DIY: Make a custom envelope liner

A simple way to add immediate pizzazz to your invitation suite is the envelope liner. It’s quick, easy and here, it’s FREE! Just download the templates here and use the steps below to create a unique wedding surprise for your invitees.

Supplies: Paper cutter or scissors, templates (download here: envelope liners), double-sided stick tape or glue stick, envelopes

Step 1: Print off your template pattern

Step 2: Cut off the white edges.

Step 3: Measure the size of your envelope and cut about 1/16″ smaller to the shape. You don’t need to go all the way down to the bottom as that will just add extra bulk.

Step 4: Put down the tape and secure the liner to the tape.

Step 5: Crease the liner to the crease of the envelope.

Voila! You’re done! It’s so easy and perfect for making a great impression!

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

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DIY: Make a card for the bridal couple

Do you love getting your craft on? Make a handmade card for the bridal couple with these few simples steps. It’s a little mod, a little now, and lots of fun. You can even personalize it with customized names to add an extra touch.

Materials: kraft paper card set (I bought mine here), black paper, white paper, gold pen (I use this gold Sharpie), glue (I used this scrapbooker’s glue), scissors, black pen, ruler

Step 1: Cut out very small circles from white paper for the strand of pearls. I made 3 about the same size and then 4 smaller ones.

Step 2: Cut out a bow tie from the black paper. The more uneven the better to give it a quirky quality.

Step 3: (optional) To spice up the background, I added diagonal gold lines. Use a ruler for extra precision.

Step 4: Write in “bride” and “groom” or their names for a personal touch.

DONE! Fun and easy, right?!

DIY and photography by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built

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DIY: How to spruce up simple tea lights

How many of you have bags of tea lights sitting at home waiting to be used up? Everyone, right? They’re such a go-to item, yet we usually just leave them plain. This is the easiest DIY. Just add glitter!

You will need: tea lights, glitter paper (here’s my choice), scissors, glue gun

Step 1: Measure the height of the tea light

Step 2: Cut a strip of paper to the height and measure the perimeter of the circle and cut.

Step 3: Curl the paper so it easily bends around the light. This was needed for me because my glitter paper was more of a cardboard and awkward to put around a circle.

Step 4: Add hot glue around the perimeter of the tea light.

Step 5: Attach the paper to light.

Voila! That’s it! So simple and cute! Make a whole bunch and add them to your Valentine’s table for an extra dramatic punch.

by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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DIY: How to make polka dot wrapping paper

Some of the best gift wrapping is not on shelves; it’s waiting to be made! This simple DIY is a chinch to make and cute as a button. I’ve been looking everywhere for polka dot gift wrap and couldn’t find it anywhere so I had to make it myself. I just got some one dollar kraft paper from the dollar store and got to work!

Materials: kraft paper, pencil with a good eraser, white stamp pad (it’s kinda hard to find in stores so I’d recommend ordering online like <a href=”” target=”_blank”>Amazon)

Step 1: Dip your pencil eraser into the stamp pad. Really cover it with the ink.

Step 2: Dip it onto the wrapping paper.

Step 3: If you want to make it super geometrical, use a ruler to space them out, but I just eyeballed it.

That’s it!

Photos and DIY by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built. You can buy the paper flowers on her Etsy shop.

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DIY: How to make a holiday leaf crown

 

You can pay hundreds of dollars to pay for a gold wreath or you can pick some greenery from your garden do this super easy DIY yourself. It’s the perfect dash of gold to your wedding ensemble. It’s part Roman, part angel and all beautiful.

You will need: wire thin enough to shape easily to the head, wire cutters, greenery clipped from the garden, gold spray paint, straw floral tape

Step 1: Spray paint your leaves at least 24 hours before you intend on making the crown.

Step 2: Measure the wire against your model and cut it to the right length, leaving about 3 extra inches.

Step 3: Form the wire into a circle and wrap the extra inches around to secure it.

Step 4: Break the leaves into 2 1/2″ segments.

Step 5: Take your first segment and floral tape it against the wire.

Step 6: Take the next segment of leaves and overlap it with the previous segment and floral tape it onto the wire.

Step 7: Repeat until you get to the end and overlap it with the beginning.

Voila! That’s it. You’re done! So easy, right?!

photography by Amanda Thomsen, dress by Elefteria, cropped jacket by F.N.92

project by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House That Lars Built 

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