Tips for Choosing Beach Wedding Stationery

The weekend is almost here and with that we have something very exciting to share with you! Over the next three weeks, we are happy to have Emma Arendoski of Emmaline Bride sharing some of her best ideas with us for designing your beach themed wedding.

Emma is an expert on wedding themes, DIY projects, party planning and so much more. She has just published her brand new book, The Inspired Wedding, which is filled with tons of gorgeous photography and inspiration. And the best part? Next week we will be giving away a copy to one lucky reader! So be sure to check back next Friday for details on how to enter, but in the meantime get ready to swoon over these gorgeous ideas.

Sand, sunshine, and gently rolling waves make it impossible to not love the beach! It’s no surprise that couples love a beach-themed wedding, as it provides relaxation and tranquility.

In my new book, The Inspired Wedding, I share my favorite beach themed ideas including color palette, decorative touches, attire, favors, and more. Today I’m focusing on wedding stationery with help from Weddingstar’s new collection entitled Aqueous — it’s the perfect combination of color palette and design for a beach themed wedding.

Beach Wedding Stationery

One of the details you’ll want to tackle first is the invitation suite. The suite typically includes envelopes, reply card, and perhaps a map or other piece of information. The suite may also contain a save-the-date card (if you plan to send one). A save-the-date card is used to give your guests advance planning notice with the date and location of your wedding. If you are having a destination wedding—and many beach weddings are—this card is a must-have so guests can plan travel arrangements accordingly.

Before you order your invitations, have a color palette in mind, since your invitation will need to coordinate with your entire wedding (including other paper goods, attire, and florals). When couples ask me what color to choose for a beach wedding, blue is the color that comes to mind first: it is reminiscent of the sky and the sea.

A popular trend with wedding invitations is a watercolor-inspired design, where the colors blend from lighter to dark (an ombre effect). Weddingstar has a beautiful collection in the ‘Aqueous’ style with coordinating pieces from invitations to décor. Instead of struggling to piece together your entire wedding décor based around a color from your invitations, Weddingstar provides the template and everything you need to tie your wedding stationery together, including your invitation, save the date, bunting banner, ceremony program, table number, and place card.

Beach Themed Watercolor Wedding Program

featured here: aqueous program

Weddingstar even has a special design for ‘Well Wishes’ cards for guests, which can replace a traditional guest book. Instead of guests writing their congratulations in a book, they write on a coordinating card provided at the reception. As an added thematic touch, have guests place their completed cards inside a woven basket, suitcase, or a personalized beach tote bag, like this one from Weddingstar.

Instead of spending so much time trying to mix and match your pieces, just pick a favorite template like the above and let Weddingstar take care of all the details to match! It’s never been easier to plan your beach wedding with thematic touches like these.

Next Friday I’ll be covering ideas for your beach ceremony, so stay tuned!

The Top 15 for 2015: This Year’s Wedding Accessory Must-Haves

top 15 wedding accessories for 2015

The 2015 wedding season is officially here! Bridal shows are taking over the next few foreseeable weekends, the newest issues of the best wedding magazines have hit stands (including Weddingstar’s own publication), brides everywhere are starting in on their wedding planning journeys, and we are eagerly sitting by, excited to see how this incredible year of weddings unfolds. That’s not to say we’ll be sitting by idly. We’ll be front and center of it all, sharing new insider planning tips, featuring fresh DIY tricks, and showcasing exclusive extended content from the hottest wedding trends featured in this year’s issue of Weddingstar magazine. And where better to start than what we’re pegging as the must-have wedding accessories of the season.

vintage wedding ring cushion in frame

1. with this ring
featured here: vintage wedding ring cushion with ornamental frame (sold without lace fabric)

white linen drawstring bag

2. sweet send off
featured here: a ceremony “confetti” toss created using a white linen drawstring favor bag personalized with a feather whimsy stamp, customized feather whimsy design square tag and mini white wooden clip

shabby chic mr and mrs hook set

3. a special spot
featured here: shabby chic mr. and mrs. hook set, used as bride and groom chair markers

hot air balloon paper lanterns

striped hot air balloon paper lantern

4. come fly with me
featured here: hot air balloon paper lanterns

floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

5. high style on top
featured here: floating monogram white acrylic cake topper

rustic style leather guest book   journal style guest book

burlap and lace drawstring baggies

8. lacy loveliness
featured here: rustic chic burlap and lace drawstring favor bag

mason jar vase set

9. centerpieces made simple
featured here: vintage inspired mason jar set in wired basket

natural birch slices

10. every little detail
featured here: natural birch slices, used as part of a centerpiece concept

mini mason jar favor

11. best when mini
featured here: mini mason jars embellished with the diy miniature mason jar decorating kit

chiffon chair sashes

12. luxurious threads
featured here: decorative chiffon sashes

faux moss and wicker frame

moss frame

13. backdrop beauty
featured here: faux moss and wicker decorative frames (available in two sizes, sold separately)

rustic wood frame chalkboard

14. leave a message
featured here: self standing rustic wood frame chalkboard

wooden ring box

wooden ring box details

15. to have and to hold
featured here: pocket size wooden ring box

The Choices Are Plenty

You can’t imagine how hard it was to pick just 15 products for this post! To see 100s more of the latest, on trend wedding accessories for 2015, see the complete new arrivals section on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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2015 Weddingstar Magazine – The Reveal

2015 magazine cover

We’ve shared the sneak peeks (if you missed them click here, here and here) and now it’s finally time to officially launch the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine. Like no other bridal print publication, Weddingstar magazine provides you with 160 pages of inspiring, informative and most importantly shoppable wedding details. With page after page of uninterrupted eye candy, not a single ad along the way, the ideas are plenty and your opportunity to recreate what you see is just an online shopping experience away. From full feature inspiration shoots, to guides that act as your personal shopper, there’s not a single spread you’ll want to skip. But don’t take my word for it. Here’s your first look at exactly what you can expect to find in this latest issue.

The Big Picture

From Ceremony to Head Table, full feature inspirational editorials take you behind the details of the hottest wedding themes for 2015. Along side all the pretty pictures come comprehensive style guides, breaking down all the design essentials you need to recreate the look. Mix and match as you explore the various themes, or go with exactly what you see in any single one, either way you’re guaranteed a gorgeous wedding.

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The Must Haves

New to this year’s publication are editorials featuring all the must have products for the coming wedding season. Fresh ideas for all aspects of your wedding day design, your guests, and you pop off the page ready for the taking.

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Down in the Details

Showcased throughout the magazine you’ll find creative breakouts, teaching you the secrets behind styling your day like a pro. Say goodbye to all the guess work and hello to easy creative fun.

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Your Personal Shopper

To make sure you don’t miss a beat, each wedding theme featured within the 2015 magazine comes complete with a shopping guide, calling out every single wedding day accessory behind the look and available for purchase.

2015 weddingstar magazine - shopping guide

And That’s Just Grazing the Surface

Discover the rest by picking up your issue here or look for it on all major newsstands, including Chapters / Indigo, Target and Walmart.

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Best Dressed Favors

best dressed favors for 2015

We’ve waited for what seems like forever, but the day has finally come. Today marks the official launch of Weddingstar’s new 2015 product line up, and with it loads of fresh eye candy! 100s of the hottest trending wedding day details have now gone live on weddingstar.com and in just days the 2015 edition of the inspiration filled print magazine will begin to pop up on newsstands across North America. To kick off the sharing of all that awaits Weddingstar brides in the year ahead, our first post featuring the latest and greatest not only showcases some fab new products, it also provides an exclusive look into one of the many editorials you can expect to find in the new issue of Weddingstar magazine. So without further delay, here’s a look at the 15 Best Dressed Wedding Favors for 2015, complete with a shoppable breakdown of everything you need to make the looks yours.

#15. Uncorked

Modern, sleek and smart. We love it when style and functionality come together, just like with this wine bottle shaped corkscrew opener.

best dress favors - the modern corkscrew

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

the modern corkscrew - supplies

#14. Always Fresh

C’est Chic! Bring a sophisticated twist to an eco inspired succulent giveaway by presenting it in a mini high top pot.

best dress favors - the high top pot

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

the mini high top pot favor - supplies

#13. From the Heart

Sincere and sweet, this pretty mini blown glass heart vase is an ideal fit for the modern day romantic.

best dress favors - blown glass heart vase

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

blown glass heart vase favor - supplies

#12. The Right Type

This one is all about the details. From the authentic looking old-fashioned typewriter key magnets to the unique ribbon cartridge packaging, these minis are sure to impress.

best dress favors- vintage typewriter key magnets

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

vintage typewriter key magnet favors - supplies

#11. Treasure Trove

Inspired by the carefree essence of a beach wedding, these carefully crafted tiny treasures are a clever accent and gift for any seaside themed affair.

best dress favors - mini treasure chest

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

mini treasure chest - supplies

#10. Bottled Brews

Homespun charm, bottled. Literally. Add these crafty trims, including a vintage key bottle opener, to any bottled beverage for your own personalized take on a refreshing treat.

best dress favors - vintage key bottle opener and drink

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

vintage key bottle opener - supplies

#9. A Touch of Lace

Packaging perfection. A traditional guest favor treat gets a major face lift with one of the prettiest packages around, a lovely lace and burlap baggie.

best dress favors - burlap and lace favor bag

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

burlap and lace favor bag - supplies

#8. Well Noted

Unplug and bring it back to basics, the good old pencil and paper kind, with these rustic bundled beauties.

best dress favors - rustic notepad favor

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

rustic notepad favor - supplies

#7. Bear Hug

Just add rosemary. Or thyme. Or whatever other herb you like. The rest of this charming woodland inspired culinary accessory is made ready to order.

best dress favors - interlocking bear hug salt and pepper shakers

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

interlocking bear hug salt and pepper shakers - supplies

#6. Mix it Up

For a sweet summertime treat, give your guests a thirst quenching individual sized lemonade kit, tucked away in an adorable doily trimmed mini picnic basket, obviously! 

best dress favors - lemonade kit

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

lemonade kit favor - supplies

#5. Diner Style

The perfect mismatch. Go retro with these double duty pressed glass mini salt & pepper vase stationery holders, which are sold in a set of four varied vintage designs.

best dress favors - pressed glass mini salt & pepper vases

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

pressed glass mini salt & pepper vases - supplies

#4. True North

Inspire the wanderer in all your guests while showing them to their spot at your event with this travel essential.

best dress favors - compass favor

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

travel compass favor - supplies

#3. Coaster Chic

Creating your own personalized gift is a lot easier an undertaking (and less expensive) than it may seem with the blank slate provided by the main element in this favor equation.  Take a set of cork coasters, add your mark and your trims, bundle and you’re done.

best dress favors - personalized coaster set

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

personalized coaster set - supplies

#2. You’ve Got Mail

By way of the cheeky and fun. Is there a better way to delivery a homemade sweet treat and a note of thanks?

best dress favors - mini retro mailbox favor

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

mini retro mailbox favor - supplies

#1. Foreign Flavor

Treat them to something exotic you’ve collected along your adventures, presented in the most fitting of favor boxes, sold complete with travel trims. Add personalized stickers and tags to seal the deal.

best dress favors - vintage inspired airmail favor kit

To Get This Look You’ll Need:

vintage inspired airmail favor - supplies

Want More Inspired Wedding Ideas?

If you love what you see here look out for the release of the 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, hitting North American newsstands over the next few weeks, or pick up your copy here now. 

xoxo.

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2015 Wedding Theme Ideas: Still on Trend

2015 wedding theme ideas

2015 is shaping up to be an incredible year for weddings, set to be filled with amazing new and exciting wedding themes and jaw-dropping details. We’ve already shared with you our predictions for what’s up and coming for the year ahead via glimpses into the inspiration clad pages of the soon to be released 2015 issue of Weddingstar magazine, see the latest post here, but there’s more. Beyond all that’s new, there are a few design staples that are certain to make the year over year crossover, continuing to hold their own in maintaining top spots on the list for most popular 2015 wedding themes. Rooted in some of the most naturally romantic, whimsical and breathtakingly beautiful details, here are the currently trending wedding themes not likely to lose their luster any time soon.

1. Vintage

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2. Rustic

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3. Woodland

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woodland wedding inspiration - log pencils

featured here: rustic wood pencils

4. Shabby Chic

shabby chic wedding inspiration - bride

shabby chic wedding inspiration - main table shabby chic wedding inspiration - flowers .

5. Wanderlust

wanderlust wedding inspiration - bride

wanderlust wedding inspiration - compass favor

featured here: compass favor

wanderlust wedding inspiration - tablescape

The Latest and Greatest

If you’re on trend with one of these wedding themes be sure to stay tuned for the release of the latest issue of Weddingstar magazine, featuring tons of new wedding products guaranteed to get you the look.

xoxo.

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A Girl and Her Table {The Series}: All Covered in White – The Winter Bride

winter wedding

The serene snow white landscape. Glistening icicles that seem to dance around in the daylight. The spirit of celebration thick in the air. The summer may be the most popular time of year to get married, but there’s something so magical and grand about a winter wedding. With countless good reasons to slip on a faux fur cape, against the natural winter wonderland backdrop, a girl can’t help but feel like a real life princess. But just in case your imagination needs a kick start to envision your potential winter wedding, let’s explore the possibility through our latest installment of our A Girl and Her Table Series, All Covered in White – The Winter Bride.

Her Style Personality

Demure but certainly no wallflower, our girl is the perfect example of elegance and grace. She appreciates the finer things in life and isn’t afraid to indulge in the luxurious. Her wedding day will be grand and her wedding day look will be no less.

winter bride - style inspiration

She Likes

Luxe details, things that sparkle and shine, and a clean monochromatic white color palette. For her, entertaining is an art form and her wedding day will be the biggest and most important gala she’s thrown to date.

winter wedding inspiration - centerpiece winter wedding inspiration - white tulips

winter wedding inspiration - table gems

bits of glam
featured here: acrylic diamond shaped confetti

winter wedding inspiration - peony bridal bouquet

She Has to Have

Glass and crystal decor that highlights all the pretty, candles galore, and a venue that sets the stage for her regal affair. Our modern day Cinderella will see to it that the divine is executed in every last wedding day detail so that her guests feel just as special as she does on the big day.

winter wedding inspiration - venue winter wedding inspiration - place setting

winter wedding inspiration - mirrored favor box

sweet smelling surprises
featured here: miniature beveled mirror box and fanciful monogram square tag (design on back) in a classic round place card holder

winter wedding inspiration - place setting details

stylish sipper
featured here: silver tulip stem champagne flute

winter wedding inspiration - white martini

winter white treats
featured here: mini martini glasses

winter wedding inspiration - candlelight

candle light charm
featured here: pillar candles accented with crystal jewels, crystal tealight holders, and blown glass miniature tealight luminaries

winter wedding inspiration - bride

Are You a Winter Bride?

If you’re loving today’s bridal style, come get further inspired on Weddingstar’s Winter Wedding Pinterest board.

If this isn’t quite your style, check out one of our past series features, The Candy Colorful BrideThe Garden Whimsy BrideThe Wanderlust Bride or The Fall Bride.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Boho Beauty

 

boho wedding feature - bride

The 2015 Weddingstar magazine hits stands in just a few short weeks (eek!), and we’re continuing our little pre-release party with more sneak peeks into all the incredible wedding inspiration awaiting release. Today we’re sharing a first look at the final of the three full feature wedding creatives showcased in the upcoming issue, and the one most likely to take the number one spot for top 2015 wedding themes, Bohemian Luxe. Brilliantly blending ethereal beauty with lush organic details, this one is simply breathtaking.

2015 Magazine Feature: Bohemian Luxe – Effortless Wedding Style

Barefoot, unpretentious, ethereal and stunning. This wedding look highlights traditional boho concepts and infuses them with a hint of the luxurious by introducing a certain level of grandeur and a touch of elegance. An eclectic blend of organic details surrounded by overflowing abundant floral arrangements, this wedding design approach takes the best of boho and gives it the subtle sense of formality that every wedding deserves. A soft palette of earthy tones is complimented and uplifted by pops of the prettiest feminine shades, and nature sits at the forefront of it all. Whimsical just took on a whole new meaning.

 

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Catch Up

In case you missed our first two full feature sneak peeks, check out Classic Elegance here and Industrial Glam here.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: For the City Bride

industrial glam wedding - bride

Textured finishes and a mix of smooth metals. Exposed bricks and beams. The urban skyline. Could a city bride ask for anything more? I think not! Well I’ve got great news for you city loving ladies. An urban inspired affair is about to get a whole lot easier to get, regardless where you may live. It’s as simple as picking up a copy of the soon to be released new issue of Weddingstar magazine, complete with a full feature style guide for the super chic and trending industrial inspired wedding look. Here’s your sneak peek into what you can expect to discover.

2015 Magazine Feature: Industrial Glam – City Wedding Style

Pretty never looked so stylish. With a sleek interior design influence at its core, the bold, confident, mature and modern Industrial Glam look is urban sophistication perfection. Strong textures and finishes are softened with clean white florals and a touch of organic greens. Unique contemporary decorative accents bring on a downtown feel that’s guaranteed to make any girl feel like a star. Move over Vintage and Rustic, there’s a new wedding design kid in town!

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industrial glam wedding - centerpiece

featured here: decorative bottle vase centerpiece (sold in sets of 6), spray painted metallic grey

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industrial glam wedding - favor

featured here: mini high top flower pot favor (solid in sets of 4). chalkboard style sticker – new product release, available as of december 2014

industrial glam wedding - ceremony

Have Another Peek

For more insights into what the new issue of Weddingstar magazine has in store for you, check out our Classic with a Twist post and stay tuned for next Monday’s Boho preview.

xoxo.

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2015 Magazine Sneak Peek: Classic with a Twist

white wedding inspiration - bride

Last week we shared with you the first exclusive glimpse into the pages of the next issue of Weddingstar magazine {see it here}, set to hit stands early December. As a follow up, today we’re getting down into the details. Today, and for the  next four weeks, we’ll be featuring posts packed with peeks into the hottest visual content gracing the pages of the inspirational print publication, all on trend with everything you need to know for your 2015 wedding. We’re kicking off the mirage of pretty with a feature guaranteed to never go out of style, no matter what’s trending, the Classic White Wedding. But true to form, we’ve given it a bit of a twist. Here’s our take on a traditional wedding design staple.

2015 Magazine Feature: Classic Elegance – Tradition, Re-designed

Wanting a traditionally elegant and formal affair need not mean going after the ‘done and done’. Adding a twist to a timeless style is as easy as putting your personal mark on your day through a subtle infusion of color, texture and unexpected detail. Stick to the opulent, the luxurious, and the indulgent, to preserve the essentials of the design, but modernize the look by playing with contemporary decorative accents and loose floral arrangements. Think acrylics, blown glass and rustic inspired arrangements versus lace, pearls and polished orchid centerpieces.

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white wedding inspiration - flowers

white wedding inspiration - dessert

featured here: mini martini glasses

white wedding inspiration - bride and groom

Want This Look?

Be one of the first to pick up the 2015 Weddingstar magazine for the complete Style Guide to getting the Classic Elegance look. Interested in another trending design? Visit back with us next Monday when we release a peek into our Industrial Chic feature, a must-see for any true city bride.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Tabletop Details – Burlap Napkin Wraps

diy burlap napkin wraps

There’s a very simple formula to getting gorgeous wedding table settings. Textures + Layers + Florals = Guaranteed Pretty. It’s all about the details and the more of them you pull together, the more jaw-dropping the big picture becomes. Today we’re putting the principle to practice with one core DIY supply, burlap wrap by the roll, pairing it with a range of textured elements to create napkin accents sure to take any table from simple to stunning. And just in case napkin wraps or rings don’t suit your fancy, just slip these lovelies onto a vase or a pillar candle to just as easily incorporate the details into your day.

The Supplies

burlap napkin wrap supplies

the essential supplies:

for a woodland inspired design add:

  • craft paper in three varied shades of green
  • paper punch in a leaf design
  • mini wooden clip  (you’ll need to paint with a natural wood finish to get this exact look)
  • dried eucalyptus

for a shabby chic inspired design add:

for a rustic inspired design add:

Look #1: Naturally Woodland – The Step by Step

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 1

Step 1: punch out several craft paper leaves, a few in each of your three shades. Set aside.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 2 & 3

Step 2 (not shown): measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 3: fold your wrap over in half such that the top becomes rounded while the bottom remains frayed.

Step 4: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (our completed wrap was approximately 5 inches wide) and glue to secure.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 4 & 5

Step 5: glue on a scattering of leaf cutouts to the front of your wrap. Cluster a grouping at the top left and scatter the rest to the right.

diy woodland napkin wraps - step 6

Step 6: to finish the look, attach a couple stems of dried eucalyptus by your top left cluster of cutouts, using a mini wooden clip.

The End Result

diy woodland napkin wrap mini wooden clip eucalyptus

Look #2: Layer Upon Shabby Chic Layer – The Step by Step

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 1 & 2

Step 1: measure out the required length for your wrap, considering the width you require for a completed wrap when folded over on itself, and cut.

Step 2: fold over the ends, creating the required wrap width for your napkin fold (ours was approximately 5 inches wide when complete) and glue to secure.

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 3 & 4

Step 3 (not shown): cut a strand of ruffled fabric ribbon to the same length as your wrap.

Step 4: run a thin layer of glue down the center of the ruffled ribbon and attach it to the center of your burlap wrap.

diy shabby chic napkin wraps - step 5

Step 5: using 4-5 paper flower petals, layer and glue a completed bloom. Let dry for 10-15 minutes.

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Step 6: when dry, glue your completed paper bloom to the left side of your wrap.

The End Result

diy shabby chic napkin wrap burlap diy trim paper flowers

Look #3: Rustic Appeal – The Step by Step

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Step 1 (not shown): create your  napkin wrap by following steps 2 – 4  from the Naturally Woodland wrap outlined above.

Step 2: pull 3-4 threads from a strand of ivory burlap.

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Step 3: tie your loose ivory burlap threads around your napkin wrap.

Step 4: thread through your mini wooden circle slice.

Step 5: secure the slice into place with a double knot, and finish off with a bow.

diy rustic napkin wraps - step 5

Step 6: complete the look by tucking in some dried seeded eucalyptus.

The End  Result

diy rustic napkin wrap mini wooden circle dried seeded eucalyptus

xoxo.

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