I keep an eye on the Budget Savvy Bride for all the amazing wedding DIYs that they share. This one really caught my attention. The ring holder, seat plan template, the wall of pictures, invites and table numbers were all printables or DIY!
Have you ever seen a pomander? Not an orange with cloves arranged in decorative patterns on it but a flower pomander? It’s a ball of flowers used as a centerpiece, table decoration – and sometimes, even as the bridal bouquet. It’s not hard to make a pomander, and it sure is a beautiful arrangement, so think about it for your own wedding. If you’re on a limited budget, and can’t afford all those real or silk flowers for the pomanders, use an alternative: cupcake liners! They make pomanders which are just as lovely as the floral types but for a fraction of the cost!
Styrofoam ball – any size(s)
Cupcake liners (amount dependent on the size of ball you make)
Cord or ribbon (optional)
Your local grocer probably carries a small variety of cupcake wrappers which have designs and ones made of foil. However, online you can find a much larger variety of cupcake wrappers – and mini wrappers – to suit the wedding theme. The gold or silver foil wrappers make for elegant table décor but white, pink, blue, yellow or other cupcake wrappers more easily represent flowers or even the colors in your wedding.
You don’t necessarily have to use cupcake liners which are all the same color or pattern. You can combine two or more colors or designs to create completely different designs.
It’s really easy to make the pomander from the cupcake wrappers. Start with a Styrofoam ball. If you’ll be hanging the lovely ball, poke a hole in any area of the ball, fill it with hot glue, fold a ribbon or cord in half, and push the ends down into the glue.
If the wrappers have a pattern only on the outside take a stack of about 10 cupcake wrappers and turn them inside-out Turn another and another stack as you need them. Apply tacky glue to the bottoms of the cupcake wrappers then begin sticking them to the ball. Make a circle of cupcake wrappers around the cord, then a circle around that one, and continue in this manner until the ball is covered. As you stick the cupcake wrappers on the ball, place them close together so that the ball cannot be seen.
If you won’t be hanging the cupcake wrapper pomander, glue a cupcake wrapper to the ball, then encircle it with more, and encircle that one with more, as stated above.
The pomanders can be made huge and used as centerpieces or much smaller to decorate tables and other areas. They can hang from the ceiling, from curtain tie-backs and other areas at the reception. They make a beautiful way to decorate at your wedding reception for very little money.
Lighting is what sets the mood at a wedding. And creating diy lighting is both easy on the pocket and a great way to spend some fun time together. I compiled these ideas that I saw across the internet. They take less than an hour to do per item!
1. Dixie Cup Lights — All these dixie cup lights really are cute! They’d be ideal for a casual marriage! You could easily place them on tables instead of tealights.
3. Cupcake Liner Lights — Another super adorable idea! Cupcake liners are seen in many different colours and patterns. This could be a simple means to include touches of your own wedding colours in your lighting decoration. I could see this working very well for a colorful wedding!
4. DIY Light Columns — Leave it to Martha Stewart to come us with the best ideas… these mild columns are magnificent placed throughout your place! You will be amazed to find out how easy these are to make! They look magnificent when placed together in a cluster.
6. Tissue Paper Jar Lanterns — This is a really simple project that’s completely sweet! Use tissue paper that matches your wedding colours and these lanterns will fit in seamlessly with your occasion. Another way to infuse color into your wedding and make it look more fun if you want to break away from the old ‘all white’.
Image via www.weddingwindow.com
Even if you have the money to spend on a lavish wedding you can still save by making many of the accessories, decorations and favors yourself. And not only that, but creating your own wedding items is fun and exciting.
Most craft stores have an aisle that features craft supplies for weddings. They generally have a nice selection but you can find other items, not specifically for wedding crafts, which can be used for many different wedding accessories.
Make your choice of candles for the table by combining a couple craft items with things you already have. Make ordinary pillar candles into shimmery, gold striped candles simply by wrapping the candle with gold metallic tape. The tape is cheap and goes a long way.
Turn a coffee cup upside-down and hot glue lace around the cup. Place a pillar candle on top and you have unique and beautiful candle creations for the table. A bowl also makes a fabulous candle holder.
Leftover Christmas ribbon in shades of white, gold or silver can be used to make bows for the table and other areas. The ribbon can also be used, along with balloons, on the getaway car.
Clip-on earrings, with the clip removed, are great for adding glitz to wedding shoes. Simply attach them to the top of the shoe, in the front of the opening. Leave the clips on and use them to attach the earrings to the centers of bows.
A flat, satin sheet will make a marvelous tablecloth. Add bling to it by trimming the edges in gold or silver fabric paint. Make your own design or use stencils to adhieve the look you want for the tablecloth.
A large fish bowl will make an impressive centerpiece for the bride and groom’s table. There are many ways to make the centerpiece: remove the stems from silk or real flowers and arrange the flowers themselves in the fish bowl, make a miniature wedding scene inside the bowl, or just fill it with miniatures and clear candle wax. Make the centerpiece as elaborate or simplistic as you want.
Make a different centerpiece by starting with a dinner plate. Stand a candle in the center of the upside-down plate and surround it with lace, netting, satin fabric, or another material. Add embellishments like strands of faux pearls or satin flower pieces.
Cut pieces from a paper towel roll and cover the rings with fake jewels, pearl beads, lace or other craft items. These make great napkin rings that are very inexpensive. You can also cut pieces from the towel roll and make place markers. Cut the ring then lay it with open side down on the table. Cut a slit on each side to hold the name card. Cover the paper towel roll piece with glitter, rhinestones or some other glamorous embellishment.
A simple barrette clip can become something elegant like a veil. Purchase the netting for the veil, gather it across the center, then glue it to the barrette. Clip the barrette on top of the head to hold the veil in place.
Take a piece of elastic, wrap a piece of white satin around it, then stitch in place. This garter is inexpensive and can be embellished with lace and tiny silk flowers.
There are lots of things you can make for your own wedding, saving you a lot of money. Before making any of your wedding purchases ask yourself if you can make something similar. Chances are you can!
I wrote about re-purposing junk as wedding decor in the last post. In this one I want to talk about reusing wedding decor. That’s right, using decor that’s been used before.
I know some might cringe at the idea but think about it, where does your decor end-up after your wedding? In the trash. Imagine how much more ‘green’ your wedding could be, and you would be doing good to the planet!
Our friends at The Lace Loft connect sellers and buyers of used wedding decor. Do give it a try or refer to someone looking to decorate on a budget.
I saw this amazing video by eHow today and had to share it! A low-cost wedding centerpiece. Get your friends and family together and hand everyone one to make!