Hello, loves! Happy Valentine’s Day! Have you been slacking in the gift department this year? Are you a top-notch procrastinator and still looking for a DIY Valentine’s Day Gift? It’s Emmaline Bride to the rescue today with six of the best DIY Valentine’s Day gifts (and 50 best date ideas) to wow your valentine just in the nick of time. Read on to be inspired…
6 Best DIY Valentine’s Day Gifts
1. Plan a Couch Picnic
Movie? Check. Snuggling on the couch? Check. Sugar? Check. Love letters? Check. This valentine has it all… even a space to leave a romantic love letter to your sweetie. Get the full DIY at Eat Drink Chic.
I LOVE the idea of a chalkboard mug. It’s super inexpensive yet entirely personalized – and can be customized to read something new every day. Find your favorite mug, add a bit of chalkboard paint, and voila! Read the full DIY details at The Weekend Homemaker.
Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!
5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know
1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.
What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:
However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)
2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).
It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.
If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.
Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):
Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.
And, here’s the result:
3. Pace yourself.
It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!
4. Call in your crew to help.
Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)
5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.
Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.
For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!
Next week, we’ll be here with Real Weddings, handmade wedding features, and our 4th Annual Holiday Palooza! So, don’t forget to tune in for a chance to win TONS of handmade goodies from our lovely Featured Artisans – you won’t want to miss it! We’ll be kicking off the fun on Monday, December 24th and continue through the week (with the exception of Christmas Day, of course). We’ll be delivering the handmade wedding inspiration all week long so subscribe for FREE so you don’t miss it!
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Give guests the gift of plantable succulents! Succulents are easy plants for guests to maintain because they are hardy, retain plenty of water, and can withstand colder temperatures than other plants. These easy-to-DIY succulent wedding favors (which double as place cards, too!) are placed in tea cups ready for guests to plant. Since they are “planted” into whimsical tea cups, guests get two gifts in one! Gather plenty of vintage tea cups from places like thrift shops, garage sales, or estate sales – the more mismatched, the better. Each guests will have a one-of-a-kind planter piece to cherish for years.
Good morning, lovelies, and happy… Tuesday! How was your weekend? My (Emma here!) 4th of July weekend was so much fun! The weather was hot, so my hubby and I had an enjoyable trip to the beach with some fireworks in the evening. I hope you all enjoyed every second of your extended weekend, too! This morning we’re bringing you a beautiful, easy to DIY button monogram. This monogram will add a whimsical touch to your bridal shower, wedding reception, or ceremony and can be reused in your love nest as decoration, too. Even though I’m already married, I plan on making one of these for our home, too!
Images/DIY by Jen Jockisch // get the full DIY tutorial here
We have PLENTY more coming up, so stay tuned! In the meantime, catch up on two DIYs you may have missed over the weekend like this DIY striped skirt or DIY terra cotta pots. Happy crafting!
Happy Friday, lovelies! We spotted a really fun, really easy DIY 52 Things I Love About You project for your boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse-to-be, husband, wife, or a friend. Read on to see this fun project + get inspired to make your own!
This ’52 Things I Love About You’ craft (and images) are via Craftster (spotted here) and the supplies are easy to find:
Simply type up the 52 things you love about your gift recipient, print them out onto paper, cut ’em out, and glue ’em on. Cut holes into the sides of the cards and insert binder rings. Add a front and back cover (this particular example used laminated pieces of cardboard with scrapbook paper on them – but you can use anything your little heart desires.) Print a ’52 Things’ cover sticker for the front, and glue on the Scrabble tiles for a personalized touch. Then, it’s ready to gift!
Did you know you could make these pretty DIY rosettes from t-shirts? It’s true! Take a peek…
… and find out how to make yours here! These are perfect to embellish bridesmaid tanks, tote bags, hair accessories… the possibilities are endless. And, what better time to craft than over the long 4th of July holiday weekend? Originally spotted via Pinterest.
Jenessa and Dan just recently celebrated their New York DIY wedding on May 6th. Their fabulous New York DIY wedding was hosted at the Queens County Farm Museum in Queens, New York. With a strict budget in mind, the bride (Jessica) totally rocked the DIY wedding details. Their DIY wedding definitely has that rustic feeling along with elegant dress and warm lighting throughout the farm’s barn. Their detail oriented wedding photographer was Kristina from Kristina Hill Photography. Kristina fills us in on some of the most beautiful handmade crafted details including the magnificently earthly presentation surrounding their wedding cake.
New York DIY Wedding
Kristina tells us, “What I think is most noteworthy is her cake! She really had one of the most stunning cakes I’ve ever seen and it was made by her mom! The toppers were sculpted by an artist friend and the cake base was made by her stepfather as were parts of the centerpiece, the table numbers and others. She bought the flowers wholesale keeping them in water at her apartment for three days prior to the wedding so they would fully open. The day of the wedding she had her friends and family assemble the beautiful spring arrangements.”
Ready yourself for a beautifully crafted DIY wedding.
If you love these photos and want to see more from this Brooklyn wedding photographer, check out Kristina’s site http://www.kristinahill.com. You can also check out her Emmaline Bride listing in the Bridal Book here.
All images courtesy of Kristina Hill Photography. All Rights Reserved.
P.S. Do you love Real Wedding inspiration like this? Check out our category on Real Weddings chock-full of gorgeous ceremonies, receptions, and more. You’ll also find creative engagement sessions, too!