Do it Yourself

DIY Bleach Pen Shirts

Northwest Pearls: DIY Bleach Pen Shirts Another DIY we did for A's wedding was creating our own tank tops. We got light navy tank tops from Target and a bleach pen. We also had pieces of cardboard to put inside the shirts so that the bleach didn't soak through to the other side.

Armed with our pens we carefully wrote out what our tank top would say. A's said "Bride," mine said "Maid of Honor," and the other two said "Bridesmaid."

It was a little tricky to do this and I got an extra dot of bleach where I didn't want it, but overall the shirts turned out pretty good. We let them sit for a few hours before we washed off the dried and caked bleach in the sink and put the shirts in the wash. For us, where we used the bleach the shirts turned pink, not white, but it was still cool.

We wore the shirts the morning of the wedding when we went to Starbucks and when we were getting ready. These pictures aren't actually the finished product, we added some flourishes to balance the shirts out and fancy them up a bit.

Have you ever used a bleach pen on a shirt? What have you thought?

Northwest Pearls: DIY Bleach Pen Shirts

DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Northwest Pearls: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers For the wedding I was apart of last week, we made tissue paper flowers for the head table.

The bride, A, bought three packs of colored tissue paper from Michael's. She found this tutorial on Pinterest from Hey, Let's Make Stuff and we followed it to make the flowers.

It didn't take long to get the hang of making the flowers. We made around 18 flowers that were then sewn onto a ribbon to span the length of the head table. Of the four possible petal styles that the original tutorial explained, we created the first two, the rounded one, and the shredded one. There was two of each color in each grouping on the table and we had one of each of those be one of those two petal styles. The only grouping of three was the white flowers in the center. They were arranged from dark blue at the outer ends of the table to white at the center in front of the bride and groom.

Sadly I don't have a picture of the final arrangement on the head table, but here's what the flowers looked like after we created them. The satin ribbon you see is what the flowers ended up being sewn onto.

Northwest Pearls: DIY Tissue Paper Flowers

Have you ever created paper flowers? What have you thought?

DIY Succulent Centerpieces

Northwest Pearls: Succulent Centerpieces Last week I went to Colorado Springs for the wedding of a college roommate. I was her maid of honor so I went down a few days early.

Another bridesmaid and I helped her with some of the DIY stuff for the wedding. We created the succulent centerpieces for the tables and the paper flowers for the head table.

Here's how we made the succulent centerpieces:

We had:

  • 15 glass bowls from Home Depot
  • 17 succulents
  • White sand from Michael's
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • A water dropper


Northwest Pearls: Succulent Centerpieces

Northwest Pearls: Succulent Centerpieces

We took the succulents out of their plastic containers and shook some of the dirt off. Then we took a square piece of plastic wrap and wrapped it around the rest of the roots and dirt so that it wouldn't transfer to the white sand. To keep the plastic wrap on, we took a piece of tape and taped around the bottom of the plant (the top of the dirt) to make sure that the plastic wrap wouldn't go anywhere.

We poured some sand into the bowls until it was where we wanted the bottom of that succulent to be. Then we placed that succulent into the bowl and carefully poured the white sand around it.

It was a pretty easy way to create some pretty centerpieces for A's wedding.

Northwest Pearls: Succulent Centerpieces

Have you ever created centerpieces? What have you thought?