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.)
DIY Heart Shaped Birdseed Wedding Favors
I finally have professional photos back, so recaps are coming! Before I get started, I want to share our last-minute DIYS that we completed before the wedding. I am the kind of bride that will pin the crap out of some Pinterest ideas, but when it comes time for me to execute anything, I nearly always get it wrong somehow…which is really a bummer considering the fact that I’m a middle school teacher and should probably be a lot craftier than I am.
If only it were this easy. | Image via Crafty Manolo
For our wedding favors, Mr. Blue Moon and I pretty much knew we would like to make something ourselves so that we could (a) save money, and (b) personalize our favors. We started off with some pretty ambitious ideas…handmade candles or our own jams, perhaps?
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.
It’s no secret that getting dressed up for your wedding is half the fun. And while your big day is traditionally the definition of a formal gathering, it’s totally OK to take it easy. After all, the more comfortable you feel, the more you can enjoy the festivities. That’s why a pair of flats can save the day. Compared to heels, they’re easier to walk in—especially when you’re wearing the dress of your dreams. To top it off, flats will increase your chances of feeling good all day and night, letting you enjoy the dance floor and mingle with your guests. With this DIY, you can customize a pair of flats to match your style and wedding theme. These embellished geometric glitter flats also make a charming gift for your bridesmaids. As always, feel free to customize this idea to your heart’s content!
- Scrap paper
- Mod Podge
- Extra-fine glitter
- Vinyl electrical tape or masking tape
- Flat-backed gems
- Strong craft glue
Vinyl electrical tape can be found at the hardware store, while masking tape can be found at most retailers and craft stores. If you don’t have either type on hand, you can also use painter’s tape. For best results, avoid duct tape and transparent tape.
Step 1: Adhere two strips of tape to the point of each shoe. Place the tape at an angle to form a triangular shape. As always, you can customize this part to your liking. For a larger triangle, use longer strips of tape. Don’t be afraid to rearrange the tape until you achieve a shape and size of your liking. Smooth down the tape to remove air bubbles and creases. This will help create a clean and crisp glitter shape.
Step 2: Using the brush, apply Mod Podge between the tape. Remember, a little goes along way. Try your best to create a smooth, even layer. Taking your time is key for this step. Make sure the tape is perfectly flat on the shoe’s surface. Otherwise, the Mod Podge may seep under the tape and your edge won’t be clean.
Step 3: Place the shoe on top of the scrap paper, which will protect your work space. Slowly add the glitter to the decoupaged section, paying attention to the natural curve of the shoe. Shake the excess glitter off onto the paper. You can pour the excess glitter back into the bottle (or a spare bowl) to save for the next shoe. Set aside to dry and work on the second shoe.
Step 4: Once dry, carefully remove the tape. This will expose a glittery geometric shape at the end of the shoe. If you missed a few spots, don’t fret. Simply add a small amount of decoupage using the brush and add a helping of glitter. Afterward, shake off the excess.
Step 5: Adhere a gem to each shoe and leave it to dry overnight in a well-ventilated area. You can place the gem at the tip of the triangle or directly on the glitter. Looking for another alternative? Try adding multiple embellishments around the glitter shape. Consider bringing in studs or pearls, depending on your style. Your shoes, your rules!