{#2} DIY WEDDING CRAFTS | Lauren Elise Crafted makes purty wedding things I want to hold in my hands and caress.

We’ll get to THAT loveliness in a minute…

Before I address the pretty going on in this post, I have a few factoids/tips/comments to make, so bear with:

I missed the Bachelor this week.  A) I know, I can’t believe I wanna watch this crap but, B) DON’T TELL ME WHAT HAPPENED.

RANDOM SERIOUS TIP: Brides, please don’t try to get *skinny* for your wedding day.  Getting in shape is a noble goal, but skinny doesn’t look as good as you think it does in photos.  In fact it’s the first thing I notice, and it makes me sad to see.  Also, losing that little bit of extra weight between your final fitting and your wedding day can often mean a too large dress on a too thin body.  Slightly disastrous, if you’re a stickler about your dress properly fitting your hot bod on your Big Day.  Which I am.  (Nerves can cause this, too, so do your best to stay calm – yeah right – during that interim period of time.  We’ll call it “nuptial limbo.”  Yeah, I like the ring of that.)

Ok, now that I’ve got that off my chest, let’s get to the good stuff…

We heart Lauren, *this much* (arms spread wide apart, depicting the largest amount of love possible).  She’s two very wonderful things: incredibly caring and loving, and mindblowingly creative.  Oh, I mean three things… she’s also, as you know, our DIY contributor.  And we’re sooo lucky to have her here with us twice a month!  But she’s got so much more to her, and I’d like to take this opportunity to give all of you a little peek into her wedding crafting world of wonders.

Try to resist buying up 100 of these babies for your wedding day.

That’s right… she’ll make them for you.  You can get them here.

She also makes ALL OF THIS

You might remember her silhouette lace garland from this gorgeous DIY project she did for us.

… Well, Lauren can make it for you, too.  :) Check it out here.

These Vintage Silhouette and Sheet Music Wedding Paddles are also from that DIY project…

She also makes radtastic photobooth props, my dears…

… which you can grab here.

Quick fire round:

Pom & Pinwheel Escort Cards and Lapel Pins

Embroidered Vintage Postcard Set

Vintage Bridesmaid Hankie Gifts

Can you tell we really love Lauren here?  Because she’s kind of a big deal. :)

So, you know how we feel… tell us, how do you feel about Lauren? :)

xoxo!  – Alison

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21 comments

  1. the joielala girls on January 12, 2011

    these are so fun and creative. adorbs!

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  2. Brancoprata on January 12, 2011

    well… i love Lauren thiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiis much! She is not only super talented but also very supportive and fun! I love to chat with her and to see all the lovely things she does!!!

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  3. Sarah @ HereComesTheBlog on January 12, 2011

    Looove these, they are all super cute and the fact that they’re handmade is the best part! Love those little spools with names… So adorable!

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  4. Katherine on January 12, 2011

    creativity to the billionth degree! (per usual)…love Lauren and her crafts :)

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  5. Lena on January 12, 2011

    I’m losing my mind over those gorgeous DIYs-where does that girl get all her inspiration?! Seriously-spools of thread with little name flags? Amazing!

    As for the Bachelor, I’ve come up with the perfect excuse for watching. I tell people (namely my sweetheart, who rolls his eyes) that the blog world watches these shows, and I have to stay up to date!

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  6. Carly on January 12, 2011

    Everything here is lovely! Would love to hear how long each item takes to make.

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  7. Lauren Elise on January 12, 2011

    Wow, ladies! You sure know how to make a girl speechless. I…I just…I…see, speechless! Love all you guys so much. You’ve put a huge smile across my face and filled my heart up with love from all of this support. I appreciate it more than you all could know. Especially you Alison! Featuring my work here is the nicest compliment I could ask for. I am a lucky girl with great friends in an awesome industry! Ok, enough blubbering *tears*

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  8. Lauren Elise on January 12, 2011

    To answer Carly’s question…how long does it take to make everything? Well that can depend. If you have to go out and buy everything than that can take longer. I have a good supply of crafty and vintage goodies around so it might be quicker for me than others. Also if you’re making stuff in bulk, you can get an assembly-line going to speed up the process.

    The pom escort cards are pretty quick. Just stamping the manila tags and ruching up the fabric. The embroidered vintage postcards aren’t too bad. The embroidery takes a little time but still not that much (it’s just a simple backstitch). I made the four postcards that you see in the picture in an afternoon (I had all the supplies on hand). The bridesmaid’s hankies are easy but the time consuming part is treasuring hunting and finding the right vintage hankies and trinkets. The silhouette garland probably took me the longest just because it involves a lot of steps.

    Hope this helps explain the process a bit!

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  9. lizzie @ love your way on January 12, 2011

    those hankie gifts are way too cute! love the wedding craft roundup!

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  10. Lily on January 12, 2011

    I love your blog, but please be more thoughtful of how you word things. Not every bride is “skinny” because of crash dieting or obsessing about being a skinny bride. Some are naturally, unchangeably thin, and will be in their wedding photos no matter what. Its a bit too broad of a statement to say you look at photos of skinny brides and notice their size first thing, and feel a little sad for them. Ouch.

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  11. Alison on January 12, 2011

    Hi Lily – Thanks, I’m glad you enjoy the blog! And thank you for sharing, I appreciate your thoughts! You’re right – many of us are naturally thin and can’t add weight, even if we desire to do so. I’m actually more familiar with this concept than you may think. So this is true, and you make a great point! I guess the only thing I’d want to address is your closing statement. It saddens me that my statement would be interpreted as potentially hurtful when read by ladies on the thinner side, as the goal of tips like those is to encourage ladies to be content with themselves. I’ve known too many brides-to-be who obsessed over their weight, and it pained me to watch that. Of course, I appreciate your comment in its entirety – it’s important to have a discussion about such a serious topic that affects so many people! I hope you’ll continue to share your thoughts here, as these issues need to be brought out into the open much more often than they currently are.

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  12. Alicia@CharityWedding on January 12, 2011

    I love those spools! What a wonderful idea. I instantly thought I am going to go home an unwind all my thread and make some but then I realized I would absolutely sew my finger to the ribbon trying to spell out a name. It would ruin the look so I’ll just come back here when I get home.

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  13. Stacy on January 12, 2011

    I am drooling over all of this. The spools and hankies are mostly to blame. Lauren, you’re awesome, if nobody’s mentioned that yet ;)

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  14. The Demoiselle on January 12, 2011

    Alison, Lauren – I love this ladies!! Especially the Thank You’s! So special!!

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  15. Lily on January 12, 2011

    Thanks for your response Alison. I agree, we should all be able to feel healthy, confident and beautiful in our bodies, whatever size we may be, especially on our wedding day.

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  16. Lauren Elise on January 13, 2011

    I like the discussion Lily and Alison. When I first read what Alison wrote, I interpreted it as being about girls who obsess about their weight and then try for a quick fix to “get skinny” for their wedding day. Eating healthy, getting exercise, and losing weight naturally are all very noble (just as Alison pointed out) but too often than not we want quick fixes (drop 20 pounds in 2 days!) that are unhealthy practices physically and emotionally. Ultimately it should always be a goal to be healthier, enriching our lives, and not just about making our butts look good in size 2 jeans. But I appreciated hearing how Lily interpreted it because that is a point-of-view I didn’t think of at first. There are girls who are naturally skinny and who are healthy. Love the discussion! Be healthy and appreciate who you are, no matter what size.

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  17. Kismet on January 13, 2011

    Mad talent and so many pretty things!

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  18. postcards and pretties on January 13, 2011

    I couldn’t agree with you more…Lauren is a brilliant and creative crafter! I love all her projects!

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  19. Aleah + Nick Valley on January 15, 2011

    Lauren is the best! She’s such a doll and has so much talent!

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  20. love the personal touches. glad to see that this type of handmade awesomeness is available even for those who aren’t crafty.

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  21. Southern Belle Events on January 17, 2013

    I love looking around for inspiration and everything she has put together is beautiful and very inspiring, I wish I had the time and patience to make them!

    I love the idea of the hankies tied with different bits and bobs, a practicle favour, really lovelly. The pin board picture frame and of course the cotton reel place holders…..I lover it all. Thanks for sharing xXx

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