Get the Look – Holiday Celebrations

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The holidays are here and we’re in the mood to deck the halls! Here’s a few of our favorite décor and gift giving ideas that are sure to make any holiday themed celebration merry.

Keep it simple. Add fresh greenery to strings of lights. Package macarons in personalized mason jars. Oh and don’t forget to put out the matching “hugs, kisses & merry wishes” napkins.

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Featured here: battery operated lights with wire cage, “hugs, kisses and merry wishes” personalized mason jar with gold lid, personalized napkins, medium chalkboard on white wood easel, square vases .

 

Gold heart bottle openers are perfect for holiday gift giving and you can use them as gift toppers by tying them onto gift bags using ribbon and fresh greenery.

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Featured here: gold heart with xo bottle opener, vintage style pressed glass goblets, chalkboard on stand, paper straws.

 

Fill square vases with fresh cut greenery and tied up with pretty ribbons and add hand lettered messages to chalkboards for signage.

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Featured here: medium and large square vases, vintage inspired pressed glass goblets, chalkboard on stand.

 

Give Santa some love with woodland themed cookies served on an acrylic tray. Serve Santa milk in a mason jar mug or craft beer in a can shaped glass.

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Featured here: square acrylic tray, glass mason jar mug, can shaped glass personalized with “hug, kisses & merry wishes”, personalized coasters, paper straws.

 

Glass jewelry boxes make unique hostess gifts for the holidays. Especially when you fill them with mini holiday cookies as sweet as these ones.

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Featured here: glass jewelry box with rose gold edges, small glass jewelry box with rose gold edges, large chalkboard, battery operated string of lights with wire cage.

 

If you have used our products this holiday season we’d love to see them. Post your pictures on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar and tag us at @weddingstar.

 

Happy Holidays!

 

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Styled Shoot Credits:

photography  Janet KwanPhotography

woodland themed cookies Emma’s Sweets 

 macarons and mini donuts Macaronz 

mini cookies The Teeny Tiny Bakery  

hand lettering  Autumn Grey Designs

greenery and wreaths Flower Treasures  

holiday cards  Alicia’s Infinity

holiday gift packaging supplies Creative Bag

creative direction and styling Lorrie Everitt

 

Get The Look – Holiday Entertaining

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The holidays are a wonderful time of year to celebrate with family and friends. This year spend less time preparing and more time mingling with guests with these three festive set up ideas.

1. Hot Chocolate And Sweets Bar

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Young or old, everyone loves a hot chocolate bar. Invite guests to help themselves to drinks and sweets. Give the bar a woodland spin with rustic décor items like wood chalkboards, faux antler card holders and birch bark pattern paper straws.

2. Craft Beer And Party Snacks Bar

Set up an area with personalized can shaped glasses and a variety of local craft beers so guests can help themselves. Use candy scoops to serve bar snacks displayed in square glass containers. Display bite size treats on monogram teak serving boards and don’t forget to set out a few bottle openers.

3. Party Favor Set Up

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Send guests home with homemade treats packaged in glass containers and chocolate bars wrapped in gift wrapping paper and displayed on acrylic trays. Turn a shadow box frame into party décor by adding wrapping paper inside and a hand lettered message on the glass.

If you have used our products this holiday season we’d love to see them. Post your pictures on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar and tag us at @weddingstar.

Happy Holidays!

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Styled Shoot Credits:

Photography: Heidi Lau Photography

Hand Lettering: Love Lettering

Florals: Flowerly

cake and sweets Cakelaine

Nutrition Specialist: Simply Nic Nutrition

Craft Beer: Hometown Brew Co.

Handcrafted Dolls: Milo and Ben

Handcrafted Wood Toys: Little Rose & Co

Gift Packaging Supplies: Creative Bag

Creative Direction: Lorrie Everitt

DIY: To the Moon Paper Lanterns

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Take your guests to the moon and back with party décor that is truly out of this world. Be inspired by this first birthday party for a sweet little astronaut and create your own galaxy of planets using white paper lanterns, tissue paper and paint.

But first, here’s a few details from the party:

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Featured here: medium chalkboard, white wooden easel, large chalkboard

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Featured here: phantom wishing well acrylic box, 250ml swing top glass square bottle

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Featured: silver half moon jewellery box, white shadow box photo frame

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Featured: white round paper lanterns, silver watermelon round paper lanterns

 

How to make a polka dot moon

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The Supplies

Step by Step

Step  1.  Cut circles from tissue paper using a large paper punch.

DIY Tip for punching tissue – fold tissue so you can punch 4 circles at once. We also recommend sandwiching the tissue paper between two pieces of scrap paper to keep the tissue paper from tearing as you punch.

Step  2.  Attach the tissue paper dots to the lantern using a foam brush and white glue.

Step 3.  Once the glue is competely dry apply a thin layer of glue directly over top of all the tissue paper dots to seal them to the lantern.

 

How to paint a galaxy print

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Supplies

  • White paper lanterns
  • watercolour paints in a range of colours from light to navy blue and black
  • white craft paint
  • large to medium paint brushes for the watercolour paint
  • small paint brush for the craft paint.

Step by Step

Step 1. Using the lightest blue watercolour paint and a large paint brush, paint a few cloud shapes directly on the paper lantern.

DIY Tip – We suggest painting from lightest to darkest colours for the best results.

Step 2. While the paint is still wet add more cloud like shapes with the next second lightest blue right beside the first cloud shapes. You want to overlap the colours slightly so there are no white spaces between colours.

Step 3. Continue adding colours to the lantern in this manner, going darker and darker in colour, until there are no white areas left. You can go over some of the lighter areas of the lantern at the end to make it darker if you find the colours too light or washed out.

Step 4. Allow the watercolour paint to dry completely before going onto this step. Using the small paint brush and white white acrylic paint add clusters of white dots all over the lantern to represent tiny stars.

DIY Tip –  Vary the sizes of the white dots and use the lantern close up for guidance.

 

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Credits:

Photographer/ Party Planner/ Stylist: Janet Kwan | Janet Kwan Photography | @janetkwan

Hand Lettering Artist: Doris Wai | Love Lettering | @lovelettering_doriswai

Watercolour Illustrator: Karen Wong Chiu | Oh My Inspired | @ohmyinspired

Cake and sweets: Tiffany Su | Made With Love |@madewithlove.bytiffany

DIY projects: Lorrie Everitt | Lorrie Everitt Studio | @lorrieeveritt

 

If you use the paper lanterns for your party, shower or wedding we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us at @weddingstar.

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DIY: Put a {Chocolate} Ring On It

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Here’s a little DIY project that will have your friends asking “how did you make these?” These sweet chocolate rings are very easy to create and don’t require any special candy making tools. All you need is a diamond ring ice cube tray, some chocolate candy melts and maybe some music to dance to while your waiting for the chocolate to set!

The Supplies

  • diamond ring ice cube tray
  • chocolate candy melts in the color or colors of your choice (we used Wilton Candy Melts)
  • microwave save container
  • knife

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Step by Step

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Step 1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe container as indicated on the candy melt package.

Step 2. Stir melted chocolate and pour into each of the diamond ring molds. Gently bang the tray on a counter top to make sure there are no air bubbles in the chocolate.

Step 3. Use a knife to remove any excess chocolate on the mold and set aside to cool for a few hours.

Step 4. Once the chocolate has dried completely you can pop the rings out. Work slowly so you do not break the rings. Tip: Pop the ring up and then slowly twist the ring free from the centre part of the mold.

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Have fun with different colours of candy melts and experiment by combining colours. Here’s a tip for making candy rings with more than one color –  allow each color to dry in the mold before adding another color.

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You can decorate cupcakes and cakes with these chocolate candy rings for a bridal shower.

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Featured here: diamond ring ice cube tray, medium chalkboards, vintage inspired pressed glass vases and stationery holders, printed gold confetti paper table runner

Here’s how these DIY candy rings were displayed at a styled party shoot for all the single ladies to wear … and eat!

If you use the diamond ring ice cube trays for your wedding, shower or party we’d love to see what you did. Post your photos on Instagram using hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we’ll find your post.

 

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Styled shoot vendor credits:

Photography by Sara Wilde Photography

Hand lettering by Prose and Fawns Paperie

Catering by Savoury and Cake

Packaging by Creative Bag

Shot at Fox and Fawn Shoppe

DIY projects and Creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

How To: Create A Memorable Beach Themed Wedding

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You may think that simply hosting your wedding ocean-side is enough to create a beach wedding that people will remember. While your guests are bound to love celebrating your special day with you regardless, some extra attention to details will make it the beach wedding people can not stop talking about! The most memorable weddings have a strong, central vision that guides the direction and impact of the entire event. The best way to accomplish this is to first consider how the wedding should reflect your personal style, and then to incorporate beach-themed decor in a manner that is cohesive and strategically placed.

1. Determine how your wedding will reflect your personality & style

Before you dive in and focus on the seaside theme completely, take a minute to get clear on your own personal style. Once you’ve determined what your own personal style is, you can use this to set the tone for your wedding decor. This may seem like an arbitrary step, but remember, this is the key to unlocking a uniquely styled wedding and avoiding that cookie-cutter feel.

2. Choose your colors

Choosing a specific set of colors for your wedding is not just a ritual – it actually goes a long way to creating a coherent look and feel to your entire event. You may choose to have a mostly neutral backdrop with flashes of color. This is something that works especially well at the beach with the neutral tone of sand. For instance, you might choose a neutral container such as a tin planter for flowers, but opt for colorful flowers and bright napkins. Remember that no detail is too small. Common color choices for beach themed weddings are blue with silver or gold, and a pale peach accent.

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featured here: Galvanized Tin Rectangular Planter

3. Start with your lighting

Once you’ve decided on your overall tone and color choices, begin with the lighting. Opt for fun options such as candle-filled lanterns, paper lanterns, excessive amounts of votive candles or round-bulb light strings.

featured here: Mini Lantern with Hanger

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4. Decide on flowers and where they will be placed

Once you have your lighting figured out, you can decide on your floral arrangements. Remember to keep the two in balance. You do not want to feel like the flowers are competing with the lighting, or vice versa. And remember, the vases you use are decorations too. White porcelain vases or square glass vases are ideal options for a beach wedding.

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featured here: White Glass Bottle Decor Set

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5. Add in decorative knick-knacks

This may seem like an afterthought, but do not let its concluding placement fool you. These seemingly extra decorative pieces are the things that will truly lend depth and character to your event space. This is your opportunity to get creative and surprise people with delightful little touches.

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featured here: Starfish Cake Topper

When creating a beach themed wedding there’s so many things you can include. So are you ready to design your beach theme wedding?

Written By Sara Ferguson from Froxoffallkirk.com 

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DIY: Add an Ombre Effect to Muslin Favor Bags

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Fabric drawstring bags make packaging favors a breeze. Today we’re going to show you how to dress up these muslin favor bags by adding a pop of color to match your wedding, shower or party.  The ombre effect on these bags was achieved by using gel food coloring as a fabric dye.

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The Supplies

The Step by Step

Step 1. Dilute the gel food coloring with water to create a fabric dye.

Step 2. Using bag (b) as a guide, paint the bottom half of the bag and allow to dry completely.

Step 3. To create the light to dark ombre effect, you will need to add several layers of fabric dye. See bag (c). Allow the bag to dry completely before adding more dye. The color will become darker as you add more layers of dye.

Tip: Use a hair dryer to speed up the drying process.

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These DIY ombre painted muslin favor bags were created for a baby shower. The pink area of the bags were revealed as guests removed the favors from the display box as a surprise party element.

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featured here: heart glitter muslin drawstring favor bag, love plates, gold foil jumbo party confetti, chalkboard signs, black chalkboard paper table runner

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We’d love to see your DIY wedding and party projects using Weddingstar products. Post them on Instagram and use the hashtag #weddingstar or tag us @weddingstar so we can find them!

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Styled baby shower shoot vendors:

Photography by Janet Kwan Photography

Hand lettering by Love Lettering

Flowers by Flowerly

Baked Goods by Cakelaine

Embroidered Raccoon by Kiriki Press

Shot at the Noble Crafthouse

Packaging supplies from Creative Bag

DIY projects and creative direction by Lorrie Everitt

 

 

Style Spotlight: Modern Wilderness Baby Shower

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First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby! Today we’re sharing some creative ways to use Weddingstar products for a baby shower. Boy or girl, it really doesn’t matter with this Modern Wilderness styled party collaboration. It’s easy to get the look by combining simple black and white graphics with pops of color and whimsical woodland elements.

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The Details:

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Featured here: love acrylic cake topper and sippers candy striped paper straw

This “love” acrylic white cake topper was given a whimsical modern look by adding a black and white candy striped paper straw.

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Featured here: sippers candy striped paper straws, chalkboard signs, miniature faux antler stationery card holder, baker’s twine

Candy striped paper straws can be both decorative and functional when you add them to sweet treats like these chocolate dipped rice crispies. Hand lettered chalkboard signs are displayed on mini faux antler card holders that were mounted onto small wood slices.

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Featured here: birch bark printed paper straws, personalized mason jar drinking glasses

Oh baby! Personalized mason jars can be used as drinking glasses or to hold paper straws and cutlery on a sweets table.

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Featured here: party time printed napkins, black chalkboard paper table runner, gold foil jumbo party confetti

Use decorative scissors or paper edge punches to add an unexpected edging detail to plain paper table runners.

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Featured here: large chalkboard sign, baker’s twine

Drill holes in chalkboards and add baker’s twine so they can be hung up.

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Featured here: paper lanterns, watermelon round paper lanterns, 17″ large love balloons , gold foil jumbo party confetti

What’s a party without balloons and paper lanterns? Plain white paper lanterns are embellished with black and gold tissue paper polka dots for a little pattern play. Some of these paper lanterns and hand lettered chalkboards could be used as decorations in the nursery after the party.

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Featured here: phantom wishing well acrylic box, love plate set, gold heart muslin drawstring favor bags, large chalkboard and large wood easel

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Stay tuned in July for the DIY tutorial on how to add a pink ombre detail to these gold sparkle heart muslin drawstring favor bags.

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Featured: Cake serving set, matte gold toggle charm bracelet with gem stone charm

 

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Photography by Janet Kwan Photography

Cake and Sweets by Cakelaine

Floral arrangements by Flowerly

Handlettering by Love Lettering

Boxes and packaging supplies Creative Bag

Handmade Makers Milo & Ben, Kiriki Press, Little Rose and Co, The Teepee Store, Sweetie Pie Design Co, Gotamago

Location Nobel Crafthouse

Creative Direction and Styling: Lorrie Everitt

 

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How To: Decorate for Less by Skipping the Flowers

Your wedding day budget is depleting and you are looking for ways to save costs. One way couples have found to reduce wedding costs is by replacing flowers with simple décor items. Many couples are straying away from using flowers and are instead choosing to make their own decorations and bouquets out of other unique items. Flowers aren’t everyone’s cup of tea, so if you are a bride who doesn’t want flowers at their wedding we’ve got some alternatives that you and your guests will love.

Aisle Decorations

 

Decorative Lanterns are a great choice to brighten up your aisle. They can be painted to match your wedding colours or dressed up using a decorative ribbon and you’ve got the perfect addition to guide you down the aisle.

Candles are another great way to decorate your aisle. They provide a romantic lit atmosphere perfect for that cozy indoor affair. However, if your venue does not allow open flames, flameless candles are also available.

Flowerless Centerpiece Options

 

Add a vintage look to your reception with these Candle Holders. You can decorate them to add your own flair. Add some candles and you’ve got a simple alternative to flowers.

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Photography by:
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Mini Mason Jar With Lid

Having a summer wedding and want some pops of color on the guest tables? With beautiful decorated mason jars you’ve got a fun and easy DIY project that the whole wedding party can help out with.

Other summer weddings choose to use fruits to decorate with, filling tall glass vases or jars with different colored fruits for the right amount of color.

The Bridal Bouquet

 

A bride’s bouquet can be made up of all kinds of different things but one of the most popular for today’s bride is a brooch bouquet. These are easy to make, even if you aren’t very crafty and they look fantastic in photos. Brides usually ask for brooches to be donated by friends or family members, but can also find them in antique stores for relatively cheap. This bouquet is not to be thrown though; it is meant as a keepsake for the bride and there is usually a small substitution bouquet that is used if the bride chooses to do a bouquet toss.

Other bouquets may include flowers that are made out of sheet music, comic books or origami paper. Rustic themed weddings have seen flowers formed from burlap and ribbon, and others include fabric flowers made by the bride or purchased from a crafter.

Whether you decide to go with flowers or not, the choice is yours for your wedding. However, if you are feeling adventurous, skip the flowers and let your flowerless décor be the talk for years to come.

Writing & Concept by:  Theresa Gibson

Photography by: Weddingstar, LV Imagery, Kat Williams

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Get the Look: Poppers Three Ways

When you think of poppers or “crackers” you may think of Christmas. However, DIY poppers are great for any occasion, including your wedding day. Just by choosing different paper and trims you can create truly unique and beautiful looks. And they add a big ‘pop’ and wow-factor to that special moment!

Why not thank each of your guests with a popper that has a special gift/favor inside. You can hand them out individually or stack them on a tray for your guests to help themselves.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1:
Print and cut out the zigzag template from card stock. Remember to print out at 100%.  Download Zigzag Template.

Step 2:
Measure and cut your paper to 10 7/8″ x 5 ¾”. This size fits a cardboard tube that is 3 7/8″ in length.

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Step 3:
From each edge, measure in by 2 ¾” on backside (white side) of paper and fold inwards so the edges meet in front.

Step 4:
Place zigzag template on top of your folded paper and with a pencil, trace the notches or zigzag (triangles).

Step 5:
Remove template and cut out notches with small scissors. When unfolded this creates a diamond pattern in the paper to make it easier to cinch the cracker with ribbons and other decorative items.

Step 6:
Open up the folded paper, turn over and flatten out. Thread the “snapper” through the inside of the cardboard tube and attach it with a small dab of hot glue on the inside at both ends of the tube. Put candies or small favors in the tube, tucking sizzle paper into the ends. Wrap the paper around the tube in the center and affix with clear tape.

Step 7:
To finish the ends of the popper, insert an extra cardboard tube into one end and tape the seam together. Repeat on other side.

Step 8:
Add trimmings to each end of popper. Cut 2 pieces of ivory ribbon at 10″ in length and tie one to each end with a single knot. Additionally, cut 4 pieces of gold cord at  10″  in length and tie 2 pieces to each end over the ivory ribbon.

Step 9:
Add personalized elements to the middle part of popper. Cut paper wrap to 3″ x 6″ and affix sticker to middle. Wrap around middle of popper and affix with tape.

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This popper does double duty as a favor and name card for a truly personal touch. Guests will have a ‘blast’ popping these at the reception table to enjoy their after-dinner mints.

 

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of grey ribbon at 10″ in length and tie to each end with a single knot. Cut a 10″ single row of rhinestones and tie one to each end.

Step 9:
Write name using the silver pen on the oval sticker and affix to middle of popper.

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Sweeten up your dessert table with these adorable poppers stacked on a cake stand. We filled up ours with sea-salt caramels, but any hard candy will be a yummy treat.

Supplies

Tools

  • Ruler
  • X-acto Knife
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Clear Tape
  • Hot Glue Sticks and Gun

Instructions

Step 1 – 7:
Follow instructions for creating popper Look #1.

Step 8:
Cut 2 pieces of pink ribbon at 15″ of length and tie a bow to each end of the popper.

Step 9:
Wrap personalized paper around middle of popper and affix with tape.

Details

Concept, DIY craft, styling & photography by Paige Smith

 

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Get the Look: Acrylic Trays Three Ways

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Today we are featuring an extremely versatile product… Acrylic Trays! Acrylic trays are great for entertaining purposes, using them to serve food or drinks whether you are hosting a large event or a party for two. They also act as a functional element for your home décor. What makes these trays even better is that they have a removable back that allows you to easily change up the look of your tray. Here’s three ways to use these around the house after the celebrations are over.

You are bound to have décor elements from your bridal shower that you can re-purpose for your living room. Ground your decor by organizing items in your tray on your coffee table. Customize by using wrapping paper or patterned paper in the tray bottom to match your home decor.

The Details:

featured here: Square Acrylic Tray / Printed Gold Confetti Paper Table Runner

featured here: Vintage Inspired Pressed Glass Vases With Stationery Holders

 

After the wedding, take a memorable photo from your honeymoon and insert it into the bottom of the tray to create a lasting keepsake to remind you of that special moment. Corral and organize everyday jewelry or makeup on your dresser or in the bathroom.

The Details:

 

featured here: DIY Succulent Wedding Favor in a Mini Mason Jar 

featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

These trays can make a great baby shower gift! Perfect for cutting down on visual clutter in the nursery by grouping items in and beside the tray. Use a page from a children’s book or inspiring words in the tray bottom.

The Details:

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featured here: Medium Chalkboard With White Frame 

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featured here: Mini Classic White Gumball Machine Favor

How-To: Remove the Back Panel On the Acrylic Trays

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These trays are shipped with a tissue insert so you can remove the back panel from the tray. If you want to be able to change the paper insert from time to time, we recommend that you add a piece of ribbon to the back panel as shown below.

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The magnets are very strong and the ribbon will allow you to easily separate the back panel. Use the back panel as a template to cut your paper inserts. You can find additional instructions for removing the tray back in this acrylic tray product info sheet.

Do-It Yourself:

Here’s a few ideas for what types of papers you can use:

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Travel Photos.

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Wrapping or Decorative Papers.

featured here: Printed Gold Confetti Paper Table Runner

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Maps, Book Pages, Scrapbooking Papers, Cards.

featured here: Black Chalkboard Paper Table Runner

 

 

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