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    DIY Fall Escort Cards

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    I’ve got another fun DIY coming at ya from DIY Contributor Chloe of Boxwood Avenue is sharing a fun fall escort card DIY that you can use for fall weddings or as place cards on a holiday table!

    I’m getting married next fall and have been in full on pinspiration mode for all aspects of my wedding. I really want to incorporate some fall elements into the day, but I don’t want to turn it into a harvest party. I think these escort cards are the perfect way to add a little bit of fall without going overboard – I wanted something that could double as a favor, and could be set at the table, rather than having a designated ‘seating’ table. These turned out perfectly for that, and could also be used for any upcoming holiday parties!

    Supplies:

    • Leaves (from around your yard, make sure they aren’t too dry)
    • Gold Paint
    • Small Paint Brush
    • Tulle (or container of choice – cheesecloth, mason jar, etc…)
    • This Pen – you’ll thank me later (or just use a sharpie)
    • Baker’s Twine
    • Mulling Spices (homemade or bought)

    I picked up the leaves from around our yard, and I have to say, I love that they are foraged and not perfectly shaped or colored! I think, the more imperfections the better, because when painted, the brown spots look wonderful.

    To start, you’ll either need to buy some mulling spices (can be found here) or make your own! I used a recipe from good ‘ole Martha, but feel free to make up your own. I played around with it a bit by adding orange peel and leaving out the cardamom.

    Once you’ve got your mulling spices ready, cut your tulle into circles. I used two layers of tulle for my sachets and cut them to be about 8 inches in diameter. Another option would be to put the spices in cheesecloth (if you’re worried about the food quality of tulle) or little mason jars.

    Now you’ll want to prepare your sachets. Add your mulling spices into the center of the tulle or whatever package you’re using. Then bundle them up and tie off with some baker’s twine, but don’t tie it into a bow yet!

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    Next gather as many leaves as you’ll need for your guests. The leaves will dry and become crinkly after a few days, so make sure the leaves you select are still ‘pretty’ when they’re dry. I found it easiest to use freshly fallen leaves that were still pliable for the next steps.

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    Paint each leaf with a bit of gold paint, and allow to dry (should take less than 15 minutes). Once dry, use your handy new pen (or a sharpie) to write the names of your guests on the leaves. Be careful not to press too hard or you will tear the leaf.

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    Now that your leaves are done, add them to your sachets. I tied a tight bow around the stem of the leaves, which worked very well; and that’s it, your guests are sure to love them!

    DIY Fall Escort Cards | Oh Lovely Day

    Such a simple DIY that makes such an impact on your table, right? If I were hosting Thanksgiving dinner I would totally make these. Thanks to Chloe for the great idea! And if you love to create, take great photos, and want to submit a DIY to be published on Oh Lovely Day, send them my way to chandra@ohlovelyday.com with the subject line DIY submission. Photos must be high quality, DIY’s original, and preferably not yet published elsewhere. Full source list and instructions should be attached to email in a word doc, photos at least 600 pixels wide, and either attached to the email or submitted via dropbox. Can’t wait to see what you are creating!

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    Prep + Styling Tips For Your Fall Family Photoshoots

    10 Tips for Preparing for Family Photoshoots | Oh Lovely Day

    Fall family photos are my fave (say that fast three times!) and fall is the most popular time for family photoshoots, since you all want a current photo for those holiday cards. Since we’ve had 8 family photoshoots since Charlie was born (well, 6 plus one maternity and then a recent newborn shoot for Calvin), so I feel like I’m becoming an expert. And while some of these tips are kiddo related, you can use a lot of these to prep for an engagement session as well.  Read More »

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    Autumn Bridal Inspiration

    Autumn Bounty Orchard Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day | Gather Events, Chris & Kristen Photography, The Vine's Leaf, Claire Pettibone

    Earlier this week I featured a stunning Autumn Harvest Wedding Inspiration Shoot, and today I wanted to feature more of the gorgeous bridal look. Because it was that good. The makeup, the hair, the red lips, the floral choices, the Claire Pettibone gown, the fab gold head piece, and of course the ring…it was spot on for a fall bride, or just fall beauty inspiration. Read More »

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    Autumn Bounty Orchard Inspiration

    Autumn Bounty Orchard Inspiration | Oh Lovely Day | Gather Events, Chris & Kristen Photography, The Vine's Leaf, Copper Willow Paper Studio, Whoa Nelly

    Fall is my absolute favorite time of year: sweater weather, all things pumpkin, changing leaves, fall family fun – it’s the best. Even though fall weather hasn’t reached Los Angeles yet (still coming off what I hope is our last heat wave of the year), I’m getting in the spirit thanks in part to this stunning Autumn Bounty inspiration I’m sharing today. Read More »

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    11 Best No Carve Pumpkin Ideas

    Pumpkin carving is always a favorite activity of mine, but I also like to decorate pumpkins in a way that lasts beyond Halloween. Plus, I have a very stubborn toddler who wants to do everything himself right now, and that would include holding a knife, so carving is out for us this year. Instead, we’ll be painting and decorating pumpkins in other ways. I’ve rounded up my favorite no-carve pumpkin ideas.

    Typography Pumpkins

    10 Best No-Carve Pumpkin Ideas | Oh Lovely Day

    Grab some stencils and some paint and create some pumpkins with great typography – paint on some sayings or put your address numbers on display. Either way, these typographic pumpkins from Man Made DIY are perfect for font and type lovers.  Read More »

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