Saturday, August 18, 2012

DIY: How to Make Beautiful Wedding Vases for Less than $2.00 Each

I don't usually post crafty stuff, because I simply don't have the time. But my husband and I were helping a family member who was on a strict wedding budget. All the prices for local florists were over $1,000, so they decided to buy their flowers at Costco. The flowers cost only $200, a fraction of the quotes price from the local florists. They arrived via Fed Ex, fresh and beautiful, about 4 days before the wedding. The bride chose carnations because they had a special family significance.

Here are the carnations and baby's breath. They don't look like very many, but it's 150 stems, plus the baby's breath. As soon as the flowers arrived, we plopped them into buckets with water. They have opened about 50%. The whole house smells wonderful.

Now we just had to buy vases.

We went everywhere, searching for vases. We needed about 25 of them, and all the ones we found were at least $11 or more. Some were over $25 each. It seemed like such a waste for something that we were only going to use for one day. So at the last minute, we tried a local dollar store. Look what we found.

Eureka! There were tons of vases, all for a $1. We bought all the vases on the bottom shelf, and came home with 25 vases for $25 bucks plus tax.

Now, the vases were a little small, but still functional. My husband and I decided to "pretty them up" a bit for the wedding.  We didn't have any specific ideas, but we went to Michael's craft store and started brainstorming. We got some pretty ribbon, some fake "wedding rings" that were in the wedding favors section, and some tiny silk flowers.

Here are the rings, cost: about $4.00 for a bag of 200.

Here are the little silk flowers, cost: $3.50 for a bag of 100:

My husband used a glue gun and some patience to create these vases over the next three days. It took him about 2 1/2 hours to do all of them.

Looks pretty good, right? So a little patience and a hot glue gun really paid off. The wedding is on Sunday, so I'll post pics of the vases filled with flowers (the finished product) on that day.

UPDATE: Here's a photo of the vase, filled with water and flowers. Even with the carnations and baby's breath, it looked sparse, so we filled the vases with some additional green filler from our backyard flowers. There was a LOT (over half) of baby's breath leftover, so I probably would skip buying the baby's breath if I had to do it again.

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