Paper Doily Wedding Ideas

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For my soon-to-be sister-in-law’s bridal shower, I incorporated lots of paper doilies in to the decor. I used them for signage, for the guestbook, for coasters, and so on. It’s incredible what you can do with a simple paper doily, and they cost around $1-$1.50 for 25 doilies! What a deal! Doilies have got to be one of my most favorite budget-friendly wedding details.

There is truly so much can that be done with them… take a look at these lovely ideas!

Paper Doily Wedding Ideas

1. Doilies make a lovely background for your dinner menu, and fit nicely on most dinner plates.

2. Use ribbon or twine to string doilies across chair backs for a charming detail.

3. Varying sizes of paper doilies make for a unique and inexpensive table runner.

4. Check out this DIY tutorial to make this incredible doily wreath.

5. Paper doilies can add the perfect extra touch to your favor packaging. Pair them with kraft paper for a match made in heaven.

6. Print straight on to doilies and use them for your invitations or stationary.

7. Who would have thought doilies could make such pretty cupcake wrappers?

8. Attach small paper doilies to favor boxes for an extra special touch.

I’m sure there are more ways to incorporate paper doilies in to your big day, but these are my favorite that I have found so far. I would love to hear how you are planning to use doilies in your wedding!

I have been feeling super crafty lately. I LOVE making things, but in the past my schedule has been so jam-packed that I haven’t had a lot of extra time to sit down and work on projects. Recently I have found myself with a good deal of free time, and I have to say I am thoroughly enjoying having time to work on all sorts of fun projects!

The only thing better than working on fun DIY projects is working on a project that is SUPER easy to make and doesn’t require a ton of time or effort on my behalf. That’s why I was so excited when I discovered these adorable little chalkboard flower pots from Michaels.

I created them as table numbers, but they can be used as favors or other forms of wedding decor as well. The possibilities are endless! All of the supplies you need can be found at your local Michaels craft store.

Here are the supplies you will need:

  • BRIDES® Chalkboard Flower Pots
  • BRIDES® Chalk Marker
  • BRIDES® Embellishments (I used paper flowers, but there are several to choose from!)
  • Styrofoam® or Florist Foam
  • Moss
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Adhesive
  • Paint (Optional — if you want to paint the dowels)

Here are the step-by-step instructions so that you can achieve this same look!

1. The first thing I did was cut the florist foam in to small pieces, and placed one piece in each of the flower pots.

2. I wanted to add a little color, so I decided to use some light purple Martha Stewart Crafts™ satin paint to paint my wooden dowels.

3. Once the paint was dry, I attached a flower embellishment to each of the dowels (these came with sticky backs which made it super easy, but you may need adhesive depending on the embellishments you use).

4. Next, I stuck the dowels in to the florist foam at varying heights.

5. To top if off, I covered the foam with moss.

6. Lastly, write the table number, message, initials, or whatever you’d like on the pot using the chalkboard marker, and voila!

Aren’t these super cute? Other than the time it took for the paint to dry, these took me about 20 minutes to complete.

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Happy crafting, friends!


DIY Lace Frames

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Good morning, friends!

How was your Easter? Mine was quite lovely! A pretty laid back day, which mostly consisted of yummy deviled eggs (wouldn’t be Easter without ‘em), croquet, a BBQ lunch, basketball, and lots of relaxing and hanging with the fam. And afterwards, I went on a spontaneous adventure with Andrew’s brother and his fiance to take their engagement photos! It was a blast and the weather was so perfect.

So today I wanted to share with you a super fun and simple DIY project that I did this weekend. I was inspired by these lovely lace embroidery hoops, and wanted to create another fun wedding decor detail with lace. These are wonderful because they also make beautiful home decor! For weddings you can hang them up as a ceremony backdrop, use them for table numbers, display them at the dessert table, and so on. The possibilities are endless!

DIY Lace Frames

Like I said these are super easy to make. These are the materials you’ll need:
– Frames (I bought cheap frames from Ben Franklin Crafts, but any frames in any color will do!)
– Hot glue gun
– Scissors
– A couple of yards of lace (I bought the cheapest lace I could find from JoAnn Fabrics for $9.99/yard, but they have prettier ones for $14.99+/yard)

Lace Frame How-to

Here’s what I did:
1. Remove the glass, cardboard, and backing from the frames, so all that’s left is the wooden frame.
2. Place the frame over the lace and cut around the edges. You will have to cut it down a bit more, but this will give you a good starting point.
3. Use the hot glue gun to glue along the inside edge of one side of the frame, and attach the lace.
4. Repeat step #3 for each side of the frame, making sure to pull the lace taught for each side.
5. Optional: attach lace and/or ribbon to the frame in order to hang them up. Voila!

Lace Frame

Lace Frames

Lace Frame

I think these would look so cute as table numbers! You could attach buttons in the shape of each number. Love!

Lace Table Number

I am so excited to use these as decor in my home, and hopefully for a wedding or two this summer as well! Hope you like this idea as much as I do. :)

Have a lovely day!!

When it comes to wedding planning, “free” is a very rare but wonderful word to hear! Thankfully there are several lovely ladies out there who have created fabulous printable projects to help your wedding vision come to life. Below are twenty of my most favorite free wedding printables–everything from invitation suites and cupcake toppers to escort cards and table numbers . You’ll be sure to love at least one of these! Follow the links to find the downloadable files, and enjoy!

1. Simple, elegant wedding menu cards from Martha Stewart Weddings

2. Printable cupcake flags with sweet messages from Ellinée.

3. Funky CD favor designs including CD folder, thank you sticker, and song name insert, designed by Tadaa via The Bride with a Blog.

4. Chalk board-esque talbe numbers and place cards via Wedding Chicks (they have LOADS of gorgeous printables, make sure to browse the freebies section!)

5. Banner template via Martha Stewart Weddings — all letters available for download so you can create any saying you like.

6. Sweet cake toppers via Sarah Hearts.

7. A fun and creative wedding day activity book for the kiddos via Lovely Indeed.

8. Fun madlibs to keep guests entertained from Love Vs. Design.

9. Straw flag place cards via Wedding Chicks.

10. Fun and colorful place cards spotted on Delightful Distractions.

11. Cute alphabet bunting via Ruffled.

12. Elegant table numbers from the Knotty Bride (I like these so much I’m using them in a mini inspiration shoot!)

13. Lots of fun and funky wedding graphics via Miss Cutie Pie.

14. I Spy game for guests by Atypical Type A.

15. Gorgeous save the date bookmarks in three different themes via the Pretty Blog.

16. Save the date calender cards via Wedding Chicks.

17. Chevron invitation suite via Wedding Chicks.

18. “Will You Be My Bridesmaid?” cards spotted on Glamor & Grace.

19. Mason jar invitation suite via Wedding Chicks.

20. Rustic wedding stationary via Polka Dot Bride.

In case you are wondering about different print methods, here is a rundown from Blush Printables:

I hope you were able to find something that you’ll be able to use in your wedding, bridal shower, or engagement party! If there are any other printables that you just love, please share in the comments below.

Hope you’re Monday is off to a great start so far!

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