Sunday, March 13, 2011

Designer Crafts Connection Blog Hop - Weddings

Welcome to the beginning of the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop. The designers will all work on a monthly theme and you can hop through all of the blogs using the Designer Crafts Connection blog hop button on the right.

This month's theme is "Weddings". Because of my interest in vintage items, I have been noticing a trend toward indie weddings using vintage and thrifted items to decorate both the wedding and reception venues with DIY projects. This has been the inspiration for my Wedding projects that I created for this blog hop.


I envisioned the centerpiece on each guest table to have a small vignette of old books, vintage silver and glass. All of the accessories were thrifted (except for the candy.)

I wanted to create the table tent in craft paper but I didn't have any craft paper cardstock. I decided to get creative and used a grocery bag. I cut open the bag along the seams and then ironed it. (Surprising how your family will take notice if they see you ironing a grocery bag.) Next, I used adhesive to adhered it to a piece of cardstock that was the right weight that I needed. 

I cut the Table Tent out of a new Sizzix die that I designed (available April 2011.) I first embellished it with the Ornate Label and Paper Rosette die cuts. The Rosette was created using old sheet music. The button and millinery flowers are vintage. The heart lace was thrifted here. I soaked the lace in tea to give it a more vintage color. (My family noticed my odd choice of beverage too.) As a final piece of embellishment, I added some duck feathers as part of the overall decoration theme. The feathers were gifted from these guys

I also designed these vintage spool placecard holders at the center of each guest table. They would hold baby photos of the bride and groom. These images are from the Graphics Fairy. I used vintage spools, lace, ribbon and buttons to create these. The tutorial is here. I also added more duck feathers.


To continue the vintage theme, I decorated a thrifted, wooden suitcase to hold gift cards for the wedding couple. I die cut the letters using the Serif Essentials dies and attached them to triangle banners. 

I used wedding images from the Graphics Fairy and a vintage lace collar along the top of the case.


The groom's boutonniere was created using duck feathers, millinery flowers, vintage lace and a vintage button.

I used a short piece of wire (about 6 inches folded in half) and added a pearl drop bead to hang from the bottom. I used another shorter piece of wire to start wrapping the duck feathers and millinery flowers onto the folded wire away from the drop bead. Once I was happy with the arrangement, I used florist tape to wrap the wires securely. Next I wrapped the tape with lace. I used another short piece of lace to hold the pin-back and then tied it into a knot on the front. I glued a vintage button on the front to complete the look.


Another part of the wedding decorations I envisioned were "Thank You" gift boxes for the wedding party members. I created a side table to display the decorated pillow box.

To create the box, I started by adhering the grocery bag to another sheet of cardstock and then die cut a Pillow Box. I inked the edges to add dimension. Next I took a vintage hanky and wrapped it around the box. I die cut a Ticket Strip out of cardstock and attached it to the sides of the box to hold the hanky in place. I did not want to adhere the delicate hanky to the box. I embellished the ticket strip with another Ornate Label, more vintage heart lace and added a pearl-looking button as an accent.

I had so much fun creating all of these projects. The amazing thing was that, in all of these photos, the only two items I had to purchase for these specific projects were the alligator clips used in the vintage spool photo holders and the candy in the very first photo. Even the lemons in the lemonade were from a friend's garden.

Hope you enjoyed my vision of a DIY/Vintage Wedding theme. Please use the Designer Crafts Blog Connection button on the right to continue through the blog hop. Thank you for visiting.

This is linked to:
A Little Knick KnackAll Thingz RelatedBetween Naps on the Porch, Blue Cricket Designs, Brambleberry Cottage, Chic on a ShoestringCoastal Charm, Common Ground, Craft EnvyCreative EverydayDIY Home Sweet Home Project, FaveCrafts, Finding FabulousThe Girl CreativeGraphics Fairy, House of GraceI {heart} Nap Time, I'm Topsy TurvyKeeping It Simple, Krafty Kat, Lovely Crafty HomeMaking the World Cuter, My Backyard Eden, My Romantic HomeMy Uncommon Slice of Suburbia, Paisley PassionsPassionately ArtisticRook No. 17, Simply DesigningSkip to my Lou, Someday Crafts, The Shabby Chic Cottage, The Shabby NestSomewhat SimpleThe Thrifty HomeThe Trendy Treehouse, Truly LovelyUnder the Table and Dreaming, Very Merry Vintage Style and What Allie's Making Now


  1. Perfect,I love it all from first till last!

  2. Wow Lynda- so many nice wedding projects- Love how you incorperated the wood spools

  3. Lynda these are super elegant. I love how you included the antique lace and artifacts into your crafts. Beautifully done!

  4. Oooooh, this is a gorgeous wedding concept! I especially love the hanky wrapped pillow boxes, but also how you created each of the vignettes -- beautiful!

  5. So much lovely vintage awesome-ness!

  6. Love it! So many good ideas and the wedding photos make such a nice touch!

  7. Now this is creativity at its finest. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  8. You have blown my mind! Love all of the little details! Sharing this on Twitter & thanks for linking up!

  9. Beautiful! I love anything vintage and you have a great way of showing off your talent. Thanks for sharing, Vicky

  10. Coming by via the Graphics Fairy.

    Your wedding ideas are completely adorable!

    I am currently taking signups for a spring swap and soon will be having an Easter craft linky party.

    Stop by my blog for details.

    Be blessed!

  11. So creative - i love the vintage spools that are holding the pictures! ADORABLE!

  12. Everything is so gorgeous and elegant

  13. Simply divine! Everything you created is fabulous! Perhaps you should consider becoming an events planner for those who like the DIY look - but lack the time to carry it out.

    Thanks for linking to the party each week. I enjoy seeing you creative projects.

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  14. That is ALL fantastic! I Love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  15. Lynda, your vintage wedding decor is exquisite. Thank you for continuing to share your talent and creativity at "A Little Birdie Told Me..." Tuesday at Rook No. 17!


  16. So lovely!! Love all the special details you added to make it really great!!! Thanks so much for sharing this on Fancy This Fridays!! :)


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