Today’s How-To was inspired by real life APW weddings. I spend a lot of time at reader weddings during the summer, and it’s interesting to see how, even though you guys all have individual tastes and styles, and your aesthetic is usually a pretty far cry from the WIC aesthetic, there are still trends within APW weddings. The funny part is that, of course, the APW trends are usually nothing like what you’ll see in glossy magazines or mainstream wedding media or even on Pinterest. Because what y’all are making is so cool that you’re way ahead of the curve on that sh*t. Case in point: GLITTER. It was like opening up a birthday present every time I arrived at a wedding this summer and discovered even more sequin and glitter-bedecked garb than at the last one (because there just isn’t enough shiny stuff in the world, you know?) The thing is, every time I asked how one of my clients had executed all the amazing stuff they made, the rough answer was, “our house is now covered in glitter.” Which, I don’t know about you, but that’s a dealbreaker in my house (nothing infuriates Michael so much as loose glitter. And God forbid we get it in the car.) So I was beyond excited when we discovered glitter tape at Joann Fabrics (which you can also get on Amazon, just sayin’) and Michelle Edgemont came up with this dollar store candle hack. Total cost? Less than $20 for the lot of them. Win!
To create this project, you’ll need three things:
- Candles (we wanted inexpensive candles, so we bought a handful of religious pillar candles from the dollar store and just removed their wrappers).
- Glitter Tape
- Someone with a decent handle on geometry
This project works particularly well if you’re the kind of person who has good ideas, but is all thumbs when it comes to art (read: can’t draw). That said, a little creativity goes a long way here. I was blown away when Michelle started making all kinds of different patterns out of the glitter tape that I simply never would have thought of (fun fact: did you know that Michelle used to make patterns for a living? Girlfriend knows her stuff.) My attempt, on the other hand was…uh…not so good. So I recommend getting together with your most stylish or artistic friend and putting your heads together if you want to deviate from the ideas above. Or if you like what you see, but want a little more variety, just take these examples and create variations on the theme by playing around with the placement of your patterns (i.e. do some candles with stripes at the top, some with stripes at the bottom, and some with stripes in the middle.) The candles are so cheap, you could go big impact and fill a whole table with these (bonus: extra nighttime ambiance!)
As you’ve probably gathered from this series so far, I’m the kind of DITer who prefers rote crafting. Put me in a chair and give me a repetitive task that requires just a touch of creativity and I’m your gal. And these totally fit that bill. Plus, they can be made way in advance of your wedding, and your apartment will even survive the process.