I am absolutely in love with anything coastal, including all the "faded" colors that make everything seem so cozy and inviting. We are setting up a "pop up" party at a local arts & crafts show this weekend and I decided on a coastal theme after finding Norman Rockwell seaside inspired plates.
I collect lots of traditional vases which I use with fresh flowers as an inexpensive way to add life. In lieu of fresh flowers you can use herbs, vegetables or fruit as I did on this occasion.
I love painting old jars and stemware for a vintage, home feel. There are many paint options for glass and pottery that can get pretty expensive, especially if you are doing enough for a wedding. I decided to try out a much cheaper method.
I first sanded my glassware with a rough grit paper and then sprayed them with 99¢ matte white spray paint from the home improvement store. I let them dry and used craft paint to achie...
In keeping with the fall inspired wedding, I decided to do stamped leaf place settings. I used small typography stamps with black ink but if you have better penmanship then I do, or know the art of calligraphy, this could be done beautifully that way as well.
When you are gathering your leaves look for the freshly fallen, the older they are the more delicate. It helps to have the flatter ones but any shape is fine.
I hope everyone has been enjoying the warm fall weather, it won't be here for much longer. I decided to keep the leaves as my inspiration for many reasons but the most important one for all my DIY or tight budget brides is...they are free. The leaves are so versatile, you can use them for so much and you can pick them up anywhere.
I went for an art deco typography, I thought it softened the rustic nature of the leaf a bit. Press carefully when you stamp to avoid damaging your leaf too much, it will crack a little but that's ok it only adds to its character. I paired mine...
I love all the gold & bronze colors and the crisp organic smell of fallen leaves so I put on my boots and ventured outside for a bag of inspiration.
Because of the size of these beauties I decided to make a garland / table runner. All that's required in addition to the leaves is a sewing machine or a needle & thread and some patience.
It's best to use a thread color close to that of the leaves but for instructional purposes I've used white. Start sewing at the edge of the first leaf and continue through until almost at the end then overlap the second leaf. Repeat until your garland reaches a length that you're happy with.
Use a straight, medium stitch length to prevent perforating the leaves.
When sewing by hand just loop the thread through the overlapping portions of each leaf until securely attached.
The finished table runner wasn't only pretty to look at but also smelled amazing. This could be used to showcase Fall accessories or your Thanksgiving fe...