DIY on a budget
I married in May of this year and although it was a lovely affair, it was done on a very tight budget. I made a lot of the decorations and accessories necessary for a wedding myself. One in particular that I was especially proud of was the flower girl basket. Feel free to make any changes you deem appropriate for your own affair. It could be used for other decorative reasons as well.
- Child’s wooden tool box (found one at HobbyLobby for about $6)
- Your choice of paint (appropriate for wood)
- Wide ribbon (your choice of material and color, but it needs to be the same color/design on both sides)
- Your choice of centerpieces for the ribbon (I ordered the flowers in shades of grey and yellow wool at www.Etsy.com; HobbyLobby offers several options)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Paint brush
- Paint the tool box a color of your choice and set aside to dry. Be sure to paint the entire tool box, even inside.
- Set aside to dry and plug in the hot glue gun.
- As the glue gun is heating, unravel a large part of the thick ribbon, but do not cut it.
- In order to make a large bow, start with the end of the ribbon and fold it into a circle wrapped loosely over your thumb. Holding under the center of the ribbon with your pointer finger, make a large loop toward yourself, fold it back to the center, grasping beneath it to hold the center and this new loop, and then make a loop in the opposite direction coming back to the center and holding together between your thumb and fingers. Repeat this, making loops in all directions that get larger as they exceed out. This sounds complex, but play with it and you will figure it out.
- When you’ve worked the ribbon into a big bow you like, use the hot glue gun to glue the ribbon pieces together only in the center of the ribbon. It may help to go ahead and glue the bottom of the ribbon on the front of the tool box then begin gluing it into place.
- Lastly, position the flowers—the centerpiece of the ribbon—how you like and hot glue them into place.