Wedding Decor & Some Good Frugal Ideas

At Sean & Beka’s wedding Beka’s family and those helping out at the wedding took advantage of what I thought were some great ideas for decorating on a budget.

wedding reception decor from ThisGreenEyedGIrl

Everything was still coordinated and nice even though it was done on a budget and by unprofessional hands.

As I worked I tried to collect a few tips a long the way. Here’s what I want to share:


1.) Plan ahead & make a list. It’s hard once you’re in the moment. There’s so much to do. So many people. And someone asking ‘Is there anything I can do to help?’ is just completely overwhelming. When things are quiet. When you have access to your planner (binder, book) Pinterest, and the venue jot down a list to have ready. For example

1.) Decorate tables. (Table cloth, burlap runners, flower vases, silverware, favors…?)

2.) Do Guestbook table.

3.) Prepare Sanctuary.


2.) Check Hobby Lobby for useful & great decorating items. Good prices, great statement pieces.

3.) Have one or two “managers”. From what I saw, this step is crucial if you’re doing a wedding yourself without hired help. Choose one or two skilled people that have a. A talent for organizing people. & B. An eye for what needs to be done and what looks good. Designate these people to keep everything running smoothly and coordinated so that instead of 20 people asking you ‘what should I do?’ you have two people saying ‘Do you approve of what we did? Anything you’d like to change…?’


1.) A few of us gals made a quick run to Walmart the day before the wedding to pick up items that would smooth over rough edges.

We bought a $5 Value pack of paper in coordinating colors, black cardstock & a silver sharpie (to give the effect of chalkboard) and made signs. The signs had the fruits of the spirit written on them & the names of bride and groom.

Also, a single bouquet of roses that mixed with ferns harvested from the woods and a small amount of cut flowers went a really long way.

2.) We draped white sheets to cover unsightly wall space around bathrooms and reception hall.

3.) Burlap Burlap Burlap!!! The wedding having somewhat of an elegant-country feel burlap rocked! We used it on so many different things. That was a great choice on their part!

4.) We used broken down old hymnals on some of the tables as part of the centerpiece. I had scene the idea with antique books and loved the feel especially with the hymnals because of the Christian message in the celebration.

5.) They bought grey striped straws which really spruced up mason jars and gave them personality. The grey in the jam jar favors, straws, and bridemaid’s dresses really tied together well.

That’s most of what I could think of that I found helpful for how to decorate on a budget!



DIY: “GO” Sign

I’m obsessed with maps. I guess the standing reason is that they represent adventures and travel. Also…. metaphorically, finding your way. There’s just a certain charm in maps. And I’m dying to find a vintage-y world map and make a reclaimed wood sign out of that….. it will happen.

{ThisGreenEyedGirl} Go Sign DIY

Gather your materials.

  • One block of wood about an inch thick. maybe 4×4 wide and tall
  • One atlas page. any state you choose. you might prefer one with some meaning.. ie. homestate, vacation place, honeymoon state… ect.
  • 4 cardstock letters. 2 Gs and 2 Os
  • Mod Podge
  • Hot glue gun and glue stick
  • glitter
  • scissors
  • paint brush


Now it’s time to get started.

  1. Trace the block of wood onto the map OR. measure it.
  2. Cut out a square piece of map the SAME SIZE as the wood.
  3. Brush modpodge onto the wood and apply map. smooth it out with your fist. rub. rub. rub.
  4. Cut out 4 strips of wood the same width and length as the top, sides, and bottom of the block. MAKE THEM JUST A HAIR LARGER. MEANING ENOUGH BIGGER THAT THEY CAN FOLD OVER THE FRONT OF THE SIGN A LITTLE BIT.
  5. Mod podge 3 pieces onto the top & sides. Align the strip evenly with the back and then fold what’s left over the front of the sign (ontop of the map covered front) Brush Mod Podge on top of all the mapped spaces and smooth out with your fist (to get rid of wrinkles)
  6. Lay sign on it’s back and do the same thing to the bottom with the last strip of map paper.
  7. Mod podge the front of 1 G and 1 O. Quickly apply glitter to the letters. Let dry.
  8. Hot glue these 2 letters to the center of the sign.
  9. Hot glue two more letters  (with out glitter) to the top of those two letters. (CREATING A THICKER “GO”) you can now see glitter but it’s sort of playing peek-a-boo and isn’t very bold. Sprinkle a little bit of glitter around the word. Add more mod podge to do this if needed.
  10. Let dry thoroughly.

You’re done!

{thisgreeneyedgirl} 'GO' sign tutorial

p.s. Sorry for poor photo quality… the lighting in this room is super rough for taking pictures.


DIY: Reclaimed Wood “Home” Sign.

This was my latest project.

reclaimed wood home sign.

My Reclaimed Wood “Home” Sign. Made from a piece of chipped, white-washed, old wood I found in my barn, maple twigs I collected, and glue.

The pictures don’t really do it justice. They change the coloring a little and don’t express the texture. The texture is awesome.

But here is how I did it:

1.) I laid out the board and sanded it for a minute or so. How much you want to sand will just depend on how smooth the paint is. You want it to look chipped and “antiquey”

2.) I laid the twigs out in position. I chose the word “home” but you could do something else.

3.) I began experimenting with gluing them in place. I tried heavy-duty wood glue first… but, I didn’t think it did a very good job. I tried several. None of them had the hold I was going for and most left a yellowy residue. I finally decided to use my hot glue gun. The results were great! I layered the twigs some, after I’d gotten the letters in place. Making some places thicker, covering up little open spots. Just going along until it “looked right” to me.

Diy reclaimed wood home sign

I plan to put hooks on the bottom for hanging keys and then relocate the sign to my shop booth.

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