DIY Wedding Wednesday: The Power of Color {and Chalk Paint}

diy birdcage favors

Shabby Chic, Vintage and Rustic all share one major thing in common. All are super hot right now as far as wedding trends go. And it’s no wonder why. Each comes with countless gorgeous ways to personalize and style an event. If you’re one of the many brides looking for your own unique version of one of these themes then it’s time to get comfy with the concept of DIY and brush up on some of the tricks of the trade. And boy do I have an amazing trick to share with you today! It’s a little thing {literally, you can get it in 4 fl. ounce jars} called chalk paint and it takes anything that might not have the right look because of color or texture and transforms it to theme appropriate weathered perfection. Just take a look at what it did for a mini birdcage favor. It certainly had me saying “eek!”

The Supplies

diy birdcage favor supplies

  • mini birdcage
  • choice of chalk paint color(s) and paint brush {we used annie sloan chalk paint in louis blue, pure white and antoinette}
  • floral foam
  • mini personalized streamer
  • satin ribbon, coordinated to the birdcage color(s)
  • choice of flowers (i used hydrangea, peonies and baby’s breath)

The How-To

diy distressed white birdcage favor white chalk painted mini birdcage

Step 1: paint your birdcage. If using chalk paint you’ll need two coats. Don’t worry about a bit of the original black still coming through. An imperfect look is what you want.

{stylist tip: if you can’t find chalk paint, use spray paint instead. It’ll provide for a similar look, just a slightly different finish.}

Step 2: for an added personal touch, hole punch a personalized streamer and tie to top of the birdcage with ribbon.

blue and green hydrangea

Step 3: cut floral foam into a piece small enough to fit into the birdcage and insert floral stems. Insert florals from various angles, aiming for a full but loose finish. Think overflowing.

Step 4: repeat steps 1 – 3 on as many birdcages as you need. For the Shabby Chic look, as featured in this tutorial, mix up your paint colors, sticking to pale pastels, and your floral stems. For a Vintage or Rustic look stick to one color palette.

eggshell blue chalk painted mini birdcage

stylist tip: for a simple and more budget friendly version, don’t be afraid to leave the birdcages empty. they are just as lovely all on their own.

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The Finished Look

shabby chic mini birdcage favors hydrangea pink peony baby's breath banner favor tag

xoxo.

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Product Spotlight: Top 10 on Trend

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We’ve just returned from our annual buying trip, where we searched and shopped for the best of the best new products for you, our brides. And you can’t imagine how excited we are to release all the new additions to the lineup this coming December! To hold us over we’re recapping our Top 10 favorite 2014 additions, all in line with what’s hot and trending in the world of weddings right now. From the prettiest of favor boxes to the most stunning bridal and reception accessories, we’ve got it all covered. Now it’s your turn to shop!

#1 – Lovely Lace

One of the top trends for 2014, and 2015 for that matter, is arguably also the most romantic textile around. And we’ve got a couple of the loveliest and effortless ways to incorporate lace into your wedding day look. OK. So we’re cheating a little by featuring two products here. But they really do go hand in hand so we simply couldn’t resist!

#2 – Leave a Message

Custom unique signage is all the rage these days and we’re thinking this reusable chalkboard is definitely a top option. Whatever message it shares, it’s the intricate details that will have your guests swooning.

shabby chic greeting table

#3 – With this Ring

There’s nothing like a perfectly set table to please the eye and get the appetite going. Finish off your place settings in style with this gorgeous jewel accented napkin ring.

vintage place setting

#4 – The Forever Bouquet

Any woman who has lived the wedding day experience will tell you that keeping special mementos to remember the day is a must. What better way of remembering how you looked and felt than by keeping your bouquet, especially when it’s as beautiful as this couture brooch stunner.

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#5 – Beautiful Burlap

Far from the unrefined. Complete with fabric flowers, lace trim and a subtle touch of bling, burlap never looked so good.

#6 – Take a Seat

Boxed sweet treats may not be a new guest giveaway concept, but these stylish pretty little chair boxes provide the perfect contemporary twist on a tried and true classic.

transparent chair favor boxes

#7 – The “Toss Me Not” Garter

Do yourself a favor and buy a toss away back up because you’ll definitely want to hold onto this lovely.

vintage bride

#8 – Smart Table Trim

There’s nothing like a wedding accessory that serves double duty. Not only does this self-standing wooden table number guide your guests to their seats, it also makes for a great decorative accent. And it comes complete with a top slit ready to hold anything you want it to. So in fact, we’re talking triple duty!

#9 – Bringing the Outdoors In

Want something new and unique for your centerpiece? Look no further. These super cool and super pretty faux birch trees are about as unique as it gets. Perfect for the Rustic or Woodland themed wedding, or for any couple looking to incorporate a bit of nature into their event’s design.

#10 – Animal Instincts

With Woodland weddings increasing in popularity on a daily basis, we’d be remissed not to add some animal motifs to the line. And what’s more synonymous with woodland animals than a great set of antlers.

woodland themed wedding place setting

Want More?

If you like what you see here then check out the full suite of 2014 products featured 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

diy fabric flower chair back - finished look diy fabric flower chair back - details

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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DIY Wedding Reception Ideas: Treating Your Guests the Shabby Chic Way

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

They’ve attended the ceremony and enjoyed the cocktail hour. Expectations have been set high for a great wedding reception. Start things off on the right note with a yummy treat, ready and waiting for your guests as they take their seats. Sure beats the traditional bread basket! Here’s the how to on pulling this shabby chic themed treat together.

The Supplies 

DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor supplies

The Step by Step

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step, steps 1 through 3

Step 1: Using the bag as your guide, measure out and cut your ribbon lengths, just so they slightly overlap in the back of your bag
Step 2: On the back side of the bag, glue the wider ribbon first
Step 3: Glue the other ribbon on top of the first, for a layered effect

shabby chic themed wedding favor step by step

Step 4: Glue on your button {Tip: off center button location works best}
Step 5: Add your stamp

The {Pretty} End Result 

Completed DIY shabby chic themed wedding guest favor

And that’s it. It’s that easy! And personalizing the look is just as simple. Consider changing the type and color of the ribbon,  use a different bag, or play around with your stamp options. Any of these simple adjustments will change up the look to suit your wedding design and theme to perfection.

Looking for More Shabby Chic DIY Ideas and Inspiration?

Then check out the Burlap Chic inspiration feature in this year’s issue of the Weddingstar magazine, available online and on all major newsstands, or shop the look here.

xoxo.

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Today I’ve complied an extra special mood board based on one of my favorite wedding themes – A Shabby-Chic Rustic Romance! Using the color palette of creams and whites, soft pink and luxurious hints of matte and sparkling gold, I’ve put together some great inspiration to get you started on your own planning journey! With homespun accents, handmade favors, burlap and vintage-inspirations abound, I hope it sparks your creativity just as much as it did mine! Enjoy!

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Get the Look: 15 Ways to Use our Vintage-Inspired Wooden Multi-Purpose Boards

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