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DIY Tutorial: Glitter Jars

Our fabulous Homemade Bride Kate Petersen is back with another super easy DIY tutorial. Today its all about glitter jars! All images by Maria Farrelly Photography. Over to you Kate…

If you ask my other half what my favourite colour is he will tell you it’s “Sparkle!” Sparkly blue, sparkly pink, sparkly yellow, Sparkle! Anything with a bit of bling works for me. These jars are fabulous and can be used as vases or candle holders. They are easy and can be made well in advance so you don’t have a million and one things to do just before the wedding.

What you will need:

  • Glitter in the colour of your choice
  • PVA glue
  • Masking tape
  • Paint brush
  • Glue gun
  • A brooch


Mask off half of the jar. Make sure it is clean and dry. DIY_glittered_jar002

DIY_glittered_jar003Paint the glue on the bottom half of the jar with the PVA glue. You need to work quickly as the glue dries quickly.


Sprinkle the glitter over the glue. Remember to put some paper down to catch all the excess :) It can get very messy. There is a time when there is too much sparkle! DIY_glittered_jar007DIY_glittered_jar008DIY_glittered_jar009DIY_glittered_jar010

Before the glue completely dries remove the masking tape.


When the glue gun is warmed up smother the back of the brooch and then place on the jar that you want to attach it to. DIY_glittered_jar015DIY_glittered_jar016DIY_glittered_jar017DIY_glittered_jar018

Hold it in place till it is dry. Be careful it can get very hot. DIY_glittered_jar019

There you have it! These catch the light beautifully. I used a brooch but you can use anything that takes your fancy. A silk flower looks lovely. Have a look through your old jewellery and see what bits, bobs and beads you can use. 
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Many thanks Kate! 

If any of you lovely lot try this tutorial, don’t forget to send us your pics to so we can share them on our Facebook page :) 


DIY Tutorial: Bride and Groom Hay Bales

Planning a marquee wedding on a Welsh farm this summer? If so, you are going to LOVE this DIY tutorial featuring Bride & Groom Hay Bales.

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All images © Maria Farrelly Photography

Last year I photographed Beth & Matt’s beautiful wedding on a farm in Magor.  I love photographing farm weddings. Not only do I get to enjoy some epic views across the Welsh countryside but generally EVERYONE in the town/village appears to gets an invite! and everyone seems to be involved in some way in the lead up to the big day. I love that!

When it comes to styling a farm wedding, the Rustic theme tends to be a clear winner. And why not, its certainly fitting for the landscape.   Homemade & DIY tend to feature in some way. Generally its the favours, the flowers, the cake ….but I have to say, when I arrived at this wedding, I was gobsmacked. I’ve NEVER seen a giant B&G made of hay bales before!

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Fabulous, aren’t they!

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They certainly fitted in well and were a huge talking point throughout the day.

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You could see them from miles away and the guests certainly loved them. Haybale Mr & Mrs DIY Maria Farrelly_005

they also made a great prop for photographs :)

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How to make them:

Thankfully, Beth’s friends took some pictures as they were being made. As you can see, a tractor is essential!

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Once the hay bales were stacked, they used huge white sheets (for the wedding dress) and black bags (for the grooms suit),

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For the eyes- paper plates, lips-red bin liner, Veil- netting, grooms hat- a tyre & bucket. The brides cleavage- I believe it was 2 balls or 2 balloons :) Simple! Haybale Mr & Mrs DIY Maria Farrelly_010

If you are doing something unusual for your welsh wedding this year, email us at to let us know! we’d love to feature it.

Toria & Hywel’s Beautiful Wedding At Coed

Oh my, drop everything and watch this wedding film!

Toria & Hywel hosted their beautiful wedding at Coed recently and commissioned Confetti & Cannons to produce a corker of a wedding film for them. They did a great job and we’re thrilled to share it with you all today.

There are so many elements to this wedding that I love. Toria, you rocked that dress! your headpiece was gorgeous and we LOVED your cool DM’s too. We also loved the delicate bouquets, ALL THE PRETTY DRESSES, the detail in the table decorations and not forgetting the abundance of glitter in the evening (got to love a glittered beard!) I so wish I was a guest!

What a great way to start married life together! Such a beautiful day for them. A huge congratulations Toria & Hywel!

lots of love from us Cwtch Girls xxx


If you’ve never heard of Coed Weddings… why not? I had the pleasure of visiting it last year with Sharron (the wedding co-ordinator) She took me on a magical tour through the grounds of this special wedding venue and its easy to see why so many fall in love with it.

If you are currently overwhelmed with the hundreds of wedding venues available in Wales and looking for something completely unique and alternative, you need to take a look at Coed Weddings. 

Enjoy, Maria x

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