Happy Friday, darlings! Since you’re in the midst of wedding planning, I’m sure you know Etsy is a dearth of amazing handmade goodness, often for fairly broke-ass friendly prices. From a fun guest book to a gorgeous gown to a wine-lover’s way to commemorate marriage milestones, this week’s Five for Friday is chock-full of great Etsy finds.
Mix and Match Bridesmaid Dresses, $98+ by RenzRags
I know BABs are into having their brigade choose their own style of dress, because one style doesn’t always work for everyone. These gorgeous dresses can come in different lengths and a whole swath of colors, and have a pretty nice price tag to boot.
Heartbeat Necklace, $26 by HalalMill
Your partner makes your heart go pitter-patter, so why not show that on your wedding day? This necklace would make a gorgeous day-of accessory.
DropTop Wedding Guest Book, $145+ by ACFCustoms
Yes, this one is a little spendy, but it’s an idea I have yet to see for a wedding guest book. Considering it reminds me of Connect Four (remember that game?) and will make a gorgeous piece of wall art after the big day, I’d say it’s worth a bit of a splurge.
Bohemian Lace Wedding Dress, $470 by PolinaIvanova
This dress caught my eye and I’m totally digging it. The lace detail is gorgeous, it looks soft and flowy, it has built-in bra cups and it’s under $500. That’s a lot of awesome for one dress.
6 Custom Married First Wine Labels, $26.99 by LabelWithLove
Calling all oenophiles! This is such a great idea — even better if the wine comes from friends and family in the form of engagement / wedding presents. Then you have a special bottle from a special person to celebrate those special milestones during your marriage.
What do you think of these Etsy finds BABs?
BABs, I’m so excited about how rockin’ the DIY or DIE projects have been lately, and today is certainly no exception. Nodlaigh, aka Daydreaming Bride, is in da hizzy to show us how to make super easy (and cheap!) personalized bunting. Guys, this could work for anything from your engagement party to wedding decor to a banner for a thank-you card photo to general home decoration. And since it won’t cost you a pretty penny, you could easily make a few of ’em! And keep an eye out, because Nods is going to be joining us to give us some great wedding inspiration from time to time. And without further ado …
For those of you watching your pennies for the big day, today’s post is one for you. I’m going to show you how to make personalised and colourful wedding bunting for next to nothing!
You can use whatever colours and fabric styles you wish to suit your theme — I’ve gone for an eclectic and vintage vibe using luxe velvet and cord fabrics mixed with colourful accent patterns.
What you’ll need:
- Fabric scraps to match your theme: I actually used fabric samples I’d ordered for free when I was looking into decorating our living room last year. For the lettering I used an old pillowcase past it’s best. If you needed to buy some fabric then you could certainly source some samples for less than £1 (~$1.67).
- Ribbon: I sourced mine from Ebay. It’s £1.88 (~$3.14) for 25 metres but I only used 1 metre.
- Iron-on adhesive: I used Heat n’Bond no-sew adhesive. It is £1.50 (~$2.51) for 0.5 metres but I only used about a quarter of that.
- Sewing kit: just a needle & thread is fine.
- Good scissors and a pen.
- Access to a printer and an iron.
Even if you had to buy the fabric, Heat n’ Bond and ribbon new, you’d still only be looking at just over £1.50 (~$2.51) per metre of bunting — cheap as chips!
And it couldn’t be any simpler to put together, taking me less than an hour all in. For those sewing phobes out there, you could very easily make it a complete no-sew project by using iron-on adhesive for the ribbon instead of sewing it.
- Cut your fabric to size and lay out to gauge which pieces are best to use.
- Type out the text you require for your bunting. I went with “Mr + Mrs”. It’s crucial to make sure the text is oriented back to front so that it’s the right way around for the finished product (You can do this in PowerPoint using the 3D rotation function under ‘Format’). In terms of font, I’d advise to use one that’s easy to cut out — some of the script fonts are lovely but not the easiest to work with. I used Aharoni.
- Arrange the Heat n’ Bond over the text, paper side up.
- Trace around the letters onto the paper side using a pen or pencil.
- Cut out your letters and place paper side up on the fabric you’re using for the lettering.
- Apply the iron to the paper side of the letters in order to bond them to the fabric. Use a medium heat, no steam and place the iron on the letters, as opposed to swiping it back and forth, to avoid moving the letters.
- Cut out the letters with the fabric now adhered to the back.
- Map out where you want the letters on the coloured fabric squares and peel back the paper.
- Apply the iron to bond letters in place, once you’re happy with the placement. Ensure the shiny side of the letters is facing up.
- Arrange your fabric pieces for one final check to ensure you’re happy with the final design.
- Cut ribbon to size to allow enough room either side to affix the bunting.
- Pin in place and sew the ribbon onto the fabric squares.
And you’re done!
I told you — it’s so easy!
Would you give this a try? What colours would you go for?!