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DIY: How To Make A Bowtie

If you’re on the hunt for the perfect bowtie for your groomsmen, you probably already know how difficult it can be. Not only is it tough to find the right colour and pattern, they can also be quite pricy. So, why not make your own! Don’t worry, no sewing skills are needed here. All you need is some fabric, glue and 7 easy steps!

Supplies:
– fabric scissors
– glue gun & glue sticks
– pencil
– fabric cut 7″x5″ (thicker fabric works better)
– elastic ribbon
– sewing needle

Step 1

First, use a pencil to sketch a light 5″x7″ outline and cut out the piece of fabric. Don’t sweat it if it’s not perfect because the edges will be folded in later.

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Step 2

Next, take a hot glue gun and glue the edges of the long sides.DSC_0853

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Step 3

Once you’ve glued both sides, fold them to meet halfway. Make sure you press it down while it dries!DSC_0869
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Step 4

Next, glue the ends together and fold them halfway again.

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Step 5

Once you’ve folded the ends together halfway, flip it over to the other side (one with no seams) and fold it so the edges match up. Next, pinch the bottom of the fold while flipping the ends to the side. This will help you give the folded bow shape.

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Step 6

Now that you have the bow, one of the last steps is the strap! First cut out a small piece of fabric slightly wider than your preferred size. Just like the bow, glue the two edges and fold them halfway to the middle.

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Step 7

Next, take the strap and wrap it around the bow. Be sure that the strap is placed exactly at the centre to make sure both sides are even. Glue each sides of the strap to the back of the bow. After, take an elastic band and thread it through the back. Finally, cut the elastic band to your preferred size. For this step it’s easier to tie it around your neck to measure it. Make sure it’s not too tight!
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And voila, you’re done! Now that wasn’t so difficult was it? Now all your groomsmen will be looking as dapper as ever for your wedding!

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DIY: How to Make Your Own Bouquet

Planning a wedding can be costly, which is why we like to find new and creative ways for couples to save money when they’re running on a tighter budget. Making your own bouquet is just one of the many ways you can easily cut costs if you just do it yourself! Now don’t let the sounds this process daunt you! Making your own bouquet is actually surprisingly easy and we’ve provided you 8 easy steps to do it!

What You’ll Need:

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  • a bundle of 20 flowers in three different colours of your choice
  • a roll of thick string
  • a rubber band (any colour will do)
  • baby breath flowers
  • a vase

Step 1

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Start by pulling off the leaves from all the stems. This way you can avoid any odd leaves sticking out at the base of the bouquet.

Step 2:

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Take an empty vase and place the flowers with the longest stems in first. Since this is the top part of the bouquet, it’s important you pick your favorite pieces.

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When you have at least 5 flowers in the vase, hold them tightly at the base and slowly take them out. When you’re dealing with more than 5 flowers, you have more control holding them than keeping them in the vase. Next, adjust them into a round and even formation. Once you have that full rounded look, start adding more to the sides. As you place flowers further down the sides, make sure that they fold out properly so you get that full rounded look.

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Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement, wrap any rubber band around the stems and pull them up to the base. Make sure it’s holding the flowers firmly before letting go.

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Next, take a thick string and wrap it around the rubber band till you can no longer see it. There’s no right way to do this, so do it as many times as you’d like and which ever direction you’d prefer! You can even finish it off with a small bow on the side.

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If you want to add a little more life and character to the bouquet, place some small baby breath flowers in between the others. For this step, you don’t need to worry about having long stems because they seem to hold nicely together after pushing them in lightly.

Step 7:

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Be sure to cut the stems at an even length. It’s okay if a few flowers have shorter stems. Just make sure they don’t sick out the sides.

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Finally, remove any awkward pedals that may be sticking out at the top. You want to keep those main flowers holding that round structure. Leave the baby breath flowers sticking out a bit further than the rest so they add that unique sense of character to the piece.

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And voila, it’s finished! Once you’ve completed all of the 8 steps, it should only take 30 minutes to do. Overall, we highly recommend this craft to just about anyone! It’s quick, cheap, easy, and most importantly, it’s fun to do!

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