Thursday, April 5, 2012

Wedding DIY Round Up: Pinwheels, Flowers and Favors, oh MY!

Thrifty Thursday - Wedding DIY Round Up

One of my de Lovely brides has pinwheels, paper flowers and unique favors on the brain...a great concept for her late summer wedding. Her super small budget means LOTS of handmade goodness! For today's DIY Round Up, I've searched the wedding web for some of best do it yourself projects to get her creative juices flowing!  DIY is smart, fun, practical planning at its best and think about the green you can save just by doing two or three wedding projects!

DIY Wedding Pinwheels

There are a number of different types of pinwheels, the traditional style as seen below being the most popular because they are super easy and quick to create. I found this inexpensive and whimsical project over at Once Wed that combines pinwheels and ribbon wands, perfect for a newlywed send off or even beach wedding aisle decor - imagine twirling pinwheels and flowing LOVELY! 

Photo Credit: via Once Wed

To get your started, here is what you'll need:
Several sheets of 12″ x 12″ double sided scrapbook or decorative paper (a lighter weight paper, not stiff, heavy card stock) | Round-headed pins | 12″ wooden dowels | Hot glue gun and glue sticks | A push pin | Flower shaped craft punch | A pair of scissors | A ruler

Project instructions at the end of this post.

DIY Paper Flowers: Centerpieces, Bouquet, Decor

This paper flower DIY project we found over at Ruffled Blog may seem a smidge more complicated but if you take each piece, make it your own - go bigger, go smaller, slightly different construction and design, make a wedding bouquet or a centerpiece, you can with little effort create stunning floral visuals for your budget conscious wedding.  This is one of our FAVS!

To get you started, here is what you will need:
Roll of Chicken Wire (your local hardward store) | Box of Powdered Dye (Rit is best) | Coffee Filters (Beached and Unbleached) | Florist Wire | Washi Tape or Floral Tape

Project instructions at the end of this post.

Photo Credits: via Ruffled Blog

DIY Pie in a Jar Wedding Favors

The best part of DIY weddings is that they touch on exactly who you are as a couple, personalized down to the smallest detail. My inspiration bride for this post comes from the South and nothing says southern hospitality more than pie....ok maybe sweet tea, but for now we are going with pie. Green Wedding Shoes has a great DIY Pie in a Jar recipe that they used for a holiday post but I think it will work equally well here. Simply substitute your chosen flavor and in this case, I say peach would be perfect!

Here's what you'll need to get you started:
Ingredients:Pie Crust Dough (fave recipe or pre-made)
2 12 oz. cans of cherry, apple or your favorite pie filling
2 Tb of sugar
1 large egg beaten

Supplies:6 4 oz. mason jars, cleaned with lids and labels removed
Heart shaped cookie cutter
1 Cookie sheet

Photo Credit: via Green Wedding Shoes

The instructions are super simple and have a seriously cute, delicious outcome. This project is perfect for getting family members and the wedding party involved in the wedding prep.  Pie in a jar may cost a bit more than the rest of our budget conscious projects but if you plan well, start collecting jars and grabbing up sales items, it most definitely won't break the bank. Check your local dollar stores, yard sales and trinket shops for the best options.  And remember, people TOTALLY love pie so this is worth it.

Here is the rest of the good stuff for today's projects:
DIY Wedding Pinwheel Instructions
DIY Paper Flower Instructions
DIY Pie in a Jar Instructions

 Thanks for the Ruffled Blog, Once Wed and Green Wedding Shoes for their awesome projects!

Hope you have enjoyed this DIY Round Up inspired by a real, budget conscious, handmade driven bride. In fact, I hope SHE enjoys it too cause we are all about helping REAL brides in real situations. Handmade is awesome and makes a real difference in weddings, for guests who love the personalization and couples, who benefit from the fun and the decreased cost.

Go with the good stuff and happy DIYing,



  1. You are the best!!! Thank you! Love the centerpieces!

  2. You are so welcome! I hope you can sure some of them at the wedding. Let me know how the rest of the planning goes!


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