Succulent Wedding Favors You Can Make

Over the years, Fab You Bliss has only featured a couple of wedding favor posts. Because we are a site geared towards Eco-friendly soirees – and living in general – we’re not keen on promoting favors that many guests might end up throwing away.

I know this is a tough pill to swallow for many who absolutely have to have those candle favors or frame favors or whatever adorable thing you are sure everyone will love. But realistically everyone has their own taste when it comes to what they put in their home. So unfortunately many wedding favors, no matter how cute they are, end up in a landfills. And that’s something we really hope to avoid.

Personally I think it’s best to not to give favors to eliminate the possibility of waste. But if you really want to give your guests something, how about sending them home with something living like these succulent wedding favors you can make?

DIY Succulent wedding favors from Smarty Had A Party

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If this is something that interests you, hop on over and check out this easy tutorial on Smarty Had a Party.

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How To Make Your Own Flower Crown

Last week I visited a wedding venue in Manhattan Beach, California called Shade Hotel, a lovely boutique venue that would be a wonderful place for beach town wedding. I’ll have a full review on the property for you later this month.

Anyhow, while at the hotel I attended a flower crown making workshop which was just the ticket I needed to get me out of my craft idea funk.

And since it did wonders for me…I decided to share a version of the tutorial with you as well. So here’s how to make your own flower crown.

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Flower crowns for weddings are really popular right now. But these pretty creations can also be used for anything from your bridal shower, to your engagement party or even your rehearsal dinner…and more. The possibilities are endless!

What You’ll Need

A bunch of artificial flowers
Natural brown vine covered wire
Floral tape
Ribbon or raffia of choice
Scissors
Wire cutters

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STEP ONE

Gather your artificial flowers and cut them leaving about an inch of stems to secure them to your crown base. FYI, try to pick artificial flowers with smaller, thinner stems as opposed to ones with thick stems as thicker stems will make assembling your crown a bit more difficult.

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STEP TWO

Measure the size of your head, (or the head of the person who will be wearing the flower crown), by taking the vine covered wire and making a circle around your head where you want the crown to fit. Once you have the right size, give it an extra inch before cutting so you can wrap the ends together and still have the crown fit.

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STEP THREE

Cut another piece of wire about 1 1/2 to 2 times the size of the base and connect it to the base at where the back of the crown will be.

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STEP FOUR

As noted in the image above, you’re going to take the second wire and wrap it around, up and through and repeat around the base wire so it eventually looks like the image below. Once you make it around to the back where you started, secure the second wire as you did the beginning and cut it so it looks as neat as possible.

This second wire is used to help you secure the stems of the flowers to your crown base before you tape them. If you think it would be easier to omit the second wire and tape your stems directly to your base, that would work as well. There really is no absolute instructions here. Whatever works for you is the best idea.

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STEP FIVE

Choose your flowers and have an idea how you want to arrange them. I chose to use some big flowers, some medium sized ones and some small in shades of cream and green and blue, cream and green for my second crown.

Start arranging your flowers on your crown however you like. Tape each flower with some floral tape as you go. The inside is not going to look pretty until you wrap it with ribbon, so do worry about it until you get to that point.

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STEP SIX

The flower crown is your design so you can do as many flowers or as few as you like. For mine, the blue, cream and green one I made I only wrapped flowers about half way around the crown. Then I wrapped a brown ribbon around the wire and tape to cover the unsightly inside.

For the cream and green crown, I placed flowers all the way around and used a cream ribbon on the inside. Wrap the ribbon however you like, there’s no right or wrong.

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Make your own flower crown - see more at http://fabyoubliss.com

Make your own flower crown - see more at http://fabyoubliss.com

And there you have it. With so many color and style options you can create any kind of look you want.

Try a monochrome crown with different flowers of all the same color, which I think would look fabulous, or maybe one with a different color for each flower.

As said, there is no right or wrong…just keep creating until you get it how you want it to look. Then use it as decor somewhere in your home after your event or big day!

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The Cutest Thing I Ever Made With Felt

Have you seen this craft tutorial?

I made it a couple of years ago. But it’s still one of my favorites and it gets pinned quite a lot on Pinterest.

So I thought, why not re-post it for any of you who didn’t see it the first time around.

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The Cutest Thing I Ever Made With Felt

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Top 5 Craft Posts of 2013

Continuing on with the end of the year’s top posts, today is the top 5 craft posts of 2013!

Obviously, since I’m the one who creates most of these projects, I’m a little biased in thinking all of them were great. So, I picked the top 5 posts based on the number of views, shares and pins and re-pins on Pinterest each post received. Number one, The Handcrafted Rock Vase, pretty much blew everything other post away, and I’m thrilled to see it was so popular.

But the next four were all very popular too! Did your favorite post get picked?

#5. Handmade Flower Accessory




#4. Wine Cork Initial




#3. Eco-Friendly Soaps




#2. Ombre Bead & Chain Bracelet




#1. Handmade Rustic Rock Vase

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Believe Holiday Blocks and Chalkboard Christmas Trees Tutorial

I often get inspiration for craft projects by looking at magazines or catalogs. This is how the “Believe” blocks idea came about. And the chalkboard trees came by thinking what would look nice with the blocks. This believe holiday blocks and chalkboard Christmas trees tutorial was a fun project and it was a big hit at Thanksgiving. So I hope it will be a big hit in your house too.

FYI…if you’re looking for ideas for your wedding, creating simple blocks like these to spell out something would be fun and very inexpensive. Think about something you’d like to have decorate your home after the wedding. A nice message or perhaps your names would be lovely to decorate your mantel or a book shelf and it would be a built in conversation piece when you have guests over.

Another thing to mention, basically this is two tutorials in one. You can split them up and just do the blocks or just the trees, or do both like I’ve shown here.

Holiday DIY Tutorial (1)

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

For The Trees
Cardboard or poster board
Masking or painters tape
Chalkboard spray paint, (or whatever color paint you desire)
Chalk or paint
At least 3 different holiday scrapbook papers
Scissors
Glue

For The Believe Blocks
Wood planks or blocks, different sizes
Masking or painters tape
Red spray paint
Chalk or paint

STEP ONE The Chalkboard Trees

To make the trees, you need a few large pieces of cardboard or poster board. I made three trees, one large, one medium and one small. Each tree is made the same way, just with smaller dimensions than the other. Below is the pattern to make the trees. I don’t have exact dimensions as I didn’t want this tutorial to be too technical. Basically you decide the sizes you want to make by drawing the image below in different sizes. The important thing to remember is to keep each side of your piece the same size so your tree comes out balanced.

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STEP TWO

This is what my trees looked like taped up prior to applying the paint.

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STEP THREE

Paint your trees outside or in a well ventilated area using spray paint. I chose to paint my trees with black chalkboard spray paint, but you can paint them whatever color you want.

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STEP FOUR

After the paint on your trees has dried, chalk, or paint if you like, in lines for your pennant flag banner.

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STEP FIVE

Cut little triangles from your favorite holiday scrapbook paper to create the flags for your pennant flag banner.

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STEP SIX

Glue your flags onto your tress in whatever fashion you like.

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STEP ONE Believe Blocks

These blocks are really fun. I got my wood pieces from Michael’s Craft Supply, but you can get similar pieces by going to your local home improvement store and ask if they have wood scraps. Construction sites are another good option if you’re looking for free pieces of wood. Just make sure your ask permission from whoever’s in charge.

Some of my wood pieces are of different thickness and I think it came out nice. To get the same look, no matter what you’re spelling out, the important thing is to vary the shapes of each block, but create a pattern. As you can see I have 3 long rectangle blocks for the B, the L and the V. There are also 2 square blocks for two of the Es. And finally there are the thicker, small rectangle blocks created for the I and E.

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STEP TWO

To create the stencils I measured the blocks and found a font within Photoshop that I liked. Then I printed up the letters on regular paper, cut them out and taped each to the blocks using double sided sticky tape.

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STEP THREE

Tape the sides of your blocks before painting as well.

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STEP FOUR

Again in a well ventilated area, spray paint the face of your blocks.

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STEP FIVE

After your blocks have dried, remove the side tape and paper stencils. You will probably notice some paint bleed into your letters. But don’t worry, you can cover it with chalk or paint. I chose to fill in my letters with white chalk, but paint would work as well.

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STEP SIX

I chose a sitting area window to place the believe blocks with a table underneath for the chalkboard trees. Decorate with pine cones, garland and lights and you’re done!

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Easy To Make Holiday Wreath

Today’s handcrafted project is as simple as they come. And with as busy as this time of year is, simple is just what we need, right?

So grab the few items needed to put together this easy to make holiday wreath and enjoy your work in no time at all!

SUPPLIES

Grapevine Wreath
Gold Glitter Covered Eucalyptus branches (4 or more bunches)
Large Artificial Red Holiday Berry Stems (4 or more bunches)
Small Artificial Red Holiday Berry Stems (4 or more bunches)
Bendable Wire or Garbage Ties
Wire Cutters
Needle Nose Pliers

STEP ONE

Gather your supplies and determine how you want your flora to be arranged. I started with the gold glitter covered eucalyptus leaves as the center.

STEP TWO

Insert the stem part of your artificial eucalyptus leaves into the grapevine wreath. Then bend the flora and secure it in place on the wreath with cut wire or garbage ties. Space your flora in whatever fashion looks good to you.

STEP THREE

Repeat step two with the large red berry stems and the small red berry stems until you’ve achieved the look you desire.

STEP FOUR

Hang on your door or anywhere around your house and enjoy!

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