DIY WEDDING INSPIRATION | Woodland Tablescape + Place Cards by Lauren Elise Crafted

Hi TKB readers!

Lauren Elise again and I am back for another installment of DIY goodness!  For this project I drew inspiration from the forest and the flora and fauna that inhabit it.  Considering a rustic, woodsy wedding?  So much beauty can be found here so this is a perfect theme for a DIY event.

Many natural elements can even be found in your own backyard.  Twigs, acorns, pebbles, wood logs, and pinecones are all stunning décor options.

But not everything has to fall from a tree or grow out of the ground.  I made mushrooms out of paper twists.  Not only was this option simple and inexpensive but also less messy (it could get a bit logistically hairy using real mushrooms as a decoration…besides fungi doesn’t exactly scream wedding).  As examples I used the paper mushrooms as table décor and on place cards but they could be used in other ways too.

Another detail that I could not leave out of this woodland-themed DIY was a deer.  Deer have hit the “Big Time” in the design world lately and their cute deery-ness keeps popping up all over the place.  I am not sure if I can fully explain their popularity other than the fact that they’re just freakin’ adorable!  *Marketing strategy: Use deer and they will come!*  Some of you may have noticed that this is not the first time deer have made an appearance in my own DIYs and you are 100% right (my holiday post included them too).  I will admit it; I am a repeat-deer offender.  So yes, there are a lot of deers going on over here but please take note that I at least made mine gold.  This is partially in honor of Alison and her love of all things gold and partially for the fabulousness of it all! (my deer is more fabulous than your deer!)

So I will try and cut back on all the deer usage but the next DIY will be another installment of this woodland theme so I cannot make any promises.  So if you’ve enjoyed this post and the woodsy inspiration than get excited for next time because more is in the works and headed your way!  Hopefully my DIY made you positively doe-eyed (pun intended)… ok, I’ll stop now.

What you’ll need for the place cards:

° natural bark slices or wood pieces for the base {I found mine online at, 15 pieces for $3.99}

° natural flat moss {I bought a bag of it at Michaels; opt for the loose moss over the mat because it is easier to mold and shape}

° thin wood dowels {1/16” square is a good size, not too bulky but strong enough to support the wood flag}

° birch plywood sheets {Found at Michaels; the size was 1/64” x 6’ x 12”}

° glitter {I used Martha Stewart glitter in fire opal}

° ballpoint-tip glue pen {also part of the Martha Stewart craft line}

° paper twists {I had to buy these from Joanns online because they did not sell them in stores; the two colors I used were white and ivory}

° plastic toy deer {I found these deer in the kid’s toy section at Michaels; I would recommend buying them in bulk for a cheaper price if you really needed a lot of them because each one was $1-$2}

° acrylic paint & paint brush {I used an inexpensive metallic bronze paint}

° hot glue gun with glue sticks

° tacky glue


° To make the paper mushrooms, cut the paper twists into pieces that are 3” or greater {image A}.  I varied the sizes for assortment.  Take one end of the paper twist and slowly start to unravel it {images B & C}, being careful not to rip the paper.  Flip the paper under to create the dome of the mushroom {images D & E}.  Hot glue the two lose ends of paper together to complete the mushroom dome {images F & G}.

° To make mini wooden flags, cut the birch plywood into small rectangles, about 2.5” x 1” {image I}.  Cut a triangular shape out of one end of each wood rectangle {image J}.  In pencil, lightly write the name of each guest on the flags {image K}.  Go over the names using the glue pen {image L} and then immediately sprinkle with glitter {image M}.  Dump the excess glitter onto scrap paper {image N} and then place back into the glitter jar to reuse.  Set aside and let dry for at least 30 minutes {image O}.  Glue the wood dowels to the plywood with tacky glue {images Q & R} and cut the dowel to the desired height {image P}.

° I wanted to make the plastic deer monochromatic so I painted a couple of coats of acrylic paint on them.  Wait about 15 minutes between coats.

° Hot glue a small tuft of moss onto each of the bark slices.

° Hot glue the plastic deer, paper mushrooms, and the wooden flags onto the moss.  Use new bits of moss to conceal any hot glue that happens to be showing.

Thank you so much for having me here today.  If you have any questions about this project 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 Donaldson

Label(s): {DIY + Freebies}, {Guest Bloggers}

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  1. Michelle on January 19, 2011

    Lauren, you are the most creative person in the entire world.

  2. Christie O. {Hindsight Bride} on January 19, 2011

    Um, yeah. Just when I thought I was getting over my woodland fascination you come along with this collection of papery mushroomy awesomeness!

  3. Erika {Borrowed&Bleu} on January 19, 2011

    This is utterly fantastic! I’m so impressed by the creativity!

  4. Austin Wedding Blog on January 19, 2011

    Cutest. Post. Ever.

  5. lizzie @ love your way on January 19, 2011

    cute ideas! i love those deer, so cute!

  6. postcards and pretties on January 19, 2011

    it blows me away how creative Lauren is. I love that your a repeat-deer offender…keep the goodness coming!!

  7. Alicia @CharityWedding on January 19, 2011

    Adorable! I love the woodsy theme which is rarely seen on blogs. Keep the fab DIY’s coming, I know you will.

  8. Lauren Elise on January 19, 2011

    Thanks for the kind comments everyone! They mean so much to me and make me smile :)

  9. Brancoprata on January 19, 2011

    Lauren is always so creative!!! Another great idea and some fun projects!!!! Loving this series more and more everyday!

  10. Alexandra on January 19, 2011

    This is so adorable and super original, love it! The little acorn garland is my abso fave. How sweet are they?! Beautiful, as always, Lauren!

  11. jaclyn@banquetevent on January 19, 2011

    This is fantastic, I love the mushrooms in the mason jar and the acorn string. Such a creative and totally viable project!

  12. Lena on January 19, 2011

    I LOVE this! I was just thinking about how sweet little red-capped mushrooms with little white polka dots would look in a bouquet, and here is the most adorable table setting full of mushrooms! Fantastic, as usual!

  13. Aleah + Nick Valley on January 19, 2011

    We love how dear Lauren never stops with the DIY goodness! Keep it coming!

  14. kristi on January 19, 2011

    Oh you know I love those shrooms!!!! And the deer are just darling! Am loving these DIY’s by Lauren. She is so clever, creative and talented! Way to go ;-))


  15. Diana on January 19, 2011

    How adorable and fun! I love the mason jar! The little mushrooms and the deer are so cute!

  16. Steph {bubblerock} on January 19, 2011

    So cute! So so cute!


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