DIY Green Wedding Favor – Chic Adorable Potted Succulents (or Cacti!)

Pretty Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – MarthaStewart.com

As summer comes to an end I am always sad to say goodbye to my garden until next year. I’m sure many of you feel the same way when you wrap up your gardening and planting in the fall and look forward to another spring! But what if we could enjoy tending to plants year round? That’s where succulents (and cacti!) come in! They are hardy little plants that just need sun, good drainage and a little water once in awhile and grow great indoors. Since they are so easy to care for and long lasting they make perfect take home favors for your wedding guests. Then they too can enjoy a little gardening year round and think of your beautiful wedding or event each time they tend to their potted succulent plant.

You don’t need much to create these potted succulent wedding favors. With just a few materials you can create a bunch of these plant cuties and customize them to fit your wedding theme too!

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
photo credit – valkyrieh116 on flickr.com

You will need –

– Succulents (You can find them often at local garden stores such as Lowes and Home Depot but you can also find them online! Check out – The Succulent Source on Etsy, or Amazon (Like this collection of 36 mixed succulents or this collection of 128 of them!))
– Small 2″ or 3″ Terra Cotta Pots or Mini Pails/Buckets (Both can typically be found at crafts stores like Michaels or on the Oriental Trading Website). If you go with the pails it is best to drill small holes at the bottom of each so they have good drainage which is essential for plants like succulents!

– Decorative Moss

– Potting soil (They make a kind specific to succulents and cacti but any potting soil will do in a pinch)

– Acrylic Paint and PaintBrush/Sponge (Optional – In case you want to paint your pots before assembling!)

– Ribbon and/or Twine (For wrapping your pot or pail)

– Hot Glue Gun or Glue Dots (Helps keep the ribbon or twine wrapped around the pot/pail in place!)

– Newspaper (Optional – to protect your work area from the mess!)

– Hang Tags or small labels with your names and event date or monogram (Make them yourself or I can create some for you – just visit my stationery and paper product design website weddingsnwhimsy.com for details!)

Let’s get started!

  1. If you plan on painting your pots first pull out your paint and brush/sponge and do this first and allow them to dry.
  2. If you are wrapping the pot or pail with ribbon wrap a piece around your pot or pail and cut to size allowing a small overlap. Remove the ribbon and measure how long it is so you can cut a bunch of ribbon strips to size all at once to speed up your process!
  3. Wrap your pot/pail with ribbon. It helps to put a little dab of glue (or glue dot) on and press one end of the ribbon into it to secure and then wrap and secure it with another dot of glue.
  4. Spread out your newspaper and put a little bit of potting soil into each container. Then gently remove succulent from its container and place it into it’s pretty new home.
  5. Gently water your little succulent so it has a little drink before heading on its journey to a new home!
  6. Add a little more potting soil and/or decorative moss around the top to fill in and hide the roots.
  7. Wipe off any dirt or smudges on your pot/pail that may have occurred while planting with a damp cloth or sponge.
  8. Attach your custom label over the ribbon (covering the seam works best!) or wrap a string of twine around the container with your tag hanging from it and tie. You may want to add a tiny bit of glue behind the twine to secure it as well!

Just repeat the process for each potted succulent you plan on creating for your guests and you are all set! Place them in pretty rows on a table or tray to look like a little garden or place them at the tables as part of the table setting to add a unique touch. You could also use them as place cards or escort cards and put the guests name and/or table assignments on the labels or hang tags. Adorable!

As always if you use this tutorial to create something spectacular     for your big day please send in your photos! Would love to see (and maybe share with the world too!)

Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!Custom Potted Succulents - Perfect green favor idea for weddings or showers!
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DIY Project – Light Bulb Bud Vase – Perfect for Table Decor or Hanging!

DIY Project Light Bulb Bud Vase Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – themerrythought

Looking for a way to recycle/upcycle some old light bulbs and diy something pretty for your wedding, shower or event? The a light bulb bud vase would be absolutely perfect for you! It is an easy peasy diy project you can do with old light bulbs you would have thrown out anyways. Decorate your ceremony (maybe hang them along the aisle!) or reception with hanging light bulb vases filled with pretty blooms or put in some small flowers and set them on tables. So beautiful , so fresh..and so GREEN! 😀

Here is what you will need –

  • Clear Incandescent light bulb
  • Needle Nose pliers
  • Safety glasses and gloves
  • Floral Wire or Twine (for hanging), Coat hanger, Napkin Ring or aluminum welding rod [available at your local hardware store] (for standing)
  • Optional – Bag to catch glass and throwaway bits & pieces

DIY Project - Light Bulb Bud Vase - Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
credit – themerrythought

  1. First, remove the little silver disc (the contact) on the bottom of the light bulb with your pliers.
  2. Next, remove the black glass cap by working the tip of the pliers into the hole to snap it. (Twist while applying a little bit of pressure!)
  3. Working over your bag, use the pliers to gently loosen the bits and pieces in the bulb and pull them out to discard until the light bulb is empty.
  4. Now the next step depends on if you plan on hanging it or standing it on a table.
  • If you are hanging it you can either tie some twine tightly around the top leaving a tail that can be used to hang. You could also wrap floral wire around the top and create a loop for hanging.
  • If you are standing it on the table the easiest way is to just set it on a small napkin ring that coordinates with the rest of your decor. You can also use a wire coat hanger or aluminum welding rod bent and twisted into a stand for hanging or sitting upon. (See photos for ideas!)

That’s it! Now just add some water and your favorite flower (or grass/foliage/greenery which can be pretty too! Totally simple and eco-friendly to boot.

Some ideas for flowers – Daisies, Mums, Carnations, Roses, Tulips, Astrolomeria, Lilies – etc. etc!

DIY Project - Light Bulb Bud Vase - Perfect for Table Decor or hanging flowers at wedding ceremony or reception. Step by Step Instructions. Also for birthdays, showers, anniversaries!
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DIY Decor – Custom Lyric/Phrase/Quote Canvas Art

Create your own custom phrase quote lyrics canvas art for your wedding or special event. diy do it yourself wedding song

Browsing Pinterest I came across a beautiful canvas art piece by Gorgeous Graffiti, based in the UK – A simple one color canvas with 3D lettering in a variety of lyrics and phrases. When I saw this I thought it would look fantastic as wedding and event decor and would be a really simple DIY that would be fully customizable to your event!

You could use a special quote or phrase, song lyrics…or even a relationship timeline! I thought it would look great with a snippet of lyrics from your wedding song…or maybe a set of smaller canvases at the bar “Eat, Drink, Be Married!”. The possibilities are truly endless. Including the colors! Stick with the all white look or you can choose to go with one of your wedding colors (or a couple colors if you want the letters to contrast!)

All you need is…

  • Canvas
  • Glue
  • Wooden Letters (You can find these at your local craft store or there is a huge selection here, including custom vine monograms which would look awesome! There is also a fantastic tutorial for using puffy paints, wax paper and your own font printout here!)
  • Paint (Acrylic would work on smaller pieces, but a spray paint would work best on a larger project!)
  1. If you are painting the letters a different color than the canvas you will want to paint them and allow to dry.
  2. Take your letters and arrange them on the canvas until you are happy with how they look and glue them in place. Allow glue to dry.
  3. If you are painting the canvas and letters one color you can now just spray or paint over the entire canvas and letters and allow drying. Apply second coat if needed! (If spray painting use long, even strokes and make sure you start and stop spraying off the canvas so you do not get pooling of paint!)

That’s it! SO simple and it will be a beautiful custom piece at your wedding or party! I wish I had seen something like this back when I got married in 2009…I would have totally made one for my big day!

If you decide to make one for your wedding or event please take photos and share. Would love to see what your creative minds come up with!

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custom phrase quote lyrics canvas art for wedding or event diy do it yourself wedding song

DIY Project: Frosted Candles perfect for Winter Wedding Centerpieces and Decor!

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Browsing Pinterest recently I came across a pin for a beautiful centerpiece of frosty looking blue pillar candles sitting in a pretty silver tray of what looked to be snow. Clicking through I found it to be a project by none other than Martha Stewart and I was so excited to see just how affordable and simple a project it was that I had to share! I think they would make stunning, simple centerpieces at any wedding or event with a snowy winter theme.

What gives the candles their frosty look? Epsom salt! Not only does the salt give the candles their frosty appearance but it is also used at the base to give the appearance of new fallen snow. So pretty!

You could also do the project on a smaller scale and frost votive candles to make miniature versions! The votive size would make fantastic guest favors! 🙂

Here are the simple instructions (with some ideas from me added in!)

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You will need:

  • Candles – Pillars work well grouped for a centerpiece but votive candles and taper candles would work too, depending on the set up! You can purchase candles in a color to match your theme (white, blue, etc.) OR I have seen crafters paint a white candle with acrylic paint as well!
  • Epsom Salts
  • Optional – Glitter and/or food coloring in the color of your choice to be mixed in with the salt (Irridescent snowy glitter or blue food coloring would be pretty!)
  • Modge Podge or Glue
  • Small Paintbrush
  • Rimmed baking sheet or tray (for rolling the candles in)
  • Optional – Tray, votive/candle holder to display finished candles on/in

Now the instructions – so easy!

  1. Pour your epsom salts into the rimmed baking sheet or tray. If you would like your salts have a touch of color to them you can also add food coloring. I think a touch of blue or green would look gorgeous in a winter theme or do a few different salt trays (plain/blue/green) for some variety! (You can mix in some glitter with your epsom salts to add a little extra customization here as well if you like!)
  2. If you are painting your candle with acrylic paint do that and allow to dry. If you purchased already colored candles skip this step!
  3. Take your small paint brush and coat the entire surface with your modge podge or glue.
  4. Roll your candle in the tray of epsom salts until fully covered and allow to dry.

That’s it! Super easy, super affordable and completely gorgeous upon completion. Just take your finished candles and group them on a pretty tray filled with salt and accented with pine cones, winter greenery, holly, cranberries or even holiday ornaments to create a stunning centerpiece. Beautiful on guest tables or even accenting your winter wedding theme on your escort or guest book table! I can also envision frosty little votive candles lining counters or table tops – so pretty! These simple diy frosted candles will help make your wedding or event a true winter wonderland!

As always if you decide to make some frosted candles for your event we would love to see so please send in your pictures. Your work may be featured on the site!

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DIY Project: Lacy Votive Holders for Votives or Tea lights

I found this beautiful (and SO simple!) project while browsing Martha Stewart’s website and had to share! These Lacy Votive Holders would be such a beautiful addition to any wedding table setting for any season. I can picture brightly colored lacy votives scattered throughout a summer wedding held outside in a tent under the stars or crisp, intricate white lacey votive holders with some subtle glitter scattered throughout a winter wedding in a frosted ballroom. So pretty!

If you are feeling really ambitious (or you are having a small wedding) these would make really pretty custom wedding favors as well!

All you will need are…

  • Tea light or votive candles
  • Small Glass Votive Candle Holders (to keep the project safe!)
  • Rectangular pieces of lace – 5″ wide by 14-21″ long works well but practice with one first to decide on what size works best with your glass holder. The Martha site recommends guipure lace but says any medium to heavyweight lace will work. (Lace can be found in any fabric store and it can be dyed different colors to fit the theme of your wedding or left a clean white, depending on the look you are after!)
  • Balloons
  • Fabric Stiffener
  • Needle and thread(to match the lace)
  • Optional: Fabric Dye (if you are dying the lace), Glitter

Now the instructions..

  1. Cut lace into a rectangle in the desired size. Trim one of the long sides, which will be the top of the votive holder, following the lace’s motif. Sew across the bottom with a loose running stitch and connect the 2 ends. Pull the thread, gathering the bottom into a tight circle, and knot. Whipstitch the short sides together.
  2. Place a balloon inside the lace, and then blow it up to fit the lace’s dimensions. Set the balloon upright in a paper cup so the lace form is upside down. Arrange the gathered lace to create an even bottom. Spray with fabric stiffener until saturated. Let dry.
  3. Pop the balloon.
  4. Your votive holder should be all set! Now if you like add some subtle glitter or leave it alone 🙂 Just slide in your glass votive holder and it is ready to light up your wedding!

These beautiful votives will look stunning scattered throughout your wedding ceremony and/or reception. Your guests will love the attention to detail and you’ll love the cost and simplicity! 🙂

As always, please send in your photos if you create these lacy wedding candle holders for your big day. We would love to see! 😀

Credit: MarthaStewart.com

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