This instructable is continued from Part 1 DIY wedding gallery. In this instructable I will share place cards, center pieces, and nature finds. In this picture I used a grape leaf, a seed packet wedding favor, and a painted rock with the bride and groom's name and date of wedding. You can use either a green leaf or dry the leaf by pressing it between book pages. You can also find a grape leaf pattern on-line doing a pre-school coloring book page search and printing it out.
Step 1: PEAR NAME CARD
This one would make a great fall decoration. The white plate and doily really set it off.
Here is a pear from my garden. I made a name card cutting the leaf design with pinking scissors and using a hole puncher I tied the bow through the hole and put it on the pear.
Step 2: WEDDING SHOE CENTER PIECE
Step 3: JUNIPER BRANCH NAME CARD
Step 4: WILD THINGS CENTER PIECE
Here is a center piece using all natural things growing in the country except the vase and ribbon. I placed rock in the bottom, added water, a juniper stem, weed, and moss. Gourds are in one vase with a ribbon. On the plate is a handful of some type of weed with a ribbon tied around it.
Step 5: YUCCA POD ARRANGEMENT
Step 6: GRAPE LEAF PLACE CARD
Step 7: MARTHA HEART NAME CARD
This may surprise you. What you see here is a plastic heart that has a 3 sided heart looking seed pod from an ash tree. The pod is kind of a rusty color . I added a ribbon and wrote the name with a marker. This guest favor would be very nice to receive because our planet needs trees! How many of us think about the things we do and how it affects the environment and people around us? We recently and reluctantly removed a huge elm tree from our yard because it had become too dangerous to keep. Since we removed the tree, our house is at least 10 degrees hotter. That tree was 70 years old! We live in a very hot climate and you would be surprised how many people here do not have a nice shade tree in their yard. Oh how I want my elm tree back! We did plant trees a few years ago anticipating the tree removal.
Step 8: WEDDING GUEST SEED GIFT
Here is a painted river rock. Mr. & Mrs Bradford and their wedding date written with a marker. Matchbook made of a brown paper bag folded like a matchbook, stapled and a ribbon added. Inside is red bud tree seeds and a personal note from the happy couple. It sits on a square white plate with a grape leaf under it.
The note reads:
Dearest family and friends,
Thank you for sharing one of the
most important dates we will celebrate
in our lifetime.
We wanted to give you something to
take home to be part of our yearly
celebration of our marriage. We could
not think of a better thing to give,
but seeds from the Eastern Red Bud tree.
This is a small tree with large heart
shaped leaves that blooms lovely pink,
white or red showy blossoms in the early
spring. Mature size is 20' high X 25" - 30" long.
Hardiness is 5-6. Can be planted as long as
the ground is not frozen. It can grow in any type
of well drained soil. It requires very little
maintance except during the hot dry spells.
Trim the branches in February and bring them
inside and place them in water and in about 10 days
blossoms will appear.
The rock can be placed under the tree to remind
you of our union and celebration of our anniversary.
As the tree grows from year to year you can see
how strong our love has grown.
Bride and Groom
Step 9: CORK NAME CARD
Step 10: FLORAL ARRANGEMENT
Step 11: CALENDAR PAGE NAME CARD
I love these name cards. I folded the paper on the sides about 1/2 inch and folded the top and bottom toward the back and glued the folds. The trick is to find large prints of flowers or designs and make sure they are kind of centered on the paper, it makes the envelope turn out better when they are. Then I wrote the names with a marker. I use these all the time for personal letters and cards. The postal employees have often commented on them. I often use magazine pages as well.