DIY: Gold Painted Balloons

If you need a quick and inexpensive way to glam up your NYE party look no further. These gold painted balloons are an easy way to add a pop of sparkle to any party.


  • Balloons
  • Gold Paint
  • Paint Brush


  • 2 Minutes per balloon


  • No crafting skills required.

We tried two different techniques when creating these gold painted balloons. First, you will want to mix your paint with a little bit of water. Thinning down the paint helps it go on to the balloons easier! Don’t add too much water or else the paint will just run off of your balloon.

Hold the balloon from the top and paint from the knotted end towards the center. We loved the look of the brush strokes so after one coat we were finished.

We also used an old 90’s favorite… the splatter technique. Dip your paint brush in the paint and water mixture. Use a clean brush or stick and tap them together causing the paint to fly off the brush.

You can expect to get dirty with this DIY, so craft outside if possible. Let the balloons dry a few minutes and you are all set!

Did you paint balloons for your wedding? Be sure to share your photos with us on Facebook or Instagram!

DIY: Cinnamon Candles

What says cozy winter evening like candlelight and the smell of cinnamon!? We transformed these plain pillar candles in minutes to give them a festive twist. They can be used as wedding decorations or as a fun favor at a winter shower.


  • Pillar Candles
  • Cinnamon Sticks
  • Handsaw
  • Hot Glue


  • 20 Minutes per candle


  • Cutting the cinnamon sticks was slightly time consuming, but not difficult at all.

First you will want to measure the cinnamon sticks to the appropriate height. I did not make one cut exactly the same and slightly varied the sizes of each cinnamon stick. Then, use the handsaw to cut the stick. I was able to cut the stick halfway through and then snap the remaining half off.  Cutting the cinnamon sticks made my workspace smell delightful!

Once your sticks are cut to size, use the hot glue gun to affix them to the candle. You will want to put the glue directly on the cinnamon instead of the candle as the hot glue slides all over the candle while hot.

Repeat this while staggering the heights of the cinnamon sticks until you’ve made it all the way around.

Light your candle and enjoy!

Pillar candles and cinnamon sticks come in many shapes and sizes, but for this DIY I used 3 inch pillar candles and 4 inch cinnamon sticks. You could try mixing different sized candles to create a complete centerpiece. Learn how you can submit your cinnamon candles by clicking here!

DIY: Gold Dot Favor Jars

It is amazing what a few dots can do to turn the ordinary into extraordinary. Though there really isn’t much need for an explanation to this simple DIY watch below to see how these glass jars transform into gold dot covered favor jars.


  • Glassware (We choose screw top jars)
  • Oil Based Permanent Markers
  • Ribbon to finish them off


  • 2 Minutes per jar


  • I don’t think anyone can screw this up!

You will need to use an oil based sharpie for this DIY. If the marker is new out of the package you will need to get it started by pressing the tip multiple times until the paint fills the tip. Let your creativity fly and start sporadically covering the jars in dots.

When you are complete, use a ribbon to finish off the jar.

You are now ready to fill these babies up. Whether that means office supplies, goodies for a favor, or lotions and scrubs the possibilities are endless.

What did you fill your gold dot favor jars with? Send us your photos on Instagram Facebook. Be sure to tag @DIYBrideBlog!

DIY: Glitter Ornaments

Whether you are looking to create beautiful decorations for your holiday wedding, or are creating favors for your festive shower, these DIY glitter ornaments will not disappoint. They are so simple to make and look absolutely beautiful.


  • Rubbing Alcohol
  • Pledge Floor Care
  • Fine Glitter
  • Glass Christmas Balls


  • 2 minutes per ornament


  • Easy for any beginner DIYer

Start by cleaning the ornament with rubbing alcohol. This will ensure to better coverage of the glitter. Pour the rubbing alcohol inside of the ornament, swirl around, and let dry before moving on to the next step.

Squeeze some of the Pledge Floor Care into the ornament and swirl around to cover all of the inside surface. Be sure not to shake the ornament as you don’t want bubbles to form.

Once the inside of the ball is coated pour the remaining floor cleaner back into the bottle. This bottle will last nearly forever!

Pour the glitter into the ornament and repeat the swirling motion until your ornament is totally covered.

Place the top back on the ornament and your finished!

How did you use these DIY glitter ornaments at your wedding? Use the hashtag #diybrideblog on Instagram or post on our Facebook wall to show us your work!

DIY: Floating Candle Holly Centerpieces

There are so many subtle ways to incorporate holiday touches into your wedding decor. Take a look at these holly centerpieces we made using 4 simple supplies.


  • Holly- We used imitation holly leaves, but fresh holly would be perfect too!
  • Tea Lights
  • Water
  • Shallow round vases


  • 1-2 minutes per centerpiece


  • This DIY is all about trying different positions until it looks just right.

Place 1 sprig of holly into the jar and fill with water. Manipulate the holly until you like the way it looks. Add a candle on top and light!

*We found it was easier to move the holly around once the vase was filled with water. We also discovered that tea lights float! No need to spend extra money on expensive floating candles.

How did you incorporate holly into your wedding decor? Use the hashtag #diybrideblog on Instagram or post on our Facebook wall to show us your work.

RECIPE: Peppermint Bark


  • 1 bag of white chocolate chips
  • 1 bag of dark or milk chocolate chips
  • Candy canes (or crushed ones like we used here)
  • Peppermint Extract
  • Cookie sheet


  • 30 minutes from start to finish


  • As long as you can melt chocolate, you can make this!

First, you’ll want to melt your dark chocolate using a double boiler. I’ve linked a video on how to do this here in case you’ve never done it before. Mix it until the chocolate is completely melted and smooth. The photo below needs just a few more minutes of stirring until it’d be ready.

Next, you’ll want to pour the melted chocolate onto a cookie sheet. Make sure the cookie sheet has raised edges so the chocolate has a stopping point. Smooth it out using a spatula, and put it in the freezer.

While your dark chocolate is setting in the freezer, it’s time to start melting the white chocolate chips using the same technique we used for the dark chocolate. This time add the peppermint extract to the chocolate. It’s really up to you how much to add. The top photo is about half way melted and the second one is ready to be poured.

Once your chocolate is melted, grab your cookie sheet from the freezer. It should be set. Repeat the same steps of pouring and spreading the chocolate evenly over the dark chocolate using a spatula.

Once the white chocolate is evenly spread out on the cookie sheet, sprinkle the candy cane pieces on top to add a festive flare and put it back in the freezer to melt together and set.

Once the entire tray is completely set, just break it up into pieces and serve. The pieces don’t have to be perfect, and shouldn’t be! Part of the fun of bark is that it’s all different shapes and sizes.

Have you made this simple yet classic treat? Show us your bark by tagging us on Instagram @DIYBrideBlog!

DIY: Tissue Paper Lanterns


Decorating for the holidays or thinking of cost conscious centerpieces for your big day can be daunting. We made these tissue paper lanterns to help ease some of that stress. These are cheap, easy, quick, and look gorgeous for any occasion!


  • Glass cylinders in your choice of size (we got ours from the dollar store)
  • Tissue paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge brush
  • Scissors
  • Tea Lights


  • 3-5 minutes per lantern plus dry time


  • These were very easy. After the first one, I realized it was easier to start at the middle of the tissue paper piece and then wrap the edges around the glass instead of starting at one end and wrapping all the way around.

First, you’ll want to lay out one piece of tissue paper and mark cut lines to size the paper to the cylinder.

Once you’ve cut the tissue paper to size , lay the cylinder on the paper and begin to apply mod podge to the glass. I did this in stages. Put mod podge on a small area, then stick the tissue paper to it and repeat until you’ve made it all the way around the cylinder.

Your lantern should be looking something like this by this point.

Apply a layer of the mod podge around the entire lantern and then let it sit to dry.


Put a tea light in it and these lanterns are ready to go!

What will you use the lanterns for? Let us know in the comments or tag us on Instagram @DIYBrideBlog!

DIY: Frosted Mug Groomsmen Gift

We are obsessed with this glass frosting spray paint! Not only were these mugs simple, but they are gifts that your groomsmen are sure to use. Check out how we transformed these dollar store mugs into lux groomsmen gifts.


  • Stickers
  • Glass Frosting Spray Paint
  • Beer Stein


  • 1 hour (Spray paint drying time included)


  • If you can press a button, you can do this DIY!

First, choose what you would like on your mug. I choose the letter to represent the first initial of a name. Place the sticker in the middle of the mug.

Next, you will want to use painters tape to tape off the top and the handle of the mug.

Shake the spray paint well and spray the mug. While the spray paint comes out clear it dries frosted. I let the mug dry for 20 minutes before spraying another coat.

Once the mug has dried remove the sticker to reveal your finished project! This spray paint dries much quicker than normal spray paint, but be sure it is fully dried before removing the sticker.

How did your frosted glasses turn out? Email us at or use the #diybrideblog on Instagram to show us your work.

DIY: Pinecone Name Card Holders

We are in love with pinecones and love coming up with fun ways to incorporate them into your wedding décor. With the help of a little spray paint we turn these simple pinecones into elegant name card holders.


  • Pinecones
  • Spray Paint


  • 5 Minutes (Not including drying time)


  • This is a very simple make ahead project!

Choose pinecones that have flat bottoms so they are able to stand on their own. Spray the pinecones and let them dry completely. We only applied one coat of spray paint because we liked the look of the natural color shining through.

Once the pinecones are dry place the name cards into the layers of the cones and you’re done!

*When creating name cards, be sure the name is towards the top of the card so the pinecone doesn’t cover the name. Our cards were 3 1/2″ by 1 3/4″ and we thought they were the perfect proportion to the pinecone!

We would love to see your pinecone name card holders. Be sure to tag us on Instagram or post them to Facebook!

DIY: Holiday Wine Glass Centerpieces

We used holiday supplies to create these beautiful centerpieces, but the possibilities are endless when it comes to making these wine glass centerpieces. Are you having a holiday themed or wedding at a winery? You must read below to see how we turned these one dollar wine glasses into elegant centerpieces.


  • Holly- We used imitation holly leaves, but fresh holly would look lovely as well!
  • Tea Lights
  • 3 wine glasses of varying heights
  • Small Christmas bulb ornaments


  • 1-2 minutes per centerpiece


  • These centerpieces were so simple to assemble. It was just important to keep trying different options to see what looks best.

Place Christmas ornaments and holly into the wine glasses and place upside down. Add candles to the top and your finished!

While we used Christmas bulbs and holly to make festive holiday centerpieces you could use flowers, pinecones, or other decorations to incorporate these wine centerpieces into your wedding decor. What did you create? Use the hashtag #diybrideblog on Instagram or post on our Facebook wall to show us your work.

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