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Cinderella Carriage – Fall DIY Wedding Centerpiece

Have you always dreamed of a Cinderella wedding? Make your own magical fall wedding centerpiece in just two easy steps! clp3RYPWoTPFCAokBv6T7KuuTRia41TKN7zld7BoxYU,cjOf6RxQeAlm-2IrUdynPL_NaoPxNCZXTIF-vik1hU8First gather your supplies.  We will show you two different fall inspired looks, but you can use your favorite silk wedding flowers in your wedding colors.  JtbGW2dNbjkk-BTENs1EXeRBY-XuSRiSD6QNA3o-qOcp4,JzL27-EdCvmNgas40z0z6E0eUowEnVuysS0Tqc1-HcsFor our Fall themed design we chose to use one large sunflower and one large dahlia for inside of the small wire carriage.  For accents we choose silk Chinese Lantern stems, a mini Cymbidium Orchid spray, Queen Annes Lace, a Wild Grass bush, and an artificial berry spray. You will also need wire cutters1The first step is simple!  Cut the flower head off of the stem using wire cutters.  Place the flower head into the carriage. tSYvyJr5s4RVirDvUML8cUYigHrz_QnM9abujyDFmOI copyThe second step is just as easy!  Use wire cutters to cut apart your accent stems.  Most of our faux stems have a wire core so you will be able to wrap them around the carriage and they will stay in place. hN1kA1Zg5zy-LsnAtQ2K1CQLAsciaPQzZrHcfSQQWUYIf they are not wire you can weave them into the wire openings of the carriage, like with the wild grass.  If you want to add larger accent flower heads to the design you can attach them with hot glue.  WBRBYDqRmDTvqm3L38mFf3M50uXpTetnRjlzRBWOtXY-645x430yUHMVNIdfsH1F_dZHffxYn7BKIUKofYqQ8l43uFqzGsT7zrvS49VYvA7PgUkPRCKCtRBvWA0pODpG7fyRUzzvcFor the full fall centerpiece look, arrange your carriage on burlap table runners and surround in fall silk flowers and candle votives.  PUFrXGfd4D_6X6qphBcF85I7yX1o1jrVp8iyavhUudo,x7BmHOi9tnYrJ2kMwmMc9FCDbWaxkysCEYfxkbTOtkMLgMOh2y_JdW0y9qI-rlQTdQ0Fs1bqskAGLEHPe8_v1EAldhJNPL3Gyr3AAWPC2X3jk3mj70dpVaydCV4ndi74UQEsFNIHtlYD1VYjq1vF2mM-DF8PNQ9T39sVZOPLHv0IFor more tips follow our helpful DIY video.

Not planning a fall wedding? Fill the wire Cinderella carriages with your favorite flowers. GIjwQGYCgEER8IjGP18ZlAFiLr786GJc2vtZJd2I5l4 Create your own wedding centerpieces with wedding decorations and silk wedding flowers from

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How to Make a Bouquet with Silver Brunia

Brides everywhere are looking for silver brunia.  Recently we received Natural Brunia in Silver Grey and couldn’t wait to add it to a bouquet!  Follow this simple DIY and you can create this gorgeous and romantic bridal bouquet.  It’s affordable, classic, and long lasting.
11. Gather your supplies.  We wanted to create a bouquet that would be perfect for any season and any bride.  This classic beauty could walk down a winter wedding aisle or look fresh outdoors during your summer nuptials, perfect for the country, vintage or boho bride.  We choose to use lambs ear, white silk peonies, an open rose pre-made bouquet and single cream roses to compliment the silver brunia.  For a little more glam we added a gold ribbon and gold rose petals.  You will also need floral tape, wire cutters, and a hot glue gun.F5MsRJqBsvxcMdwgEpu7vmORI7U1EPtVcqlWN53Q4Dg copy2. Pull off the greenery on the silk flower stems.  If the leaves do not easily pull off you can use your wire cutters or scissors to remove them at the stem. 23.  Seperate the pre-made rose bouquet.  For a smaller bouquet you do not need to use all of the roses.  (For a larger bouquet you can simply add the additional stems and greenery to the pre-made bouquet and follow the instuctions for the DIY Garden Rose & Succulent Bouquet.) Gather one of each of your stems in one hand: a brunia bundle, peony and rose stem.
34.  Wrap with floral tape.  Continue adding the flowers and brunia to the bouquet, working in a circle.
45. Add the lambs ear around the outside of the bouquet and secure with floral tape. Clip the stems so they are even.
566.  Cut an arms length of ribbon to wrap the stems. For an interesting effect we decided to tie the ribbon in small knots down the length of the stems.  Tuck the ends of the ribbon under the knots when you are happy with the ribbon coverage over the stems.
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cb8kh-HZsilxNCreNtU9L4c2E_WRfummcb6eTOEBNSs8.  For a little extra glitter and glam  we added individual metallic gold petals to the silk roses.  Simply add a small dot of hot glue to the base of the rose petals and secure a gold petal to the rose.  Incorporate them naturally into the silk roses so they lay seemlessly with the silk flower petals.  Add a few to each rose for a subtle look or add more for a little more glitz.  If you want to keep with the silver brunia theme you can  use silver silk petals and a silver ribbon.
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Rustic Wedding Escort Cards partnered up crafts blogger Ash and Crafts to bring this charming DIY to life.  Rustic weddings are everywhere, set yours apart with handmade escort cards featuring rustic wood tags and faux succulents from  Follow these easy steps for a unique wedding decoration.

Feature1)  Gather your supplies.  Ash and Crafts used wood tags, small faux succulents, swirl card holders, Mod Podge, sponge brushes, a glue gun and hot glue, wire cutters, and a laser printer. 1Supplies1 2) Print the names of your guests on a laser printer.  Print a mirrored copy of your image/text because it will flipped once you transfer it.  Your printer option might say “mirrored” or “flip horizontally”. 3 3) With the printed text facing up, use your foam brush to apply a generous layer of Mod Podge over the printed area. 45 4) Flip the printed paper over and apply it the wood slice. Use your fingers or  a credit card to get rid of any air bubbles. Allow this to dry for about 1 hour. 6 5) Soak a paper towel or sponge in some water and pat it against the paper. Then keep rubbing the paper until it is soaked with water and begins to rub off. You’ll find that the paper will disintegrate but leave behind the printed areas. To avoid rubbing off the printed text, do not rub too hard once most of the paper is gone. Screen Shot 2015-08-20 at 11.25.05 AM 1 6) Once you have rubbed off all the paper, allow the wood slice to dry. Once dried, you can seal the text by painting a thin layer of Mod Podge.

7) Clip the stem off the small succulent.  After the seal has dried, use a hot glue gun to attach a mini succulent to the corner of the wood slice. 827Visit Ash and Crafts for another faux succulent escort card DIY and for more rustic DIY wedding ideas visit


DIY Garden Rose & Succulent Bouquet

Make your beautiful bouquet with silk wedding flowers from  Follow these easy steps and create a bouquet for your wedding day.ezOd1cpwsxpSKrGWKYXVZxXC1jA7FMcw_NfML7VMMpA 1. Gather your supplies.  You will need a pre-made silk rose bouquet, 12 single stem roses, 5 succulents, floral tape, ribbondiamond wrap, wire cutters, and scissors.  1 2. Start with your pre-made rose bouquet.  Add single stem roses to the bouquet, rotating the bouquet in your hand as your go.  2a copy 3. When you are happy with the look secure with floral tape around the stems.3a copy 4. Add the succulents to the bouquet.  4b

If the succulent stem is not long enough you can make a longer stem but adding wire, or disgarded stem from another flower, and securing with floral tape. 4a5. When you are happy with the final look secure the stems with floral tape one last time and clip the ends of the stems so they are even. 6 6. To finish your bouquet, wrap the stems with ribbon.  Start at the bottom of the stems by securring the ribbon with a pin or hot glue.  Wrap the stems, covering the floral tape.  Finish with another pin or hot glue. 7 7.  For a little glam, wrap the finished bouquet in diamond wrap.  Secure the diamond ribbon with pins or hot glue. 8 You are now done!  You can make these bouquets months before your wedding and they will look fresh and stunning on your wedding day.  Store in a vase and cover with cloth to protect from dust and sunlight.  nD_m4D4TcIt26OnWrpkeeg2XfZlzabknc7N6tuIaQgE cqFKcYt6I2syf4tt-SaoBUCvV67WEyr6kVPPxkPhjC8


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DIY Glowing Submersible Centerpiece brides have spoken and if there is a silk flower favorite it is definetly the submerged orchid centerpiece. You can create this look in just a few simple steps, and with silk wedding flowers this is a project you can complete long before your wedding day!  materialsGather your supplies.  For this project you will need clear glass cylinder vases, faux orchids (we choose a Phalaenopsis orchid in fuchsia), vase filler, LED party lights, floating candles, wire cutters, a lighter, and a pitcher of water.

1.  For the first step you will need to measure the stem against the vase.  Hold it up to the outside of the vase and use your wire cutters to clip off the access stem.  Place the flower in the vase to make sure it fits. Keep in mind that you will be adding several inches of vase filler so leave one or two inches at the top of the vase.  The faux orchids are on a wire stem so you can bend it a little to fit or cut off any additional stem.  After you are happy with the length of the flower in the vase you can remove it and set it aside.  measurecutV4-Rq0_hCzJcSitkKTXV07MwzVN0BMmEeGDGg__Vcs0,JiOSGoEcXHQMIdyiwQf6QcFMj_fisp1WCk4t-p2trSs copy 2.  Cover the bottom of the containers with vase filler.  We choose crushed glass but you could use sand, shells, pearls, stones, etc.  fillfiller copy 3.  Add your lights.  We used white non-blinking mini party lights.  Make sure you choose carefully when you are purchasing the lights for this project.  Double check that they are waterproof and have a long battery life so that they stay illuminated throughout your event.  IYNV9WobQPznxZW1bpvxgyciNIZdLpeAySjqGA7KQ6o,FuwDfYWUY8QxCs7ekVWrSSWbO5RJcO3WCDdmlQog4eM copy 4. Place the flower back in the container and fill with water.

* Tip: When using silk flowers for a submersible arrangement, it is recommended that you do a trial run before your event.  Submerse your choosen flower in water for 24 hours before you make your centerpieces.  This way you will know if the dye used in the flower will run.  One way to prevent this is to coat the flower with a protective spray.  However, we still recommend the 24 hour trail run with our without the protective coating.  QjmF-UlIIB0U7oukBXd8abTkc22R5qeoNnqINykWTc0TGE-eImD_I8T8ZTUnBz5OunYYr0qdaa1QpHoVNfnb5Emjlg0XI29RbSm1C0x29O-Ez_6GjZMVrnfBq8z3O4MLI5.  When you have your vases arranged on the table, add the floating candle and light it.  7N5nUl6LEgF0vScciSbU0R0LTshExux6R8xkixIHxd4nr3N0y1_8Ty7eJcilzw5pfQ8ErjVBgBvbOyUUHGINiU

Voilà!  You now have a stunning centerpiece that will wow all of your guests.  DyrvtvrWhngHuMnMmC9Zrn-ZWYfW1AdZ73opupSFkzc 6e35L73cdiAJMMvB5rsBzgztSBhIO3TRu-b4gJOfIaY iT15gCQXB_V7UHH3wcRPbpX4Qyz7EfqhoD3qZHBQ9_E _KAMbZt_nMqGo1k5jjYzL46Tj0-1OotzqEiscCqX2yo

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