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DIY Tutorial: ‘Bobble Wobble’ Christmas Place Names

This week’s super cute DIY project was submitted by Erin of BerinMade. Erin’s etsy shop is a place for fancifully hand-drawn posters and flamboyant stationery & paper goods and I’m honoured to share with you this adorable tutorial that she created just for us. These would be awesome for a Christmas wedding or even just for your Christmas dinner table.

Over to you Erin…

This little project is a ton of fun to make and has loads of room for creativity to make it your own! I think these little bauble wobbles would make very fun place names in lieu of tent cards. If it’s a Christmas wedding you’re having, you could make simplified versions of these and your guests could take them home as a souvenir!

Supplies Needed

1. Paint brushes and paint (I find gouache paint gives the most vibrant colours that give cheer tothese little gems)
2. Scissors
3. Pencil for sketching
4. Recycled round baubles (mine were about 7cm in diameter)
5. White card (at about 200gsm – easy enough to cut with scissors but hard enough so it stands up)
6. Super Glue

Method

Step 1: First sketch out your portraits in pencil, then colour in with paint. I painted a boy with glasses called James and girl with hairband and matching polka dot scarf called Jessica (they look like me and my husband, except they have a basset called Woof.)

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A Rustic Wedding with Personal Touches: Emily & George

Emily & George’s rustic autumnal wedding was sent to me by Carina and Nadine of Love Me Do Photography and I simply fell in love with all the personal touches.

The bride wore two dresses, the first, her Mother’s wedding dress from 1977, and the second, a vintage-inspired short number by Avioanni. She also wore vintage jewellery. “The necklace I wore in the church was the same one that my Mom wore on her wedding and it was my Great Grandmother’s (my Mom’s Grandmother),” the bride wrote. “The earrings I wore in the church were the ones my Grandmother (my Dad’s Mom) wore on her wedding and were given to her by my Grandfather. That was an amazing discovery. The jewelry I wore at the reception was also my Grandmothers but a little more modern looking. My aunt, Kathy, was amazing and loaned me most of the jewelry and told me some great stories along the way.”

The reception was held at Front and Palmer, Philadelphia. “We loved Front and Palmer from the beginning,” explained Emily. “We loved that it was a converted barrel factory and that the catering was part of the venue. We really liked the chandeliers, the wood floor, and the staff was just amazing!”

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Instead of real flowers the couple opted for the paper variety. They bought them from Flowers from the Garden and loved the fact that they could keep them after the wedding. They also DIY’ed what they could with the help of friends and family.

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“Amanda (of Love Me Do Photography) and my brother, John, made the candle centerpieces and did all the decor for the reception. John also made the card box – not just any card box, but a scale model of our house! Amanda also made the glitter backdrop for the photo booth. We bought the glitter in bulk from Southern Importers and used about 9 pounds of it!”

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A Portland Glam Goth Grunge Shoot: Carmen & Solomon

This photo shoot and film landed on my desk a few weeks ago and I was immediately intrigued. I recognised the ‘groom’ as being Solomon Trimble, whole played a warewolf in the first Twilight movie and wanted to know more about the ideas behind this styled shoot.

Real life couple Carmen & Solomon modeled for this glam/goth/grunge inspired project.

“Karyn of Black Label Films did most of the design for this shoot”, photographer Erica of Erica Ann Photography wrote. “Our vision for the overall shoot was to create a sort of hipster grunge look that is true to the Pacific NW culture but more reminiscent of Johnny Depp than Kurt Cobain.”

“Karyn’s vision for the film is an abstract piece about two lovers who were separated. What they have been separated by and whether they truly are together in the end is up to the viewer to interpret. We strove to be authentic in representing this real life couple in their love for one another.”

A lot of thought was put into the details of this shoot too. “The idea for the bouquet was for it to be a romantic intense alternative and eye catching bouquet with a dark, brooding and beautiful flow. Florist Alicia wanted to capture the feel, the romance and the vision concept of the film. She used pink mink protea, purple beauty berries, deep purple cala lilies, purple lisianthus, burgundy scabiosa, black bacarra roses, purple sweet pea, fern curls, Australian Emu feather grass, Grevelia ivanhoe foliage and Silver begonia leaf.”

“The table numbers, bride and groom signs, and invitation were photo transfers on sheet metal. The bride and groom signs were also spray painted, using mesh as a “stencil” and hung with chain links. The place cards were mounted on metal door hinges. Artist Sunny drew inspiration from the gritty textures of the urban environment, as well as from the poem which Solomon wrote (shown in the video and pictures).”

Be sure to check out the film as well…

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Yoshi, Final Fantasy & A Bride with Green Hair: Esther & Andy

Esther & Andy’s incredible wedding was a little bit nerdy (Yoshi details, music from the Final Fantasy video games in their ceremony) and seriously cool (green haired bride who made her own dresses and rocked out to Sabotage at their reception…)!

“We made a pact with each other that anything that wasn’t perfect or going right by the last two weeks before the wedding we would just say screw it”, Esther told me. “We had the most important things covered – church, officiant, music, reception food, bride, groom. There was no reason to drive each other or anyone else crazy for what is supposed to be one of the happiest days of our lives. It was probably one of the best things we did. There were a few major things that went wrong and it helped to just say ‘screw it’ and move along instead of sulking.”

The wedding was held at Covenant Presbyterian Church, Upper Arlington, Ohio. This was the bride’s home church that she has have been going to her entire life so it was a really important part of the day. “We made it an open ceremony so any church members and friends who wanted to come could join us,” she explained. “My Pastor officiating us was my Youth Pastor growing up and he totally threw a curve ball during the ceremony when he brought up our Lord of the Rings quote from the invitation and ran with it for his entire sermon about love, devotion and patience.”

“After the ceremony we had a receiving line where and small punch and cookies reception so that people who weren’t invited to the private reception we could still greet and thank them for coming.”

The bride’s ceremony dress was based on a traditional Korean hanbok style with a jacket. Then, for the reception at North Bank Pavillion, Esther changed into a multicoloured shorter style dress, The reception dress was in the traditional hanbok colours and I hand dyed all the fabric but it was in a short length without a jacket and striped on the skirt instead of the traditional sleeves.”

The North Bank Pavillion was the groom’s dream venue, “It is a public park but highly coveted for it’s gorgeous glass shelter house. We had to go one year and one day ahead of when we wanted our date to enter into a lottery to book it. They give all the people who are there numbers and put the balls into a bingo spinner then draw. Luckily we won on our second try.”

Their reception was a mix of nerdy and cool. They had a Yoshi theme throughout including in the brides and bridesmaid bouquets, the stationery and the wedding cake. “There was so much DIY in the wedding, it would be difficult to share them all. I think the biggest challenge was the Jellyfish decoration for me. I went through several failed attempts from huge handmade crochet doilies to trying paper mache strategies with huge play balls and tulle. I finally ended up using round paper lanterns from China town.”

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An Intimate Wedding of Just 16 Guests: Jasmine & Piers

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Jasmine & Piers had only 16 guests for their intimate wedding which meant they were able to have a really relaxed and personal celebration. “We wanted it to be simple and pretty, and most of all…relaxed,” the bride told me.

“We didn’t really have a theme, but if I had to pick a work to describe it, I say Love. Everything involved in the day are things (or people) we love. Piers had his Father as his best man, which was very sweet. One of my very dear friends, and her boyfriend, from NYC spent the morning with me, helping me get prepared. During the ceremony, our friends and family sat in a circle around us in the “Lady Chapel” of All Saints West Dulwich. It was exactly what we invisioned and felt so special. We all had so much fun. I don’t think either of us have ever smiled that much in one day!! It was perfect.”

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Their reception was held at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant which they decorated with items they already owned. “We had a vintage bottle collection, so it seemed natural to utilise these for the dinner table…especially since there are a mix of bottles from the US and England (Piers is from London and Jasmine from NYC). I had seen the handkerchief invites on Etsy and loved them. They seemed so thoughtful and sweet. Allie from Allie Ruth Design was very sweet to take the handkerchiefs and vintage London postcards I had collected and put together the wedding invites. Thankfully it was really easy to work with her from so far away and luckily I have some very sweet friends that helped to ship everything to me as it was ready….invites, my dress and the favours!”

Jasmine wore an Elizabeth Dye wedding dress which was bought at Lovely Bride, NYC. Her stunning shoes were from Kate Spade and her headpiece from BHLDN.

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Giant Teacups, A Homemade Bouncy Castle & Elvis – A DIY Wedding to the Extreme!: Caroline & Stuart

Caroline & Stuart were married at St. Annes Church in Littleworth Common, Burnham. They held their reception in a field right opposite the church. Their wedding was a super creative affair with them making and styling the whole thing themselves, they even renovated some giant funfair teacups!

“Bizarrely we had in our minds a vision of an abandoned set from an old Elvis film for our wedding ‘theme’,” Caroline told me. “We did things differently by building almost everything ourselves and loving doing it! In the end we made…
The stage (old fashioned wooden with footlights, which several guests sat/ fell on when drunk!)
4 giant funfair teacups for sitting in (we renovated them ourselves)
1 giant funfair teacup cake table
Giant wooden light up initials
Old fashioned funfair stall drinks bar
An oversized cake stand for every table
Giant lollypop table numbers
Maypole wedding cake stand
The light up frame for the table plan
All the other signage
Old fashioned style high striker to play on (now that was a challenge!)”

“We even designed the bouncy castle ourselves! Any wedding ones we could find were too trashy, and not in a good way!”

Phew….(and yes dear reader, I have asked Caroline if she’d like to do some DIY tutorials for the blog, let us know in the comments which ones you’d like to see the most!)

Caroline’s wedding dress was made by her Mum from an original 1960’s pattern. She also wore a beautiful original 1960’s headpiece. She bought herself some plain shoes and added all the swarovski crystals (all 2400 of them!) herself.

Caroline & Stuart now hire all their wedding props out through their company Vowed and Amazed.

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