Sunday, October 27, 2013

Do It Yourself Weddings Has Moved

Do It Yourself Weddings has moved! All future posts for this blog can be found on WDW(Wedding Day Weekly) Blogging For Brides which is our primary blog. I'll still be posting lots of DIY ideas, so be sure to check it out! There's a great idea for decorating a pumpkin with glitz and glam there this week.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Floating Candles The Easy Way

From You Tube

If you are looking for a floating candles the easy way look try H2O Instant Water Candles. They come with everything you need to make an instant water candle.

These make great centerpieces, add a mirror underneath for extra light. Or add some votives surrounding it or small vases with your favorite flowers.

Fill the water candle with your favorite color, add a favorite flower, stones, shells or whatever works for your wedding, then add your wick and oil. Purchase at

Cutlery With Color

Photo courtesy of KOYAL Wholesale
Don't miss out on this cutlery with color. If you are looking for a way to dress up your casual wedding try this DIY cutlery from KOYAL Wholesale. The cutlery kits are wooden and allow you to customize your cutlery for your dessert or candy buffet. The cutlery is made from birch wood and is safe for all food contact. It's 100% natural and biodegradable as well as compostable.
Whether you customize with designs like the chevrons or polka dots or like the mustaches shown above, your cutlery will add a dimension to your decor.  Use this great product for showers, rehearsal dinners, wedding receptions or day after picnics or dinners. They are perfect for entrees, desserts, ice cream and almost any other food you can think of.
Your cutlery kit will come with cutlery stamping tools plus easy to follow directions. Your cutlery will not arrive prestamped. Combine with other great best sellers from Dress My Cupcake to complete your look using cupcake wrappers, pompoms and paper straws.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Mason Jar Luminaries

Photos courtesy of beyond/beyond
This simple DIY project lets you make mason jar luminaries from three items. A mason jar, tissue paper, and a battery powered votive candle.
Photos courtesy of beyond/beyond (link above)
Simply line the mason jars with your favorite tissue paper to coordinate with your wedding colors and add the votive. Use them to line the church aisle or for outdoor weddings to mark the aisle or along the side of your aisle runner.
Photos courtesy of beyond/beyond
These luminaries are perfect for outdoor weddings, especially weddings on the beach or in a park. It gives a burst of color and light and adds some design to it. These are an EEEBCDI project. For new readers that means 'easy enough even Bill can do it' which means I had my husband who is very un-crafty try it, and he had no problem pulling it all together. So for the un-crafty bride this is a perfect project.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Disney Wedding Idea

Photo from Style Me Pretty Photographer Marianne Wilson
Having a Disney wedding based on Beauty and the Beast and looking for a disney wedding idea for centerpieces? While a Disney wedding isn't for everyone, more and more brides are growing up with the Disney Princesses so it follows that more weddings will have a Disney theme--after all every bride wants that happily ever after ending!
Beauty and the Beast offers easy centerpieces that you can either make yourself or have your florist pull together for you. Shades of Belle and the Beast! It only takes two roses and a book covered with a glass dome! Simple! You could even use silk roses so you don't have to worry about spillage. So if you are a Disney lover planning a wedding based on Belle and her Prince, this is the centerpiece for you!

DIY Wedding Shower Project

Photo courtesy of Zakkalife
Looking for a DIY wedding shower project? Are you planning a wedding shower but want to add some bling? Why not try this trick on your plastic silverware? Add some rhinestone stickers to each fork, knife, or spoon. Display it in a cute holder with some color coordinating ribbon or tulle and you are good to go! A fun way to bling up a shower! This is also a great way to bling up a little girl's birthday party.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

DIY Peony Centerpieces

Photo by Camryn Clair used courtesy of Hostess With The Mostess
If you love peonies this DIY centerpiece will capture your heart. It's perfect for weddings or wedding showers, or just a pretty luncheon or dinner party. 
To make these you will need taper candlesticks, some floral foam (to keep the flowers hydrated), and a floral knife and floral clippers (oh and some water to soak the foam) and your peonies (you can use any flower that opens to approximately the same size as a peony.)
If you need step by step directions head to Hostess With The Mostess where she has a full tutorial. This is an easy to make centerpiece that you can pull together ahead of time (cut the foam, buy the flowers) and just quickly add the water and flowers on the day of your wedding or even the day before. Have fun!

Easy Holiday Centerpieces

Photo courtesy of images at yandex
Holiday centerpieces for Christmas weddings don't get any easier than this. An upside down wine glass, some holly with some nice red berries and a small red candle.
You can either have one at each place setting or group them in the center of the table with some votive candles around them. Or consider running them down the center of an oblong table with either a mirror or red table runner under them. So easy!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Easy Do It Yourself Centerpieces

Photo courtesy of Lovely Wedding Day
Making your own centerpieces can be as easy as floating flowers and candles in water. Secure your favorite flowers, roses, orchids, tulips. You don't have to use real flowers, silk will do, which makes your timing much easier.
You can make these ahead of time with less worry of dying flowers. Anchor the flowers by either gluing to the bottom of your vase or by using floral stones. Add a floating candle to the top of your design and voila! The perfect centerpiece is ready to be put on the table, just waiting for the reception to begin and candles to be lit.
Photo courtesy of Lovely Wedding Day
Be sure your vase is tempered glass so that it won't shatter when the candle has been lit for awhile. I once arrived at a wedding just in time to see all the centerpieces shatter one after the other. That's a mess you just don't need on  your wedding day. These easy centerpieces can be clustered in a group or used as a single piece. Add some votive candles on a mirror to add some depth.
See more DIY centerpieces at WDW (Wedding Day Weekly)Blogging For Brides.

Midas Touch Turns Everything to Gold

Photo by Lee Mae Marie
Looking for an easy way to glam up your wedding and go for the gold with centerpieces? Make some glitzed candlesticks. Buy inexpensive wooden candlesticks (you can pick some up in the Dollar Store or your local craft store), paint them gold, then cover with gold glitter. Easy and gives you a wow factor.
If you just want a gilded look, head to Lowe's and buy paint called "Midas Touch" that will give anything you paint with it a gilded look.
You can also upgrade some old vases by using some Midas Touch gold paint and painting a design on the clear glass--upgrade those vases with just a few touches of your brush.
Have boring table numbers? Add the glam with Midas Touch. They will go from ho hum to wow in just a few minutes.
Edge your chalkboard with Midas Touch to add some glam to your chalkboard. The uses are endless!  Add you ideas for using Midas Touch paint for crafting for weddings. 

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Bleach Bride Tee Shirts

Photo courtesy of Something Turquoise (if you use instagram or twitter use #DIYSomethingTurquoise)
I can't take credit for this one but it was so good I had to share it with you. These bleach bride tees are perfect and so simple! A little Clorox bleach pen on a pretty tank and you're good to go! Great for your bachelorette party or as a way to ask someone to be in your wedding.
The full tutorial is at Something Turquoise (be sure to read it through because it has some great tips in it)(not to mention all sorts of other great ideas, this is a must bookmark site!) so visit and see all the other great ideas as well as the tutorial on these great shirts.

Sunday, August 25, 2013

DIY Glitter Shoes

Photo courtesy of We Are Not Martha
Want a pair of glitter shoes for your wedding but don't want to spend a fortune on them? Why not make them yourself? Head to Target or Payless and pick up an inexpensive pair of flats (or heels) (just be sure they're comfortable--even flats can hurt!)
Head to the craft store (our local craft store is Michael's but you can pick up what you need in any craft store. You will need some Mod Podge, glitter (in your favorite color), a foam brush for applying the mixture, some masking tape for taping off the sole of the shoe, and some clear glaze spray to use as a fixative after you finish applying the Mod Podge/glitter mixture.
Use masking tape to tape around the edge of the shoe sole. This will keep you from getting glitter on the edge of the sole. Mix about 2 ounces of Mod Podge with glitter. Use lots of glitter. Mix in a plastic bowl that you don't care about (I'm not sure you'd want to eat out of the bowl after you mix up glitter and Mod Podge). Apply using your foam brush. Be sure to cover all the surface. After each coat let it dry fully. I recommend four coats of the glitter/Mod Podge combo. The shoe will look odd with the glitter and Mod Podge on it but once the Mod Podge dries it will be fine. After the fourth layer of Mod Podge/Glitter spray with a few shots of Clear Glaze Spray Fixative so you don't glitter your whole house--voila! Fancy shoes without the fancy price!
For more great occasional craft and fab cooking ideas visit We Are Not Martha and see what their latest creation is! I'm sure you'll enjoy it!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Candles and Pearls

Photo courtesy of Kim
Candles and pearls make the perfect centerpiece for a wedding or wedding shower especially if you are planning a winter wonderland theme wedding. Small candles, faux pearls in a variety of colors to add depth and put them all on top of, yes, you guessed it, SUGAR! I have to admit I'd never have thought to have subbed sugar for the bottom of a candle arrangement but using it in this one makes it look so wintry and gives your centerpiece a cool look.
One warning though, be sure to get glass that is meant for candles. The heat of a candle burning all through your reception might be too much for glass that is not designed to withstand the heat. So be sure not to just buy dollar store glass that isn't meant for burning candles in (or at least check one of you centerpieces out before you decide if they will work for your reception or not.)
You have to admit, this is an EEEBCDI (Easy Enough Even Bill Can Do It). Anyone who reads my DIY blog regularly knows I test how easy a DIY project is by having my husband (who is very un-crafty) try them out. The man can fix almost anything but DIY projects are just not his thing if they have anything to do with crafts! So if my man can make them yours can too, which means you get some extra help putting them all together. Add some togetherness to the wedding DIY projects.
Be sure to visit the web site linked under the photo for more great winter ideas for weddings or wedding showers.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Gold High Heels For Your Wedding

Photo courtesy of Pinterest/We Heart It
Do It Yourself gold high heels? Want to create your own shoes for your wedding or other special occasion? Try these gold heels found on Pinterest.
How do you make them? All you need is a nice pair of high heels, adornment, glue and some gold shoe paint. Are you up for it?
It's always nice to have a unique pair of shoes that don't cost you a fortune. So no more paying for a pair of designer shoes, instead design your own and make these do it yourself gold high heels.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Do It Yourself Spring Centerpiece

Photo courtesy of Martha Stewart
I love this DIY spring centerpiece! Do it yourself flowers can be tricky but not with this easy to make centerpiece. Don't you love the huge bouquet of bright yellow daffodils juxtaposed against the wooden vase? Perfect for a spring wedding.
Just drill a hole big enough for a glass to hold the water and the stems of the flowers you want to use as a centerpiece and voila! Add the flowers and it's done. Just put it on the tabletops and your work is done! This is a great DIY project to get your fiance involved in (we all know how much guys love power tools!) Not to say you can't do it all on your own but hey, it's more fun together, right? So give it a try--Martha makes it all look so easy!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Easy DIY Luminaries

Photo courtesy of Life With 4 Boys
Looking for some do it yourself luminaries? These easy to make decorations are perfect for weddings or holidays.
1 Pack of thick colored tissue paper or multi-patterned tissue paper.
3 Tall votive candle holders
3 Electronic candles. Battery operated candles can be found in your local dollar store or Bed, Bath and Beyond
 Scotch Tape
For a step by step tutorial follow the link below the photo. These simple decorations are perfect for weddings or wedding showers. So get your DIY cap on and get started.
For those of you familiar with my blog this is a EEEBCDI project. (Better known as "Easy Enough Even Bill Can Do It) meaning I tested how hard it was on my husband who is DIY challenged. He didn't have any problems pulling it together. So grab your fiance and rope him into helping with these--yes HE can. If Bill can anyone can.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fast and Easy Wedding Favor

From Pinterest
Looking for a fast and easy favor you can make for your wedding? Take some wine corks, add a key ring and a label with the date and location of your wedding. Easy to make!
Plus if you don't think you can drink your way through 200 bottles of wine so you have enough corks, head to your local Whole Foods Market. They recycle corks. Mine will give them to me as long as I ask. Nice way to re-purpose for your wedding!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Easy DIY Napkin Rings

Photo from Heart of Light
It's not everyday you find a DIY project that is super easy to make and will add a unique touch to your wedding day. These napkin rings act as place cards as well as napkin rings--a double whammy. Made by the crafty group at Heart of Light, these are made with heavy stock paper and zots (if you've never used zots you will be blown away at how easy them make crafting!) Plus download this. For step by step directions head over to Heart of Light.
This is guaranteed to be an EEEBCDI(Easy enough even Bill can do it) project so your fiance can give you some help with these--no excuses about not being crafty! If you don't read my blog regularly, these are projects that my  husband (the least crafty man in the world) has tested for me to see how easy they REALLY are to make. If he can do it, anyone can, your man included.
So take a night and knock out some of these beauties to decorate your tables for your wedding reception. Or if  you are newly married why not use them for your first dinner party as newlyweds? Have fun!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Black and White Washi Tape Tricks

Photo courtesy of  Pinterest
It doesn't get much easier than this! Washi tape on plastic cups. If you can't pull this one off ... Face it, if I can do it, you can too! This project is an EEEBCDI! For those of you new to my blog it stands for 'easy enough even Bill can do it' (Bill is my non-crafty husband who tests our my diy projects to see how easy they are to make.)
These cups are perfect for a picnic wedding or a bride with a black and white theme. Add some black and white straws to pull the look together. Takes the look from ho hum plastic cups to WOW!
You can find washi tape in any craft store, just look for your favorite designs and colors. Or shop online.They even sell colored straws in a variety of colors and designs. .

Friday, February 1, 2013

Fancy Swizzle Sticks For Your Wedding Day

Ah! A DIY project anyone can do! On the off chance you cannot figure out how to make these on your own, head to the links below the photos all of which have tutorials (except the one above which had a Pinterest link only.)
If you've been reading my blog for awhile you know I have projects known as EEEBCDI (Easy Enough Even Bill Could Do It projects).  Bill is my non-crafty husband and he can manage to make these, no problem. So if you aren't crafty (or you are looking for a project your fiance can help out with, this is it!
Choose any design and any color and go to it! Try to keep your designs simple (K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Stupid is the watchword for this projects. The easier the design the easier the execution (and the less likely you are to want to kill each other before it's finished.)
Hearts, Dots, Flags and whatever else you can think of will look great as fancy swizzle sticks for the drinks at your wedding.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Elaborate Cupcakes

Photo courtesy of Elisa Strauss
New York baker, Elisa Strauss wrote the definitive book on delish desserts called The Confetti Cakes Cookbook.  She loves making her products beautiful and whimsical to please every taste. She's made designer shoe cakes, fancy handbag cakes, cakes that look like they've been embroidered, and cupcakes shaped like pool balls. So if you can think it, she can bake it.
Strauss is the founder and sole designer of Confetti Cakes in New York City. A former designer for Ralph Lauren, she is famous for her whimsical, elaborate, fashion-related cakes. Her work has been featured in dozens of magazines, on the Today show, The View, and the Food Network.
Her cookbook not only gives you recipes, it gives you exact directions on how to pull off the designs in her book. She tells you which tools you'll need and gives exact tutorials.
The cupcakes featured in this post are perfect for a wedding, shower, or even a little girl's princess party. So if you are 'thinking pink' for your wedding, head out and pick up a copy of The Confetti Cakes Cookbook.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Decorating the Getaway Car

Don't want someone decorating your car with shaving cream or paint? Try these bows tied to long strands of white ribbon. Easy to make from fabric scraps and some ribbon from your local craft store and tied onto the back of the 'getaway car.' Pretty but easy on your car's paint job (or the limo's!)

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Tie Bows Like Tiffany's

Photo and tutorial link courtesy of Roxanna at Everyday Treats
Wrapping a wedding gift? Have you always wanted to duplicate those simple but elegant bows that Tiffany & Co. adds to their signature 'little blue boxes?'
Roxanna at Everyday Treats, The Art of Living Well Every Day has the perfect tutorial to help you execute the perfect Tiffany & Co. bow every time. So now you can go into Bed, Bath and Beyond and when you head over to their self-wrapping station with that slippery ribbon you can wrap like a pro and duplicate Tiffany's basic but beautiful bows, taking the look of  your package up several notches. As someone who always fights the 'wrapping battle' especially with satin like ribbons, this tutorial will turn you into a pro in no time.
So thanks to Roxana and Tiffany's for these beautiful bows! Don't forget to take the time to browse through the rest of Everyday Treats to find other special nuggets that you are sure to enjoy as well. (One of my favorites is the one about Coco Chanel.)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

DIY Centerpieces With Style

{Design + styling by Cyd Converse for The Sweetest Occasion. | Photos by Alice G. Patterson.}
Want a glittery look for vases for your wedding or shower? Try this easy DIY project from The Sweetest Occasion. They offer you the complete tutorial with easy step by step directions for both of these great designs.
Better yet, these vases look great using inexpensive baby's breath for your centerpieces so they not only save money on vases but they also let you use inexpensive flowers that look like a million. What bride could ask for more?
Wait until you see these vases sparkle at your wedding. Put them on some mirrored squares in the center of your tables and the glitter will multiply. Have fun making these easy fun centerpieces for your wedding day.

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mason Jars For Parties

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Photo and inspiration from Little Bit Funky

Having a picnic wedding or a casual bbq wedding (or party?) Why not use Mason Jars with lids to serve your drinks? These easy to make Mason Jars are both fun and practical. Their lids make them perfect  for your wedding, just add a colorful straw and you’re good to go.
These lidded Mason Jars from Little Bit Funky keep the drinks in the glasses so no nasty spillage!! Pefect!
If you don’t feel like DIY, head to their Etsy shop and see if there are any in stock. They may be out of them, because when an idea is this good they probably fly off the shelf.