The holidays and gift wrapping are behind us, but I LOVE this idea to give a small gift wrapped in a handkerchief. It’s like a gift wrapped in a gift! I think it would be such a sweet way to wrap your bridesmaids & wedding parties thank you gifts.
What an easy way to dress up a luncheon or shower, use mismatched vintage handkerchiefs as placemats!
This little fabric envelope is a cute way to repurpose a vintage handkerchief, and quite simple to make. Fold the hanky in half, starch and iron flat, then stitch around the edges. Next, fold the bottom two-thirds up and the top one-third down. For an added embellishment you can add a button and/or the recipient’s initial with embroidery thread.
Albeit unconventional for a wedding I think these miniature cakes would be adorable at a bridal shower or similar event. This idea was spotted via a pinterest pin here, and was so cute I had to give it a shot (despite my lack of baking skills!) To begin, clean out your cans and remove labels. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees. I didn’t follow the recipe from the pin, I used store-bought cake mix and simply filled them half way with batter. I also didn’t remove the bottom of the can, because all the cans I had collected had a reinforced bottom and were virtually indestructible by my can opener. I did spray the heck out of the cans with non-stick spray, filled with batter and baked for about 25 minutes. Once completely cooled, I very carefully removed them from the can with a knife (warning however, I lost one in this process) Last step, I decorated the tops, if I had more time and patience I think frosting the whole cake would be amazing, and it would cover any messy edges. My husband called them “cancakes” clever fella huh?
Tin cans are a fantastic way to add candle light to your event. They are truly a blank canvas and can can be decorated with many techniques. I chose to drill holes, cover with patterned paper, and paint these three cans. Once you’ve taken care of the outside, drop a votive in and light!
Silhouettes are a simple (and cost effective) way to add a touch of style to your cake or dessert. Your cake topper silhouette can be of anything your heart desires whether it be you and the Mr., hearts, creatures, etc. This “event” seemed to take on a woodsy feel so I chose to make male and female deer silhouettes. Using the same method we described in yesterday’s post, make your silhouette and glue a skewer to the back of it. Then, all you do is stick the skewer in your cake and you have a wonderfully handcrafted cake topper. You can find simple animal illustrations on stock image sites such as iStock.com.
A lot of couples these days have a small cake for cutting purposes but then serve smaller desserts or cupcakes to their guests. In addition to the deer cake topper we also cut out simple hearts and affixed those to skewers as well. This is an easy way to keep all of your desserts looking cohesive and adding a little more flare.
Making silhouette portraits of you and your honey for the big day is a great way to really personalize your event. The great thing about silhouettes is that you can use them for a vintage inspired event or a clean, modern one, depending on your taste. To make your own silhouettes you will need black paper (I use black Canson paper, which can be found at any art store), X-Acto knife and extra blades and a cutting mat. Take a profile picture and either trace over it with a black marker or using a computer editing program; I used Adobe Illustrator. Print out and set on top of your black paper and cut your image out with your X-Acto knife. This works best if you change your blade often and always use a sharp one. Glue each finished silhouette on a heavy white paper and frame. How great would these look behind your head table?! So great.