Broke-Ass Tag: wedding decor


Affiliate Disclaimer NewWe love a good paper project, especially when that project can easily, beautifully and affordably replace a more expensive floral decoration. We’re huge fans of paper flowers as a broke-ass decor option, but that’s far from the only paper decoration option.

DIY or DIE arbor decorationFor this project, made with the Cricut Explore Air machine for Cricut’s Wedding Campaign, “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal,” I found a beautiful lacy doily design in Cricut Design Space, enlarged it and cut multiple of the design (we’re talking about 16 here) and tied them together with twine to make a painfully easy arbor or archway decoration. The supply list for this DIY project is super minimal but the visual impact is huge. While I decided to use a design already available in Design Space, I also think a spirograph design (PicMonkey has a few) would be fun, or you could use cardstock in varying shades of the same hue to create a cool ombrè effect. After cutting the doily design, I added a little something extra with small flower accents. The options are limited only to your imagination!

If you’re not familiar with Cricut and their cutting machines here’s the rundown: You know all those cool vinyl decals, precision-cut paper goods and unique lettered signs you’ve seen on Pinterest and moped over not being able to pull off yourself? Well, with one of these bad boys, you can. The Cricut Explore Air can cut over 60 materials, making it a veritable wanna-be DIYer’s dream come true (click here for a list of all the shizz the Cricut can cut). I was more than a little overwhelmed when I first got my machine, because, again: DIY-dumb. But after playing around with it (and feeling the overwhelming need to label my silverware holders), I got super giddy about all the stuff I could do with the machine. There are easy tutorials and instructions available on Cricut‘s site and YouTube, and there is pretty much no limit to the amount of creative awesomeness you can bring to life. Not to mention, Cricut is going to have some baller-ass giveaways and prizes every week this month — we’re talking wedding dresses, craft goodies, wholesale wedding flowers and even a honeymoon (OMG). Stay tuned at the bottom of the post for more deets.

DIY or DIY: An Easy Arbor Decoration With Cricut Explore Air


Easy Arbor Decoration SuppliesCricut Explore Air

1212 Cardstock (I used 15 pieces, fitting an arbor about 4.5 feet wide, with 4.5 feet of decor down each side)

Twine or Ribbon

Standard Grip Cutting Mat

Weeder Tool

Spatula Tool

Scraper Tool

Wine and a Great Soundtrack

How To:

Step 1:

Launch Cricut Design Space. Click “New Project.” Click “Insert Image” and enter “doily” in search box. Click on design so green checkmark appears and click “Insert Image.”Selecting Doily Design

Step 2:

When design is imported, drag it to the farthest upper left corner of the Design Space grid — this will help maximize the amount of paper used and ensure Cricut Explore Air cuts from the appropriate spot. Stretch the design to 11 inches — if you go all the way to 12 inches, it will be too large to cut.

Placing Design in Upper Left Corner

Stretching Design

Step 3:

Remove background layer from design by clicking on eye in lefthand sidebar under “Layers” tab.

Removing Background from Design

Step 4:

Affix cardstock to the standard grip mat (ProTip: I had two mats at the ready, so as soon as one was done cutting I could load the next one, expediting the process.)

Click “Go” in Design Space, make sure your Cricut Explore Air is powered on and open and follow the instructions in Design Space. (Hint: You can change the quantity of pieces you’d like cut on the instructions page.)

Cutting Design on Cricut Explore AirStep 5:

Pour some wine and set Pandora to your favorite station, because this takes a while.

When each mat is finished cutting, carefully peel away outer border. Using the spatula tool, gently lift the design from the mat.

Lifting Design from Cutting Mat

Once the design is separated from mat, use the weeder tool to remove any small pieces that remain within design.

Removing Small Pieces Using Weeder Tool

Clean mat by using the scraper tool to remove small negative pieces left behind.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until desired number of designs are reached.

Step 6:

Lay out cut designs side-by-side in arrangement that will fit your arbor or archway. Gently tie designs together using twine.


Affix additional decoration, such as paper or live flowers, glitter, etc.

Tie Designs Together Using Twine

Step 7:

Affix finished garland to arbor or archway using nails, tape or twine.

Step 8:

Finished Arbor DecorOgle your handiwork!

This Week’s Cricut Contest:

Win $1500 in Wholesale Wedding Flowers from FiftyFlowers!

Cut out the middleman with FiftyFlowers and get wholesale flowers delivered fresh from the farm to your door! FiftyFlowers prides itself on excellent customer service and delivering a wide variety of fresh flowers to DIY and budget minded couples.

From peonies to roses to protea and beyond, couples can use the FiftyFlowers website to shop by color or flower type. And for those who want to forego the DIY, FiftyFlowers offers gorgeous pre-arranged centerpiece, gift arrangements and other specialty pieces.

Fifty Flowers Badge

Head on over to Cricut to enter to win $1500 worth of wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers!

  • 5/26

    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

    Beau-Coup Rock Candy on a Stick

    I'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…

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    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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  • 4/1

    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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    Zime Personalized Peg Wedding Cake Topper

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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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  • 7/14


    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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