So, my mom had these cans hanging from strings in her garage. They were all connected to this long, beautiful, rustic-looking branch. This, with the idea that flowing ribbons are just cool, spawned my idea for the rustic seating chart we’ll be crafting today. My cousins actually had an outdoor rustic and boho style wedding, and they had ribbons and baubles hanging everywhere. The effect was so neat; I often want to recreate this kind of imagery in my crafts! With this seating chart, your guests will find and unclip their seat numbers and enjoy the lovely, as well as useful, decoration that you made with your own two hands.
- Clothes pins
- Ribbons (multiple different types)
- Long branch
- Hot glue gun
- Card stock paper
- Permanent marker
- Accessories (I used silk flowers)
Step 1: Cut the Ribbons and Wrap Them
Cut your ribbons to reasonably long lengths. I cut mine in different lengths, while keeping them long enough to hold all the guests’ names and accessories. I also wanted them to be long enough to flow in the wind (because that’s just pretty).
Then, wrap a piece of ribbon around your branch.
Step 2: Glue the Ribbon(s)
Glue the ribbon to itself on the underside of your branch. The underside is whichever side is not going to be the top. You’ll hang your branch or display it on a table, so you want all your ribbons to hang from underneath the branch.
Continue gluing your ribbons on, keeping them about an inch or two apart depending on your needs.
Step 3: Cut Table Cards and Name Cards
Prep your table number and name cards by cutting two different sizes of card stock. Cut out however many of each you need.
Your table numbers will be bigger and the guests’ name cards will be thinner.
Step 4: Write the Table Cards and Name Cards
Label the table numbers on your bigger pieces of cardstock, keeping a blank space on the left side.
You can either use permanent marker like I did or get fancier. You could have them printed or even hand done with calligraphy.
Then, label all your guests’ names and their seat numbers on the thinner cardstock pieces, also keeping a space to the left side.
Step 5: Glue the Table Cards
Glue your table number cards on the back side of your branch, making sure the front faces forward.
You’ll want to put the glue where you left that blank space (cue T-swift) so that you won’t be able to see any of it.
Step 6: Attach Name Cards
Use your clothespins to pin the guests’ name cards on their respective ribbons.
The whole point here is to place your guests in order of seat number on the ribbon underneath their table number card. The entire thing works like a sort of graph and hopefully makes it easy for your guests to find their seats.
Step 7: Decorate as You Like
Now, pin or glue your accessories onto the ribbons randomly and in-between the guests’ name cards.
All that’s left is displaying your masterpiece. As you can see from my pictures, this works great displayed on a flat surface such as a table, but it would also look great hanging by ribbon from a beam or against a wall.
This seating chart idea can go in so many different directions. For a beach wedding, you could clip on seashells and coral. For a book-themed wedding, you could pin pages. For a winter wedding, you could clip snowflakes and ornaments.
The list goes on and on. This would be really cute background décor for a wedding shower as well. So, I hope you enjoy this cool, funky, rustic, and all those other adjectives, seating chart!
You heard it right. You can make your own wedding ring pillow for your big day. I’m so excited about this project because I really feel it’s something that takes minimal effort but produces grand results. I kept mine pretty simple, and it still turned out neat! You could add so much to it, and you can also use a different fabric. I know felt might not be everyone’s cup o’ tea. I like it, but there’s nothing wrong with using a different fabric.
Even if you do use slightly different materials, the basic format will be the same. The process is pretty dang simple if I do say so myself. Well, you’ll see anyway!
- Large felt sheet (or other fabric if you wish)
- Thick ribbon
- Skinny ribbon
- Pillow stuffing
- Glue gun
- Paper clip
Step 1: Cut Fabric
Take your large felt piece and cut it in half. If you’re using other fabric, cut two equal pieces, measuring whatever size seems good to you. Just be sure to measure slightly larger than you want in the end; some fabric will be used up in the attachment process.
Step 2: Line up Your Fabric and Glue
Lay the two pieces on top of each other, and glue together three of the sides. Don’t worry about it looking like a flat sheet of paper and not like a pillow at all. We will fix this in the next step.
Step 3: Turn It Inside Out and Stuff
After your glue dries, carefully reach inside the two pieces of fabric and pull to turn the piece inside out. Stuff the inside with lots of the pillow stuffing.
Step 4: Close up the Pillow
Begin closing up the last open side by gently folding one corner in on itself and gluing it together. This is a little tricky because, unlike the other sides, you have to manually glue the seam on the inside of the pillow. Like I said— tricky. Just be patient, glue in sections, and make sure your glue has dried completely before you try to move on.
Step 5: Cut Slits and Thread Thick Ribbon
Now that you have something pillow-like, cut two small slits about an inch apart in the top/middle of your pillow. Cut a length of your thick ribbon and thread it through the slits you just made.
Step 6: Poke Holes and Thread Skinny Ribbon
Cut a hole in each side of a corner. Use your paper clip if you need it.
String your skinny ribbon through the two holes you made in your corner. Again, use your paper clip to help guide the ribbon through if you need to.
Step 7: Add a Tassel
Next, thread both ends of your skinny ribbon through the top of your tassel and pull through. Tie your skinny ribbon in a nice little bow, allowing the tassel to hang down below it.
Step 8: Repeat Steps for Remaining Corners and Finish
Repeat steps 9 through 12 for the remaining three corners. Then, (when you’re ready to walk down the isle) thread your rings through the thick ribbon on the top of the pillow and tie a bow.
I hope your wedding ring pillow turned out as cute as mine did.
Also, just a little tip, if your ring bearer is young, you might want to add a ribbon underneath in order to tie it to his or her arm. That way your wedding ring pillow doesn’t accidentally get launched across your venue and into a pond or a guest’s face or something. Other than that, add your own embellishments—maybe some bling or embroidered initials—and enjoy enjoy enjoy!
If you’re throwing a wine-themed wedding (or if you’re simply looking for something subtly elegant), here’s a cheap idea for diy wine-themed centerpieces that are environmentally friendly and gorgeous. All you have to do is collect bottles and corks from your family and friends, and you won’t have to spend a dime on the bulk of the project! The total cost of one centerpiece as seen above is just under $5!
- A vase (the one displayed is 9 inches tall and 3.25 inches across and is from a dollar store)
- Wine bottle
- Roll of twine
- X-acto knife
- Cutting board
- Paper, and a printer to print table numbers
- Bulk flowers from any discount store, or any other branches/foliage you like
Step 1: Clean the Wine Bottle
Fully submerge the wine bottles in water for 15 minutes to loosen the labels. Rub off the softened labels with a mesh scouring pad. To remove the shrink capsule from the top of the wine bottle, make a vertical cut with your X-acto knife. Alternatively, you can buy plain wine bottles at any wine store or online for your centerpieces.
Step 2: Arrange the Wine Corks
While the wine bottles soak, arrange four corks in a 2 x 2 pattern. Corks can also be bought in bulk from wine stores or online.
Next, cut 14 inches of twine and wrap it around the corks twice. Tie the twine into a knot and cut off any loose ends. If you would like to make a bow rather than a knot, cut the twine to 16 inches.
Step 3: Print and Cut Out a Table Number
Find a template for your table numbers online. (I found this particular template here.) This table number measures 5 inches tall by 4 inches wide and can stand alone on regular paper. If you would like larger table numbers, try printing on heavier card stock or glue the paper to a piece of cardboard.
Line up the ruler with the outer edges of your number sign, and cut off any excess paper with your X-acto knife on a cutting board.
Once your corks are tied together and your table numbers are printed and cut, simply place the paper between the corks.
Step 4: Wrap Twine Around the Bottle
Once your wine bottles are cleaned and dried, cut 30 inches of twine. Wrap it around the top of a bottle and tie into a bow. If you would like more of the wine bottle covered, take the end of your roll of twine and start wrapping it around the bottle until you hit your desired amount, and then cut. It’s better to cut too long than too short! Once the twine is in place, place one or two flowers in the wine bottle with some greenery.
Step 5: Fill Vase with Flowers and Corks
Select a bunch of flowers and hold them in the center of the vase. Begin dropping corks around the stems so the flowers stay centered in the base. Filling a vase of this size (9 x 3.25 inches) requires 30 corks.
Step 6: Add Your Own Touch to the Centerpieces
Add any decorations you want around your centerpieces. Here are some ideas:
- Wrap grapevine around the centerpiece to create your own wine-themed wreath
- Put the bottle and vase on top of a mirror
- Sprinkle confetti around the center pieces
I’ve added tea lights for some romantic, dim lighting. (The candle holders came from Ikea in bulk.)
Despite the craziness leading up to your big day, weddings are all about laughter and fun. Making memories and sharing moments are exactly what will define the big celebration. That’s why a photo booth is a must-have; it gives guests (and yourself) a chance to let loose and snap goofy photos. Of course, a photo booth wouldn’t be complete without a batch of silly props.
With some basic crafting skills and inexpensive supplies, you can make a trio of photo booth props for your guests to pose with. This is yet another opportunity to emphasize your wedding’s theme and colors into the decor. After all, these props use scrapbook paper and card stock. Both materials can be purchased at your local craft store and are available in an endless variety of colors, finishes, and prints. You can even use leftover materials, such as fabric or embellishments, from other wedding projects. To get you started, check out this tutorial featuring three popular types of props. Once you’re done, simply place them in a vase or box near the photo booth. Say cheese!
- Scrap book paper and card stock
- Packaging or duct tape
- Pipe cleaners
- Wooden dowels
- Rhinestone button
- Flat back gems
- Hot glue gun
Step 1: Create a “Sunglasses” Shape
To make a pair of sunglasses, trace the roll of packaging or duct tape along the edge of a sheet of card stock. The top quarter of the roll should be placed off of the paper’s edge, while the rest of the roll is on the paper. Make sure the circles overlap, creating a shape that is similar to a Venn diagram.
Step 2: Cut Out Your Shape
Using the scissors, cut out the shape along the line. The finished segment of paper will look like a pair of sunglasses. If the curved edge of the sunglasses are not even, simply fold in half and trim accordingly.
Step 3: Fold the Paper
To further emphasize the shape, fold the paper in half. Make a slanted cut in the center, along the top of the fold. This will accentuate the bridge of the sunglasses.
Step 4: Unfold Your Sunglasses
Unfold the paper to reveal a finished sunglasses shape.
Step 5: Make Your “Cat Whiskers”
To create a cat face photo booth prop, repeat Steps 1-2 with another sheet of paper or card stock.
Step 6: Glue on the Cat Nose
Hot glue an embellishment to the center of the paper. This will represent the cat’s nose. You can use an old earring, a button, or a sparkling rhinestone.
Step 7: Cut the Pipe Cleaners
Cut two pipe cleaners into three pieces each.
Step 8: Glue on the Whiskers
Hot glue three pieces to each side of the cat face. These pipe cleaners will represent the cat’s whiskers.
Step 9: Make the “Crown”
To make a crown, cut a wide rectangle. Next, cut jagged edges along the top of the rectangle. Hot glue flat back rhinestones to embellish the crown. You can also add strips of ribbon or glitter to dress it up.
Step 10: Glue the Wooden Dowel Handles
Hot glue a wooden dowel to the back side of each paper photo booth prop. Your best bet is to attach each wooden dowel to the extreme left or right side. This will make it easier to hold while the camera snaps memories of your big day.
Tip: Remember, with multiple people using these photo booth props, it is expected that one or two might rip or break. Making a few extras will ensure the fun isn’t spoiled early.
Wine Cork Picture Frame
Rustic, nature-inspired weddings are quickly gaining popularity, and why not? They’re fun and give you all the fabulous-ness of a more formal wedding without all the fuss. A rustic theme is the perfect complement for an outdoor ceremony, especially for couples who enjoy hiking, camping, or just spending time outside, and these handmade wine cork frames are a great way to emphasize your theme throughout your big day.
While burlap has quickly become the go-to décor for rustic weddings, there are some fun alternatives. Wine corks, for example, are also a great way to accent a natural color scheme. Plus, nothing says the great outdoors like a beautiful vineyard!
In this post, I’ll show you how to create a wine cork picture frame that you can use at your rustic wedding. But before you read on, grab a bottle of wine because you’re going to need a lot of corks!
- Small wooden frame (You can buy a new frame or grab one from a thrift shop.)
- Spray paint
- Glue gun
- Wine corks
Tulle Flowers with Pearl Accents
Before we get started, don’t worry: there’s no sewing involved in this project and there aren’t any tricky patterns to follow. These no-sew beaded tulle picks can easily replace (or supplement) the flowers in your bouquets, your boutonnieres, and even your corsages. And because they’re so lightweight, you can even make a few extra to decorate your cake or incorporate into your veil. All you need is some tulle, some beads, and a little bit of a patience.
- Wire cutters
Note: Make sure your wire is thin enough to fit through your beads. Some large-gauged wire is too thick to fit through small seed beads.
From use in weddings to home decor, succulents have become one of the most popular natural elements out there. Known for their easy maintenance and beautiful simplicity, succulents have become especially trendy in wedding bouquets and centerpieces. After all, it’s safe to say that the days of traditional roses in pink and red hues are long gone. These days, many brides are opting for the natural tones of green, sprinkled with a coordinating color palette. To incorporate this trend into your wedding’s decor, try your hand at a DIY boutonniere. Not only can you coordinate it with the bridal party’s bouquets and corsages, but you can also add a clever handmade touch to your wedding. Here’s how to make your own.
- Artificial or real succulents
- Artificial or real stems, leaves, and flowers
- Twigs, dried baby’s breath, fresh flowers (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Burlap remnant
- Heavy-duty pliers
- Floral tape
- Leather cord or ribbon
DIY Tassel Bunting Garland
In recent years, tassel bunting garland has become a staple in the craft and decor world. This classic garland style is especially wonderful for adding a charming rustic vibe to any event or party. If you’re looking for decor that is inexpensive and easy to transport, consider whipping up your very own triangle bunting garland. This project is simple, sweet, and ideal for beginner and expert crafters alike. It also provides another way to incorporate your wedding’s colors and themes into the celebration. Fabric scraps from past projects or existing wedding decor can also be used for this DIY, which can be made as long or as short as necessary. Once finished, hang it along chairs at the ceremony or above tables at the reception. It would look especially darling draped over a fence, deck, or set of stairs. The possibilities are endless with this one!
- Fabric scraps
- Floral lace trim
- Embroidery thread
- Cotton ribbon or twill tape
- Hot glue gun
- Fabric scissors
Dried Flower Guestbook Tutorial
I’m excited about all my projects, but I really think this dried flower guestbook turned out awesome! I just love the aged look and beauty of the flowers. However, let’s address a few things before we start. I used a very elementary pressing method in this tutorial. You’re welcome to try out more advanced methods. I was told wax paper is a good way to ensure your flowers will come up easily and won’t ruin the pages of the book. I didn’t use wax paper and my flowers came right up, but they did leave their mark on the book.
I would suggest using an old heavy book that you don’t mind marking up a bit. Also, most of the lilacs I pressed turned brown because of their high water content. I’m not sure if letting them dry for a day before pressing would have helped or not, but it might be worth a try with those flowers that don’t press well. One more thing: I used hot glue mainly because I love hot glue. It worked extremely well, but be careful with it. It’s so easy to burn yourself, especially working with these small flower parts. So now that we’ve got the intro out of the way, we can get started.
- Flower cuttings
- Large heavy book
- Hot glue
- Embellishments (I used small pearl beads.)
- Blank page guestbook
DIY Bohemian Bouquet for Brides
So, you’re having a bohemian style wedding? I feel like this style is very trendy right now, which is great if you’re on a budget because it can be done pretty cheaply! It’s also easy to make bohemian crafts look fancy (like something from Anthropologie). I’m not promising Anthropologie store windows (if you don’t know, they’re extremely artsy and cool). But! I do promise that this bohemian bouquet will have a casual, “anything goes” vibe.
In this bohemian-inspired wedding bouquet, I’ve chosen to use flowers I cut myself. My cousin lives in the country and has a beautiful assortment of greens and spring flowers, and she was kind enough to let me use them. However, if you’re going this route as well, my advice is to either wait until the last minute to cut your plants, or do it no sooner than the day before and keep them in water. Be realistic if you do this. Some flowers will hold up better than others. For instance, I noticed the ferns I picked faded almost instantly. Of course, if you get your flowers wholesale, shipped and preserved, then you don’t have to worry.