November 1, 2013

Happy 1st day of November! Today we are sharing how to create two different styles of gorgeously, gold leafed ring bearer dishes! The term we are using today is ‘gilding‘ ~ which covers a number of decorative techniques for applying fine gold leaf or powder to solid surfaces such as wood, stone, or metal to give a thin coating of gold. In this case, we are using Martha Stewart Crafts ‘silver’ gilding sheets… but of course you can use their gold, copper or even striped multi-colored sheets. This dish will add a beautiful touch to almost any style event and will make the perfect jewelry dish after the wedding!



  • 6″ unfinished wooden bowl
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Sheets in your choice of color (we are using silver)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Enamel Finish spray paint (optional)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Gloves
  • Martha Stewart Crafts paint brush and natural bristled brush
  • drill with 1/8″ drill bit
  • 2 feet of 1/8″ ribbon


The first step is to mark and drill holes into your unfinished wooden bowl. Make sure to keep your drill at an angle, almost parallel with the sides of the bowl. My drill bit is 1/8″ ~ you should use the same size drill bit as your choice of ribbon.


After drilling the holes will be rough; sand them smooth using sand paper or a nail buffer.


Now it’s time to GILD!

Using Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Adhesive, paint the bowl where you will be applying the gilding sheets. Allow the adhesive to dry until it feels tacky, which may only take a few minutes. Make sure that the wood surface is clean, free of debris and dust before you paint. 


Once the adhesive is tacky to the touch, you are ready to apply the gilding sheets. Press the gilding sheet onto the prepared surface with the wax backing sheet facing you. Smooth and press the sheet to the surface rubbing it gently and then carefully lift it away. Use Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Gloves when working with delicate gilding sheets for ease of handling.


Smooth, press and carefully peel the gilding sheet away from the surface and repeat; keep repeating with multiple sheets if needed until the desired area is completely covered. Allow it to dry for 1 -2 hours. We used two sheets for this design.


Once the area is fully covered and dried, brush over the surface with a natural bristle brush in a circular motion to remove excess gilding. 


Your gorgeous ring bearer dish is almost complete… 


Insert your choice of ribbon through the holes…


Tie a simple bow and then tie each ring onto the ends of the bow… so cute!


Only knot the rings once, this way they can be removed with an simple tug.
How perfectly romantic is this bowl!?


Now for our second design… only gilding the bowl edge…

Same steps apply… paint the gilding adhesive onto the edge of the bowl, allow it to dry until it becomes tacky to the touch.


Press and smooth the gilding sheet to the prepared surface.


Press, smooth, lift and repeat until you are happy with the coverage. If necessary you can go back and carefully hand place small pieces of gilding. For this design we only used one sheet of gilding.


Before you brush the gilded surface, let it dry for 1-2 hours. This step removes excess gilding.


Tie a simple bow and add your wedding rings to the ends! Just lovely… and such a sweet keepsake to store your cherished jewelry in after the wedding!


//////////     OPTIONAL     //////////

If desired, add a coat of Martha Stewart Crafts Satin Enamel Finish to seal and protect your gilded surface. Normally with gilding you would choose ‘gloss’ but with the wood, we think satin looks better. Don’t worry, it doesn’t dull the brilliance of the gilding at all! 


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 // Martha Stewart Crafts Gilding Supplies; silver gilding sheets, gilding adhesive, paint and gilding brushes, gilding gloves: Editors at Martha Stewart available at Michaels and on // 6″ unfinished solid beech wood bowls: Amazon // wedding dress: Nordstrom // nail polish: OPI – You Don’t Know Jacques!

October 15, 2013

Do you want to send your guests to their seats with a little extra sparkle? Transform simple clothespins into the perfect addition to your escort or seating cards… curious on the difference? Read the definition below…



  • Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage glue in gloss finish
  • Martha Stewart Crafts glitter in your favorite shade
  • mini-wood spring clothespins
  • paint brush
  • simple escort or seating cards

STEP ONE: apply one even coat of MSC decoupage glue to the top of each clothespin

STEP TWO: immediately apply glitter over the glue, let dry for at least one hour

STEP THREE: seal the glitter with another coat of decoupage glue, let dry for at least one hour. Once sealed you won’t loose one sparkle!

STEP FOUR: print simple escort or seating cards and then use the clothespin to hang the card on a water, wine or champagne glass! Just adorable! It’s the little details that make a difference :)

These can be used as… 

‘Escort Cards’ like the picture above including the table number, meaning they would escort your guests to the correct table; no seating assignment. These would be placed in a foyer area before the guests enter the reception area.

- or -

‘Seating Cards’ like the picture below being placed at each table setting, meaning they let each guest know where their seat is located – not needing the table number. How will you incorporate these darling glitter clothespins into your special day?


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 share using the hashtag #SomethingTurquoiseDIY. Happy Crafting!

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Photography: Studio 11 Weddings // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage glue, glitter (in: sugilite, bubblegum and sunstone) and paint brush: Editors at Martha Stewart // mini-wood spring clothespins and paint dish: Michaels // font used: American Typewritter // nail polish: OPI – Paint My Moji-toes Red

October 4, 2013

Still looking for the perfect pair of glam shoes for your wedding day? If you can’t find the right fit… why not make them yourself! Today we are sharing fail-proof steps on how to perfectly glitter a pair of high heels for your special day… or any other day for that matter! 



  • pair of heels (any fabric will work!)
  • Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage glue in Gloss Finish
  • your choice of glitter
  • paint brush
  • small container and/or wax paper


//////////   CRAFTERS TIP   //////////

To make these heels look superb, it takes time! This project will not be complete in one night… or even one day! Give yourself at least three days to complete the steps below.
It will be worth it ~ I promise!!!

We will start by painting a coat of decoupage glue onto a small section of the heel. It’s best to work in small sections; if doing an entire heel you might want to break it up into five sections. Two on each side and then the heel itself, this will help to keep your coats organized. If your heels are made of fabric like these, it will soak up the glue ~ so make sure you apply enough that the glitter will stick. Don’t be stingy. If using a patent leather or other shiny material you will need less.

//////////   Glue Strokes   //////////

Keep your glue strokes as even as possible, like shown in the large picture below. If you have excess glue lines after your stroke you need to smooth them out, otherwise you shoe will end up looking wrinkled and/or possibly having lines.


Then shake on the glitter! Apply it liberally and tap the shoe on the desk to remove excess. Here I am doing this over a piece of wax paper to protect my work surface and save the excess glitter. 


You can carefully pat certain areas of the glitter into the fabric if you need to.


When that section is complete, carefully move onto the next. If there are areas of the heel that you don’t want glitter, you can tape them off if you feel necessary. Since holding the shoe can be a bit awkward, only paint one side at a time and let it dry for at least an hour before moving on. Taking the time to apply the glitter in steps will pay off in the long run!


Keep on glittering! The amount of glitter you will need for each shoe will depend on the area that you are glittering and the color of the shoe. ***Each of these heels took exactly one of these small vials of glitter. I recommend buying a larger container of glitter. 


//////////   Save what glitter you can!   /////////


Since the shoes I started off with were not the same color as my glitter, I needed to do TWO coats of glitter. The picture on the left is showing what one coat of dried decoupage and glitter looks like compared to two coats.

Whether you need one or two coats of glitter will be up to you!


The steps are the same for the second coat, paint on the decoupage and add the glitter. 


//////////   Sealing the Glitter   //////////

Unless you want to leave a glitter trail behind you… this step is VERY important! You will need to paint your new glitter shoe with TWO coats of decoupage to completely seal the glitter. Each coat needs at least an hour of dry time, if not more. To be safe, let them dry for 24 hours before you wear them. After the two coats are complete, you won’t loose one sparkle!


Naturally you will have tons of loose glitter on the inside of your shoe, so take a loose bristled brush and brush it all out.


These shoes are to die for… and if you take the time to do the steps correctly ~ they will be SO gorgeous that no one will ever expect that you made them yourself! 


What color glitter would you use???


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 // Martha Stewart Crafts Decoupage glue in Gloss Finish, paint brush, and Fine Glitter in Wintermint: Editors at Martha Stewart available exclusively at Michaels // gold-tiped high heels: Payless // wedding dress: Nordstrom // nail polish: OPI – Paint My Moji-toes Red

September 27, 2013

We are always trying to dream up ‘useful’ favors that your guests will actually take home and enjoy… and this one is terrific! Just a few simple ingredients will instantly make a delicious mocha latte mix that is sure to tickle your taste buds. These darling test tube favors will be perfect for any event, especially a bridal shower or wedding. This mix tastes best in an 8 oz cup of warm milk, but water is good too… love is not the only thing brewing around here!



  • Martha Stewart Crafts darling test tube favor kit (halloween themed)
  • sugar
  • dry creamer
  • instant coffee
  • dry milk powder
  • cocoa powder
  • salt + cinnamon (optional)
  • mallow bits and chocolate sprinkles (optional)
  • sticker paper
  • FREE label downloads below
  • recipe card print out


Instant Mocha Mix
Serves 28
Mix these 7 simple ingredients together to create a delicious 'instant mocha mix' that is wonderful for gift giving! Especially wedding favors...
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 3/4 cup sugar
  2. 3/4 cup dry creamer
  3. 1/2 cup instant coffee
  4. 1/2 cup dry milk powder
  5. 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  6. optional;
  7. 1 tsp. salt
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  9. mallow bits
  10. chocolate sprinkles
  1. Mix all the ingredients together in a blender until completely combined. That's all there is too it!
To brew
  1. Add 1.5 tablespoons to an 8 ounce glass of hot water or milk
Something Turquoise {ideas for the DIY bride}
Print out the recipe card above. Add all the ingredients into a blender…


…and mix until they are completely combined.


Each adorable test tube will perfectly fit 3 tablespoons of mix. Using a funnel helps. Once all 3 tablespoons are in the test tube, gently tap the bottom of the tube onto the counter a few times to pack the mix down. This recipe will make about 15 test tubes.


Next, add your choice of cute toppings… here I’m adding chocolate sprinkles and mallow bits. You can add anything you’d like or nothing at all, it’s your call.


Place the cork on top and you’re done! Aren’t they so cute!


//////////   FREE  ’Love is Brewing‘  LABEL   //////////

Download the super cute ‘Love is Brewing’ label above and print it onto sticker paper.


Carefully cut each one out, leaving a little white edge around the outside… peel the sticky backing off and place onto your ‘mocha mix’ test tube!


These little test tube favors are just too darn cute!


Guess what!?! One lucky reader will win 40 of these darling test tubes from the Editors at Martha Stewart Crafts because they love crafty brides!!! Empty ones, of course :)


TO ENTER: Comment below (using the FB widget or our regular commenter) with your name, wedding date, and what wedding event you would LOVE to make these favors for… and you might just WIN!!! Winner to be announced here and on our FB page, next Friday morning – October 4th. Good Luck!!! **If winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours another winner will be chosen.


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 // Martha Stewart Crafts test tube favor kit: Editors at Martha Stewart available at Michaels and on Amazon // all mocha mix ingredients: Pavilions // sticker paper: Staples // nail polish: OPI – Paint My Moji-toes Red

September 26, 2013

The latest edition of Martha Stewart Weddings has just hit the stands and is absolutely packed full of the most gorgeous new style trends and ideas for your special day. Pick one up, or download it on your iPad (it’s to die for!) and get your inspiration on! Isn’t the image below from Erin Fetherston and Gabe Saporta’s wedding breathtakingly ethereal?


Since we here at Something Turquoise are completely obsessed with Martha Stewart… we were beyond thrilled when the editors asked us to share a little preview of this issue with you!

We all love Pinterest and the wedding inspiration that it can offer – but what if we move away from all the ideas that everyone is currently pinning and go for something unique! The Make a Statement article in this issue shares different ideas on how to breath new life into current trends and break away from the old…

Why not bring back the real meaning of ‘pin’ with these modern escort cards that hold vintage initial pins! Which perfectly double as unique favors; as a guest wouldn’t you love to receive one of these? We would!


Such beauty and simplicity can be found in a monochromatic color scheme… this pink ensemble below is enchanting, and would make for the loveliest of bridal showers! What color would you love to see in a singular palette? We would have to say – turquoise!!!


Photos by Yunhee Kim. Courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings. Copyright © 2013, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Inc. Originally published in the Fall 2013 issue.