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!

DIY Frosted Glass Spider Web Vase

10/30/12

 DIY Frosted Glass Spider Web Vase

In the spirits of Halloween, this week's tutorial will show you how to make your own Frosted Glass Spider Web Vase. Make a couple of these, fill them with customized wedding M&Ms and you've got yourself an awesome addition to your spooky wedding theme!

What You'll Need:

  • Glass vase or bowl
  • DecoArt 3D Frost Gloss Enamel Writer, white
  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Cotton tipped swabs/rag
  1.  DIY Frosted Glass Spider Web Vase

    Clean your glassware thoroughly. I ran mine through the dishwasher AND then cleaned the surface with some alcohol.

  2.  DIY Frosted Glass Spider Web Vase

    Use your 3D glass writer to carefully draw webs around the vase.

    The best way to draw spider webs was to first draw lines from a center point, like the spokes of a wheel. Then, starting near the center of the spokes, draw a line of scallops that connect each spoke. Repeat with another scalloped line a little further out from the center. Continue to work outward, creating concentric, scalloped lines to make your ‘web’ bigger.

    It is OK if the lines are not perfectly straight or even. The paint will dry translucent and the imperfections give the web more of an organic look.

    Draw half of a web, spreading from the top edge of the vase. Then use one of the lines of that web, and extend that line diagonally. Now, there's a point at the bottom of the vase where I could start another half-web.

    Follow this process and work your way around the vase, alternating the half-circles from the top of the vase to the bottom. Connect the last web with some ‘strings’ of web to the first one you drew. Carefully draw these webs by spinning the vase around. But if you are nervous about wrecking the webs you already drew, cover half the vase with webs and allow it to dry. Then, come back to it in several hours or the next day to finish the other side.

  3.  DIY Frosted Glass Spider Web Vase

    As you work, have a rag or napkin handy to wipe the tip of the paint bottle clean. It will help keep the lines you draw neat and hopefully even. But, if your line does stray or if you get a spot of paint where you don’t want it, don’t worry. I just dipped cotton swabs or a rag in rubbing alcohol and the paint wiped up easily.

    Allow the paint to dry and cure for 4 days. Yep. 4 days. I know, it's was hard to wait!

    After the paint cures, bake the dish for 30 minutes at 325 degrees in a non-preheated oven. Cool with oven door open. This step is optional, but recommended if you want to place your glassware in the dishwasher or if there is a chance the dish will come in contact with water/food. Keep in mind that it is advised to paint areas of dishes that will not come in contact with food to begin with.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

10/23/12

Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

For those who are trying to pinch every penny you can but still have a classy wedding, making your own food and beverages might be an option. Sometimes it is just more affordable to do things yourself. But that doesn't mean that you have to scrimp on style!

This week, The Cheese Thief shows us how to make Chocolate Covered Strawberries easily at home. This would be a lovely idea to serve during your wedding. Or maybe you can pull out the recipe on your anniversary! Nothing says romance like chocolate and strawberries - so when you dip the one in the other, it's just love in your mouth.

What You'll Need:

  • 1 lb of strawberries
  • A Bag of Meltable Chocolate Chips
  • Microwave Safe Bowl
  • Microwave
  1. Wash the strawberries and thoroughly dry them. You do not want any moisture on the strawberries. Use a kitchen towel and go through each one to make sure they are completely dry.
  2. Let the strawberries sit at room temperature for about an hour or two. This will help so you do not have to keep reheating your chocolate. I cannot stress enough how important it is to have dry strawberries. Moisture is the enemy of chocolate.
  3. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

    Melt 6 oz of chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 40 seconds. Take out and stir with spatula for 30 seconds, reheat for 15 second intervals if chocolate is not melted enough. Stir until smooth.
  4. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

    Dip strawberry in wiggle back and forth gently a couple of times to get a good coat.
  5. Pull strawberry up and place on parchment paper, foil or silicone baking sheet to cool.
  6. Chocolate Covered Strawberries Recipe

    Let cool in fridge for 15 min or on counter top for an hour.

Enjoy!

Gel Wax Candle Holders

10/16/12

Gel Wax Candle Holders

This week, my friend Karen over at Crafts For All Seasons has submitted a really creative tutorial using upcycled old wine glasses! Crafts For All Seasons offers projects for every season of the year! Free step by step instructions and photos to help along the way. Many easy craft projects for children, and more challenging projects for adults.

You can find her tutorial here: Crafts For All Seasons

Enjoy!

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