DIY Wedding Gifts

A personalised wedding gift is a fantastic idea! If I got a gift like that, I would just keep it forever…

 

You will need:

40-70 inches of ribbon in various tones, about 2″-3″ in width
Miscellaneous fabrics, such as burlap, knit sweaters, etc…
Twine

 

Here’s how you prepare the gift (the DIY is for the center row image on the left):

  • Cut a couple of pieces of ribbon in 3″-5″ increments, depending upon the desired size of your finished gift. Do the same with fabrics, sweaters and burlap.

 

  • Prepare a big stack, alternating each color and type of material. Tie a very tight knot around the centre of the entire stack (use the twine to do that).

 

  • Cut the ribbon into smaller strips and keep the center uncut. Separate and pull strips apart to make your completed gift!

 

Your fabulous wedding gift is ready! :)

 

(the original idea comes from Summer Watkins at GREY LIKES WEDDINGS and all the images have been taken by JENNY LIU)

 

 

Best wishes,

MayBrides

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DIY Wedding Bouquet

Every bride to be should watch this. Why spend all that money when you could assemble the bouquets yourself in a matter of minutes? I wish I could see this video before my wedding… We prepared our own wedding invitations and all wedding decorations but it didn’t even occur to me that I could do the bouquet myself…

 

What you need:
Variety of Florals
Scissors or Pruning Sheers
Floral Wire
Floral Tape
Ribbon
Glue Gun

 

Useful tips to remember:

1. Cut the ends of the stems on a 45 degree angle so as to not damage stems and give them a fresh cut prior to beginning so they get plenty of water.

2. Remove foliage off the bottom half of the stems.

3. Lay your flowers out on the table and start off with the largest flower to form the center.

4. With your right hand, add about 4- 6 stems to frame your center flower, evenly and just below the flower head to help fill in the bouquet, criss-crossing the stems on an angle and rotating the bouquet as you work. The goal is to create a point where all the stems cross each other.

5. Point the blooms toward you as you work — not the stems. Continue to hold the bouquet and place 5-6 stems of the same type of flowers evenly around, turning the bouquet clockwise, and inserting the stems at a 45 degree angle. Continue adding flowers for the next round, arranging these flowers slightly lower. Keep the bouquet a gentle rounded shape across the top. Criss-cross all the stems, and give the bouquet a quarter turn clockwise after adding a few stems. Secure stems in place with floral tape.

6. Continue adding flowers and foliage stems, turning the bouquet around clockwise until the bouquet is the desired size. Secure all your stems together with floral tape, winding it firmly around several times in the same place as before.

7. Cut the ends off the flower and foliage stems and spray lightly everything with water. Finish off the bouquet by wrapping a length of wide ribbon around the stems to cover the tape.

8. You will want to keep the bouquet in water over night and in a cool place. Preferably a refrigerator, just be careful not to let the flowers hit the edge of the shelves as it will cause them to turn brown.

 

The sky is the limit! :)

 

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