After Josh proposed in January, I decided to take a couple of months to get a vision for our wedding. While I was contemplating the whole “wedding planning” thing, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn’t spend money on (or make!) anything that couldn’t be re-purposed after the fact. We considered a green wedding, but it seemed like a lot to take on. (I admire any couple who decides to go green for their wedding.) Ultimately, I decided to stay practical and will be upcycling wedding décor when I could.
I’m a stickler for recycling, so upcycling was a natural choice for me. Once we decided we would wed at a vineyard, my mind started racing with ways to incorporate the wine aspect without being too hokey. I found this DIY (on Pinterest of course!) and realized I needed to call in reinforcements. So I posted on Facebook asking my friends if they had any wine corks…and my friends obliged (I literally have an entire bag in my living room as I type…) Grab your hot glue gun, and you’re ready to work! I have started on mine and had to ask the FH to help, but it’s coming along!
Another idea I had came from my friend Lyndsay who as a new mother has a million baby food jars she is no longer using. At first, I didn’t really know what to do with them (she uses them to make tiny cakes for parties). Since our wedding is in the evening and outdoors, we will use these baby food jars as candle votive holders for each table.
I will share these with you (and more!) as soon as I finish them (you are my motivation, brides!).
The possibilities of upcycling are endless! Pinterest is full of ways to reuse candle and Mason jars, wine bottles, burner covers, and even an ordinary box! Feel free to check out my Pinterest board for inspiration.
Are you planning on upcycling for the decor? Where do you get your inspiration for your upcycling projects? I’d love to hear what you’ve got planned.
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