Broke-Ass Tag: DIY ideas


Pinterest is a wonderful wedding planning tool.

There are so many options, suggestions and design ideas that quite possibly anyone, even without a “crafting thumb” could follow the instructions and make something wonderful.

For months, I have collected these ideas on my special secret wedding planning board and I even shared with others that my planning progress was right on track, primarily because I had this board with a million ideas “pinned” and I felt somewhat accomplished.

Then I had a lightbulb moment and I sat down to read through all of my pins and figured out what ideas would become a reality.

It was a mess!

I was all over the place and needed to figure out what DIY projects would fill my to do list. I tried to do this by myself by printing out everything, laying it all out on the floor and checking to see how much it would cost to make my design dreams come true. Again, the process was a mess!

I needed help.

I called Leigh Strong a real life Superhero but also known as a designer and stylist. Leigh assured me that she could whip my plan into shape and we scheduled a meeting.

Leigh Strong, Designer Extraordinaire

We started talking at 7 a.m., and two hours later I had a solid plan and realized that I would save tons of money by focusing on what I REALLY wanted vs being solely inspired by my Pinterest board.


Planning on a budget? Make sure you think about the following:

  • Pinterest ideas still require time and money. Do your homework before you commit to the DIY project, price out how much the materials will be as well as the investment of your time!
  • It’s amazing how a little instruction/how to lesson can open your eyes to the additional items that you will need to make DIY project come to life! When I made my wedding budget, I  didn’t plan on buying power tools or a Cricut machine.
  • DIY + non-DIY projects, are not always created equal. Take inventory on what you plan to make, buy and/or rent and ensure there is a good design flow. You don’t want some things to look better than others.

How did you organize all of your creative ideas? What tips do you have? Share in the comments below!



  • 11/30

    Affiliate Disclaimer NewAite y’all, so I finished painting about half of the centerpiece bases before I ran out of warm weather to work in. How dare spray paint not be able to dry in weather below 30 degrees right?!

    Real Bride Danielle's centerpieces in progress

    Taping off bases

    After the first coat of white dried, we taped off the tops and the edge above the flaps. I found entire sheets of painters tape cross-listed under CNC machine tape on Amazon. It was perfect for the large surface area and just about fit the whole top. If I ever do this again, I’ll probably opt to use a non-adhesive cover so that less paint might come off.

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    Covering flaps for painting

    I only have a few examples to show, but a lot of advice if you are spray painting anything metal. Patience is not a virtue that I have ever really been able to cultivate … at all … period. With the days being so short in the winter, I tried to squeeze in too many coats of paint into one day in the hopes that I could get all the centerpieces done at once. Sadly, there are consequences for impatience. The paint came off of a few of the ones that I clearly rushed, so I will need to paint them again once the weather warms back up (read: probably June).


    Chipped paint from impatience

    Solid lessons learned, when the bottle says four hours between coats, you might be able to skimp on dry time if you are just doing another coat of the same color. However, if you need to tape over something that you just painted, there is a serious likelihood that that paint will come off with the tape since it didn’t get a chance to get dry and rock hard.


    Bad paint job or accidental awesome logo?

    Make sure you scuff all of the pieces you are trying to paint. I swear, I lined them all up and we sat and scuffed them in an assembly line, but this little bugger must have hidden under the table or something, because none of the paint stuck when we pulled the tape off.

    I have a few of the centerpiece themes wrapped up, but I just have to finish adding the embellishments. Here are a few shots of the things I will be putting together on some of them.


    No fall bumper cars


    Clowns out of a cannon moving piece

    Come spring I should have finished shots of what I was able to put together for each.

    What do y’all think? Suggestions, ideas, requests to hire me out as a professional painter? Leave them down below!

  • 7/27

    Credit: Maria Burton Photography We did it! On June 4, 2016, we tied the knot on a beautiful (and hot!) day outside of Boston, Mass. After over a year of planning, everything came together just like we wanted, including everything we DIY'd with all of our friends. The biggest DIY of them all was my wedding dress, which was probably the hardest and most time-consuming sewing project…

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    Ah, the craft store ... for the DIY couple, it can start to feel like a second home. There are paints and paper, ribbons and trim and if you really start looking, you may start to realize that a lot of this stuff is really expensive. When it comes down to it, craft stores and the supplies therein are usually marketed towards women. If you're…

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    I made my first wedding craft!!! It was a lot of fun, and it helped to get me excited again about the wedding! When you spend the first part of your engagement trying to come up with a budget, venue, and all that goes with it, it's easy to start feeling overwhelmed. We have been through our fair share of ups and downs as I…

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    Disclaimer: A very easy way to save money = skip save the dates. I know this. Social media makes it super easy to spread the word of your wedding date and location, and wedding websites are an amazing way to keep people informed. As a Broke-Ass, I was obviously looking for ways to cut costs, so we did consider forgoing a save the date. But because we…

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    Last time, I shared some of the DIY Details of my elegant, jewel-toned wedding, so now I'm back to give you the low down on how you can make some of those projects work for you. One of the easiest (promise!) and most fun projects I tackled was turning plain, inexpensive wine glasses into gorgeous, favor-worthy works of art with alcohol ink. Actually, I used this…

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    My fiancé and I are doing a lot of DIY projects for our wedding-including making our own wedding cake cupcake tower! So with the stress of projects that are time sensitive and need to be done close to the wedding date I worried we were overloading ourselves. I rather not walk down the aisle totally frazzled! Because of this time constraint I knew I had…

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    Rather than the roundup of awesome things rocking in Weddingland around the blogosphere this week, I thought I'd point out some rad Pinterest accounts to follow, especially for brides on a budget (that's you)! While not all are budget-specific wedding blogs, many are. Some are just great for location-specific (mountains and coast) and some span content ranging from weddings to beauty to lifestyle. The one…

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