DIY Bead Clusters

These pearl clusters are irresistibly luxe and lovely, yet surprisingly easy to make. I scooped up freshwater pearl beads and crystals in a variety of gold, blush and lavender hues for a warm glow of rose gold. The colors came together beautifully and I couldn’t be happier with how my pretty pearl clusters turned out – I only wish that my camera could do them the justice of capturing just how elegant they look in person.

 

Materials: 
  • Freshwater Pearl Clusters
  • Freshwater Pearl Beads
  • Crystal Beads
  • Copper Wire (28 Gauge)
  • Needle-Nose Pliers

 

Step One:

Cut a piece of wire approximately 9 inches long and string it through one of the pearl clusters. Pull until the cluster is in the center of the wire and then cross the wire over the back and through the cluster again to hold it in place.

 

Step Two:

Create the leaves by adding one bead or pearl at a time and working from the cluster outwards. Thread the first bead onto one side of the wire and pull it down until it is approximately ½” inch from the pearl cluster. Bend the wire so it forms a ‘U’ shape. Hold the wire in place with your pliers and twist. Continue twisting until the bead is held tightly in place.

 

Bend the wire at the base of the twist so it forms a ‘V’ shape and add a second bead approximately 1” from the base of the ‘V.’ Twist and repeat, alternating randomly between pearls, beads and spacing. Bend the stems as needed to reposition your bead stems. Continue building on your ‘leaves’ until you are happy with how it looks. Repeat for the other side of the pearl cluster. Tip: If you run out of wire you can add more by attaching it directly to the bead cluster again or by attaching it to one of the twisted wires.

 

And there you have it – pretty little pearl clusters to fancy up your day or anything you put them on! To find out how I turned these into a trio of bridal hair pins, pop on over to my tutorial on BuzzFeed.

 

 

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Desert Blooms: A DIY Bohemian Bridal Shower

 

It has been a whirlwind of happenings over at One Handspun Day this last month! I worked on an amazing collaboration with Cassandra of Borrowed Blu to bring to life Desert Blooms, a styled Bohemian bridal shower and could not have happier with how it turned out. After laboring over the vision, pulling together a talented team of vendors and crafting tons of DIY details, I quite literally teared up with joy when Katie of Katie Pritchard Photography sent me the photos of the shoot (you can read her thoughts on the shoot here). It exceeded every hope that I had for it. And I was honored that Green Wedding Shoes featured it a couple of weeks ago and that it was received with such an overwhelming response from her lovely readers! Ruche also put together a sweet blog post on the shoot, so stop on over there as well.

 

 

Desert Blooms was a concept inspired by the natural beauty of the Arizona desert and although it includes some of the southwestern influences you would expect, we gave it a fresh interpretation through whimsical details such as a table runner made from colored sand, oversized terrariums bursting with large blooms, girly tones of blush and a true celebration of all things pretty. We set up our bridal shower in a cactus garden, but the decor for this event could beautifully transform a patio, backyard or neighborhood park.

 

And we couldn’t be more excited because we also have released a DIY guidebook to go with this styled bridal shower event: 70+ pages of everything you need to recreate this bohemian bash for your next celebration! We have packed its pages with DIY tutorials, templates, pretty photos, illustrations, inspiration and variation ideas! Plus it has all of the little touches you would expect from One Handspun Day – it is available as a download (because we know how much you love instant gratification with your purchases) and it has lots of hand illustrated design elements (those crochet trim borders were drawn with pencil by yours truly!). Now that you have the scoop on this gem of a book, here is an exclusive peek into some of its pages…

 

 

“This book has been a labor love for the last two years, growing from an idea to photoshoots to words on a page. My mission when I set out to create these guidebooks was to bring attainable creativity to everyone who has ever considered themselves as ‘not creative.’ I whole-heartedly believe that everyone has the potential to be creative, but most just simply need some practice in thinking creatively. My event guidebooks are designed to give you a framework in which to do just that.”

 

“Follow the tutorials to craft details for your event in the way that we did, then try a few of the variations. Before you know it you will be brave enough to try an idea of your own or will interpret one of our projects in a new and beautiful way.”

 

Over the next few weeks we will be sharing photos from the styled shoot and more content from the book, including some of the tutorials, variations and some fun bonus content!

What types of themes or events would you like to see us create for future DIY event guidebooks?

 

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DIY Floating Paper Flower Wreaths

Photo credit: Green Wedding Shoes

 

Last month I worked on a really fun project for a Green Wedding Shoes + West Elm collaboration – I was one of four contributors that were given the challenge of coming up with a DIY wedding project using West Elm’s Spring collection of paper flowers. All of the contributors definitely met the challenge head on and came up with some really great projects! If you haven’t seen them yet, they are all definitely pin-worthy…. and while you are over there enter West Elm’s giveaway for a dozen of paper flowers plus the vessel of your choice!

 

I came up with a lot of different ideas for the paper flowers (there are so many ways to use them!), but decided to weave the stems together to create rose wreaths that appeared to float around vases. I thought it would be fun for you to see the brainstorming sketch that I put together next to the end result -  I love when my vision comes to life the way I imagine it!

 

By the way, all of the gorgeous photos are courtesy of Dana Grant Photography. Dana is not only an insanely talented photographer (she photographed my wedding five years ago!), she is a fabulous person with a beautiful outlook on life. Follow her on Facebook and after a few posts you will see why she is so beloved!

 

The roses were so easy to work with and I was even able to re-use the twine from the packaging that the roses arrived in to hold the flowers in place! West Elm put together a post with tips, some of the other ways I used the roses, and details on how to ‘shop this look’ that you can read about here. And for details on how to construct the wreaths… keep reading on my lovelies!

 


Materials:

Step One: Create the wreaths

I wanted to bring in more gold accents, so I added detail to the leaves of the roses before crafting the wreaths. To create the same effect, use a gold pen (mine was a Krylon 18KT Gold Leafing Pen) to draw a line down the center of each leaf and several lines on both sides of it. Repeat for each leaf.
To make the wreath, bend the stem of a rose to form a half-circle and repeat for a second rose. Place them together to form a full circle, allowing their stems to overlap at least half an inch. Bend the flower potion of the stem 90 degrees so it faces out from the circle. Use the twine that you placed aside from the packaging to lash the stems together where they overlap. Repeat these steps to create at least two more wreaths.


Step Two: create the stands

Next you are going to create the legs for the wreaths so that your roses can ‘float’ above the table. I created two different types of stands – one with five straight legs and one with two ‘X’-shaped legs. To create the ‘X’-shaped legs, space four roses equal distance from each other along the inside edge of one wreath, lashing each in place with twine approximately two inches below the base of each flower. To create the straight-legged stand, add one or two more roses for support and leave them standing straight.


 

Step Three: Add more Roses!

Now that you have the base stand created you can add more roses to it. Place the second wreath a couple of inches below the first and lash into place (or place it right up against the first one if you want your rose grouped more tightly). Repeat for the third wreath. To finish the stand, pull two of the rose stems together and cross them to form an ‘X’ and lash them with twine to hold the shape. Repeat with the other two rose stems. The rose portions that belong the legs should be standing straight up from the top wreath – bend them down so they are in line with the other roses. Bend the leafs of all of the roses so the gold lines face outward and so that a few gently curve away from the wreath, following the shape of your vase.

 

TIP: If you would like your floating rose wreath to look more full, you can easily add more roses by weaving them into the other stems.

 

 

 

If you like these wreaths, don’t forget to check out the other ways I used the paper roses over on West Elm’s blog!

 

Photo credits: Dana Grant Photography

Disclaimer: I was not paid for this post, but all of the materials pictured were items that I chose and that were provided courtesy of West Elm.

 

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DIY String Name Cards

DIY Wedding String Name Card Sign

Photo credit: Stephanie Godfrey Photography

 

Hello my lovelies! I know it has been quiet over here lately and that is because we have a lot of very exciting things in the works – we can’t share just yet, but are bursting at the seams and cannot wait to fill you in on all the fabulous handspun happenings. In the meantime, we have a lovely project to keep those crafty little fingers of yours busy! These pretty little rope string name cards were featured on the Wedding Chicks last month and received so much love that we wanted to share with you how we made them! Your Facebook votes were definitely in favor of this DIY, so I am excited to share it with you today. If you would like to chime in and choose which tutorials we put together, then join us on Facebook!

 

One of my favorite things about these precious little handspun details is that they are made with wire, so they are very easy to make. And there are so many fun ways to use them once they are done ~ you can make them stand upright, hang them from the backs of chairs, or even place them so they appear to float up! Let’s get started…

 

 

Materials

 

 

Step One: Shape the wire into words

Shape the vine covered wire into the the letter ‘M’ and continue forming each letter, moving left to right just as though you are writing in cursive. You can do this freehand or ‘trace’ over the letters in our template (our “MR” & “MRS” is available as a free template and can be downloaded here). Use your fingers to bend the wire into shape – it does not take much force to bend.

 

Tip: To create sharp turns or straight sides for your letters use needle nose pliers to hold the wire in place and bend the wire against the edge of the pliers. When creating the “M” twist the legs of the ‘M’ a few times so the shape of the letter stays together (this also works for other letters that have sections that double back on themselves).

 

 

Step Two: Paint!

Now that your vine covered wire is fully formed into a word, you can embellish it with paint. I wanted a ‘dipped’ look for my signs so I only painted the bottom portions of my “MR” and “MRS.” You could paint yours in several colors, create an ombre effect, add a pattern such as polka dots, or even use metallics for a completely different look. Have fun with it and let me know if you make some of your own!

 

Photo credit: Stephanie Godfrey Photography

 

And there you have it ~ your very own handspun string name cards. To see how mine were used in the James & the Giant Peach styled shoot feature, pop on over to the Wedding Chicks to see the full gallery of images!

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Lavender Fields of Love: A Styled Wedding Shoot

 

Did you spot our ‘Love is a Flutter’ invitation suite on BRIDES last month? They were tucked in a dreamy, rustic lavender farm wedding that we just cannot get enough of. These dreamy, ethereal photos were taken by the ridiculously talented Lizzie of S’Wonderful Photography, an absolute favorite of mine (you probably recognize her work from here). All of the vendors that contributed to this shoot are very talented and I was honored to be part of such a great group. I loved this shoot. I really loved it. I loved how the lavender farm smelled, the hours it took to get there that I spent chatting with Emilee & Lizzie, the memorable bumble bees that we tried so very hard to maintain peace with, the way the light fell softly over the hills, and the dozens of beautiful wineries that surrounded it. There are plenty of photos over in the gallery on BRIDES, but I wanted to share a few of my favorites, many of which are not part of the BRIDES feature.

 

The shots Lizzie took through this lovely stained glass window are simply stunning. Every time I look at these photos they make me want to freeze time and live in the little moment they capture. They feel like a series of beautiful stolen glances, wrapped in that dreamy, fleeting second when the day and night become one…

 

 

They take my breath away every.single.time.

 

 

And our ‘Love is a Flutter’ collection was right at home on this lavender farm. Isn’t she just darling printed on this pretty birch wood?

 

 

You can see the rest of the images from this styled wedding shoot over in the gallery on BRIDES.… just be prepared for some serious eye candy.

 

The talented vendors involved in this beautiful shoot:
Concept & Photography: S’Wonderful Photography
Lead Styling & Vintage Rentals: Tasteful Tatters
Florals: Recycled Love Story
Gown: Lindee Daniel provided by Lovely Bride in LA
Vintage China Rentals: The Vintage Table Co.
Paper Products: One Handspun Day
Desserts: Enjoy Cupcakes, los olivos
Hair Styling: Lauren Jones
Makeup: Molly Nicole Reynolds
Venue: Clairmont Lavender Farm in Los Olivos, CA

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