I am going to a bachelorette party in a few days and decided to help out with a few crafts. While searching for good ideas, I stumbled across a type of party badge that assigns roles to all of the party guests. The roles were funny like, “Diva” and “Animal.” I immediately loved the idea. Why not make these badges and let the bride assign roles to everyone? … read more
After I received a quote from a florist that totaled over $350 for three bouquets, I decided that there had to be a cheaper way to do things. Now, I’m not big with DIY projects (my philosophy is that if it can’t be done while drinking a glass of wine, it’s not worth doing yourself), but bouquets don’t look that hard to make, so I decided to give it a try. Here’s how I made my own budget DIY grocery store bridal bouquet!
Step 1: Buy supplies. We bought white hydrangeas, green hypericum berries, and green trachelium at Whole Foods for a total of $22. We also purchased floral tape, straight pins, and ribbon from Michaels for about $10.
Step 2: Cut the stems. Turns out that hydrangeas have really thick stems that cannot be conquered by ordinary scissors and need a chef’s knife. (Step 1.5 is to wash the raw-chicken residue off your cutting board from dinner last night.) If you have roses or really any flower with a more delicate stem, scissors or pruning shears will be just fine, but we had to pull out the big guns on this.
DIY Photo Booth Tutorial: How to Make a Photo Booth Backdrop with Lights
First, we made a frame for our DIY photo booth. See the DIY photo booth tutorial for the frame here. After making the frame, we needed a pretty backdrop. I wanted something that would be simple with some sparkle. I bought a large bolt of white chiffon from a swap meet in San Diego. Yes, a swap meet. Fabric is a ton cheaper at the swap meet than in a fabric store. I paid just under $1.50 a yard, baby!
All right, I am going to jump right in. Pocketfolds MIGHT be the most ambitious of craft projects, just short of a DIY wedding dress (shudder). As others who have gone before me have sagely expressed…it’s not a true craft project if feelings of frustration, annoyance, and true rage do not follow closely behind! I am in the midst of creating our invitations, and the DIY pocketfold invitations are the current craft-in-progress.
In designing Lauren Amelie, Mr. Dragon and I selected a Midnight Blue cover-stock pocketfold, also known as Stardream Lapis Lazuli. Stardream is not the most budget-friendly of paper choices, but other metallic papers were not the right blue we wanted. (We are going with a navy or darker blue in our color palette.) First, I started out by trolling the internet for pre-made pocketfold options. I found pocketfolds that offered a color similar to Lapis Luzuli, but there was always a problem: sometimes construction, sometimes the vendor did not offer coordinating envelopes, always too expensive. The cheapest pocketfolds I found, in the numbers I needed, totaled out to over $180 (metallic pocketfolds run roughly double the cost of matte)—ALWAYS. After getting a price quote from Anchor Paper (Mrs. Ballet Flat is also a fan!) of $50…my path was clear. I was going to make…my own…DIY pocketfold invitations. Oh, the horror!
After resigning myself to my fate, I got started. … read more
Ombré color schemes are quickly gaining popularity. Whether you want to dress your bridesmaids in shades of purple or add some pop to your cake with layers that vary from sky blue to navy, an ombré scheme allows you explore a full palette of colors and shades. But you don’t have to wait until your ceremony to infuse your wedding with a serious dose of color. Instead, start with the invitations. … read more
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. … read more
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! … read more
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! … read more
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. … read more