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BravoBride Guide – DIY Wedding Decorations

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

You can buy these from a BravoBride seller too!

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
  • Scissors
  • Outdoor Mod Podge


  • Paper
  • Ribbon


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

BravoBride DIY Bride Guide – Centerpieces

Tuesday, July 13th, 2010

These milk glass vases are listed on BravoBride for more than 50% off!

Planning a wedding can be time consuming and challenging, especially on a tight budget. Many brides find ways to save money and time by doing things themselves. This DIY Bride Guide will help you navigate those waters and make the experience more fun! This week we are talking about creating your own centerpieces. Because they are the focal point on each table, centerpieces can feel like the most important aspect when trying to design your big day. Between style and budget, it can be difficult to make things “just perfect.”

Here are some tips when putting together centerpieces:

1. Less is More

Mirrors, hurricane vases, flowers, sand… it can all be a bit much. Making things simple not only saves money, but if you’re setting up the centerpieces yourself it makes it easier too. Also, remember that these arrangements are going in the center of the table. If they are over the top, they can block views for your guests and photographer.

Stick to the rule of 3 on this one. If your going to have a vase with flowers, put it over a mirror. If your going to do bowls of floating candles surround it with flower petals. Check out these gorgeous milk glass vases that would be perfect for a DIY bride.

Get creative, go re-usable

What are you going to do with 150 lightly used glass votives or 15 blue table runners? Before you purchase brand new items, search the Internet, wedding forums and BravoBride for gently used wedding decorations. You’re going green, and saving money! If you’re really on a tight budget, try using jars for candles, and inexpensive bowls for flowers.

Call Ahead

If you are going to buy new or used, make sure you speak to someone and they know how many of whatever it is, you need. This is very important at a large arts and crafts store. They can put aside boxes of glassware for you, which will also make it easier to transport.

Creating centerpieces and decorating your wedding can be fun and simple just remember to be practical. Have any tips for DIY decorations? Let us know!

The BravoBride DIY Guide

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

There a lot of great way to cut costs when planning a wedding, while exploring your own creativity. The new weekly BravoBride Guide for a DIY Bride is going to show you some fun and easy ways to make your big day stand out, without having an enormous budget. Today we are looking at an easy way to pick colors for the big day.

Get professional help without a professional price when picking colors for your wedding. Stop into your local paint store or department. Look at the walls of color swatches and pick out ones you like the most. Talk to the sales people on the floor about which colors are popular that season, and which colors go best together.

Here are four essentials tips:

1. How many companies produce this color?

If it’s just on company putting out a certain blue hue, it’s going to be harder for you to find in the real world. But if you find that multiple producers are all doing a certain shade of blue, then that color is more commonly mass-produced and will be easy to procure.

2. Do these colors match?

Picking 2 swatches and asking an opinion of the sales people in the paint department if they match might seem silly but it can be very helpful. It is important to keep your colors in the same range to make sure everything matches perfectly. Sometimes the colors may be a single shade off from each other, and the sales person can help you make a perfect match. Or, you can look at the color wheels provided and make sure everything is on the same level. It is important to know whether the color is a hue, tone, shade, or tint. So make sure to ask, and write it down on the back of the card. If you need to get anything dyed this will help figure out the best way to do it. Here are some helpful terms:

Shades Colors with black added, think autumnal colors
Colors with white and black added, these colors are often “greyed”
Pure colors, primaries
Colors with white added, like pastels

3. Take a few copies of the color swatches that you like

Bring them with you when you go shopping for ribbon or decorations. Leave them in your purse in case you see something you like when you are out shopping. This way you can check to make sure everything is the right color, and not waste time buying and returning things.

4. Have Fun!

It can seem important to do everything just right, which can make things frustrating. If you don’t see the color you want, go somewhere else, or ask someone for help. Maybe even pick up a can of tester paint to use!