Tutorial Tuesday!

Nothing exciting ever happens on Tuesday, right? Well, not anymore! Wedding Ideas on a Budget is now going to be showcasing Tutorial Tuesday!

Check back here every Tuesday for a new and unique tutorial on a do-it-yourself project. I'll be featuring crafts from wedding favors to cake toppers, custom bridal bouquets and everything in between!

If you have any ideas or tutorials of your own, I'd love to hear them. You can be a part of Tutorial Tuesday! Just shoot me an email with your idea and we'll get you set up. I'm always hunting for new ideas!

“Forever Yours” Bobby Pin

02/22/12

Today's tutorial comes to us from Fusion Beads. You can make one "Forever Yours" booby pin for an accent or many to create a unique hairstyle for your wedding day that you crafted yourself! All the items you need can be purchased on the Fusion Beads website.

What You'll Need:

  • 19 - 3mm Crystal CAL Swarovski Elements Crystal Bicone Bead (03BI1145)
  • 1 - 19.1mm Silver Plated Round Filigree with Pointed Edges (BM1056)
  • 1 - 2" Silver Color Bobby Pin (BM1073)
  • 2 feet - 26 Gauge Non-Tarnish Silver Artistic Wire (AW2157)
  • Chain nose pliers
  • Wire cutters

Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

  1. Using about 6 inches of wire, embellish the filigree with five 3mm crystal bicone beads (see Embellishing Filigree Technique) around the filigree’s center. Trim the wire.
  2. Cut a 6-inch length of wire. String one bicone bead to the center of the wire, and bend both wire ends in the same direction so that they are parallel. Thread both wire ends through the center of the filigree, and then wrap each wire around the bobby pin tightly to anchor the filigree near the bobby pin’s bend.
  3. Using about 12 inches of wire, cover the remainder of the bobby pin with 13 crystal bicone beads (see Covering a Hair Accessory Technique).

For more Inspiration jewelry ideas and to meet all your beading needs, visit FusionBeads.com!

Enjoy!

Decorative Paper Cutting

02/14/12

Happy Valentine's Day! Today's tutorial comes to us from Tong's Paper Cutting. Perfect for a wedding or even decorations to celebrate Love Day :)

What You'll Need:

  • paper
  • template(s) - Tong offers many on her site
  • pen
  • scissors
  • string

Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

  1. Fold The Paper

  2. Fold it in half. The picture below shows where to fold the paper on the dashed line.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    Fold it in half again.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    Fold the paper from corner to corner, creating a small triangle.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    Follow the dashed line to fold it again, it looks like a triangle shape.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    The last folding step is to fold the triangle again into half on the center coner, it will look like the picture shows below after you finished.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

  3. Cut The Pattern

  4. Find the pattern that you would like to cut, print the pattern as many times as you like since they are free to download.

    After you print the pattern, you can also make the pattern bigger to fit your cutting. Cut it out as the picture shows below.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    You can draw the pattern onto your paper, or you can put the pattern on the folded paper.

    Note: Keep the center and the folded paper center in the same direction.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    Then use a pencil to trace the pattern onto the folded paper.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

  5. Cut The Folded Paper

  6. Now use the scissors and start cutting your paper. Always cut the inside lines and smaller parts first.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    And then cut the outside line(s) last.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    After you've finished the cutting, be careful when you open it, because it can be torn easily.

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    Now that you've got the hang of it, make a whole bunch and string them together to create a beautiful banner!

    Hand Cut Paper Wedding Decorations

    Enjoy!

    Make Your Own Personalized Mugs

    02/07/12

    What You'll Need:

    • blank mugs
    • transfer paper
    • dry wash cloth or microfiber
    • porcelain pens
    • candy, stones or plants

    initials on personalized wedding mug filled with plants
    Photo Courtesy of Living with Three Moon Babies

    1. Select an Image

      Find or design an image that you just adore.

      If you are not artistically inclined, you can search through clip-art. For example, one of my favorite sites is graphicfairy.com. There you will find beaucoup bits of gorgeous inspiration and free clip art.

    2. initials on personalized wedding mug filled with plants
      Photo Courtesy of Graphic Fairy

    3. Transfer Image

      Using transfer paper, print out the image that you selected. Moisten surface of the mug. Stick transfer paper to the mug. Press down using a cotton swab or fingers. Once your are sure, the image has transferred to the mug, peel transfer paper back slowly.
    4. Use Porcelain Pen

      Once the transferred image is on the mug, dry lightly using a dry wash cloth but not too much to wipe off the image. Use your porcelain pen to draw image onto mugs.
    5. Fill

      When you're done, you can fill the mug with candy, stones or plants. They make the perfect wedding favors or centerpieces!
    6. personalized mug filled with candy

      Enjoy!

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