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

 

 

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

 

 

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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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.

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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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DIY Flower Girl Proposal Box

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In our last two DIY posts we shared ideas for creating proposal gift boxes for your maid of honour and bridesmaids – today it’s all about the flower girls.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Flower Girl Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

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Featured here: Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Mason Jar Drinking Glass with Rose Cut in White Lid / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Fill the mason jar with assorted candies. Add the rose cut lid to the glass and insert a large lollipop into the hole for a straw. Finish with a ribbon to hide the lollipop stick. Using a fine white water-based Sharpie marker add the name of your flower girl to the mason jar.

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for the medium chalkboard signs. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post. 

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Featured here: Small Decorative Chalkboard / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Use gift boxes that are large enough to easily fit your biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything sits properly and stays in place. Add a few decorative items like gold foil confetti and some real or silk flowers.

Use a craft hole punch to add a hole to a small decorative chalkboard. Create a gift tag by adding baker’s twine to the chalkboard!

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Make all of  your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti and gift tags.

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Gift boxes, sizzle, ribbon, twine and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Bridesmaid Proposal Box

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In our last post we shared how to create a DIY maid of honour proposal gift box – today it’s all about the bridesmaids!

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message to a glass jewelry box with rose gold edges.

Here’s the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Bridesmaid Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packing and DIY Supplies:

  • Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti
  • White 9″x 9″x 4.5″ Two Piece Gift Box
  • White and Gold Mylar Sizzle
  • Black and White Striped Ribbon
  • Real or Silk Flowers
  • Fine Tip Water Based Sharpie Paint Markers in White and Gold
  • DIY Photo Label
  • Decorative Tape

The Details:

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Featured here: Glass Jewellery Box with Rose Gold Edges and Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

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Featured here: Rose Gold 3oz Hip Flask with Etched Stacked Monogram Personalization

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Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Glass Jewellery Box:

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Download and print the faux lettering worksheet and use it as a guide to write on these glass jewellery boxes. You will also need a white fine tip water-based Sharpie paint marker and painter’s tape.

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Clean the glass before starting. Cut out the lettering as shown above and tape it to the back of the  glass lid. Trace the lettering using the Sharpie marker. If you make a mistake, it’s easy to remove the paint using a damp cotton swab or tissue. Allow the paint to dry a few minutes before handling.

Do-It-Yourself Labels on Wine Bottles:

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Sure you could just add a mini wine bottle to the gift box but isn’t this so much nicer? Print a photo onto plain white paper and trim it to fit your bottle. Make sure to cover the existing label and use a piece of decorative tape to keep the paper label in place.

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

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Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to to easily fit the biggest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of your items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti.

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Make sure that your proposal boxes are as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, real or silk flowers, gold foil party confetti and gift tags. Instead of a gift tag, add a pretty hand lettered detail to the box using a gold Sharpie paint marker.

Stay tuned, the next proposal box post will be all about the flower girls!

Credits:

Gift box, sizzle, ribbon, glitter tape and silk flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Maid of Honour Proposal Box

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So you’ve said yes to the ring and now it’s time to pop the question to your best girls. You’ll be spending lots of time together before and on the day of your wedding so show them you how much they mean to you by creating personalized maid of honour, bridesmaid and flower girl proposal gift boxes. This week we will show you how to create the maid of honour box. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for the how-to details for the bridesmaid and flower girl boxes.

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Pop the question by adding a faux hand lettered message on a chalkboard sign.

Here are the supplies you will need for the Will You Be My Maid of Honour Proposal Gift Box:

Gift Items:

Packaging Supplies:

The Details:

 

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Featured here: Gold Glitter Heart Favor Bag / Medium Decorative Chalkboard / Personalized Leather Jewelry Box

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Featured here: Matte Gold Charm Bracelet

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Featured here: Black Laser Expressions Feather Tag / Gold Foil Jumbo Party Confetti

Do-It-Yourself Faux Lettering on Chalkboard Signs:

 

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Download and print the faux lettering work sheet for these chalkboard signs. You will also need a fine chalk marker, paint tape, a pencil and white transfer paper. You can find a step by step tutorial for adding hand lettering to chalkboards in this post.

Do-It-Yourself Packaging:

Make sure you are using a gift box that is large enough to easily fit the largest gift item. Add sizzle to the bottom of the box and place all of the items on top of the sizzle. Add extra sizzle wherever it is necessary to make sure that everything stays in place. Add a few decorative elements like gold foil party confetti and some real or silk flowers.

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Use pretty tissue paper to wrap up the charm bracelet before placing it inside of a muslin favor bag.

Make your proposal boxes as pretty on the outside as the inside using ribbon, silk or real flowers, gold foil confetti, and laser cut tags.

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Gift box, sizzle, tissue paper, ribbon and Silk Flowers – Creative Bag

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DIY Wedding Wednesday: How To Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Style

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If you haven’t noticed by our recent post topics, we’ve really been in the mood to party lately. And it has everything to do with all the great celebration essentials that were recently added to the Weddingstar line up. With a varied array of party ready accessories, from customized napkins to personalized glassware, all you need to do is mix and match your favorites for your own personal party perfect assortment. Today we’re lining up our favorites for a stylish Valentine’s Day soiree, which can just as easily apply to an engagement party, bridal shower, or any get together where pink and pretty is a must.

Tabletop Style

Set the stage for a love celebration with little more than a few key tabletop accessories. It can be as simple as incorporating custom and clever paper napkins, or as creative as using pretty with a purpose florals. Little details really do make all the difference.

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“love” plates set, filled with roses and used as a centerpiece concept

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‘drunk in love’ & ‘kiss’ printed paper napkins, paired with gold strokes black cocktail napkins

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Cheers to Love

What’s a celebration without a proper toast of pink bubbles! Serve yours up in unique glassware options for an easy way to customize your event, and incorporate your choice drink into your takeaway concepts for a favor they’ll love.

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can shaped glasses personalized with ‘i love you like xo’ and ‘i can’t even without you’

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xoxo.

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