From clever invitations to delicious goody bags – and everything in between – the DIY Bride features 40 homemade projects that will help you put your own creative flourishes on the accessories of the day.
Every project is a great opportunity to let your talents shine, to design a wedding day that reflects your own personality and creative flair.
Whether you’re a first time do-it-yourselfer or a pro, there are projects in this book that you can easily make – and adapt to your own individual style.
And, of course, with every project you handle yourself – or delegate to friends and family – you’ll save a nice piece of change on costly items that can add up fast.
If you’re watching your budget, the book even provides cost comparisons between the DIY version and what you’d pay retail for a similar product.
Here’s an example of what you’ll find.
- Learn how to assemble a crafter’s toolkit with everything you’ll need for sewing projects, jewelry-making and paper crafts to brighten up your wedding day
- Get expert tips and advice on project planning, to enlist the help of friends, family, and the wedding party
- Discover great ideas for making your own memorable save-the-date and wedding invitation cards
- Find out how to create elegant jewelry and accessories like a glamour girl birdcage veil, vintage necklace tiara, fabric flower brooch, and stunning drop earrings
- Pick up creative strategies for crafting your wedding ceremony, by making your own bridal bag, a decoupage flower girl bucket, stephanotis ring pillow and more
- You’ll also find some great ways to hold onto your memories by creating a time capsule, photo memento book, and keepsake display box
Before you start hiring lots of expensive specialists to handle every last detail of your wedding, take a good look at the easy-to-make projects in the DIY Bride. It’s a smart way to make your day more rewarding and less costly.
Important Notes About The DIY Bride Book
- Couture Silk Invitation Has Wrong Dimensions in 1st edition of the book. The cutting diagram and info for the pocketfold are missing. If you follow the book directions, you’ll make a pocket fold that’s 6″ wide x 9 1/4″ long and that’s wrong. The finished size is should be 4 1/8″ x 9 1/4.The correction is: once you laminate the fabric to the card stock for the pocket fold, you’ll need to trim the laminated piece to 8 1/4″wide, not 12″ as demonstrated in the book.This also affects the insert sizes. Wherever the directions call for 4 1/4″ width (either cutting or MS Word settings), that needs to be changed to 4 1/8″ (4.125″).
I do most sincerely apologize for any confusion this has caused! I know how frustrating incorrect directions can be. Please let me know if you have any further questions.
- MS Word instructions may not match up with your version of Word. As there are several different versions of Word for the various operating systems still in existence, the exact instructions for my project may not completely match up. The instructions should be pretty close, though, as MS Word is pretty consistent from version to version and OS to OS. I do apologize for the confusion; this is one of the things completely out of my control.
While the book was written on a Mac, the publishers converted the directions for the computer-based projects to cater to PC users. I can help you out if you have Mac-specific questions about any of the Word-based projects.
Cork Place Card
I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries about the rubber stamp used on the Wine Cork place card (in DIY Bride book 1 and the BOOKAZINE. I love that stamp – as do many of you. Unfortunately, the manufacturer discontinued that design right around the time the book was released and it is no longer available. Boo, hiss. (For those interested, the project was created 5 years ago for the first DIY Bride book that was published in 2007. My publishers have re-published some of book #1′s projects in the bookazine on newsstands right now which is why some of the info is out of date. Also: I have zero control over manufacturers’ decisions to retire their products. Sorry, lovelies!) The good news is that I’ve found a few stamps that would make suitable substitutions for that design.
- Paper-Source.Com has a nice grape (http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Grape-Bunch-Rubber-Stamp/2901.025/871428.html) and a nice vine ( http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Vines-Rubber-Stamp/2901.010/871539.html ) stamp.
- Hero Arts has a few stamps that I like for this project: http://heroarts.com/products/productInfo.cfm?ItemNo=CG173&subCat=A02, http://heroarts.com/products/productInfo.cfm?ItemNo=CG174&subCat=A02, and http://heroarts.com/products/productInfo.cfm?ItemNo=K5405&subCat=A03
- Pampered Stampers has a nice vine stamp: http://pamperedstampers.com/product_info.php?cPath=21_38&products_id=133