A Tutorial on Long Hair Wedding Hair Updos

Wedding Hair Updos Natural Casual Wedding Hairstyles

If you enjoyed yesterday’s wedding hair ideas, you’re going to love how to make this wedding hairstyle a reality. Wedding hair updos can easily make “worrying about your hair” a thing of the past, especially on a day when your hair is the last thing you want to worry about!

Wedding hairstyles for long hair can be tricky to find, but this wedding updo is tight and secure, yet looks very natural and casually tossed in the wind, which is a great combination. What are some other wedding hair updos you are liking these days?

Long Wedding Hairstyles Wedding Hair Updos Tutorial

1. Take a 1 inch thick piece of hair in your hands and twist it. 2. Hold one tiny strand at the top and push the remaining hair up into a ringlet on your head.  3. Wrap the remaining strand around the ringlet and use a bobby pin to pin the ringlet to your head 3. To recreate the top image, grab a friend who can help you create and pin ringlets all the way around.

This wedding hairstyle tutorial can be found in our magazine, along with many other DIY tips and tricks–be sure to check it out.

Photography: Tec Petaja // Hair + Makeup: Jordan Hughes Byers

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07.25.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured

Wax Bud Tiara Tutorial

Unique Beach Wedding Ideas
Wax Bud Tiara Claire Pettibone Beach Wedding
Diy Wedding Tiara Ideas Tutorial

Orange blossom circlets and tiaras were a frequent bridal accessory in Europe and the U.S. as early as the early 1800′s and was actually adopted from ancient China as the orange blossom was a symbol of purity, innocence, and fruitfulness. Then Queen Victoria wed wearing one in 1840 and it was all over. In Victorian times the orange blossoms were the standard for all weddings, well into the 1050′s. When real orange blossoms weren’t available, wax dipped buds and blossoms were used.

We made this crown of wax buds as a loose replica of a french one from the 1800′s. You could make one from real or artificial flowers and buds. If you’ve got a lot of time and not a lot of money, this is a great way to make a really luxe keepsake.

photography: jose villa  //  creative direction + styling: joy thigpen  //  hair + makeup: elle german  //  gown: claire pettibone’s sparrow  // wax crown: adorned event design

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wax (we just used pillar candles in colors we liked)

something to melt wax (make-shift double broiler or crock-pot work well)

popsicle stick (or something else to stir the wax with)

flower buds or millinery stamens/pips–we found most of ours on etsy

white floral/paper tape or silk thread if you’re feeling really fancy

newspaper and twine



1. search the internet for an image of a crown you like. figure out how many buds you’ll need. buy more than that.

2. melt down wax in a glass bowl over a pot with about a cup and a half of boiling water. stir often.

3. prepare a little twine clothes line with newspaper under it to catch drips.

4. turn the stove down to low heat and wait about 2 minutes for the wax to firm up a bit. this is about the consistency you’ll want to try to maintain. stir regularly.

5. dip your buds or stamen into the wax and hang on the little clothes line to dry. (this is one great reason to use the millinery pips–you can just fold them in half or make a little notch in the wire and hang them on the line like little dipped candles.)

6. once they are cooled, you may want to dip them again once or twice to build up the shape and size you’d like. we dipped most of ours 1-3 times. (you want to end up with a lot of buds that are pretty uniform in size and shape.)

7. make lots more than you need so you can use only the best ones in your crown.

8. look at the image(s) of the crown(s) you like and try to make something similar. in most cases you’ll probably need to make some parts in the same way you’d make a garland, wiring together more buds as you go along.

9. wire your buds or sprays of buds to a wire circle the size of your head.

10. cover all wire with floral or paper tape or silk thread so that it’s all smooth and pretty.

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07.25.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Oyster Shell Garland

Beach Wedding Reception Oyster Garland Centerpiece
Last December, Joy called to see if I could help with a super secret project.  She asked me to create an oyster shell garland.  I was intrigued.  She didn’t give me any specifics on the design, except that it should be about 6 feet long and would be used as a table runner.  We made arrangements for me to pick up the shells from Emily and with about a week to turn the project around, I started developing a plan.

Emily purchased the oyster shells off ebay.  I’m not sure of the cost, but I picked up about 15 boxes that contained about 20 – 25 shells each.  The shells were clean and varied in size.  At one point Joy asked me if they smelled bad – they didn’t at all!  Some of the shells had been tinted green from seaweed on the outer part of the shell and I that I thought looked really pretty.  The inside of each shell had a purplish-brown spot.  A few of the shells were chipped, but most were in great condition.  The more I worked with them, the more I appreciated how beautiful they were.

I went to Home Depot to purchase a length of chain to use as a base instead.  I ended up buying white plastic chain instead of a heavy metal chain because I remembered how heavy the shells were in the boxes.  I also picked up a pack of drill bits and some fishing line.  I didn’t want any hardware to be noticeable and take away from the design.  I actually used two packs of drill bits in the process – the shells are extremely hard and durable.  Historically in the low country, oyster shells were used to make “tabby”, a hard, concrete like mixture used to make driveways and plaster the exterior of homes. After I decided how I wanted to proceed, I sweet-talked my sweet hubby into helping.  This definitely is not a one person job! – Jeannine of Honeysuckle Wedding Company

Diy Oyster Shell Garland


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Equipment/Supply list:

  • One heavy duty drill – you will need a 3/8 – ½ horsepower drill.
  • One to two packs of drill bits.  These sell for about $10 – $15 each pack, depending on the brand of drill you have. The bits will break and you will need to replace them. We went through two packs of bits for drilling a little over 100 shells.
  • Heavy Weight Fishing Line
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper
  • Shallow bucket or tray to hold water
  • Wood block
  • Plastic chain in desired length (I used white)
  • Pliers
  • Work gloves (while drilling)
  • Safety goggles (while drilling)

1. First, we found an old ice cream bucket to hold water for the drilling.  If you have ever cut ceramic tile before, this process will seem familiar to you.  You have to drill under water, or the friction is just too much for the drill and the bits.  We used a scrap piece of wood as a base to sit the shell on.  You will press down hard during drilling and when you suddenly break though, you need something to protect your bucket and your work surface.

2. I chose to drill into the “top” of the shell so that the prettier, scalloped edge faced out from the chain.  Once my hubby had 20 or so shells drilled, I started tying them to the chain while he continued drilling.  We watched a lot of TV while we worked

3. Using the fishing line, I tied each shell to a link of chain, pulling the shell right up against the link as I tied a knot three or four times.  Then I snipped the extra line, leaving about ½ inch so the line didn’t come untied.  I almost used white yarn for this project, but I don’t think it would have been sturdy enough and it wouldn’t have had the invisible quality that the fishing line has.  You do have to know each time about 3 – 4 times, though or they will come untied.

4. I worked down the length of chain once, then twice, then three times, each time filling in anywhere there was a gap in the chain.  I alternated the placement of the shells, tying some with the inside of the shell facing up, and some with the outside facing up. The chain and fishing line makes the entire garland adjustable.

DIY by Honeysuckle Wedding Company // Illustration by Hannah Lee

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07.25.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured

DIY Greenery Garland

Quick Tips and Suggestions from Honey of a Thousand Flowers

  • You can make a garland like this from almost any greenery. I use eucalyptus a lot, bay leaf or oak leaf are also nice.  In the winter months all of the evergreen garlands that you see are made this same way.
  • If you are in a city with a flower market, you should be able to order bulk greens there (or even order a pre-made garland from a wholesaler).  If you do not have a market but do have a business license, you can buy greens from a local floral wholesaler.  You can also order in bulk from places like Costco or fiftyflowers.com without a wholesale license.


Instructions: Honey of A Thousand Flowers // Illustration: Hannah Barganier // Photography: Leo Patrone for Kinfolk

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07.25.12 / DIY Weddings, Featured