Looking for a cute DIY napkin ring for your event? 

Cute idea I stumbled upon courtesy of Once Wed

Materials:
Fabric ( a 2” x 2” scrap for each button)
Cover Buttons ( 1 ½” in diameter,  one per napkin ring)
Ribbon ( 6” length per ring, 1” wide)
Thread

Tools:

Scissors
Needle

Resources:
Fabric:  “Leaf Honeycomb” by Joelle Hoverson  and Moda “Green Butterfly
Lace” available at  Purlsoho.com
All other supplies available and fabric and craft stores.

Directions:

1.   Begin by ironing your fabric so it’s free of wrinkles.  Follow the
instructions on the cover button package to create your buttons.  There
are several styles of cover buttons.    With all, you’ll be cutting a
circle of your fabric with their template,  stretching the fabric over the
top of the button, then snapping the back on the button.    ( see figure 1
and 2)

2.   Cut a length of ribbon 6 inches long.  Run the ribbon through the
metal loop on the     back, so the finished button is centered on the
ribbon with the right side of the ribbon facing up.  (see figure 3)

3.  Pull the ends of the ribbon up so the right sides meet.  The button
will be inside,  facing up towards the ribbon ends.  (see figure 4)

4.  Approximately 1/4 of an inch from the ribbon edges, do a straight
stitch to close the “ring”.   Tie off your thread with a sturdy knot.
Trim away loose threads.    (see figure 5)

5.  Turn the ring you just created right side out, so the button is on
top.   Pull the ribbon through the metal loop of the button until the seam
you just stitched  is directly beneath, and hidden by the button. (see
figure 6)

6.  Make one napkin ring per guest.   Mix and match your fabrics to liven
up the tables.   ( see figure 7)

7.  Fold the napkin in half, roll it, and slide through the ring and place.

Budget: ( to create one napkin ring)
Fabric – $. 03  (you can get almost  400 buttons out of a single yard of
44” fabric)
Cover button – $.75 each
Ribbon  $.20
Total Spent $.98 each


Its Etsy Thursday! Today’s Etsy finds are all inspiration for a peacock or purple/green/blue styled wedding! I hope you enjoy these beautiful gems! (Let me know if you would like to see something else peacock to go with this lineup!)

Peacock Invitation Suite: Lovely!

Peacock Tags: perfect for favor tags or decor items

Peacock Guestbook: I love the details on this guestbook!

Peacock Fascinator: beautiful hair accessory for the bride!

Peacock Boutonniere: Love this for the men!

Bridal/Bridesmaid Peacock Sash: Beautiful!

Peacock Shoe: I love that this listing includes the shoe :)

LOVE this!

DIY Shower Gift Wrapping (featured on Bump Smitten)

Materials: 
1-2 yards of ribbon in various tones, about 2″-3″ in width
Miscellaneous material, such as burlap, knit sweaters, etc…
Twine

Step-by-Step Instructions:

1. Cut several pieces of ribbon in 3″-5″ increments, depending upon desired size of your finished pom. Do the same with material, sweaters and burlap.

2. Make a large stack, alternating each color and type of material. Using your twine, tie a very tight knot around the center of the entire stack.

3. Cut your ribbon into smaller strips, keeping the center uncut. Separate and pull strips apart to make your completed pom! 

As you all know, I am all about DIY projects and I wanted to share my most recent project: Wedding Invitations, RSVP Response Card, & Reception Directions. The wedding colors are chocolate, orange, copper, gold, and white. I did my best to fuse the bride’s colors and my creativity to develop this lovely end product. (I was also the photographer for this project, so I hope my practice has paid off.) Let me know what you think? 

(Source: 3dmemoirs)

I’ve mentioned before that I LOVE all event decor, not just weddings, but have been slow to posting them-sorry :(. Here is a beautiful summer baby shower featured on one of my fav blogs: Bump Smitten. I love the details of this sweet yellow baby wonderland!

DIY Sticker Garland courtesy of Bumps Smitten. I love the simplicity of this project and it makes for a great addition to the decor! I will definitely keep this in mind for a future event.

// ETSY THURSDAYS!!! ~~Check out these unique and creative favor finds!!//

I want to apologize for being a bit MIA, but this has been a really busy week for me. However, I could not miss Etsy Thursdays, so today I will be sharing some of my creative favor finds!

Vintage Button Candy Favors: perfect for a vintage style wedding~offers a sweet and unique momento for your guests.

Edible Vintage Candy Buttons 100 ($75 for 100 custome hand-made button candies http://www.etsy.com/listing/68047915/edible-vintage-candy-buttons-100?ref=cat2_list_1)

Elegant Votive Candles: a beautiful way to say Thank You with a lasting memory. Perfect to use as an escort/place card and favor.

THANK YOU   -   VELLUM VOTIVE WRAPS  - DIY ($0.50 per label (wrap only—DIY) or $3.00 per candle that includes the label http://www.etsy.com/listing/54119470/thank-you-vellum-votive-wraps-diy?ref=cat2_list_35)

DIY wedding favor kit: who doesnt love candy? Say thank you with this DIY favor stuffed with your favorite candy.

Custom Wedding Favor Kit Modern Candy Do It Yourself Glassine ($0.60 ea and includes personalized label and envelope http://www.etsy.com/listing/54525571/custom-wedding-favor-kit-modern-candy-do?ref=cat2_list_12)

Donation Favor Card: I’ve never seen this before, but thought I would share in case there are some philanthropic readers. This is a great DIY favor idea that supports a notable cause that you and your fiance decide to donate to.

Monogrammed Donation Favor Card ($1.00 each http://www.etsy.com/listing/53342490/monogrammed-donation-favor-card?ref=cat2_list_15)

Personalized Pocket Mirrors: I love this idea, beautiful and unique! This would be perfect for a bridal shower or a small wedding. This vendor offers gift wrapping, personalized, and non-personalized options with a variety of designs.

Set of 10 Personalized Mirrors - Bright Stems ($30 for 10 mirrors http://www.etsy.com/listing/64277683/set-of-10-personalized-mirrors-bright Check out this seller for other options.)

Decorative Matchbooks

Personalized Matchbook Wedding Favors ($1 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/45615599/personalized-matchbook-wedding-favors?ref=cat2_list_24)

Customized Favor Bags: cute concept (for an outdoor wedding) that you can virtually fill with anything~a DIY project.

Wedding Favor Candy Bags. -- Sample. ($1 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/67415893/wedding-favor-candy-bags-sample?ref=cat2_list_27)

Bride & Groom Soap: I think your guests will get a kick out of this unique favor.

Mini Bride and Groom soap ($1 ea http://www.etsy.com/listing/61857388/mini-bride-and-groom-soap?ref=cat2_list_29 This vendor offers discounts on set quantities.)

I hope you have been inspired by my unique etsy favor finds, and if anything you have some ideas to play with or create on your own. Make sure you check back next week for my Etsy finds! Please repost this and tell a friend that is planning a wedding or into weddings/event planning to check out www.3dmemoirs.tumblr.com for some creative finds and ideas!

// Flowers are a woman’s best friend…..ok maybe 2nd best?//

I would definitely say that next in line after diamonds, flowers definitely make the cut~~flowers are a woman’s best friend or at least a way to her heart! I mean there is no wonder that a wedding cant take place without the ornate presence of flowers—everywhere! Beauty, color, and smell seem to make them irresistible to any bride, plus these decor items really do an amazing job in adding beauty to any element they are added or combined too. In all their beauty, when it comes to weddings or any other large scale event, flowers can be pretty pricey considering the fact that their life span is short-lived and can serve no viable purpose after the wedding/event.  Despite this, flowers have become a necessary part of the wedding, which I can not argue. While some brides may have a nice budget to work with that allows them to go flower-crazy (which is awesome), others may have to pull off their dream wedding cutting corners to work within their budget. A great place to start is by trimming the amount of flowers, which depending on your venue, theme, colors, flower choices, and time of the year can be done without taking away the beauty and “wow” factor of your wedding. Here are some pictures that I found that totally reflect this concept:

Flower Plants for the centerpiece with japanese laterns hung above: outdoor wedding mealoutdoor wedding with pom poms

(http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/real-weddings-hanna-and-mathews-sunny-diy-at-home-wedding/)

(http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/la/look/look-four-fun-diy-paper-flower-centerpieces-from-the-kitchn-070278)

Besides flowers you can use plants, candles, tree branches, and vases/bottles decorated or filled with a variety of items (buttons, fruit/vegetables, sand, rocks, feathers, etc) for your centerpieces. Here are some DIY idea substitutions for flowers:

Wheatgrass CenterpieceDIY centerpieces with wheatgrass

Other flower alternatives:

inexpensive centerpiece ideas

Source: www.intimateweddings.com (http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/looking-for-inexpensive-centerpiece-ideas-flower-free-centerpieces-on-a-budget/)inexpensive centerpiece ideas, fruit centerpiece, lantern centerpiece, chocolate truffle topiary, diy centerpieces

 (http://www.oncewed.com/8242/wedding-blog/diy-wedding/diy-rustic-centerpieces/)

I used a fruit centerpiece as part of my decor:

Also, if you are the DIY type or have some experience in flower arrangements you could just go down to your local wholesale flower shop/wharehouse and pick your flowers. The only problem with this is that most flowers dont have a long “shelf-life”, so this will require you to get these items at the last minute, design your arrangement, store them, transport to the venue and have them set-up. As the bride, you may not want the additional stress of having to deal with all this, so the easiest way is to pay someone else to do it or have a wonderful friend/family member take care of it for you. Here are a couple DIY flower centerpiece options:

diy centerpiece weddingdiy centerpiece Source: www.intimateweddings.com (http://www.intimateweddings.com/blog/the-diy-centerpiece-spring-flowers-make-gorgeous-centerpieces/)

diy wedding flowers

(http://www.edytaszyszlo.com/blog/2009/01/28/trends-of-2009-diy-wedding-flower-vases/)

Here is a gem from my “white book” that sells wholesale flowers and petals online for a reasonable price: www.fiftyflowers.com .

I really have more to share about centerpieces, so I will continue to post beautiful DIY centerpieces and flower alternatives.

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