DIY: Make a ticket photobooth

TICKET-BACKDROP

I found these beautiful ticket rolls at the nearby party store and couldn’t help myself. But, when do you ever really need a roll of tickets? When you’re throwing a party and need a backdrop of course! I bought them in these lovely sherbet colors which brightens up any event. It’s so easy to do and the effect is fun and energizing.

Steps: Just roll out some tickets and tape each one up on a wall or photography stand.

It’s that easy!

by Brittany Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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DIY: Make a pumpkin table number

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If I were to get married in the fall, I would totally embrace the season and go all out with the pumpkins. I love the colors, the organic shapes, and the possibilities. There’s so much to do with them! I thought it would be fun to create table numbers with their sinuous stems.

Materials: glue gun, chipboard, gold spray, scissors, pumpkin with long curvy lines, pencil

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Step 1: Either hand draw the number on chipboard or use Word to create a large number that you can cut out and transfer onto the chipboard with a pencil.

Step 2: Cut out the number.

Step 3: Spray the number gold on both sides.

Step 4: Glue gun the number on the stem.

Done!

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It’s such a simple and easy way to add a little glam to your tables! Have fun!

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

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DIY geometric garland

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This simple garland is the perfect accessory to add to any event, especially your modern wedding. It’s easy to make, just requires a bit of time. Let’s get crackin!

Supplies: paper color of your choice, circle cutter (I got mine from here) OR scissors, sewing machine, thread

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Step 1: Cut out your circles in any size you want. We did  6″ circle here.

Step 2: Fold the circle in half.

Step 3: Fold the circle in half the other way.

Step 4: Fold the circle in half two more times so that there are 8 pieces total. The folds should go in and out, meaning that every other fold should be going the same way.

Step 5: Cut out two of the pieces with scissors.

Step 6: Sew down one line of the circle.

Step 7: Continue sewing down each paper fold onto the next circle. I left about 3-4″ between circles. I also alternated which line I sewed down to add variety to the look of the garland.

Voila!

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UPDATE: Turns out, there’s a great French designer, Maïze, who has been making garlands like this for awhile. Though I was unfamiliar with her work, I think you should buy from her! She’s got lots of amazing garlands. Here’s her website. - Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built

photography by Maurine Dashney

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DIY: paper cut flower boutonniere

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Last month I made a boutonniere inspired by military accoutrement. This month I thought I’d take the idea of a traditional flower and make it a bit more modern by creating a silhouette of a flower using a paper cutting technique. It’s unique, simple, and cost effective. What couple doesn’t saving costs?

Materials: scissors, craft knife, pencil, mat board, paper color of your choice, template of flower (download here)

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Step 1: Trace your design onto black paper.

Step 2: With your craft knife, slowly cut out the design. Make sure you always pull down with the knife. If you make a mistake, you can use a little bit of glue to piece it back together.

Step 3: Pin it onto the lapel of the suit.

DONZO!

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There you go! A simple and unique boutonniere for the modern couple. Enjoy!

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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DIY: Make a boutonniere for your groom

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I love taking a traditional concept and giving it a new spin. The traditional boutonniere is made of flowers and attached to the lapel of a suit but for this DIY, I thought it’d be fun to spiffy it up a bit. In homage of Memorial Day yesterday, I took some inspiration from military badges and created a tassel pin. You can use the colors of the wedding to keep the theme cohesive.

Supplies: scissors, large gold safety pin (try this option from Amazon), crepe paper in the colors of your choice.

Step 1: Cut a piece of crepe paper with the grain going the short way of the crepe paper. I made mine about 2″ wide.

Step 2: Cut small pieces into the crepe paper about 1 1/2″ in.

Step 3: Roll the crepe paper in to form a tassel.

Step 4: Puncture the top of the tassel onto the safety pin.

step 5: Repeat for the additional colors.

Voila!

In just a few easy steps, you’ve created a fun and unique boutonniere for your groom. Try it with the groomsmen too!

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DIY and photos by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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