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DIY Glitter Heels

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My sister did a lot of DIY projects for her wedding day, and we are working together to showcase these projects on my blog! I’m very excited to feature one of Amy’s fabulous wedding accessories: DIY Glitter Heels.

Amy shared with me how it all started…

“I searched for hours online in an effort find the perfect wedding shoe. The vision I had in my head never matched perfectly with the thousands and thousands of shoes I sifted through online. I wanted something that represented my personality with a pop of color, but I also wanted it to be comfortable in a low heel. (Plus I didn’t want to be taller than my groom! He is only a few inches taller than me.)

It was hard to find the right mint color in the style of shoe that I wanted. The more I looked, the more frustrated I got. There are some companies that allow you to custom design your own shoes, but that can cost hundreds of dollars. I was hoping to spend around $50, but definitely no more than $100. Do I compromise on color? Do I compromise on price? But it’s my wedding, I wanted the perfect shoe!

I was talking with my friend about my shoe struggles when she suggested I make my own glitter heels. She had done it for a Dorothy outfit she’d made (hello ruby red slippers!). I was already DIYing so many other wedding projects, why not add one more to the mix? It seemed like the perfect solution to my budget/color/heel-size issues.”

The great thing about this project is you can make the heels match your desired color in any style heel you want – all for a super low cost! No hoping the color matches, and no compromising on what you want. My sister made the heel exactly as she wanted it and was very happy how they turned out! See below for supplies, instructions, and tips.

DIY Glitter Heels

“I bought cheap white heels in the closed toe, low heel style I wanted from Amazon. With Amazon Prime, it only cost me just over $33 for the shoes. Other than that, my only cost was the glitter, modge podge, and sponge brush. Which means I made my own wedding shoes for less than $50!”

Supplies:

Glitter insight: If you can’t find the right color glitter to match your desired color, no problem! Mix multiple colors together to get the right look. Think of it like mixing paint – you’ll have to play around with it for a while but you will get to the right color. My sis bought light green, teal and white that combined to make her wedding mint color. She was able to match the glitter to her sample mint swatch from the bridesmaids dresses perfectly!

Tips:
  • Stick with white or nude as your shoe’s base color. This will guarantee the shoe color won’t impact the glitter color once you start gluing.
  • Use extra fine glitter. The larger the glitter, the harder it will be to have a smooth look to your glitter shoe.
  • Glue in sections rather than trying to spread glue on the entire shoe at once.
  • Save your glitter! You’ll run out quickly if you don’t reuse the glitter that doesn’t stick to your shoe. Place a sheet of wax paper underneath your work station to pour back in your glitter container.

Instructions (originally from Something Turquoise):

  1. Start by painting a coat of modge podge (decoupage glue) onto a small section of the heel. Keep your glue strokes as even as possible. If you have excess glue lines after your brush strokes you need to smooth them out, or else the lines will show.
  2. Then shake on the glitter. Apply it liberally and tap the shoe on the table to remove excess. This is where you use a piece of wax paper to protect the work surface and save the excess glitter. You can carefully pat certain areas of the glitter into the fabric if you need to.
  3. When that section is complete, carefully move onto the next. If there are areas of the heel that you don’t want glitter, you can tape them off. Since holding the shoe can be a bit awkward, only paint one side at a time and let it dry for at least an hour before moving on.
  4. Apply a second coat of glitter, and a third if necessary. The steps are the same for the second coat, paint on the decoupage and add the glitter. Don’t apply more than three coats or the glitter will more easily peel off rather than stick to the shoes.
  5. Once completely dry, you will need to paint your new glitter shoe with two coats of decoupage to completely seal the glitter. Each coat needs at least an hour of dry time, if not more. To be safe, let them dry for 24 hours before you wear them.

“I did notice on some of the edges the glitter started to peel up after wearing them a while on the wedding day. It didn’t bother me because you couldn’t tell unless you were staring at the shoes and it didn’t happen until after pictures were taken. Treat your shoes gently so they stay picture perfect for all the photo ops! After that, go crazy.”

DIY Glitter Heels

Wedding photos by Carlson Photography


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I made garters for my sister to wear on her wedding day. Her wedding colors were mint and coral, so I made one in each color. She was able to have one as a throwaway for the garter toss and one to keep. It was an easy DIY project that I documented from watching the following YouTube video.

See supplies and instructions below. If you get stuck anywhere in the instructions, I would suggest checking out the video for a visual reference.

DIY Garter


I also sell garters at my Etsy Store for $5


Supplies:

Instructions written out from following this YouTube video:

  1. Use measuring tape to measure thigh and multiply by 1.5 (this is your final number.)
  2. Measure ribbon the length of your final number (add 1 inch for seam allowance.) Cut Ribbon.
  3. Burn ribbon ends lightly with lighter.
  4. Fold Ribbon in half and pin ends together.
  5. Sew the ends together ½ an inch from the end, stop at halfway point and snip loose threads.
  6. Press the seam allowances down and sew them down. Always sew ribbon with wrong side facing down. The part that has the opening will be inside of your garter.
  7. Fold ribbon in half lengthwise and sew the seam along the fold connecting two halves of ribbon together.
  8. Cut a piece of lace measuring your final number plus ½ an inch. Sandwich and pin it between the two sides of ribbon starting at the inside opening. Go until you reach the opening again. Overlap the lace a tad and add last pin.
  9. Sew along the pin line. Snip threads.
  10. Cut a piece of elastic. Wrap around thigh and test the tightness you want it to be.
  11. Attach safety pin to one end of elastic and put a pin through the other end. Feed the elastic through the inside opening until you reach the other side. Overlap and pin elastic together, then sew.
  12. Tuck everything inside the opening and distribute the fabric evenly.
  13. Find the middle front. Make a tiny mark and hand sew charm on that mark.

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DIY Wedding Favor Coasters

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DIY Coasters

My sister did a lot of DIY projects for her wedding day, and we are working together to showcase these projects on my blog! Her DIY Wedding Favors were handmade coasters. I think they turned out amazing, and I use these coasters in my home all the time (thanks, sis!)

Some of the great things about this wedding project include:

  • Low cost
  • Personalized
  • Long-lasting
  • Useful!

My sister shared her project insight with me:

I made 300 of these over the course of multiple months – it was a long process! And, I won’t lie, it got tiresome at times. If you plan to make more than just a few coasters, my recommendation is to do them in batches. You’ll find a system that works for you with the space you have available in your home. For me that meant working on about 50 at a time. For each batch, work on one step at a time. Don’t move on to the next step until every tile in your batch has completed that step before.

While it was a long process, it totally paid off. I’ve had so many wedding guests tell me they use our coasters all the time in their home. I love knowing that each of our guests have something specially made from us that reminds them of our special day and all the fun we had! (See below for supplies and instructions.)

Note: the instructions may seem a bit lengthy, but once you get your flow it is an easy process!

DIY Wedding Favor Coasters

Photo by Carlson Photography

Supplies:

  • white ceramic tiles 4 1/4″ x 4 1/4″ (can find these at Lowe’s or Home Depot)
  • scrapbook paper (or use photos!) cut to 3 3/4″ x 3 3/4″ (for straight edges, use a paper cutter if you have one or a ruler and craft knife)
  • modge podge
  • sponge brush
  • optional: personalized stamp and ink pad (you can order resonably priced personalized stamps from many Etsy sellers)
  • plastic cups
  • newspaper/broken down cardboard
  • cardboard squares (I recommend cutting them about 2″ x 2″, but they don’t need to be perfectly cut)
  • latex gloves
  • scotch tape
  • Envirotex Lite Pour-On High Gloss Resin
  • wooden stirring sticks (I grabbed free paint stirrers from Lowe’s when I purchased the tiles)
  • optional: straws
  • adhesive felt pads
  • (if giving as a gift) twine/string/ribbon to tie coasters together

Note: Envirotex is the BEST coating I’ve found to make the coasters truly waterproof and durable. One coat of Envirotex is equal to 50 coats of regular varnish, so while it may be more expensive and a pain to use in large batches it will by far give you the best result. Your coasters will last for years!


Envirotex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish

Envirotex Lite Pour On High Gloss Finish


Instructions:

Before you start: If you are adding a personal touch to your coasters with a stamp, you’ll want to stamp each of your scrapbook paper squares. The ink can take some time to dry, so set them out for a while (without overlapping) so they don’t smear. Make sure the ink is fully dry before beginning the first step.

DIY Coasters

  1. Make sure tiles are clean and dry first, then take your scrapbook paper square and cover the backside with modge podge. Place in the center of the tile and press down to edges. I recommend using a flat edge as a “squeegee” to get rid of air bubbles. I used an old gift card because it was something I wouldn’t mind getting glued up (because you will get glue on it!)
  2. Once the modge podge from Step 1 is reasonably dry, apply modge podge from edge to edge on top of the coaster/scrapbook paper. I like to brush all in the same direction. This will help seal it to the tile. It’s important your paper is completely sealed to the tile so the Envirotex won’t seep underneath and discolor the paper. Let the modge podge dry completely. I recommend waiting at least 24 hours before moving on to the next step. Note: If you have a personal stamp on your paper, this is when the importance of dry ink will come into play. If the ink is even slightly wet it will likely smear when you brush the modge podge on. 
  3. Cover the edges of the bottom of your tiles with scotch tape. This will make it easier for you to remove drips from the Envirotex later on.
  4. These next few steps are very important to follow closely! Now is when we add the Envirotex coating to make long-lasting, waterproof coasters. First you will want to read your instructions included with Envirotex.
  5. Before pouring any Envirotex you will want to set up your work area. For this you’ll need large, flat surfaces. The amount of room will depend on the number of coasters you are making. I used my kitchen island, dining room table and an 8-foot folding table to work on about 40-50 coasters at a time. Cover your surfaces with newspaper, then place broken down cardboard over the newspaper. You will definitely want to use more than just newspaper because the Envirotex will soak through the paper. The cardboard gives you extra protection. If you don’t use newspaper you’ll be exposing some of your surface to potential drips from the Envirotex, since most boxes won’t fully cover every inch of your working surface.
  6. Once the surfaces are covered, place plastic cups upside down around the edges of your working surfaces. This will prevent your coasters from sticking to the table. Keep them spread out by about 5-7 inches. The more space between the easier it will be for you to wipe away drips from the coating. Place your coasters on top of the cups facing up.DIY Coaster Work Station
  7. Now you’re ready to mix the Envirotex! First, put on your latex gloves to protect your hands (this stuff is NOT fun to get on your skin!) In a plastic cup, mix the amount of resin and hardener you need based on the instructions include with your Envirotex. For about 50 coasters, I had to mix two batches of 8 oz total solution (4 oz resin, 4 oz hardener) to cover each tile. You’ll stir for about 1 minute in the plastic cup, then pour into a second, clean plastic cup and mix for another minute. It is important to keep stirring, but not stir so vigorously that you create a lot of air bubbles.
  8. As soon as your Envirotex is mixed, begin pouring on the coasters. You’ll have to move quickly while still paying attention. Pour enough that a nice pool is in the middle of your coaster but it doesn’t need to spread to the edges (we’ll do that in the next step).
  9. After all the Envirotex is poured, immediately begin spreading on your coasters. Use a scrap piece of cardboard (the 2″ x 2″ mentioned in your supplies) to spread to the edges and sides. Make sure the entire coaster is covered. You don’t have to worry about it being even because the Envirotex will self-level. Just make sure every part of the top and sides are covered. Note: Drips are normal and expected! This is why we laid down plenty of newspaper and cardboard first.
  10. About 15-30 minutes after pouring the Envirotex, you’ll notice tiny air bubbles forming on the coasters. These are normal and can be popped by blowing on them (it’s the carbon dioxide in your breath!). I found using a straw to blow on the coasters was more efficient at popping the bubbles. This is also where I enlisted the help of my non-crafty / impatient husband. He couldn’t handle any of the other steps of the project, but he liked helping to blow out bubbles!
  11. After about 30-40 minutes you’ll want to wipe away the drips that have formed on the bottom of the coasters using the scrap cardboard squares.
  12. Wait. Blow. Wipe. Repeat. I found I had to blow out air bubbles and wipe drips multiple times within the first few hours while the Envirotex was drying. The first batch I ever did, I only blew out air bubbles once then went to bed. When I woke up most of my coasters had permanent tiny air bubbles in them! I recommend checking them every 30 minutes for air bubbles for the first 3-4 hours. The further into the drying process you are, the harder the bubbles will be to pop. But less and less air bubbles will appear until they stop showing up altogether! Also be sure to continue carefully wiping drips off the bottoms.
  13. After waiting a full 24 hours for the Envirotex to dry, peel the scotch tape with drips off the bottom of the coaster. if desired, you can use sandpaper to smooth out the bottom or help remove any stubborn drips.
  14. Now attach the adhesive felt pads to each corner of the coaster and they are ready to use! You may also use cork board instead of felt if you prefer.

DONE!

It’s recommended to wait at least 72 hours before using the coasters. Then you can bundle up using twine, string or ribbon and your gift is ready!

Photo taken by Carlson Photography

DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor

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DIY Fall Mason Jar

Painting and decorating a mason jar is an easy go-to project for home decor, parties and other celebrations. I’ve made mason jar centerpieces for my sister’s wedding shower, and she made beautiful bouquet vases for her own wedding reception! I turned the same idea into a DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor, with supplies and instructions, below.


wedding day photo by Carlson Photography


DIY Fall Mason Jar Decor

Supplies: Mason jars, acrylic paint, paint brushes, twine, ribbon, and glue gun (optional: lettering or stencils & card stock)DIY Mason Jar Supplies

Instructions: Lay down a table cover while painting. I chose metallic paint colors that reminded me of fall. Apply at least 4 coats of paint (let completely dry after each coat.)

While the paint is drying, you can use a stencil or hand paint letters that spell “FALL” on card stock paper. Once dry, you can cut the letter out or trim in the shape of a square.DIY Fall Mason Jar supplies2

Once the paint is dry on the jars, measure around the jar center to determine the ribbon length you will need to cut (add 1 inch for overlapping.) Use glue gun to secure ribbon on back of the jar.

Wrap twine around the top of the jar and tie into a bow.

Glue the “FALL” lettering directly over the ribbon on the front of the jar.

Add your favorite flowers or fall leaves as a final touch, and voila!DIY Fall Mason Jar 3


Make sure you Pin it to make later!

Mom of the Flower Girl

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When I shared my pregnancy news with my sister, she almost immediately said “if you have a girl, she’ll be a flower girl in my wedding next year!”  When we found out we were having a baby girl, we were delighted…and her first flower girl gig would be right around the time she’s 9 months old.

The week before my sister’s wedding, I realized 9 months old is a tough stage…my baby girl has nothing but curiosity on her mind and she’s always on the move!  It’s important my sister’s Northern Michigan destination wedding goes smoothly, so some mommy pre-planning was necessary; especially because mommy and daddy are both in the wedding.

Pre-planning included packing her outfit with accessory options: 2 different size tights, shoes, and headbands…I even packed ruffled baby leggings.  I would rather over-pack than not have what we need for an outdoor wedding.  Wedding day was beautiful and warm outside, so we didn’t even dress her up in tights, leggings or shoes.

I also packed her regular meals and snacks…I tried to keep her eating schedule as close to normal with her baby food, cereal, and formula throughout the wedding weekend.  Because we kept her on a normal eating schedule, we had a happy baby all wedding weekend.

I made a point to recruit Charlotte’s grandparents at the rehearsal dinner to help watch her when mommy and daddy would be away on the party bus having pictures taken with the wedding party.  Because my sister sent out the wedding itinerary a few weeks in advance, I had the exact times we’d need a “sitter” before the ceremony during party bus/picture time.  I wrote her schedule out for Grandpa with times she should be fed, potential nap times, and when to meet mommy at the venue to get dressed.  I made sure to include she have a bottle 1 hour before ceremony time, so she was full and ready to “walk” down the aisle.

Daddy walked her down the aisle, and sat with her during the ceremony.  He kept her pacifier in his pocket just in case, but she was so happy and amused by all of the family around her she didn’t need it.

wedding

Charlotte sure kept everyone smiling with her cuteness!  There are lots of candid photos with her and the other flower girl in the garden and on the dance floor…they were besties by the end of the night.

flower girl

We had a change of pj’s and her pack and play ready to go at the reception hall for bedtime.  She was definitely up a little later than usual, but she was having fun crawling around the dance floor, dancing and cuddling with family.  Luckily, the bridal room at the venue was quiet enough for her to sleep in the pack and play.  Daddy and I took turns checking on her and rocking her back to sleep if she was awake.  I decided not to drink after dinner, so was able to safely drive us back to the hotel at the end of the celebration.

My sister’s wedding was perfect…we all had a blast!

professional wedding photos taken by Carlson Photography

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