I’ve been spending quite a bit of time behind the scenes recently working to bring numerous projects on board in hopes of transforming Once Wed from just a listing service/blog to a premier wedding inspiration and resource site. By this fall, Once Wed will have a completely new look and a lot more features…..more to come on this later though……..

The first step towards that goal is the launch of our weekly DIY wedding feature, which will post every Thursday from this day forward(hopefully by the end of the summer we will post a different DIY project twice a week). I’ve teamed up with Laurie Cinotto of LaLaLaurie and Fine Flowers to present modern and beautiful DIY projects that not only will work within a reasonable budget, but also that the average person can actually craft for their own wedding. I can’t tell you how excited and humbled I am that Laurie is lending her incredible talents and creativity to Once Wed once a week from here on out. As someone who has absolutely no talent when it comes to craft or creating anything by hand, I literally jumped out of my seat when Laurie sent me this beautiful wreath. Laurie also does floral design for weddings and other events and recently mentioned that a lot of the time the flower girl wreath is the first item to go when working within a certain budget because fresh flowes are so expensive. So, Laurie came up with this incredible and rustic butterfly head wreath as a beautiful alternative.

When the new site launches in the fall all the DIY projects will be categorized in a gallery setting making it easier to navigate through everything too. Even though Laurie already has some pieces in the works, we would love to hear suggestions from everybody on different DIY ideas you might like to see or any type of feedback in general about this new project.

I hope everyone enjoys this new weekly feature and I want to say a big thank you and Once Wed welcome to, Laurie!


Butterfly Head Wreath

3 yards bark covered wire
1 sheet light blue card stock
3 yards narrow, moss velvet ribbon ( about 1/4″ )
1 handful of reindeer moss
18 tiny corsage leaves ( about 1/2″ long)
butterfly paper punch
wire cutters
hot glue gun and glue stick
Resources: Most of the supplies are readily available in the floral section of any craft store.
Use your wire cutters to cut 3 yards of bark covered wire and coil the wire to the desired wreath size. ( see figure 1 ) You can determine the appropriate size by first using a string to measure the circumference of your flower girl’s head.
Twist the tail of the wire around the wreath to secure the coil. This point will of the wreath will be the “back”.
Cut one yard of ribbon.
your glue gun to adhere the tail of the ribbon to the inside of the
back of the wreath. Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, leaving some
open space to expose the bark covered wire. Continue wrapping until
you reach your starting point, glue the end of your ribbon and trim
excess. (see figure 2)
Cut two,
one yard lengths of ribbon. Find the middle point of each ribbon,
and tie the lengths to the back of the wreath to create four “tails”.
Use your hot glue gun to apply the tiny corsage leaves randomly around the outside of the wreath.
out 15 butterflies from the card stock, using your craft punch. Use
your thumbnail to make creases at the point where the wings meet the
body. and slightly bend the wings upward. (see figure 3)
the 10 butterflies on, and around the leaves and wreath, then glue tiny
bits of reindeer moss near the butterflies. You can you tweezers
to hold the butterflies and moss to prevent burning your fingers with
the hot glue. (see figure 4)
Glue the remaining butterflies on the ribbon tails. Neatly trim the ribbon tails at an angle. (see figure 5)

Bark covered wire – $10 for a 70 ft spool
Card stock. – .$1 for one sheet
Ribbon – $3 for 3 yards
Reindeer Moss – $2 for a small bag
Corsage Leaves – $4 for a bag of 18 leaves on stems
Total Cost: $20


Comments (4)

jessica | Reply

what a beautiful project. i love the colors she chose

maria @ {ritzy bee} | Reply

You are amazing…this is such a great idea and a beautiful DIY project! Can’t wait to see what’s next! :)

oncewed | Reply

Thanks, Maria!! I wish I could take all the credit, but I just came up with the idea. Laurie is the DIY talent behind each project:).

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