Wedding week – DIY wedding craft parties and ideas!

One of my favorite parts of planning our wedding was how much our family pulled together to help!  We had many weekends of going to antique markets and craft days where we made the DIY parts of the wedding decor! You can really do a lot of things on your own, and in the end it is so gratifying to know that you did it!!

I’ve posted about the invitation before HERE, but we did make our own invitations using a large custom made stamp.  Here is my husband who stamped every single invitation and RSVP card!

We also cut our own burlap runners.  Here is how they started.And here is how they ended!A more detailed post about the table runners can be found HERE.
One of my favorite decor pieces was the burlap banners we made.
I love you brother 🙂 so glad you were having so much fun helping me! Don’t hate me for posting this photo!

We also wanted to use chalkboards for signage, but we found that it was much cheaper to just use old frames and paint them whatever color you prefer, and then use chalkboard paint to make the inside.

The last helpful thing we did – that I highly recommend – is a mock set up of our centepieces and extra tables (dessert table, drink table, gift table, guestbook table etc.) It helped to get a good idea of what we had and what we still needed.  That also made it a lot easier to sort things by table and organize and store it for easy set up!  Here are some of our mock table set ups…

DIY Mason Jar Bridesmaid Gift

When you are thinking of asking your bridesmaids to be in your wedding, this can be a great opportunity to do something that matches the theme and vibe you want to achieve with your wedding. It can start to get the ball rolling in your creative process, and can become a unique personalized gift for your bridesmaids!

So when I was thinking of what to do for my girls, I immediately thought of … you guessed it… Mason Jars 🙂

I wanted it to be simple, but personal, and I knew our wedding would be more rustic and have mason jars in the decor, so this is what I came up with.

I started with collecting different mason jars and then printed pictures with each girl and placed them in the mason jar as a kind of picture holder.Then I wrote a note to each girl telling them why they were important to me and why I wanted them to be a part of this journey with me. I placed this in the jar behind the picture.

I thought it would be fun to make the card lead them to open up something else that “popped the question”.  So, I had some natural fabric at home and I cut this into small strips (about an inch wide, but a rough cut) and I used my letter stamps to stamp out the message to each girl.
See how it looks all rolled stretched out?
Then I rolled it up into a ball, tied it together with some twine and put it in the bottom of the mason jar.And just for fun, I topped it off with tying twine around the top of the jar, and painted the lid with chalkboard paint so I could write each girl’s name.
It was really fun to create something for my bridesmaids and I was glad I did something that fit our wedding theme.  And the mason jars can be reused for vases!

I hope this helps to get the creative juices flowing when thinking of fun ways to ask your bridesmaids to be in your wedding. This can also be done for any type of gift too – and stay tuned for a post on a Mason Jar Shower Gift idea!

Fun uses for chalkboard paint: Mason Jar Herb Garden

I love chalkboard paint.  It’s so easy to use, comes in many different forms, and can make a simple label on an item, add a personalized touch to a gift, or kid proof a room by painting it on a wall.  I have used this paint for many things, but today I want to show you a quick and easy way to label using chalk board paint.  In this case, my mason jar herb garden.

Here are the supplies:

Then you just paint a simple strip of chalkboard paint on the jar using the foam brush.  I like it to be rough on the edges so I just free hand it, but if you want it to have perfect lines, you can use tape around the borders.

Let it dry and “voila”!  You have a space to write a label!  Mine took a few hours to dry, but it depends on the paint you use.  You can lightly touch it to test beforehand.

Then then use a stick of chalk to write whatever label you want on the jar!

And the final product?

**Note, in my images I painted the chalkboard paint after I had potted the herbs, but you can also start with empty jars, paint the labels, let it dry and then pot the plants.**

And how to pot the herbs??

All you need to pot the herbs are mason jars (I used wide mouth medium sized jars), some potting soil, and any small sized herb plants that can be found at home depot, walmart, etc.

Put a little soil in the bottom of the mason jar, unwrap the herbs, tear a little soil off the bottom and then put it on top of the soil.  Then dampen the soil with water and you’re done!

The herbs grow best in direct sunlight, and I only water mine once a week.  Don’t flood them with water either, just make the top damp. They are pretty low maintenance, add a lot of color to your kitchen, and it’s awesome to cook with fresh herbs!

Happy painting!  and planting!!