Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wedding Favors

SLAH Product Decorating Ideas

Puffy Towel for Baby

Here is what you do. First find a towel without any ribbing. I found mine at JC Penney. Fold in half. If you want to do some applique, do it before the next step.

After you applique, fold in half, right sides together. Sew around edges. Leave 6 - 8 inches in the top-middle open.  Cut batting to the size of the towel

Fold batting in thirds and insert into the opening in the top.

Open batting in the towel and smooth flat. Hand stitch the opening at the top closed.

Quilt the towel with a large blunt needle and the yarn of your choice.  I placed quarters on the towel to map out where I wanted to thread the yard.

After you thread and knot your ties, cut with scissors to desired length. 
That's it. A soft, puffy towel for baby.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Hydrangea Letters


MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard) Letters which are readily available at craft stores ranging from 2 inches to 2 feet. These are the larger ones but only run about $3 ea.

Four bunches of Silk Hydrangeas. Available at craft stores as well as large discount retailers and even dollar stores. The quality of the bloom doesn't really matter because you will be gluing them very densely.

Ribbon of your choice, a thicker one is better, about 1.5 inches to 3 inches

Hot glue gun and hot glue


1. Remove all the blossoms from your hydrangea (or whatever flower you choose to use)

2. Warm your hot glue.

3. Start applying dots of hot glue, beginning in one corner and sticking your blossoms as you go along.

4. Go back to fill in any sparse areas with more glue and blossoms.

5. Attach your ribbon to the back with hot glue.

Paper Flower Bouquets

Many brides are opting for paper bouquets in lieu of traditional hand-picked flowers. Think they’re hard to make? They’re not. Check out our step by step guide here.


• Tissue paper (in similar colors) $.99 pack of 10 sheets (For this project, we used two shades of yellow and one white (3 colors total))
• Styrofoam balls (2” and 1”) $.43 and .10
• Green Floral Tape $1.49
• 18-guage cloth covered stem wire $1.49
• Artificial stamens (pearl topped flower sprays) $1.99
• 2” wired ribbon $1.99
• Scissors

All materials were purchased at Michael’s with the exception of tissue paper and Styrofoam purchased from a local art store. We made this bouquet for approximately $10, with materials left over for at least one more or several boutonnieres.

Quick Tip: Instead of Styrofoam, you can also use cotton balls in varying sizes.

Pom Flower:

Step 1: Layer 4-5 sheets of tissue paper (10” x 6” rectangle going through all layers). Make ½ inch accordion folds.

Step 2: Bend stem wire around the center of tissue and crimp tight with fingers to secure.

Step 3: Trim ends to a “V” or “U” shape, varying the length from the center for larger or smaller poms.

Step 4: Carefully separate layers of tissue one at a time.

Step 5: Fluff paper and blend together.

How to Make a Ball Flower:

Step 1: Cut 5 pieces of 5” x 4” tissue paper. For each petal, wrap tissue halfway around Styrofoam ball and twist ends and remove ball. Use different size Styrofoam for larger or smaller petals.

Step 2: Secure 12 stamens (or 6 pairs) onto stem wire using green floral tape.

Step 3: Attach twisted end onto stem wire at the base of the stamen, one at a time.

Step 4: Gently pull petals away from the center and trim the pointed ends

Folded Petal Flower:

Step 1: Secure 12 stamens (or 6 pairs) onto stem wire using green floral tape.

Step 2: Cut several 2” x 3” and 1” by 2” rectangles from tissue and fold each piece in half lengthwise. Trim one end to be rounded and twist the blunt edge. Choose similarly-hued tissue paper to add depth. Attach petals one at a time from smallest in the center moving out to the largest, taping twisted ends onto wire.

Step 3: Fluff out petals.

Each bouquet requires approximately 25 flowers. Once the flowers are arranged, wrap the stems in green floral tape. Cover the stems with a wide, wired ribbon.

Or, try with a Ribbon...

Tissue Pomanders

These step-by-step instructions will show you how to make gorgeous Tissue Pomanders.


 Styrofoam Balls: Sold at craft stores such as Michaels. For this guide, Marina used 3” balls.

Tissue Paper: For each pomander, you’ll need approximately 72 sheets of tissue paper cut to be 5” x 7”

Wire: Sold at hardware stores
Wire Cutters: Sold at hardware stores
Cost: $2 - $5 each

Step 1

Cut each sheet of tissue paper to 5” x 7”.

Step 2
Stack 4 sheets of tissue and fan fold all the way up.

Step 3

Tie some wire around the middle of the tissue. You’ll need to play around with it to get a feel for how much you’ll need. Be sure to leave a little extra since that’s what you stick in the Styrofoam.

Step 4

Start pulling the tissue sheets up one at a time. Left then Right. Continue until all the tissue is pulled up and it looks like a flower.

Step 5

Stick the wire under the flower in the Styrofoam ball. Keep placing flowers all the way the ball until it’s full. Play around with the placement to make the flower as tight or loose as you’d like.

Photo Wooden Blocks


3 various size wood blocks
Modge Podge
Paper Cutter
Pictures or paper

Print photos off the computer on regular printer paper (not photo paper).

Paint tops of blocks completely, and paint edges of blocks where the photo will be placed.

Modge podge pictures/paper on to the blocks being careful to smooth so you do not tear photo. Let Dry and Stack!

Bridal Shower Cake/Gift

Bridal Shower Towel Cake

Present the bride with two sets of towels in style. A wedding towel cake makes a great decoration at a bridal shower and is sure to bring lots of smiles. It is also very simple to make.
Supplies Required:

2 Bath Towels
2 Hand Towels
2 Wash Cloths
String of Pearls
Small Wedding Rings
Narrow Ribbon
Silk Flowers
Cake Plate on Pedestal
Carved Soap, Initial, or Candle for Topper3
Sharp Scissors
Measuring Tape

Step 1. Roll the Towels

Fold each hand towel in half lengthwise twice. Start with one end and roll the towels up as shown. Set aside. Repeat this process with the wash cloths. Fold each bath towel in half lengthwise and repeat the folding until the width of the towel is roughly 6". Roll the two towels together in the same way as the hand towels. You should now have the three layers of the "cake."  (Join second bath towel to end of first with pins. Continue coil, pinning at the end and tying layer with narrow ribbon to secure.)

Use hand towels for the second layer and wash cloths for the top (rolling each layer the same as the bath towels). Use pins to help keep each layer stable.

Step 2. Add the Ribbon

Cut the satin ribbon into 60", 40" and 30" lengths. Tie the large piece around the bath towels as shown. Repeat for the other two cake layers. When complete, stack the cake layers starting with the largest layer at the bottom.

Add the Details

Once the layers are stacked, move the cake to the final location. Pop the rose off of the stem and place it on top of the cake. Sprinkle rose petals around the cake remembering to put a few on the layers.  Decorative soaps can be tucked between layers, small silk flowers attached to the ribbons where they are tied. Drape the pearls on each layer. Add wedding rings with little bows around at random. At the top, use carved decorative soap, a carved candle, or large silk flowers for the topper, cake topper, or brides new initial to decorate top.

For the best presentation and appearance, the towel cake looks lovely when placed upon a pretty cake stand. This can be included in the gift for the bride, or it can be provided on loan on the day of the shower for decorative purposes only

Other Ideas For Decorating:

Cookie Table

Wedding Cookie Table: How-to, Tips & Ideas

A scrumptious wedding cookie table is a fantastic wedding favor for guests and is sure to be lots of fun and well appreciated! After all, who doesn't love a cookie?

How Many Cookies Do You Need To Make For A Cookie Table?

The rule of thumb is about 5 to 10 cookies per person attending your reception. Of course, this all depends on your wedding and preferences for your reception. You will find that most reception halls will tray your cookies, if you drop them off before the reception. You are going to need many dozens of cookies for your reception. For example, if you budget 5 cookies / person, and you invite 200 people, that works out to 1000 cookies. That is about 83 dozen cookies that will need to be prepared for the wedding. Enlist a lot of help from family and friends to help bake these many dozens of cookies, candy, or treats.

What Kinds of Cookies Should I Make?

Cookie ideas:
• Peanut Butter Cookies
• Hershey Kiss Cookies
• Ladyfingers
• Thumbprints
• Chocolate Chip (Yes it is ok to have chocolate chip cookies on a wedding cookie table)
• Buckeye's
• Cheesecake Treats
• Apricot Filled Cookies
• Oatmeal Raisin
• Fruit Filled Cookies
• Sugar Cookies
• Snickerdoodles
• M&M Cookies
• Butter Pecan Squares

Not really a picture of a cookie table...but I love the monogram tablecloth!