Broke-Ass Category: Wedding Inspiration


Affiliate Disclaimer NewIf you’re anything like me, you’ve been mad crushing on all the gorgeous agate and geode details popping up in wedding and home decor lately. With a little investigation, you probably found that lots of these pieces aim to break your budget super-fast, so that’s why I’m hear to share the fruit of my trial-and-error labors. A word of warning: this project calls for Mod Podge super glossy and that comes with a four-week curing time (!!!), so if your wedding date is fast approaching, get started quickly so you have plenty of drying time!

To get these pretties going, grab a square or rectangular glass candle holder, pick out 4-5 colors of polymer clay from the same color family. You’ll want plenty of contrast with lights and darks. You’ll also need some glossy Mod Podge, a rolling pin (or empty wine bottle!), gold craft paint and a fine paint brush, coarse salt like rock salt or sea salt and a regular metal spoon.

agate geode DIY step oneStart by rolling each of your clay colors into individual snakes. For reference, a 4x4x4 cube takes about 2 1/2 total blocks of clay to cover. Twist all of the cords together into one and roll them into a ball. Let the colors get marbled, but don’t over-mix them. While you can still see the individual colors, roll them out into one flat sheet.

agate geode DIY step two

Wrap your clay sheet around the four sides of the candle holder, pressing the seams down with the back side of the spoon. Seal the top side down, making sure there is no air between the clay and the glass. You can save the extra clay for future projects.

Agate geode DIY step three

Choose a side to add your “crystal” and dig out an organic shape with the tip of your spoon, following the lines created in your clay for the most natural shape. You can see where I had a big spot that over-mixed and created an ugly, muddy color; this is the perfect way to get rid of something you don’t like! As you dig out the clay, make sure to press the edges down to seal it to the glass. Pop your candle holder in the oven according to the clay’s directions (usually about 15 minutes at 275). Your piece will be hot for about an hour, so this is a great time to practice if you’re hoping to make a large batch for your wedding!

agate geode DIY step four

Once your candle holder is cool enough to handle, take the gold paint, and trace around the edges of the hole you made. You can also add gold “veins” along some of the naturally occurring lines in the clay for some added sparkle!

agate geode DIY step 5

Once your gold paint is dry (which should only be a couple minutes), take your spoon and carefully drizzle a little of the Mod Podge into your cavern, but only fill it about half-way up.

agate geode DIY step six

Now we get to make the faux-crystal using salt! I had the most success by using a super-coarse rock salt around the edges, then sprinkling a coarse sea salt throughout and finishing with a more finely ground sea salt to fill in any gaps. Use your fingertip to press the salt into your Mod Podge and if anything still feels loose, you can drizzle more to set it. Once you have the crystal portion created, leave it flat and allow it to dry overnight.

agate geode DIY step seven

Once the crystal portion is sufficiently set, you can finish the entire piece with Mod Podge to give it a polished, shiny look. Just be aware that it takes about four weeks to cure and will need to be stored in a sealed container to keep it from accumulating dust. The best part is, these not only make gorgeous additions to your wedding tablescapes, but beautiful gifts, or even home decor to give you that sweet reminder of one of your best days ever!

agate geode DIY display

Have you tried this DIY? What colors did you use? We’d love to see the results in the comments below!


This DIY was originally posted on Little Wedding Extras and happily shared with BAB readers!

  • 8/11

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    Gals, I’m so in love with today’s inspiration gown that it pains me that I couldn’t find a closer match for it! Reader Kayla commented on this post with her request:

    I, too, have fallen for a dress I cannot afford. Also a Hayley Paige, Lennon. I love the art deco feel to the top of the dress mixed with the modern feel to the bottom of the dress. I would like to find something similar under $700. Can you help me please?

    Happy to help, Kayla! This was a tricky one because while deco-inspired gowns abound, most have a fluid sheath or slight trumpet silhouette. I compromised by finding gowns with deco-inspired bodices and more modern skirts or silhouettes. See if any of these work for ya:

    Can't Afford It

    Hayley Paige Lennon 3

    Hayley Paige Lennon 2

    Hayley Paige Lennon, $5,000-$6,000

    Get Over It

    Glitz Been an Honor Dress in White

    Glitz Been an Honor Dress in White, $250 at ModCloth

    A Glimmer of Elope Dress in White

    A Glimmer of Elope Dress in White, $350 at ModCloth

    Tank Wedding Dress with Embellished Bodice

    Tank Wedding Dress with Embellished Bodice, $499 at David’s Bridal

    Spaghetti-Strap Beaded Blouson Gown by Adrianna Papell

    Spaghetti-Strap Beaded Blouson Gown by Adrianna Papell, $259 at Macy’s

    Ivory Beaded V-Neck Sheer Back Long Gown

    Ivory Beaded V-Neck Sheer Back Long Gown, $311 at Unique Vintage

    Grecian Inspired Illusion Back Prom Dress By Dave and Johnny

    Grecian Inspired Illusion Back Prom Dress By Dave and Johnny, $290 at eDressMe

    Pearl Encrusted Art Deco Wedding Dress by RetroVintageWeddings

    Pearl Encrusted Art Deco Wedding Dress, $599 by Etsy seller RetroVintageWeddings

    Floral Sequined Mermaid Gown by Adrianna Papell
    Floral Sequined Mermaid Gown by Adrianna Papell, $299 at Macy’s

    To Have and to Haute Dress in Ivory

    To Have and to Haute Dress in Ivory, $300 at ModCloth

    Long Mesh Dress with Illusion Beaded Neckline

    Long Mesh Dress with Illusion Beaded Neckline, $180 at David’s Bridal

    1930s Style Ivory & Gold Filigree Bias Cut Satin Gown

    1930s Style Ivory & Gold Filigree Bias Cut Satin Gown, $150 at Unique Vintage

    Champagne Beaded 1930s Inspired Wedding Dress by RetroVintageWeddings

    Champagne Beaded 1930s Inspired Wedding Dress, $599 by Etsy seller RetroVintageWeddings

    What do you think of these deco-inspired gowns, Kayla? Can you get over the ball gown skirt, or are you still on the hunt? Let me know in the comments! 

    Got a gown that you just can’t get off your mind? We’re happy to help you get over it! Just tell us in the comments below! Please remember to include the budget you’re working with so we can find you the best alternative for you. Please be aware, though, that because you guys love this column so much, we can often build up quite the queue and it may be a while before we can get to your dream dress. Rest assured, though, Team Broke-Ass is on the case!

    *As always, please do your own research before buying a gown online. Team Broke-Ass is here to provide you with inspiration and resources, but it is up to the consumer to know what they’re purchasing.
  • 8/10

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  • 7/7

    dinosaur centerpieces

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