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!

Festive Party Flag Banner


Festive Flag Banner

This week's tutorial is from HGTV!

Is there anything more festive than a colorful banner floating over the table? Turn up the fun at your next summer soiree by hanging this paper flag garland across the porch ceiling or tied to two stakes in the ground. Who knows, you just might want to keep it hanging all summer long!

What You'll Need:

  • Colored card stock
  • Printer
  • Brads
  • Templates
  1. Click on the PDFs below to download our free printable party flag banner templates.
  2. Print the flag templates onto colorful card stock, cut out, and connect each one with brads.


DIY Sea Glass


DIY Glitter Shoe Souls

This fun idea to make your own sea glass look comes to us from Krafty Kat.

What You'll Need:

  • Blue & Green Food Coloring ( I used the Neon colors from McCormick just because I like how intense the color is)
  • School Glue
  • Dish Liquid
  • Water
  • Paint Brush
  • Glass Jars, Bottles, etc.
  1. DIY Sea Glass

    Start with clean, dry glass bottles and jars and prepare your workspace (put down some old newspaper or something!).

    Mix the school glue and water as if you were making homemade mod podge. WHAT? You don’t know how to make your own mod podge? So easy! Just mix 2-3 parts glue to 1 part water. That’s it!

  2. DIY Sea Glass

    Add a few drops of blue and green food coloring. Add more blue or green depending on your preference. Add just a little dish liquid. How much is just a little...well, not too much!

    Blend well. I just like to say that. It makes me feel like I’m making some special recipe.

  3. DIY Sea Glass

    Now, carefully paint the mixture onto the outside of the glass and let it dry. Watch out for being too streaky or leaving drips. Don’t worry, if you mess up – just wash and start over.

  4. DIY Sea Glass


Fortune Cookie Favors


Fortune Cooki Favors

Who knew you could create such beautiful fortune cookies out of a simple piece of paper? La La Laurie’s DIY project this week is not only creative and fun, but also very inexpensive to make (less than 10 cents per a fortune cookie)!

What You'll Need:

  • Decorative or Scrapbook paper (not too thick, similar to a text weight, not cardstock)
  • White text weight paper
  • Double faced tape
  • A pencil
  • A round plastic lid to use as a template (approximately four to five inches in diameter) or a extra large circle craft punch
  • A pair of scissors
  • Computer and printer
  1. Fortune Cookie Favors

    Begin by using a plastic lid as a template to trace circles on your decorative paper. A 12” square piece of paper yields approximately 9 circles. Cut out your circles using your scissors. If you have an extra large circle craft punch, that works well too. (see figure 1)

  2. Fold a circle in half with the pattern side in. Make a crease (at arrow A) along the folded edge. (see figure 2)
  3. Open your circle, and turn it pattern side out.
  4. Turn your circle so the crease you made in step 2 is vertical. Fold the circle in in half horizontally, pattern side out, rounded side down, Do NOT crease. (see figure 3)

    Hold the half circle on the bottom, ( where arrow B points in figure 3) between your thumb and index finger. Use the index finger from your other hand to push in the middle of the folded side of the circle at the crease. (where arrow C points in figure 3).

    As you push in, the top corners will start to turn up.

    Continue to hold the half circle and use your other hand to pull the corners in until they nearly meet and form the cookie shape.

    If your cookie doesn’t want to stay folded, use a tiny piece of double stick tape to keep the halves together. (at arrow in figure 6)

    Compose your fortunes on your computer and print them out on a standard sheet of printer paper using a nine point font. The fortunes can be a simple note for the guests such as ”We’re so fortunate to know you. Thanks for being here today”. Keep the fortunes just a sentence or two long.

    Cut the fortunes into small slips of paper approximately 1/2 inch high by two to three inches long. (see figure 7)

    Tuck the fortune into one of the open ends of the cookie. (see figure 8)

    Display in a bowl or on a tray for your guests.

    You may struggle with the first one, but after folding a couple of cookies, you will have it mastered.


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