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Masquerade Ball: DIY Tutorials

As promised, to go along with this morning’s Parisian Masquerade Ball Inspired Creations Contest shoot, Courtney Callahan of Courtney Callahan Paper, Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling, and Jenn Gaudreau of Jennifer Kathryn Photography are back to share how-tos for their fabulous DIY projects with us!  Click on the links below to jump to your favorite project.

Foliage Wreaths · Masquerade Mask · L’Amour de ma vie Banner · Dessert Tags · Chair Garlands · Ribbon Tassels

Foliage Bride and Groom Wreaths

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Materials needed:

  • Bronze spray paint
  • Bronze card stock
  • Clippers
  • Exact-o Knife
  • Floral wire (gold)
  • Foam core
  • Garland
  • Glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ribbon (to hang the wreath)
  • Scissors
  • 4-5 stems of Israeli Ruscus or similar foliage
  • Awl or Thick sewing needle

Directions:

  1. Wire your stems of ruscus end to end until you have a length that will wrap around the circumference of the wreath and wire it into a circle (or contact a florist for assistance).
  2. Spray paint your swags and allow for them to dry.
  3. Wire them end to end until you have a length that will wrap around the circumference of the wreath and wire it into a circle (or contact a florist for assistance).
  4. Print your signage for the wreath on bronze cardstock (or contact a stationer for assistance)
  5. Cut into an 8” circle
  6. Glue the circle onto foam core using a spray glue or other adhesive
  7. Using an Exact-o knife, cut out the foam core circle
  8. Using your awl or sewing needle poke a small hole in the top and bottom of the circle about ½” from the edge
  9. Place your wreath on top of your circular sign and string the gold wire through the holes you’ve made and around the wreath to secure the wreath to the sign on top and bottom framing the sign.
  10. Cut the desired length of ribbon to hang your wreath and connect to the back of the foam core using a glue gun.

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Masquerade Mask

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Materials needed:

  • 1 mask (purchase at any craft store)
  • Spray adhesive
  • Lace or other fabric coverings
  • Embellishments such as feathers, rhinestones, etc.
  • ¼ ” dowel rod, cut to approx. 12” length
  • Colorful ribbon, ¼” width
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Directions:

  1. Determine the shape you would like your mask to take. We cut ours slightly to give it a soft, romantic look. As we always say “Measure Twice, Cut Once!” so be sure you like the cut!
  2. Move around the fabric covering until you get a pattern and a design you like. Our particular mask was three different lace scraps we had sitting around the studio that we manipulated around the cures and the eyeholes of the mask.
  3. Once you have determined the fabric structure spray the back of each piece with spray adhesive. Once it has become slightly sticky/tacky attach to the mask piece by piece, ensuring you are pleased with each step.
  4. When the fabric pieces have dried, add embellishments as you see fit. We added a simple feather pad and individual feathers for drama. Rhinestones can be glued around the edges, or anything you can imagine.
  5. Wrap the stick with the ribbon, trailing down in a round, diagonal manner. Secure each end with a dab of hot glue.
  6. Attach the stick to the mask using hot glue. When it has cooled and is set use a fabric scrap to enclose the stick where it is attached to the mask.

L’Amour de ma vie Banner

Ribbon-Banner

Materials needed:

Directions:

  1. Download the “L’Amour de ma vie” template
  2. Print all of the pages on bronze cardstock
  3. Cut out rectangle letters from cardstock within the black lines
  4. Round corners with Fiskars Squeeze Punch-Corner
  5. Using a hole punch, punch 3 holes at the top of each rectangle letter
  6. Cut ribbon to desired length of banner, I suggest starting with 5 yards to be safe
  7. Starting with the letter “L”, weave the ribbon through each hole making sure to keep the ribbon straight
  8. Weave through remaining letters until all are attached to the ribbon.
  9. Double check the spacing to make sure each word has a bit of room in between.
  10. Then hang!

Sweet Dreams Tag

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Materials needed:

Directions:

  1. Download the Sweet Dreams template
  2. Print your tags on bronze cardstock
  3. Cut out tags from cardstock within the black lines
  4. Round corners with Fiskars Squeeze Punch-Corner
  5. Punch a hole on one edge of the tag using a 1/8” Eyelet Punch
  6. Insert an eyelet into the hole so the open end is on the back.
  7. Turn the tag over so the eyelet remains in the hole.
  8. Place an Eyelet Setter into the back of the eyelet.
  9. Using the Making Memories Hammer, hit the top of the Eyelet Setter 4 or 5 times to set the eyelet.
  10. Insert the ribbon into the eyelet hole and tie to candy.

Chair Swags

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Materials needed:

  • 2 stems of Israeli Ruscus or similar foliage per swag
  • Floral wire (gold)
  • Bronze and/or gold spray paint
  • Ribbon
  • Glue

Directions:

  1. Wire your stems of ruscus end to end until you have a length that will reach around the chair back, leaving just enough length for it to hang ever so slightly.
  2. Spray paint your swags and allow for them to dry.
  3. Attach both ends of the garland to the chair backs using your choice of ribbon.

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Ribbon Tassel Chair Tags

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Materials needed:

  • Scissors
  • 1/4″ width ribbon
  • Cardboard

Directions:

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  1. Cut a piece of cardboard into a 3″ x 4″ rectangle
  2. Cut another rectangle shape out of the right side of the cardboard piece approximately 1″ from the top.  The rectangle shape can extend for 2″
  3. At the top of the cardboard rectangle, cut 2 slits on either side
  4. Cut a 4″ piece of ribbon, place on top of the cardboard piece and then slide the ribbon into the 2 slits.  This is to provide a grip for the ribbon.
  5. Cut a 36″ piece of ribbon and start to wrap around the card lengthwise.
  6. Wrap the ribbon around the card 8 times.
  7. Once you have wrapped the ribbon 8 times, cut another 4″ piece of ribbon.  Wrap the 4″ piece of ribbon around the front of the wrapped ribbon and loop through the hole in the cardboard.
  8. Turn the cardboard over and tie in a knot on the back.
  9. Cut the bottom of the wrapped ribbon to form the ends of the tassel which can be adjusted to any length you desire.
  10. Slide the top ribbon out from the slits and tie in a knot at the top.
  11. Slide the tassel off of the cardboard and voila!

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The following Chicago wedding vendors contributed to this inspirational wedding shoot:

Stationery – Courtney Callahan of Courtney Callahan Paper \ Floral – Natalie Walsh of Hello Darling \ Photography – Jenn Gaudreau of Jennifer Kathryn Photography

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