I’m an adventurous and friendly red head living in upstate New York. While I have a background in Marketing and Communications, I am currently doing freelance writing and focusing on my own blog, The Thrifty Ginger. I love planning events and focusing on the little details, so stick around for fun projects.
Polaroid Photo Booth Frame
I honestly think that photo booths are one of the most fun things that can be at a wedding. It lets the guests relax and goof off. Plus, you can get some really silly photos if you carefully select props. Not everyone can afford to rent a whole photo booth machine, but DIY versions with instant film are a great second choice for those of us on a budget. This photo booth frame is a perfect option for “fauxtobooths” that use instant film cameras, since it looks like a Polaroid!
I created my… read more
Be My Bridesmaid? Box
Having good friends as bridesmaids can be a total lifesaver. Not only do these gals agree to wear whatever dress you select, they also listen to disappointments and help with projects. That is why it’s nice to start off on a high note.
Asking your pals to be bridesmaids is a big deal, so celebrate that with a custom keepsake box. Today I’ll be sharing how I transformed a basic wooden craft box into a great gift for your future bridesmaids.
I started out with a square wooden box that has… read more
Make Your Own Seashell Candles
If you’re planning a nautical-themed or beach wedding, shells will be your best friend. They’re completely free if you can gather them yourself, and they instantly fit with your theme. If you’re looking for a more interesting way to use seashells at your big event, consider making these shell candles.
They are basically like little tea lights, so they’re perfect for a small accent or as part of a larger centerpiece.
To start, you’ll need a bunch of large seashells. Almost any size… read more
Creating Silhouette Images for Wedding Stationery
Silhouette images are a great way to customize your wedding. You can put a personalized spin on things, and it’s a bit different than the traditional monogram. I’m going to go through the basic steps of turning a photograph into a portrait outline that can be used throughout your wedding materials.
A quality photograph
First you’ll need to start out with a digital photo taken specifically for your silhouette. You want to capture an image with a very light-colored and bright background,… read more
Mr. and Mrs. Burlap Bunting
I love having fun banners and buntings for weddings. It’s a super simple way to add an extra festive spirit to your celebration. This bunting banner is so simple to make and customize that there’s no need to order it from anyone else. My example is sewn with a machine, but it can easily be adapted to a no-sew project.
First, you’ll need to select your fabric. I had purchased some burlap from Michael’s at a deep discount, less than a dollar for a yard, right after Christmas. My fabric has… read more
Make Your Own Confetti Bar
This DIY confetti bar is so stinkin’ fun, and the perfect thing to add to a lighthearted and joyful celebration.
First you’ll need to start with your confetti. There are so many options for buying things or making it yourself. I started with two different handmade confetti types.
The first is made from tissue paper. I refolded my sheets so that the edges lined up perfectly and then cut into it vertically to make fringe.
After I had a good amount of fringe, I cut into it horizontally… read more
Embroidery Hoop Table Numbers
Table numbers are one of those small details that can make a big impact in planning your reception table decorations. These embroidered table numbers are a little bit different from the norm, and are great for vintage weddings, morning receptions, or any other wedding looking to show off crafting stitching skills.
First you’ll have to decide how big you want to make each one. I decided to go with a 4 inch hoop, but really anything would work. I purchased a plain wood hoop from my local craft… read more
Lace-Up Bachelorette Party Invitations
Invitations are a great way to set the mood for an upcoming party. And what better way to set the tone for a bachelorette party than a lace-up corset invitation? This project is actually quite simple, but it is a unique twist on a plain invitation.
To make this invitation, you’ll need two different colors of card stock and thin ribbon. A ruler, Xacto knife, mat board, and hole punch will also be used.
I made my example a 5×7 inch final product so that it fits within an A7 envelope, but you… read more
Simple Hanging Flower Backdrop
If you want to incorporate more flowers into your wedding, but don’t have a big floral budget, this backdrop is the perfect option. You can create this hanging flower decoration in advance using fake flowers so you don’t have to worry about wilting blooms. Your guests won’t even notice they’re fake flowers, but you’ll get an extra pop of color.
For this project, you’ll need fishing line or clear string, a needle, and some flowers to string. I purchased three bunches of small purple… read more
Wine Cork Place Card Holders
It’s always fun to incorporate hobbies and interests into your wedding. These cork place card holders are a great option for wine lovers and vineyard weddings. And there are several ways to use them!
In order to make these holders, you’ll need lots of corks, so start collecting now! I only used real corks—not the synthetic plastic ones. Corks from red, white, and sparkling wine will all work just fine, although red wine will leave a little colored residue on one side of your cork. Personally,… read more