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DIY No-Sew Doily Wedding Dress

No-Sew Doily Wedding Dress

Well, hello again!

The last time I wrote a blog post was in December 2013. We are still living in Nashville, where I’m in my last year of Ophthalmology residency. Major life events since that last post include: raising a mini goldendoodle puppy who is now 2 years old, deciding to pursue further specialized training in Oculoplastic surgery, and learning that we’re expecting a baby girl in May 2016.

There were so many unique, handmade projects involved in our 2012 Mammoth Lakes wedding, and I had always meant to write about them… but here we are four wedding seasons later. For now I’ll write about my wedding gown, which I dreamed up around this time of year in 2012.

doily wedding dress front

via joielala | Taryn Kent & Shelby Clark

So if you’re searching for a wedding dress this year, here’s a unique idea: take a plain bridesmaid dress and glue a bunch of doilies to it. My dress turned out exactly how I’d envisioned it to be, and as a bonus it was super budget-friendly.

doily wedding dress back

via joielala | Taryn Kent & Shelby Clark

Read on for details on how I created this dress.

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Our Wedding

Photo Credit: joielala photographie

On Saturday June 9, 2012, I married my best friend in Mammoth Lakes, California.

Our wedding is being featured today on Style Me Pretty California. Please head over there for more pictures & details.

I cannot believe half a year has already passed since our wedding.

It has been both easy and hard not to write about our wedding weekend here. Easy because I started my medical residency shortly after the wedding, and my time has been filled with work. Hard because this is my creative space and right-brained outlet from work, and I had to refrain from sharing glimpses all the creativity.

I’ve decided that in the coming days, I will make time at the very least to write about two wedding-related topics. First, more on the inspiration behind our wedding design. And second, about the creation of my wedding gown.

Happy 2013!


Faux Mercury Glass


Shiny little candle holders

DIY wedding decor comes with the challenge of scaling up your projects to make mass quantities.

I wanted to create shiny mercury glass votive holders for our wedding reception tables. I browsed a few tutorials online that involved using acid sprays and flicking paint with a toothbrush.

While the results looked EXACTLY like mercury glass, I realized it would be too time consuming to use those methods to make a hundred candles.

I came up with a quicker method to get the mercury glass look. My votives don’t look exactly like mercury glass but they had the same shiny effect.

Read on for a tutorial.

  Faux Mercury Glass


Inspired by Decor Adventures!

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  1. GALEJ Votive Candle Holders (IKEA, $1.99 per 4-pack)
  2. Silver Acrylic Paint (Michael’s)
  3. Alcohol Wipes
  4. Foam Brush (Michael’s)
  5. Magazine
  6. Disposable Glove
  7. Krylon Looking Glass Spray Paint (Michael’s, $7 after coupon)

Note: Items without prices were not purchased for this project.

Total Cost = $57


Have you ever modified a craft project to make a large quantity?



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