DIY Wedding Wednesday: How to Use Decorative Props

decorative prop how-to

Want to know one of the top styling secrets behind ultra swoon-worthy weddings?  It all boils down to the use of decorative props. It’s a term  you may or may not be familiar with, but it’s certainly a concept you’ve come across, and what’s caught your eye, time and again when spending hours on Pinterest planning your big day. Decorative props are what bring to a wedding design plenty of visual details, the opportunity to add layered textures and the chance to play with varied heights, all of which come together to create special unexpected elements of interest that wow. Perfect for centerpieces or creative side table displays, here’s just a few examples of how-to get the look.

Candlelight Glow

Take the glow of a simple grouping of pillar candles to the next level by incorporating beautifully detailed rustic props into your display.

candlelight display

The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. But be sure to stick to the design essentials behind the look, a play on differing heights and a mix of textures.

The Details 

rustic wood and glass box pillar candles natural birch tree slices decorative rustic wood tray seeded eucalyptus

Bring on the Blooms

For guaranteed wow factor replace standard glass vases with textured vessels that will go miles to add decorative flair to your event. Finish off the look with just a few stems and pillars.

decorative floral display

The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To 

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own. To display pillars on your tin box, angle the lid and lay it centered across one side of the box. Be sure that your lid sits firmly on the base of the box. Florals can be substituted for your choice of stems. Regardless of what changes you make, ensure you stick to the design essentials behind the look, a mix of focal points of interest and textures.

The Details

tin box with chalkboard display pillar candles lisianthus wire basket

Greet Them with Pretty

Create a greeting table that sets the stage for an event filled with plenty of pretty, complete with a favor display that’ll have guests talking about it more than the favors themselves.

favor-display

The Supplies You’ll Need for This Look:

The How-To

Display your items as shown in the image above or play around with a combination of your own, while always keeping with a mix of decorative details that provide differing heights, textures, and visual interest.

The Details

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Wild – A Chandelier & Fern Overhang

diy chandelier and fern overhang

If you ask me there are few things better than a great chandelier! Whether you’re talking home, office or wedding day decor, chandeliers are the most beautiful kind of classic and opulent decorative detail. But while they’re perfection all on their own, they get even better when set in a contrasting natural element like that provided by a lush green setting. That’s especially the case if we’re taking about coupling the dainty and wild asparagus fern with contemporary distressed white metal chandeliers. So for today’s DIY I’ve combined them for you in one of my favorite ways, a table overhang. And the end result is just so lovely I may never take it down!

The Supplies

diy chandelier overhang supplies

  • metal chandelier x 3
  • standard garden trellis painted white. This will be the base of your overhang, which you’ll need to hang. Sizing can vary and depends on intended use. Ours was 4 feet long.
  • asparagus fern
  • wax flower
  • floral wire
  • garden shears
  • water picks (for wax flowers)

The Step by Step

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Step 1: start your fern overhang by first pulling together the front end points. You’ll want to use your longest pieces of fern to create the lowest overflow points. Begin by wiring a few stems of fern together.

diy chandelier overhang - step 2

Step 2: wire your fern bundle to your trellis at whatever point you want to designate as your starting point. We used the left side of the trellis, approximately 10 inches in from the end.

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Step 3: create a bundle for your front end point. Make it either longer or shorter than the opposite side. Avoid perfectly symmetrical arrangements for a natural look.

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Step 4: attach  your chandeliers to the trellis.

Step 5: create your back end points with another two fern bundles.

Step 6: fill in the rest of the trellis with individual fern stems. Work to create a naturally wild finished look by pointing them in different directions, allowing some to come through the bottom of the trellis. If using the overhang in an indoor setting  you can weave your stems into one another. If using outdoors, make sure to wire all your stems to avoid wind displacement.

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Step 7: finish off the overhang by accenting the perimeter with small bundles of water picked wax flowers.

The Pretty Details

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To complete this exact look, perfect for a ceremony site set up, use a potted ivy plant and accent it with water picked white lisianthus.

white lisianthus

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Vintage Drawer Decor

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It’s time for another DIY Wedding Wednesday feature and this one’s for all you vintage obsessed brides out there looking for budget friendly design ideas. If you know vintage you know that you can’t pull it off properly without one critical design detail, vintage inspired decorative props. Used throughout wedding day decor as detailing accents, props are what bring the vintage look to life. If you know vintage you probably also know that authentic props can be very pricey and hard to come by. Our favorite solution to any such dilemma? Taking things into our own hands with a bit of the good old do-it-yourself approach. Here’s how to turn a simple cardboard box into decorative vintage prop loveliness.

The Supplies

diy vintage drawer prop supplies

  • diy drawer display
  • decorative knobs and pulls
  • decorative traditional vintage pattern paper (one pattern for exterior walls, another for the drawers)
  • glue, scissors and awl tool (or any sharp tool that can be used for precision puncturing)
  • peonies and floral water picks
  • pearl garland

The Step by Step

diy vintage drawer - steps 1 and 2

Step 1: apply an even layer of glue to the exterior of the box.

Step 2: cover the glued exterior with your decorative paper, leaving a small lip for rounding out the edges.

diy vintage drawer - steps 3 to 5

Steps 3 and 4: once paper is secure to the exterior of the box, cut the remaining paper lips at the corners and round out the box edges, tucking and gluing your paper to the interior walls of the box.

Step 5: for the edges between each drawer opening, cut small strips of paper and glue to the edges, tucking into the interior of the box.

diy vintage drawer - steps 6 and 7

Step 6: to assess the perfect puncture point for the decorative knob, draw a diagonal cross section (from corner to corner) across the front of the drawer.

Step 7: puncture a hole at the center point of the cross section. Repeat steps 6 and 7 on as many drawers as you plan to use a knob on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 8 and 9

Step 8: to assess puncture points for the decorative pull, repeat step 6 then measure the outside of the drawer front and mark the mid point of each side. Draw a cross section from each of the side midpoints, top to bottom and side to side. When finished you’ll have created a star like pattern (as displayed above). This will give you all the reference points required for aligning and centering your drawer pull.

Step 9: align your pull as shown above and puncture the three holes. Repeat steps 8 and 9 on as many drawers as you plan to use a pull on.

diy vintage drawer - steps 10 to 12

Step 10: wrap drawers with decorative paper, leaving and cutting lips to round out the edges as you did with the outside of the box.

Steps 11 and 12: feel for your previously punctured holes and gently puncture your decorative paper. Alternatively you can puncture from the inside of the drawer outwards.

diy vintage drawer - steps 13 to 15

Steps 13 – 15: attach knobs and pulls to the drawers with included backings.

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Step 16: water pick your peonies.

The Finished Look

diy decorative vintage drawer prop

pearl garland

for a classic vintage touch, have pearls spilling out of one of your drawers.

diy decorative drawer pull

vintage drawers

there’s always room for flowers. for a simply beautiful drawer accent and filler, use  just a few lush stems of pink peonies.

wishing well cards

take your decorative drawer set from fabulous to functional by treating it as a custom guest book alternative. provide your guests with note cards that they can leave their well wishes on, storing them in the drawers when done.
featured here: ‘burlap chic’ design memory box wishing well cards and glass dip pen writing set

Want More Props?

If you’re loving the idea of incorporating vintage props into your wedding day design see our ‘Making a Statement On a Budget’ post for a rundown of plenty of other prop options and ways to use them as part of your decor.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Simple & Sweet Chair Banner

diy bride and groom chair banners

What happens when canvas flags meet wood veneer pennants? A DIY bride’s dream is what! If you visited the blog last Friday and read our Top 10 on Trend post you know that custom signage is a major trend right now. From ‘Welcome’ guest greetings to sweet messages perfect for photo opps, personalized signs are a simple and charming way of adding both your personality and a touch of decorative flair to your wedding day. With the coupling of two great textures, fabric canvas and wood veneer, today’s post brings you yet another way of pulling the custom sign concept into reality, the irresistibly sweet and sentimental {and super easy to do} bride and groom chair banner. Here’s how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

diy chair banner supplies

The Step by Step

diy chair banners - step 1 and 2

Step 1: put a drop of hot glue on the reverse side of each of the three points of your veneer pennant.

Step 2: promptly position onto the canvas flag.

Step 3 (not shown): repeat steps 1 and 2 for all your letters and symbols.

diy chair banners - step 4 and 5

Step 4: prior to gluing, mock up your banner and map out your positioning by laying out all your pennants against your craft twine. Try to keep consistent with the amount of space you keep between each letter and symbol.

Step 5: run a thin line of hot glue along the back of each flag and position your twine.

Step 6 (not shown): repeat step 5 for all your letters and symbols.

diy chair banners - step 7

Step 7: pull and cut several strands of ribbon for your banner trim. Create two bundles, one for the bride’s chair, one for the groom’s. Consider using varying but complimentary colors for each bundle.

diy chair banners - step 8

Step 8: string your completed banner onto your chairs.

diy chair banners - step 9 and 10

Step 9: tie your ribbon bundle into a simple knot to the outer side of your chair and tuck away behind your banner.

Step 10: Repeat on the other chair.

The {Sweet} End Result

diy mr and mrs chair banner

Want to See More?

For additional burlap banner concepts, check out those featured in the Burlap Chic inspiration shoot in the weddingstar e-catalog.

xoxo.

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Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

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We’re a week away from Canada’s first official long weekend so naturally I’ve got parties top of mind. My favorite kind? A proper dinner party complete with great food, even better wine, and loads of fantastic friends. Having planned a few in my day I know that one of the cardinal rules to a great bash, and incidentally a great wedding, is a well set and styled table. Dining tables are where your guests spend most of their time, and in the case of a wedding where table settings are in the double digits, the visual becomes all that much more important. So today I’m breaking down the five basic essentials behind a successful tablescape. And considering practice makes perfect, you’ve got an excuse to plan a few parties to test out your own skills before your big day. Bon fete!

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

Rule number one to being a pro hostess: manage the guest experience from start to finish. Make it carefree and effortless for them, right down to where they’re meant to sit. Marking their spot with a theme appropriate place marker not only gets the job done, it also works as an added decorative touch. To get them to their table, use a seating chart or escort cards, greeting your guests upon arrival and guiding them to where they need to go.

diy seating chart

featured here: custom diy seating chart made with equestrian love stationery collection large rectangular tags accented with horse hose charms and tied with satin ribbon in deep plum

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

Make your guests feel special and incorporate some instant eye candy into your design with a little surprise gift waiting to greet your guests as they settle in. Repeated over every place setting it makes for the perfect finishing touch and a fantastic first impression.

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

From chargers to trimmed napkins, designing your place settings using multiple layers adds dimension and interest to your tablescape. Complete the look with a dried or fresh flower in your color scheme for an unexpected touch of pretty.

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

With all the things going on with a tablescape, it’s important to have a focal point that pulls it all together. Given its central positioning on a table, a beautiful floral centerpiece is a natural choice. Use height or eye catching decorative accents to create the focus. Where budget allows, expand on the concept by creating a table length runner made of bountiful floral arrangements.

rustic wedding centerpiece

need some added inspiration?
for gorgeous simple to create diy centerpiece ideas check out our springtime centerpiece post

rustic wedding centerpiece rustic wedding flowers

The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

For a really impressive design consider setting aside some budget for lovely little unexpected details. Upgraded flatware, delicate chair backs or custom table overhangs are all surefire ways of pulling together an unforgettable and unique event design.

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

featured here: mini white lanterns (comes with stand and hanger, removed here)

Want More?

Looking for more wedding reception decoration ideas? Shop all the options by theme, color, or category in the Reception section of weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: Making a Statement {On a Budget}

decorative wedding props

There seems to be a silly little misconception floating around in the world of weddings that in order to have a gorgeous event you need a huge budget. In actuality, nothing could be farther from the truth. While having a substantial chunk of change to put towards wedding day decor might make things easier, it definitely isn’t the only route to creating beautiful ambiance. It just takes a little bit of strategic designing. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite tricks of the trade to getting the look without spending a fortune, the use of decorative props. 

Props come in many different shapes and forms, colors and designs, but they all do the same thing. They all act as unexpected extra touches of pretty that go miles and miles in their impact. Through selective use in choice spots props take a wedding design to the next level, acting as statement pieces without breaking the bank. Some of my personal faves? Decorative drawers and boxes, because of all their creative potential. And when you see them in use you’ll instantly know why. Be prepared to get inspired! 

On Display

Looking to add dimension to your Greeting Table display? Whether it’s purely for decorative flair or to serve double duty to hold items your guests will use, like wish cards for example, this vintage design display drawer is the ideal finishing touch.

vintage wedding inspiration - wedding table vintage display prop

Storage Space

Arguably the prettiest storage box I’ve ever seen! Fill with flowers, favors, or just about anything else you like. Place in an area where all can appreciate and let the decorative details of this vintage inspired drawer do all the rest.

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New Heights

Opting for small low arrangements to save on cost? No need to sacrifice impact. Give your Head Table centerpiece a little boost by elevating it with the loveliest of risers.

shabby chic floral centerpiece

Want More?

Check out all the newest decorative accents in the New Arrivals section of Weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fabric Flower Chair Backs

diy fabric flower chair back

I’m a complete and total sucker for a wedding that includes special unexpected little extras throughout its design. I’m talking about those that go above and beyond the must have staples, like flowers or candles, and include DIY details that personalize and elevate the entire look of the event. So when fabric ribbons and flowers were added to the Weddingstar line up my mind immediately starting thinking about all the amazing decorative possibilities. Today I’m sharing one of my faves, the fabric flower chair back. Whether used as ceremony aisle markers, bride and groom chair backs or overall chair decor, this pretty extra is a must have as far as I’m concerned! And as an added bonus, it can be repurposed in other decorative ways. Get ready to fall in love!

The Supplies

diy fabric flower chair back supplies

The Step by Step

diy fabric flower chair back - steps 1 to 5

Step 1: with the chair’s back facing you, hang the ribbon over the top center point of your chair, creating a loop. Don’t worry about keeping either side of your hanging strands even in length. Keeping them at slightly different lengths provides for a prettier end result.

Steps 2&3: loop the right strand under and over.

Step 4: do the same to the left strand.

Step 5: pull both strands to tighten. This step will also pull your loop over such that it’s facing you, as shown in image 5.

diy fabric flower chair back - steps 6 to 8

Steps 6 and 7: repeat steps 1-5 on your second strand of ribbon to achieve the result shown in image 7.

Step 8: tie on a strand of lace for added texture.

diy fabric flower chair back - steps 9 and 10

Step 9:  glue your medium flower to the right side of your ribbon formation.

Step 10: glue your small flower to the left side of your ribbon formation, slightly lower than your medium flower.

The {Lovely} End Result

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Something New

If applied correctly the chair back can be removed from the chair in such a way that the flowers stay attached, allowing you to use this pretty decorative creation for plenty of other wedding day accents, like part of a custom backdrop or as table trim.

fabric flower decor

Love it? Want More?

If you’re inspired by what you see and want additional fabric flower use ideas check out this past Monday’s post, Wedding Trend Report: Fabric Flowers.

xoxo.

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Wedding Trend Report: Fabric Flowers

fabric flowers

I’m always cautious when talking or recommending trends. They come and go by the dozens. And let’s be honest, there are plenty of things that trend but shouldn’t. That said, every once in a while something will make its way onto the wedding scene that makes me truly swoon and jump onto that trend bandwagon. And that’s exactly what happened when fabric flowers starting popping up. From ruffle, to burlap, to lace, with endless decorative possibilities and an impressive lifespan {of, well forever!}, how could you not help but fall head over heels with these lovelies!

Here’s just a glimpse at what you can bring to life with these faux wonders.

Backdrop Stunner

If you’re looking to make a serious statement with your wedding décor consider picking one focal point and frame it with a showstopping design element like this stunning burlap and ruffled fabric flower backdrop. Simple to create {burlap runner + ruffled fabric flowers + stapler}, with one seriously gorgeous and elaborate end result.

fabric flower backdrop

featured here: diy backdrop made with burlap table runners and ruffled fabric flowers (various sizes and shapes)

Bouquet Bounty

You won’t want to toss this one, trust me! Just as pretty as any real bloom, these faux stems, in perfectly muted soft shades, go from wedding day staple to home décor display without skipping a beat.

fabric flower bouquet

featured here: diy bridal bouquet made with stemmed ruffled fabric flowers (various sizes and colors) tied with ruffled fabric ribbon trim (in pastel pink)

Decorative Details

From seating trim to tabletop adornments and candle accents to cake accessories, you’d be hard-pressed to find a wedding setup or accessory that these pretties can’t be added to. And with the impact their detailed textures bring, you won’t want to.

lace flower chair backs

featured here: decorative fabric lace flowers (in two sizes) as accents to floral chair backs

fabric flower table arrangements

featured here: stemmed ruffled fabric flowers (various sizes and colors) as diy centerpieces

Love it? Want More?

If you’re looking for more ways to incorporate these amazing decorative accents into your wedding day then visit the blog this coming Wednesday when I show you how to create a sensational, and simple to make, chair back.

xoxo.

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Wedding Decor Details: Just Add Bling

acrylic crystal decor

I’m not what you would call a girlie girl, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t like a bit of sparkle in my life every once in awhile. Now I’m not talking about over the top, in your face flashiness. Quite the opposite. I’m talking about subtle touches of bling, a look perfectly captured by a little decorative secret called Acrylic Crystals.

Theme friendly and applicable to everything from favors to centerpieces, you can’t go wrong with Acrylic Crystals. A fresh spin on the popular faux diamond bling, these pretty decorative details provide a gorgeous but subtle finish wherever applied. Available in a variety of sizes and shapes, and easy to use, consider these accents every girl’s “new best friend”. But enough of what I think. Let’s let some visuals do the talking!

acrylic crystals - aisle markers

featured here: ceremony aisle markers featuring acrylic crystal decorative drops

acrylic crystals - centerpieces

featured here: guest table centerpiece incorporating acrylic crystal decorative drops

acrylic crystals - decor accents

featured here: vintage style chandelier incorporating acrylic crystal maple leaf decorative drops

acrylic crystals - decor accents

featured here: custom vintage seating chart with acrylic crystal maple leaf decorative drop accented escort cards

acrylic crystals - chair backs

featured here: acrylic crystal bubble decorative drops as custom chair backs

Want More Bling?

If you’re interested in some more bling inspired ideas come back and visit the Blog this Wednesday when I show you how to bling up your bridal bouquet.

xoxo.

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DIY Personalized Weddings: The Signature Stamp

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Ask a bride what she wants most for her wedding design and 9 times out of 10 she’ll tell you she wants a design that is unique to her and her fiance.  No bride wants her wedding to be comparable to, or another version of, someone else’s event. Her love story is personal and so should her wedding story be. But given all the details that go into pulling a wedding together, it can often be difficult for a bride to figure out how to really put her mark on it.

Good news. It need not be that complicated. It can be as simple as literally applying your personal stamp! From your wedding invitation to subtle decorative details, a personalized stamp leaves your mark in all the right places. Here are some of our top DIY recommendations on how to apply the look.

Sneak Peek

Your wedding invitation is a first glance at what your wedding day will look like. Leave your mark early on by using your personalized stamp as a DIY accent on your save the date, invite and reply card, or as a finishing seal on your envelope.

All in the Details 

Stamping little decorative accents that pop up throughout your wedding day offers up a way to subtly connect your look and give it continuity.

Finishing Touches

Wedding guests have the pleasure of walking away from the event with a little gift. Your favor should both thank them and remind them of your wonderful day. Complete the look with your stamp on their sendoff.

Need More Convincing? 

Lucky for you we love sharing inspiration! Here are some more ways to apply the look.

shabby chic themed diy stamps

featured here – left side: DIY drawer display done up with decorative paper, crafting decorative knobs and cabinet pulls, and ruffled fabric trim in pastel pink, holding burlap chic collection wishing well cards personalized with the burlap chic floral rubber stamp
on the right: DIY customized kraft paper goodie bag personalized with the burlap chic monogram stamp
see how to make this goodie bag in our ‘shabby chic get the look feature’

xoxo.

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