Wedding GIY (Green It Yourself) Projects

by Lauren Verini

Wedding season is here! For anyone who has ever planned a wedding or is currently planning a wedding, they know how overwhelming and expensive weddings can be. Pinterest is a great resource and will become the bride and grooms new best friend, offering a number of easy, affordable and eco-friendly DIY wedding projects. Below are a highlight of some of our favorite GIY (Green it Yourself) wedding projects to help add a green touch to your wedding, as well as save some green in your wallet.

Mason Jar Candle Holders: 

This easy DIY mason jar candle holder is an easy way to decorate your wedding reception and can double as a wedding favor at the end of the night. What you’ll need are mason jars, doilies, votive candles, adhesive spray and any decorative material such as burlap, ribbon or twine. To make this decorative candleholder all you’ll need to do is make sure the mason jar is clean, spray with adhesive spray, place doily on the jar then decorate the rim how you like.

Wine Cork Name Card Holders: 

Looking for something to do with all those leftover wine corks you’ve been saving up? Use them as name card holders for the reception! All you need to do is cut the wine corks in half and use a knife to cut a slit on the top long enough to hold the name card. If you’re really looking to be eco-friendly, print your name cards on recycled paper.

Make Your Own Boutonnieres: 

Flowers are a huge wedding cost! This pinner offers some tips for the groom and his groomsmen to make their own boutonnieres. The boutonniere you make will depend upon the type of wedding your having (indoor/outdoor) as well as the wedding colors; this pinner used coneflower, mint, butterfly bush and crepe myrtle. To make your boutonniere, choose one main flower as a focal point along with leafy parts, use tape to keep stems in place then wrap with a ribbon or twine.

Soy Wax Candle Wedding Favor: 

This soy wax candle is the perfect budget friendly wedding favor that guests will love. To make, you’ll need soy wax flakes, wick, containers (teacups, recycled jars, old tumblers, etc), pitcher with spout, fragrance oil, popsicle sticks and candle dye (optional). To start, melt the soy wax flakes then add in the fragrance oil and dye. Once the wax is melted, set aside to cool down and warm up the glass containers using a blow-dryer for one minute. Pour the wax into containers and stick the wick into the wax using the popsicle stick to hold it upright. Let it cool for a few ours then cut the wick to about ¼ inches.

DIY Seed Bombs Wedding Favor: 

Seed bombs are a lovely wedding favor as they allow your guests to grow a beautiful new plant in recognition of your new found marriage. To make your own seed bombs for your wedding guests, you’ll need 4 cups of potting soil, 4 cups of clay powder, 1 cup of your favorite flower seeds, ¼ cup of water, large glass bowl, cooking sheet, fabric squares and ribbon. Mix soil, clay powder and flower seeds together in large glass bowl and slowly pour in water. Mix completely and evenly until the mixture becomes a thick paste. Roll the mixture into small balls (this recipe makes 25 2-inch balls) and place on a cookie sheet where you will leave the seed bombs out to dry for 2-3 days.

Check out more DIY eco-friendly wedding projects on Pinterest!

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