“To the Pinterest boards!”
That’s the first thing I said after one of my closest friends asked me to be her MOH. Well, to be fair, first I said, “Mrrrawwwwngh!” and then “Oh-my-God-I-am-so-excited!”, and between all the hugging and tears I am sure I uttered out a “Yes!”, all while visions of Pinterest boards and DIY projects danced in my head. Within an hour, the bride-to-be and I had settled down with glasses of champagne and were both pinning like the apocalypse was coming to wedding planning.
There came a point, however, after an obscene amount of ideas had been pinned, when I began to wonder just how plausible will re-creating these looks really be? I consider myself to be fairly crafty, but so many of the looks on the “DIY” inspired site are clearly professionally done. So, in the name of bridal science, we did what any savvy DIY-er would do: the bride and I picked three of her favorites looks on Pinterest to compliment her ‘Vintage Winter Wedding’ theme and threw a ‘Re-Creating Pinterest’ party as a subtle means of manipulating our stylish friends into helping design the wedding. The result? Lots of laughter, plenty of bridal brainstorming, and a few great (if slightly lopsided) recreations of some lovely Pinterest projects.
Project #1: The Hydrangea Bouquet
The Pinterest Photo:
For a winter theme, it made sense to go with a flower that is reminiscent of the snow I hope will be lilting from the sky as my friend and her beloved exchange nuptials. For this hydrangea arrangement, we kept the white but swapped the yellow flowers for blue to keep it extra-icy.
1. Five or so wholesale hydrangeas
3. Lace ribbon
5. Floral tape (Any tape can work, but floral tape blends in well with the stems)
6. Four pins
1. If your flowers have been shipped to you (as ours were), unwrap them, cut one-inch off of the stems and place them in a clean vase with water for at least four hours so they can firm up.
2. Remove the flowers from the vase and arrange them into a bouquet with your biggest, most full flower in the middle.
3. Squeeze the stems together and wrap the floral tape several times around one point to join them together.
4. Work your way up and down the stem with more floral tape so the flowers are firmly bound together. You can make height adjustments as you go, but we found the flowers actually fell into place, with the flower in the middle pushing higher up and the flowers on the side falling a little lower down, achieving a nice bouquet shape.
5. Cover the flower tape with lace ribbon, or a ribbon that matches your wedding colors. Secure with pins.
6. Trim stems at the bottom so they are even.
7. Optional: Spray flowers hairspray to keep them looking fresh.
8. Need more of a tutorial? This instructional video might be helpful, though keep in mind that because hydrangeas are bigger than roses (the flower featured in the video), you’ll need far fewer to make it work.
• Price: While buying wedding flowers will never be a cheap endeavor, the great thing about hydrangeas is that they’re BIG, which means you need less of them to get the job done. And, if you use them for your bouquet, you can use them throughout the wedding.
Ranking: Overall, very affordable.
• Ease of Instructions: Just push ‘em all together, tape ‘em up and they’re good to go.
Ranking: Easy peasy!
• Length of Time: 15 minutes if you’re good at this stuff, 30 minutes if you’ve got clumsy fingers.
Ranking: Lightning fast.
• Final Results: Um, gorgeous.
Overall Letter Grade: A+
Our Recreation Photo:
Project #2: Mad Men Makeup
The Pinterest Photo:
For makeup, we decided to play with a look reminiscent of Joan from Mad Men. These full red lips and smoky eyes seemed like a good place to start.
1. Foundation primer
2. Eyelid primer
4. Pressed or loose powder
5. A very subtle, neutral blush
6. Eye shadow – both a shimmery nude and a charcoal
7. Black liquid eyeliner pen
8. Black eyeliner pencil
9. Bold, red lipstick
10. Matching lip liner
11. Toothbrush or washcloth
1. Apply foundation primer evenly across face using a brush or a sponge. This will even out skin texture and will allow makeup to stay in place longer — essential for that long wedding day. We used an ultra-light foundation so you could barely tell it was there.
2. Dab concealer in any trouble areas. Use a brush to blend it into your skin.
3. Brush the pressed powder liberally across your face, though not so much that you get cake-face. This will help cut down on shine.
4. Coat your blush brush with just a little bit of blush, as there’s not a lot of color to this look. Rather than applying it to the apple of your cheek, you’re going to want to follow the lines of your cheekbone. To find where these are, suck your cheeks in and apply from bottom up in the hollow of your cheek. Avoid your nose and any other places you just made less red with foundation.
5. Use a brush to cover your eyelids with eyelid primer to decrease shine, prevent creases, and hold makeup in place.
6. Coat your eyelids with the shimmery nude eye shadow, stopping at the crease of your eye.
7. Use a brush to apply the grey eye shadow, starting at the crease of your eye and working upwards, stopping well before your eyebrow.
8. Starting on the inside of your upper eyelid and working your way out, apply the liquid eyeliner. You’ll want to fan your way out so you start thin and get thicker, rather than drawing a straight line (which will inevitably catch).
9. Line your inner eyelid with the eyeliner pencil, fanning out at the edge of your eye into a cat-eye. You could also use apply charcoal eye shadow instead with an angled eyeliner brush if you really want to achieve the smudged look pictured here. Note: If you have trouble doing the cat eye, we found this tutorial helpful, though you’ll want a little more subtly to match this look.
10. Exfoliate your lips using a toothbrush or washcloth.
11. Powder your lips to make the lipstick stay.
12. Apply your bold red lipstick and trace the edges of your lips with lip liner.
• Price: The good stuff definitely wears a hefty price tag, but investing in high quality makeup is a decision you won’t regret making (especially once you see your wedding photographs!)
Ranking: Reasonable to moderately expensive, depending on the brand of product you choose to use.
• Ease of Instructions: For anyone with previous makeup application knowledge, I would think this again would be….
Ranking: A breeze.
• Length of Time: 20 – 30 minutes.
Ranking: Pretty darn speedy.
• Final Results: The bride-to-be loved her eyes, but felt the lipstick made her look like a bit cartoonish. For her actual wedding look, I think we’ll tone down to a subtler shade and really make her eyes pop.
Overall Letter Grade: A-
Our Recreation Photo:
Project #3: Sophisticated Flapper Hair
The Pinterest Photo:
Personally, I love the whole 1920s look, and the bride-to-be is going for a dress that matches that era. We were so excited to find this gorgeous upsweep, but would we be able to re-create it? It’s doable, but definitely would require some practice to perfect for the big day.
1. Many, many bobby pins
2. Curling iron
3. Straightening iron (if you have bangs)
4. Texturizing spray
5. Hair spray
6. Dry Shampoo (optional)
1. For updos, it’s recommend to start with “dirty” hair (hair that hasn’t been washed the past 24 hours), as freshly shampooed hair can lose curl and be too “slippery” to hold intricate styles. If you are like me and can’t stand the idea of not having a head of clean hair, try using a dry shampoo on your roots before beginning to style.
2. Spray your hair with the texturizer so that you’ll hold a nice wave and shine. Do so in layers and make sure to coat the stray ends.
3. Curl your hair one layer at a time. Add more texturizer as you go to add a little more bounce.
4. Pin bangs back, letting the hair fall dramatically over your forehead and then sweeping up suddenly as your reach the area just over your ear.
5. Piece by piece, pin the curls around the nape of your neck, folding each layer into its own mini bun that in turn create a larger bun.
6. Spray the finished look with hairspray to keep it in place.
• Price: Again, for most brides, the materials for achieving this look will be lying around the house.
• Ease of Instructions: As you can probably gather from the instructions, this wasn’t the easiest one to do, nor to discuss. We did a reverse Google image search to see if we could find the original instructions, and we found a second photo of this model with her hair unraveled. It was obvious that she had extensions, which is really the only way most brides will be able to accomplish such a full look. We also weren’t clear on how to mimic this look exactly, so there was a lot of approximation going on.
Ranking: A breeze…depending on the approximation you choose to follow
• Length of Time: Approximately one hour with help.
Ranking: Not quick.
• Final Results: Sophisticated, gorgeous, and absolutely lovely.
Letter Grade: B We all loved what we were able to achieve, but I can’t say for certain we truly re-created this look. You may want to enlist the help of a professional for this one.
Our Recreation Photos:
The Final Grade on Pinterest
Overall, how easy was it to re-create these Pinterest looks and crafts? I recommend that no bride attempt to tackle all of these projects alone, but with a little help from your bridal party, a willingness to try new ideas and the creativity to make each style your own, you can easily recreate elements from Pinterest for your own special day.