Flower Girl Headbands

Your flower girls are probably pretty cute already, so just think how cute they’ll be when you put these ribbon flower headbands on them. Prrreeettty darn cute. Yup. Plus you’ll get to use a hot glue gun and that’s pretty fun.



  • Two lengths of ribbon
  • Material
  • Thumbtack or button
  • Material scissors
  • Pencil
  • Hot glue gun

Step 1: Draw a flower
Draw a five- or six- petal flower on the left (ugly) side of the material.

Step 2: Cut out flower
Cut out your flower and turn it so that the right (pretty) side of the material is facing up.

Step 3: Glue ribbon
Using the hot glue gun, stick one end of the ribbon to the center of the material flower.

Step 4: Fold and repeat
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Fold the ribbon over and direct it onto another material petal, gluing it in the center as you go. Repeat this step until you’ve made ribbon petals that match all of the material petals.

Step 5: Make stamen
Stick the thumbtack or button to the center of the flower.

Step 6: Stick ribbon
Using the hot glue gun, stick the second length of ribbon to the back of the flower. You’re done!

Step 7: Repeat
Make more, until your flower girls are as adorable as adorable can be.

Crêpe Paper Flower Place Cards

Spring is finally here and that means spring weddings! Glorious events full of color and light. Get right into the spirit and transform your wedding venue into a spring paradise by making these DIY delicate crêpe paper flower place cards.

They’re a breeze to craft, easy to adapt to your theme, and will turn your wedding tables — or escort table — into a garden of spring magnificence.



  • Crêpe paper
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Green cardstock
  • A small glass, vase or bowl (for shaping the base)
  • PDF printable
  • Wire pliers (optional)


Step 1: Cut out flower petals


There’s no real science or precision to this step – draw elongated petals on the crepe paper and cut them out. If you’re gifted — or confident — you could also cut the petals out without drawing them first. You’ll need four petals per place card.

Step 2: Place petals


One by one, place the petals around the tip of the floral wire.

Step 3: Prepare the tape


Cut a small (approximately one inch) piece of floral tape and stretch it lightly.

Step 4: Wrap tape


Stretching the floral tape as you go, wrap it around the base of the flower, then softly twist to fasten it into place.

Step 5: Shape the petals


Using your thumbs, gently stretch each petal from the center out, then smooth out the curve with your thumb. Slightly vary the length of the curve on each petal to create a more interesting look.

Step 6: Shape the wire


Using a small glass, vase, bowl or some other round shape, guide the wire into a circle.

Step 7: Twist the wire


Twist the floral wire around the stem of the flower to close off the circle shape.

Step 8: Print the leaves


Type your guests’ names into the printable PDF (or leave it blank if you’d rather write them in yourself), save and print onto green cardstock. For an extra special effect print some names onto dark and some onto light green cardstock.

Step 9: Cut out the leaves


Cut out all of the leaves – big and small – from your printed template.

Step 10: Glue leaves together


Place glue on the inside of the smaller leaves and glue the larger leaves on top at a slight angle. For an extra special effect, pair light and dark green leaves together.

Step 11: Prepare floral tape strip


Cut strips of floral tape measuring the same length as the small leaf.

Step 12: Glue tape to floral wire


Using craft glue, carefully stick the floral tape to the additional wire on the flower place card.

Step 13: Glue leaf to wire


Glue the smaller leaf to the wire and allow for the glue to dry.

Step 14: Trim the tape, clean the glue


Once the glue has dried trim the floral tape (and additional wire) around the top of the leaf, and wrap the floral tape at the base of the leaves around the stem. Scrape off any glue that has snuck out where it doesn’t belong.

Step 15: Repeat


Make more petals, shape more wire and glue more leaves until you have a spring flower place card garden.

Easy Lovebird Guest Book Card Tutorial


One evening when I was elbow deep in cut-outs from Bridal magazines, I finally succumbed to Pinterest. I already had enough commitments, social-media wise, so I thought, do I really need another online addiction? Apparently, yes.

Let’s be honest: there is nothing better than Pinterest for seeing how a scheme is really coming together. And hey, my computer is running an awful lot quicker now I’m not constantly right-clicking on inspiring images and saving them to my wedding folder, and my living room floor is free of magazine scraps, too. Most of the time.

This is not one of those times, and Pinterest – I hold you responsible. For I have been unable to scour the wedding section of late without coming across a lovebird here and a vintage birdcage there, to the point where I was becoming a little concerned that I had not hopped onto the lovebird trend. So I hatched a plan (pun intended) and looked to create both a fun guest book alternative and incorporate a birdie element into my own wedding plans. So, my living room floor was once again covered in cut-out pieces of paper.

These little birdie cards are ideal to leave at each of your guest’s place settings for them to fill out a “tweet” for your alternative guest book.


  • A few pages from an old book (I had a spare Twilight book which will also be dutifully sacrificed to make confetti)
  • Scissors
  • Black pen (biro or other such pen with a fine tip)
  • Red felt pen (or Sharpie)
  • Pencil
  • Kraft card
  • Glue stick
  • Ruler
  • Letter transfers

basic equipment

Step 1- Simply use your home printer and print out this swallows_template onto a few pages (each printout will contain enough birds to make 6 cards).

Step 2- Along the bottom of the page, draw and color six small hearts.


Step 3- Cut out the birds, leaving a few millimeters, or about 1/8 inch, around the bird and carefully cut out the heart shapes.

Step 4- Divide your Kraft card into your desired size – I cut an A4/Letter card into six equal pieces for ours.

Step 5- Arrange your pieces along the top of the Kraft card  – two birds facing one another with a heart between them – until you are happy with their spacing, and then glue into place.

Step 6- Taking your letter transfers, and using a pencil, carefully print your names underneath the birds.

Step 7- Using a ruler, draw several lines across the card leaving a small gap at each end.


Step 8- Again, using your transfers, print LOVE along the bottom center of each card.

And there you go – your lovebird guest book cards ready to be filled in by your guests.

To tie the theme together, why not provide a vintage birdcage for your guests to post their complete cards, and make a small sign with instructions “be sweet and leave a tweet” in front?


How to Make an Inspiration Board with Microsoft Word

Happy Valentine’s Day lovers! What a fantastic day to get married. Yup, V-day has gotten us all inspired, so we thought it’d be fun to put together a special wedding inspiration board to honor this most loved-up of days.

It’s just the thing if you’re planning to tie the knot on February 14th with cupid at your side. And if you’re not? No worries! Just put together your own inspiration board. Here’s how:

Quick disclaimer:
I used a German version of Microsoft Word to craft my masterpiece, but don’t be scared off — you can achieve the same sort of magic by following the visual cues on your own computer.

Step 1:
Open up a new Microsoft Word page and insert a photo you’re inspired by – it can be anything, just make sure that it features your wedding colors. For the Valentine’s Day inspiration board I started with this photo of a gorgeous headpiece by Teeki.


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Step 2:
Now draw a color swatch by selecting the shape of your choice from the start menu. Since it’s Valentine’s Day I went with a heart (cupid is thrilled). Next, using the format menu, turn your shape into a solid color.

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Step 3:
Look at your inspiration picture and change the color of your shape to match one of the colors in your photo. Make sure to get rid of the outline using the option in the format toolbar.


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Step 4:
Create three more hearts (or circles or squares; we don’t mind), and change their colors to reflect those in the photo.


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Step 5:
Look around the internet and fill the space with other images that match your color swatches. Try to get a bit of variety — flowers, hair, shoes, cake and details — for the best results.

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Step 6:
Fill the area with seven or so images, save and grin; your inspiration board is finished!

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Valentine’s Day Inspiration Board:


Valentines day wedding inspiration board

First row: Red Riding Hood Poms – Pom LoveRed White Heart Rattan Lover Fairy Lights – Marwin Craft, Love sign — iTagStudios, Flowers – Aaron Phillips Second row: Headpiece – Teeki, Red bow shoe clips – Maryanka Studio, Table setting – Blush Printables Third row: Wedding shoe heart stoppers – Mon Amour Boutique, Raspberry stripe straws – Pebbles in my Pocket, Teacup – High Tea For Alice, Stationery – Parrot Design Studio

But there’s no need to stop there. Play around with different color combinations and pictures until you’re all inspired out.

Warm pink tones:

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First row: Table setting – Blush Printables, Bouquet – Jessie Owen, Table setting – Midwest Family Life, Flowers – Aaron Phillips Second row: Orchids – Venson Kuchipudi, Jewelry – High Tea For Alice, Headpiece – Teeki

Cooler pink tones:

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First row: Headpiece – Teeki, Cupcake – Incredible Toppers, Invitation – Parrot Design Studio, Headpiece – Teeki Second row: Boutonniere – Flower Factor, Rustic love pendant – Vanessa Handmade Unconventional Jewelry


Many, many thanks to all of the wonderful creative minds who’ve allowed us to use their images.

Rhinestone Tank Top Tutorial and a Giveaway!

With the new age of Pinterest and Etsy, you can no longer just call your best girlfriends and ask them to be a bridesmaid. You need to come up with a clever, unique way of making them a part of the biggest day of your life. That’s where I come in. I’m about to break down into a step-by-step tutorial for a creative, fun way that people will oohing and aweing over. The best part, there is a chance to win this rhinestone tank, just scroll all the way to the bottom for details on how to win!!

The tutorial is broke into two parts. You can either stop at part 1 or move onto part 2.

Part One: Make the Rhinestone Iron-On Transfer




  • Hotfix Rhinestones size 3mm
  • Hotfix Transfer Tape or Paper
  • Tweezers
  • Mirrored image of Text you will be using
  • Tape (not pictured)
  • Scissors (not pictured)


Step 1

Open up a Word document and choose font and font size. For a reference, I use a font size between 160-200 pt depending on the length of word. Remember, you need this to fit nicely on an article of clothing, so you don’t want it to be too small or too big. After you’ve typed your word out, copy (Ctrl + C) it.

Step 2

Open a Paint program or a similar program that will allow you to mirror an image. I used Paint, so that is what I will be explaining how to do. Paste (Ctrl + V) your text onto the Paint canvas. Using the image below for guidance, find the rotate button and flip horizontal.

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Step 3

Your text should be mirrored now and look like the image below. Print image.

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Step 4

Take your transfer paper and place it over mirrored text. Cut the transfer paper to fit over the mirrored text, leaving a little margin of space on all sides. Save the left over transfer paper for another project.


Step 5

Once your transfer paper is cut, cut your mirrored text down a little and tape it to a desk or table.


Step 6

Peel off the white backing from the transfer paper. Set aside the white piece and tape down over mirrored text the clear side, sticky side UP.

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Step 7

Dump a bunch of the rhinestones onto your work surface . If you prefer to be a little neater you can use a paper plate to keep the rhinestones contained. Using your tweezers pick up one rhinestone, jewel side down, and trace your text. You should be looking at the black side of the rhinestones.

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Step 8

Keep tracing until your entire word is covered by rhinestones. Take the white backing of the transfer paper that you set aside and place over your rhinestones. Carefully press to secure all rhinestones on sticky side of transfer paper. Remove the tape from the clear transfer paper.

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Now you can stop here and give them just this rhinestone transfer which they can iron on their own piece of clothing…..or you can move on to step 2. Step 2 involves more supplies, so I included another supply list for this step.

Part 2: Make the Rhinestone Tank Top



  • Rhinestone Transfer (the one you just completed in Part 1)
  • White Box (I bought mine at Target in the Christmas Clearance section, but have seen them at the Dollar Store)
  • Scrapbook sticky letters
  • Scissors
  • Tissue Paper
  • Tape
  • Wrapping Paper (Target Dollar section always has cute paper)
  • Iron
  • Thin towel or wash cloth (not pictured)
  • *Optional* Ribbon (not pictured)
  • Tank Top or T-shirt
  • Iron Board


Step 1

Pre-heat your iron to the cotton setting. Remove white backing from transfer. If any rhinestones stick to the white backing or come loose, just use your tweezers to place them back where they belong.


Step 2

Place the rhinestone transfer on the tank top in desired location sticky side down. Make sure to place it where you are going to want it because you will not want to lift it up and replace it as it could damage the transfer.


Step 3

Place the tank top on the iron board. Place your THIN cloth or towel over the rhinestone transfer. Place iron on top of cloth and use firm pressure for 45 seconds. DO NOT GO SIDE TO SIDE WITH IRON. Make sure to heat entire rhinestone. If you need to move iron make sure to pick up iron and place down on next spot. Repeat until entire transfer has been covered twice.


Step 3

Turn tank top inside out, apply heat to each section of the transfer for 30 seconds. This draws the glue into the shirt. So make sure not to skip this step. I do not use the towel on this step.

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Step 4

Turn tank top right side out and place iron directing on transfer for another 30 seconds.


Step 5
Run your hand over the rhinestones to make sure none are loose. If any appear loose, apply direct heat for 8-10seconds.


Step 6

Grab the lid of the white gift box and using your scrapbook letter stickers, spell out “will you be my…”


Step 7

Line the base of your gift box with tissue paper. I used white, so that it would not be distracting and take away from the tank top. Place your tank top in the box and make a little card explaining what you are asking. I was lucky enough to have talented graphic designer, Alanna Mehrtens, design a cute little “Be my bridesmaid” card to include in the package.

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Step 8

Close up the box and wrap it in any wrapping paper you’d like. I always find really cute paper in the dollar section at Target. There you go, now just repeat for all the special ladies in your bridal party. Want to win this exact one? Enter here! Or visit my Etsy Shop to purchase this tank top.

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Giveaway begins Wednesday, January 23, 2013 and ends at midnight ET on January 31, 2013. Winner will be announced January 31, 2013.