DIY Wedding Wednesday: The 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

2016 holiday gift guide

The holiday season is officially in full swing and this year we’re all about making merry. What we’re not about is stressing in long retail lines, or hopelessly searching for the perfect gift. And we’ve actually narrowed it down to a science to make it all ultra easy. It goes something like this. Online Shopping + Personalized Gifts = The Perfect Presents. Enter our 2016 gift guide. With something for her, him, and them, all personalized with festive cheer, we’re pretty sure this list has all your gift giving needs covered. So without further delay, in no particular order, here are our top picks for this holiday season’s must haves. Happy Shopping!

Gift ‘Em With Glassware

Whether it’s a glass of homemade eggnog, a frosty brew, or a flute of yummy bubbly, bevies just taste better in a great glass.

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Presentation is Everything

What’s on the outside is just as important as what’s on the inside. Whether you’re giving a homemade brew, or gifting them with your favorite store bought sipper, getting creative and personalized with your packaging and presentation may be all you need to give the perfect gift.

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Stylish Stocking Stuffers

You could go with the usual socks and wine gums for this year’s stocking stuffers. Or you could surprise them with stylish fun extras, perfectly paired with your personalized grander gifts (see above).

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Perfect Holiday Pairing – His and Hers Gift Ideas

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Gift giving can be stressful. If you don’t know where to start, getting that perfect something for someone special can seem like the impossible. Enter our gift guide! Mark your calendars. In just two weeks we’ll be sharing our top picks for this coming holiday season. As a little sneak peek to hold you over, today we’re featuring a his and hers gift idea that’s a perfect pairing for the holidays, with every little detail covered to make it a complete concept gift. Cheers to easy gift giving!

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personalized metallic gold wine bottle label {coming soon}

stemless champagne flute

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How-To Gift a Wine Lover

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Today marks our first November post and we’re pretty darn excited about it, because as far as we’re concerned it might as well be December {read: it’s time to party!}. As of today there are only 7 weeks and 4 days until Christmas, and this year we’re getting started early on both our planning and our partying. To kick off the festivities we’re focusing on the essentials, the “bevies”. Specifically, we’re sharing our top picks for the perfect gifts for the wine lovers in your life. And naturally we just had to run each one of these products through some rigorous testing, so that you can take our experienced word as gold. Cheers!

Gorgeous Glasses

What’s front and center as the wine lovers ideal gift? The perfect bottle of wine of course. But a great wine just isn’t a great wine unless served in a proper glass. From red, to white, to bubbly, there’s a pretty and personalized option to cover them all.

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personalized stemless wine glass champagne flutes

The Sidekicks

Get creative with your gift giving by covering off all the extras. Think cute stoppers, sleek serving boards and personalized corkscrews. And that’s just to name a few.

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personalized wine label

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xoxo.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 2

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A few weeks ago we shared a DIY Chalkboard post by our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag. Today we are continuing on the chalkboard topic with these large, decorative chalkboard chair signs. DIY projects like these chair signs are a great way to add a personal touch to your wedding decor. Use this step-by-step guide and template to create your very own chalkboard chair signs.

In addition we will also show you how to create paper flowers used to embellish the chair signs, to create your own DIY boho styled decor.

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The Supplies:

Large Decorative Chalkboard With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Painter’s Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text
Ribbon
• Tools to Punch Holes Into Chalkboard
• Water Mister
• Glue
Optional – Gold Craft Paint or Gold Paint Pen to decorate your flowers

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The Step by Step

Step 1:

Print and cut out the lettering for the signs. Position the lettering on the chalkboard so there will be space to add the paper flowers later. Use painter’s tape to hold the paper in place.

Step 2:

Place the white transfer paper with the chalky side down towards the chalkboard, as shown above, under the paper template. Use a pencil to trace the lettering onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Your traced lettering will be very faint but you should be able to see the complete design before you remove the paper template.

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Step 4:

Using your traced image as a guide, fill in the lettering with a chalk marker. Once the chalk ink has dried you can easily remove any remaining tracing lines with a soft dry cloth.

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Step 5:

At this point you will want to add a couple of holes to the top of your chalkboard for hanging later. I used a craft punch that is suitable for wood and metal products.

Option: If you would like to add a gold touch to your chalkboard, like I did on the chair signs for the boho wedding, you can do that using gold craft paint or gold paint pens.

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Step 6:

Print the paper flowers template on the paper of your choice. Cut the flowers shapes out as shown above.

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Step 7:

To make the paper easier to work with, lightly mist each flower.

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Step 8:

The swirly flower shape will make a 3D floral shape. Start with the small outer end and begin to roll the paper as shown above. Continue to roll it until you almost reach the end. The wide inner edge will become the base of the flower. Allow the paper flower to dry.

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Step 9:

Once dry, glue the bottom of the rolled flower to the wide base so it will stay in place and lay flat. You don’t want the other floral shapes to be flat so while they are still a little wet, scrunch them up with you hand.

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Step 10:

After the floral pieces have dried completely you can glue them together however you would like. This will allow you to form larger, fuller flowers.

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Step 11:

I painted gold glitter paint on the edges of the petals of these white paper flowers for a different look.

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Step 12:

Glue the paper flowers to the top of the chalkboard just above your beautiful hand lettering.

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Step 13:

And finally, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

Download the flower & Lettering template here.

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Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.
We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.
Credits:

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake & Baked goods by Cakelaine
Chalkboard Hand Lettering Love Lettering
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Give Thanks – The Friendship Shadow Box

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Having just come off Canadian Thanksgiving Day celebrations, and with our friends to the south of us getting set to celebrate their respective day in just a few weeks, naturally we’ve got being thankful at the forefront of our minds. For daily pleasures, our houses and homes, and most of all for our family and friends. In the spirit of giving, today we’re featuring one of favorite ways to honor those people and events we cherish most, by displaying mementos of memories we hold dear in our hearts, perfectly displayed in chic shadow boxes no less. Here’s the how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: using the original frame backing as your guide, cut down a piece of decorative paper to the correct size for a personalized backer.

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Step 2: hot glue the custom paper backer to the inside of the frame backing. Keep glue to a minimum and concentrate it at the corners / sides to avoid an uneven and bulky finish.

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Step 3: layout the ideal placement of all your personal mementos. When ready, secure all in place with hot glue. When dry, fit your custom backer into the shadow box frame.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding: Add A Touch Of Gold to Your Cake Topper

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When your wedding cake has been designed especially for you with luxe handmade and gilded details like this boho inspired wedding cake, not just any cake topper will do. Adding gold leafing paint to this Best Day Ever cake topper compliments the gold and white details on the cake as well as the sweet table decor. If you are looking for a way to add your own personal touch to your wedding day then this simple DIY project is just for you. Here’s how you can add gold details to any cake topper.

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Featured here: Best Day Ever Acrylic Cake Topper 

The Supplies

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The Step By Step

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Step 1. Shake the gold leafing pen well with the cap on. Press the point of the pen up and down on a scrap piece of paper to start the paint flow.

Step 2. Paint the areas on the front of the cake topper that you want to make gold. It will take two coats of paint so take your time. Wait for the first coat of paint to dry before you add the second coat or move onto the next steps.

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Steps 3 and 4. Once the second coat of paint is dry on the front it’s time to repeat the process on the sides and back.

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Step 5. Some areas on the sides are too small to get into using the paint pen. To get around that press down on the pen nib to release a puddle of paint into a dish and use a small brush to add paint into the areas that need it.

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 Featured above: Round Paper Lanterns-Large

Finally, place your beautiful cake topper proudly on top of your wedding cake. Your guests most likely won’t realize that this was a DIY project so you may have to let them know.

We’d love to see your completed projects. If you try this project yourself, post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Styled boho wedding vendors:
Photography by Attakat
Wedding cake  by Cakelaine
Floral arrangements by Periwinkle Flowers
Vintage tableware from The Perfect Table
Shot on location at The Warehouse Event Venue in Toronto

DIY Photography & Styling credit- Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Have Your Own Modern Fairy Tale Wedding

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Over the course of the last decade or so the world of weddings has seen a massive transformation. With the introduction of blogs and Pinterest and their common practice of sharing inspiration and encouraging creativity, today’s weddings are each as unique as the brides and grooms being celebrated. But no matter the wedding day design, the venue of choice, or the color scheme, one thing has remained the same, like all classic fairy tales, there’s always a sense of magic and whimsy in the celebration of love. To honor that wonderful whimsical vibe, today we’re sharing some of our top choices for infusing classic beauty into your wedding day, helping you create your very own modern fairy tale.

Have Your Cake.

And eat it too. But first make sure to adorn and accent it with accessories that scream regal elegance and style.

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gold acrylic cake topper

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gold embossed napkin

Cheers to Love.

What’s a celebration without a toast or two. Share yours in stylish stemware fit for a queen and king. Consider setting up a signature drink station, complete with ornate signage to finish off the look.

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let's party personalized stemware

The Finer Things.

A fairy tale must do, infuse finery into all your details. From table top adornments to gracious gifts, leave no detail behind.

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personalized linen table runner {coming soon}

mini mirrored favor boxes

gold charm bracelet

personalized acrylic ring box petal filled acrylic box

xoxo.

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DIY: Chalkboard Signs Part 1

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credits:
Flowers- Periwinkle Flowers, Photography- Attakat, Hand Lettering- Love Lettering, Creative Styling- Lorrie Everitt, Location-The Warehouse Event Venue, Wedding Cake and Baked Goods-Cakelaine, Vintage Tableware- The Perfect Table

 

Beautiful hand-written chalkboard signs are trending this season, and there are lots of opportunities to be creative when it comes to designing a chalkboard sign to fit your wedding décor. With that being said, you don’t have to be a pro calligrapher to create a chalkboard sign for your big day. Our Ambassador Lorrie Everitt from Creative Bag has provided you with a step-by-step guide and template to create your own chalkboards signs.

The Supplies

 

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Decorative Chalkboards With White Frame
• Liquid Chalk Markers
• White transfer paper
• Pencil
• Masking Tape
• Scissors
• Print out with design/ text

The Step by Step

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Step 1:

Cut out the lettering or template you are using as shown above. Position the lettering design on the chalkboard and use masking tape to keep the paper from shifting.

Step 2:

Insert a piece of white transfer paper between the paper and chalkboard with the chalky white side facing down towards the chalkboard. Now you are ready to trace the design onto the chalkboard.

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Step 3:

Test a small area of your design to make sure that your tracing paper is placed properly between the paper and chalkboard. If you don’t see a faint white traced image on the chalkboard as shown above, take the tracing paper out, turn it over and place it back into position. Continue tracing your design until it has been completely copied.

Tracing Tip: Check that your traced image is not missing lines before you remove the tape.

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Step 4:

This is what the traced image will look like. If you are not happy with your tracing, you can remove it with an eraser and start again.

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Step 5:

Now draw over the design using a chalk marker using the traced image as a guide. Don’t worry if some of the faint lines from your tracing are showing as you trace, keep your lines fluid.

Tip: Keep in mind that once the chalk is completely dry you can use a soft cloth to remove any white marks that are remaining from the traced image.

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Tip: If you mess up your first time round don’t worry, as it can be removed with water while the chalk is still wet.

Here are some free downloadable templates to get you started doing your very own chalkboards.

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Download these six reception sign templates here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

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Download this Best Day Ever template here (Once Open Right Click to Save Image)

Chalkboards come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Visit weddingstar.com for more chalkboard options and let your creativity run.

We’d love to see your completed chalkboard projects. Post your pictures on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them.

Credits:
DIY Photography and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Bottle the Harvest – DIY Bottled Cider Favors

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With the sun still blazing strong and flip flops still an every day wardrobe reality, it may take you by surprise to be reminded that tomorrow marks the first day of fall. Not to stress. We’ve got you covered with a dose of seasonal goodies that are sure to set you on a path of pretty. Two weeks ago we decided to welcome autumn early with our own little happy harvest spread (check it out here if you missed it the first time). And in the true nature of a harvest, and all of its plenty, we had a terrible time narrowing down our top fall favor concepts to just three. So here’s a bonus tasty treat to kick off the new season. Happy Fall!

The Supplies

supplies for a diy bottled cider favor

The Look

homemade cider party favors cider favors lace medley favor tag mini snap lid bottles antique chic design favor sticker fall favors

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Welcome Fall with a Happy Harvest

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It seems like just the other day that we were kicking off the start of summer with our summer party essentials post {see it here if you missed it the first time around}, but somehow almost three months have passed since and we are on the verge of welcoming the fall season. Whether you’re holding on to the last days of summer, kicking and screaming and refusing to let them go, or you’re ready to turn in your flip flops for knee highs and warm sweaters, there’s no denying that autumn brings with it a bounty of lovely that’s hard to resist. We’re somewhere between gutted and gleeful to be greeting the seasonal change, and we’re softening the blow by playing with some of our favorite fall comforts, all as pretty as they are delicious. Here’s our take on all you need to create your own happy harvest.

Best of the Season

Nothing says fall like a crisp juicy apple. Serve them up in style as your signature sipper, complete with an authentic drink dispenser and personalized glassware, for the ultimate seasonally inspired treat.

personalized glass mug

fall drink ideas

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Share the Harvest

Harvest is about plenty, and plenty is meant to be shared. Send them home warm and fuzzy with a delicious homemade treat, in a ready to go format.

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self standing chalkboard sign with rustic wood frame

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personalized frame insert – coming soon

fall party favors

favors stickers

xoxo.

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