Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wedding Favour Candy Tins

Image: The Inspired Bride.
If you’re interested in giving your guests options to satisfy their sweet tooth, but don’t want to have to coordinate a candy buffet, use this as a great way to get an assortment of the same candy and identify them accordingly - from The Inspired Bride.

These tins would go great with Sea-Glass Candy Wedding Favours.

What You Will Need:
  • 4-ounce Food Safe* Metal Tins (should be approximately 2.5″ in diameter).
  • A tin cover label - PDF download available from The Inspired Bride.
  • A tin base wrap - PDF download available from The Inspired Bride.
  • Good quality printer paper.
  • Double-sided sticky tape.
  • Scissors.
  • Rotary trimmer and/or a 2.25" circle punch (optional).
  • Assorted candies of your choice.
  1. Open both PDF's in a program that will allow you to edit it – such as Illustrator or Photoshop. Add whatever text you would like to the cover label to customize it to your liking. 
  2. After prepping your files, print them. Trim each label and wrap as precisely as you can – a rotary trimmer is a great tool to have on the wraps.
  3. Before applying any of your labels to your tins, clean each of them thoroughly.
  4. Turn the cover label over and apply double-sided sticky tape to the back side. After applying the tape, turn the label over and center it visually within the surface of the tin cover. Press firmly down to secure the label in place.
  5. Turn the wrap label over and apply double-sided sticky tape to the back side. After applying the tape, turn the wrap label over and vertically center the left edge of the label on the base of the tin. Continue to wrap the label around the base of the tin, keeping it as straight as possible, until both ends meet. In most cases, the label will have a little overage – you can overlap the ends or trim the extra depending on your preference. Press firmly down on the wrap to secure in place.
  6. Fill each tin with the candy of your choice.
That’s it! You’re done. It’s that easy – even your not-so-crafty buddies will be able to manage this, so call everyone up, rent a movie, and get that production line going!

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Monday, June 10, 2013

Persian Cotton Candy Wedding or Party Favours

Persian Cotton Candy (or Fairy Floss) also known as "Pashmak" would make an exotic gourmet favour for guests at your wedding or party. Compliment your cotton candy with custom paper envelops from Eat Drink Chic.

Available in various soft hues and flavours including Rose, Pistachio, and Vanilla, Pashmak resembles soft wisps of hair and looks really fab inside these transluscent paper envelopes. Read more for instructions and to download your free envelope template and assorted coloured labels.

What you will need:
  • Pashmak - try Vanilla (aqua label), Rose (pink label) and Pistachio (green label) flavours from Pariya. You can opt to use only one flavour with different coloured labels or even the same coloured label throughout - whatever suits the style of your wedding/party. Pashmak is not cheap, however you only need to give a small amount per guest.
  • Transluscent Paper with white polka dots for the envelopes.
  • White printable sticker paper or white card for labels.
  • Double sided tape or glue.
  • Scalpel and Scissors.
  • Colour Printer.
  • Rounded corner punch - for envelopes.
  • Small clear plastic sealable bags - these will need to fit inside the transluscent bag.
  • Label design in assorted colours.
  • Envelope template.

The labels and an envelope template can be downloaded from the Eat Drink Chic website.

  1. Print out your envelope design onto transluscent, white polka dot paper and using the scalpel, cut out, score along fold lines (indicated by dotted lines) and construct your envelope. Use double sided tape on the side tabs to stick the envelope together. Use the rounded corner punch on the corners of the lid.
  2. Put your Pashmak into a sealable bag and make sure it is sealed thoroughly. Slip this bag into your transluscent envelope.
  3. Print our your labels and cut out with scalpel. For the rounded semi-circle edge, cutting carefully and slowly with a scissors produces quite an accurate cut and you don't need anything more sophisticated than that.
  4. If you are using white card, put a strip of double sided tape along the length of the back of your label and stick onto the front of the bag.

Because of the nature of Pashmak, it should be stored in a dark, cool place in an airtight container. Because of this it is probably best to package your favours at the very last possible moment before your wedding or party, (perhaps the day before) and it is crucial that you store it inside a sealable bag first before you put it into your transluscent envelope. To be on the safe side, actually experiment before the event and test to see whether leaving the Pashmak in your sealable bag will preserve it adequately overnight.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Make Your Own Sea-Glass Candy Wedding Favours

Looking for easy, inexpensive and fun wedding DIY wedding favors that will put a big, happy smile on your guests’ faces? Make your own sea glass candy with this tutorial from Intimate Weddings.

You can make any flavor you want. Place them inside a pretty tin, tie with a ribbon – and you have a wonderful thank-you treat for your wedding guests.

These candies aren’t only easy – they’re super tasty too. These would be perfect for a beach wedding – or any wedding near the water.

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup corn syrup
  • 1/4 – 1 tsp. flavoring oil
  • Icing sugar (to coat cooled candy)

  1. Grease a cookie sheet or cake pan with butter. 
  2. Measure ingredients. 
  3. Pour granulated sugar, corn syrup and water in a medium saucepan. Place over medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. 
  4. Without stirring, boil the mixture until a candy thermometer reads between 300 and 310 degrees (this will take about 30 minutes). Drop a small amount into ice water. If it separates into brittle strands its ready. 
  5. Remove from heat and let boiling subside. 
  6. Measure flavoring oil and pour into candy mixture. Also add food coloring if desired. Blend with a wooden spoon (you’ll notice that it will get really steamy for a few seconds). 
  7. Pour onto greased cookie sheet or cake pan. Let cool (can be put in the fridge).
  8. Cover hardened candy with parchment paper and tap with a mallet to shatter candy into small pieces.
  9. Use a basting brush and coat candy pieces with icing sugar.
  10. Place into favor tins. Tie with ribbon and adhere labels. 

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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Turn Glasses into Decorative Vases

Inexpensive glasses are transformed into vases with a simple wrap of handmade paper made using everything from cucumbers to kohlrabi! These graceful vases from Mother Earth Living take about 60 seconds to make!

20 seconds to cut the paper, 20 to brush it with glue and 20 to wrap it around a glass. Fill the finished vases with cut flowers, dried arrangements, maybe even celery stalks or lemongrass. If you like, place a votive candle in the bottom of the glass and watch the intricate shapes and unusual textures of these delicate vegetable (and fruit!) papers flicker to life.
  1. Measure and cut handmade paper (available at specialty paper and craft stores or online) to the right height for your tall, straight-sided glass with a craft blade or scissors. You can leave the top edge irregular or cut it straight.
  2. Thoroughly paint the back of the paper with white glue or Mod Podge, a nontoxic acrylic découpage medium sold at craft stores. Be sure the adhesive goes all the way to the edge.
  3. Smooth the paper around the glass vase. Press firmly as you go to remove air bubbles. Let dry before using.

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Peony Centrepieces for your DIY Wedding

Inspired by French flower markets, Once Wed filled simple, galvanized tins with fresh peonies and lined them up for a centerpiece full of impact. Anyone (including those with zero floral experience) can put this centerpiece together in minutes, a day or two before your event.

You will need:
  • 15 stems of peonies.
  • 3 6″ galvanized tins (we found some with numbers already attached, or you can stencil them on with a hardware stencil.
  • Clippers (clean and sharp).
  • Buckets of water. 

  1. We chose peonies in three shades, pale pink, coral and pale yellow. We bought them 2 days before and let them open up to full bloom while sitting in deep, lukewarm water. If you have trouble getting your flowers to open up, place them in a 70 degree, bright room. Do not place them in full sun. You may want to include a few budded or partially opened flowers if you are creating these the day before, as they will open up further overnight. 
  2. Fill your galvanized buckets over half way, with cold water. We found tins with numbers that can double as table numbers and exude that French market feel. You could also use a hardware stencil to paint numbers on buckets.
  3. Each bucket will take 5 flowers. Hold one peony stem next to a bucket with the large flower head just above the rim. Do this to gage how long your stem should be. Clip the stem a little above where it meets the bottom of the bucket. Place your flower in the bucket and make sure the flower head rests on the rim of the bucket. If it is too tall, take it out and clip it again.
  4. Fill one side of the bucket with blooms and work your way around the arrangement until the bucket is full.
  5. Line them up down the center of the table (or group them together on a round table. for a 45″ round table, just one will do). We placed the numbered bucket in the center so guests can clearly find their table. We chose napkins to echo the colors of the flowers and bring color to simple white rental linens.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

DIY Cake Monograms

Don't spend large amounts of money on a glamorous cake topper when you make your own! Thanks to this tutorial from Wedding by Color.

You will need: 
  • 4 Sheets of cardstock ( if you want to make it thicker you can use 6).
  • Scissors.
  • Exacto Knife.
  • Tweezers.
  • Glue dots (the kind you can rub off).
  • GEM-TAC Glue - Artbeads.com.
  • Aluminum Foil.
  • 216 12ss Flat Back Swarvoski Crystals - Artbeads.com.
  • 100 9ss Flat Back Swarvoski Crystals - Artbeads.com.
  1. Choose the type of font you want to use. In this example, the bride has used Brock Script. The easiest way to achieve the desired size is by saving the image as a .jpeg file and resizing it using Photoshop. Resize your image to 4.5 inches, which is what the  majority of the monogram cake toppers are. After you have successfully resized your image print 4-6 copies depending on the thickness desired. 
  2. Cut out your letters using your scissors and very carefully using your exacto knife cut out any inside areas. Don't worry if they are not exactly the same, you will get a chance to fix them.
  3. Now depending on the thickness desired, glue 2-3 letters stacked on top of each other, you should have 2 sets. Inspect your letters and make sure they are even, this is the time to use your exacto knife to trim any areas that seem uneven. You should end up with smooth edges all around.
  4. Apply the removable glue dots to the front of one set and the back of the other. Cut two pieces of foil big enough to cover your monogram. Carefully place the foil on the same sides you applied the glue dots. Slowly press it down and smooth it out. To add a little texture, scratch the foil very lightly with your finger nail.
  5. You are ready to trim the foil all round. Trim it around 1/8 of an inch, fold it back and glue it using a little bit of GEM-TAC but make sure you use a thin layer. Now, for the inside sections cut from the corners to the center using your exacto knife. You may need to do more trimming before you can fold back and glue the foil. Once you have glued all the edges glue both pieces together, you should end up with two seamless sides.
  6. Now you have your canvas!, so let you inspiration take over! You can glue your crystals using the GEM-TAC glue. The great thing about it is that it dries clear so even if it oozes a little you can't really tell after it dries.
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Monday, June 3, 2013

How to Achieve 1920's Gatsby-Inspired Wedding Make-Up

With the launch of Baz Luhrman’s new movie, The Great Gatsby, the next big trend in weddings is predicted to be a strong 1920’s influence.

The 1920’s were an incredible era in the development of makeup. It was in the 1920’s that Max Factor, a pioneer of Hollywood movie cosmetics, began selling his line of Make Up to the public. Before this, makeup was just for the Silent Movie Celebrities such as Clara Bow. Clara was a movie star commonly known as the “it girl” and everyone wanted the Clara Bow Lips. It was during this time that Max Factor invented the term Makeup. Before the end of the decade he had also invented lip gloss (1928) and introduced the first commercial lip brush to the public (1929).

1920’s women turned to cosmetics to play up their femininity as men returned home from WWI and to empower them as they began to enter the workplace. With powders, blushes, shadows and lipsticks hitting the mainstream, the 1920s was the decade in which beauty culture was born.

Typically, 1920’s makeup requires perfect porcelain matte skin, rosy red cheeks and a dark, almost sad, eye. Brows were very high, thin and arched and sloped downwards. Lips were dark and pouty with the “cupids bow” exaggerated.

To create a modern day Gatsby makeup means to take inspiration from the 20’s and mix it with a more modern approach. Here is a step by step guide to creating a modern 1920’s influenced bride.
  1. 1920’s skin is perfect. Start by exfoliating, moisurising or priming your skin.
  2. Apply foundation and concealer. 20’s skin is pale, so to achieve a Gatsby look you might apply foundation slightly lighter than your skin.
  3. Draw in your eyebrows. While modern makeup means that everything we do is to ‘lift’ the eyes, 20’s is the opposite. We want to create a ‘sleepy’ eye so brows are drawn sloping downwards. 20’s brows are hard and strong, however, for a more modern look, brows can be thicker and lighter.
  4. In the 1920’s it all about the eyes. Eyes are dark and smokey. Apply a dark colour over the entire lid concentrating on the crease. Kohl was hugely popular in the 20’s so liner was used around the whole eye. Again, the look was sleepy so eye makeup didn’t flick up at the end. Keep eyeliner sloping down. Keep everything soft, smudged and smokey. For a lighter look but still with a Gatsby feel, use a lighter brown or even a purple or grey to create the smokey look.
  5. Curl the lashes and apply two coats of mascara.
  6. Apply a cherry red powder or cream blush to the apples of the cheek. If red is too strong, then a pink will be a softer version of this look.
  7. Lips were typically red or burgundy or maroon. Use a lip liner to exaggerate the top peaks of the upper lip. A small but full mouth was very popular in the 1920’s so finish lining your lips just before the corners of your mouth. Colour in with a dark or red lipstick.
  8. Finish with a powder all over to create a porcelain matte look. For a more modern look, keep the cheeks dewy and just matte the nose, forehead and chin. 
The 1920’s is an incredibly romantic and classic makeup look, making it perfect for a modern bride who wants a vintage or glamorous feel. Whether you have total Gatsby Fever, or just want to take inspiration, you can achieve a classic gorgeous makeup look to suit your style. 

Michelle won the 2010 Make Up award at the International Spa & Beauty Expo for her 1920’s bride, (above).
Michelle is a professional make up artist and owner of The Wedding Artists representing some of Australia’s most talent professional photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and designers.

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