DIY project: Paper tube chandelier

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I love how the simplest of materials can make a huge impact. For example, paper rolled into tubes can create a really cool chandelier. Use the colors from your wedding to create a modern decorative piece for your big day. I had seen this metallic version on Martha Stewart but thought it would be fun to mix it up with some colors.

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MATERIALS

Materials: paper (8 1/2 x 11″), stapler, two wreath forms in two different sizes, glue gun, fishing line, paint

Step 1: Paint the wreath forms white

Step 2: Roll the paper into tubes and staple at each end. You might need to reinforce it with two staples at each end.

Step 3: You’ll need about 40 tubes for both wreath forms.

Step 4: Add glue to the edge of the wreath and hold the paper tube onto it.

Step 5: Repeat the process affixing the tubes at different heights.

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Step 6: Double strand the fishing line through each hole of the base wreath.

Step 7: String them through the next wreath. Tape each string at 7″.

Step 8: Add the second row of paper tubes onto the wreath.

Step 9: Tie all the strings together at the top.

You’re ready to go!

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project and photography by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

DIY: Decorate a pie box

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I love a bright and cheery takeaway at an event. You feel so much more a part of the action! Consider gifting a piece of pie or cake to each guest with a pie box that you’ve decorated with some fun washi tape. It’s so easy to do and worth just the little bit of effort.

Materials: pie/cake boxes (I got mine from A La Modo Etsy shop), washi tape in a few different colors,

MATERIALS

Step 1: Assemble your pie box.

Step 2: Tape up the sides in stripes. Guests will have to slice the box open with a knife if you wrap it all the way around or cut slices into where the box joins together.

So easy yet impactful!

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by Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built 

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DIY: Make an origami diamond napkin ring

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How cute are these origami napkin rings? I thought they’d be a fun detail to add to a wedding. Once you figure out the rhythm of the folding, it’s actually quite simple and wouldn’t take too long to make.

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MATERIALS

 

Materials: gold glitter paper, scissors, white piece of paper, glue

To make the diamond:

Step 1: Fold your white paper diagonally and crease. Cut off the remaining paper. Your paper should be in the shape of a square.

Step 2: Fold and crease at the other diagonal.

Step 3: From the top right point, bring the top down so that it reaches the mid point on the left side. Crease.

Step 4: Repeat this all the way around the square.

Step 5: Look at the diagram below with the fold lines to see where you should have made all the creases.

Step 6: Look at the second diagram below (with the four lines) to notice where you will bring in all 4 sides to form the shape of the diamond. These four lines will be indented and the center point will pop out. You might have to carefully finesse the center so that it continues to stay popped out. The areas surrounding those small four lines will be folded in.

Step 7: Once the points are created, you’ll glue each side together to hold it in place.

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To make a gold band:

Step 1: Cut out a strip of glitter paper about 1″ wide and 9″ in length.

Step 2: Curve it with a big paintbrush so that it easily rolls into a circle.

Step 3: Cut a hold into the band where you’d like to place your diamond.

Step 4: Add a dab of glue into the hole and insert your diamond and hold.

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photography by Trisha Zemp

DIY by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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DIY paper doll bridal gift wrap

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I have some friends who are getting married soon so I decided to personalize wrapping as a part of their gift. I’ve done this technique before (with Valentine’s Day wrapping) but thought it would be fun to try a bridal version with a bride and groom. It’s super easy to do whether you’re artistic or not.

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What you need: craft knife, pen, pencil, wrapping paper, black and white paper, tape

Step 1: Wrap the gift. You will need to find where to place the paper dolls.

Step 2: With a pencil, make a shape of a bride in the position you’d like it to be on the gift wrap.

Step 3: Do the same with the groom.

Step 4: Take the gift wrap off the gift.

Step 5: With your craft knife, cut out one half of the paper dolls on a mat board.

Step 6: Fold over the other half to form the 3D shape.

Step 7: Place paper behind the dolls and secure with tape. I used black for the groom and white for the bride.

Step 8: Draw in some details like a necklace and shoes for the bride. Add in a white bow tie for the groom.

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Super easy, right? Enjoy!

by Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built 

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DIY: Downloadable desktop calendar

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I’ve had a calendar on my laptop desktop for about a week now and I’ve found it so handy as I plan for the upcoming year. I thought you might enjoy one for yours too so I made two specifically for readers of Brooklyn Bride. Perhaps it will be a useful tool as you plan your wedding!

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DOWNLOAD THE PEACH ONE HERE

DOWNLOAD THE BLUE ONE HERE

by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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