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! 

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SUPPLIES:

  • 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…

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..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. 

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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.

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

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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.

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Carefully cut out each of your darling little tiles…

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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.

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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!

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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…

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

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

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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!

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

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I’m in love… aren’t you?

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Which set will you make for your handsome groom?

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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 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

November 15, 2013

We are obsessed with today’s tutorial!!! It’s so quick and easy that you can make this darling robe in less than an hour, maybe even a half hour! It has become quite the trend to get ready in fun robes and we are on board! The crafty bride won’t settle for store bought robes… she’ll customize her own – like these! Today we are sharing how to make your own iron-on letters with any type of fabric so that you can have a custom, diy style Bride robe. Since they are so easy… you might as well make them for your entire bridal party! 

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SUPPLIES:

  • cute robe
  • Heat n Bond UltraHold iron-on adhesive (only $2.99!)
  • fun fabric 
  • scissors, you might need a small pair too
  • ink pen
  • iron

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To start, print out the word BRIDE (or whatever word you want) with your favorite font in a mirror image. ***IT MUST BE A MIRROR IMAGE! Here we are using Mensch, our fav. FYI: script style fonts will be more difficult to cut out, but it’s completely up to you.

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Lay a piece of Heat n Bond on top of your print out – paper side up, adhesive side down. *The adhesive side isn’t sticky. Carefully trace your choice of word.

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Cut out the entire word that you traced. 

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Iron the fabric you have chosen for your letters.

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Place the word you traced, adhesive side down, onto the WRONG side of your fabric. DO NOT put it on the right side of the fabric. Iron following the time instructions on the Heat N Bond package for your choice in fabric. About 30 seconds did it for us.

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Cut up each letter, we found it was easier to work with that way…

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Carefully cut out each of your letters…

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You might need a smaller pair of scissors for the inside of some letters…

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Yep, that’s how easy this is! 

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Now layout your robe, even and smooth across your ironing board. Then decide where you’d like your letters. We did 5″ down from the collar, but your spacing might be different. 

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Peel off the paper backing from each letter and make sure your happy with the placement. This adhesive is never sticky.

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Iron your letters onto the robe! The time is based on your type of fabric and is indicated on the Heat n Bond package. About 30 seconds was perfect for us.

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Literally that’s all there is too it! No sewing required! The best part is it’s totally washable!

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So… let’s say that you are super crafty and are going to make these for your entire bridal party. Well, if you have more than one bridesmaid – I think you should go the extra mile and put each girls initials on the front of their robes! That way no one will be confused with whose robe is whose! Same steps as above!

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How cute are these!!??!!

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**We made these special bridal party robes specifically for The Not Wedding that was held in Cape Cod. We were privileged enough to attend the absolutely stunning event, which the image below is from – courtesy of Hike Photography. Follow this {link} to see the rest of the amazing day!

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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 // kimono robes: Linens N Things // font used: Mensch from LostType.com // patterned material and Heat-n-Bond Ultrahold: JoAnn’s Fabric & Crafts // ironing board: Target // scissors: Martha Stewart Crafts // nail polish: OPI – Mimosas for Mr & Mrs

October 16, 2013

“Tiffany and Nicolas’ wedding was truly an event to remember. Tiffany, who planned their beautiful day while living all the way in London, chose the beautiful Grayhawk Golf Course, a location she used to work at, as the gorgeous backdrop for their wedding. I fell in love with all the rustic charm and personal touches that she incorporated into their day. And with half of the wedding guests having flown in from France and other locations throughout Europe, it made for such a memorable, fun-filled celebration of their love!” – Ryan Nicole Photography

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We LOVE this new tradition of sealing a special bottle of wine or champagne is a wooden box to open and enjoy on your 1st Anniversary! It’s such a fun, interactive activity for your ceremony ~ just be careful not to hit your pretty fingers with the hammer!

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“The most memorable moments of the wedding were when we said ‘I do’ and looking around to see our closest friends and family who travelled over 6,000 miles to be there for us!! This was truly special and meant a lot that so many people would travel so far to be with us.

Our friends and family… particularly the French know how to celebrate and really kept the entire night full of excitement. I loved how both of our dad’s gave very heartfelt speeches and both made an attempt to say a few words in French and English… it was so cute!

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..The inspiration for our wedding was French, rustic, romantic and DIY. We kept with classic colors, black and white and incorporated simple details such as traditional French tins, wooden wine barrels, chalkboards, white hydrangeas and unique handmade touches throughout.

The centerpieces were hand made by my bridesmaids, sister of the groom, Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom. Nicolas and I purchased traditional French cookie tins when we were traveling in Paris and filled each tin with an array of items including a french/english dictionary (which became very useful for guests on the night!), funky sunglasses, fake mustaches and a disposable camera so our guests could capture photos throughout the night! This added a French touch to our décor and looked great on the tables.

A ‘Here Comes The Bride’ Sign was made out of an old piece of wood by my sister/Maid of Honor, Brittany Potter.

The favors were handmade – we had customized labels and cards made for Hershey kisses and made little bags of kisses for each guest. 

The invitations and wedding day signs were designed by Sunny Patel a friend, colleague and designer in London. They were absolutely perfect and I love that the Arizona landscape was integrated into the design. His company is called: SunnyLondonLtd.com

Record Guest Books – We came across this idea one day while wandering through our local Market in London. We chose records that had words that represented us as a couple and I love that we now have memories and notes that can be displayed in our home to remember forever.

Cake Stands and the cake table set up were designed by Mother of the Bride and Made of Honor Brittany Potter.

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..Something Old was a set of pearls my dad bought for me when I was a little girl. My mom integrated these into my bouquet – it was beautiful! Something New – My Wedding Dress. Something Borrowed – My Earrings. Something Blue – I had blue ‘ I Do’ rhinestones on the bottom of my heels!

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..Try to do as many DIY things as you can, it not only saves you money but it adds so much character, charm and personalization to a wedding!” – Tiffany, the bride

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photography: Ryan Nicole Photography // venue: Grayhawk Golf Club, Arizona // dress: Vera Wang // grooms suit: The Kooples, a chic french brand // bridesmaids: Pheobe Couture from Neiman Marcus //  mens’s attire: Hugo Boss // flowers: DIY-ed by the bride // cakes: DIY-ed by the Maid of Honor // DJ: Ed Russell // hair: Brooke Stanley from Etch Salon // make-up: Murphy Little from the Chanel counter at Saks // Officiant: Michael Kennedy // rentals: Classic Party Rentals

September 24, 2013

Today’s sultry gray + porcelain white inspiration board was inspired by the modern, embossed table number coasters below… handmade by Red Bird Ink. This cool, monochromatic board is sure to delight the rustic bride that wants a modern twist!

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All of these gorgeous images are from current Etsy listings, that’s right – you can purchase all of these items right now! For these exact listings and many more please follow this {link} to find our shopable Etsy treasury:

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etsy seller credits

Modern Himmeli Ornament set of 8: HRUSKAA // letterpress wedding table number coasters: Red Bird Ink // silver and gray floral beaded fascinator: LoBoheme // porcelain dairy bottle vases: Revisions Design Studio // dupioni silk knotted ring bearer pillow: Romancing Juliet Bridal // vintage hobnail milk glass cake stand: Barking Sands Vintage // cosmopolitan wedding place card: Paper & Pinafore // porcelain bunny rabbits cake topper: Revisions Design Studio // Seal Beach gray octopus convertible style wrap dress: Coralie Beatrix

August 22, 2013

Isn’t this bouquet beautifully earthy!?! This year we have seen a lot of white and green combinations and this is one of my favorites. I absolutely LOVE succulents… I have more than 10 varieties growing in my garden. When adding succulent trimmings like these to your wedding bouquet, you can actually keep and plant them after the wedding for a special, long lasting memento! They also make such masculine boutonnieres!

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BOUQUET // The blooms in this beautiful bouquet are available year round!!! Succulents can be ordered from a wholesale florist or easily cut from a growing plant in your garden!

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CARE // Hydrangea is a very thirsty flower and should be kept in water right until the ceremony and should be put into water and displayed at the reception. It also benefits from a water spritz. Each of the succulents will need to be hand wired into the bouquet. Be sure to tuck the flowers deep into the bouquet to have support for the weight.

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LONG LASTING MEMENTO // The succulents in this bouquet and the boutonnieres can be kept and planted after the wedding for a long lasting memento! The easiest way to achieve this is to remove the succulents from the bouquet and simply stick into soil, either potted or the ground. They will grow roots after a few weeks and an occasional watering will benefit the plant but be sure not to let the base sit in standing water. Too much water will cause the succulents to lose their petals.

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RECIPE  // 10 stems white mini calla lilies // 2 stems white hydrangea  // 6 stems white vendela roses  // touches of succulents, can easily be cut from blooming plants

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BOUTONNIERES // Succulents make the perfect boutonniere! They have a modern and masculine feel while lasting outside of water for weeks. Be sure to select the smaller succulents to avoid the boutonniere from being too heavy. They can be by themselves, or used as an accent for a more traditional calla lily boutonniere.

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amazing photography by: Studio 11 Weddings // gorgeous florals by: Floral Designs by Jacqueline Ahne // styling by: Jen | Something Turquoise // dress: Ralph Lauren, Jen’s wedding dress!