DIY: Giant Fringe LOVE Letters

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Today we are sharing how to make those giant fringe LOVE letters you saw from our GWS booth from The Cream Event! These letters would make a super fun ceremony backdrop, or reception decor piece! You could even spell out your new last name, nicknames or other sweet words! Love all the possibilities!

One thing to note before we share how to create these…we wanted to use crepe paper for these and had a hard time finding crepe paper (in the colors we wanted) in any stores, but then we discovered Carte Fini and they have the BEST selection we have found! So many different pretty colors and great customer service. Highly recommend them if you are looking for crepe paper. Another note about crepe paper, it is much thicker and more flexible than tissue paper, so it helps make the fringe on these letters much sturdier. We love crepe paper! :)

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What You’ll Need
• 4 large boxes
• Box cutter
• Crepe paper (we used these colors, but you could use any you like – Red Velvet,Coral, Salmon, Pink Suede)
• Shredder scissors
• Duct tape
• T-ruler
Glue (paper specific)

Our letters all stand 30″ tall and 22″ wide. You could make your letters smaller or larger also!

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Step 1: Measure 22″ x 30″ square on your box. This is the space you will use to draw your ‘love’ letters in. Draw your letters in each box individually (we used one box per letter) and in the largest space on the box, inside the slats. Use a t-ruler to make your lines exact. We drew all our letters to have a 7 inch width.

*Note: our ‘V’ letter has a deeper bottom than 7″ due to spacing. As long as the arms of the ‘V’ are 7″ you are good! For the ‘O’ we drew a box in the middle that had 7″ spacing on the sides, so the middle was a square. Then we free-handed the curves of the inside.

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Step 2: Cut your letters out with the box cutter and make sure you are doing this on a surface that can’t be damaged by the cutter (i.e. a cement floor, place an extra box underneath). Since the boxes have two sides, cut through both layers so you can save time with having to cut out the other letter again.

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Step 3: Once your letters are cut out, measure the sides to be the depth of your letter which gives your shape its the 3D quality. To measure these, figure out how many sides there are on your letter, and make that many pieces in the same length, with the width of 7″. Cut these out.

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Step 4: Now that all your pieces are cut out, tape them together. We used small pieces of clear duct tape to put the sides together.

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Step 5: For the fringe and paper, we only covered the front part of the letter. For the rest of the sides and insides we glued the crepe paper flat around the sides. So start by covering the insides and sides with crepe paper and glue down. You can stretch these pieces of paper to give double the length needed.

*Note: For the top and ends, we tucked the paper down the sides to give the paper a “seamless” look so you couldn’t see the edges of the box.

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Step 6: Cut your fringe pieces out for the front. We measured strips of paper for each row and cut. You can leave some extra length on the side and then trim down later if needed. Start at the bottom and glue piece by piece going up the letter. Make sure to have each piece cover the gap from the fringe underneath.

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So fun! If you make these fringe letters, we’d love to see how they turn out, so please share on Instagram along with the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

Thanks to Katie Pritchard for the photos!

 

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Intimate Texas Garden Wedding: Maya + Juan Pablo

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Maya + Juan Pablo always dreamed of a day that had a whimsical, secret garden-like-feel. Where playful color scheme of reds, creams, greys and mints could mingle with fun details + rustic touches. No backdrop could have been more fitting than Tiny Boxwoods – a half nursery, half eclectic cafe, located in Houston, Texas. We’re admittedly pretty smitten with the setting! And not only are M + JP a super stylish duo, but their good taste inspired them to incorporate some of our most fave design elements into their celebration. Think artful paper blooms, giant tasseled balloons, imaginative florals + impeccable signage. Let’s get right to the good stuff + check out the gorgeous images by Mint Photography!

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Major love for the maids’ mismatched frocks (from BHLDNAlice & Olivia, and Parker) + Maya’s Seychelles booties + beaded gown!

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Processional: Bridal Party: Marry You – Bruno Mars; Bride: The Way I am – Ingrid Michaelson (Instrumental)

Recessional: Sweet Pea – Amos Lee (Instrumental)

First Dance: Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg

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The most memorable moment of the day was when we were standing under the paper flowers reading our vows to one another in the most cozy and beautiful setting in front of all their closest friends and family; it felt truly magical.

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And don’t the guys look so great in their contrasting, yet cohesive, patterns?!

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We’re guessing it might be a bit intimidating to design florals for a wedding hosted at a gorgeous nursery. But if Ginger and Jive was nervous, you’d never know it! These sweet goblet arrangements are just perfect!

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Maya + Juan Pablo’s sweet wedding film by Cakewalk Films is a total must-watch! Check it out…

The most beautiful part of our wedding was letting go of every expectation and living in the moment. Plan and organize as much as possible but on the big day…smile, laugh, cry and take it all in—you’re marrying the love of your life today!

photography: Mint Photography // venue: Tiny Boxwoods Houston, Texas // florals: Ginger and Jive // wedding dress: Collette Dinnigan // hairpieces: Olivia Nelson // shoes: Seychelles // bridesmaid dresses: BHLDN, Alice & Olivia, and Parker // hair + makeup: Adorne Artistry // groom suit: Dolce and Gabbana // videography: Cakewalk Films // paper goods: Mountain Paper // catering + cake: Tiny Boxwoods // music: Danny Ray Guitarist // custom chair signs + “here comes the bride sign: Bone Creek Loft // wedding officiant: Kevin Green (friend)

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Wedding Salon Wedding Event in New York City

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At GWS, we truly love a good wedding event and we are excited to introduce you lovelies to the Wedding Salon today! The Wedding Salon is a one-night premier luxury bridal showcase, allowing engaged couples to discover top resources for their wedding. Try cakes from Carlo’s Bakery (of TLC’s Cake Boss), get expert advice from planner extraordinaire Colin Cowie, sip yummy cocktails, check out gown and menswear previews, and learn about gorgeous resorts from all over the world! Guests also have the chance to score a goodie bag featuring incredible treats from Fekkai, Kleinfeld, Stila Cosmetics, Caron Paris and more. Sounds pretty amazing, don’t you think?!

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The upcoming Wedding Salon showcase will be held on April 28th, 2014 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. Tickets are available for purchase on the Wedding Salon website, but the event is also generously offering complimentary tickets (a $75 value) to GWS readers! To RSVP, use code GWSC at WeddingSalon.com.

For future events that may be in your area (Miami, Washington DC, Chicago and Los Angeles), visit the Wedding Salon’s website or Facebook page! Feel free to use the code to RSVP. Thanks so much to the Wedding Salon for the complimentary tickets + happy wedding planning, friends!

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