Before: Weed-Filled LandscapeSusan Yee and Scott Hoshida have a long and spacious backyard that feels more like a jungle. They are planning to marry and want the backyard to serve as a casual place they'll feel connected to and comfortable having family and friends join in on their nuptials.
Buried in weeds and oak leaves, the space needs a major makeover, especially since they want to get it ready for a very special occasion. In addition, they need to replace the rocky and dangerous path that leads into the backyard.
After: Elegant and Vibrant CeremonyLandscape designer Brad Frazier and wedding coordinator Taylor Nguyen's plan calls for a mixture of materials that create a park-like setting perfect for an outdoor wedding. A trellis with decorative branches and lots of flowers is the perfect spot for the couple to say their vows. Colorful plantings, special flower arrangements, mulch and a new lawn are the finishing touches for the space.
Before: Dangerous PathwayThey want a casual wedding that features vibrant colors, but also a simple, organic space where they can relax and entertain long after they've been married.
After: Simple, yet Colorful AisleA dry river bed intersects the space giving the illusion of water without a lot of maintenance, and a wooden bridge creates a natural transition from the pathway to the rest of the yard.
Decorative Trellis=Materials and Tools:
four 6x6 redwood posts
two 2x8 redwood posts
two 3x3 redwood posts
4" galvanized screws
3-1/2" galvanized lag bolts
quick-setting concrete mix
1. Dig four holes parallel at approximately 18 inches to two feet deep and six feet apart.
2. Set four 6x6 redwood posts in concrete, staking it off plumb and square. Let the posts dry.
3. Cut the 6x6 posts at eight feet level.
4. Cut two 2x8 redwood posts at eight feet with decorative 45-degree angles.
5. Screw the 2x8s to the 6x6 posts using galvanized lag bolts.
6. Cut eight 3x3 redwood cross members at 36 inches. Find the center of the trellis and work your way out to both ends, using an eight inch spacer block. Screw the 3x3 posts to the 2x8s with galvanized screws.
Platform BridgeMaterials and Tools:
four 2x6 pressure-treated lumber
2x6 redwood deck boards
3" galvanized deck screws
Tip: Build the frame slightly smaller than overall dimensions so it doesn’t protrude out
1. Cut the 2x6 pressure-treated lumber — two at three feet and two at five feet. Nail them together to build a square frame.
2. Cut the 2x6 redwood deck boards to three feet and six inches. Starting from the center of frame, screw the decking to the frame using three inch galvanized deck screws. Space them approximately 3/16 inches.
3. Level the area and set the bridge in place. Stake off level.
Etched HurricanesMaterials and Tools:
glass cylinder vase, 12" H
plastic, store bought stencil, 3"-6" in height x 3"-6" width. Stencil can be in a design of your choice.
bottle of glass etching cream
sponge craft paint brush
tape or adhesive spray
crayon or marker used for glass surface
? Work in a ventilated space, as etching cream has strong fumes.
? Wear protective glasses and latex gloves to protect against contact with the etching cream.
? Choose the stencil carefully. The best design is not too intricate; minute details do not translate well with etching cream.
? This project also works well on square or rectangular vases, just make sure the stencil fits within the width of the vase.
? Cover areas not being etched with plastic wrap to protect it from accidental etch cream droplets.
1. Clean the vase thoroughly and dry free of dust and debris.
2. Measure the desired space for the stencil design on the vase.
3. Place the stencil on the vase, marking the border with a crayon.
4. Spray adhesive to the back of the stencil, following manufacturer's instructions. Once the back of stencil becomes tacky, adhere the stencil to the measured crayon border. Note: You can also use scotch tape to adhere the stencil to the vase.
5. Apply a thick layer of etching cream to the stencil design, brushing evenly up and down.
6. Wait five minutes for the cream to react.
7. Remove the stencil from vase, and wash off the etching cream with water.
8. If desired, wrap colorful pieces of ribbon around the base of the vase, using tape to hold.
Asian-Inspired CakeIn addition, they incorporate all the wedding colors — brilliant red, hot pink and lime green.