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Have you found a picture with a wedding detail you love but not sure how to do it? We’ve searched the internet looking for DIY friendly, budget minded, beautiful, and inspiring wedding ideas. As the bride-to-be (BTB) or mother-of-the-bride (MOB) you have a challenging task before you. As a recent MOB we know firsthand the challenges of planning the “perfect” wedding on a budget. Pour yourself a cup of coffee. Stay for awhile and check the DIY tutorials and freebies we’ve collected to help you style your wedding day your way.
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Our blog showcases some of the diy tutorials I’ve found where I add ideas or get inspired to make new projects . Just click on the pictures to enlarge them.
I know I’m suppose to be on vacation til after the first…. Had a few minutes and found this for an idea. The graphics fairy has this as free blog background. I decided it would make wonderful paper for weddings. Use it for signs, programs, menus, etc. Thank you graphics fairy!Print it on some off white paper with texture for a cool look also. I free handed the lettering and heart for a rustic look. See you in the new year!
I’m going to take a short vacation here. My newly married daughter is flying into town Thursday. Haven’t seen her in seven months. So going to enjoy the holidays with the newly weds. We will be back after the first of the year. I’ve got some great ideas I can’t wait to show you! So everyone have a very Merry Christmas, travel safe and be well.
December 15, 2011
I told you I’d show some more pictures of how to incorporate birdcages for use after the wedding. My camera’s battery has to be recharged.
Hopefully sometime today I’ll be able to add those. In the meantime take a look at some pretty slick photo shop type editing I did to these pictures to show you another cute idea.
I took the yule log from Martha Stewart above and changed the bird to the one from The Country Chic Cottage I posted last week. I promise after the holidays to make one of these for real to show you. Just add a small flower or small twigs to the yule log instead of the evergreen for your wedding.
December 14, 2011
I promised I’d take a picture to show the candlelight through the votive. Ta-da.
The first is with a flash, the second one is with no flash. The amount of “glow” you’ll get will just depend on the amount of light present.
Where did the birdcage come from? I refurbished it from my daughter’s wedding. Just added pine cones and some Christmas balls from the dollar store to the inside. Got that wonderful idea from pinterest. I’ll show you tomorrow how I’ve incorporated other birdcages into more Christmas decor. I know, I know, you want more wedding stuff. Here’s the thing. I would highly recommend when you are making/buying items for your wedding that you also ask yourself, “Will I be able to use this after the wedding?” Selling items is also a possibility, but no guarantee. Some of the items you may want to keep and incorporate them into new treasures you will continue to enjoy for years to comes. I.E. the birdcages now turned Christmas decor. They could also make great Christmas presents for other family members!
There’s still more to come from the birch clip art. So stay tuned!
I used double sided tape to attach the paper to the votives. I was only able to get 2 votives per page. For those of you more computer savvy than I you should be able to enlarge and get 3 votives per sheet. Just tape and trim. Pretty simple but looks pretty realistic. I placed them with some Christmas decorations I have up. My flash was to bright for you to see the candle. It does show through. I’ll make sure the photos tomorrow show the candle light.
Stay tuned to see what else I make from the Martha Stewart yule log.
December 10, 2011
NEWS FLASH FOR ALL THOSE BRIDES GETTING MARRIED BEFORE NEXT CHRISTMAS. I stopped by the Dollar Store to pick up some extra ribbon for a wreath. They had lots of those tiny battery operated tea candles. You know the ones you need for outdoors, chandeliers, or places that don’t allow open flames, etc. They were 3 for $1. Believe me when I say get them now! They’ll be over a $1 a piece with shipping later if you can find them. Hum… $10 for 30 or enough for 10 tables or $30+ for 30 when they’re sold out!
December 9, 2011
I must have slept wrong. But I promised you I’d show you some goodies from the tease from yesterday. Martha Stewart’s yule log also included a pdf to print out the birch bark. I checked the prices on real birch bark not long along….not cheap. I printed hers out and it really looks real. I printed mine on textured paper from a package in the Martha Stewart section at Michael’s craft store. It was left over from a wedding I helped with. I opened it up in a graphics program I have been playing with. Here’s the result. Have you figured out where I’m going with this? Stay tuned for how I will use it. Here’s the link for the clipart, Martha Stewart. Here’s the link again for the whole tutorial she did, Martha Stewart.
December 8, 2011
Can’t wait to share the gem I found today. This one has a lot of possible variations. Leave it to the Martha Stewart’s team to provide me a gold mind.
Let’s take a look first.
I know, right now it’s a favor item and a really cute one! But who has the time to make these for all the guest? And her way with the nest and bird could get pricey for a favor. Here’s one idea that came to mind right away. Incorporate it into the centerpieces or make them larger and use for the centerpiece? But my mind didn’t stop there. Check back over the next few days as I make a number of variations from this one tutorial.
December 7, 2011
Today’s idea is for a bridal shower gift idea I found at Creative “try”als. Really clever idea. I love the little tags to go with the items!
December 6, 2011
Today is a 2fer. I can’t wait to show you the subway art I just finished for my daughter. I showed you the monogram from The Wedding Chics that I made yesterday. Ta-da. Here’s how I incorporated it for a Christmas gift I made for the hubby to give to her. Just click on the picture to enlarge it. Stealing Cinderella was the music they used for the slide show at their reception. If you’ve never heard the song….. mom and dad get your hankies out! It’s perfect.
Here’s the second part of the 2fer. Ever wonder what to do with all those left over invitations or even wedding cards you just can’t bring yourself to part with? Simply turquoise has an answer for you. Wonderful tutorial. Here’s a thought I might add. On the just the color slips use a little modge podge or glue and add some glitter. That way the glitter would stay in place.
December 5, 2011
The Wedding Chics have a very nice selection of free clip art for making monograms. If you are a little savvy at all with computers, these would make great additions to save the date cards, invitations, wishes tags, signs and any other wedding item you could think of. I made this example using their free templates. Wish I had found this site before my daughter’s wedding! I plan on using this as some clip art in a subway art sign I’m making for the happy couple for Christmas. Shssssh! It’s a secret.
Saw this clever idea at The Crafting Chics and immediately my brain started modifying for wedding use. How about pictures of bride and groom growing up, engagement etc and use on tables as little decorations? Or my first thought is to make them for the bride and groom to use on their first Christmas tree together. Would be nice for parents and grandparents also. Use wedding pictures, last name and est with wedding date on one side. Anyway you get the idea.
Came across this at Project Wedding. A set by step picture tutorial for making a full mason jar centerpiece. The flowers look great. But you know me. I can’t leave well enough alone. I’d have to add a little lace or jute around the top of the jar. Maybe a doily under the jar. Just depends on formality of the wedding and your table linens. While blue mason jars are the “thing” right now, clear may work better for the color of the flowers you select. Antique blue jars are pricey but if you have your heart set on them; check out how to paint mason jars on our tutorial page.
It’s that time of year. Everything out there craft wise is Christmas. So let’s modify them for wedding use. I found this gem at Today’s Fabulous Finds.
No, I haven’t lost my mind. Make these mini signs from paint stirrers for table numbers. Just bend the wire down to stand it upright. Or depending on the number of guests you have; use them for escort cards, place cards, or for wishes tags. Could even make them as favors for guests with wedding sayings of course.
Today is my first attempt at blogging. I wanted to set-up the tutorial page first before I jumped feet first into this part our site. I’ll use this blog to showcase new ideas I come across.I just can’t help myself. Whenever I see a craft or picture my mind immediately races as to how it could be used for a wedding.
Today I came across these birds and tutorial at The Country Chic Cottage to make for Christmas tree ornaments. Just think how adorable they would be for a country or garden wedding theme. Enjoy!
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