3.31.2010

FABULOUS DIY PROJECT

I came across this fabulous DIY project while searching the internet and had to share especially for you Nicole!

We got one more project for today, just in time for our afternoon crowd! Our next DIY project was sent by Annie, who some of you may know from Marry You Me. She gave old vases a new life by dressing them up as milk glass!

From Annie:
For me, DIY is at it’s best when it saves you money and time and adds a special touch. Vintage milk glass is beautiful, but I know first hand how hard it can be to track down good pieces without spending hours driving around, scouring the internet, or paying a fortune. So I wanted to replicate the look of milk glass on a budget using some vintage glass vases and glossy white spray paint.

DIY Faux MilkGlass Porcelain Centerpieces

What you’ll need:

- Assorted vintage glass vases (I found mine at a local thrift store, 9 pieces for $5)
- Rubbing Alcohol (optional)
- Brown craft paper or newspaper
- Latex gloves
- White glossy spray paint (I used Krylon Multipurpose Indoor/Outdoor Gloss White)

DIY Faux MilkGlass Centerpieces

Instructions:
Step 1: Use rubbing alcohol and a cotton ball or paper towel to remove any sticky residue from the vases. Wash vases with soap and dry completely.
Step 2: Lay down paper on your spraying surface in a well-ventilated area. Shake spray paint for 1-2 minutes before spraying. Shake between sprays as well. Wearing gloves, work from side to side spraying vases with spray paint. Don’t get too close to the vase to avoid drips/runs. (No need to spray paint the inside of the vases, just do the tops; spraying the inside then using them for flowers with water will cause the inside paint to flake off).

Step 3: Rotate vase until covered, let dry a few minutes before adding a second coat. Let dry completely.

3.30.2010

Wedding Decor Inspiration

wedding decor inspiration

A few of my brides had told me how overwhelmed they were with the planning process, and they were feeling frustrated with their options for decor because they didn’t have an unlimited wedding budget. Sure there is lots of inspiration out there, but where does a bride start?

With a little creativity you can have a magazine worthy wedding.

Wedding D├ęcor with Impact


Weddings don’t have to be expensive, difficult, or over-the-top to have an impact. All it takes is a little bit of time and some creativity.

There are numerous websites out there with templates for name cards, table numbers, escort cards, invites, menus etc. There are also some fabulous local artists that can assist you. Personally I love creating a theme and pulling it all together with little details.

By taking the time to incorporate a bit of the two of you into your wedding day, you will create a truly unique experience. It’s the little details that add up to create an amazing event.

Take the desert buffet that is served, why not spice it up and speak to your venue about putting out desserts that reflect your tastes and theme? How about providing some beautiful serving dishes and decorate the table.

Take the time to shop around to find the little things to add to your wedding (Hobby Lobby, The dollar store, Pier 1 and Michael’s are my favourite).

Take these picture frames for example – $1.50 at Michael’s.

Satin table cloths are beautiful – don’t get me wrong. But ribbon is a fabulous way to add a pop of color for much less money.

Step out of the box, sure the wedding stores have nice wedding items but don’t limit yourself to those stores they do mark up items because they said
‘wedding’ on them, have you ever tried a scrapbook store? I personally prefer Treasured Memories (mainstreet scrapbook in Bowling Green). They have an incredible amount of paper (patterns, solid, and specialty), and it’s usually less expensive than Michaels.

Again we’ve all seen the napkins in the glasses, try something different. I’ve simply rolled the napkins and placed a fabric napkin ring on it -what an impact. You can do the same with paper.

How could you not love these cute place cards (escort cards/name tags)? As simple as printing out your guest list on paper, cutting it in strips and curling the edges – simple yet your guests will notice.

The center piece is my favorite. You don’t have to have flowers for centerpieces; try fabric or paper hand made flowers.

Finally, I must recommend, at the very least, you hire a wedding coordinator for your wedding day. You have invested so much time into your wedding; the least you should do is enjoy it. A wedding coordinator/planner will ensure that all the details are taken care of and that you and your groom and enjoy the day and not worry about a detail. Plus they have a good eye for detail and a good knowledge for saving money.


Templates:
www.ruffledblog.com
www.diybride.com
http://design.jodyprouse.com/freebies/templates.html
www.i-do-it-yourself.com/


Photography by: Jen WIlliams


3.19.2010

DIY: Bridesmaid Gift Boxes

I spotted this darling idea over at Project Wedding and just had to share it with you. Such a cute idea! If you are a newly engaged bride looking for a creative way to ask your bridesmaid to be a part of your wedding...look no further! It's simple, creative and will have your girlfriends squealing forever :)

Looking for a special way to ask your bridesmaids and maid of honor to be a part of your big day? These sweet accordion gifts can be customized to your bridesmaids personality. They "pop" open when the lid is taken off!



Materials Needed: Boxes with lids, Ribbon, Computer/Printer and assorted charms or tokens

Step 1: Measure the box and layout text accordingly in a program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. You will want to make each one according to your bridesmaids interests. Print it out.

Step 2: After printing, cut out the strips pf paper and fold them accordion style. Be sure to leave a little flap at the top to adhere the strip to the lid of the box.

Step 3: Attach the tokens or charms by tying or gluing them to the paper then adhere the strip to the lid of the box.

Step 4: Tie with ribbon and Voila!

A special gift for your special friend!