Rustic and Warm all at the same time.
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Laurie Cinotto of La La Laurie designed this beautiful hair piece. She was great enough to provide a step by step guide for all of us!
Here are the steps from the wonderful The Bride’s Cafe.
Feather-Light Hair Flowers
These beautiful little blooms are easy to make, and comfortable to wear. You can customize them to work with any color palette.
Materials (and where Laurie found them)
8 – six inch squares of tulle (JoAnn Fabric and Craft)
9 inches of velvet ribbon (3/4 inch wide) (Midori)
A few feathers (JoAnn)
3 velvet leaves (Tinsel Trading Co)
A spool of thread
A long, sharp needle
A small hair comb (JoAnn)
1. Take one of your tulle squares, fold it in half, then into quarters. (see figure 1)
2. Fold in half again to make a triangle, and then fold in half again. (It’s just like your folding a snowflake).
3. Cut a rounded “V” in the non-pointy end of the triangle. (see figure 2)
4. When you unfold your tulle, you’ll have a daisy shape. (see figure 3)
5. Repeat the above steps, and cut out 7 more daisies. They can vary in size and petal shape.
6. When all the daisies are cut, layer them together. (see figure 4)
7. Thread your needle and knot the end of the thread. Put a couple of stitches through the center of the stack to keep them together and tie off.
8. Pick up the stack, pinch the center between your thumb and index finger. Fluff the petals upward. (see figure 5)
9. Run your needle and thread through the pinched point of the flower, about a quarter inch from the very bottom. Go back and forth and around several times to secure all the layers, and tighten your bloom. (see step 6)
Putting it all together…
10. Take a few feathers and strip off the lower fluff, leaving a small tuft at the top. Trim into a neat point, using your scissors. Set aside. (see figure 7)
11. Fold your ribbon into a loop, with the ends overlapping in the middle. Make a couple of small stitches through all the layers to secure. (see figure 8 )
12. Run your thread around the center a few times and cinch the ribbon so it looks like a bow. Run your needle and thread through the center and back and knot off.
13. Take your velvet leaves, trim off the wire ends, and stitch them down in the center of the bow. (see figure 10)
14. Trim the feather tails, then stitch the feathers down too. (see figure 10)
15. Place your bloom in the center of the leaves and feathers. Stitch it down using several small stitches. . Go through all the ribbon layers to make sure it’s attached securely. (see figure 11
16. Center your comb on the back side of the bow and stitch into place. ( see figure 12)
via The Bride’s Cafe
I love how Marie Antoinette this feels. Will someone please make me one?
If I would’ve seen this before I sent my save the dates out, they would’ve definitely been a top contender! I just love the look and style of these cards.
They have so many to choose from! Here is just a select few.
I’m not much of a DIY paper products girl as you know from the Save the Date fiasco. I really don’t care to buy a gocco and I don’t really get crazy over invitations. I do however, love this super fun DIY project from Photojojo.
I could totally see these as being used as “Wedding Guides” for your wedding day. It could consist of directions for the day, your ceremony program, menu cards, etc- all in one beautiful little package for your guests. I love it!
Take your assortment of fine papers and cut each piece 4″x6″, the same size as your prints. An X-acto knife and ruler will work, but a paper cutter is a lot easier and quicker.
Keep cutting until you have a stack of paper about 1/4″ thick.
Tap the stack of paper sharply on the table to even up the stack. Tap one of the short edges until it’s perfectly flush.
Clamp the stack together with binder clips to keep it nicely lined up.
Apply glue to the evened-up short edge of the stack. Smear the glue evenly over the surface with your finger.
If any glue gets on the face of the pages, just wipe it away with your finger.
Let the glue dry for about 15 minutes, then shmear another layer of glue onto the same edge. Let it sit until the glue is completely dry.
The glue layer should be nice & thick. Unclamp the stack and ruffle it to see if any pages come loose. If they do, apply another good layer of glue and let it dry.
Place a print, face out, on the top and bottom of the stack and re-clamp with the binder clips.
And now… the spine!
Cut a strip of decorative paper 4″ long and about 3/4″ to 1″ wide.
Apply a thin layer layer of glue to the paper strip, smearing it over the whole surface with your fingertip.
Glue the strip onto the spine of the notepad (um, that’s the part with the glue layer on it.)
Line the paper strip up over the center of the spine, then bend one side down so it folds over the front cover of the notepad.
Smooth the strip onto the photo with your finger, then bend the other side of the paper strip onto the back cover and smooth that down.
If excess glue gets on the face of the photos, wipe it away with your finger or a damp paper towel.
Dump a big stack of books on top of the notepad (or put the clips back on so they hold the strip in place) and let the glue dry completely.
That’s it! See? Easy!
I don’t know if I have the strength to make (30) of these but I sure would love to try!