I know, I know — I am four months late into rolling out these mini tutorials on our wedding trinkets. But what can I do, a girl’s gotta work for a living… and beauty blog. Ha ha
Before I go into the instructions, may I just say that I think I finally figured out what to talk about here, in my blog. I know that I’m inclined to talk about beauty (and I think I can never really rub it off me; I think I won’t tire of it), but I also want to talk about making things and making things work. So I have plotted a schedule: Mondays are for Life Manual — anything that tackles fixing stuff and making stuff work for me (and hopefully for you as well), Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays are for Beauty — well, you know what this is about. Thursdays are for Make — tutorials about every single craft thing that I made, maybe even some recipes, and definitely mostly DIYs.
So are we good? Here we go: my DIY tutorials (of some sort) on flower topiaries, boutonnieres, a creative spin on a wedding guest book, and a quirky idea for a wedding souvenir.
Flower Topiary (cover photo)
My husband and I initially wanted to have fake flowers in our wedding because we thought that it would be cheaper than real ones. The idea was to use these topiaries as reception centerpieces.
- Fake flowers with stems
- A styro ball (whichever size you want, but just keep in mind that it can double in size after you’ve attached the flowers)
The fake flowers can be found in leading bookstores, maybe even in fabric shops. But we found ours at Divisoria, along Tabora street and they’re priced at around PhP 150~ per pack which contains around 20 flower pieces. For a styro ball with a 6-inch diameter, you’d need about 100 flower pieces because you would need to stick them closely together so that the white part won’t show.
It’s pretty easy, you can practically do it while watching something, and the outcome is beautiful. But we changed direction and made these as flower girl topiaries (we just added a ribbon as handle), because making these ourselves would cost as much as arranged flowers that we can just order. But if you have the time, I would definitely recommend making these, because it’s a nice touch on such a personal day.
This creative spin off on the traditional wedding guestbook is super easy and super cute, and it’s something that the couple can definitely use throughout their marriage. When I found this on Something Turquoise, I immediately told Mario that I wanted to do this.
- Colored papers of different color intensity
- An old jar (we got ours at Divisoria for PhP 80~)
- A picture frame (doesn’t even have to be new)
The idea is pretty simple: the guests have to suggest date ideas for the couple, and the color of the paper sets the price of the date. For example, dark-colored papers contain expensive dates like dinner on a cruise ship or a weekend at a high-end hotel, mid-colored papers contain “okay” priced dates like lunch at a nearby Japanese restaurant or watching a play, and the light-colored papers contain cheap dates like street food cart hopping or star-gazing on your rooftop.
This was one of my favorites in our DIY list because it’s quirky and it’s something that allows the guests to really participate in your wedding, and maybe throw you a hand when you’re stumped on date ideas.
- Fake flowers (same as the ones for the topiary)
- .5 inch diameter ribbon
- Hot glue
- A few safety pins
Just tie the ribbon around the stem of the flower, and then roll up (or shorten) the stem so that it’s hidden behind the ribbon. Hot glue the stem, ribbon and flower connections so nothing falls out. And then attach the safety pin to the back of the flower.
To be honest, we only thought to make boutonnieres for our principal sponsors at the last minute (so you can imagine how easy this is). We didn’t really have our wedding entourage wear the same thing — just the same color. And with that, my mom suggested to make boutonnieres to somehow separate the principals from the secondary sponsors.
Pao and Mario’s Instant Mocha
- Small bottles with cork (PhP 5 each at Tabora Street)
- Instant Mocha (PhP 700~ at S&R)
- Chocolate sprinkles
- Sticker label (we had ours designed by our co-worker and had it printed at 168 in Divisoria)
Assembly is pretty straightforward. I suggest cleaning the bottle and cork first, and then letting them be aired out to dry. Put on the stickers before transferring anything into the bottle. Then just fill three-fourths of the bottle with coffee mix, chocolate sprinkles and marshmallows. We actually have an instruction sticker at the back of the bottle and it says that you can use half of the bottle for a cup of hot water or warm milk, and you’re good to go!
That’s all the DIY in our wedding! If you’re a bride-to-be, or planning a simple event, or even just wanting to decorate your home, I hope this is helpful. ‘Til next time! 🙂