieres!

Here’s the only professional shots I’ve got so far of them all:

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Courtesy of Forrest Hughes

DIY Wedding Flowers | TheSparkleSisters

Photography by Justina Louise Photography

 

But we did it and we made it! All by ourselves! HUGE shoutout to all mah ladies and parents who helped me because I was a crazy person.

P.S. I linked this up on Nifty Thrifty Sundays!

Sparkle On,

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Wedding Guestbook Map

YAY, wedding crafts!

We honestly have had to do a lot less crafting than I had been anticipating, but a WHOLE LOT of “diy.” Which, in my opinion, are totally different things.

Guestbooks are one of those things that you look at on Pinterest wedding boards even before you liked weddings, and thought, ‘hmm, that’s a cool idea.’ So obviously, there’s a LOT of pressure to pick something that fits your wedding and your life appropriately. I knew I wanted someone non-traditional (not a little white book with lines), but wasn’t sure if we likes space to write notes, or just names. Those two things alone can limit your options.

For example:
Unique Wedding Guestbooks | TheSparkleSistersAlthough adorable, the thumbprint tree doesn’t allow for much writing besides names, if at all.

There were also things like an old mailbox and vintage postcards. But then, it’s like, what do I do with all the loose postcards? You can’t ever mount them or you’ll lose the backs of them.
Unique Wedding Guestbooks | TheSparkleSisters

 

Then more than that, there’s the cost. I adored instant photographs that are immediately added into a book. But it got a bit pricey, and I was concerned not many people would participate.

We liked the idea of people sharing where they were from, so we considered an individual cut-out of each state represented, but some were so unbalanced…and then what do we do with 10 foamboard states?

So this is what we came up with!

I wish I would have taken more pictures…Sorry!

Materials:
Foamboard of your color choice. We found a granite colored one at Hobby Lobby.
Paint of your choice
Paintbrush
Paint Pen
Sharpie
Projector
Pencil
A good looking guy that can do the hard things for you and reassure you when you break down.

1. Project a map of your choice (we got ours from that handy Google image search thing…) onto the foamboard. For whatever reason, my bonus dad owns a baby projector like this:

It’s not this one, but it is about this size.

So that was easier than we expected. DON’T FORGET TO TRACE THE STATES YOU WANT!

2. After tracing it, we primed it white a few coats before painting yellow, because…yellow.

3. Paint the top coat. We painted probaby 3 or 4, but didn’t use more than one little acrylic paint bottle.

4. Paint the states the other color!

5. Outline the border with paint pen. We had originally bought regular paint, but realized this would work much better. And I already had the paint pen on hand. #sororityproblems. Then add the event at the bottom…this is when i had a meltdown because the pen wasn’t cooperating. It’s fine.
I also DO have a picture of Justin doing this!:
Unique Wedding Guestbook | TheSparkleSisters

6. I used a red Sharpie for the hearts and lines. I just free handed them to complete it!
Unique Wedding Guestbook | TheSparkleSisters

So now everyone can sign essentially wherever they want, and we will have a nice art piece for our baby apartment, and all that for under $10!

 

Have you ever made a cheaper alternative that turned out better than you could have hoped?

Sparkle On,
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Chalkboard Picture Frames

We are currently in the throes of wedding planning. Catherine is my MOH, so she is always ever so helpful. My groom-to-be is also super helpful as well. He really did most of this craft, so props to him!

With plans to use chalkboards as a lowlight to our wedding, we wanted to make a few to be used for drink menus and other various instructions that command fun! Luckily for me, my house already had everything we needed but frames (we probably have those too, but who the heck knows where to find them.)

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Materials:

Chalkboard Paint
Paintbrush
Something to paint (cardboard, showerboard, etc)
Frames (I got mine at Goodwill)
Coarse sandpaper
Paint

1. First you sand off the finishes of the frames. We also primed them with white. I recommend this highly, especially with darker wood and if you plan on using light colored paint.
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2. Paint your frames the desired colors. Let dry. I have 3 different greens and two different yellows.

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3. Paint whatever you are placing in the frames to write on in chalkboard paint. J applied two or 3 coats for solidarity. And our backing of choice was thin cardboard. We taped it to the workspace so they wouldn’t curl when they got wet.
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4. Place chalkboards into frames and enjoy!
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Enjoy having fun with your new little toys! We also bought a chalk pen that I am anxious to try out!

Love,
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