Friday, May 15, 2015

Flower Girl Baskets

How to Make Unique Flower Girl Baskets:

Are you looking for a way to make your wedding something unique while staying on a budget? Try this quick project for adorable baskets that your flower girls will love.

Here are two unique Flower Girl baskets that I have created. My wedding colors are gold and blue, so I chose to go with a neutral white and gold. I have both blue and white petals for my wedding, so they will contrast nicely with the baskets.

What you will need:

  • Wicker basket(s), spray paint if you want to change the color of your basket(s)
  • Cloth ribbon, white or your base color
  • Sheer wire ribbon, gold or your accent color
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Silk Flowers
  • Pearl or bead accents
  • Metal charm to match your theme, if desired
  • Solid and sheer cloth material, white or your base color
  • (Optional) Glitter Glue, gold or your accent color

How to make your basket:
  1. If you haven’t done so already, pick your base and accent colors. White or Ivory is traditional, but I have seen some baskets with unique colors like teal and purple. Make sure they go with the flower petals you are going to pick for your wedding. Get your wicker basket and spray paint if needed. I started with a wicker basket. I was lucky to find three matching wicker baskets at a secondhand store. I then spray painted them white.
  2. Once you have picked your colors, trim your wicker basket with cloth ribbon of your base color. Wrap the ribbon around the handle to make a seamless handle sheath. Wrap your wire accent ribbon around the middle of your basket. Glue to the body if you can not wind it through the wicker.

  1. Create your basket liner with the solid and sheer cloth material. I will try to include a variety of liner designs for different size baskets, but since your baskets will vary I can’t include all shapes or sizes here. Once you have created your liner trim it with your cloth ribbon. Cut a hole for each handle, and use the ribbon to tie a bow on each side.
  2. If you have a metal charm for your theme, tie the ribbon around the charm on one side.

  1. On the other side take the silk flower and wrap around the bottom of the basket handle.
  2. Wrap the pearl or beads around the flower.
  3. Take another portion of the sheer wire ribbon and wrap around the flower. Take the ends and
create a bow.

Voila! You have your one-of-a-kind Flower Girl Baskets.

Next Week:
Nothing scheduled. I'll try to get something up soon.

How to make Butterfly Streamers

Monday, May 11, 2015

Eiffel Tower

Virtual Tour using Google Maps

Thanks to Google Maps, you can see the view from the top of the Eiffel tower from the comfort of your own computer. But for those who can make the trip to France, there is no substitute for seeing it in person. There's nothing quite like looking out to the west, towards the United States, and seeing the world from another perspective.

The view from the top:

Be sure to check out each floor (3.5, 3, 2) and to click arrows to "move" around the tower. Top Floor:

Check out these Virtual Tours:
The Louvre


Virtual Reality Tour of the outside of the Louvre 

Check out these Virtual Tours:
The Louvre

Pompidou Centre

Pompidou Centre (The National Museam of Modern Art of the Georges Pompidou Centre)

Virtual Tour with Google Maps

Be sure to use the arrows to move around and +/- to zoom in and out.'

Here is a street view of the Pompidou Centre. 

Here is another view of the Pompidou Centre. 

Check out these Virtual Tours:
The Louvre

Friday, May 8, 2015

Butterfly streamers

How to Make Beautiful Butterfly Streamers:

I created these streamers when I was inspired by the Japanese wedding tradition of creating one thousand cranes to wish a couple happiness and prosperity. As the legend goes, when someone folds one thousand cranes they are granted a wish or prosperity. To create my own twist on a tradition for my wedding, I chose to substitute cranes with butterflies. Butterflies represent transition, growth, rebirth, and eternal love-- so it was a natural choice for me. If you want to choose a different animal or shape to create something unique for yourself, here is a link to a website with many different origami shapes.

Getting Started:

Items you will need:

  • Ribbon-- I used plastic ribbon but this can be substituted with cloth ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • One or two colors of glitter glue
  • One or two colors of paper

Now start folding your butterflies:

For variety I created three different sizes. This is optional. The small butterflies were very hard to fold, but they look adorable and are worth it.

I have included some vague instructions on how I folded these butterflies, but you can find more detailed steps on this website for origami.

  1. Cut into a square
  2. Fold in half horizontally
  3. Fold top part in half again horizontally
  4. Fold in half vertically
  5. Fold each half diagonally
  6. Fold inside out half way horizontally, pinch both horizontals inside the center
  7. On one side fold down, these are the wings on the back
  8. On the other side fold tips of the butterfly flaps inside

Step 6
Step 4 
Step 5

Step 7
Finished Butterfly

Now just repeat one thousand times-- or maybe just twenty times or so. It really depends on your patience level and how much time you have. It is something you can do while watching TV. I watched a Netflix marathon of my favorite sci-fi series, and at the end of each episode I had over twenty butterflies completed. 

Next, "glitterfy" your butterflies:

  1. First I started by arranging the two colors and different shapes into piles.
  2. Then I started coloring the white paper with gold glitter, and the blue paper with blue glitter.
  3. Feel free to mix it up. I added a few dots of opposite colors to get a wide variety of butterflies. I even added some sequins to a few of them.
  4. Put them aside and let them dry.
Experiment and try adding both colors.

Now make your streamer:

  1. Cut your ribbon to your desired length. I made mine a little less than twenty feet because I want them to stream down the balcony at my wedding reception. You don't have to be as ambitious. Six to ten feet will work just fine.
  2. Heat up your glue gun.
  3. Pick the spot you are going to hang your butterfly. You want to start about one to two feet up the streamer so that you can use the ends to hang it up. Place a dot of glue onto the ribbon.
  4. Put the butterfly on the ribbon with its back touching the glue. Be careful not to touch the glue, or to wait too long to apply the butterfly. This glue dries fast and is very hot.
  5. Once the glue has dried repeat steps three through five. You can vary the direction, side of the ribbon, and spacing between butterflies. 


Add glue to ribbon. Place butterfly on glue. Wait for it to dry. Repeat.