Archive for ‘DIY’

July 27, 2012

Fancy Some Tea?

Are you ready for the London Olympics? With all this hype, London house decors are everywhere on display in malls. Some of them are really cute though! All in catchy colours of blue and red! So I’m thinking let’s show off some London inspired weddings for the next few days.

I’ll start with a simple give-away – custom tea bags. I saw this simple DIY from A Beautiful Mess.

These are all the materials you’ll need:

  • Coffee filters
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Loose tea leaves
  • Stapler
  • Embroidery thread
  • Paper for tags (you can use recycled paper for these)
  • Spices like cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, etc (optional)

And for the full step-by-step, you can go here. I can’t wait to make this myself and then drink it while watching the opening games. Perfect!

Ta-ta for now! Stay tune for more London inspired wedding ideas next week!

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July 19, 2012

DIY Wedding Sign

It’s painting time again! Today’s DIY is going to be wedding signs to lead your guests to specific locations on your wedding. Or perhaps just for decor.

You’ll be needing:

  • wood (i used balsa wood)
  • sponge brush
  • acrylic paint
  • stencil
  • saw (or borrow one from your neighbor)
  • saw guide
  • pencil for guide
  • varnish (optional)

First step is to cut the wood to make the arrow tip. I cut the balsa wood into half first to make the two signs. Each sign is around 14 inches long. Depending on how short you want your sign to be, you can simply use a pencil to draw the line  and then carefully cut that with the saw. Be very careful with this. If you are using balsa wood like I am, it’ll be quite easy to cut since it’s light and feels like you’re just cutting through a styrofoam.

Now this is an optional step. If you think the wood is too light, you can just buy a varnish to darken the wood. Grab any old cloth and just wipe it over the wood back and forth. Let it dry overnight before doing anything else.

Next, is to print out your stencils. Print your text in a piece of paper then cut the letters out. As you can see, I added a forest icon beside the ‘I Do’ since our ceremony was in the woods and a spoon and fork sign for the ‘We Did’. That way it’ll be easier for your guests to read it.

When you’re stencils are done, wrap it around the wood (like below) and make sure you tape it nice and tight so it won’t move when you’re painting it.

Last but not the least, take out your sponge brush and have fun! Just dab the sponge brush on the stencil lightly until the whole letter is covered with paint.

Again, let it dry overnight.

There are a few options to put your wedding sign up. You can either nail it to a tree, nail it to another wood then stake it to the ground or hang it like how we did it.

{Photo by Sayher Heffernan}

Hope you like our DIY for the week!

xoxo

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July 4, 2012

DIY Eco-Friendly Confetti & Envelope

Another midweek DIY for all of you! If you have lots and lots of scratch papers around, I have found a new way to use those papers you are about to throw away.

I know that confetti enevelopes are now trending with any type of events. So instead of using petals for our wedding, we used punched paper! Turns out they can be cute and easy to make!

You’ll be needing:

– roll of kraft paper
– scissors
– ruler
– puncher
– scratch paper(s)
– glue

For the confetti, just punch all you can with any paper you have. In my case, I used the left over kraft paper I have from making the envelopes.

I got the envelope pattern from EatDrinkChic. You can download it here.

For the label, I placed our ceremony details on it for guests to read with a “You can now Toss Me” note at the end. Glue it in front of the envelope…tadaa!

And as simple treat for you guys, I made these ready-to-print Toss Me labels for you to download.

Click on this link to download. Enjoy! (This is my first attempt on this so bear with me. *wink*)

So what’s your latest DIY project? I’d love to hear from you!

June 27, 2012

DIY Golden Bottles

Tables are meant to be pretty. That means you’ll need pretty things to dress up your tables especially for your wedding reception. But pretty doesn’t mean expensive…take it from me! *wink*

Aaron & I both love flowers but we didn’t want to spend it on renting vases just for one night. I’d rather use the money for more flowers if you know what mean. Soooo the bottle collection begins! From pasta sauce jars to juice bottles to beer bottles…

The beer bottles were a bit tricky though coz they were green so they wouldn’t match our color scheme. And that’s why we spray painted them!

This is what you’ll be needing:

  • your collection of jars
  • spray paint
  • newspaper

Aaron and I had fun doing this. It’s quite relaxing or maybe it was just the high from the paints speaking…but yeah it was stress relieving in the middle of all the wedding preps.

All in all we got around 60 bottles to fill with flowers. Quite impressive! And it did turned out to be a gorgeous table setting! See for yourself 😉

{Photo by Pat & Kym Photography}

June 20, 2012

DIY Wedding Poster

I just love posters! They tell so much and they add so much character to any space. Plus they give your guests something to read! Whilst trying to look for inspirations for our wedding decors, I found this lovely lovely poster by m.studio that perfectly puts our vision into one piece of art. And the best thing is it’s free! So I’m sharing this now with you guys 🙂

It’s in A3 poster format and you can download it here.

This is how this pretty thing looked on our ceremony table…with some baby’s breathe and lanterns (aka candle holders). Sweet!

Happy midweek everyone!

February 14, 2012

DIY Just Married Banner

I know you’ve seen this a lot around the internet but owell, there’s no harm posting another one. I just started our DIYs for the wedding so I thought I’d share it with all of you too! It’s jamazing how a project like this can add so much character to the simplest detail!

So without further adieu, here’s what you’ll be needing:

2 yards cotton cloth
acrylic paint
sponge brush
cutter/scissors
stencils
ruler
glue gun/glue sticks
twine string

First step is to cut your cloth into 7×8 for each letter, set that aside while you create your stencil. I printed my stencil using the FFF Tusj font (c/o dafont.com) with font size 500 and then simply cut out the letters with a cutter.

Now that you have you’re stencils, it’s time for painting. My favorite part! What I did is to have an allowance of 2 inches from the top so you have space for the twine. And good thing about acrylic paint, you don’t have to worry about it drying because it dries almost instantly!

Last but not the least, glue gun the twine string to the back of each letter (or sew it if you want). That’s it! You’re very own Just Married banner ready to hang!

Till the next post, girls!

February 9, 2012

Jam Heart Biscuits

What’s your plan this Valentine’s Day? Thinking of baking something sweet for your loved one? These cute jam-filled biscuits would do!

{Photo from The Pretty Blog}

Can’t wait to try them myself…thanks to ThePrettyBlog for the recipe! And here’s what you’ll need:

Heart Shaped Jam Cookies

  • 125 g Butter
  • 250 ml Sugar
  • 2 Eggs
  • 625 ml Flour
  • 12.5 ml Baking Powder
  • 1 ml Salt
  • ± 125 ml strawberry, raspberry or cherry jam, strained.

1. Cream the butter and sugar together until light, fluffy and pale.

2.  Add eggs one by one, mixing well after each addition. Sieve in the flour, baking powder and salt and mix well until a dough forms. Leave the dough in the fridge for 30 minutes to rest.

3. Roll out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut out 25 – 30 rounds using a round cookie cutter. Cut heart shapes out of the centre of half of the rounds. Place them all on a lined baking tray.

4. Bake  for  8-10 minutes. Meanwhile, heat jam in a small saucepan over medium heat until reduced and thickened, about 7 minutes, leave to cool.

5. When the cookies are done,  remove the tray  from oven and allow to cool. To assemble, sandwich the whole rounds and the heart cut-out rounds together with strawberry jam.

5. Leave for a while in order for the jam to set. Dust with icing sugar.

 Let me know how it went, alright?

XOXO

February 1, 2012

Love Is Sweet

With the start of the love month, it wouldn’t be right not posting something sweet! So, I found this simple DIY from ThePrettyBlog just perfect for your dessert table.

You know what? It’s actually not a bad idea to surprise your special someone with a dessert table…especially if they have a sweet tooth!

Pretty right? And it’ll be more pretty with all those candies & cupcakes! Good thing all these lovely paper is free for you to print & enjoy – you can download everything here!

Sweet lovin’ this happy love month everyone!

July 21, 2011

With Mason jars & Save The Dates

Why is it that mason jars are hard to find, if not even obsolete, here in Manila? Too bad I really want to get a few for my room and they’d even look better during events. Mason jars have been a growing trend this season, whether its the real deal or just a sew up project like this one.

Check this mason jar inspired save-the-date from Postcard & Pretties! Easy to do & so adorable!

Here’s what you’ll need:

muslin fabric
mason jar template
pencil
black embroidery floss
needle
scissors
white felt
twine & thread
washi tape
printed save-the-date sheets
tacky glue
hot glue
ribbon


I just took a few pictures from the instructions so you’ll know what to expect but you check the full instructions here. Can’t wait to try it this weekend!

Hmmm…maybe I’ll add a bit of beading or sequin in the “jar”, just to give it more dazzle, what do you think?

June 13, 2011

DIY Carnival Invites

Happy Queen’s Day everyone! And a Happy Monday of course! This week it’s going to be about R&B’s projects for the first quarter of 2011. I haven’t really had the time to compile everything so having this Monday off is just perfect timing.

First off, we had the honor of hosting a Mardi Gras/Carnival-themed 18th birthday at Fiamma Bar last January. Remember this mood board I posted before? Well, we had put out these multicolored invites for all of her guests.

Pretty colors, don’t you think? The concept is somewhat like an enlarged admit one ticket.

The envelopes are like vintage popcorn bags. I wasn’t able to find the red & white stripes so I just settled for the white one. At least it shows off the color of the invite from the inside.

Here’s what you need to create these festive invites:

– Multicolored/Metallic boards
– Vellum paper (for the envelopes)
– Scissors/Paper cutter
– Printer
– Gold strings (for the tag)

Oh, how can I forget about the fonts! I chose mine from Magic Jelly’s collection of her favorites carnival fonts here. The best about it is some of them are free from DaFont.com. Enjoy!

More photos to come, so stay tuned this week!

xoxo