DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Feather Chair Back

diy paper feather chair back

If you’ve yet to discover the concept of paper decorations you’re in for a delightfully pretty treat with today’s DIY feature. As one of the most budget-friendly options available in decor, their appeal is instantly obvious. But what makes them irresistible is not their price point, it’s their range of loveliness and versatility. Take the boho inspired paper feathers featured in today’s post. You can do just about anything with them, from table top accents to stationery detailing, with each concept equally stunning. The options really are endless, which had us a bit stumped on what to pull together today. But after much debating we finally decided on a concept perfect for one of our favorite wedding day details, a custom bride and groom chair back, because it’s so very pretty and because it only takes two steps to make. Happy crafting!

The Supplies

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The Step-by-Step

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Step 1: start with the base of your chair back, the wreath, and wrap it completely with fabric ribbon. Secure in the back with pins.

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Step 2: add your feathers to the wreath. Pick a starting point and begin your formation by pinning your feathers, overlapping them as you go and keeping a balanced mix of all three feather types. Finish off the chair back by adding the satin ribbon that will attach the wreath to your chair.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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3 Easy Steps to Creating the Perfect Favor

Choosing what to give your guests as a token of thanks and a memento of your big day is a fun task, but not always the easiest. Especially with the selection of wedding favors available – it’s so hard to choose just one! Luckily though, it’s not impossible to find (or even create) a favor that is a perfect representation of you and the look you have created for your big day. Today we’re showing you how to create the perfect favor in 3 easy steps.

1. Choose Your Type

Even if you already have an idea of what type of favor you’re looking for, it’s always good to start by getting inspired by all that there is to offer. Start by exploring our favor inspiration gallery to get inspired and to help narrow down your favorites. Here is a breakdown of the different types of favors available.

The Stand-Alone Favor

Possibly the most convenient type of favor, stand-alone favors mean that they don’t require any additional extras beyond the personalization. From salt and pepper shakers to wine bottle stoppers to antique style key bottle openers, most of these lovelies even come with their own gift packaging, meaning they truly are ready-to-gift. Here are some of our favorites!

The Favor Container

Be it a bag, box or one of these unique options, the favor container is one that allows you to fill it with whatever your heart desires. Treat your guests to something yummy like chocolates, macaroons, truffles or even mints. Alternatively, you could fill your chosen container with some fresh floral or wildflower seeds that they can plant. No matter what you choose, it’s yet another way to add a personal touch.

Favor Box Kits

While these are still considered favor containers that are meant to be filled, these handy kits come with all the trimmings necessary for a beautifully embellished favor. If you love DIY but don’t have the time to find all the right trims such as twine, charms and tags, then these kits are perfect for you! Designed to fit a variety of wedding themes, these kits make DIY-ing your favors a cinch.

2. Dress It Up

Now that you’ve found the perfect favor to give to your guests, it’s time to add some sweet and simple personal touches. This is where you can get even more creative by adding different embellishments to make your favors even more memorable. Simply add a personalized tag or sticker and a little ribbon and you’re done! Then, if budget allows add a charm, your own personal stamp and any other embellishments you like to really make it yours. Here are some examples of how you could dress up your favors.

Weddingstar Miniature Metal Pails

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featured here: miniature white pail, mini clothespin, jewel stickers, vintage lace square tag

3. Presentation

You’ve chosen your favor and dressed it up to perfection, now the only thing left is to decide how you want to present these pretty little packages to your guests. Here are three of our favorite, and equally pretty, ways to present your favors at your reception.

On Display

Set some room aside on your guestbook or escort card table to display groupings of favors for your guests to take. If you choose this option it is a good idea to include a sign with a simple message like, “please take one”. This not only lets your guests know to take a favor, but it also adds another unexpected personal touch. One of our favorite ways to add messages like this throughout your wedding are with chalkboard signs. Take a look at our selection, right over here.

As Escort Cards

Some favors even serve a dual purpose. Not only are they favors for your guests to keep, but you can use them as place card holders too. Create an impressive escort card display like this one that is sure to impress.

At The Place Setting

Your guests are already excited to be at your wedding, but they’ll be even more excited when they get to their seat only to find a sweet surprise. Placing your favors at the place setting of each guest will make them feel extra special.

So, have you found your favors yet? This is only the beginning! Be sure to check out our entire favor selection at weddingstar.com, or take a look at our favor inspiration gallery for even more great favor ideas.

Morgan

 

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Pretty Packaging

diy gift packaging

Have you ever received a gift that was so beautifully wrapped you just couldn’t bear to open it up and ruin the presentation? You meticulously took the time to carefully undo every piece of tape holding it together, while hoping that all the lovely would stay in tack. Well we’re about to show you how to be the giver of just such an eye pleasing display. And it’s a lot easier than you may think. By simply playing with textures and layers, you’ll learn how to make one of the prettiest packages around, ideal for gifting to those that meant the most throughout your wedding planning process, your bridal party and your parents. Here’s the crafty how-to.

The Supplies

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: wrap your box and secure the paper using all purpose glue.

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Step 2: to the top left corner of your box, glue a bundle of lace fabric. Glue it such that it bunches, rather than laying flat.

Step 3: intertwine the plain fabric ribbon into a quarter of the lace and glue to secure.

Step 4: glue on the fabric flower to the center of the lace.

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Step 5: attach the peony bud (or small faux flower of your choice) to the bottom right of the fabric flower, on top of your bunched lace.

Steps 6 & 7: attach both lace fabric flowers next to the peony bud.

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Step 8: cut a piece of ruffled fabric trim and a strand of lace (of the same width as the ruffled trim) to a length that will drape off the side of your box. Our strands were approximately 12 inches in length.

Step 9: glue the ruffled fabric ribbon to the bottom left corner of the box, and then attach the piece of lace ribbon to it. A single point of attachment should work for both, allowing the ribbons to hang loosely.

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Step 10: glue your faux blossoms to the box, starting just underneath the lace fabric flowers, working your way down creating a cascade alongside the fabric ribbon. End your cascade approximately three quarters of the way down the side of the box.

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Step 11: stamp your tag and attach with glue to your box, tucking underneath your lace flowers and cascading blossoms.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – All the Little Extras

laser cut stationery extras

If you’re a regular reader of The Details blog then you know that its title is no creative coincidence. The blog was named as it was because we are huge advocates of all the little, special, extras that get infused into every wedding day design, making it like no other. This affinity for details is why for the fourth and final feature in our current stationery series we’re showcasing some of the pretty, not to mention budget-friendly, laser cut paper extras currently available in the Weddingstar lineup. And if you don’t see something that suits your style here, come explore plenty of other options at weddingstar.com.

Stemware Trims

Practical and pretty, whether you use them to mark your guest’s seats or to dress up your stemware, laser die cut cards are the perfect way to add a decorative accent to your place setting set ups.

dragonfly die cut place marker

airplane die cut place marker

Lovely Marks the Spot

Seating assignment is essential at most weddings. Make your place card table display or your guest table set up both functional and lovely with delicately detailed card designs. Imagine a 100 of these pretties all in one spot!

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tree silhouette place card

love bird damask place card

The Add Ons

At ultra budget friendly price points (thanks to their material makeup), you simply can’t say no to these added decorative details.

laser cut napkin ring paper feathers

adirondack deck chair place card

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Glittered Glass Heart Overhang

diy glittered glass hearts

Whether you’re planning to tie the knot on New Year’s Eve or are simply using the festivities to inspire your wedding day design, there’s one decorative element that’s an absolute have-to-have. That element? Gold Glitter. A DIY bride’s best friend, easy to find, use and super inexpensive, gold glitter gives anything it’s applied to an instant boost of brilliance. From a sparkly accent on the smallest of day of details to big impact glitz, you’re guaranteed wow factor every time. Given all of today’s year end celebrations, for this DIY Wedding Wednesday installment we’re showcasing the golden good stuff on some playful blown glass heart decorations, as a stunning signature drink table overhang. Here’s the breakdown on how to make the look yours.

The Supplies

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  • white blown glass hanging heart decorations (in all 3 available  sizes. Total number of hearts depends on the final size of overhang you’re looking for. We used 9 for ours.)
  • mod podge glue + paint brush for applying glue to hearts
  • gold glitter
  • fishing line for hanging

The Step by Step

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Step 1: remove the white ribbon that the hearts come with. You can reattach once the hearts are dry if you wish. Using the paint brush apply your glue to the portion of the heart you want covered with glitter, starting on one side. For the entire grouping of hearts you’ll want to vary the amount of glitter on each, with some hearts covered a quarter of the way up, some 3 quarters, some completely.

Step 2: sprinkle on glitter as soon as the glue has been applied.

Step 3: for the hearts that aren’t completely covered with glitter, gently brush the top line with your finger to create an imperfect, uneven finish, avoiding a perfectly straight line.

Step 4: let dry and repeat steps 1 – 3 on the other side of the heart.

Repeat Steps 1-4 on all your hearts.

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Tip: For hanging we recommend using fishing line. If handling on your own, ensure the mechanism you are attaching the hearts to is secure and create the overhang the day before your wedding, if possible, as the process is time consuming.

The End Result

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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

The End  Result

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xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Bits of Boho – Painted Place Card Holders

diy painted place card holders

It never ceases to amaze me how far a little paint can go in the transformation of whatever it’s applied to. With the infusion of a bit of strategically selected color, and with some creative application, countless design specific details are possible. Today we’re using it and some stencils to apply a touch of the hottest trending wedding theme, Boho, to some organically appropriate place cards holders. From turquoise feathers to blush pink arrows, rocks never looked so good! Here’s how to add bits of the Boho design to your wedding day.

The Supplies

diy painted rock place card holder supplies

  • natural rock place card holders 
  • autumn leaf design place cards 
  • multi surface acrylic paint in choice colors – we used the Craft Smart brand in Blush Pink, Native Turquoise and Deep Peach
  • paintbrushes – one small flat headed brush for use with stencils and one fine tip for freehand application
  • a selection of stencills featuring staple Boho graphics

The How-To

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  • select your stencils. Stick on stencils are best for this project, allowing for the most precise painted details.
  • use a mix of Boho inspired graphics and a varied complimentary color palette
  • using a flat headed paintbrush apply a coat of multi surface paint onto each rock. Don’t worry about a perfectly even application. An uneven finish makes for a more organic overall look.

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  • for those extra crafty brides, don’t hesitate to freehand a design if  you can’t find a stencil you like or if you just want to do it all on your own.

The End Result

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xoxo.

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Wedding Planning Essentials: 10 Tips for Successful Wedding Budget Management

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I don’t think I’d be the odd woman out if I said that wedding budget management is not fun. In fact, it’s a major pain. But it’s also an absolute necessity, a top priority in the wedding planning process. As difficult as it is to muddle through the business of managing your wedding spend, it would be downright impossible without a guiding framework. And we’re not talking about anything fancy. Just an outline of the total amount you’re able and willing to dish out, and how you want to allocate those dollars. So in the spirit of a fresh week and getting things off on the right foot, we’re sharing our list of top tips for successful wedding budget management.

Tip #1. First Things First

This may seem obvious but it’s so critical that it’s worth the mention, and the top spot. Setting your wedding budget should be the first thing you do when you set out on the wedding planning journey. Before you book anything, before any of the planning stress sets in, before you even set a date, your first task should be to sit down and map out your maximum total spend.

Tip #2. Where to Start

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You may be in complete agreement that a budget is essential, but theory isn’t worth much unless put to practice. And here’s where most couples get stuck. They want a controllable budget. They just aren’t sure how to set one. The short answer is that there is no magic formula applicable across the board. Every couple’s budget is bound to look different. There is however a pretty solid rule of thumb you can go by: take your projected venue / reception spend, double it, and the result is an estimate for total average spend.

Tip #3. Be Realistic

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When setting your budget, and throughout the entire planning process, remember that everything comes with a price tag and unless you have an infinite budget, you can’t have it all. You may find it helpful to list out your ‘must haves’, the event details that matter most to you, and your ‘nice to haves’, the extras that you can do without if necessary. For example, a dove release is lovely but not an essential element of a meaningful ceremony. Leave the booking of the extras to the tail end of your planning/spend, and be prepared to make compromises if necessary.

Tip #4. Team Work

Tips 1 to 3 make for a solid wedding budget foundation but unless worked through by both bride and groom, cracks are inevitable. Make sure you’re both comfortable with the total spend set out, and that your list of ‘must haves’ is a shared one. If not, you may find yourself in a tough situation later on down the wedding planning road, at a time where changes aren’t easily made.

Tip #5. Less is More

The number one, fail-safe way to stretch your total spend is to reduce your guest count. It’s simple math. The same total spend will do a lot more for a group of 50 versus for an event hosting 150. And although it may seem like common sense, the challenge arises when tradition, culture and overall community are taken into consideration. So although it’s an easy  concept to understand, it’s a lot harder to put into practice, but an important consideration for budget management nonetheless.

Tip #6. Bring on a Pro

Potentially the most challenging aspect of wedding budget management is the time it takes to get it right. The easiest way to ensure you get it right from the get go, and that you stay on track, is to enlist the help of a professional wedding planner. An experienced planner can handle the process on your behalf, based on the parameters you set together.

Tip #7. Cut Backs

 

Next to your reception venue budget (including food and beverage), floral expenses are likely to be next in line for highest potential spend. Depending on your overall budget and your ‘must haves’, you may find you have to make major cut backs to meet your bottom line. One way to make the cut without impacting on overall ambiance is to replace floral arrangements with a flood of pretty candlelight.

Tip #8. The Time Factor

To aid in spend management, don’t be afraid to ask your wedding vendors for  payment plans. Most would be more than willing to accommodate you with a well spaced out schedule that helps to avoid an influx of major spend all at once. But be prepared to make all final payments approximately two weeks prior to your wedding day.

Tip #9. DIY it

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What’s the easiest way to control the cost of a given aspect of your event? Do it yourself. Granted, not all aspects of a wedding can be DIY’d, but those that can are guaranteed to bring down spend. That said, make sure to leave yourself enough time to manage whatever parts you’re taking on, and never do it alone. Now’s the time to turn to a wedding planner, your bridesmaids, and close family members.

Tip #10. Check In

When it comes to a budget, there’s no such thing as too much checking in. The budget management process is a constant one, which should be updated with every single spend as it happens, so it doesn’t get missed. And always remember that nothing, other than your bottom line, is set in stone. So shuffle around on an as needed basis.

Speaking of DIY’ing it

Join us every Wednesday for our DIY Wedding Wednesday posts, where we show you creative ways to personalize your event while stretching your wedding budget.

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Fall Wedding Tablescape

fall wedding tablescape

As if the name of the Blog wasn’t a dead giveaway, we’re a bit obsessed with featuring all the details that come together to create an incredible wedding day. It’s what we love to showcase and how we shape the content we bring you every DIY Wedding Wednesday, in hopes it inspires you, our lovely readers, to create your own personalized unique events. But we appreciate the big picture is just as important. And actually seeing how the details come together is critical to deciding on whether a look is right for you. So in the spirit of curating content, today we’re combining the Fall focused DIYs from the past four weeks, putting them where they belong, into a fabulous Fall wedding tablescape. And if you love what you see, learning how to get the look is just a click of a link away!

The Big Picture

fall wedding centerpiece

diy bottle vase centerpiece

get the diy bottle vase look here
stylist tip: put the finishing touch to your fall wedding centerpiece by displaying it on a wooden slab.

faux flowers - wooden roses dried japanese lanterns diy gold shimmer bottle vases diy ivory bottle vase fall wedding decor

burlap wreath backdrop

get the diy burlap backdrop look here
stylist tip: play with varying color combos and wreath sizes to personalize this look and make it perfect for your wedding day design.

baby's breath stuffed mini pumpkin

pumpkin decor

stylist tip: incorporate a few white pumpkins into your centerpiece for an added easy and instant decorative touch

xoxo.

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: Centerpiece How-To

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When the idea for this post came up, truth be told, I panicked a little. Although I love flowers (I mean, what girl doesn’t?!) and have pulled together many arrangements in my day, I always advise (where budget allows) to never DIY your florals. But let’s face it, when budgets are factored in not everyone has the luxury of working with a floral designer. So to all you ladies feeling brave and looking to stretch your dollar without compromising an ounce of pretty, this blog’s for you!

The Supplies

centerpiece supplies

  • good pair of shears
  • floral foam (to fit whatever vase you decide to use)
  • flowers, in order of appearance: lisianthus, astilbe, queen anne’s lace, spray roses, seeded eucalyptus and sedum

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The Step by Step

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Step 1: saturate your floral foam with water and place into your vase. Begin to build your floral arrangement creating a starting point for your two front facing corners. Make one over flowing with eucalyptus and the other tighter to the center with queen anne’s lace.

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Step 2: continue to build your arrangement by adding another overflow on the opposite corner to the original and begin to fill out your middle with a blend of sedum and lisianthus.

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Step 3: continue to fill in your arrangement, adding in astilbe. Start to concentrate on your arrangement as a whole, paying attention to all angles.

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Step 4: add in spray roses. as you work on filling your arrangement make sure to fill all gaps and keep a mix of flowers throughout the whole.

The End Result

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You could stop right here but for a fuller table arrangement (and some added decor), finish off the look with a couple of votive holders filled with a few floral stems, as well as some candlelight.

mini vases vintage inspired candle holders diy floral centerpiece

Centerpieces Simplified.

If you’re all about DIY’ing your centerpiece but want something a little less labor intensive, check out our Decorative Bottle Vases and Springtime Centerpieces posts.

xoxo.

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