Just recently, I went on a wild goose chase after the perfect crystal beaded picture frames to use for table numbers that will go perfectly with the crystal candelabra centerpieces for an upcoming wedding for a client. After searching high and low, and finding way over -priced frames ($20-33 each), and even considering a new business of importing frames from overseas, I decided to take on the Martha Stewart Challenge and the “Do It Yourself” approach. I was a bit hesitant at the beginning, but at the end of the day, the picture frames came out great. Yes, I am now considered a triple-threat and competition for Martha Stewart, but most importantly, I have  a very happy bride. The cost of materials was around $10 each without calculating the time and effort put forth.

Here is what you will need:

4 rows stranded crystal beads by the yard

basic white or silver 5×7 picture frames ($3-4 each)

Clear cement glue

Costume Jewelry flower rings ($10 for 15 rings)

Wood picks for applying glue

If you live in Los Angeles you can purchase all the crystals, glue, wood picks and costume jewelry rings at Beads & Trims in downtown Los Angeles. If you don’t, you can go on their site and order over the phone. They will ship anywhere. The owner of the store is very knowledgeable and will also give you great tips for other great wedding ideas. Picture frames you can get at Michael’s or any other arts and crafts store near you.

Step 1) First cut the strand on 4 row crystal beads into two rows

Step 2) Measure the length of each side of the frame and cut the strand to the appropriate size. I highly advise to first cut all the lengths you need before starting with the glue, as the glue does get messy and you do not want to handle the crystal strands with sticky hands.

Step 3) First glue the two longer length of the frames (the 7″). After you have done so on both sides, glue on the shorter sides.

Step 4) Twist off the band off the costume jewelry and apply glue on the corner of the frame where you plan on having the flower.

Step 5) Make sure that the strands glued around the frame are straight as once the glue dries, you cannot more it.

Good luck!


www.gardensofparadise.com   Couples are always looking for ways to make their weddings different and memorable for  years to come.  Picnic wedding, anyway you might choose to do it are a summertime favorite. You can go fancy, and set up blankets and pillows with centerpieces and baskets of food, or you can go really casual with brown paper lunch bags. Dressed up or dressed down, picnic weddings are all in the details. Having said that,  below some great ideas for your picnic wedding at Gardens of Paradise.

The fine details of course is what makes one picnic wedding different  from the other and really says something personal about you as a couple. From a Southern Comfort style lemonade stand, to boxed lunch on a simple table set up, creativity is unlimited for Picnic Weddings. Check out www.etsy.com   and www.thesugardiva.com
for some great ideas for your picnic wedding.

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Cascading waterfalls, ponds, lush gardens, romantic bridges and whimsical walkways are just some of the features that make Gardens of Paradise truly a unique place for your upcoming wedding or private affair. Manicured to perfection, the venue has multiple areas for you to choose from where to have your ceremony and reception.

The exquisitely designed gardens with its’ centerpiece – an island surrounded by beautiful waterfalls and ponds, is a picture-perfect place for a sunset wedding ceremony. Nestled under the majestic Vasquez Rocks, Gardens of Paradise lies on a 90-acre span in the Santa Clarita Valley, an easy 30-minute drive from the 101 and 405 freeways.

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Cascading waterfalls, ponds, lush gardens, romantic bridges and whimsical walkways are just some of the features that make Gardens of Paradise truly a unique place for your upcoming wedding or private affair. Gardens of Paradise is sprawled on a 90-acre span and has the capabilities of hosting any type of event. From small intimate weddings, to grand scale events, corporate events, music festivals, proms, fall formals, bar mitzvahs, family reunions, company picnic and team building days, our facility can host them all.

Nestled under the majestic Vasquez Rocks, Gardens of Paradise is located n the Santa Clarita Valley, an easy 30-minute drive from the 101 and 405 freeways.