It’s unavoidable. Christmas is well and truly around the corner. Soon enough we’ll be knee deep in baubles, festive jumpers and mistletoe and wine. And as the party invites start to come in, the usual panic starts to set in: “Oh my God, what am I gonna wear?”
If a brand new sparkly outfit is out of the question, how about adding some much needed shimmer with this easy as (mince) pie mirrorball necklace DIY. It’s so simple, even I could do it!
♥ Bag of small glass mirror tiles
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Strong glue (I like E6000 multi purpose adhesive)
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Silver chain and fastenings
Step One: Decide how wide you want your mirrorball necklace pendant to be. I like my jewellery chunky so have gone for 10 cm across.
Draw a chalk line 10 cm across the felt. At the centre (5 cm) mark a line 1 cm down. Then connect those markings to form a shallow ‘V’ shape. Extend the centre line down approximately 10 cm.
It may have rained for their outdoor ceremony but Ashley & Mark didn’t care. They grabbed some umbrellas and ran with it! The September wedding was held at Ashley’s mother’s house and had a subtle Autumn theme full of personal touches.
“My favorite part of our wedding was how easy and genuine it all felt!, began the bride. “I loved that it began to sprinkle during our vows (I love rain) and the lanterns we all sent off at the end of the evening was a beautiful memory.”
“Our vision for our wedding was all about authenticity and the details; I wanted to do it myself and bring to life all the things I love most. For Mark, his interests were keeping within budget and being true to our desires for our special day, whether they agree with tradition or not. Art is in my bones so I knew I could find ways to be budget savvy and with my limitless creativity I could bring to life anything I had imagined for our ‘best day ever!'”
Agnes and Liam’s Balham Bowls Club wedding was full of budget-friendly DIY details. “We did everything we could to not have a theme – if we liked something, we used it, regardless if it went with anything else or not!” the bride began. “We said from the outset that we wanted everything to be a joint decision, and Liam to be as involved as me in our choices.”
“We wanted our wedding to be an excuse to get all of our favourite people in the world together in the same room, without everyone feeling like they had to be on their best behaviour. We made an active decision to do things that we wanted to do, regardless of whether they were the done thing or not, so I walked down the aisle to the theme to Carry On Loving, and we walked out to the theme from Raiders of the Lost Ark (making it seem suitably epic).”
Unbelievably, Myles and Cait spent just $2000 on their incredibly detailed Maine wedding. Held at PLD Auction Barn in Mechanic Falls, the wedding was thrifty and gorgeous. Cait wore a dress made up of two summer dresses from oasap.com, $8 shoes from Goodwill and borrowed jewellery. Myles’ outfit was also thrifted from Goodwill stores.
“Our wedding was different because we are not traditional people at all”, wrote the bride. “We are both artists – a tattooer and a photographer – and both like to do everything on our own and try and save money doing it. We planned it all in seven months, as September 7th was one of the only weekends I had free from photographing wedding and we really wanted a Fall wedding. Our cornfield background at the venue definitely gives us a look like no other!”
Alongside your new fancy feather ombre skirt you’re clearly going to need some killer shoes. However if you can’t stretch to buying your dream pair right now, how about updating some old faithfuls with these epic leather bow clips? The bows are made from leather offcuts which are cheapy available from eBay or workshops that use leather, so this is a really affordable idea too!
Over to the babe in the know, Jen of Head Full of Feathers…
♥ Leather scraps cut to 19 cm x 8 cm (x2) and 8 cm x 3 cm (x2
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Chalk pencil
♥ Craft clips or clothes pegs
♥ Broderie Anglaise trim
♥ Skull Buttons
♥ Shoe clip backs (available at craft stores)
Step One: Glue all along the long edges of your leather pieces. Fold in 1 cm from each side (1/2 a cm for the smaller pieces) to create a neat edge. Clip together to secure while they dry.
Naomi and Glen spent just £4000 on their amazing boho wedding in a yurt in September. They saved money everywhere – from the bride having her dress made by a friend, the food being made by friend and family, DIY stationery, the flowers being arranged by Glen’s mum and the cake being made by Naomi’s sister in law!
“We really wanted to make our stamp on this thing”, began Naomi. “We made the invites, signs and props (my favourites signs were made from wooden plaques found in Glen’s late grandad’s house), the drinks dispensers, the cake stands and a room screen for the photo booth. We made our own rings using a blowtorch at home for mine and some heavier duty machinery for Glen’s! The hog roast was a gift, and all the food was done by family and friends. We really and truly poured our heart and souls in to getting the day off the ground and we really did do everything ourselves.”
“We got so many great deals by just asking around so if you’re stuck for an affordable venue check local farms and country b&b’s with land or camp sites”, she advises. “And don’t underestimate how much work it is putting it all together. I’m not sure the wedding would’ve happened without our AMAZING groomsmen and bridesmaids. We love them. SO MUCH. Keep your goals in perspective too. Some homemade things ended up just as expensive as if we’d bought them and can take a whole lot of time and work, but there are lots of things that can be made thriftily”