Trend alert: black and white stripes

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Ok, black and white stripes are not new, but they are certainly shining on the wedding scene. Black and white stripes are clean, modern, and easy to pair up with bright colors, so it's no wonder they are used so much. Also, a little bit of advice, there's some uber cheap black and white fabric at Ikea that you could easily turn into tablecloths like these. Score!

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by Brittany Watson Jepsen of The House that Lars Built 

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