Before we get started with all of the inspiration boards to share the trends we’ve been loving on, we thought we should sneak in a fun DIY for you! We know that watercolour is much loved and lettering is pretty popular around here too. We had our DIY’er put together this little video to show you how you can make your own topper that is perfect for that bridal shower cake, and if you practice up, a wedding cake!
For reference, the video shows a Pentel Aquabrush, Tombow Dual Brush Pen, and Studio G gray brush pen.
Our favourite parts of this topper are the organic torn edges and the deep greeny blue watercolours! Put the brides new last name on the cake, initials, or even the word ‘love’. To add the watercolour banner to a cake, simply use skewers or coffee stir sticks and tape to the back of the banner.
If you use this DIY and make your own watercolour banner cake topper, we’d love to see the photos! Tag us on social @bespokedecor
Who else has a wedding or shower every weekend this summer? All of our hands are up, am I right? Today I’m bringing you an easy hack to make your own faux hand lettered song lyric art. It’s the perfect customized gift for a wedding or a wedding shower- just pop the happy couples’ ‘song’ in there and you’re set to go!
We’re all about the hand lettering around here. Modern calligraphy? Swoon. Every. Time. But we get that it’s not always an option for every gift. So we wanted to introduce you to the world of hand lettered fonts. Seriously, you guys! There are SO many wonderful ones out there and we may just have a font collector around here that has almost ALL of them. So today we’re going to show you how easy it is to make your own custom art, plus give you a few suggestions on places to snag the fonts we love.
We used the lyrics from Ben Harper’s ‘Forever’, which one of our close friends walked down the aisle to. The first thing you’ll need to do is type out the lyrics into a word document. If you’d like a closer look at these screen caps, just click on it to enlarge. We used a mac program, but the same settings are available using Microsoft Word.
Next, pick your hand lettered font. This is the fun part! There are SO many to choose from. You can browse some free ones at DaFont or you can find the one we used here (Manhattan Darling) and more paid options at Creative Market (our favourite). If you sign up for their email, every Monday you’ll get a batch of free goods from them and there’s usually a beautiful font in there! If you’re thinking you want to buy a ton of fonts (we don’t blame you, they’re addicting), you can get bundles from Creative Market and also from Design Cuts. Just so you feel comfortable- we’ve used fonts from all three with success. No funny business. Each computer system is different, so if you’ve never installed a font, just google it- I promise it’s simple.
Okay, so now you’ve picked your font, size it up up up. Then take your page margins way down down down. We chose to justify the text (aligned both left and right) and take the line spacing way down (only .8 of a line). Depending which font and lyrics you choose will mean you play around with sizes and spacing.
That’s… it. Seriously! Print it out, frame it up, and you’re good to go. I love how quickly you can whip up a personalized gift. Tell me, would you display this?
So you want to fill a crate with flowers- and you don’t want to pay someone to do it for you. You want it to look heaping and full of flowers- and you don’t want it to cost a fortune. How hard can it be? Not that hard with our one tip that will help the crate look fuller with less blooms. Can you guess what it is?
Yep- mason jars. Or if it’s a taller crate, vases. Here’s why. If you just filled the crate with flowers that would be A LOT of flowers to fill the thing. But when you add mason jars, not only is it easier to water your pretty blooms, but it gives them something to lean against that is smaller than the edges of the crate. Take a vase with a wide opening. It takes a lot of flowers to fill that sucker. But if that vase has a flare at the top (meaning the top is just as big, but there’s a smaller neck), less flowers are necessary to make the bouquet look just as full. Does this make sense? Think of the mason gars as the ‘smaller neck’.
So to fill a crate this size, by using mason jars, you only need to use about half of the blooms as you would without. And that’s a promise. 😉 And you can even space the mason jars out a bit so you use less… it won’t even look like there’s less flowers. So snip some blooms from your garden or order from your florist and get arranging! Use longer stems at the ends to help them spill over and cut them shorter in the middle. Fluff as necessary and always use greens (leave some leaves on the stems) to help fill it out.
Today we’re bringing you some fun free printable bookmarks that are all about love. We used a watercolour background in some springy colours for these sweet little bookmarks. With DIY tassels, they’re perfectly darling. We think they make an awesome wedding or shower favor. Ready to see how they’re made?
To get started, download and print the free file (grab it here) on cardstock and cut them to size. When you have that done, it’s time to make your tassels! I’d like you to know that we’ve found the easiest way to make tassels in a hurry. So if you’re making a bunch- we’ve got you covered. You can get packs of embroidery thread from the dollar store (it’s not the same texture as regular embroidery thread but it’s perfect for tassels. Cut them in half and tie the folded end… see!? SO quick. No wrapping for eeeever.
Then, take a piece of thread and a darning needle (those are the ones that are super thick- for wool and such) and punch it through your bookmarks to tie off.
That’s it, that’s all. One bookmark at each place setting would make a pretty colourful tablescape, or stack them neatly in a basket for guests to pick on their way out.
February is the month for hearts so before it’s officially over, I thought I’d sneak in one more heartful post! This DIY Hearts garland with Vintage Sheet Music is really simple to pull off but I love the charm it gives to a simple vintage set. This garland would be perfect for the couple that love music, play music, or even met at a concert. It’s one of those decor pieces that can tell a story without words.
To make your own, you’ll need:
A book of vintage sheet music
Heart punch, cutting machine, or scissors and patience
Sewing machine set with white thread
Before you get started, you’ll need to pick out your sheet music. Thrift and antique stores generally have these tucked away with books and post cards. I found this fun show boat collection at an antique store, but you could also get individual sheets (they generally are on thicker stock). If you aren’t having luck tracking down sheet music- or want a specific song on your garland, you can make your own. Just print the sheet music (easily found online) with a laser printer (so the ink doesn’t run), then age it using coffee and grounds on a baking sheet.
When you have your sheet music, it’s time to get cutting! We used a cutting machine (Cricut Explore), but a heart punch would have been just as easy. You could also cut your hearts by hand, but you’d need a Netflix marathon and glass of wine 😉 When your hearts are all cut, thread up your sewing machine and sew them together! Choose a longer straight stitch to speed things up and hold the heart that comes out of the foot to make sure the tension doesn’t pull them tight together.
That’s it! Tack it up on your wall, hang it from the ceiling (over a ceremony!?), or drape it down the aisle. There’s so many ways this sweet garland could make an appearance in a wedding, shower, or even your home- it’s just so sweet!
You know what we haven’t talked about here, and really really should? Vintage picnic baskets. They have all kinds of charm with a low-key, intimate feel and they’re so often forgotten about. We have a bunch (because really, how could we say no to them calling our name) that haven’t gotten nearly the screen time as all our crates or suitcases. Well, it’s time my friends. Just look at this gorgeous photo from Em the Gem... it’s chic, intimate and crazy classy. So you see how wonderful they are but don’t know how to use them for yourself? Here’s some of our favourite ideas:
ONE: For a picnic photo shoot. Scrap the awkward engagement/ family/ newborn photos and kick back with some treats. How can you not smile on a picnic? Your photographer will thank you for relaxing.
TWO: Stacked like the photo above to create a sweet sitting area at your wedding. You could even skip the chairs and just have blankets spread with baskets full of snacks to keep guests happy between the ceremony and reception.
THREE: Filled with favours, dancing sandals, programs, blankets to keep warm, or anything else you want to hand out to guests. Everything looks cuter in a picnic basket.
FOUR: To collect cards.
FIVE: Maybe my favourite- fill one or two with picnic goodies to enjoy with your wedding party after the ceremony. Everyone needs a little snack before smiling for all those photos! Plus, when your snacks look this good… your photographer can snap some candids as you enjoy.
So tell us- do you love the vintage picnic basket as much as we do? How would you use them?
It’s no small secret that we love barrels as vintage decor… and especially love barrels at weddings. Not only are they pretty, but they’re so versatile! They can be rustic, elegant, shabby chic, masculine, or anything in between. We’ve used them as entry decor, in mens lounges, as s’mores stations (seriously, you should have been there!), and so much more. We have three types of barrels we rent out, naked barrels (no paint) in large or small as well as white painted barrels. We can’t play favourites, but we thought we should play favourites on some ideas to use them! What do you say? Here’s our fave 9:
ONE: This photo is from one of my favourite vignettes we’ve ever been a part of. Isn’t that sign lovely? But that barrel, it adds height to a welcome vignette, holds photos of the sweet couple, and looks charming while doing it all.
TWO: Another one of our shots, this barrel was used to hold a gorgeous floral arrangement, accompanying directional signage. Why not give your signage some love? Do you think it wants to stand there all alone?
THREE: Okay, let me rant for a minute. One of the things I really don’t enjoy at weddings is having to bend over or crouch down to sign a guest book on a standard height dining table while I’m in heels and a dress. It’s not fun, okay? So why not do your guests a favour and use a lovely barrel to get it at the right height? Bonus, it looks way better anyways.
FOUR: Because I feel so strongly about the idea… here’s another shot of a barrel we set up for a guest book signing. Perfect, right?
FIVE: I love a backyard wedding, there’s something so special and intimate about them! I really really love how this one used large barrels as cocktail tables! The best part? No linens required!
SIX: A stunning backdrop calls for a simple ceremony set up. Why not switch out a traditional signing table for a single barrel like this gorgeous ceremony. And you won’t even have to sit down in your dress with the train to sign. Win/win!
SEVEN: We’ve used barrels to create tables before (I mentioned the s’mores station, right?) but this bar station is beyond perfect! There are so many places barrel tables could be used in place of traditional height plain old linened tables (cake tables, gift tables, guest book tables, cocktail tables, seating chart tables, to hold favours… seriously it never ends!).
EIGHT: Why not ditch the traditional cake table and ornate stand and opt for a simple barrel with lace overlay like this bride did!
NINE: I may have saved the most gorgeous for last… look at how stunning these barrels look flanking the ceremony aisle with giant, wild floral arrangements! I’m in love. Really.
So maybe, just maybe I gave away my favourites instead of saving them for the end. Can you guess? Yup, one and nine. I can’t help myself! Tell me, what are your top picks?
Today I’m so excited to be sharing these lovely watercolour feather engagement and wedding cards with you all! If you’re anything like me, you have a ton of weddings and showers to attend this summer. These cards should get you out of one or two last minute jams and look so pretty printed up for a bride and groom. When my friend Colleen shared her free feather templates on Friday I couldn’t help snatch them up for these cards. The watercolour detail is one of my favourite ways to pretty up any design lately, and brush script? It’s all good, you guys!
To get your hands on these cards just click the links below:
One of my favourite traditions for bridal showers is for guests to bring one of their favourite recipes to gift to the new bride. I know that Pinterest is the new recipe book (and I love it!) but there’s something so special of recipes passed down along family and friends. By asking guests to bring just one, you know you’re getting a tried and true favourite, and hey- who says you can’t request that chicken dish of Aunty Ann’s that you look forward to year round!
There’s a certain charm about everyone bringing a recipe card from their collection but with less of us stocking recipe cards in our cupboards, it’s nice to provide guests a card for them to bring along. Send these out with the invitation and the bride-to-be will have a beautiful recipe collection. We’ve created the recipe cards in both these blue and pink colours, but also in a golden yellow and simple black and white. All the colour versions have a watercolour texture up close.
Just click the colour you would like, download the PDF and print on card stock paper! The PDF has 2 recipe cards per sheet, sized at a standard 4×6 recipe card size.