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Budget Wedding Planning: DIY Ideas That Will Save You Money

If you’re in the middle of planning a wedding, you know for sure that they can be extremely expensive. Luckily, there are a ton of ways to save money! Most couples like to hire a wedding planner or various vendors to help them with the organizing. Instead of hiring a professional for every detail, why not do a few things on your own? This way you can put your own personal touch on things while keeping some money in your pocket.

wedding rings and money

If you’re not one to be too crafty, that’s okay! These great DIY wedding ideas are simple enough for the beginners out there, and who knows, maybe you will enjoy it and end up becoming a master at crafts! Take a look at these helpful suggestions to get you started:

Invitations and Save the Dates
A huge part of your planning process, and one of the first things you will be working on is your invitations and save the dates. This will be the way your friends and relatives will find out all about your big day. Invites can get pretty pricey so why not go with something more personal by creating your own? If you’re computer savvy or know someone who is, you can make them on a computer software program and add your own touch so they come out exactly how you’d like! As for the save the dates, they can be made the same way, complete with a nice photo of the bride and groom.

Centerpieces
With some time and a couple of flowers and other great centerpiece items, you can create a beautiful set up for the center of your tables. Whatever you have in mind, purchase the items at a local craft store and get started! Dollar stores carry different shaped vases and mason jars that can be used as the main part of the centerpiece. Then fill them up with some seasonal flower arrangements and water. Set the mood by surrounding the piece with candles to help give the table some soft lighting. If you aren’t interested in using flowers and candles, so many other centerpieces can be made up to your liking that will match your theme perfectly. So, whatever your theme is, think outside the box and design a centerpiece to flow nicely with the rest of your wedding decor.

Favors
Your guests will surely appreciate a favor that was put together with your blood, sweat and tears! It’s a personal way to say thank you to each of your wedding guests for joining in on your celebration. Make favors to go with your theme or purchase items such as personalized bottle openers, lighters, mints or candies and then wrap them in festive paper and ribbon to go with your wedding colors. This way, the item itself doesn’t have to represent your theme but the decorative paper or box still will!

While these ideas will take some time and effort to put together, they will also help not break the bank. Along with the suggestions, here’s a plus for the couples who have friends that specialize in a certain skill, such as hair and makeup, photography or DJing… ask them to give you a special rate and see if they will assist in helping you save some money. If you’re close enough friends, you could even ask them to give their services to you as your wedding gift!

Colorful & Fun Easter Crafts the Whole Family can Get Egg-cited About!

Check out these fun Easter craft ideas perfect for the whole family to enjoy together!

Easter is a holiday that children can really enjoy and partake in. There’s the painting of the eggs, decorating your home with bunnies and lots of pastel colors, church outings and of course, the candy! Make this Easter even more enjoyable for the kids by having them participate in some fun crafts all throughout the month.

While you’re helping the kids with the crafts, it is a good time to discuss what Easter is really all about. Let it be a learning experience for them as well and get them to understand the actual meaning behind the holiday. So, check out these fun Easter crafts that will surely be enjoyed by the entire family!

Egg Carton Easter Chicks
Enjoy this fun and simple craft that allows you to reuse all those egg cartons you have bought in preparation of Easter!

This craft is suitable for elementary aged children and older with the help of a parent.

You Will Need:

  • Egg carton
  • Yellow paint
  • Black marker
  • Yellow and orange cardstock

Instructions:
To make each chick:

1. Cut two egg carton cups. Glue a small piece of paper to each half, acting as a hinge. Make sure the paper is not too large.
2. Paint the carton cups throughout so the whole thing is yellow.
3. Take small pieces of cardstock, two orange and two yellow, each measuring about 1” x ½”
4. Fold a ¼” flap from the edge then fold and cut into triangles.
5. Attach one yellow triangle on each side of the inner bottom egg carton cup.
6. Attach one orange triangle on the front of the inner top and another on the inner bottom egg carton cup.
7. Cut orange card stock into feet and adhere to the bottom cup. Take a black marker and draw small eyes.
8. Fill with candy treats and give to your loved ones or use as decoration!

Footprint Bunny Ears
Prepare to get messy with this neat bunny ears craft, perfect for children of any age!

This craft is suitable for children of all ages with the help of a parent.

You Will Need:

  • Paint (color of your choice)
  • Black marker
  • White paper or construction paper
  • Your children’s tiny feet

Instructions:
1. Pour the paint onto a sheet of paper or newspaper and have the kids stick their feet in it.
2. Once their feet are completely wet, have them step onto the clean, white sheet of paper.
3. Their footprints will represent the bunny ears, so make sure they are far enough apart so you can tell what it is.
4. Below the ears, use the paint to create the bunny’s circular face.
5. Add some eyes and whiskers with a black marker once the paint is dried.
6. Once completed, hang on the fridge or in the kid’s rooms as an Easter decoration!

Easter Egg Sun Catchers
This transparent egg craft is an ideal way to add some Easter color to your yard this month!

This craft is suitable for children ages 7 and older.

You Will Need:

  • Clear contact/shelf paper
  • Ribbon
  • Hole Punch
  • Collage Materials (tissue, sequins, feathers, glitter, ribbons, etc.)
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • 2 identical egg shaped paper templates

Instructions:
1. Cut out two egg shaped templates and tape one to your work surface.
2. Cut out two rectangles slightly larger than your egg template.
3. Peel off the backing of one and lay sticky side up over the egg template.
4. Tape down on each end so it doesn’t slide around.
5. Start adding all your collage material (be sure they’re all inside the egg and not around the edges. This way it is easier to get a good seal once you are finished.
6. Cut out your egg by either: using a marker and outlining the shape of it, or by using the second egg template as a guide.
7. Un-tape the plastic sticky paper collage.
8. Leave the egg template taped to board for the next collage egg.
9. Cut out the egg and repeat as many times as desired.
10. Use the hole punch to put a hole through the top of the egg.
11. Hang in your yard with some festive ribbon.

Participating in crafts together can be a great bonding experience and the crafts can be used as decorations for years to come!

Sweet & Simple Valentine’s Day Crafts for Kids

Check out my article with LongIsland.com for some great children’s craft ideas for Valentine’s Day!

  

The greatest thing about a child’s Valentines Day is the fun and innocence of it. For some, it’s the perfect holiday to spend with your significant other, however it can also a great time to show your family how much you care. This year, enjoy some bonding time with your kids by participating in these creative crafts together, and help them understand the concept of Valentine’s Day while making one-of-a-kind, heartfelt gifts for their friends and loved ones.

The following crafts are sure to keep everyone entertained on a chilly February day, and the kids are sure to enjoy putting their own personal touch on some of them. These innovative crafts are not too difficult to complete either, so children with basic cutting and gluing skills can easily create them with your help!
Valentine’s Day Bookmarks
Do your kiddies love to read? Help your little bookworm create their own Valentine’s bookmark to use while reading or to give a friend as a gift. This is a simple and safe craft for children to do and they can get creative by decorating their bookmark or writing a love poem on it. For this craft, children under the age of 7 may need help from a parent.
Materials Needed:
  • Red or pink construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Hole puncher
  • Yarn or ribbon
  • Decorations items (ex: sparkles, glitter, crayons or markers for drawing)
Instructions:
Use the red or pink construction paper to cut a rectangular-bookmark shape. Punch a hole into the top of the bookmark and put a festive ribbon or some yarn through it. (Or both) Tie the ribbon at the end to form a loop or use the yarn and let it hang down. Then have the children decorate it with any items they’d like such as googly eyes, sparkles, glitter or their own drawing and writing.
Lovely Heart Suncatcher
This fun craft is a perfect way to utilize leftover tissue paper from the holidays and will make an adorable decoration in your home! Children will enjoy their time helping you cut the tissue paper and watching the sun shine through when it is completed! This suncatcher craft is ideal for elementary aged children. With a parents help, children a bit younger can also participate.
Materials Needed:
  • Old t-shirt gift box or poster board (red or white)
  • Clear contact paper
  • Leftover tissue paper (pink, red, white)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Pen
  • Gift wrapping ribbon (red)
Instructions:
Fold the corners of the open gift box and cut out a shape of a heart.
Cut another heart out of the inside of that heart and keep cutting to make smaller ones until you can’t cut anymore hearts. Match each of these hearts to the other side of the gift box so they are identical.
Lay half the hearts on its good side facing down onto the clear contact paper.
Cut the tissue paper into small squares.
Place the tissue paper onto the contact paper so it is slightly overlapping.
Use a second sheet of contact paper to put over the top of the tissue paper.
Use a dab of glue to fasten the strings and seal the contact paper over it.
Trim the extra paper around the hearts then hang in the window as decoration!
Valentine’s Day Ladybugs
Create heartwarming ladybugs covered in tiny heart speckles! Hang your ladybug on the fridge as decoration or on your front door to welcome guests! This craft is suitable for elementary aged children.
Materials Needed:
  • 1 large red heart cut from construction paper
  • 2 small black hearts cut from construction paper
  • 1 black pipe cleaner
  • 2 small wiggle eyes (2 for each ladybug)
  • Small paper hearts for dots (black)
Instructions:
Place the red heart upside down and attach the black heart to the point of the red heart, forming the ladybug’s head.
Attach another black heart to the bottom for the “bottom.”
Glue on googly eyes to the head. (the top heart)
Attach the pipe cleaner to the head and fold it in half to make two sides.
Cut a hole, or use a hole puncher to put a tiny hole into the top of the head to put the antennae through.
Once the pipe cleaner is through the hole, twist each side to form an antennae.
Then glue the small black hearts onto the body of the ladybug.
Spread some more love by decorating your home with the fun creations once they’re complete! You can also use your crafts as gifts for the children to give out to their classmates at school.