Broke-Ass Tag: Budget Wedding Projects


Moss Wreath

Does that sunshine look amazing to you and almost unrecognizable?  N.C. has had a winter for the books this year I am soooo over it.  I am getting excited for this 2015 Wedding Season and I know the warm weather and sunshine are near. Thank goodness.

So out of hibernation I come and I am ready for wedding and DIY fun.

I am starting you guys off with a simple $20-$30 ceremony decor piece.  This is from a wedding I did floral and ceremony design for in 2014.  The bride and groom were getting married outdoors under this gorgeous tree.  This little touch was the backdrop for their ceremony.  It made a sweet statement and did not break the bank or take much time to make.  Most off all, it did not take away from nature’s beautiful backdrop.

I played off the main backdrop, what was already there … a tree.

Rather than digging a sharp object into the arbor already on the venue grounds, I made a sweet heart with Cupid’s arrow and the couple’s initials to affix to the moss wreath.

Moss Wreath #3

This wreath would be great for outdoor ceremonies, hanging from a tree or arch, or indoors as your backdrop or hanging from a door.


1 Styrofoam Wreath ( I used an 18″)

1 Wood Heart =

1 Small Acrylic paint in color of your choice

1 Piece of fabric or craft paper in color or print of your choice

1 Piece of ribbon

1 large bag of green shade of Spanish Moss for a more bushy full look or 2-3 bags of the sheet moss (I tried the sheets of moss and it was kind of easy just to wrap around and glue in sections, but I have made one with Spanish moss too and loved it)

1 Glue Gun and many glue sticks

1 Small container of Mod Podge

1 Bundle of Twisted Paper Cord in brown (like a brown bag/brown paper)

What you will Do:

Plug in your glue gun and get it warm (don’t forget a drop cloth/paper plate/anything that can catch dripping glue).  Paint your wood heart first, so it can dry while you work on the wreath.

Next, remove your moss from the bag (it’s messy — eeewww). Glue moss around your styrofoam wreath. Make sure there is no white space and its nice and full. Protip: if you use the sheets make sure you line up all the seams where it meets in the back of the wreath and none in the front.

While everything else is drying, start on the letters. I did not use stencils, I just hand traced and cut, but use a stencil if you like.  You will need the first letter for each person’s name in the couple and a plus sign. Once you’re done cutting, glue the letters on the heart (make sure your heart is dry!). This is where the Mod Podge comes in handy — for adhering the letters and plus sign to the heart.  Much easier than using the glue gun.  Make sure you place the Mod Podge on the back of the fabric or scrapbook paper you use and not on the heart.

Leave all that to dry and work on your arrow. The twisted paper cord makes it easy, because its already twisted.  Take a twisted piece and cut it to the length you prefer. Protip: Lay your heart over top of it so that the cord is long enough to have the heart in the middle.  Then, cut two small pieces for each side of the arrow at the top.  I loosened the twist, then re-tightened to my liking.  I used the glue gun to glue each side to the top. You now have the point of the arrow. I worked on loosening the tail of the arrow by untwisting, until I felt it looked right.

You’re almost done! Glue your arrow to the back of your heart with the glue gun and make sure you center your heart. While that dries, you can work on making the bow for the top.  You need to tie it around the top of your wreath and hold the wreath up to decide the length you want.  I made it longer than I need, so I could cut on-site and be sure it was the right length. It’s always easy to take away material, but much harder to add it back.  If you feel more comfortable you could do this part on-site, just bring the ribbon roll and scissors with you.

Now find the place you like best to attach your heart and arrow to your wreath. Definitely use  your glue gun for this. Remember when that glue hits that moss it is STUCK, it’s really hard to rip it off.  So, be careful and slow to place it.

Tah dah! You’re done. I believe I spent around $28 to make this wreath.

Good luck! Would love to see any wreaths out there you make or have made, just comment to this post with a pic for others to see too.

“Limit your wallet, but never your space!”

  • 5/19

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    dana envelope liner

    I am admittedly not the craftiest beaver on the block; and it’s true, many a craft has beaten my ass to the ground and screamed in my face “Martha Schmartha, yo!” But that doesn’t, for some reason probably linked to estrogen and my passion for all things glittered, squelch my lofty craft ambitions and attempts at greatness. Or, more accurately, attempts at not-complete-failure.

    I used to be such a pesky perfectionist about my crafting attempts that it would ruin the whole experience, and often, never even attempt them out of fear of failure. But what I learned over time, is that part of the point of DIY is embracing the imperfections in the art. The little hints of humanity in each creation that remind the maker and the recipient that it was made with blood, sweat, tears, and love. And wine. Always wine.

    Our Save the Dates were easy. We found an inexpensive style we loved on Etsy, and made a few small design tweaks with the lovely girl who designed them. She arranged for printing, and a couple weeks later, they arrived in the mail. And they’re beautiful! But, I’m such a shameless whore for embellishments — mainly in the form of sparkles — that I couldn’t leave well enough alone. And when I went shopping for some adhesive crystals to add dimension and glitz to our design, I found myself sneaking supplies for glittered envelope liners into my basket, like a sugar addict smuggling cookies in with her produce. I couldn’t help myself! The girl at Paper Source pointed out how simple it was, thanks to their easy peasy trace & trim templates. I had always thought it looked so challenging, but the temptation was just too strong.

    And it was SUPER DUPER EASY PEASY LEMON SQUEEZY FOR SHEEZY, kids. Like, foolproof. So, lest any of my fellow brides and grooms shy away from dressing up their STD’s, invitations or thank you cards … I’m here to walk you through it!


    Envelope Liner Template Kit

    Double-sided Tape Runner

    Gold Glitter Wrapping Paper Roll (or solid/printed paper(s) of your choice. Just make sure it’s not cardstock-weight. That would make it too bulky.)

    A7 Envelopes (or whatever size fits your inserts. The Paper Source kit comes with templates for 4-bar, A2, A6, A7, A9, 5-3/4″ square and 6-1/2″ square envelopes. Bonus!)


    Wine (psa: never craft without wine. trust.)

    invitediy copy

    Steps to greatness:

    1. Lay out your liner paper, face down, and trace the envelope liner template that corresponds to your envelope size, in pencil. You can see from my picture that I maximized space by nesting the “peaks” into one another so I wasted as little paper as necessary, and had to make less cuts overall.

    2. Trim along the lines to create individual liners.

    3. Slide a liner into your envelope. It will nestle in snugly, and you’ll see it doesn’t overlap with the glue on the lip of the envelope flap.

    4. Fold the flap down, and crease across the fold with your finger.

    5 & 6. Open the envelope back up, but leave the liner folded down. Run your double-sided glue tape across both top edges of the “peak” of the liner.

    7. Fold the envelope flap back down against the liner and press firmly along the edges of the peak.

    8. Open your envelope and admire your handiwork!

    See? Couldn’t be easier. Just trace, trim, fold, glue and you’re finished!

    It’s such a simple, inexpensive project, but it really adds so much personality to the invitation experience. I just might start doing it with every thing I send! It’d sure make paying bills a lot more festive 😛

    Go forth, and line your envelopes with wild abandon, friends… and relish in your crafty bad-assery! You won’t be sorry, I swear.

    The Broke-Ass Bride