It may be a chip off the old block, but when reimagined for a wedding — in everything from paper to pastries — marbling looks downright modern. Give it a whirl on your big day using one of these ideas.
You don’t need to be a glassblower to make beautiful marbled vases. We drizzled inexpensive glass bottles and vases with paint, then set the design by baking it at 350 F for 30 minutes. Choose curvy vessels to help the paint pool in interesting ways, and if you mess up or change your mind once it’s dry, just scrape off your uncured artistry with a craft knife and start over.
Tools and Materials:
• Various glass vessels
• Rubbing alcohol
• Wax paper
• Mixing bowls or paper cups
• Martha Stewart Crafts Gloss Transparent Glass Paint
• Martha Stewart Crafts Fill Medium&Mixing Bottle
• Plastic spoon
• Needle or pin
1. Wash vessels with soap and warm water; dry. Wipe the outside with rubbing alcohol to ensure that all residue has been removed. Let dry completely before painting. Cover workstation with wax paper.
2. In a mixing bowl or paper cup, add equal parts paint and Fill Medium. Using a plastic spoon, gently stir until mixed completely and paint coats the spoon but also pours easily from it. If paint is too thick, add more Fill Medium; if too thin, add more paint. Repeat process with remaining colors.
3. Taking the paint colors of your choice, spoon paint onto vessel in varying amounts and sections (don’t be afraid to use lots of paint), turning the glass as you work. Alternate colors until you reach desired marbleized effect. Pop any air bubbles with a needle or pin.
4. Set wet vessel on an elevated surface (we used the plastic cap from the glass paint) and let dry. To cure, air-dry for 21 days or bake. If baking, air-dry vessel for 1 hour. Then place in a cool oven, making sure no painted areas touch anything inside, and heat to 350 F (glass needs to heat gradually). Bake 30 minutes, then let cool in the oven. Wait 72 hours before using.
Our book-inspired invitation suite (note the marbled lining) has a surprise ending: It’s all DIY. The cover is off-the-shelf faux suede that we “embossed” with gold letter stickers. Plus, you can self-publish! Download the editable clip art — including the bookmarks — at marthastewartweddings.com.
• Tools and Materials:
• Rotary cutter
• Cutting mat
• 3 yards faux suede
• Spray adhesive
• 18-by-24-inch marbled paper
• 8 1/2-by-11-inch text-weight paper
• Craft knife
• Bone folder
• Glue stick
• Gold letter stickers
1. Using a rotary cutter and cutting mat, cut suede to measure 19 by 25 inches. Spray one side of suede with adhesive and lay marbled paper on top, smoothing paper with your hand to adhere. Trim edges of suede with rotary cutter to fit the paper. Cut into 8¾-by-5¾-inch rectangles.
2. Download our editable clip-art invitations at martha stewartweddings.com, type in your information, and print double-sided on text-weight paper (each printout will yield two invites). With a craft knife and a ruler, cut invitations in half.
3. Fold invitation in half and use the bone folder to make a sharp crease. Apply glue stick to the blank side of invite and attach to the right-hand side of the marbled paper, leaving a 1/8-inch border on all sides. Fold suede over to create a booklet, and use a bone folder to make a sharp crease.
4. Add initials or monogram to the front of the invitation using the gold letter stickers.
Favors with flourish
Bring two Florentine traditions — sugar and art — together in edible takeaways: Thank guests by giving square marshmallows that resemble blocks of Carrara marble, fancy striated lollipops, or sugar cookies with marbled icing.
To find recipes for Marbled Marshmallows and Marbled Iced Sugar Cookies, visit marthastewartweddings.com.