Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas Under $40

Wedding season is here! Here are some great affordable wedding gift ideas that won’t break the bank. This post is sponsored by Dayspring. I was compensated to write this post, any opinions given are completely my own.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

 

Wedding Season is here!

Wedding season is here! There are a number of people we know who are getting married this year. It seems like the season sneaks up on my each year and I am never quite prepared for gift giving. It’s hard to think back to being a new bride, things have changed since we got married nearly 27 years ago!

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

Things seem simpler now with the internet. It’s so easy to order a pretty gift and have it delivered to the recipients door.  I recently discovered a new website for meaningful gifts, Dayspring. They have the most beautiful inspirational items, all at great prices! There are gifts for Weddings, Mother’s Day, Graduations and so many other important family events, you will have a hard time choosing which ones to order first.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gifts for under $40

The first thing I picked out was this darling wooden sign. I loved it’s compact size, perfect for putting on a shelf or in a cubby with a wedding photo. The sign retails for just $12.99. Adorable!

You can order one here.

The cards were my next find. Rarely do I make it into a store to shop for a pretty card. Just too much to do and not enough time for little things like that. I prefer to buy my cards in large quantities, it is cheaper and then I always have spare cards on hand.

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Dayspring has boxes of cards with several classic wedding designs. So hard to choose which one is the best!

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The cards can be given with a gift, or with money. What a lovely wedding day token! You could even frame one of these cards as a gift! The box of 12 cards costs just $6.99.

Order your wedding cards here.

Ten Affordable Wedding Gift Ideas

My favorite item, was this lovely tray. It just spoke to me. This bible verse is referenced at just about EVERY wedding. What a lovely memento of their special day to have this verse on a tray! The tray would be wonderful for serving drinks or entertaining, on a coffee table, or sitting on a shelf. Neutral colors are great for any type of decor! This tray is just $36.99 on Dayspring.

Get your wedding tray here.

Here are some more popular gift ideas that won’t break the bank!

Wedding Gifts Under $40.00

1. Wooden “love” sign, as described above from Dayspring.

2. Wedding card with cash enclosed. Many couples use cash for downpayment on apartments or for their honeymoon. Cash is always appreciated!

3. Hotel Gift Cards: Great idea for giving a night or weekend away to the happy couple. Perhaps they could even use it on their honeymoon for an extended stay!

4. Crystal Bowls: Probably not as popular as they once were, but glass bowls are lovely for any occasion. We still use those that we got for our wedding so many years ago. They are great for serving salad, pudding, fruit, vegetables and more. I even keep my receipts in a crystal bowl until I file them.

5. Silverware: Most people don’t give real silver anymore because of the price. However, you can find vintage sets quite reasonably. Pickup a set from your local thrift store, pawn shop or antique mall. Polish and it will look like new! It’s not hard to find additional pieces online if you need a larger set.

6. Picnic basket: We love the picnic basket we received as a wedding gift. During the summer we make frequent trips to the park or beach with it in tow. The basket is complete with stainless silverware, non-breakable plates, plastic wine glasses, cork screw, table cloth and napkins, small cutting board and cheese knife. Include a bottle of your favorite wine for a memorable gift!

7. Personalized Frame: Every couple wants to frame photos from their special day. I love these Mr. and Mrs. frames from Dayspring.

8. Keepsake Linens: Good quality linens cost a fortune. A set of quality 100 % cotton or bamboo sheets is a lovely gift any couple will adore. Look for deep pocket sheets that have a thread count of at least 500 for the softest hand. Not sure what size to get? Get the King Size, even if they have a queen bed it will be a generous fit. Pillow case sets start for as little as $20.00, often you can find complete sets at discount stores.

9. Bar Ware: A basic set of glass goblets can be used for wine, cocktails or water glasses. Opt for a set for a set of 6 for entertaining. Bonus if two of the glasses are engraved Mr. and Mrs!

10. Family Treasures: This is the perfect opportunity for passing on those family heirlooms that you don’t use anymore. Think silver, crystal, small appliances, wool rugs vintage quilts or furniture items. Most couples will have to make large purchases during their first years together, this can save them money. Also, an heirloom piece makes a new house feel more welcome like home.

Ten Meaningful Wedding Gift Ideas

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Spring Table Setting: Inexpensive and Easy Decor

It’s officially spring! Time to change the decor to lighter colors and fun seasonal decorations.

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Spring Table Setting

Spring color is addictive. I have been searching for lighter colors and couldn’t wait to put all of my spring items together on this table setting. We eat at our dining table for every meal so it works best to use decorations that can easily be moved to make way for dishes and extra place settings when needed.

These spring green linens came from the clearance rack at Pier 1 Imports. We already had the placemats, and I love how they look together.  I always prefer to use cloth napkins when ever possible, they are easy to wash and reuse.

The colorful napkin rings are also Pier 1. I spent about .50 cents on them. BARGAIN!

The Pier 1 store had the most adorable displays with bunnies and greenery. Just beautiful! I brought home one little bunny and used faux forsythia and bayberry balls that we already had to decorate my table without spending a lot of money.

Orchids are a great idea for your spring table.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Real or Faux?

The butterflies on the greenery balls are from the Dollar store. I buy loads of them each spring, I just love how colorful they are. They look so real! They look great in planters too!

It wouldn’t be any fun if there wasn’t some Easter candy on the table, malted candy eggs are scattered down the table and the candy dishes are full of jelly beans. I will have you know that my teenage boys were waiting in the wings for me to finish photographing so they could eat the candy. Some things never change!

Green Dishes on Spring Table|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The orchids on the table are real mini plants that have been sitting in my window sill all winter. They are so lovely! I discovered they Orchids bloom longer when kept underneath the glass cloches. The glass keeps the plants moist and they don’t seem to mind being a bit crowded under the curved glass top. We use cork discs under all our plants to protect the table surfaces underneath. Every time we go to Ikea I buy a bunch of these discs. They also make great hot pads for hot dishes at meal time.

To give our blue patterned dishes a new look, they were layered with some green plates from the thrift store in a darker shade of green. Shades of a color look great when used all together, and even the plates covered with ivy designs seem to look right.

The Centerpiece

Spring centerpiece with grapevine wreath.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.comThe center piece is super easy to make. It is a 5 minute project. More on that tomorrow!

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How to Stencil Furniture Like a Boss

Stenciling furniture can be an easy and fun way to give it a new look without spending much money. Here’s how to stencil your furniture like a BOSS.

 

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This post is sponsored by Deco Art. I was compensated in some way for writing this post. Any opinions given are completely my own. For a complete list of rules, see the disclosure page.   Stencil Like a Boss

Let’s face it, most furniture is boring. Most of the time we invest so much money in it, it’s not something we want to buy if it’s super trendy. We choose to purchase as many used pieces as we can, then fill in with items from the store so we don’t feel guilty of making it our own.

The benefits of this recycling mindset, is that I am not afraid to change the look of things when they get boring. Take this dresser for example. It’s been in our garage for a while, just screaming for some decor help.

Recently I was browsing the Deco Art website and came across this adorable bird stencil. Love it!

Love this bird stencil from Deco Art.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Right away I knew it was what this old dresser needed. The dresser was already white, so I didn’t repaint it except to touch up a few spots of the old white chalky paint here and there. For this stencil project I used Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint in Primative.

Distressing is easy with a few special tools. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Distressing

The top and corners were sanded to reveal the wood tones beneath the paint. This little Ryobi Sander is the bomb for distressing! Don’t be too neat about it, you want it to look worn off and uneven. I used coarse sand paper for the top, and fine for the edges of the drawers and knobs. Don’t forget to wipe the dust off with a soft cloth before starting with the stencil.

Draw or stencil the design on the drawers before painting.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Stenciling Furniture

The great thing about purchasing the stencil, is that a lot of the art work is already done for you. Plan out where you want the birds and branches to fall on the drawers, draw them in lightly with a pencil. Flip the stencil over to get right and left images for an interesting design. Make sure each drawer has some birds, branches and leaves. It looks more interesting with the branches “growing” up the drawer fronts.

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Start painting with the stencil in place, you may have to remove it to paint areas underneath by hand.  It is easier to work on a flat surface, pull the drawers out and stencil or hand paint each design with a fine brush on the drawer fronts.

Stencil Like a Boss, easy bird stencil project.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

Stenciling Boss Tips and Tricks

• Use colors that are close in value for a subtle design

•Flip the stencil over for mirror (right and left) images (you may have to do some hand painting)

•Let the branches “grow” from the bottom to the top of the drawers

•Seal the piece with clear furniture wax to protect your hard work

•Purchase stencils that you can re-use on different pieces to save money

 

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Kitchen Pantry Decor

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The Kitchen Pantry is finally done! I am so glad to be able to share this project with you!

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Kitchen Pantry Decor

Kitchen pantry’s are hard to come by these days. Many homes have larger kitchens and the old fashioned pantry harder to find. We happen to be in an old house with a smaller kitchen that has less storage. However, our pantry is HUGE.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with stenciled design|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

This is what our kitchen looks like. We recently repainted and I love the new aqua color. As you can see we don’t have a ton of cabinet space, but we do have a nice big walk in pantry. Actually, we have two of them.

The first pantry, is a pass through to the other one. It is a very awkward layout, and when we purchased the house we had big ideas of remodeling the entire kitchen. Alas, I don’t think we will ever get around to it. It is a much larger project than we could have anticipated.

Kitchen Pantry Decor walk through pantry.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The Walk Through Pantry

This part of the kitchen pantry is what we call the “walk through” pantry. It’s a relatively small space that we use for extra storage off the kitchen. The wall at the back is the actual pantry area. Note: The wall will be removed soon for even more space.

See that green floor? I can’t wait to get rid of it! More on that later.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with vintage shelving.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

White shelves in Kitchen Pantry.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

These open shelves are mainly used for our Isagenix products, vitamins, shakes and so forth. You can read more about that post here. I have plans for my hubby to build a nice barn door and more shelves for this space. He just doesn’t know it yet. Ha!

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The back kitchen pantry

Around the wall in the back end of the pantry we have more shelves. It’s a bit of a hike from the kitchen to get there, but it’s worth it. We have floor to ceiling shelves for all of our large cooking pans and bulk food storage that doesn’t fit into the few cabinets in the kitchen. In my dreams we would have a wine bar and sink back here.

Canned goods pantry in the Kitchen, updated with a pretty stencil.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The Stenciled Pantry Wall

The stencil is Augusta Tile stencil from The Cutting Edge Stencils. I love the subtle pattern the aqua blue paint makes with the light background color. Our shelves were exactly 12″ apart so it was easy to stencil the wall behind the shelves without having to remove them. I used a foam brush with the stencil for a clean look. Last summer I used the same Augusta Tile stencil for a rustic sign that I made. Read that post here.

Kitchen Pantry Decor with large glass Jars|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com I will have more on how I organized this space soon! The pantry was not this clean when I started!

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Kitchen Pantry wooden shelves for large item storage.|Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

The other pantry wall has large wooden shelves that hold my cookbooks, wooden bowls, extra plates, etc. Many of these items I use for staging my food photos, and it’s nice to have a place to keep them nearby so I can grab them when needed.

Pantry Ceiling project in the Kitchen pantry. |Designers Sweet Spot|www.designerssweetspot.com

And above the entire back pantry, is this huge hole in the ceiling. There used to be a stair case here. The former owners of our home removed the stairs and never repaired the hole. Who does that? This will be our next DIY project, coming soon!

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Rustic Stenciled Sign

Stenciled sign and chair @designerssweetspot.com

This post was sponsored by Cutting Edge Stencils. Any opinions given are completely my own. If you have questions regarding my policies please see the Disclosures page.

Good day friends! Hope you are enjoying your summer. I have been working on a number of projects behind the scenes, but have finally completed one of them. This Rustic Stenciled Sign is just the thing to personalize your garage or barn.

Here in Wisconsin we often see personalized Barn Quilts as you drive though the countryside. I decided to make my own version. It’s a little different because it’s long and narrow instead of square, but I felt like this shape has more of a unique character.

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The sign was made from some old cedar fence boards that a friend gave me. We used three fencing boards, two on the front and one to hold them together on the back side. The boards were trimmed to 36″ long, nailed and glued together. We used a bit of old chain to hang the sign on the wall.

Corner of stenciled sign @designerssweetspot.com

The wood was very dry and rough, so the first thing I did was to sand it down a bit with a sanding block. Then the boards were stained with an English Ironstone White Stain to give them uniform color.

Generally, you aren’t supposed to use stencils on rough surfaces. However, my first rule of blogging is to break all the rules, so I did it anyway. I like the weathered appearance the rough texture gives the pattern. I used acrylic paints and a stencil brush to apply the design with the stencil. This pattern is Cutting Edge Augusta Tile Stencil.

Rustic Stenciled Sign and Chair

A final coat of satin polyurethane protects the sign from the elements. Hummmm, I may have to move it inside so I can see it more often.

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Rustic Stenciled Sign Pin

Off to work on some more fun projects!