When AC and I got married in 2009 I found myself spending more hours than I would have liked flipping through wedding books on the floor of Barnes & Noble. After weeks of looking and scanning through every book I could get my hands on, I came to the conclusion that there just wasn’t a wedding book written that spoke to my style and my interest in doing as many things as possible by hand. There were a few DIY books on the market but they didn’t quite nail that mix of trend-conscious and classic that I was going for. But now, there’s finally one that does. My wedding may be over, but the new book Handmade Weddings: 50 Projects to Style and Personalize Your Big Day is the dream DIY book I had been hoping to find two years ago.
Written by Eunice and Sabrina Moyle (the Hello Lucky! girls) and Shana Faust (an amazing stylist and creative director), Handmade Weddings is 260 pages of everything you could possibly want- and imagine- from a DIY wedding book. The book imagines six different weddings/themes: Retro Homespun, Girly Romantic, Happy Graphic, Organic Minimal, Modern Classic and Found. Each wedding comes with 9-10 project ideas to help you complete the look, from handmade invites and decorations to favor ideas and ring pillows. Each of the events feels wonderfully “now” but has elements that will continue to be relevant (and adaptable) for years and years to come. And while I love these individual events- the meat of the book- my favorite section is right in the beginning: a handmade weddings resource guide with TONS of info on finding inspiration, sourcing materials (with some great outside the box ideas) and a checklist for the elements of your wedding you can tackle on your own. The back of the book has a great glossary of terms (so you know your satin ribbons from your grosgrain) and a helpful timeline to help you plan all your projects ahead of time. I always see weddings as a chance to really let your personalities shine and celebrate homemade decorations and special objects, and I really think this book nails that spirit. If you’re looking to DIY your special day, give Handmade Weddings a try- it’s an all-in-one guide to making your big day a truly special (and mostly low-budget) occasion.
Today I’m thrilled to be sharing one of the projects from the book: amazing hanging pompoms made from cupcake liners! This is a great way to decorate any occasion, from a birthday party and wedding to a summer BBQ. I love the fact that you can really customize this based on your liner choices- it will be a handy trick to have the next time you need to whip up some easy, inexpensive decorations. Thanks again to Eunice, Sabrina and Shana for sharing this project (full steps after the jump) with us. Speaking of the authors, check out their adorable book video below! You can watch them recreate one of the gorgeous wedding setups featured in the book. Here’s to happy weddings for everyone! xo, grace
CUPCAKE LINER POM-POMS
Pretty patterned cupcake liners become festive pom-pom strands with a bit of glue and string. Hang these over your reception tables or in your cocktail area, and feel free to mix and match colors and patterns within your palette.
4 to 6 hours
WHEN TO START
8 to 10 weeks before
• Station 1: Flatten and fold the cupcake liners.
• Station 2: Make the pom-poms.
• Station 3: Attach the pom-poms to the string.
$50 to $75
Makes six 12-foot strands
• 720 cupcake liners, approximately 120 per strand
• Six 12-foot lengths white kitchen string
• Bone folder
• Rubber bands (optional)
• Glue sticks
• Clear tape
1. Flatten and fold your cupcake liners.
Using a bone folder, flatten each cupcake liner into a circle. Fold
in half, wrong-side out. Repeat for all of your liners. You will need
10 identical liners per pom-pom. If you are using a variety of patterns and colors, stack or rubber band them by pattern. If your cupcake liners have scalloped edges, be sure to fold them along the same axis every time. This will ensure that the segments that make up each pom-pom are all symmetrical, making for a pleasing whole.
2. Make the pom-poms.
Place 10 folded cupcake liners, of the same pattern and color, on your work surface. Using a glue stick, spread glue over one half of a cupcake liner. Align it to the corresponding half of a second cupcake liner. Press down and smooth with your bone folder (figure 1, page 29).
Let dry. Continue attaching the cupcake liner halves, smoothing
each segment as you go to ensure a secure bond. Do not glue the last
segment. When complete, the pom-pom will form an accordion-like
sphere with one open segment, which allows you to flatten the pom-pom into a circle (figure 2). Let dry completely. Continue making pom-poms.
3. Attach the pom-poms to the string.
Leaving about 2 feet on either end of the garland for hanging, attach the pom-poms along the string, at 2-inch intervals (or greater if desired). To attach, lay a flattened pom-pom on your work surface and align the string along its central axis (i.e., along the crease). Secure the string with two small pieces of clear tape, one on each end of the pom-pom. Spread glue over one half of the circle, as well as on the string, and sandwich the two halves of the open segment together, trapping the string (figure 3). Let dry. When all the pom-poms are attached and dry, hang the garland. “Fluff” the pom-pom segments by hand to create full circles.
• Happy Graphic: Choose cupcake liners in bright solid colors. In lieu of white kitchen string, use a colorful string or cord.
• Found: Use a variety of patterned and solid liners in blues, reds, greens, and yellows. In lieu of white kitchen string, consider using red and white striped baker’s twine or jute.