Broke-Ass Tag: wedding decor


Affiliate Disclaimer NewDIY or DIE 3D Geometric Paper GarlandI cooked this fun little geometric garland project up for Little Wedding Extras, but this has all the makings of a great DIY or DIE project: A.) It’s super easy. You trace, cut, fold and glue or tape. Painting is totally optional. B.) It doesn’t have to be wedding-specific. I love a project that can be recycled for home use later. (Christen is using this for #babything’s room) C.) It’s cheap! No matter what your budget, there’s nothing wrong with an inexpensive project that looks great!


Thick paper or card stock (I used watercolor paper)
– Tape
– Basic Craft Glue
String or narrow ribbon
– A ruler or straight edge
Paint if you want it
Cube and octahedron (diamond) templates

Step 1:

Trace your shape.

Tip: Rather than cut the template out and using it like a stencil, tape a printout of the shape over your paper. Trace the lines with firm pressure to leave an indentation where you need to cut (solid lines) and fold (dotted lines). Use a ruler or something with a straight edge to keep your lines straight.


See the indentations?

If you want to paint an image or pattern onto the shape, paint BEFORE you cut. It keeps you from having to handle the cutout with wet paint. If you’re going the spray paint route (I used Rust-Oleum Hammered Effects in copper on half), cut the shape out first, spray second.

Step 2:

Cut your shape out, then fold up along the dotted lines. The tabs on the end can be a little difficult with thicker paper, but placing the straight edge along the line and folding up makes everything easier.



Step 3:

Use a quick-dry glue to secure the tabs inside the shape. You can also use an invisible gift wrap tape to speed up the process. Leave one side open for the moment.


Step 4:

Cut a length of your string or ribbon and tie a couple knots on top of each other at one end. Stick the knotted end inside your shape, then close it up. Use the free end of the string to hang each shape to a horizontal length and you’re finished!


String that pretty garland up anywhere you want a little decoration (we love the idea of stringing it along the head table, over the cake or along the bar), then hang onto it to use in your home later!


To snag the free downloadable templates, head on over to Little Wedding Extras!

  • 4/29

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewI’ve had the idea of carnival weddings on my mind ever since Rachel revealed that would be the theme for her Ohio nuptials. I’ve seen a few weddings with the theme before and have always loved the fun, colorful, eclectic vibes and gorgeous blend of whimsy and romance. It’s kind of impossible not to feel like a kid at heart when attending an event with a carnival theme, and what better time to incorporate games into a celebration? But finding those little extras to help pull the whole thing together can be a little tough.Have no fear, though, my dear, because our homies over at Beau-Coup have tons of the little details that can make a big impact on your wedding day, and they have no shortage of goodies that would be perfect for a carnival wedding.

    Beau-Coup Rock Candy on a Stick

    Rock Candy on a Stick, $150 for a box of 120

    This childhood throwback can easily serve double-duty: Place them in a nice vessel with a flower or big colorful lollipop to act as centerpieces and invite your guests to help themselves after dinner for an extra sweet treat!

    Beau-Coup Hot Air Balloon Paper Lanterns

    Hot Air Balloon Paper Lanterns, $13.95-$15.95 for a set of 3

    These are so fun and classically whimsical! Keep it simple and hang them over a designated spot — like the head table, cake table or guest book area — or got wild and fill up your space with them to keep tons of vertical interest.Beau-Coup Mini Classic Gumball Machine

    Mini Classic Gumball Machines, $2.75-$3.25 each

    How freaking adorable are these?!? Snag a bunch in your colors to serve as favors or just scatter them through the reception space for a fun visual detail.
    Beau-Coup Celebration Balloons

    Celebration Balloons, $6.95 per set

    Skip the standard chair sashes or signs and let these fun tasseled balloons hover over your chairs.

    Beau-Coup Personalized Popcorn Boxes

    Personalized Popcorn Boxes, $$11.95-$14.95 for sets of 12

    What’s a carnival without some popcorn? Rent an old-timey popcorn machine and pass out these fun boxes in your colors for a fun late-night snack.

    How fun are these little extras? What theme are you going with for your wedding?

  • 4/27


    Bridal shows -- also known as insanely crowded, chaotic mob scenes. Well, that's my experience anyway, limited as it may be. Prior to April 3rd, I had never been to one. I had no desire, and none of the brides I'm close with ever asked me to tag along to one. I do understand their appeal, and I know they can be extremely useful, but they…

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    Etsy AncientWisdomBuddha Wedding Fund Piggy Bank

    Wedding Fund Piggy Bank available from Etsy seller AncientWisdomBuddha Let's talk savings. That's why we're all here right? When you are a serious tightwad like me, you plan to save. Being a Broke-Ass, I have no choice but to be a saver, so over the years, I have become pretty good at it. I'm always over here tryin' to make a dollar outta 15 cents!…

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    Lot of 10 Cake Stands with 12 inch Cake Plates by RitaMarieWeddings

    We don't get a lot of BAMs around here (Broke-Ass Moms), but I love it when we do! MOB (Mother-of-the-Bride) Anne's request for help was so succinct it read like a telegram! Photo provided by reader Daughter’s reception venue, need an idea to hide those cabinets. The wedding is outside in the gardens. Rustic. Naturesque. More plants than flowers. Candles. Help! Every BAB and MOB can…

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  • 11/13

    Zime Personalized Peg Wedding Cake Topper

    Happy Friday, Broke-Asses! It's starting to get a little chilly in my little corner of North Texas, but that just means nights around the fire pit with good friends, good beer and good music, plus some super cute and cozy outfits. But I digress. I've been thinking a lot about small, fairly inexpensive ways to ultra-personalize your wedding day. From rubber stamps to complementing your…

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    vintage blue suitcase wedding decor

      Suitcase available from Etsy seller VintageAtmosphere Have you wondered what you’re going to do after the wedding with the loads of fake flowers, chalkboards and whatever other delightful piece of wedding décor you couldn’t bare to part with? You may even have magical ideas of turning it into a wreath for your front door or re-purposing it for the holidays. Of course, some make…

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    Nick and I wanted to DIY a lot of aspects of our wedding, not just to save money, but also to make the day feel more authentically “us.” We’re both creative people, and wanted to use this opportunity to have fun with ideas and projects. I also define DIY success as being able to complete all our projects without having a mental breakdown – blood…

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  • 11/13

    Hello again! I'm back, this time to tell you about the reasons why wedding professionals are awesome. I came into this process thinking that -- since I'd done it before -- I knew everything about how to do this whole wedding planning thing, and exactly what I wanted. Imagine my surprise when I walked into a vendor meeting and went "Uhhhhhhh ... " Crap! I'm sitting there with a…

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