Thursday, April 21, 2011

DIY How-To! Wedding Decor Up-cycled Votives

List of Materials:
Votive Candle Holders and Votive Candles
26 Gage Crafting Wire
Vintage Book Pages
Lace Scrapbooking Trim
Fabric Scrapbooking Leaves
Leftover Metal Outdoor Lanterns
Spray Paint
Glue Gun with Glue Sticks
Strong Craft Glue

This would be a fun craft to do with your bridesmaids, after you get all of the materials plan a girl’s night in and have everyone help with the decorations. Depending on how many votive candle holders you need you can choose to but them at your local department store or craft store, or if you want to get a good price on bulk you can purchase them at $35.88 for a set of 72 holders with candles.

For the other items:
Start by collecting some twigs in your backyard.
Go to your local used bookstore and find an old book or poems.
Look in your shed for those metal outdoor lanterns you no longer use.
Last stop head over to Michael's Craft Store or you local craft store and pick up the remaining items, crafting wire (choose whatever colour you like, in this craft brown was used), lace scrapbooking trim (or other trim that matches with your wedding d├ęcor), fabric scrapbooking leaves, and your choice of spray paint.
If you don’t already have a glue gun and glue at home you can also pick this up at the craft store.
The following are specific directions for each individual decorated holder:

Twig Holder

Start by trimming the twigs you have collected to the same height as the candle holder. Depending on the size of twig you have you may get about 5 pieces off of each. Once you have them all trimmed lay them out on the table so you can see the variation in thickness, colour, texture, and shape. Plug in your glue gun and when it is ready to go start gluing on the twigs around the outside of the candle holder. Place the twigs as close beside each other as you can get them. Because of the different shapes it will create small cracks where the light will shine through.
Once all of the twigs are glued on set aside and let them cool. Take your 26 gage crafting wire and cut it long enough that it would wrap around the candle holder twice. Cut three more pieces of wire the same length. Take two pieces of wire and twist them together to double the thickness and give it a twisted effect. Repeat this step for the other two pieces of wire you cut.
Take the two pieces of twisted wire and wrap one around the top of the candle holder and one around the bottom. Once tightly wrapped around twist the wire three times together to hold it in place. Take the left over ends and wrap them around a pen to give it a curled effect, do this to all four left over ends.
Place the candle inside and light it. Repeat the steps to make as many of these candles as you would like.

Lace & Leaves Holder

Plug in your glue gun and while waiting for it to get hot, take your lace scrapbooking trim and wrap it around the centre of the candle holder and trim it to size.  Get your fabric scrapbooking leaves ready. Take the cut piece of trim and glue the two ends at the spot where they join. Take your fabric leaves and place a small bead of glue on them and layer them over top of the seam where the trim came together to cover it up. Let the glue cool and Voila!
Place the candle inside and light it. Repeat the steps to make as many of these candles as you would like.

Vintage Book Page Holder

Take your vintage book and tear out (don’t cut with scissors it takes away from the vintage look) the pages of poems you like the best.  Wrap the page around the candle holder to get an idea or how long you need, tear the page a half an inch longer than what you need to cover it (this will give you extra room to glue and overlap the paper). Then tear the top so it will be a half an inch above the candle holder. After the page is fit to size, run a bead of glue along the edge of the paper. Wrap the paper around the holder and glue the two ends together using the half an inch overlap of paper. Hold this together with your fingers until it dries enough that the paper will not pull apart.
Place the candle inside and light it. Repeat the steps to make as many of these candles as you would like.

Recycled Lantern Holder

If you have old outdoor lanterns strung on lights hanging around where they no longer work or some are damaged this is a perfect way to re-use them. Take the lantern off of the string of lights, you may have to cut the wires that attach them all lanterns are different. Clean them off with some warm water and dish soap and set them to dry. Once they are dry take them outside and spray paint them following the directions on the can. Once dry place the lantern cover over top of the candle holder and as simple as that you have up-cycled the lanterns and candle holder.
Place the candle inside and light it. Repeat the steps to make as many of these candles as you would like.

The cost of this project varies depending on how many candles you will have at your wedding but all and all it is pretty inexpensive as a DIY compared to buying pre-made designer candles!

Handmade Simple Chic Wedding Dresses That Are Easy On The Budget!

So in my ongoing search of all things wedding (even though I got married in October 2010) I decided to look for wedding dresses that were simple, chic, and budget friendly for the financially conscious Bride! Of course my main searching source was Etsy with all things handmade, and I have found some great buys all $500 or less.

Check them out:

I found a gorgeous whimsical dress made of cotton and tulle and you can't beat the price of $260.00 for a custom wedding dress!

With this dress you have so many options to customize it to your style and make your wedding dress one of a kind all for only $500!

This dress is so unique and would be great for a retro vintage wedding or even a destination wedding! And it could be yours for $425, that's a great deal for a dress a one of the most important days of your life.

This dress is so romantic and would be lovely for a Spring or Summer wedding. It has the best finishing touches with a sweetheart neckline and cap sleeves to make it your dream wedding dress. You can get this custom made dress for $500!!

This full length layered dress is simply fabulous and could fit the bill for an elegant backyard wedding or even a fancy chapel... and it won't break the budget at $475.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Wedding Jewelry by Tissage!!

So today I am featuring a seller that I bought my wedding earrings from to complete my vintage, eco-friendly look. Here are some pictures of the earrings I bought from Tissage, these earrings were actually my 7th ever purchase on Etsy for my wedding! Once I started buying on Etsy for my wedding I got the bug and haven't stopped since...


Tory has been making things her whole life. She grew up constantly crafting and creating, and that turned into a year at an art school in the south of France. Tory spent time studying weaving and jewelry making in Italy. She started her Etsy shop Tissage in July of 2008 after her friend Megan urging her to do so. Tory attended some local shows, but was uncertain about expanding into online sales. She got her first sale in about a week and haven't looked back. She says, "It's been great to be able to connect with so many people. I've sent my creations to Europe, Australia and all over North America. I've also had a great time doing custom work; working on bridal jewelry is one of my favorite things to do".

Tory has always been drawn to all things sparkly and she never lost her childhood love of playing dress up, so she thinks it's really fun to be able to make extravagant and sparkly pieces for a special day in a customer's life. Necklaces using vintage rhinestone pieces are probably her favorite things to create, whether they incorporate pearls, faceted glass or gemstones. She also loves searching for rhinestone finds at thrift stores and online. Tory even enlisted her mother in the search; she calls her, "my rhinestone huntress". She often has more luck searching in the midwest than Tory does on the west coast. Once she's found a fabulous vintage rhinestone brooch or earring Tory builds her design around it, sometimes just working with her own ideas and sometimes making something to a customer's specifications. Creating and selling her work has been really rewarding and she's grateful that she gets to do something she loves and add a little sparkle to people's lives at the same time.

For more info about Tory's shop, Tissage or to request a custom order go to: