Personalizing Wedding Cake Servers

For my wedding, I wanted a vintage feel without spending a ton of money. One way to do this is to DIY the details! I’m going to go through with you today how I personalized my wedding cake knife and server. The set I bought was only $10 at Walmart. Here is the set that I ended up getting. Apparently, I am not good at taking non-blurry photos (I apologize!)

 

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So here are the supplies you’ll need:

  • A plain serving set for wedding cake
  • Martha Stewart paint that is safe for glass (it will help prevent the pain smudging off)
  • Glitter if you like it 🙂
  • Old or broken jewelry (I used some cheap jewelry and rings that I got at stores like Forever 21 and Rue21)
  • Glue Gun
  • Wire cutters for cutting jewelry
  • Painter’s tape

You may want to wear gloves if you don’t want to get paint on your hands!

  1. Cut any old rings you want to embellish the handles with with the wire cutters. I cut the rings once in the back so I could put the ring around the handles and they would still be continuous.
  2. Use the glue gun to adhere the rings around the handles. I put my rings around the base of the servers.20150904_140136
  3. I used a bracelet with charms and cut off my favorite charms to add a shabby chic/vintage look to the servers. I chose a charm of a cameo, and one with an old-looking key.
  4. For my set, I used a hot glue gun to wrap gold ribbon around the server handles where I wanted to place the charms. Make sure it is lined up nicely!
  5. Hot glue the charms on top of the ribbon. I kept some of the chains that the charms came off of so I could glue them on easily. If you want to have a more professional look, glue on the back of the serving utensils.  20150904_141355
  6. I wanted gold accents on my servers, so I chose to paint the area of the utensils above the charms but not on the actual part used to touch the food for safety. Use the painters tape to section off the painted area.s
  7. Use a small brush to apply the Martha Stewart paint. I did a couple of coats to hide the silver.  20150904_141553
  8. Wait a day or two for it to dry, and remove the tape. You now have a personalized cake serving set for a fraction of the cost of a professional set!

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You could even add initials instead of jewelry. Let me know any other ideas you have for decor in the comments 🙂

Here is a pic from my actual wedding!

 

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How to Press Flowers

I have been pressing flowers for years now. I believe my first piece of pressed flower art involved pressed pansies that I arranged in the shape of a letter and a heart for my mom as a gift. I made those around 15 years ago and they still have their color to this day!

I am discussing this today because I want to help everyone learn how to press flowers and not have to lose precious flowers to mistakes I have made in the past. This post is about using books to flatten some fabulous flowers you can use in crafts and art. Please read the note at the bottom before you do this with your flowers!

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Here is a step-by-step tutorial:

1. Gather your supplies. Here’s what you’ll need: flowers that have not yet withered, books that are okay to get stained (you can find old encyclopedia sets or large textbooks at thrift stores), paper (optional), and a warm, dry location in your home.

2. First, dry off your flowers if you pulled them from a vase of water. Any extra moisture can give the flowers a potential for mold.

3. Carefully place your flowers in the pages of the book in the position you would like them to be dried. If you would like to protect the pages of your book, you can use paper between the flowers and pages of the book.

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4. Close the current page with the flowers slowly to keep your flowers in position. You can use multiple sections of the book to place flowers in to dry.

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5. Stack extra weight on top of the closed book to keep the flowers flattened.

6. Store your books with flowers in a dry location. In my case I used the dehumidifier that we have in our bedroom. If you don’t have a dehumidifier, you can place your books by a heating vent or a fireplace if you run it at all. Just don’t place paper too close to heat to prevent it from catching fire.

 

7. Wait about 3 weeks for the flowers to dry. Depending on how much moisture your flowers had in them, you may need to wait longer. When you take out your flowers, they should be flat and feel dry to the touch.

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**NOTE** This method of pressing flowers only works for flowers that are not too thick. Please do not use this methods on flowers such as lilies, sunflowers, or roses. If you have any questions on whether or not the flowers you want to dry will work, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Drying Flowers: A Somewhat Crafting Fail

Before I start this post, let me direct you to the perfect tutorial for drying flowers without pressing them, from the makers of Borax:

http://www.20muleteamlaundry.com/how-to-use-borax-dry-flowers/

Here you’ll find a great video tutorial!

However, my attempt at drying flowers wasn’t quite as successful. I watched this video a couple of times, but when I sent my husband off for supplies, I asked for corn starch instead of cornmeal. I noticed my mistake before I set my flowers to dry, but I wanted to see if the corn starch could be used as a substitute. Here are some photos of what I did:

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As you can see, the flowers dried just fine. Unfortunately, the corn starch covered everything in a fine white powder. Something I can continue shaking off them gently, and perhaps it gives them a shabby chic look?

Turquoise Vases DIY

Have you seen the beautiful vases that are circulating around Pinterest? I know I loved what I saw, but when I clicked the link, there were no instructions for how to make them! So I attempted to make my own, and loved the results.

What you need:

  1. Glass Vases
  2. Spray paint in a turquoise color, or another light shade
  3. Liquid gold leaf, like this kind from Amazon. –This stuff is not safe to be used with contact with food.
  4. Sandpaper (120 grit is fine)
  5. Rubber gloves
  6. Spray paint topcoat (matte)

Here’s what I did:

  1. Buy some glass vases from your local thrift store. The more intricate the crystal pattern, the prettier the result.
  2. Clean the vases off so you have a clear surface to paint on.
  3. PUT ON GLOVES
  4. Pour a few drops of the liquid leaf into the bottom of the vase. Have the vase on a surface that can get paint on it, and turn the vase upside down so the liquid in the bottom run down the sides of the vase. Swirl the vase if needed to get as much as possible of the inside covered.
  5. Paint a thin layer of liquid leaf on the outside of the vase. This is an optional step, but will help the gold shine through better.
  6. Let the liquid leaf dry.
  7. Spray paint the outside of the vase in the color of your choice. It is a good idea to wear gloves in case any rogue spray paint shoots out. Make sure to get the bottom of the vase, and sometimes this is missed when spraying the outside.
  8. Let the spray paint dry.
  9. Sand off spray paint on any of the glass ridges, and to the desired amount you would like. The more the sandpaper, the more aged it will look.
  10. Spray paint the final layer of clear matte topcoat.

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Cat Nip and Sachets! A Smelly and Quick DIY

Not a lot of people use sachets anymore, but I find them a charming addition to your drawers, and they give that rustic, just-like-grandma-used-to-do-it feel. I remember making a sachet that I hand-embroidered for a class in high school.

In this project all you need is two 5″x5″ or 4″x4″ squares of cutout fabric. Lay the good sides of the squares facing outward, yes outward! The stitching goes along the edge and is visible. Stitch around 3 sides of the sachet. Once you have a good tight-stitched pocket, fill the open end with either catnip for a cat pillow or toy, or lavender or some other great smelling ingredient! You can also try batting with essential oil rubbed in it. Here are my two finished sachets. I used pinking shears to make the edging. What a fun and quick diy!

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For the sachet with the catnip, I drew a small cat face on the fabric with a fabric marker.

XOXO…PB

Watercolor on Antique Paper

One of my favorite purchases is a 105 year old music book I bought from a thrift store for 50 cents! What a treasure! I had more Pinterest inspiration when I saw people were doing watercolors on old book pages, usually a collage. I thought I would try my hand at it. It’s easy to mix up colors and draw a simple design. After that, just spray the piece with some sort of finishing spray. You now have a piece of art in your hands!

 

 

The lines of her gown are a little wavy due to the fact that my hands were shaking slightly…not sure why! But I like the effect.

XOXO…PB

Teacup Pincushion Inspiration

When I am on Pinterest, I often look at the DIY tab for inspiration. I can’t take credit for all my different diys, often I see them and want to share my experience with them with you. The blog where I found this diy can be found here.

I found a great teacup at the thrift store, once again, for $2! If you want a teacup that has its own plate, you can use that too. Antique stores are guaranteed to have tea cups, but you will pay at least $10 to $15 each.

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This is my teacup 🙂 It has a very wide cup, so it can hold lots of pins in the cushion. Here are my steps:

1. Pick out a favorite fabric and cut a circle out of it. You should only need a fat quarter of it. I did not measure my circle precisely, I just winged it with scissors. The first circle I cut out was too small, but I made a second circle for the cushion that was perfect.

2. Run a threaded needle with stitching all around the edge of the fabric circle. It’s a simple in and out stitch. The stitching is shown in the picture below, but the thread is white, and may be a bit difficult to see.

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4. Pull the needle tight, so that the stitches come together to form a tight bunch. Make a knot at this point to keep the stitching pulled tight for when you stuff it.

5. Stuff that thing to bursting! Be careful when stuffing to know put too much strain on the thread opening. I found that just using one finger worked best.

6. If you would like, to keep it in place easier, but some hot glue around the bottom of the pincushion so it keeps it’s place in your teacup. Then, push the cushion into place in your cup.

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Enjoy!

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XOXO…PB

Thrift Store Finds

Like I said before, I love thrift stores! One of my dad’s favorite things to do when we go shopping at a thrift store is to find the one object that no one will ever buy. I’ll have to post about those adventures sometime. But for now, I wanted to share with you some great finds from when I’ve been shopping at my local Goodwill. Since I love gold, you will see the color often in my purchases!

 

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I love that I have a plaster take on the Last Supper. Compared to the many 70s prints of it available, I much prefer this in my dining room!

Wall Decor Idea

I love old handkerchiefs! So many of them were hand embroidered with love, and you can find them at almost any antique store. I recently read about an idea of how to display them: in an embroidery hoop on your wall. Since I had a few laying around, I decided to give this a try. First, I hand stained the wood of the embroidery hoop, but you can always paint them your favorite colors as well!

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I simply stretched the two handkerchiefs in their hoops. The handkerchief on the right I got a deal on since it had some burn marks on it. But since only part of it is displayed, this is a way to get a deal on beautiful linens!

I saw a wall spread in a magazine, which basically had magazine pages covering it. Romantic homes or vintage magazines are full of inspirational pictures, so I picked out my favorites and pinned them on my wall. Call it a personal Pinterest wall. The embroidery hoops and some washi tape finished everything off perfectly.

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XOXO…

PB