The holiday season is one of my favorite times of the year, especially when it comes to decor. If someone really let me, I could really do some damage at Home Goods filling up my cart with holiday decorations. Unfortunately the size of my home (and budget) don't quite support that!
Luckily, what I love doing almost just as much as DIY decor. I easily fall in love with so many wreaths that I see in stores, and they're always so expensive! Now I don't have your typical wreath aesthetic, I much prefer feathers and bling, and those ring up at an even high price point.
So I put my creative brain to the test and honestly, this is one of my favorite projects. I always love a Dollar Tree craft, but the way this one turned out is on another level! I encourage you to try this - and even see what accessories inspire you when you head inside the store!
OH - and this cost me less than $8!!!
What you Need (I purchased these all at Dollar Tree!)
- Wreath Frame
- White Boa
- Various Snowflake/Star Ornaments
- Silver Feather Ornament
- Pipe Cleaners.
1. Find a clean large surface to construct. Lay your wreath frame down. Wrap your frame with the white boat. I find a combination of wrapping and weaving worked best to keep it in place and to equally space it out around the frame.
2. Now place your ornaments around the wreath in a pattern that you like. This is your opportunity to be creative! Once you have them placed, start with the larger ornament and secure with pipe cleaners. To do this, weave a pipe cleaner through 2 spaces on the back (see below photo).
3. Secure pipe cleaner and ornament by wrapping the two ends of the pipe cleaner around the wreath frame and twisting to hold in place. Continue this for each piece and arrange feathers to hide any pieces you don't want to see.
So it's clear we are in the business of entertaining and planning amazing celebrations. But sometimes when it comes to hosting our own parties with friends and family, we like to just go simple and keep the budget low. Not to mention, they are usually put together quickly because of our crazy schedules!
For all you other "we meant well" hosts/hostesses, with little time and budget, here are some quick things you can do to turn your household items into custom Halloween decor (and back again).
More and more we meet couples looking to put together a "backyard" type of wedding. Whether it be in a rented barn, field, or their actual backyard, they often think this is the easiest way to achieve their rustic wedding dreams while saving money!
I hate to break it to you, but i'm here to report that it is never as easy or cheap as you think. Don't get me wrong! I fully support this trend and they actually have become my favorite weddings to coordinate because the opportunities for personalization are endless! But with all those opportunities for details comes the task of how you actually can make them happen out of thin air. Before undertaking this massive wedding project, let me share some tips with you that save you from day-of chaos and that it has all the comforts of an existing venue.
DISCLAIMER: These tips may come off negative and as though i'm trying to persuade you not to do this. That's not the case! I just want to be honest and frank with you so that your wedding planning process is as enjoyable and seamless as possible.
Hire a Planner
I fully recommend that you hire a full-service planner to be by yourself during the whole process, but if this isn't in your budget, a day-of coordinator atleast is necessary to make this all happen. A full-service planner can help you along the way to ensure that you've thought of every logistics. Trash, power, lighting? Maybe your tent company is installing lighting so your tent looks gorgeous, but have you thought of how people will be able to see getting back to their cars? A planner can remind of these things AND make them happen. If a day-of coordinator is more your speed, just think of this, when you're sitting in the chair getting your hair and makeup done for the most special day of your life - are you going to be able to answer vendor calls looking for directions or setup your escort cards? Perhaps you may be able to, but let me promise you, you don't want to and you shouldn't! It's YOUR day.
Full Service Caterer
Full-service catering can mean many things, but mainly, make sure that you are bringing in a caterer who is going to help clean up plates, trash and clear left over food. This is not the case with all caterers, especially for these types of events, so ensure that you've talked through these details with them so your family isn't the clean-up crew at the end of the night.
Take a 360 View of Your Venue
When you're planning the floorplan and guest flow, make sure you are looking up, down and all around. What is the ground like? Will people be able to walk on it or do we need flooring? Again, lighting, will people be able to see where they are going?
Also in this category is your neighbors. Be conscious of noise and disturbances that may not go over well with your neighbors. Be sure to talk to them ahead of them (maybe even invite them!) so that nothing disrupts the party!
Prepare for Weather
This may sound obvious, but ALWAYS have a plan B. Any portion of your wedding that could be affected by rain (or even wind or cold) should be addressed and have a backup plan. Tents are great, but does your tent come with sides? If it's cold, windy and rainy, a tent overhead won't solve all your problems. It's also important to talk these through with your vendors. Entertainment such as DJs and Bands who have instruments will be very sensitive to the elements, so ensuring they feel comfortable with your plans in place will prepare you for a lot of day-of concerns.
Let it Go and Remember what Matters
Weddings in general are vulnerable to stress and obstacles, but "build your own venues" come with their own folder of challenges. The key is to remember what is important to you and being flexible to help make that happen. Do you want to have a bumping 3-hour dance party? Make sure your dancefloor is secure and your DJ is comfortable. Do you have a family of foodies? Make sure your caterer has a great workspace and everything they need to deliver a seamless experience. At the end of the day, you are marring the person you love and it is the start of an amazing next chapter. If you can focus on that, you can handle your wedding :)
One quick trip to Michael's and $5.00 + 10 minutes at home and I had an even higher rush than the one I would have received from buying that adorable one at Home Goods.
So here's what I did to create a seasonal bulletin board. Keyword: SEASONAL! You can change the look of it as much as you change your attitude and design space.
What you Need
In the world of Pinterest and Etsy, some type of unique banner is almost required when hosting a celebration. Through the years, we have have put our crafting gloves on and created many burlap triangle banners for our clients. They're so easy and fun to make, we thought we should share it so anyone can have at their next occasion.
What You Will Need
1. Lay out the vinyl on a flat surface.. When you go to peel the vinyl, you will notice one side is clear plastic and the other is the actual vinyl. Make not of which is which. I find it best to draw on the plastic side because any residual lines will come off when you peel the plastic.
2. Draw your first shape and cut it out.
3. Place your shape on the middle of one of the banner pieces. Be sure to place with the clear plastic side facing up.
4. Heat your iron to about 300 degrees. I like to use a piece of wax paper between the shape and the iron to protect both. Cut a piece of wax paper and place on top of your shape.
5. Place your iron on top of the wax paper and hold for approximately 30-45 seconds.
6. Remove the wax paper and peel up a small corner of your shape. The vinyl should stick to the burlap and cleanly separate from your clear plastic. If it doesn't clearly separate, put the iron back on for another 20 seconds.
7. Your shape should then be adhered to the banner. If your shape still seems like it needs additional heat, you can place the wax paper and iron directly onto the vinyl for another 20 seconds.
TIP: Do not leave the iron on there for more than 20 seconds to avoid bubbles or over-melting of the vinyl.
Voila! Now you have a beautiful custom burlap banner! Enjoy.