As promised, I’m here to share Ian and Cara’s stunning handmade wedding with you. Not only was the location picture perfect (The Gardens of Bammel Lane), but Cara’s choice of handmade items and natural elements set the tone for the entire night with everything from handmade fan programs, to centerpieces, to whimsical wildflower bridesmaid bouquets. You’ll even see the simple DIY succulent cake topper that I made from this sneak peek.
We made the gold mason jar centerpieces by taping off the bottom and spray painting them with gold metallic spray paint.
To make the succlent cake, I bought mini succulents and cut them down to the bloom, then placed them on top on a group of three on top of a homemade vanilla and nutella cake. It’s a really inexpensive alternative!
Because Houston summers can be pretty unforgiving with heat, they printed their programs on these colorful heart fans for guests!
styling by Bunny and Bells, photography by Laura Burton, wedding location The Gardens of Bammel Lane, Houston, TX, handmade fabric garland by Ashley Meaders, wedding cake by Sugar & Cloth
I learned a few things first-hand this week, including: rugs are actually a little yellower in real life than they are on Overstock.com, spray-painting textured terracotta planters is harder than it sounds, and lastly, never go on live television without test-driving your scissors first. True stories.
All in all, it’s been an exciting week of firsts, and hopefully yours was too! If you’d like to see my little segment (and scissor blooper) of summer DIY’s that I taught on the local Houston talk show Great Day Houston, you can check out the video here!
I’m always on the look out for simple and inexpensive ways to revamp items I already own once I wear out their traditional look. It’s just an added bonus when the finished outcome of a revamp makes it look even more expensive than it really is, like DIY leather strapped tote bag which only cost me $15 in materials!
Chelsea from Lovely Indeed sent me this darling tote a few months ago, and I’ve been using it for everything. It was just a matter of time before it earned it’s leather straps, here’s how:
- Small rivet starter kit
- Leather punch
- Leather for straps (bought mine precut at Tandy leather, similar here)
First, cut the existing straps off your bag as close to the trim as you can. Then measure and cut two 22inch leather pieces to use as straps. The width is up to you as far as comfort, mine are cut a 1/2 inch thick.
Once you have the desired placement of your straps, use the leather punch to punch through the straps and tote bag. I made two holes for two rivets on each side for added support, but it’s up to you.
Next, insert rivets in the holes you previously made according to the instructions on your kit.
If you want to make a closure strap, measure and cut a piece of leather that is 1inch wider than the desired with of your closure strap, and insert a rivet on each side.
This way it’s snug enough to keep the strap closed.
Cut a piece of leather that’s about 6 or 7 inches long to use as a strap (making sure it’s long enough to safely rest where you placed the enclosure piece).
Making sure the leather is facing wrong side-up, use a rivet to to attached the leather strap.
Fold the strap over and under the enclosure, and you’re finished!