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S'mores are a staple of outdoor weddings in any season, but especially in the fall when the weather gets chilly and a bonfire is apropos. You're cooking them up over a bonfire, adding them to your sweets table, and even making them into cakes! But a perfect way to provide a dessert AND a takeaway gift is an easy-to-make s'mores wedding favor.
Feel free to get creative with the ingredients: use white chocolate, caramel-filled chocolate, spicy chocolate, sandwich cookies, chocolate chip cookies, or whatever you like!
Step one: Layer ingredients in favor bag
This favor will make two s'mores. Starting with two graham crackers or biscuits, add on a layer of chocolate blocks, then four large marshmallows, then another layer of chocolate, and lastly, two more graham crackers or biscuits.
Step two: add a tag and matches
Hand-write, print out, or purchase some pre-made favor tags. Using some twine or ribbon, lace the tag and a couple of long matches around the favor bag to secure it. Tie it in a tight bow so that it's easily opened but not coming undone.
Step three: include a sign, candle, and more matches
For display and for making s'mores at the wedding itself, feel free to add some signage, a votive candle, and a few more matches to beef up the favor. Then you're done! This was a pretty traditional s'mores combination of flavors, but you could go pretty wild. What kind of s'mores would you gift?
Photo by Kevin Monahan of Monahan Photography
About a month before my wedding, I became fascinated with a colorful floral veil in this post on my favorite wedding blog. Though I had initially planned to just wear my sister's veil, I suddenly felt the urge to have a more "Rachael" veil; I'm rather known for my love of rainbows and sparkles and wanted to make sure that passion came through in my wedding outfit. I looked around for similar veils online, but couldn't find anything for a price I was willing to pay.
So even though I hadn't sewn anything other than cross stitched zombies and extremely basic sock repairs pretty much ever, I took a leap of faith and decided to make my own. I went to the very same Etsy shop linked in that blog post and bought a few yards of a rainbow-y floral fabric from China. I paid extra for speedy shipping and prayed it would arrive on time.
It was surprisingly easy!
What you need:
Pretty fabric (make sure to get as many yards as you'd like for your final veil. I was planning on making a chapel veil of about seven feet but ended up with a nine-foot cathedral veil just because I loved the fabric too much to cut it down)
Needle and clear or white thread that matches your veil
Receive fabric while teleworking at home and fiancé is out of the house. Freak out over fabric. Move fabric into guest room to hide it from said fiancé until wedding day. Trim any uneven portions at the top and bottom of the fabric.
Gently iron out any kinks or folds in your fabric.
Use extremely limited sewing skills to hand sew or sew using a sewing machine, a running stitch (see a running stitch here!) at the top of the fabric (one of the width sides). Leave a bit of the thread hanging at the end, you'll need it later. Make a second running stitch about one-half inch below the first line of stitches. Same thing here: leave some thread hanging off of the end. You should now have two parallel lines of stitches.
Gather fabric (see how here!) together using the two hanging lengths of thread at the end. Gently pull them to start pulling the fabric together into a gather about the width of the comb you plan to use.
Secure the gather with extra stitches around the fabric. Toss cats out of guest room and close door so they stop trying to play with fabric.
Sew gathered fabric at the top of the veil to a comb by sewing loops around each tooth of the comb.
Attach the finished veil to you hair with the comb teeth facing down and curving in. Pose in veil glamorously in front of mirror.
And you're done! Seriously, this was an incredibly easy and fast project and ended up being one of my favorite details of my wedding and the thing people are most likely to comment on when they see my wedding photos.
I threw a fair amount of caution to the wind (the fabric was not as wide as the internet said it should really be for a veil — usually 55in wide and 30in long, I did not bother to cut the fabric into a more rounded shape as many tutorials suggested, if anyone looked too closely at my sewing at the gathering point they'd be appalled), but it worked out wonderfully.
What did you DIY that surprised you and/or worked out well?
We know HUGE bouquets are super popular right now, but what if we mega-size the actual flowers instead of just the bouquet size? We love a good huge flower bouquet, headpiece, centerpiece, or ceremony backdrop. The bigger the better when it comes to these bad boys. Imagine a whole wall of them!
The best part? You can totally make these yourself.
Here are the steps that will transform some crepe paper and floral tape into your new striking bouquet or centerpiece flowers. Let me know if you end up making one of them and what color you chose! Imagine these in dark blue, black, deep red… it can be a whole rainbow if you like.
Let's get to the DIY!
What you'll need:
Paper wrapped stem wire
About 1.5 packages of crepe paper sheets for each flower (I used white and green, but any color combination works!)
Using two paper wrapped stem wires, wrap floral tape tightly around the two wires to hold them together. Floral tape is stretchy so you can pull it fairly tightly so it stays. Make sure to overlap the tape so that it sticks to itself. Don't worry if it unrolls slightly at this point. We'll be covering it up later.
Step 2: Cut all of the petals
First, download the petal and leaf templates here. Print them out at 150% or 200% depending on how large you want the flower to be. I used 150% size petals.
Once printed, cut out each template and use them as cutting guides for your petals and leaves. Cut out all of the petals and leaf shapes that you'll need (see the list above!). This can take a while, so feel free to stack the paper and cut them out in batches of four to six. If there are any creases, press them between heavy books or use a low iron.
Step 3: Shape the petals
Using a round pencil, curl the rounded ends the small and large petals. As you're shaping them, gently stretch the body of the petal into a rounded shape away from the curl, into a petal-like shape.
Step 4: Create the flower bud
Start folding the smaller petals around the stem with a couple of inches of paper. Using floral tape, wrap each petal so it stays in place. Make sure the tape reaches the bottom of the petal and connects with the tape that's already on the stem. It won't stick well if you don't.
Next, start doing the same with the larger petals, rotating around the stem, overlapping the petals slightly each time. Wrap each with a little floral tape to keep them in place. Make sure to cup each petal around the others as you go so it keeps its flower shape. This can be challenging!
I added one extra tiny petal, curled into a circle, in the middle of the bud to make it look more rose-like.
Step 5: Add the calyx
Slowly shape the calyx around the base of the flower petals, and use a little floral tape to secure it, wrapping until it reaches the existing floral tape. I ended up trimming the calyx shape a little to make it fit well.