Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere


by Meg Keene, Editor-In-Chief

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

Guerrilla Weddings: How To Make Flour Hearts Anywhere | A Practical Wedding

So, you’re getting married outside in a large park that your guests might not be familiar with. On your invites, tell them to “follow the hearts” to your ceremony, then whip together this easy DIY. Or, don’t, and place the hearts in a random pattern around your ceremony or reception spot. Or, do a shape other than hearts. Stars. Or polka-dots. Or something really bad ass. We’re not saying you’re heart kind of people, necessarily. I mean, you’re having a guerrilla wedding, you’re already creative. Use this technique and make something awesome.

You’re going to need basic, white baking flour, powdered food coloring, a flour sifter, a mixing bowl and spoon, a large piece of cardboard, a pen, scissors, and plastic baggies. Save yourself a few pennies and buy the cheapest flour you can find. I have a serious baking store here in NYC where I bought the powdered food coloring, but you can also get it online here.

Mix together some food coloring and some flour. Slowly add more food coloring until you achieve the level of color you want. Transfer the colored flour to plastic bags for easy transport. This step can be done months before your wedding.

Draw a huge heart on your cardboard and cut it out to create a stencil. On the day of your wedding, lay the heart stencil on the ground and slowly sift the colored flour over it. Carefully lift the stencil and move it to the next spot you’d like your hearts. Here, I made a heart path, but try a cluster or just a spattering of colored hearts.

Oh, and good news, NO CLEAN UP. Flour is natural, you’re not using very much of it, and it’s going to be scattered and gone like magic. The magic of a guerrilla wedding, of course.

Photos by Monica of Hart & Sol East, Crafting and Graphic Design by Michelle Edgemont, with Crafting Assistance by Amber Marlow (all APW advertisers)

Meg Keene

Meg is the Founder and EIC of APW. Her first book, A Practical Wedding: Creative Solutions for Planning a Beautiful, Affordable, and Meaningful Celebration, was published in January 2012, and has been a top three bestseller on the wedding bookshelf ever since. Meg has her BFA in Drama from NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and son.

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  • http://magpietrousseau.wordpress.com Magpie

    Cool!

    Just one note of caution: Food coloring is an EXCELLENT idea, and try not to “drip” uncolored flour all over the place – I would think that stenciled designs make it pretty obvious it’s just decor. “Unidentified white powder” can prompt a visit from the bioterrorism squad (don’t ask me how I know).

    • meg

      HAHAHAHA, good point y’all.

    • Class of 1980

      See, thanks to this, I can’t get the song “Cocaine” out of my mind. ;)

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAUobrjo9-k

      White powder in 2012 = biohazard
      White powder in 1988 – cocaine

  • Lturtle

    I had my guerilla wedding six months ago, without even realizing that’s what I was doing really. I so wish you had done this series last year! It never occurred to me that a spontaneous wedding could have (simple) decor.

  • http://thecelebrationgirl.com Marcela

    I am Latin American, so the name “guerrilla wedding”gives me the chills…

    Anyhow, I LOVED the DIY!

    • Kat

      Uhh yes, in that cultural context that does not sound so much awesome, and definitely would give me the chills… perhaps “Spontaneous Wedding” is a better term. :)

      • Kat

        Found the term at the bottom of these comments “Pop-Up” Wedding!

    • rocketpuppy

      I’m wondering if we could maybe say “rebellious weddings” or something like that and get the same general idea?

    • Torero!

      I defintely get this. For the last few decades the word has been appropriated by English speakers and given a different connotation, maybe even a different meaning in some circles. But it is still a word for war, for sabatoage at the least. We need something catchy for love.

      Wedding Improv? Semi-Random Acts of Wedding? (Not totally random. You still want to end up with the right person at the end of it all.)

  • http://www.essential-images.com Essential Kate

    OMG, terrific idea, keep these guerilla wedding ideas, they’re great! Had to laugh, tho, my sister-in-law used to do this same thing every Easter for the eight-cousin Family Easter Egg Hunt Extravaganza — she got up at the crack of dawn and sifted bunny tracks all over her yard! ;-)

  • http://www.aboveurban.com AboveUrban

    Great idea! I might steal this idea for my son’s birthday party in the park – except make a Mickey Mouse stencil.

    • http://www.twitter.com/babyinabar Shotgun Shirley

      We’re having a birthdays party in a month and I’m totally gonna do this!! Polka dots and stars I’m thinking.

    • http://www.suncentered.com Jen

      YES! I would totally even do Mickey stencils for my wedding. Hidden Mickeys!!

  • Mackenzie

    Or you could just use sidewalk chalk? I guess that wouldn’t work on grass though…

  • http://www.jilllaurenphotography.com Jill Lauren Photography

    Love this. I’ve been looking for an alternative to sidewalk chalk and I think I have found it! Thanks.

  • http://www.sarahhoppes.com Sarah

    Brilliant! I’m getting married in central park, which is very confusing for non-new yorkers, and I think I will totally borrow this idea!!!!!

    • Maddie

      I would have paid money for a pathway to the weddings I’ve shot in Central Park. :)

  • http://www.devabydefinition.com deva by definition

    This is a fun idea! I may use this for backyard parties later this summer :-)

  • Suzanna

    Pretty, but…has anyone seen this done before a rain? Does it make a gloppy mess? I’m also concerned about wildlife. Sure, flour is natural, but so is rice and there’s a reason we stopped throwing that at weddings. Sorry, don’t mean to be a buzz kill!

    • KC

      Flour does not puff up like crazy in critters’ stomachs, so that’s probably okay. Also, flour generally rinses cleanly off of things if you use cold water, so since rain is usually not hot water, it’d probably be fine (if there was a fine mist to get the flour damp, then it dried again, it might cake on, but it’ll still eventually wash off). I’d be a bit more worried about the food coloring staining everything in reach when it gets wet…

      • Suzanna

        Well, in a lot of places, summer = warm rain on hot pavement. And if I ate straight flour, I’d feel pretty crappy. The environmentalist in me is really hesitant about this one. I’d stick with sidewalk chalk, if only to deter critters from eating it.

  • http://shellynn.wordpress.com Michelle

    My sister’s low-key second wedding reception is in 2 days. I’m loving these quick and simple decorating ideas for that. They’re so pin-worthy.

  • http://emiliajanephotography.com Emilia

    LOVE this! I just met with a lovely bride who is having a “pop up” wedding on the lake in October. This would be perfect :-D

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  • sam

    but why do you use flour instead of chalk ? does it say longer or look better?

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  • connie mcintyre

    This is a great idea to make path for the bride and wedding party..But stepping on it would make tracks every where I’m thinking.

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  • Jess

    Hey, I would love to do this! Could anyone tell me if it is better to wet the ground first for the flour to stick better/ last longer?
    And does it work on grass?
    Looks like I’ll have to start experimenting..
    :)
    Cheers

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