DIY Wedding Wednesday: Wedding Stationery 101 – Complete the Look

stationery how to - complete the look

Last week we introduced you to a new stationery feature series we’ll be running this month. We started with the basics by breaking down the differences between low, medium and high concept stationery suites (see the post here). This week we’re getting into the details. Using last Wednesday’s “simplified” stationery concept, we’re showing you how to complete the look  by incorporating coordinating “day of” pieces into your wedding day. And when you see the type of visual impact a well coordinated grouping of paper accessories can have on your big day, “simplified” will be the last adjective that’ll come to mind!

Find Your Seat and Let’s Eat!

You could go the expected route and put out place cards to guide your guests to their seats. Or you could get creative and entice your guests to find their spots with these DIY escort card concepts.

diy escort cards

What You’ll Need 

diy escort cards - supplies

The Details 

diy escort concept escort card craft wooden cutlery

The Big Picture

Pull off an ultra swoon worthy setup by doing as the pros do, layer your table top with coordinating pieces that add interest and dimension. It’s such a lovely thing when pretty and functional come together.

reception table stationery

What You’ll Need 

reception table stationery

The Details 

personalized menu card menu card details

boho inspired place card personalized table number table number details personalized wine bottle label personalized water bottle label water bottle label details

Finishing Touches

Pull off your coordinated look throughout every last detail, including the little trinkets your guests walk away with. Send them off with a thoughtful thank you personalized from the two of you.

favors - stationery accessories

What You’ll Need 

favor stationery supplies

for the key ring favor:

for the flower pot favor:

for the baggie favor:

The Details 

boho inspired baggie favor personalized boho inspired stamp favor tags flower pot favor personalized boho inspired sticker dreamcatcher key ring favor boho inspired thank you tag key ring favor

xoxo.

kasia-signature

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

diy glittered glass hearts - supplies

  • 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

diy glittered glass hearts - how-to

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.

diy glittered glass hearts - how-to 2

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

diy glittered glass heart overhang diy glittered glass heart overhang 2 diy glittered glass heart overhang 3 diy glittered glass heart overhang 4 champagne flutes pink tulips

xoxo.

kasia-signature

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Paper Flower Decor

diy paper flower decor

Who wouldn’t want a beautiful backdrop adorned with an abundance of flowers framing their head table on their wedding day? Um, I know I would! Unfortunately the average wedding budget just can’t accommodate such extravagant setups. That is unless you’re willing to roll up your sleeves and get crafty! If you’re game than you’ll want to bookmark this post because we’ve got a much more cost effective way to get the look without compromising an ounce of pretty. The secret? Trade in real blooms for everlasting paper versions. Take a few oversized paper peonies, blend with some gorgeously detailed paper dahlias and dainty paper apple blooms, and voila, you’ve got yourself a beautiful backdrop on a budget. Here’s the step by step on how to create these lovelies for your event.

The Supplies

diy paper flower - supplies

  • paper peony, paper dahlia and paper apple blossom. The total number of flowers will depend on how small or large you’d like your backdrop to be. Ours took two peonies, three dahlias and three apple blossoms. For a more full backdrop, increase your count and display the blooms closer together.
  • skewer and rounded pencil for curling petals
  • glue gun

Paper Flower #1: The Apple Blossom

diy paper flowers - apple blossom

The Step by Step

paper apple blossom how to - 1

Step 1: take one of the flower’s layers, any one will do as you’ll repeat this step for them all, and begin by creating your petal details. Crease each petal in half, about 3/4 of the way down, toward the center point.

Step 2: once all petals have been creased, with creases facing up, collapse the flower’s center point such that it creates a dip and your flower is no longer flat.

Step 3: bring the petal with the jetting out flap together with the petal beside it and glue them together such that the flap is now covered.

Repeat Steps 1-3 for All of the Flower’s Layers. 

paper apple blossom how to - 2

Step 4: begin gluing together your layers from largest to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

Paper Flower #2: The Dahlia

diy paper flowers - dahlia

The Step by Step

paper dahlia how to - 1

Step 1 (image 1 & 2): begin by creating your petal details. For the prettiest bloom, tightest in the middle, we recommend using a thin skewer to curl the petals on the first two smallest layers. Curl in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.

Step 2 (image 3 & 4): for the balance of the layers we recommend using a pencil for curling, again curling in the sides of each petal, working towards the middle.

Complete All Layers Before Moving onto the Next Step. 

paper dahlia how to - 2 diy paper dahlia how to

Step 3: for each curled layer, overlap the petals onto one another.

Step 4: in the palm of your hand or using your fingers, twist the overlapped petals such that a tight cone shape is created. Repeat step on all layers and line them up from smallest to largest.

paper dahlia how to - 3

Step 5: begin building your dahlia by starting with your largest layer. Unravel the cone and flatten out the layer, leaving just the sides of the petals curled. Continue onto the next layer and begin gluing your layers together. As you work your way up from layer to layer flatten each one out less, leaving the first two (the smallest two) in tact.  As you glue alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

Paper Flower #3: The Peony

diy paper flowers - peony

The Step by Step

paper peony how to - 1

Step 1: select your largest or smallest layer and begin creating your petal details using a pencil to curl the edges. Curl each individual petal on the sides, inward. Repeat this step for all the flower’s layers, curling your top,smallest layers more than the larger bottom ones.

paper peony how to - 2

Step 2: glue your layers together from the bottom up, largest layer to smallest. Alternate the positioning of each layer, rotating as you go, such that they do not overlap and each layer remains visible.

The End Result

diy paper flower backdrop paper peony paper peony detail paper dahlia paper dahlia detail paper apple blossom paper apple blossom detail

xoxo.

kasia-signature

The Roundup: 5 DIYS to Try This Weekend

diy round up

Every Friday and/or Monday I have the pleasure of spending the day in the studio, creating and shooting a DIY for the upcoming Wednesday Blog post. I get to play with fun tools, fresh blooms and of course some great Weddingstar products. And I enjoy pulling together each and every creation. More importantly though, I’m so thrilled to see that all you lovely Details Blog readers seem to enjoy them just as much as I do. We officially launched DIY Wedding Wednesday back in February of this year and ever since then fan engagement with the Blog has only seen upward growth. So thank you for that!

Just in case you missed out on any DIYs you may want for your wedding day, for today’s post I’m rounding up the Top 5 most popular DIYs of the year. And with the weekend upon us, there is no better time to get to some crafting!

#1. The Fabric Flower Chair Back

Pretty up your bride and groom chairs or line your ceremony aisle with these fabric flower beauties. Get the look here.

diy fabric flower chair back

#2.  Ceremony Confetti Cones

Forgo the rice for your ceremony send off toss and upgrade to preserved petals for the loveliest of ceremony details. Get the look here.

diy confetti cones

#3. Glittered Tealight Holders

Add a touch of glitter and gold to your wedding day with these easy to do decorative accents. Get the look here.

gold glittered tealight holders

#4. Personalized Hand Fans

Pamper your guests with this impressive and inexpensive outdoor wedding must have. Get the look here.

diy personalized hand fans

#5. Prettied Up Paper Table Numbers

Transform simple paper table numbers into customized papier perfection with this budget friendly how-to. Get the look here.

diy paper table numbers

Fresh Thinking

As thrilled as we are that you love our ideas, that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear yours. If you have a DIY idea you’d like us to try, don’t be shy, leave us a comment on the blog! We will try our hardest to make them happen.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

DIY Wedding Wednesday: Faux Fall Flower Decor

fall wedding decor

Whether you’re a DIY expert or it’s something you only dabble in, chances are you’ve used spray paint at some point along your crafting journeys. And that’s probably because spray paint is the number one way to easily transform the look of just about anything. Continuing on our recent Fall wedding inspiration kick, today we’re going to put the DIY wonder to the task of creating some seasonally inspired, simple and lovely wedding decor. Used as Fall wedding centerpieces or side table accents, these budget-friendly arrangements are sure to add a pop of color and a touch of sparkle to your day.

The Supplies

fall bottle vase decor - supplies

  • clear bottle vases (sold in sets of 6 assorted sizes. Only one shown here)
  • 3 types of spray paint – metallic antique gold, flat ivory and gold glitter tinting spray
  • faux flowers – dried baby’s breath, japanese lanterns and wooden roses, in shades fit for the season
  • taper candles
  • mask & gloves

The How-To

fall bottle vase how to

Step 1: set up your working area in a well-ventilated space, preferably outdoors. Use an old cardboard box to create a pod that will keep your spray contained, preventing it from getting onto surrounding objects.

Step 2: place your bottle in the box, shake your paint vigorously and begin spraying in a quick up and down motion creating a thin first coat. Avoid a heavy application as it will cause the paint to run.

Step 3: rotate the bottle continuing your first application to the whole of the bottle. Once the bottle is fully covered leave it to dry as per the paint can directions then come back for a second finishing coat, to pick up on any gaps and to create a nice solid finish.

Step 4 (not shown): repeat steps 1 – 3  on all your bottles using the various spray paint colors and finishes. For the tinting spray only one application of paint should be necessary, to maintain the translucency of the bottles it is applied to.

Step 5 (not shown): once your bottles have dried completely, create your arrangement by filling your vases with the various dried flowers and taper candles.

The End Result

diy fall inspired bottle vases metallic gold bottle vase wooden mini rose gold shimmer bottle vase ivory bottle vase japanese lantern bottle candle holder candlelight diy bottle vases diy bottle taper candle holders

Ready Made

If you like the idea of using colored bottle vases for your wedding day decor but without the work, pick up a set of blue, purple or white bottle vases on weddingstar.com.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

Product Spotlight: Tailored Table Numbers

There are wedding ‘nice to haves’ and then there are wedding ‘must haves’. And it’s the couples that pay close attention to ensure every single ‘must have’ is personalized to their specific wedding day design that create weddings that wow. Take something as simple as table numbers for example. Every single wedding needs them and while most venues provide a standard in-house set, a swap for a custom option results in a finishing touch that will not go unnoticed. To get your upgrading underway, we’re sharing a few creative ways to mark your tables, with options that span the entire budget spectrum.

 

How About a Little DIY?

For another ultra versatile table number concept visit us right here for a simple paper table number with a bit of DIY.

xoxo.

kasia-signature

Wedding Design 101: Mastering the Wedding Tablescape

tablescape inspiration

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

The Essentials – #1: Show Them to Their Seat

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

diy seating chart

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

rustic wedding tablescape

The Essentials – #2: Greet Them with a Treat

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

rustic mini pitcher favor

The Essentials #3: Layers of Goodness

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

rustic place setting rustic gold charger plate crochet border handkerchief

crochet border handkerchief gift

featured: crochet border handkerchief (can be personalized)

The Essentials – #4: Keeping Focus

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

rustic wedding centerpiece

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

rustic wedding centerpiece rustic wedding flowers

The Essentials – #5: The Finer things

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

gold wedding flatware lace chair back

mini white lanterns

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

Want More?

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

xoxo.

kasia-signature

DIY Wedding Decor: Beautiful Butterflies

whimsical garden wedding tablescape

I’m a lucky girl. My profession has me constantly immersed in beautiful things. Whether it’s helping a bride design her wedding or pulling together an editorial shoot, I’m always involved in creating pretty little details. I love all the creative challenges that come with my line of work. They keep me on my toes! But I get very excited when I come across a design detail that provides major visual impact while being easy to execute. Today’s DIY post is a perfect example of just that.

Following this past Monday’s Garden Whimsy Bridal Style Post, where butterflies made up one of the key design elements, today I’m showing you how to get the look through the simple incorporation of beautiful butterfly clusters. In Monday’s post you saw them featured as a head table overhang but they can be applied anywhere and on any scale. Because unfortunately our studio space is not set in the midst of a lovely summer garden, we’ve enlisted the help of one of our fave garden props, which just happens to be a perfect wedding prop too. Enjoy!

The Supplies

 

butterfly diy decor

featured here: beautiful butterfly cake set in ‘something blue’

All you need are the butterflies. No tools required! The set I used was originally created for cake decorating purposes but the versatile design, complete with wire attachments, makes them usable for just about any decorative concept. Whether it be a ceremony backdrop, a head table overhang or a guest table centerpiece, these hand painted feather butterflies are sure to add a touch of pretty anywhere.

The Process

Step 1: Pick Your Point of Application 

The two wire attachment points on these butterflies allow them to easily be inserted into or wrapped around any number of things.  I selected a wire mannequin which could be used as a creative decorative accent adjacent to a favor or greeting table, or as a prop for your wedding photos.

If your desired point of application does not offer up points of attachment, like a glass vase for example, simply remove the wires (which come out easily without damaging the product) and use Glue Dots to secure your butterflies.

butterfly diy wedding decor

Step 2: Get Yourself Organized 

If you’re unsure of where to start and how to achieve the right final look, organize your butterflies before starting the application process. Separate them by size and color and then pre-form the clusters that will give you the end result you’re going for. And if getting creative comes easily to you, just skip this step and free form the application of your butterflies.

(Pro Tip: The best end result is one that looks effortless and natural.)

diy wedding decor - butterflies diy wedding decor - butterfly clusters

Step 3: Start Applying! 

Pick your start and end points. To achieve that effortless look remember to mix up the colors and sizes, and the direction in which your butterflies are pointing.

butterfly diy wedding decor - step one

Fill in your mid point. Make sure it keeps visual balance with your start and end points by using a similar mix of colors and sizes.

butterfly diy wedding decor - step two

Work around your three reference points, building on the fullness of your overall cluster. Avoid overlapping your butterflies in such a way that their wings get flattened. You want them to look like they have just landed.Work to create a full final look but leave a little breathing room to avoid a messy end result.

butterfly diy wedding decor - step three

The {Whimsical} End Result

butterfly diy wedding decor - completed concept butterfly diy wedding decor - details butterfly diy wedding decor - tulip details butterfly diy wedding decor - butterfly details

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

DIY Personalized Weddings: The Signature Stamp

diy-personalized-stamps

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

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

Sneak Peek

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

All in the Details 

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

Finishing Touches

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

Need More Convincing? 

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

shabby chic themed diy stamps

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

xoxo.

kasia-signature

 

Get the Look: DIY Fanciful Feather Garlands + Decor

 

Today I am so excited to share an amazing DIY tutorial with you guys that centers around our perfectly cut Laser Expressions Feather Tags. I had the pleasure of creating two different looks to share with you all and I even threw in some extra inspiration for how to use our feathers in other areas of your decor as well! Best of all, I promise that each project is simple enough for even the busiest of brides! In fact, the photos you see throughout this entire post are my first attempts at each garland (not to mention watercolor painting!). So get ready to be inspired and wow your wedding guests with these fanciful feather garlands! Continue reading