April 10, 2014

“MINT DESIGN, a company based out of California recently designed a fresh south of the border fiesta! We proudly partnered with Marcos and Lotta, a newly engaged couple from central California to design their engagement party. After 5 years of being together, Marcos proposed to Lotta during a surprise planned trip to Chicago! After a social media wildfire spread they knew a big celebration was next. Our vision and feel for the party was gathered by elements of the southern California lifestyle; street tacos, fusion drinks, bright colors and lots of swagger. There were lots of fun DIY elements that went into creating this fun fiesta! Streamers danced throughout the party as guests were greeted at the door with drink nametags, glitter heart stirrers and fun straws! Guests entertained themselves into the wee hours of the night with props at the custom photo booth wall, mixing up crowns and mustaches to lips and confetti! We created a gold heart piñata that served as a fun unique party prop! MINT DESIGN used inspiration from the couple and wowed guests with the little details, which were all created on a budget! Who doesn’t love that?” ~ Cheers from MINT DESIGN!


“Marcos and Lotta are a very fun and exciting couple that we were beyond thrilled to photograph. Their fiesta themed engagement party, designed by MINT DESIGN, was complete with street tacos, fusion drinks, and, of course, lots of glitter! We loved photographing all of the little details that MINT DESIGN dreamed up along with the fun and love between Marcos and Lotta and all of their family and friends! Cheers to the happy couple!” - Ashley dePencier Photography


Photography: Ashley dePencier Photography // Event designer: MINT DESIGN // Catering: Agave Grill & Cantina // Paper goods: Matinae Design Studio // cookies: Imperial Sweets

April 1, 2014

Although it’s April Fools Day… there’s no fooling around about our love for Etsy Artisans! Today I created a mini Etsy inspiration board meant to delight the ‘art deco’ bride and groom. Gold and black is a must for this style of event… it’s classic, romantic and bold. 

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All of the images above are from current Etsy listings ~ shop them below!

etsy seller credits

Best Day Ever Wedding Cake Topper – Gold: Better Off Wed // Vintage Art Deco Sheer Back Wedding Dress: Aria Vintage // Art Deco Letterpress Wedding Invitation: Banter & Charm // Jumbo, gold table confetti: Wedding Ambience // Art Deco Black Spinel Cushion Gemstone ring in 14k Gold: Madelynn Cassin Designs // Art Deco Gold and Black Table Number Cards: Tri Elegance

March 4, 2014

A few months back I had the pleasure of collaborating with the Wedding Chicks and Paper and Thread to create a fun DIY wedding project! We all have a love for chalkboards and so we thought it was fitting to use the romantic flat black paint on these cute clothespin escort cards, place cards and brick table number below…

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  • printed escort place cards
  • clothespins (regular and mini)
  • chalkboard  spray paint
  • bronze metallic Sharpie
  • chalk
  • flowers

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1. Start by spray painting your clothespins with chalkboard paint. For even coverage they might need two coats of paint. Follow the directions on your can for dry times.

2. On your computer, print out simple escort and place cards for each guest. Cut them according. Squares for the place cards and flags for the escort cards.

3. For the escort cards: use the larger clothespins and a metallic Sharpie to write each table number and then add each guests name card. *For mess ups; since we are using a Sharpie you will need to repaint.

4. For the place cards: add each guests name card and possibly a flower or stem of greenery. Different flower stems could possibly communicate the guests choice of meal to the servers.

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If you are in love with the chalkboard look like we are… why not incorporate it into a few other details. You could use it to spray paint a brick and use chalk to draw each table number like I did below! 

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Wedding Chicks // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // styling: Paper and Thread // Krylon Chalkboard spray paint, regular and mini-clothespins, metallic Sharpie: Michaels // free font used: Housegrind via Dafont.com

November 29, 2013

We are all about the new trend of ‘reception chair signs’… especially when they are DIY-ed! Today we are sharing the easy way to make AMAZING Mr & Mrs. chair signs with your favorite font. These will be the perfect touch for your special day…

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  • wood plaque of any style
  • a pencil
  • your choice of craft paint
  • paintbrush
  • furniture tacks
  • ribbon
  • print out of the words you’d like to use, sized for your plaque

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To start, print out the words you would like to use (mr, mrs, bride, groom, his, hers, etc.) and size it for your choice of wooden plaque.

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Turn the print-out upside down and shade the entire font area with the side of your pencil.

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With the pencil side facing your plaque, carefully trace the entire word and all it’s details. This creates the perfect outline of your word on the plaque… it’s a graphite transfer!

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Then carefully paint your word, keeping the printout close by for reference. *If you aren’t great with a paint brush, you can also do this step with a paint pen or Sharpie, but Sharpies can bleed a little on the wood.

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I painted the edge of my plaque for a finishing touch… let the paint dry for at least 4 hours before moving onto the next step. 

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Now for the ribbon.. this is how you will hang your sign.

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Cut roughly 20″ of 1.5″ ribbon. Fold one end under and then push two furniture tacks through the ribbon and into wooden plaque; one on each side. 

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Isn’t it lovely..? Such a beautiful sign for such a simple technique.

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CRAFTERS TIP // if you want to hang these signs off the corner of your chairs – tacking both ends of the ribbon right away is fine. If you want them to hang like ours, you will need to have someone tack one end of the ribbon at your venue over the chair back. Also, the exact length of your ribbon will differ due to the type of chair it will be placed on.

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The great thing about this technique is that you can use any font you desire along with the paint color of your choice; meaning your custom sign will perfectly match your special event!

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As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // FREE font used: ‘Shipped Goods’ via Dafont.com // Martha Stewart Crafts paint in Beetle Black, MSC paint brush and scissors, wooden plaque, 1.5″ black ribbon: Michaels // furniture tacks: Lowes // dress: Nordstrom // nail polish: Essie – Mint Apple Candy

November 22, 2013

We have a super fun tutorial for you today… how to make custom wedding cufflinks for your favorite men!!! They are so easy and inexpensive you will want to make them for your entire bridal party and any other special guys that are included in your wedding day. The supplies and steps below create such a lovely finished look, that the lucky chaps who receive these little gifts probably won’t guess that they are handmade! 



  • cufflink blanks and glass tile inserts (ours are from Discount Beads via Etsy)
  • Tacky Glue
  • scissors
  • paint brush
  • the FREE design download below


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Print out the free design download above onto your choice of 8.5″ x 11″ paper that matches your wedding; cardstock, text weight, cover weight and photo papers all work the same. If you don’t like our designs feel free to create your own! *CRAFTERS TIP // Make sure to let your inkjet print dry for at least an hour before gluing, if it’s laser there’s no need to wait.

We are going to start by gluing the glass tile insert on top of the design of your choice. Place a small dot of glue on the paper and then paint it evenly across the design…


..then quickly push your glass tile into the glue. Press it evenly and firmly until you can see the design through the glass tile. Carefully center the tile over the design. Make sure there aren’t any air bubbles between the glass and the paper, if there are you can usually wiggle the tile around to pop them. *CRAFTERS TIP // If your paper pops up a little from the moisture of the glue, simply hold it down for about a minute and it will continue to dry just fine. 


This is what it will look like when the glue is wet. Do not move or touch these until they are absolutely dry, at least 4 hours… we left our sit overnight just to make sure.


When it dries, the glue is absolutely clear like this.


Now, cut out your tiles! Carefully and closely, cut your tile off the paper. Try to trim it as close as you can, clipping the corners if need be. If there is any glue that has dried on the sides of the glass tile you can cut or scrape that off as well.


Carefully cut out each of your darling little tiles…


Now, place the embellished glass tile into the cufflink blank to make sure it fits. If it doesn’t, you will need to trim the paper until it does.


Next up, gluing the tile to the cufflink blank. Place a small dot of glue on the inside of the cufflink blank, evenly distribute it with a paint brush and then carefully press your glass tile into the cufflink blank. If glue squeezes out around your tile, it’s no problem – wipe it off. The glue will dry 100% clear. Let these dry for at least 4 hours (or overnight) and you’re done!


Aren’t they darling!?! We have 25 free designs available to download above… but don’t feel like you have to use ours, you can easily design your own! Another great option is using a special photo or the recipients initials…


These are such inexpensive little gifts that you can make them for the entire bridal party…


…your fathers will love them, and so will the groom…


You can also use this same technique on photograph copies or patterned scrapbooking paper. The same steps apply… glue the glass tile to your image, let it dry, cut out the glass tile, glue the tile into the cufflink blank and.. voila!


We got these cufflink blanks from Discount Beads via Etsy. They have lots of different colors and shapes… check them out!


I’m in love… aren’t you?


Which set will you make for your handsome groom?


As with all our DIY tutorials, if you create one of our projects please send us a picture or a trackback – We Love Seeing Your Creativity! If you use Instagram or Twitter please use the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial and free download by: Jen | Something Turquoise // gunmetal and antique bronze, square cufflink blanks and glass tile inserts: Discount Beads via Etsy // 8.5″ x 11″ paper in Pure White, Paper Bag and Gravel: Paper-Source // Tacky glue, Martha Stewart Crafts scissors and paint brush: Michaels // nail polish: Essie – Mint Candy Apple

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