It can be difficult to find table numbers that both look good and are functional. You want people to be able to find their seats, but you don’t want a giant gaudy sign. These wine bottle table numbers are the perfect mix of form and function.
Step 1: Choose your bottles
First you’ll need empty wine bottles. Personally, I like the look of colored glass, so I used bottles that are tinted green. It really doesn’t matter the brand since you’ll be removing the labels next.
Getting engaged is so exciting! I was so impressed by my fiancé’s well-thought-out proposal—a surprise beach vacation at one of our favorite Lake Michigan getaways where he popped the question in the sand at sunset. I was overwhelmed by the love he put into every detail of our weekend (and of course, the huge rock he put on my finger!) and wanted to do something for him in return.
Though nothing would quite measure up to the incredible gift he gave me in asking me to be his wife, I put together a little engagement gift for him as a thank you for such a special proposal. I gave him personalized cuff links to wear on our wedding day, a token of my love to remind him of our big day to come, and also made him an engagement scrapbook to commemorate this special new chapter in our lives—not the wedding, but the engagement. Why wait for the wedding to start creating lasting memories that you will look back on for years to come?
The engagement scrapbook is a simple, but thoughtful, gift that will show your new fiancé how much you treasure and appreciate him, and all the work he put into making your proposal a moment you will always remember.
Here’s how to create one:
1. Buy a scrapbook from your local craft store or online. I purchased a red-cloth covered book with a place for a photo to be inserted into the cover, where I placed our engagement photo. I preferred to get a book without laminated pages because we will be writing directly onto the first page of the book. However, if you would rather buy a book with plastic-covered pages you can insert a hand-written letter into the first page, which works just as well.
Are you looking for a DIY craft idea for your wedding cake toppers? Perhaps you want something on your cake with a personal touch, something that you created yourself? Maybe you would like wedding cake toppers that resemble you and your partner more closely than any mass-produced product you could buy. I was in the same position when planning my own wedding and I decided to make wedding cake toppers out of old-fashioned clothespins. The project was incredibly inexpensive and only required some vision and patience to turn out well. If you’d like to make your own DIY wedding cake toppers from clothespins, follow these instructions and you’ll be on your way to having beautiful and personalized cake toppers.
1. Find your clothespins. This is pretty easy since old-fashioned clothespins are sold online and in most craft stores. You’ll probably have to buy an entire bag of them, however, since they aren’t usually sold individually or in pairs.
Sure… you see them all the time. Wedding emergency must haves. The lists go on and on – things you need and things maybe you don’t. Instead of having to carry a duffle bag to hold all of your emergency necessities, let’s trim the list to the 10 things you must have. We’ll throw in the obvious and the, perhaps, not so obvious.
DIY Photo Booth Backdrop with String Lights
Though I had an idea for the DIY photo booth backdrop a long time ago, it took awhile for Sparky and me to get around to constructing it. To recap, we decided we wanted a backdrop of a sheer white curtain with bright string lights. We settled on the string lights because of their warm vibe. Plus, we thought they tied in nicely with our loosely light themed wedding.
The first thing we did was to find a construction that we agreed on. Most of the backdrops used the PVC frame with feet, but Sparky was worried about the stability and durability of that frame. I kept searching and eventually found this tutorial from Project Wedding. When I sent it to Sparky he deemed it the best plan he’d seen, and we set to work re-creating it.
- Two PVC pipes in your desired height (I think ours are 10 feet.)
- Two 90 degree side outlet elbow
- Two rubber cane feet
- Curtain rod (We got an adjustable one from IKEA.)
- Sheer curtains, or curtains of your choice (We also got these at IKEA for like $2.50/curtain panel.)
- String lights (if using)
- Safety pins
- Electrical tape
Step 1: To construct your DIY photo booth backdrop, start by measuring how thick your elbow is compared to your curtain rod, and add electrical tape around the rod until you have a tight fit. You aren’t going to attach the rod to the elbow yet, though.
Step 2: Add the rubber cane fit to the end of your PVC rod and fit the other side of the rod into the elbow.
DIY PVC Photo Booth Tutorial on a Budget
Oh, I wanted one.
I wanted one like Aladdin wants Jasmine, like a marathoner wants a gallon of Gatorade, and like Hugh Grant wants to make another romantic comedy.
Pre-wedding, I knew, in my heart of hearts, that I wanted a photo booth. But my heart of hearts was also telling me we couldn’t spend a grand on a photo-strip-spitting, old fashioned booth. And my heart of hearts wasn’t crazy enough to spend $464 from an online store ($97 for the backdrop, $367 for the support system [yikes!]) to build my own.
So, my (cheap, rational) heart of hearts led me to Home Depot to create a stand for our DIY faux-to booth backdrop. I had searched online for tutorials, but could only find extremely complicated versions involving power tools (and I preferred to keep all of my phalanges attached). Thus, we developed our own method, which 1) ended up working out quite well, 2) was budget friendly, and 3) was easy to build.
For those wishing to build their own cheap, easy, fun photo DIY PVC photo booth, here is what we used and how we put it together.
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DIY Ribbon Flower Shoe Cuff Tutorial
So, I know my over-the-top flowered shoes with the DIY ribbon flower shoe cuff aren’t for everyone (but I love them, so that’s what matters, right?). However, the ribbon roses my mom made for them could be used for a ton of other projects too! For bouquets, boutonnieres, on a dress sash, in your hair, grouped together to adorn pews…there are a lot of possibilities out there!
A while ago I searched the Weddingbee blog for a tutorial on ribbon flowers, but could only find clay and fabric flowers, so I asked my mom to take step-by-step pictures of her making the flowers.
Here is the tutorial for a DIY ribbon flower shoe cuff.
- 1¼ yards of 1½-inch ribbon in color(s) of your choice (I chose different shades of purple.)
- needle and thread
Step 1: Cut the ribbon to desired length. For a smaller rose use ¾ yards of ½-inch or ?-inch ribbon. Thread a needle with matching thread and knot the end. Fold down one corner of the ribbon and sew a few stitches. If you are using a ribbon with one “good” side, start with the “good” side down. Or you can use double sided satin ribbon, so both sides are “good.”
DIY Wedding Map Insert for Invitations
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As you might already know, I make maps for a living. So of course I had to make a DIY wedding map for our invitations! While this map wouldn’t be impressive to my colleagues in GIS (Geographic Information Systems), I think this was a pretty good map for our guests, considering I couldn’t use my work’s GIS software!
My Photoshop skills are limited to none, so I used Microsoft PowerPoint to make the map inserts. I will admit, while it is time consuming, the steps are rather easy. It took me about three hours to perfect this map to my liking, but if you aren’t as picky as I am, it shouldn’t take that long. Also, it’s pretty hard to tell you how to make these maps by typing it out, so if there is any confusion, please comment and I’ll try my best to help.
By the way, my apologies in advance for the fuzzy picture examples. I don’t have Photoshop to make them perfectly clear, so please accept my meager Paint/PowerPoint skills here in showing you how to make this wedding map.
Here’s the finished product first: