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Designer Jewelry Without the Designer Price

If you want to wear the finest jewelry on your big day, but didn

Unique Unity Candle Idea

Many couples decide to have a unity candle as a part of their wedding ceremony. The unity candle allows the bride and groom to take two flames to light one candle as a symbol of their unity and oneness together. This is such a special wedding tradition and you would not think that it could get anymore symbolic than the joining of the two flames as one. However, Pink Zebra

DIY Coffee Filter Flowers

Coffee filter flowers are not only super easy to make, they are a fun, creative way to add some homemade elements to your wedding day or bridal shower decor. You can purchase a box of 250+ coffee filters for less than $2.00, making this craft perfect for any budget. You only need a few materials and the instructions below and you will have a fun afternoon of crafting at your fingertips!

Materials You Need:

  • Several coffee filters (each flower will use 6)
  • Food coloring and a few shallow bowls for dying
  • Green pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun
  • Floral or masking tape
  • Stapler

Instructions:

The first step is to dye the coffee filters. Use the shallow bowls and fill then with water and then add the food coloring one drop at a time. Experiment with the colors. You can make them as dark or pastel as you like. Once you get the color the way that you want it, just dunk several of the coffee filters into the colored water and let them soak. You can dye more than one filter at a time, just make sure that the pile of filters soaks thoroughly. Once they are soaked to a color of your liking, squeeze the extra liquid out and separate the filters on a cooling rack. If you are not patient enough to let them air dry, you can put them in the microwave or in the oven on a low temperature to make them dry faster.

coffee-filter-flowersHere is an example. To get the peach tones, start with 2 cups of water and 1 drop of red food coloring. Then, add yellow and pink and experiment to get the exact color that you want. Mixing different tones and colors of filters in each flower will give a natural look.

 

 

Time to make the flowers!

  1. Take 3 filters and fold them into quarters. Cut scallops around the edges to add dimension. Repeat this with 3 more filters. Remember that each flower uses a total of 6.
  2. Stack all 6 of the filters in the order that you want the colors to show. Now, scrunch the bottom up as shown in the top left photo below.coffee filters 1
  3. Take the pipe cleaner and staple it with about 1.5 inches poking up above the stapler. (see photo above)
  4. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the bottom of the flower to help stabilize it.
  5. Open up the flower as much as you can. It won’t lay flat but you’ll need to know where the center is.
  6. Take the top layer and scrunch it up tight, squeezing the bottom of your flower (see below).coffee filters 2
  7. Continue scrunching each layer one at a time.
  8. As shown in the bottom right photo, start wrapping the bottom of the flower with about 18 inches of floral tape. Tack with a bit of hot glue if you need it.
  9. Wrap the pipe cleaner about 2 inches down with the floral tape, just enough for stability.
  10. Choose your favorite flowers and make a bouquet by bundling them together.
  11. Take one of the pipe cleaners and wrap tightly going up the stems to hold the top of your bouquet.
  12. Now take another pipe cleaner and continue wrapping until you get to the bottom of your stems.

Coffee Filter Flower Tutorial by Easy Handmade Recipes

 

And DONE! Your flowers are created and you can continue making more beautiful bouquets!

 

Great DIY Wedding Hair Ideas

Aside from you actual wedding day, there are numerous wedding related events that you will want to look your best for without breaking your budget. Between all the wedding showers, parties, and celebrations, hiring someone to style your hair for each event is impractical. Below are two Hollywood inspired hairstyles that are really simple to recreate on your own. All you need are a couple of tools and these easy instructions.

Side Bun

This is a great traditional style with a twist. It is great in photos from all angles.

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Start with dry hair and divide it into small sections about two fingers wide. Curl each section with a 1-2 inch barrel curling iron.
  2. Mist each curl with hair spray then run a paddle brush through your hair to break up the curls.
  3. Sweep your hair to the left and divide it into three sections. Twist the first two sections together and roll and pull into a lose bun. Wrap the last section around the bun and pin into place.
  4. Spritz with frizz control spray to get rid of flyaways and to give your hair extra hold for the evening. For extra style, add a headband or a couple ofdecorative bobby pins.

Imperfect Ponytail

Messy and imperfect hairstyles are HOT now. You don’t have to worry about lumps and bumps or your hair looking slightly messy because that is the trend.

Tools:

Directions:

  1. Apply a dollup of styling mousse on your palms and evenly spread it through towel-dried hair to both tame frizz and boost shine.
  2. For added volume, flip your hair upside down and spritz the roots of your hair with a texturizing spray.
  3. Loosely braid your hair and let it air-dry to create a very natural, wavy texture. Undo the braid and break up the waves by running your fingers through your hair. Gently tease the crown for height.
  4. Pull a section of hair from each side of your face to the back of your head. Allow one section of hair to overlap the other and secure it by pinning into place. Continue this all the way down the back until all of your hair is pinned into a ponytail shape. Pull out strands to frame your face for a soft, feminine look.
  5. Finish this messy look by misting a thin coast of hair spray in an even, all-around motion throughtout your hair to ensure that the style stays in place.

 

What to Wear to a Wedding

It’s that time of year again… No, I’m not talking about Spring and flowers. It’s WEDDING SEASON! Whether you or someone you know will be attending a wedding sometime soon, you all know that figuring out what to wear to a wedding can be very difficult. There are so many different types of ceremonies and levels of formality that finding an appropriate outfit can be tough. However, this just got much easier.

Choosing a

Wedding Invitation Trends for 2014

Many brides are looking for ways to personalize and assemble invitations themselves, whether it

DIY Baby’s Breath Ideas for Any Wedding

Baby’s breath as a featured flower in your wedding decor is perfect for all wedding themes and styles. Not only is it whimsical and easy to use, it is also one of the most affordable wedding flowers, making it perfect for any budget. Create an elegant and romantic ambiance for your wedding day by using a few sprigs or full bouquets! Baby’s breath is also one of the best flowers for preservation, so preserving the bride’s bouquet becomes super easy.When used in the right way, these flowers can easily add a classy and delicate touch to your wedding style whether you