I just came across these paper bouquets on Facebook and absolutely love them! Amber from Enchanted Bouquets Paper Wedding Flowers started her business after her wedding when she was discouraged by the lack of bouquet options and wanted something other than fresh flowers. They are hand made from various paper items such as cardstock, playing cards, vintage postcards, maps, travel brochures and more. The flowers are cut, assembled and shaped by hand so no two are the same. Her bouquet’s are a work of art that will last forever! Just feast your eyes on some of her beautiful work below and check out her Facebook page for even more.
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I love seeing all the beautiful DIY wedding decorations listed for sale on BravoBride. Not only can it be cost effective to create your own decor but it also adds a personal touch to the big day. Below are just a few examples of wedding decorations and centerpieces created by brides. Click on the image to view more photos or to contact the seller.
This project was sent to us by a very crafty DIY bride and we just the way her fabric flowers turned out. Read below to learn how to make them yourself!
- Martha Stewart has a pattern for fabric flowers (click here to download it) – I used the garden rose and whole peony various petal sizes.
- There are 3 sizes for both I used the middle sized for all of my flowers. But depending on the size of the bouquet wanted you could us larger.
- Fabric – I used 5 different fabrics for each flower you could use 6 or 7– I would suggest at least one stiffer fabric such as cotton otherwise the flower will look droopy. Also, watch and make sure the fabric doesn’t fray too much when it is cut.
- Cutting them out – I cut a long stick of fabric and folded it multiple times making sure that the pattern will still fit. Then I stapled the pattern and the fabric together to help hold it in place. I stapled every other petal. Then cut them out with a nice sharp scissor.
- Putting it together – After you have each fabric cut out for the flower you will want to lay one piece over the over staggering the petal placement. Be sure to make the flowers are centered.
- Fold the flowers in half and take one edge of the half circle and fold it about 1/3 of the way toward the other edge. You will want to sew the open edge. I just put 2 tacks in the flowers I didn’t sew. One flower done many more to go.
- For the bridesmaids bouquets I made 15 flowers each.
- The brides bouquet was 25 flowers total. You can mix and match the flower types
For the stems – I used silver 22 gauge wire. These are available at Michaels. I chose a thicker wire for the bouquets and thinner wire for the bouts’. With a seam ripper, poke a hole through the bottom of the flower and then pass a wire through. Fold the wire in half, the flower should be in the middle of the piece of wire.
With an electrical drill with a hook on the end – (you can get a hook that turns into the wall and have the hardware store cut off the end) loop the bent end of the wire onto the hook. Hold onto the open ends of the wire with a pliers (try to use one that locks shut) and then use the drill to spin the wire. You will find a tightness for the wire that works for you. Be sure not to spin the wire too tight otherwise it will break.
Filler – To fill in the bouquets and bouts I used stems with beads on the end. You can use whatever beads you want or as many as you want for each stem. I think that I made 40 stems with three small beads per stem.
For the bouts – you need one flower and 3-5 bead strands. I used a small amount of wire to hold them together. I made a loop at the end with the wire and covered it with ribbon. I sewed closable pins to the ribbon so we didn’t have to worry about loose pins. You can find them at most craft stores.
To finish them- Arrange the flowers and fillers the way you want. You can use small zip ties or thin wire to help hold them in place
To bind them –Cut the wire ends so they are about equal in length and still long enough to bend the ends up over the zip tie towards the flowers. This will give a nice round end. After you bend the wire up toward the top of the bouquet, you can then zip tie those down as well. You can use ribbon to cover the wire as shown in the pictures.
Cost- Overall I think I spent $200 on all the supplies. I made 4 bouquets and 30 bouts. It took a long time, however there was a lot of trial and error so I included all of the ideas that made it much quicker by the end.
I kept some of the pieces and the bridesmaids kept theirs as a memento. If you wanted to, you could sell them if you had all the pieces.
Reactions – People thought that they were unique and beautiful.
Flowers are very beautiful but they also cost a pretty penny when you are decorating an entire wedding reception. Many brides decide to break out their creative side in order to save some cash. Here is an example of one bride’s way of saving money and still having vibrant centerpieces at her fall wedding.
To begin, choose an assortment of different flowers, greens and fillers that fit the theme and color scheme of your wedding. This bunch of artificial floral and fauna came from Michael’s Craft and cost approximately $42. Best of all, you can resell these do it yourself wedding centerpieces after the wedding.
For this bride’s wedding, she has a garden oriented theme and the main color she chose was navy. She picked a variety of cool colored flowers that are less traditional and has decided to use peacock feathers to compliment them.
To add a slash of vintage flare she is using mason jars instead of vases. This blue glass jar came from an antique store and cost only $4. You can also find used mason jars on BravoBride.
Begin by cutting down the stems to the approximate desired height. Hold the stem next to the vessel you will be placing them in. the initial cut to the stems should have all blossoms standing a minimum of 4 inches above the top of the vase/jar/etc.
At this point you need to decide whether or not you want the arrangement be round or to have a distinct front and back. Add stems with large blooms first. Adjust position and height to desired location. Shorten stems as needed.
For those DIY brides looking to have decorations that stand out yet are inexpensive and easy to make, the paper poof is an excellent idea. Whether you decide to make them bright and colorful or classical and elegant, these poofs can fit any theme of wedding. These are also great for bridal shower decorations or even your rehearsal dinner. We found this lovely DIY Project on Suburbanbliss.net. Which by the way, is a great and very funny blog to read even if you don’t live in the burbs.
Okay here’s what you need to get started!
• 20×30 standard tissue paper – colors matching your theme
• Wire or ribbon – to hold your tissue paper together
• Fishing line or ribbon – to hang your poof up
Take 8-10 pieces of tissue paper layered together and begin to fold them, like a fan or an accordion, 1 to 2 inches wide
After finishing folding the entire stack of tissue paper take your wire or ribbon, 4 to 6 inches long, and wrap it around the middle of your stack. This is to hold your tissue paper in place and will be how you attach your poof to the wall, chairs or wherever you decide to hang them.
When you are satisfied with the poof, find the wire or ribbon that you tied in the middle of your poof and connect to your fishing line or ribbon you will be using to connect it to the ceiling, chairs, or where ever you decide to place it. Viola, you’re done! Thanks again to SuburnBliss for this easy, fun and inexpensive wedding decoration.
All images are from SuburbanBliss
3 DIY Ways to Save Money on a Wedding
Weddings are beautiful, romantic and filled with love. Unfortunately they can also be very expensive. With the average wedding running nearly $27,800 this isn’t a small price to pay for the biggest party you’ll ever throw. We’ve come up with some simple DIY wedding ideas to help cut costs without making it look like you cut corners.
Centerpieces and Favors
Table centerpieces can range anywhere $20 -$500 depending on how extravagant they are and expect to pay $1.50 to $8 per person for wedding favors. One way to reduce both costs is to make your favors the table centerpiece. An easy favor centerpiece idea is to purchase bud vases, we love these modern vases at Ikea for only $1.99 each. Place a Gerber daisy in each vase; you can buy them in bulk on wholesale flower sites for only $2 per stem. If you have 10 people at a table you’ll need 5 of each, one for every couple. Create some cute thank you tags to tie around the vases and you only spend a little over $20 on your favors and centerpieces for every table!
Guest books are a great way for guests to write their well wishes to you and to remember who came to your wedding. Most guest books cost $25 to $80. Every little bit adds up when planning a wedding and why spend that when you can make your own. A simple and unique way is to create a guest book is to actually use a box. Buy an inexpensive recipe box, we found this lovely bamboo one on Target.com for $12.99 and just add some 4×6 note cards. You could also decorate a shoe or hatbox by wrapping it in paper that matches your wedding colors.
While planning my wedding, I remember being having a bit of sticker shock when I learned the cost of a wedding bouquet. Of course if depends on the flowers you choose and if they are in season but the average bouquet runs between $50 to over $150. An inexpensive wedding idea is to mix some silk flowers in with your real flowers. You can purchase a dozen of silk Stephanotis with crystal centers for only $10. Give them to your florist or add them in yourself and you’ll have a very expensive looking bouquet with the high cost.
Hopefully these DIY wedding tips can help you save a little bit of money on your big day. The most important thing to realize is that a wedding isn’t about the money that you spend but the love you have for your partner. That’s the one thing your guests will really remember years from now.
BravoBride Features Brooklyn Bride
There are so many ways for brides-on-a-budget to save money and still have a great event. Today we chatted with Brooklyn Bride, the blog known for style and smart weddings, and looked at where to spend and where to save. We love these tips. Her ideas for the DIY Bride involve going simple and we totally agree!
How did you get started with Brooklyn Bride as a blog?
Brooklyn Bride started really as a scrapbook for ideas for my own wedding back in 2007. Back then, there weren’t the thousands of wedding blogs there are now, and none spoke to my modern aesthetic, so I started posting what I had collected over the years, thinking maybe a few people might stumble upon it for their own ideas. Over the months, the blog just grew and grew!
What is the one thing brides think they need on their wedding day that it turns out wasn’t as important?
I think people overestimate the necessity of favors…your friends and family are there to celebrate you! Favors like candles holders or tiny frames are completely useless, and will most often just be left on the table. If you absolutely MUST get a favor for your guests, go with something edible, like chocolates, or something they can take away from the wedding, for example, a fun picture from the photo booth.
When a bride is on a strict budget, what is the first area that you try to save on?
It really depends on the bride and what’s important to her. For me photography was incredibly important to me because it was really the one thing would have to remember the day by, so I splurged there. Stationery as well was really important because I’m a paper fanatic! But accessories like shoes, jewelry, even a limo at the end of the night, were just not priorities, so I saved a ton there by using stuff I already had and taking a cab home If there’s anything a friend can make or help you with, those are always big money (and time savers).
Thanks again to Vané for her helpful tips and ideas! Next week were are going to feature a DIY wedding project on how to make your own cookie favors. Such an easy way to make your wedding even sweeter!
This week we talked to the lovely Jenn from ‘I do’ It Yourself wedding blog (@Ido_Ityourself on twitter) for some great DIY for planning a wedding! This Australian-based blog has fun ideas for weddings across the globe!
How did you start the blog?
I started the actual ‘I do’ it yourself blog just over a year ago as I began to put together my own wedding. I was engaged for over seven years so I’d had plenty of time to think about things and I was really surprised to see just how few DIY resources were out when I began. There was a lot of interest in my first few posts, so with over 10 years experience in the magazine industry I decided to move into digital media and start the blog.
What is one thing brides think they need, but they really don’t?
I think the one thing brides ‘think’ they need but probably don’t is perfection. Its easy when you look at wedding websites and see all these AMAZINGLY styled weddings to forget what its really all about – its about two people who are in love. The whole point of a DIY wedding is to put your stamp, your special touch to the day and enjoy the whole process of doing it. So have fun.
What are some key tips for the DIY Bride from ‘I do’ It Yourself:
- Stick to what you’re good at and be realistic with what your going to DIY. If you’ve never done something before do a test run.
- Enlist help and get your friends involved with your DIY projects.
- Make a list of everything you plan to DIY for your wedding, then look at the timing. You don’t want to be up assembling and gluing at midnight before the wedding!
- And most importantly – have fun!
Here is an example of one of the many fun DIY projects and ideas at the ‘I do’ It Yourself Blog:
“Fastfood takeout lovers, don’t throw that drink caddy from last night just yet! Check out this fab DIY re-use of kraft drink carriers (from Sonic!) by Dandee Designs. Great as gifts to friends or as eco-chic centerpieces for your next party (use them to decorate your tables then share with guests afterwards as favors). And that awesome “HELLO” banner? Why it’s a free download to boot! Click here for full instructions.
Lighting can really set the mood for an evening wedding. From lining the aisle with lights, to placing candles on tables, the right lighting can change the atmosphere of a room. Buying candles in bulk or renting lights can be expensive. If you buy lights, you can be left with many fixtures you don’t need. If you want to save money, try creating lighting fixtures from items you will use well into the future in your new home.
For the DIY Bride, we love these jar lights. On the make-it-yourself scale we rank this as extremely easy. All you need are rope lights and a jar. Bundle up the rope lights in the jar and plug them in near by. You can get creative by putting other items in the jar with the lights, such as glitter or glass balls. You can even place memorabilia that remind you and your partner of important memories in your relationship. If you are having a theme wedding, on the tables change the jar contents for each idea.
We recommend using basic holiday lights or LED lights so they do not get too hot. For convenience, use strands of battery powered holiday lights so you don’t have to worry about plugging them in.
After the reception and the honeymoon, you can reuse the rope lights around the house or during the holidays. We happen to love the look of lit trees in the summer at night and the jars can be used for storage and cooking for years to come.
You can find old-fashioned jars like these at thrift stores, flea markets, cooking stores and of course on BravoBride.
This week’s project are twine bottle table decorations for the DIY Bride
These beautiful twine bottles are great centerpieces. They can be used as flower vases as well as table numbers. We do not recommend using them as candle holders or placing them near an open flame. These vases can easily be reused as decorations or design elements in the home. Supplies are inexpensive-aside from empty wine bottles, there are only five elements to purchase that shouldn’t cost anymore than fifteen dollars. You can save money by reusing old wine bottles.
What you need:
- Brown Sisal Twine, preferably a thick gauge, or two-ply
- Empty, clean wine bottles
- Outdoor Mod Podge
As dirt can cause the glue to not adhere as effectively, we recommend first cleaning any old wine bottles and letting them dry. We also encourage you to use outdoor Mod Podge for its strength and durability. However, if you prefer another craft glue, go for it!
First, glue the end of the twine role to the inside lip of the wine bottles and let it dry. This will make the sisal easier to control.
After it is dried and attached, coat the first inch of the wine bottle with mod podge glue, using your paintbrushes. Don’t be afraid to go on thick, as the glue will dry clear.
Now slowly wrap the twine around that one inch of glue. You may have to press it tight for a few sections to ensure a strong bond. If you are afraid of getting your hands dirty, take a strip of wax paper to pat down the sections. We recommend continuing down the bottle about one inch at a time. This ensures that things don’t get messy as well as a clean finish. Depending on the size and diameter of the bottle, you may use anywhere between half a roll of thick twine to more than two rolls.
Take extreme care around the tapered section of the bottle. Because we start from the top there should not be as much scrunching and the rope should be taut. If you do not like the look of the twine coming out of the lip of the bottle, only glue a small piece inside, and do not continuing using glue until you’re past the lip.
When the project is dry, use a small pair of fabric scissors to trim as needed. To finish off the twine on the bottle, at about 1/8″ from the bottom, prepare by cutting an extra about 6″ of twine. Wrap the final piece and tuck the ending underneath and seal off with Mod Podge.
This should take about 1 day to dry. We recommend storing the bottles in a dry, warm place.
Since we love funky paper labels, we’ll let you in an a secret on where to find inexpensive cool paper. Try the scrap-booking section of your local arts and crafts store. Scrap-booking paper is very durable and comes in a variety of designs. It also often costs less than 50 cents a sheet. When writing on it, we suggest using a paint marker rather than a Sharpie because ink can smear easily and often do not dry completely.
After you have cut your paper label to the size of your choice, use a hole punch to punch two holes in it.
Lastly, string it through the label. By using two holes you can ensure the label does not easily move around.
You’ll have a beautiful, affordable and functional wedding decoration