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!

Easy DIY Wedding Programs

03/13/12

Handmade easy DIY wedding programs tutorial

Anything that is dual purpose just makes my heart go a-flutter. So it's understandable why I totally fell for these handheld fan programs from intimateweddings.com. Not only will these little hand made beauties keep your guests informed and entertained but they'll also keep them cool on those warmer wedding days. Who knows, maybe these will even help cut the vapors during those tearful moments :)

What You'll Need:

  • A2 sized folded cards (or card stock cut to size and folded)
  • Golf pencils , pre-drilled with holes wide enough for ribbon to pass through
  • Popsicle sticks , also pre-drilled
  • Scissors
  • Needle with a large eye
  • Corner Rounder Punch
  • Thin ribbon
  • Double Sided Tape
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    Designing my programs was a snap with Microsoft Word. On the front, I put the basics – names, ceremony details, and bird graphics to match our wedding theme. To jazz up the back, I came up with three wedding related games for our guests to play while they waited for the ceremony to start: a Mad Lib, a fill-in-the-blank, and a word search.

    I had tons of ideas for games that I ran out of time to use. How about a crossword puzzle, Sudoku, maze, or connect the dots?

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    Once you’ve designed your programs (making sure to fit the card dimensions), print the front and back onto the outside of the cards. I used my regular ink jet printer and had no problems.

    To start assembling, open up a card and put double stick tape on three sides.

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    Then put double stick tape on both sides of a popsicle stick, covering about half of the stick. Center on the card and press in place.

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    Close the card, pressing to seal the edges.

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    Using the corner rounder punch, carefully round all four corners.

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    Cut a piece of ribbon that, when halved, is long enough to reach from the end of the popsicle stick to the end of the pencil, while still allowing enough slack to write on the program.

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    Thread the halved ribbon through the hole in the popsicle stick. Use a lark’s head knot to secure. Thread the two cut ends of the ribbon of the ribbon through a golf pencil. Knot the ends to secure, then trim.

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    Here’s the back of a finished program. Word search, anyone?

Enjoy!

Roses from Maple Leaves

03/06/12

Handmade roses from maple leaves bouquet tutorial

It's never too early to start planning your fall wedding. This idea is a fun and free idea that can be incorporated into everything from centerpieces to your bridal bouquet! Thanks to Natalie for submitting this pictoral tutorial on how to make a bouquet of roses from maple leaves.

What You'll Need:

  • maple leaves
  • florist's string or wire
  • a vase if you want to make it a centerpiece
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Enjoy!

Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome

02/28/12

Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome Tutorial

Today's tutorial comes from the incredible mind of Martha Stewart. No matter your opinion of her as a person, I swear, that woman has endless creativity and class.

Most folks want to share their wedding day with all of their closest family and friends. But sometimes due to illness or just timing, not everyone can be present on your wedding day. Well here is a fun idea to include elements of the loved ones that have passed on: The Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome.

A random assortment of family keepsakes, from a grandfather's spectacles to a baby's christening spoon, takes on a cohesive, deliberate look that's almost Victorian when encased in a delicate glass dome. The little tree is a lightweight branch bought from a florist, then spray-painted matte gold and held upright with epoxy.

What You'll Need:

  • Handsaw
  • 18-inch manzanita branch (or use branch from yard)
  • Glass dome and wooden base
  • Sandpaper
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon metallic spray paint in Caramel Latte)
  • Epoxy
  • Name-tag templates
  • Fine-tip pen
  • Craft knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Family curios and keepsakes
  • Museum wax

    Heirloom Family Tree in a Glass Dome Tutorial

  1. Using saw, trim and prune branch to fit inside dome. Sand bottom of branch so it rests flat. Spray-paint, and let dry.
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  3. Determine spot on wooden base to anchor branch so dome fits over it. Mix epoxy, following package instructions, and adhere branch to base. Let dry completely, and cure.
  4. Print the name-tag templates and write names and birth dates. Using craft knife, cut out name tags on mat.
  5. Carefully position and hang family curios and keepsakes, starting with the name tag of the family member of your choice at the bottom and working up. Use small balls of museum wax to balance or anchor things in place and to attach tags. Cover with glass dome.

Enjoy!

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