This week, I attended my friend’s bridal shower. We grew up dancing at the same studio, and she was somewhat of a mentor to me. We both went on to pursue dance after high school. I was surprised to receive her wedding invitation and subsequent bridal shower invitation in the mail because it had been so long since we had seen each other, but it ended up being a wonderful way to reunite with an old friend and a fantastic opportunity to try out some new crafts!
Part One: Clothespin Bride and Groom
This is another Pinterest idea put into action, but as usual I enhanced it with some of my own flair. Here is a link to the original Pin: http://pinterest.com/pin/5348093278393373/
I raided my headpiece supply box for some lace trim and a small rhinestone (for the bride’s “dress” and “veil”), and used acrylic paint for the rest. Needless to say, it was a huge hit at the shower, attracting much more attention than the actual gift!
Part Two: The Card
I discovered this photo tutorial for paper flowers on Pinterest (see pin here http://pinterest.com/pin/5348093278383448/) and was inspired to make a wedding-worthy floral card. Also, here is an excellent, full tutorial for paper flowers: http://www.100layercake.com/blog/2011/07/22/diy-storybook-paper-roses/
Instead of using book pages as in the tutorial, I found a Bridal magazine and used the magazine pages to make the flowers! For the white, “Bride” flower, I cut petals form pages featuring wedding dresses on both sides. With the magazine pages it was important to make sure that either side of the petal was the color I needed, because both sides of the petals become visible in the flower. For the black, “groom” flower, I cut petals from the tuxedo ads. Here is the finished result:
I printed “Mr. and Mrs.” on card stock and mounted on a cutout of black magazine paper. In the same style, I printed “Soon to be, that is.” on the inside of the card and then wrote my own personal message.
Not bad for my first bridal shower, if I do say so myself. Check back for a photo tutorial on magazine paper flowers and more Clothespin ideas soon!