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!

Eggshell Planters

04/24/12

Eggshell Planters Spring Wedding Favors

In the spirit of Spring, eggshell planters serve as adorable, practical and inexpensive wedding favors that continue to grow and give back to the guest long after you wedding day.

I've got to be honest - this is my favorite tutorial that we've done so far. I just love the aesthetics and simplicity of this idea! Even though I already had my wedding, I think I might use this idea for gift giving of another occassion!

This week's awesome tutorial was created by Georgia Lund on Yahoo! Voices.Let's get started!

What You'll Need:

  • 1 dozen jumbo raw eggs
  • Egg carton
  • Various plant seedlings
  • Potting soil
  • Sharp knife
  • Grapefruit spoon or teaspoon
  1. Eggshell Planters Spring Wedding Favors

    The first step to creating the eggshell planters is to remove the raw eggs from the shell. Hold a raw eggs on it's side over a bowl, pointed end over the bowl. Tap the pointed end of the egg with the sharp knife to break through the shell on one side, turn the egg around and do the same thing on the other side of the pointed end. Use the knife to remove the "cap" off the end of the egg. Pour out the raw eggs into a bowl and store in refrigerator for future use.

    The end of the eggshell will be ragged, but that's fine as long as the majority of the eggshell is intact. Rinse empty egg shells and use knife point to make a small drainage hole in the bottom of each eggshell.

  2. Eggshell Planters Spring Wedding Favors

    Use the grapefruit spoon (a teaspoon will work too) to gently remove plant seedlings from their containers. Work the grapefruit spoon around and under the soil of the seedling to get as many roots as possible and enough soil to fill the eggshell.

    Place the plant seedling into the eggshell and add a little potting soil on top if needed to cover the plant's roots. Place the newly planted eggshells into the egg carton.

  3. Eggshell Planters Spring Wedding Favors

    Any small seedlings work well for planted eggs. Gardner's that start garden seeds indoors prior to the garden season will already have a wealth of tiny seedlings available. Marigolds, coleus, African violets, succulents, tomatoes, cucumbers and squash are good choices for planted eggs. Use a marker to write plant name and care instructions on the inside of the egg carton lid before giving the planted eggs.

  4. Eggshell Planters Spring Wedding Favors

    The planted eggshell seedlings will be happy in their new home for only a short time, then they will need to planted into larger containers. The eggshells can be recycled for the second time after the seedlings are re-planted.

    Crush the eggshells and sprinkle around the re-planted seedlings to add calcium to the soil or toss the empty eggshells into the compost bin. Cardboard egg cartons can be recycled along with other paper products or shredded for use as plant mulch.

Enjoy!

Handmade Bath Salts

04/17/12

Spring Birdie Garland

It can be kind of hard to find the perfect gift for the bride-to-be or even your wedding party. Or maybe you need a gift for a wedding shower. And if money is tight, then that just adds even more stress into the process when you really should be focusing on the fun!

Well, this week's tutorial can help you out using things that you probably already have around the house! Amy Huntley from The Idea Room made these gifts that keep on giving. Not only are you giving a gift for the occassion, but with bath salts you are giving the chance to relax - and we could all use a little more of that!

What You'll Need:

  • 3 cups epsom salt
  • 2 cups baking soda
  • 1 cup table salt
  • Food or soap coloring
  • Scented essential oil
  1. If you want more than one scent and color, separate into different bowls before adding the color and scent. Then you can have 2-3 different choices to choose from.
  2. Let the bath salts dry for 24 hours before placing them into your decorative jars.
  3. Some essential oils are better when using on your skin than others are. Try to find the ones that contain mineral oils or natural oils and are free from acetone and drying ingredients.

Enjoy!

Spring Birdie Garland

04/10/12

Spring Birdie Garland

It's that time of year again! The birds are singing, the flowers are blooming and the wedding plans are off to the races! Luckily for us crafty folks, we have today's tutorial for Spring Birdie Garland. This project was dreamed up by the creative and motivated momma, Coutrney, over at A Little Glass Box.

This idea is simple, lighthearted and easy! It's also a great way to use scraps of decorative fabric or paper that you just don't know what to do with.

Coutrney found these adorable little chip board cuties (in a four pack) at Michaels in the dollar section. But if you can't find them, you can make your own with a little repurposed cardboard, this template, and an X-acto knife!

What You'll Need:

  • Birdie cardboard cut-outs (bought or handmade)
  • string
  • ribbon
  • tape
  • X-acto knife or scissors
  • fabric or decorative paper
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Enjoy!

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