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A Vintage Garden Bridal Shower

So over the past few weeks I showed you how to Age Terracotta Pots, create a Moss Covered Letter, and emboss some paper goods. All of these crafts were part of a bridal shower, hosted by my mother-in-law for our cousin Justine. The theme of the shower was vintage garden and boy did the house transform and play the part beautifully!

Here are a few shots from the shower—it’s amazing what a bit of planning, creativity, and elbow grease can accomplish! I think it was beautiful and the pictures do not even do it justice.

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
I just love this sign. My mother-in-law hand painted the letters and distressed each one—I thought it was a printable it looks so perfect! The raffia is a great touch to add to the vintage feel of the shower. Since this sign isn’t customized to the bride and groom, the family can use it for future weddings.

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
There were lots of small chalkboards throughout the shower—with cute wedding related phrases or quotes. This just solidifies the notion that chalkboards are the perfect décor for any occasion.

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
The laundry room underwent a transformation and became the drinks/dessert area. Never underestimate the power of white tablecloths and a burlap accent runner. A few garden related items were all that were needed to connect this room to the theme.

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
The desserts served were mini pastries, cookies, and that gorgeous cake—made to look like a terracotta pot with flowers! It was not only pretty to look at but pretty delicious too.

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower Cookies
The cookies were made by yours truly. I have been dying to try out the frame cookie cutter (from Karen’s Cookies) and thought that this was the perfect occasion. Given the natural theme, I wanted do to more subdued and simple cookies. It was my first time writing with icing, and I think they came out pretty good!

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
As the shower was in the mid afternoon, the food served was light and refreshing. The greenery of the different salads enhanced the theme and looked lovely on the table.

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
Check out this moss covered gift box that my sister-in-law, Lauren, made. Is it not the cutest thing ever? It served as décor right up until Justine opened it as a gift. Lauren is a graphic designer and extremely artistic/clever. Not only did she make the box, but also the gift inside—a cute frame that acts as a wedding ring holder. Maybe one day Lauren will feature some of her talents on our blog :)

Vintage Garden Bridal ShowerThe Moss Covered G that I posted about earlier looked great in the dining room. In addition to being décor, it serves as a personalized gift for the bride and groom.

Vintage Garden Bridal ShowerAside from the food in the dining room, there was also a table full of fruit, cheese, grilled vegetables, dips, etc. Again, all finger food that was light and well suited for an afternoon shower. I thought the table scape was beautiful.

Vintage Garden Bridal ShowerSee this statue? Can you believe my mother in law aged this herself?? Incredible!

Vintage Garden Bridal Shower
The bride and groom received many well wishes on the wishing tree. The embossed tags from my earlier blog post looked great on the tree. The tree was a gift for the bride and groom for their new home.

Vintage Garden Bridal ShowerRemember those terracotta pots we showed you how to age? Here’s the final product! Each guest received an herb to take home—the pots/herbs were a huge success, everyone loved them. Talk about a perfect favor for a vintage garden shower!

 

The shower was a wonderful day for everyone—especially for the bride and her family. It was a lot of fun making some of the crafts that were featured in the shower. With lots of younger siblings and cousins in our family, I’m sensing that there might be more happy family occasions to plan and craft for in the future!

Moss Covered Letter

Here’s another craft that I made for the bride-to-be at her shower. After the vintage garden theme was settled, I knew right away that I had to make a moss covered letter. It was the perfect fit for the theme of the shower and could also serve as home décor for the bride and groom in their new house!

Moss Covered Letter

What you need:

  • 1/4” plywood—I used leftover from my Berry T Wreath and Moss Shamrock crafts
  • Letter on paper (font of your choice)
  • Jigsaw
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray Paint- optional
  • Moss—I used sheet moss found at any craft store
  • Glue Gun
  • Burlap/ribbon

Step 1:

Choose a font for your letter. Again, since we have access to the LCD projectors at school, I used that to trace my letter onto paper. No LCD projector? Print out your letter on two pieces of paper and tape them together. Trace your letter onto your wood.

Note- I was working with a remnant piece of wood, so it was already cut into a square shape that was close to the border of my letter. You don’t want too much excess wood getting in your way as you cut.

 

Step 2:

Cut out your letter using the jigsaw. Use some sandpaper to smooth out the edges.

 

Step 3:

As with my other wood crafts, I decided to spray paint my letter in green. The moss won’t cover the sides of the letter and I wanted the wood to match.

Moss Covered Letter

Step 4:

Trace your letter onto the back of your moss sheet and carefully cut it out.

Moss Covered Letter3

Step 5:

Using your glue gun, apply your moss. Make sure you have newspaper or toweling down to catch the many pieces of shedding moss.

moss covered letter

Step 6:

Tie burlap or whatever ribbon you choose around the letter and it’s ready to hang. I think this looked just awesome on a mirror at the bridal shower.

Moss Covered LetterThis is a great craft for yourself or even as a gift!

 

 

Top 10 St. Patrick’s Day Decor

For the past few weeks, the ladies and myself (and probably many of you too), have been combing Pinterest and our favorite blogs for some St. Patrick’s Day inspiration. We hope that you’ve enjoyed the decor/crafts that we’ve posted, and wanted to include our top 10 favorite ideas that we have seen on the good ol’ world wide web. (Each image will take you directly to the tutorial)

So here they are, in no particular order:

St Patrick's Day Clover Wreath

via blueskyconfections

What’s better than a St. Patty’s Day wreath that is made from fresh greens from your very own landscaping?

St Patrick's Day Bannervia lilluna

 This banner was the inspiration for Grace’s Easy St. Patrick’s Day Banner. We especially like how this one uses vintage maps of Ireland for the background. A great decoration for your house or even your classroom!

St Patrick's Day Printablevia pumpkinpetunia

 Everyone loves a free printable, and this one is full of whimsy. What a cute gift for your little ones or friends to get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit.

St. Patrick's Day Shamrock Tree

via lollyjane

This craft is super easy and super cheap– you can get everything from the dollar store. A great activity to do with the kiddies.

St Patrick's Day Vases

via eighteen25

A nice tutorial for making colored vases. Of course green works well for St. Patrick’s Day, but you could apply this technique to any vase for any holiday. This is great St. Patty’s Day decor without going too over the top.

St Patrick's Day Stamp

via prudentbaby

You probably have everything you need for this craft in your house already–we love an upcycled, free craft. The kids could make such cute St. Patrick’s Day cards with this stamp.

Shamrock Garland

via blitsycrafts

This garland is also something that can work in both your home or the classroom. As all it takes is strips of paper and a few staples, this is a craft that kids (who can safely operate a stapler) can help with too.

Lisa_Shatzer.jpg.rendition.largestvia ferncreekcottage

You know that we love us some burlap around here. What’s nice about this art is that you can really vary it to your taste. You can change the shape of the clover or use cardstock/scrapbook paper instead of foam board. Love the natural look of this one.

St Patrick's Day Chalkboard Art

via dearlillieblog

This is understated St. Patrick’s Decor at its best. A chalkboard with any saying related to the holiday (Irish blessings, songs, etc.) is a classy, neutral way to incorporate some holiday cheer into your home.

St. Patrick's Day Clothespin Wreathvia celebrations.com

This wreath can either go on your door or anywhere in your house/classroom. Using just a few supplies (most of which you may have already), this wreath is definitely a keeper!

Have you made any St. Patrick’s Day crafts? We’d love to see your decor choices!

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