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DIY Vintage Book-Themed Wedding Table Numbers

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Book-themed weddings have become increasingly popular over the past few years among literary couples and vintage lovers alike. Books have showed up as favours and their pages used as decor, but DIY vintage book-themed wedding table numbers? Now that’s something entirely new!

Wedding crafter extraordinaire and stationery designer Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade dreamed up this project and we think these book-themed wedding table numbers would be a beautiful addition to just about any reception.

Debra put this project together using old books she found at Goodwill, bamboo skewers, die-cut flower stickers and glitter number stickers she sourced from a local Dollar Store, velvet ribbon ordered from Creative Bag and double-sided tape and glue from Michaels. The result of her crafty endeavour are these absolutely stunning table toppers, which are sure to wow your guests.

See how you can make these table numbers at home in just a few simple steps.

Weekend Wedding Project: Make Your Own Lilliputian Dipped Vases

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We used vintage spice jars from a thrift shop and acrylic paint to create these custom miniature flower vases. Tie tags around these pretty table toppers and use them as place cards or group a few vases of differing heights together to create stunning centrepieces.

A DIY Wedding Project That’s Guaranteed To Impress Your Guests

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With so much to accomplish, your wedding planning time is precious. If you can only incorporate a few DIY wedding elements you should focus on projects that are both simple and extremely unique. We think this cool DIY wedding favour by craft diva Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade fits the bill perfectly.

Swapping flowers for plants is one of the hottest wedding trends for 2013 and air plants, in particular, have become especially popular in the industry this year. These easy-to-assemble DIY wedding favours come together in a matter of minutes and they can also double as place cards for your guests.

In terms of supplies, you’ll find air plants and moss at most nurseries (Etsy is also a good option) and steamer baskets are readily available at Walmart and most Asian markets. Coloured twine can be found on Etsy and wood veneer is available to order from Lee Valley.

In the weeks before your wedding you’ll need to ensure you properly care for your air plants so that your favours will look their best for the big day. Keep in mind these plants require plenty of light but no soil. To water them dip the entire plant in tepid water and shake it gently to remove excess moisture. Do this two to three times per week depending on humidity. Additional information on how to care for an air plant can be found here.

Read on to see how you can get started on this trendy DIY wedding favour.

A DIY Project For Your Destination Wedding

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Planning a wedding getaway in a tropical location? Wedding craft guru and stationery designer Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade dreamed up the perfect DIY project for your destination wedding. These personalized fans made using craft supplies and vintage maps are a fun project you can put together and pack for your big day in the sun. And the best part? There are only five simple steps to creating them! You can source vintage maps from Goodwill or Etsy and Michaels is a good source for the ribbon and paper punch you’ll need for this DIY destination wedding project. On the big day hand these pretty handmade items out at your ceremony to keep your guests cool while you say your “I dos” or use them as favours on your reception tables. Either way your guests are sure to adore these handy travel-themed gifts.

Christmas Wedding Favours You Can Make Using Washi Tape

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‘Tis the season when Christmas wedding favours are becoming de rigueur, but instead of purchasing seasonal gifts for your guests why not make them yourself? Wedding craft guru and stationery designer Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade has dreamed up a collection of ultra-simple DIY Christmas wedding favours that you can create at home using washi tape. What is washi tape you ask? It’s a decorative adhesive tape, which originated in Japan is typically made from natural fibers, such as bamboo, hemp or the bark of mulberry trees, mitsumata shrubs or gampi trees. Washi tape comes in a variety of patterns, designs and colours so you shouldn’t have a problem finding tape that perfectly suits your theme and colour scheme. You can find this decorative tape at most craft suppliers as well as on Etsy.

Click through the slides below to see how Debra transformed a simple ivory candle, a dollar store vase and a rather hum-drum glass ornament into gorgeous festive Christmas wedding favours using washi tape. And rest assured, these wedding crafts are extremely simple to undertake (the most complicated one involves three steps, two of which are measuring and cutting the tape) — one is even as easy as bundling cutlery together with washi tape to add some decorative appeal to your buffet tables!

Make Your Own Personalized Paperweight Favours

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Send guests home with something unique — a personalized paperweight. You can create this easy DIY favour using air-dry clay and rubber stamps. The options for personalizing these gifts are endless. Rubber stamps are available in a wide array of designs with everything from simple flowers to phrases. Use alphabet stamps to add guest’s names and use the paperweights as place cards.

TIP: You can also use an oven dry clay for this project such as Fimo or Sculpey, both come in a wide variety of colours.

How To Make Your Own Fancy Stir Sticks

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Let your cocktails sparkle with custom stir sticks made from cupcake liners. The foil liners we used come in a variety of colours so you can match your drink decorations to your wedding palette.

Cute Candy Favours In 5 Simple Steps

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In five easy steps create sweet treats for your guests to enjoy. Just fill small watchmaker boxes with your choice of candy or treat and add a pretty tag for a quick-to-assemble wedding favour.

A Super Simple DIY Project: Make Your Own Colourful Confetti

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After the ceremony, have your guests shower you in handmade confetti. You can totally tailor this craft to suit your wedding theme. Try other types of paper to create the confetti such as vintage book pages, tissue paper, crepe paper, foil, glitter paper, plantable seeded paper. You can also find hole punches in a variety of shapes including hearts, stars and squares. However you interpret this idea, we’re pretty sure it’ll be the easiest wedding craft project you ever undertake.

Make Your Own Pretty Personalized Napkin Rings

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Add a personal touch to your place settings by creating DIY napkin rings for your guests. You can use either decorative or Japanese paper to make the rings — both come in an amazing variety of colours and styles — and with the addition of a few decorative elements the completed rings can really bring some added creative dimension to your tables.

DIY Personalized Paper Napkins

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Easily customize your own paper napkins with iron-on transfers to add a personal touch to your wedding day or bridal shower.

Make Your Own Wedding Tea Favours

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Tea can make a lovely fragrant favour for your guests. Pick a flavour that reflects the theme of your wedding and add an extra special touch by sending guests home with a handmade satchel to hold the teabags. We’ll show you how to make your own tea keepsakes in four easy steps.

Pretty Bubble Jars In 4 Simple Steps

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Pretty jars of bubbles with heart-shaped wands add a whimsical handmade touch to your wedding day. Hand them out before your ceremony starts with a note attached asking guests to blow bubbles as you walk back down the aisle with your new hubby. Here Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade explains the four simple steps to creating these personalized bubble jars.

Make Your Own Vintage-Inspired Table Numbers

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One of the most exciting parts of crafting is seeing what other people have created from scratch. Today we’d like to introduce you to one of our favourite fellow crafters, Debra Norton from Vintage Paper Parade. When Debra isn’t busy designing stationery and paper goods, she’s blogging about vintage treasures, DIY projects and perfectly produced parties. Today, Debra brings an organic touch to your reception table with her vintage-inspired table numbers. Find out how you can make Debra’s pretty table toppers in five simple steps.

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