Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Wedding Chapel Bride & Groom - DIY Tips with Petaloo and Maja Design

DIY Home Decor -Wedding Chapel
Sharing a fun piece of home decor I created to celebrate February, the month of love.  Nothing says true love like a wedding.  And nothing adds beauty to a project like Petaloo flowers.  I have added Petaloo gardens all around the chapel for warmth and charm.

This project was really fun to create because I paired some of my all-time favorite products: Maja Design PapersPetaloo  Flowers and Prima's Julie Nutting Doll Stamps.    

I hope you enjoy my little photo session with the happy couple. If you scroll down a bit, I'll show you a few tips on how I created both the chapel and the bride and groom. 

In this shot, I've placed the newlyweds in the back garden.  Here is a close up of the back garden complete with a trellis made from wood skewers and a chipboard birdhouse. 
This back garden features the following flowers:  

I used Maja Design's Summertime paper collection to create both the chapel and the bride's gown. This collection is soft , warm and perfect for a romantic day. If you skip to the Maja Design blog, you'll see the chapel featured in the monthly Mood Board .  Maybe you'll decide to play along with the Mood Board challenge this month.
Here is a photo of the Mood Board and the Summertime paper that I used.  You can see how wonderfully it fits the challenge.  
This is a little peek at the side of the chapel with white picket fence and the following Petaloo flowers creeping through the fence: 

The Chapel
This is how the chapel looked before it was covered and decorated.
This is a cardboard house that I purchased on clearance the end of the Christmas season from Michael's.  I am always watching for these types of little end-of-season treasures when I shop - at a discount of course. 

I started covering the roof first, one punched strip at a time -starting at the bottom and working my way up, as roofing shingles would typically appear.

Each shingle strip is securely applied to the chapel using a coat of sealant on both sides.   I used matte finish Mod Podge.  There are other options as well- clear gel medium, or a thin mixture of white glue and water painted on each strip.  

I created this piece for the Petaloo display booth at Creativation (formerly known as CHA)held this past January, so the Mod Podge protected the paper from fingerprints, ripping, peeling and actually provided more support to the cardboard structure.  It helps create a durable decor piece.  

After the Mod Podge roofing was dried, I moved on to add some texture to the sides of the building.  
The next few photos show how I combined stencils, stamps, and paste ( or heavy gesso) to create the appearance of brickwork.  

Below is another side view of the chapel.  This side has a sweet Petaloo Darjeeling Butterflies - Teastained in cream.  
Creating the Bride and Groom
Next , I'm moving on to showcase my bride and groom.  The beautiful blushing bride is carrying a Petaloo floral bouquet made of Petaloo Penny Lane - Forget Me Nots - Antique Red .
The handsome groom has a boutineer made of Petaloo Mini Daisy Petites Pink .

Now I'll share some of my tips for making the bride and groom from Prima's Julie Nutting Doll Stamps (Camille and Adam).   I love making the dolls 3-dimensional so they stand.  I believe I have come up with a very cool and simple doll stand that works nicely for this couple. 

The first step is to stamp several layers for the body, including one layer of thin cardboard (chipboard). I want my doll to stand and be durable - not bendable.  This doll has a front and a back that people will see so it was important for me to make the back appealing.  

To create the back, I stamped a third image and turned it around to use the un-stamped back side. The long bridal veil covers the backside perfectly so no stamping is really needed.

Next - I used a large binder clip for the base.  I removed the metal handles after the clip was in place. At this point, I was able to cover the binder clip with more stamped layers creating the dress.  
Here is the side view showing the binder clip and how I covered the clip with paper layers.  

I  snuggled the groom up behind his bride and glued them together for life.  I covered the backside up with the long lace veil.  You cannot tell that the backsides are not stamped.  

Here is a view of the bottom of the clip.  They stand perfectly balanced.
Here are some additional photos of the joyful event.  More garden shots, and a photo of the front steeple.  The beautiful heart shape on the steeple is a resin piece that Petaloo made a few years back.  I had been saving it for a perfect occasion.   

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The new collections will be available soon. 
You can see the Magnolia sneaks hereGarden Roses here,  and adorable Glittered Bugs ( Butterflies and Dragonflies) right here

Petaloo Products:
Petaloo Darjeeling Butterflies - Teastained Cream 1488105
Petaloo Darjeeling Mini Garden Rosettes Cream 1492105
Petaloo Penny Lane - Forget Me Nots - Antique Red 1837-050
Petaloo PennyLane Mixed Blossoms - Antique Red 1836-050
Petaloo Penny Lane - Forget Me Nots - White 1837-000
Petaloo Darjeeling Teastained Dahlias in Cream 1467-105
Petaloo Darjeeling Teastained Mini Mix Red 1462101R
Petaloo Darjeeling Teastained Mini Mix Spice - 1462-108
Petaloo Darjeeling Teastained  Dahlias Red 1467-101
Petaloo Darjeeling Hydrangeas - Green 1493-107
Petaloo Mini Daisy Petites Pink 1839-058
Petaloo Daisy Centers Resin Heart - Ivory 4202-009

Other Products:
Maja Design = Summertime Collection
Prima Stencils - 575939 and 575953
Darice - White Picket fence 9148-66
Sizzix Thinlits Holiday Greens 661597
Dusty Attic  Bird House DA0699
Prima Julie Nutting  - Doll Stamps - Camille 911409
Prima Julie Nutting  - Doll Stamps - Adam 911201
Prima Julie Nutting  - Doll Stamps - Accessories - Clothing for Adam 911225
Mod Podge - Matte
Recollections  Christmas Collections - Paper House Chapel 49151
Martha Stewart Paper Punch - Doily Lace Edge
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Paint  -Vintage Photo
Super Heavy Gesso
Prima Finnabair Clear stamp - 961947
Lace and Trim


  1. Jennifer your project using Maja Design's gorgeous papers, Petaloo's beautiful flowers and Julie Nutting's fun doll stamps is simply stunning and beautiful! So very creative and definitely looks like a labor of love! I love everything about it! You ROCKED this project!

  2. A very laborious work of love. Beautiful indeed.

  3. I TOTALLY love this beautiful scene! So wonderful. (And what a clever way to use the clip!!)

  4. This is absolutely incredible!!!!!!!