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I set a goal for myself this weekend, that I was going to get done a certain list of wedding things, one of which was figuring out WHAT to do for our table numbers. You see, I knew we needed something that looked nice (or the family members that judge everything would notice) but at the same time I just couldn’t see myself spending $40 or $50 on some of the options you see out there for something that I knew would be thrown away at the end of the night… for something with such a short lived purpose…

SO the decision was I would figure out how to DIY something that would work. I started googling for pictures, to get some ideas flowing, as well as googling images with searches like ‘free wedding flourish’ or ‘free rose corner’ to find images I could use. At the end of the day I think what I ended up with not only works, but looks great AND… the best part… cost me approximately $5 for all 30!!!!

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I shared this photo with a few friends on The Knot and they loved it as much as I did! I had a few questions asking about how to do it (especially at that cost) and so I decided this was another one of those projects that needed a ‘How to’ on here for any brides that are looking to save money during this planning process!!!

So… I started with a few basic supplies. I picked up packets of cardstock on sale at Michaels, although the whole packs weren’t needed, for 30 numbers I only needed 8 sheets of each of 2 colours (black and white in my case). I also picked up some packs of binder clips and a roll of ribbon from the local dollar store. I also used a glue gun and double sided tape (which was from the dollar store as well) to put it all together. Image

I started by designing the table numbers themselves. Now this depends on what program you are comfortable with! I  know many of you likely use photoshop and similar programs, but I’m not all that computer savvy so I tend to stick to Powerpoint because that just makes sense to me! I formatted the slide to be a standard 8.5×11 page (under the Design tab I clicked on Page Setup). Here I created 4 rectangles in a light grey so I had guides to cut it later. I used an image from google and the font Abigail, which came with the program. I just printed these onto the white cardstock sheets.

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After having them printed I used a papercutter in order to cut each of them out. I then measured the individual little squares (just one, after all they were all the same size now) and then figured out the measurements to create black squares that would be just 1/4 inch larger on each of the 4 sides giving it a border. I also cut these out using the papercutter.

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I attached them using the double sided tape. The reason is that the glue doesn’t sit completely flat, but the double sided tape gives it that professional looking appearance in my views. Spray adhesive would likely work the same way. Next step was the bases. Take a binder clip and cut a small piece of ribbon just slightly larger than the width of one side of the binder clip. Using the glue gun put a dot of glue on the end of the ribbon and glue it inside the clip roughly in the middle. You’ll need to open the clip to put this in place. Then repeat on the other side, giving the binder clip a nice strip of colour. Becareful not to close the binder clips on your fingers, I did many times and it begins to hurt after awhile!

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After that has had a chance to dry in place, clip the binder clip centered on the bottom of each of your table numbers and then remove the little silver arms from the clip. These can be thrown out as you won’t need them. You’re left with cheap and easy table numbers! My apologies for the bad cellphone pictures, its what I had when I was working on them!!!!

I hope that this helps atleast one of you out there! Good luck in your planning and all your DIY projects, and keep posted, I might have some more cheap/easy projects to share in the near future!

Also, HAPPY EASTER to all of you!!!!

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This past weekend I decided that I wanted to give a diaper cake to a woman in my life who recently had an adorable baby boy. I overlooked one BIG factor, I’d never made a diaper cake nor did I have ANY idea how to make one…

So I took the time to do some research online and then decided it was time to learn the best way I can… Trial by fire! I bought the supplies and put myself to work…. I took a bunch of bad pictures using my cellphone so I could attempt to explain what I did and help anyone else looking to take on this project like I did…

First thing first, I went out and bought the supplies. In this case the baby was born premature, so I knew the Stage 1 diapers would last awhile and bought 92 Stage 1 diapers, for a bigger baby you could do the bottom tier in Stage 2 so that they are all usable… I also bought a package of elastics, 3 baby bottles, a bottle of baby shampoo, as well as various items to decorate with.

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Next take each diaper individually, unfold it and roll it up securing it with a small elastic in the centre. Make sure if there is a design on the front of the diaper you start rolling from the designed side to keep the end result all white like cake 🙂 If you look closely in the picture you can see some showing the yellow design… I learned the hard way 😉

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Take your bottle of baby shampoo (or lotion if you wish) and 2 baby bottles and elastic them together to create the core of your cake. Using a larger elastic to hold them in place proceed to put one full round of rolled up diapers around this base.

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Continue this process to put a second and third row around the bottom tier if making a 3 tiered cake… Which is what I did! After you’re done that tier (securing them with elastics each time) start on the second tier around the same core, adding a first and then second row to create the second tier. Before adding onto the first round on tier one be sure to put it on some sort of a base you can use to move it (I just used a sheet of cardboard wrapped in wrapping paper).

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Next take the third bottle, this will be the centre of your top tier. In the same way you did the bottom two tiers secure a row of diapers around the bottle and then place the bottle ontop of the cake so that the bottom of the bottle fits securely in the centre to hold it in place.

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Now to make it look pretty. First you need ribbon to wrap around each individual tier, covering and hiding all your elastics. Then you can place a bow on the top if you like to finish up the ribbon look.

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Add any decorations you like from soothers to teddy bears, baby socks to spoons… Whatever your heart desires. Voila! You have a completed diaper cake! Here’s mine, I got the wooden letter from Walmart and painted it to match…

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I hope this makes sense and helps someone! I’m sure its clear as mud 😉 Have fun with those diaper cakes!!!

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OK, so I know what many of you are thinking, SHE crochets?!??! I have actually gotten that reaction from friends in person on more than one occasion hahaha… truth is ya, I can and I do… BUT there is one thing that I have a bit of an obsession with. I LOVE making baby blankets! I gift them to friends all the time and just have a blast making them…. I love trying new patterns with each one, and seeing what I can come up with… its like some weird obsession.

Here are 3 different ones that I made in the last year or so:

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Here’s the weirder part, the ‘withdrawal’ I am starting to get! You see, none of my friends are far enough in their pregnancy for me to know what they are having and get started on a new one, infact not many friends are expecting right now at all… Instead I am focusing on planning my wedding.

BUT planning a wedding doesn’t mean making baby blankets! Hahaha! I am doing ALL types of DIY projects for the wedding, and yet I still find myself looking up baby blanket patterns online… yep, its official! I am addicted!

I guess I’ll just have to be patient, a few more weeks and I’ll know what the next blanket I’m making is for… I just have to handle a few more weeks withdrawal… I can do this!

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When my fiance and I got engaged, one of the first things that I came up with was a concept for our invitations. I did a mockup of invitations that I absolutely loved, all based around this really pretty scrapbooking border that I had found. I was even more excited when the owner of the store I was talking to said he could bring the border in for me in bulk to do them!

Image<— My ‘mockup’ invitation

Fast forward to today… I just found out that they have actually gone out of business, not just ‘hey look, there’s a sale there’ but like the store is empty and everything is gone already. So much for that idea…. the border was the entire focal point of the invitation so here I am looking through invitation inspiration again trying to figure out what to do!

Nothing like feeling you’ve accomplished something only to take a jump back to square one again… Now since that point I have created invitations for our rehearsal dinner and could try to play up the look of them a little, now there’s a thought… Hmmmm… I did a postcard style rehearsal dinner invite, considering its only going out to the closest friends/family. I also didn’t list our number on it for the RSVP as I know they all have it by now!

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Image <—- Back (the red block is covering the location and address of the resort we’re getting married at/doing the dinner at)

Now the roses are like a central theme, so maybe I can create a rose pattern invite for the invitations? OR I could do something totally off the wall in protest to the fact that my invitations aren’t going to be my first design… That sounds like the most fun plan for me but pretty sure family members would have a thing or two to say about it!

Sometimes I want to just do a grade 2 cut and paste game and send em off!!! Imagine the response that would bring about…. But for now I will go back to the world of researching invitations and see if I find anything that’s worth working on…

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Ok, lets be honest – the cost of getting married these days is INSANE!!!! My fiance comes from a large family, and so a ‘small guest list’ wasn’t really an option, I needed to find places to cut costs elsewhere. After doing a bit of research one thing I decided was to try ordering in silk flowers and making my own bouquets. Result: I made my bouquet, my toss bouquet (I want to keep mine), 4 bridesmaids bouquets, the MOH’s bout, the grooms bout, 11 other bouts, 4 corsages, aisle/altar decorations and centrepieces all for around $200. I would spend that much just getting my bouquet easily!

So I was sharing this with some of my fellow ‘Brides-To-Be’ on a facebook group I belonged to and realized it would be SO much easier if I took the time to throw together a little how to.

First trick is to find somewhere with good quality silks. You can pick them up everywhere from craft and specialty stores right through to dollar stores these days! I personally ordered mine from an online site, AFloral. Look for the best looking ones you can find, in the style you want, at the best price available and don’ t be afraid to shop around! This is the joys of the internet and online shopping! Also make sure you have lots of floral tape, its your friend!

Image Here is the first order of flowers! I opted for white roses for bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers. Stuck with the red roses I loved for my fiance and I, although I did 3 different kinds/styles of red roses to change it up. I mixed red and white roses for the decorations and corsages.

I also decided I wanted there to be some bling in my bouquet, so I went to Michaels and got some of their floral wire stems and some flashy beads. To create the bling I would slide a single bead onto the wire stem approximately 6 inches, bend it over and twist as tightly as I could to hold the bead in place. The wire itself is going to be hidden by the flowers so don’t worry too much about its appearance.

Image I did white for my bouquet, and red/black for the bridesmaids and MOH.

Next step was to start the actual bouquet. I begun with 4 roses held together and taped firmly in place in a circle. This is going to be the centre of the bouquet and give you some structure to build around. I took some of my bling beads and taped them in between a couple flowers around the outside. How many and how often you put them on in this step depends on how ‘blinged out’ you want your bouquet to look.

I then took one rose at a time taping them in place working in a circle around the outside of the bouquet centre you created, until you’ve created another full circle all the way around. Then rinse and repeat – Add gems and add another circle.

As you’re getting closer to the edge, start bending the flowers slightly when adding them so that the bouquet bends down on the sides if that’s the look you’re going for (I did).

Here are pictures of the top of my bouquet and one of the bridesmaid’s bouquets showing the bling. Please ignore the dog hair in the one of mine hahaha, my Shepherd cross was trying to help!

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The next step is to do the handles of the bouquets. I am not sure if how I did it was the ‘right’ way but here’s what I did. I used 2 kinds of ribbon for each bouquet, one really thick satin ribbon for the main colour and one really thin ribbon to accent. I cut a short piece of the thick ribbon and wrapped it over the very end of the stems gluing it all in place. I then took the thick ribbon and wrapped it all the way up, gluing the end inplace to create a base. For glue I used E6000 which holds like CRAZY! I then took the accent ribbon and started at the bottom gluing the middle of a long string of it on the bouquet and started wrapping it loosely on the way up creating a lacing effect, using a bit of glue each time they crossed and tying a bow at the top. You don’t have to glue at each X but I found it much easier. For the final touch I added a rhinestone at each X.

Here are the handles I created:

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I hope this helps someone! If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer them!

Hopefully before you know it you’ll have all your bouquets laid out for a picture, proud you did them yourself (and happy with how much you saved in the process)!

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