DIY Project: Super Easy, SO Beautiful Glitter Ornaments – Great for Favors and Decor!

diy glitter ornaments with pledge floor wax Perfect for weddings events
image courtesy: Crafts & Confections

The Holidays are here and while everyone is bustling around in preparation of get-togethers with family some of you are lucky enough (or crazy enough? hehe) to also be getting married during this wonderful time of the year! If you are having a holiday or winter themed wedding, party or event one of the simplest and yet most beautiful favor or decor ideas are ornaments. Whether your event theme will be red and green, silvers or blue or even something completely your own these DIY Glitter Ornaments can be created to fit anyone’s color theme AND anyone’s budget!

All you need are a few ingredients –

  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Fine Colored Glitter in your choice of color(s)
    (If you are making a lot of ornaments I highly recommend buying in bulk from somewhere like KitKraft to save you some money!)
  • Pledge Floor Care Multi-Purpose Finish OR Water based Polyurethane (Like Minwax or Varathane)
  • Glass or Plastic Ornaments (Both work great!)
  • Optional: Ribbons, Scrapbooking Stickers, Gemstones and Glue etc. to add some extra sparkle or details to your ornaments

Ready? Let’s Glitter!

For best results it is best to clean your ornaments with some rubbing alcohol before starting. Remove the top of the ornament and then just pour a little inside your ornament(s), swish it around and pour it out. Allow them to dry for a few hours (upside down in small disposable cups works wonderfully!)

Now, all you need to do is pour some of your floor wax or water based polyurethane into your ornament, swirl it around and pour the excess back out into the container.

Then add some glitter and swirl around until fully coated. Allow to dry and replace the top of the ornament.

Then if you like add some ribbon, some gems or if you have a steady hand you could always paint your names, a little monogram or your wedding date. I think they could also look really pretty painted with themed words like Love, Cherish, Hope and Sincerity…or maybe words that define you and your relationship!

SUPER easy. SUPER gorgeous! Your guests will love having such a beautiful take home for their tree or holiday decor and they will remember what a wonderful time they had at your wedding or event every time they pull it back out around holiday season.

 

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 Project: Do it yourself Bird Cage Veil


credit: care04 on theknot.com


credit: care04 on theknot.com

As I browse through wedding boards planning my own wedding, I’m seeing there is growing popularity among women choosing bird cage veils either as their veil all day or for a smaller reception only veil. These classic veils can be adorned with beads, jewels, flowers and feathers to further make the veil “your own”. If you love the look of these veils but do not want to spend $100-$200 dollars on one, making one is extremely affordable. (You may just need a bit of patience working with the netting to achieve the shape you like..practice with it til you love it!)

I found a fantastic tutorial online by “care04” (From theknot.com!) who created her own bird cage veil and was nice enough to share the instructions with us!

You will need…

  • 1 yard of Russian Netting (9″ wide for a smaller veil like care04 created OR 18″ wide if you plan to cover your entire face)
  • 2 small combs for a smaller veil to be placed at each side of your head (with optional 3rd small comb to place in center to better hold the veil in place and further shape the netting) OR 1 large comb for a full face veil which would be placed at the top/middle of your head
  • invisible/white/ivory thread, depending on the color of the netting and your preference (Care04 recommended and used button thread)
  • hair pins to further shape veil once finished and placed on your head
  • Scissors
  • Optional: String to use as a guideline when cutting the veil shape

Let’s create a bird cage veil!

  1. Lay out the netting so that the longest part is parallel with your body and decide on the veil shape. (Care04 used string to get an idea of the veil shape she wanted to cut and give the scissors a guideline to follow).
  2. Cut off the hard corners of one side of the veil. Cut along the string line with sharp scissors so that you have one long edge with hard corners and one long edge with a rounded edge.
  3. You will start your sewing at the hard corner and sew along the edge, through the rounded corner and across the top, then back down the opposite rounded corner, and finish at the hard edge opposite to the first hard edge. (This will pull the edges of the veil up so that it is a more rounded shape around your face.)
  4. Using your thread (Care04 used button thread because of its strength), loop it once through a “diamond” of the netting at the first hard corner and make a very small knot so that the thread will hold. Use a running stitch through the open weaves of the netting. (Make sure to thread in between the diamonds that are complete – when you cut your netting, some of the “diamonds” will be cut, so if you thread through those broken holes the thread won’t stay!)
  5. As you pull your thread for the running stitch, bunch up the fabric on the thread (it will be sort of like a drawstring) to your desired width. (Care04 used a 3.5 inch comb, so she gathered it to 3.5 inches – gather to the width of your comb(s)!) When you have gathered to the width you need, finish with a small tight knot.
  6. Next, using your thread sew the bunched edge of the veil to the comb using a looping stitch, through the material and around the top/head of the comb and in between the teeth).
  7. If using 2 small combs and wrapping, repeat step to attach the second comb to the other side of the veil.
  8. Lastly, add embellishments! Scatter pearls or crystals as you see fit, attach feathers or even a flower (a silk gardenia would be pretty!). Be creative! (Note: You may also choose to make smaller embellishments on the veil itself, and then save the bigger ones like feathers and flowers for a separate comb to use along with your bird cage veil. This would allow you to place the larger flower/feather pin to hide pins or combs and also the ability to remove the bird cage veil after ceremony and wear only the flower/feather clip at the reception!)

That’s it! It may take a bit of patience playing around with it on your head to get the look you are going for. Be sure to further shape the veil to your hair with hair pins to complete the look you have in your head!

As always, we’d love to see your finished products..so if you make your own bird cage veil using these instructions send them in to us! We want to see your beautiful creations 😀


credit: nelley from theknot.com


credit: Mrs. Kennedy from theknot.com

DIY Project: Hanging Jars for Flowers or Candles


credit: ThalloDesign on flickr.com

Do-it-yourself hanging jars are an extremely affordable project you can incorporate into your wedding! Very few materials are needed, they cost hardly anything and they can be created in minutes. Once completed they can be used either with candles to make glowing lanterns or with fresh flowers to make hanging colorful vases. They can also be customized beautifully with ribbons and trinkets to fit your theme..and a multitude of items can be put into the jar to further add to the customization.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Jars (Any size will do as long as they have a rim. Any color will do too if it will fit into your theme!)
  • Your Choice of (choose one, or mix them up jar to jar):
    – Fine gauge metal wire, wire cutters and needle nose pliers OR
    – Ribbon/String/Raffia and Scissors
  • Tealights/Votives OR fresh flowers (daisies, dahlias, whatever you like!)
  • Optional: Fillers for the jar such as sea salt, gravel, marbles, dried peas, sand and shells, candy sprinkles, river rocks..etc. (Be creative but keep in mind – what you choose here also depends on if you are using the jars with candles or flowers… Salt would work wonderfully for candles, not so much with fresh flowers!

Let’s get started 🙂

  1. First, you will need to measure how much wire or ribbon/string will be needed to loop the rim of the jar and also create a loop for hanging. To do this, if you are using wire – wrap your wire around the rim, loop it up to create a handle and back down to the opposite side of the jar. Add an additional inch and cut. If you are using string/ribbon/raffia – Cut enough to wrap around the rim of the jar twice and leave you a handle of your preferred length. Add a few inches and cut.
  2. If you are using wire (skip this step if you are not!) – Wrap your wire around the rim of the jar just under the lip, forming a ring.  Using your pliers, twist the wire close to the jar to secure.  Be sure to leave a little room in the ring to allow for attaching of the wire handle!  Bend the excess wire  over the top of the jar and attach them to the metal ring  looped around the rim, securing with your pliers, to create the handle.
  3. If you are using string/ribbon/raffia – Wrap the string twice around the rim of the jar and knot tightly, making sure you have secured the loop beneath the lip of the jar. Loop the long end of the string up and around for your handle (the more you leave here, the longer the handle will be!), securing it tightly to the opposite side of the jar by knotting it to the loop you tied securely around the rim. If you have enough left over, wrap the remaining string/ribbon/raffia around the rim of the jar again for extra security, and knot. Trim excess!
  4. Now that your jars have secure handles, its now your time to customize. If you are adding candles, filling the jars with sand, salt or the like can look beautiful. River rocks or marbles with fresh flowers can look great too. Or, go even simpler and add a touch of food coloring to the water your flowers will be in for additional color. Another idea could be adding charms that coincide to your wedding theme to the rim with a ribbon or even taking some craft paint and painting little designs here and there on the jar..(little ladybugs would be adorable..or stars!)

That’s it! The jars will look fabulous any way you decide to use them. Hang them from shepherd hooks down the aisle, tree branches or even fake tree centerpieces IF the jars are light enough for the branches to support. (Think baby food jars with tealights!)

Note: Please make sure if you are creating the lanterns and lighting candles and using anything other than wire make sure the string/ribbon cannot catch fire. Safety first!

Please make sure you e-mail us ALL of your pictures if you use this project to create these beautiful hanging jars. We’d love to see your gorgeous creations! 🙂


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credit: Mrs. Cherry Pie on WeddingBee


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credit: ThalloDesign on flickr.com

DIY Project: Gel Beach Candle Favor or Decor

Whether you are having a wedding on the coast..or simply a summery beach themed wedding, these do-it-yourself beach gel candles would be a great favor or addition to your room decor! The completed product is a beautiful, professional look..and the project is so easy!

Materials you’ll need…

Pretty Glass Jar or Candle Holder
Candlewick
Scissors
Clear Candle Gel (Found in Craft stores, AC Moore Carries “Gelly Wax” pretty reasonably!)
Aquarium Gravel to match your wedding colors, or a neutral color such as white or a pale brown
Seashells, Beach Glass, Rocks and/or marbles (NOTHING flammable!)
Optional – Liquid Candle Dye to tint gel to desired color, Gel Candle Fragrance

  1. Pour 1/2″-1″ of aquarium gravel into the bottom of your container.
  2. Bury the candle wick base in the gravel. (Note: You can use sand instead of gravel, however if you do this it is important to use a wick safety sleeve or “Flame Stopper” so the flame stops before reaching the sand. This can be any small metal tube that can be slid down the wick and crimped with pliers where the flame needs to stop.)
  3. Arrange your small seashells, beach glass or other decorative goodies on the gravel.
  4. Heat the gel on the stove top or microwave following directions that came with the candle gel you purchased.
  5. Once your gel has been heated to the appropriate temperature, you may add optional candle color tint and/or fragrance. Remember, a little color goes a long way, and if you make it too dark you will not be able to see the scene you created! The best way to add color to the clear gel is with a toothpick, dipping it slightly into the color tint and then into your gel. Discard the toothpick and stir. Repeat with a new toothpick as needed if the color is not how you want it. Do the same with fragrance, but adding it by the drop. It is always better to add a little at a time than to add to much in the beginning! Don’t waste a batch of the gel wax on being hasty!
  6. Once your wax is the right temperature, and it is the color and fragrance of your liking, gently pour it into your container(s), being careful not to disturb the scene(s) you have created.
  7. Adjust the wick so it stands straight.
  8. Set the candle(s) where it will not be disturbed for 12 hours while the gel sets and the trapped bubbles rise to the top and pop.
  9. Use scissors to trim wick 1 inch above the gel..and you’re done! You can either set one at each place setting or use it as decor! You could even tie the containers with a small bit of jute string and attach a personalized card with details of your day..or a little thank you!

Tips and Important Notes:

  • Seashells that contain air might also rise to the top! To prevent this, put a small amount of candle gel into the shell before placing it on the gravel.
  • Non-flammable Fish-shaped glass beads can be pushed halfway down into the gel so that they appear to be swimming.
  • Disturbing the gel to rearrange shells or add objects will introduce more bubbles, but they will settle out of the gel if you leave it undisturbed again!

It is a beautiful favor your guests will adore..and they can bring it home to burn and be reminded of your wonderful day!

As always if you use this entry to create your own candles, we’d love to see! I know your creative minds will have some fabulous ideas for these candles!