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The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown by Khris Cochran, The Taunton Press, 2009. Photos by Jack Deutsch, © 2009 The Stonesong Press, LLC
Another installment from the DIY Bride series, The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown guides you through the months leading up to your wedding with projects to fit your timeline. Khris Cochran carefully emphasizes taking careful stock of your abilities, helpers, and available time to help you avoid even a touch of Bridezilla! While none of the projects are particularly elaborate, they’re all quick, fun ideas that will let a busy bride-to-be avoid the cost and boredom of cookie-cutter wedding planning. (It’s very much aimed at women, so if you’re a crafty groom, just take a breath and dive on in to the pink pages anyway!)
I really like how each project is rated time-wise. Some are suggested as projects for fiance and fiancee to work on together, others as a fun thing to do with girlfriends, and yet others are aimed at the bride solo. There’s a great budget call-out for each project too, so you get a good sense of what the final cost will be. As you go through the countdown, you’ll find cute ideas like the S’mores Save-the-Date kit for an outdoorsy wedding, paper heart thank-you cards, and a flower girl basket made from a vintage doily. As you get closer to the actual wedding day, the how-tos include sweet fondant owl cake toppers, cupcake-in-a-jar favors, and a bunch of floral decorations for the reception.
I think my favorite project is for the groom, though — an elegant feather boutonniere that would look good on either a tux or a T-shirt. We’re sharing this project with you here, so download the PDF and enter the Giveaway after the jump!

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Book Giveaway Time!
One lucky Craft reader will win a copy of The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown. Just tell us why you would like this book in the comments! All comments will be closed by Noon PST on Wednesday, June 16, 2010. The lucky winner will be chosen randomly and announced later on the site. Good luck!