Thrifty wedding: Handmade vintage style name cards

This Saturday my sister and brother-in-law-to-be are getting married. Hurrah! It will be a low key, intimate wedding but without compromising on beauty and splendidness. The theme is vintage with a rustic edge and most aspects have been handmade or upcycled to fit the theme and the budget.

Over the course of a few blog posts I will be showcasing some of the handmade and thrifty elements and proving that budget weddings can be fabulous, beautiful and easy (let me clarify that the handmade items are the easy bit to do- not the arranging of a wedding!).

Look how stunning these vintage style name cards are yet they are so, so easy to make, and so, so cheap! I managed to make them for 37p each!

They look stunning next to vintage china and your wedding colour theme can be matched easily with different coloured paper and flowers.

All the equipment you need is shown in the photograph. You will also need a printer to do the names of the guests or they can be handwritten.

Luggage labels cost around £6 for a pack of 50 on eBay. .

My sister picked up several free A4 sized samples of beautiful hand painted wall paper from a site online. Just Google search for sites offering free samples and pick something to suit your theme. Sometimes there is a small charge for postage and packaging.

Paper roses cost around £3 for a pack of 50 from eBay or they can be picked up in most craft shops. They come in lots of gorgeous colours and are so easy to work with thanks to their bendy wire stem. These little beauties will also feature in another handmade accessory in a later post.
This vinatge looking ribbon was picked up for just 50p per metre from a haberdashery.
The pearls come from a long faux pearl necklace which I picked up for just £2 from a charity shop. Pretty much every charity shop I have been in have fake pearls, perfect for crafts.
Cut the painted paper slightly smaller than the label and glue it down. Carefully cut the ribbon to size and glue to then end of the label. The holes may be too small for the pearls to get through so use a hole punch to widen them. Alternatively, push a wide pencil or pen through the hole to force it wider. Don’t worry if it looks a bit messy- the flowers will cover up the hole.

Take two paper flowers and poke them through the hole. Wrap their wired stalk around the pearls to secure them in place then trim the excess stalk. Print  or write the names of the guests onto card or paper in a colour that compliments the painted wallpaper background then cut them using a guillotine and glue down.

Voila! It’s that easy.

Stay tuned for more thrifty wedding posts over the next few weeks about my sister’s wedding.

By Jenni Tulip

I'm a bright-haired, hill walking, magpie whispering, skull collecting, tree hugging, money saving, bird watching, happy campervanning, ferret fanatic, woodland dweller sharing my stories and passion for the outdoors to inspire you to immerse yourself in nature.