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DIY Wedding Decor

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Pink and Red Fortune Cookies

 

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Let your shower guests know you feel fortunate to have them at the party with these charming pink and red fortune cookies filled with treats or special messages. Make an extra-special bunch for the bride-to-be and ask guests to write special fortunes for her.

Felt Fortune Cookie How-To
1. Using fabric shears, cut a 4 1/2-inch-diameter circle from a piece of felt. Cut a piece of matching ribbon slightly shorter than 4 1/2 inches. Using wire cutters, cut a piece of floral wire slightly shorter than the length of ribbon.

2. Using craft glue, affix the wire to the middle of the felt circle. Glue ribbon on top, covering the wire. Let dry 30 minutes.

3. Fold the felt circle in half, using the wire as a guide, so ribbon is inside cookie. Next, angle the sides toward each other, bending the wire at its halfway point and forming a fortune-cookie shape, as shown.

4. Assemble the fortune cookies. Carefully peel back one flap of the felt cookie, and insert a paper fortune and a few candies. Fold the flap back over to close cookie around contents.

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Portland wedding (taken from Style Unveiled)



Forest Wedding

DIY Felt Fortune Cookies


Felt Fortune Cookie How-To
1. Using fabric shears, cut a 4 1/2-inch-diameter circle from a piece of felt. Cut a piece of matching ribbon slightly shorter than 4 1/2 inches. Using wire cutters, cut a piece of floral wire slightly shorter than the length of ribbon.
2. Using craft glue, affix the wire to the middle of the felt circle. Glue ribbon on top, covering the wire. Let dry 30 minutes.
3. Fold the felt circle in half, using the wire as a guide, so ribbon is inside cookie. Next, angle the sides toward each other, bending the wire at its halfway point and forming a fortune-cookie shape, as shown.
4. Assemble the fortune cookies. Carefully peel back one flap of the felt cookie, and insert a paper fortune and a few candies. Fold the flap back over to close cookie around contents.

DIY Carrot cup cake


Ingredients
Makes 84 mini cupcakes

· FOR THE CUPCAKES
· 1 pound carrots, finely grated
· 3 large eggs, room temperature
· 2 cups sugar
· 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
· 1/3 cup buttermilk
· 1 vanilla bean, halved lengthwise, seeds scraped and reserved
· 1/2 cup golden raisins
· 3 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 teaspoon baking soda
· 2 teaspoons baking powder
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· 1 teaspoon ground ginger
· 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
· FOR THE FROSTING
· 8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
· 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
· 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
· 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
· FOR THE ASSEMBLY
· 3 pounds rolled fondant
· Pearl dust in silver
· 84 edible cake jewels (fancyflours.com)
Directions
1. Make cupcakes: Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line mini muffin tins with paper liners. Whisk together carrots, eggs, sugar, oil, buttermilk, vanilla-bean seeds, and raisins. In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir flour mixture into carrot mixture until well combined.
2. Divide batter among liners, filling 3/4 full. Bake until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 23 to 28 minutes, rotating tins halfway through. Transfer tins to racks to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from tins; let cool completely.
3. Make frosting: Beat cream cheese and butter with 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar. Continue to beat while adding remaining sugar 1/4 cup at a time. Add vanilla, and beat until fluffy, about 5 minutes.
4. To assemble each cupcake: Dollop 1 teaspoon frosting onto cupcake (do not spread to edges). Roll out fondant 1/8 inch thick and cut a 2-inch circle. Gently place fondant over cupcake, creating a pillowlike shape. With a knife, cut a 3/4-inch slit in fondant. To make the ring, roll a small piece of fondant into a rope about 1/16 inch thick; cut to be 1 1/2 inches long. Brush with pearl dust, and shape into a horseshoe. Place curved side of ring in slit, and let stand about 10 minutes to set. Trim tiny edge from top ends of ring to remove the dry tips and create a flat edge. Lightly moisten ring (this will also help remove the dull finish). Set jewel carefully in place, and let dry.

DIY Fortune Cookie Favors


What You’ll Need
Decorative or Scrapbook paper (not too thick, similar to a text weight,
not cardstock)
White text weight paper
Double faced tape
A pencil
A round plastic lid to use as a template (approximately four to five
inches in diameter) or a extra large circle craft punch
A pair of scissors
Computer and printer
Directions:
1.  Begin by using a plastic lid as a template to trace circles on your
decorative paper.   A 12” square piece of paper yields approximately 9
circles.   Cut out your circles using your scissors.   If you have an
extra large circle craft punch, that works well too.  (see figure 1)
2.  Fold a circle in half with the pattern side in.   Make a crease (at
arrow A) along the folded edge.  (see figure 2)
3.  Open your circle, and turn it pattern side out.
4.  Turn your circle so the crease you made in step 2 is vertical. Fold
the circle in in half horizontally, pattern side out, rounded side down,
Do NOT crease.  (see figure 3)
Hold the half circle on the bottom, ( where arrow B points in figure 3)
between your thumb and index finger.   Use the index finger from your
other hand to push in the middle of the folded side of the circle at the
crease.  (where arrow C points in figure 3).
As you push in, the top corners will start to turn up.
Continue to hold the half circle and use your other hand to pull the
corners in until they nearly meet and form the cookie shape.
If your cookie doesn’t want to stay folded, use a tiny piece of double
stick tape to keep the halves together.  (at arrow in figure 6)
Compose your fortunes on your computer and print them out on a standard
sheet of printer paper using a nine point font.  The fortunes can be a
simple note for the guests such as  ”We’re so fortunate to know you.
Thanks for being here today”.   Keep the fortunes  just a sentence or two
long.
Cut the fortunes into small slips of paper approximately 1/2 inch high by
two to three inches long.  (see figure 7)
Tuck the fortune into one of the open ends of the cookie.  (see figure 8 )
Display in a bowl or on a tray for your guests.
You may struggle with the first one, but after folding a couple of
cookies, you will have it mastered.
What It Costs:
Not much at all !  It works out to be less than 10 cents a cookie.

-Project created by Laurie Cinotto

DIY Birdcage Wedding Veil


Making a veil at home can be just as simple as hunting for one. This birdcage veil was custom made for the bride above, Halligan Norris Smith. The assemblage process took only a couple of hours and shopping for the materials was even less time. The best part is that you have the custom veil you wanted, for much less money.

Materials & Tools
-4×4 Square of felt
-1/2 yd of 9 or 8” wide Russian veiling
-Hat combs (optional, bobby pins may substitute)
-Fabric glue
-Good luck charm
-3 silk or fabric flowers, source: craft store, tinseltrading.com
-8 filler flowers, millinery or small silk flowers work well
-Needle & thread
-Scissors
-Straight pins
-Ruler/ measuring tape

Instructions
Step 1-Cut heart from felt using template or freehand
Step 2-Cut veiling to 14” piece, if you want a fuller veil add an inch or two, demonstrate fullness by gathering the fabric in one hand. When cutting, be sure to cut just below the “knots”
Step 3-With needle and thread make a continuous running stitch starting with a cut edge, then work needle along one finished edge and thru the other cut edge. Leaving opposite finished edge open. Be sure to catch each stitch through the “knots” of the veiling.
Step 4- Gather to fit on felt heart, then tack down by stitching with needle and thread. At this point play with veiling and placement using a model head or in the mirror. If using combs, attach now to opposite side of heart that veil is attached to.
Steps 5 & 6-Pin flowers to heart, on top of veiling to figure out best placement, then tack down with needle and thread or glue into place.
Step 7-Once main flowers are set into place add filler flowers, good luck charms or trims to your liking. Set flowers by gluing stem ends and sticking them in-between main flowers. Charms or trims can be added with needle and thread.

DIY Crepe Paper Place Cards


Even though this DIY might be a bit more labor intensive than some of the other projects featured on the site, I think these beautiful medallions are a great idea as place cards for your wedding. Laurie does a great job of breaking down the project into steps that are manageable and simple enough for any novice to DIY to undertake. Enjoy!

-Project by Laurie

DIY Paper Vase Favor Bags


Looking for a great way to say Thank You to your guests? Why not take the time to package up some goodies up in the bags above to pass out as affordable, wedding favors. Prefer to take the paper idea and create something on a smaller scale? Try this inexpensive wedding place cards idea.