I’m holding onto summer with a death grip, can you tell? Nothing beats bright colors, even if August is coming to a close! Today’s DIY is a colorful multitasker: pretty crepe paper poppies that can serve as escort cards, centerpiece, and wedding favor all in one. A dream come true? I’ll prove it! –Rachael
Materials / Icelandic Poppies
Materials / Geometric Escort Cards
Step 1. Create the paper poppies in an array of colors. Make sure to create an amount that reflects the number of guests you’re expecting! Place the paper poppies in bottles and arrange in rows. I just love these apothecary bottles!
Step 2. Paint a 9″ x 12″ piece of watercolor paper with watercolor paint, one color on each side. I chose teal on one side and blush on the other!
Step 3. Lightly mark six 4″ squares on the sheet of watercolor paper using a ruler and pencil. Draw a diagonal line through each square. Using a ruler and an open pair of scissors (be careful!) or a bone folder lightly score straight up the middle of each square. Cut out each 4″ square, then cut along the diagonal line to create the triangle.
Step 4. Write your guests’ names in gold ink. Fold the corner of the escort card up along the previously scored line. Write the corresponding table number on the inside flap, to be revealed as your guest unfolds! Place the escort card under a glass bottle with a crepe paper poppy – and voila!
Photo Credits: Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper
Okay. Now I’ve officially seen it all. These modern industrial rehearsal dinner invitations from Melissa at Atheneum Creative were created by screen printing the design on individual pieces of thin sheet metal! So cool!
From Melissa: We were asked to create a rehearsal dinner invitation that reflected the very modern and industrial feel of the event. The groom’s family is in the box making business, so we knew right away that we had to work with a design that would not only be mailed in a box, but also allow the box to be part of the overall design – making sure that the box itself was more than just a vessel to mail the invitation.
We know we wanted to incorporate metal into the overall design as that would speak right to the look and feel of the day. We cut large sheet metal down to size and rounded the corners to create the invitation cards. We tried a couple different printing methods, but in the end screen printing worked the best for both design and budget. The rehearsal dinner venue itself is not industrial, so to balance the very modern look of the metal and the vintage feel of the venue we added some vintage design elements (like the dividers) to break up the text.
Since we wanted the box to be a part of the keepsake, we sourced gray boxes that would be strong enough not to get crushed and screen printed “Before They Say I Do” on the cover in gold — which set the tone for the invitation itself. The invitations were filled with shredded gray paper to keep with the industrial look.
Design: Atheneum Creative
Atheneum Creative is a member of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beautiful work right here or visit the real invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!
Photo Credits: Chelsea Davis Photography
These gorgeous chalkboard and timber wedding signs from Fox & Fallow were one of the biggest hits at the 2015 National Stationery Show back in May. It’s easy to see why! Each sign is printed in white ink on chalkboard and stained wood – and you can even add your own details on some of the chalkboard signs. Just beautiful!
These and many more signs available right here!
These modern bridal shower invitations from Lauren at Charm and Fig feature geometric shapes and fun floral patterns! Lauren drew her inspiration from the brunch venue: The Crosby Street Hotel. Such a fun place for a bridal brunch!
From Lauren: Stephanie’s bridesmaids held her bridal shower at the Crosby Street Hotel in New York, and Stephanie sent them my way for her invitations. We used the Crosby’s funky interiors – with its bright colors, mix-and-match patterns, and unique shapes – as inspiration for the invitation design.
The invitations and inserts were digitally printed and feature Stephanie’s favorite florals, color blocking, and a theme of blush and navy throughout. The shower hosts also wanted to include blank cards for guests to write their favorite memory with Stephanie and attach to their gift. I loved this idea, as it didn’t put guests on the spot at the shower.
Photo Credits: Charm and Fig
Paper flowers are such a practical alternative for any special event or wedding! Luckily, keeping a close eye on your budget doesn’t mean you have to turn your dream bouquet into a “I wish…” on your wedding day. With the right folds and snips of your scissors, paper can be transformed into a stunning bouquet! Enjoy the tutorial below – and you know where to find me if you have any questions at all! – Rachael of Appetite Paper
Italian Crepe Paper
Floral Stem Wire
Fresh Foliage or Silk Foliage
To create this paper flower bouquet, follow the recipe below using the paper flowers below – you can find the Paper Flower Guides right here!
Step 1. Begin with four paper Garden Roses. Using floral tape combine the stems and create a cross pattern.
Step 2. Add in the Sweet Pea Anemones, alternating within the Garden Roses and securing the stems at the base with floral tape. Secure another Garden Rose in the center of your bouquet using floral tape.
Step 3. Around the center Garden Rose, alternate two baby pink and white anemones and secure the stems with floral tape. Place three Bubble Gum Anemones around the center Garden Rose and secure the stems with floral tape. Add in the remaining Two White and Two Baby Pink anemones at the bottom of your bouquet. Secure the stems with floral tape.
Step 4. Trim the stems with wire cutters for a clean finish at the bottom of the bouquet. Add in fresh foliage from your garden or local florist – or add in silk greens for less maintenance. Simply secure the foliage with floral tape at the base of your bouquet and add fabric and/or silk ribbon for the finishing touch!
Photo Credits: Appetite Paper for Oh So Beautiful Paper