Wedding Decoration and Gifts DIY

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The good news first: I got engaged last month! Then the sticker shock came when I began planning my wedding. I had no clue of the cost of certain things: Decorations, gifts, the dress, and the list goes on and on. It seems never ending! However, some simple “Do-It-Yourself”ing will not only alleviate some pain from your bank account, but it will add a truly personalized touch to your wedding!

DIY Wedding Centerpiece Jars

Centerpieces are a basic staple in most weddings. They liven up each table and dress up the room. And let’s be realistic: Your aunt will want to take it home. So what’s the point of spending lots in what will be a “party favor”? Whether you decide to fill it up with flowers, floating candles or water beads, this DIY glitter tutorial will add some sparkle and shine to your big day. Take this as an opportunity to call in your bridal party and have a fun and bonding experience.

 What You’ll Need

  • At most Goodwill stores you can find an array of jars, vases and glassware. This is where you stock up and purchase a bunch in different shapes and sizes.
  • Buy at your local craft store glitter that matches your wedding theme colors, a foam brush, painter’s tape and some ModPodge.


  1. Decide if you want the glitter to be on the inside or outside and paint that area in a thin and even layer with ModPodge. *If you only want a section covered in glitter use the painter’s tape to mask off that area.
  2. Cover that sucker in glitter!
  3. Ta-da! Now isn’t that gorgeous? If you are concerned about glitter falling off you can easily set it with a Krylon finish spray or your handy dandy hairspray.

For step-by-step photo instructions click here

DIY Wedding Tank Tops

Have you seen all those photos of the bridal party getting ready? They are all rocking tanks that say “Bride,” “Maid of Honor,” “Bridesmaid,” “Flower Girl,” etc. Here is how to bring out your inner Picasso and personalize those tanks to thank everyone who helped you with the glitter project above.

What You’ll Need

  • Go to any drug store, Target or Walmart and purchase a bleach pen, and wax paper. You will also need any piece of cardboard that is lying around the house.
  • Goodwill always, always, ALWAYS (did I mention always?) has a huge selection of tank tops in all sorts of colors. Having a winter wedding? You can also do this project with hoodies.


    1. Cover a small piece of cardboard with a sheet of wax paper.
    2. Slide the cardboard with wax side up in the shirt under the area where you will print.
    3. This is where you make magic and draw or write whatever you want. If any of the lines got broken up just retrace over.
    4. Now you wait. Let the bleach sit for ten minutes on tanks and 20 minutes for hoodies.
    5. Carefully remove the cardboard and wash the bleach off of the material. DO NOT RUB! The bleach can start to spread to other areas of the shirt so just let a steady stream of water wash away the bleach.
    6. Once the layer of bleach is rinsed off, now use soap and wash the bleached part of the shirt.
    7. Wash and dry as you would your regular laundry.

For step-by-step photo instructions click here

Here is a bonus tip for all you lovely brides to be out there. Did you know Goodwill sells wedding dresses? Some are used and some are brand spanking new. So before you think of purchasing a pre-owned wedding dress online – why not visit your local Goodwill and see what they have to offer?

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