DIY WEDDING PROJECTS | Silhouette Garland, Ceremony Paddles & Lapel Pins! | by Lauren Elise Crafted

Well my friends… the time has come to announce one of our favorite new features here on The Knotty Bride…

Lauren of Lauren Elise Crafted (aka one of the craftiest and most creative young ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing) has joined our team, and she’ll be contributing a DIY column on a regular basis from here on out, bringing incredible, lovely and totally stylish step-by-step wedding DIY projects to readers of The Knotty Bride!!!  I’m dying over this, and we bet you will, too (in an “alive” sort of way, of course).  Lauren is a mover and a shaker in the world of DIY, and we’re pretty proud to call her a columnist here at Team Knotty.  So, without further adieu… I present to you my good friend and DIY queen, Lauren!

Take it away, Lauren…

Hello lovely Knotty Bride readers!  My name is Lauren from Lauren Elise Crafted and I could not be more excited, ecstatic, and honored to be guest blogging here on one of my favorite wedding blogs.  When Alison asked if I would like to contribute regular DIYs to her super fab corner of the wedding blogosphere, I was actually rendered speechless, something that does not happen often I can assure you!  How did a girl like me, someone who just recently started a blog with posts of her photography, styling, and crafted creations, get so lucky?  Well, I still don’t know if I can answer that question but regardless, I must give a gigantic thank you to Alison for having me here and for trusting me to maintain the pure awesomeness that is The Knotty Bride.

What I love about this blog and what makes it stand out from the rest, is the unique voice that Alison brings to each of her posts.  In a world of visual overload, it takes a lot to slow down and actually read what people have written (I am so guilty of this…I skim through the text just so I can jump right into the pretty pictures…uh, can someone say short attention span?).  I look forward to The Knotty Bride posts everyday because honestly, on how many wedding blogs can you read the word “amazeballs” on it?  Alison’s excitement for weddings is contagious and I love that she is not afraid to let us know when something is great.  Because the truth is readers, sometimes things really are amazeballs!

The theme for my first Knotty Bride DIY project is silhouettes.  This is a big trend currently and it is definitely one that I love!

Although it is a modern detail, the silhouette works perfectly when paired with rustic elements and this is how I have chosen to style them here.  I have three different ways to incorporate silhouettes into your big day: ceremony paddles, a garland, and wedding lapel pins.  I used silhouettes of the bride and groom for the three projects and you may want to incorporate other members of the wedding party as I have done for the garland.  The ceremony paddles can be handed out to guests before you walk down the aisle and can have the names of the wedding party printed on the back.  The garland can become décor for both the ceremony and reception and would be a great prop for the wedding pictures or a photobooth.  The lapel pins can serve multiple purposes.  Make pins with the image of the couple and hand out to guests as a souvenir.  The groom can wear a pin with the image of his bride and have it serve as a boutonniere.  The bride can place her pin, with the image of her groom, on her bouquet.

Are you a big fan of silhouettes like me?  I am a sucker for the pink + black + white + vintage text color scheme…what about you?

What you’ll need:

  • vintage music sheets
  • 90 lb. white cardstock
  • white acrylic paint
  • wood paddle sticks
  • sponge brush
  • metal-edge ruler
  • x-acto knife
  • tacky glue
  • freezer paper
  • personal die cut machine if you have it (like the Gazelle or Silhouette SD)
  • muslin fabric
  • iron
  • black fabric paint
  • white felt
  • scissors
  • lace trim
  • white thread & needle
  • cotton twine
  • pink cotton fabric
  • pin backs


*To make the ceremony paddles:

1. Find vintage sheet music at local antique stores {image a}.  Cut the sheet music down to 8.5”x11” so that it will fit into your printer {image b}.

2. I used Photoshop to arrange the silhouettes of the couple and of the bride and groom but any graphic design software would work (Illustrator, Photoshop Elements, etc.).  For the garland, layout the silhouettes in a 5”x7” template and for the wedding pins, layout the silhouettes in a 2” circle template.  Beforehand, take profile pictures of the bride and groom and use your computer software to trace around the profiles to create the silhouettes.  I made the silhouettes black to go with the black, white, and pink theme but any color could be used.

3. Print out your silhouettes onto the sheet music.

4. Cut the sheet music down again to 5”x7”.  Glue a piece of cardstock of the same size (5×7) to the back of the sheet music.  This adds stability.  I used plain, white cardstock.  You can also print wedding information onto the back.

5. Beforehand, paint the wood paddle sticks white with acrylic paint.  Allow plenty of time to dry.  Glue the sticks to the cardstock with tacky glue {image c}.  Allow time to adhere properly.

*To make the garland and wedding pins:

1. Find freezer paper in your local grocery store {image e}.  You will need the silhouettes of the bride and groom and members of the bridal party for the garland.  Cut the silhouettes out of the freezer paper in one of two ways {image g}.  1) Either print or trace the silhouettes onto the freezer paper (on the dull side of the paper).  Then use an x-acto knife to cut out the image to create a stencil.  2) Use a personal die-cut machine, like the Gazelle or Silhouette SD, to cut out the silhouette (face the shiny side down) {image f}.  This machine is incredibly accurate and will save you time.

2. Cut a piece of muslin down to about 8”x10” or about the size of the freezer paper {image h}.

3. Iron the freezer paper to the muslin (shiny side down) {image i}.  The freezer paper adheres quickly but make sure to move the iron around the edge of the silhouette, holding the iron for about 5 seconds in each place.

4. Use a sponge brush to dab black fabric paint onto the silhouette {image j}.  Make sure you apply even coverage {image k}.  You may want to let the first coat dry and then apply a second coat.

5. After the paint is dry, pull up the freezer paper {image l}.  Because the freezer paper seals with the muslin, you should have a clean edge around the silhouette.

*To continue making the garland:

6. Cut two pieces of white felt to 5”x7”.  Position the first felt piece behind the muslin and center the silhouette.  Fold over the excess muslin and glue to the felt with tacky glue {image m}.  Fold and glue all four sides {image n}.  Glue the second felt piece to the first so that the folded over muslin is covered up {image o}.

7. Stitch some lace onto the back of the silhouette at the bottom using white thread {image q}.

8. Cut a piece of cotton twine to whichever length you would like your garland to be (mine was about 5’ long).  Run a stitch around the cotton twine and through the felt so that the silhouettes can hang from the twine {image r}.

*To continue making the wedding pins:

6. Cut three felt circles that have a 2” diameter {image s}.

7. Like with the garland, position one of the felt pieces behind the muslin, center the silhouette, and fold over the excess muslin and glue with tacky glue {image t}.  Glue the second felt piece on top of that.

8. Cut lace ribbon down to a 10” strip (with a 2” width) and cut pink cotton fabric down to a 14” strip (with a 2.5” width).  To create the ruched circles (for both the lace and pink fabric) {image v}, run a stitch along one side of the strip.  Pull the thread as you go and the fabric will begin to bunch and create the ruche effect {image u}.  Tie a knot when the entire strip has been ruched and then sew the two ends together to form the circle.  Glue the lace on top of the pink fabric and then the silhouette on top of the lace {image w}.  Allow to dry.

9. Glue the third piece of felt onto the back of the pink ruched circle.  Allow to dry.  Stitch a pin backing into the felt {image x} so that the bride, groom, and guests can wear their wedding pins.

Thank you so much for having me here today.  If you have any questions about these projects or need further detail about how things were made, please feel free to contact me here.  I am also available to make anything you see.  I would love to craft something special for you!

xoxo!  – Lauren

Label(s): {DIY + Freebies}

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  1. postcards and pretties on November 30, 2010

    that is the cutest!! i love Lauren Elise’s DIYs …the touch of lace in the garland is a perfect touch!

  2. Kate on November 30, 2010

    I LOVE!!! THIS!!!

  3. The Demoiselle on November 30, 2010

    FANTASTIC!! Lauren’s got talent for sure! I love how silhouettes are so elegant but whimsical too! CUTE!!

  4. Nicole | BH Bridal Bliss on November 30, 2010

    Love all the DIY ideas, great detail! The silhouettes are to die for! Welcome Lauren and I’m excited to see what else is to come!!

  5. Brancoprata on November 30, 2010

    Lauren is such a genius!!! I love her and i love the way she always inspires us!!! You girls are like the perfect match… ok… like… the perfect blog meets the perfect crafty, DIY, talented person!!! ;))) Love this!!!!

  6. Lauren Elise on November 30, 2010

    Thank you SO SO much for the sweet comments everyone! Each one means so much to me…I cannot thank you all enough for the tremendous support! Getting to contribute to this blog is such a joy because it gives me the excuse to be extremely creative and nothing makes me happier than crafting things by hand. I hope to bring TKB readers some really fun and inspiring projects :)

  7. Jen on November 30, 2010

    Love this! Using lace as an embellishment is the perfect finishing touch.

  8. on November 30, 2010

    These are all amazing! Love these ideas!!

  9. Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on November 30, 2010

    purdy projects! i love silhouettes!

  10. Alexandra on November 30, 2010

    These are so yum! Those sweet little silhouettes are so romantic and beautifully put together. More please!

  11. Naomi on November 30, 2010

    Perfect DIY…I actually think I can recreate. Silhouettes are classical and elegant. Thanks Alison!

  12. Aleah + Nick Valley on December 1, 2010

    We just live this! Lauren is really incredible and so unique, which is the best combo!

  13. BonafideBride on December 1, 2010

    Wow, what talent! Love it!

  14. Lena on December 1, 2010

    This is so wonderful I almost can’t stand it. Seriously, I’m in DIY heaven right now. AMAZING!

  15. on December 1, 2010

    This theme is becoming very popular! These DIY projects look fun and easy!

  16. CL on December 15, 2010

    These Lapel pins are amazingly pretty. I simply love the flower one.

  17. This DIY theme is so cute! Thanks for the tutorial on how to make these projects.

  18. Taralee Klein on August 14, 2011

    silhouette weddings are the rage. I have hired Cindi Harwood Rose to hand-cut her incredible detailed silhoeuttes at my wedding in Santa Barbara. She is also making a silhouette guest book for us– her work is more detailed then your examples, and will look like the people. We are using our silhouettes made by her for the invitations, centerpieces, bridesmaid gifts (she is making pendants) and even buttons on the flower girl’s dresses. Her website is

  19. custom lapel pins on August 16, 2013

    Wow nice concept really useful for lapel pin user.

  20. custom made lapel pins on October 9, 2013

    It is so beautiful and amazing theme!! Thanks for sharing steps, they are really very easy to create.


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