DIY: Feather Clutch

DIY Feather Clutch

Our gal Christy of One Handspun Day is back this week sharing a super chic DIY to make the pretty feather clutch seen above! Thanks Christy, we are in love :)

From Christy: There are three reasons why I’m head over heels for this DIY: it only costs a few dollars to make but looks très expensive, it can be completed in one episode of Downton Abbey, and it’s the perfect way to get some extra life out of the old clutch in the back of your closet! I don’t know about you lovelies, but a feathered clutch is a staple for the times I want to add an extra punch of chic to my outfit with a statement piece. The romantic floating texture of this clutch pairs beautifully with a structured dress (hello, peplum!)…. Throw on some bold lipstick and you have a killer look for your next wedding or cocktail party!

DIY Feathered Clutch - Materials Side (Labeled)


Materials: 
Old/Thrifted Clutch
Feathers
Ribbon
Goop adhesive
Scissors
Tape (optional)


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Step One: Make the feathered ribbons

Cut a piece of ribbon that is long enough to run horizontally across your clutch, adding enough so that it runs over the edge of the clutch and onto one of the sides. Repeat until you have enough ribbons to cover the front & back of your clutch, leaving approximately 1″ of open space between each ribbon. As a reference, I cut eight pieces of ribbon for my 4″ tall clutch.

Use Goop adhesive to glue feathers side by side onto each ribbon. Tip: Add a small piece of tape to each end of the ribbon to hold it firmly in place during this step.

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Step Two: Attach the feathered ribbons

Apply Goop to the back of a feathered ribbon and place it firmly in place onto your clutch. Start from the bottom and work your way up the clutch with each row of feathers. Repeat for the back of your clutch.

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Step Three: Feather the sides

Glue feathers onto the sides of your clutch, as needed. Just as with the front and back, start from the bottom and work your way up. Add feathers to any other places on your clutch that look like they could use a little more coverage. Allow your clutch to dry, then dress up in your most fab outfit and bring out your pretty ‘new’ accessory for a fun night on the town!

DIY Feather Clutch

Feather Clutch DIY


So pretty, right? We’d love to see if you make one of our DIY projects, so be sure to share with us on Instagram using the hashtag #GreenWeddingShoesDIY

DIY created by Christy of One Handspun Day exclusively for Green Wedding Shoes. Check out more of her work at One Handspun Day. Thanks to Katie Pritchard Photography for all photos and Ruche for the pretty dress.

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Our Top 28 Favorite Wedding Dresses for under $1000

Top 28 Wedding Dresses under $1000

Last year we shared our 16 favorite wedding dresses for under $1,000 with you guys. So many of you let us know that you found it super helpful, so we are back this year with an updated list of new beautiful dresses. Each + every frock we’re sharing falls below $1,000 – and they’re all so lovely you just might find the perfect dress for your big day!

above – clockwise from top left: Ivy & Aster ($875), Whitney Deal ($725), Grace Loves Lace ($900), BHLDN ($600)

romantic wedding dresses under $100

clockwise from top left: Badgley Mischka ($870), BHLDN ($600), Ann Taylor ($550), Ann Taylor ($550)

If short is more your speed, or if your looking for a fun reception dress to wear as you dance the night away, one of these adorable knee-length options just might fit the bill!

short wedding dresses under $100

clockwise from top left: Leanne Marshall ($695), J.Crew ($399.99), Katie-Jean via Your Cloud Parade ($500), Macy’s ($39.50)

We’re big fans of the dramatic, one-shoulder look – are you?

one shoulder wedding dresses under $100

clockwise from top left: Ruche ($249.50), Adrianna Papell ($299), Ann Taylor ($595), Ann Taylor ($950)

Looking for a flowy + playful dress for your bohemian-inspired wedding? We’ve got you covered! Check out these fun finds below…

bohemian wedding dresses under $1000

clockwise from top left: Anthropologie ($228), Free People ($198), Free People ($350), Free People ($650)

Or if you’re throwing a modern fête, how about one of these gorgeous, structured dresses? Love.

modern wedding dresses under $100

clockwise from top left: Ted Baker via Nordstrom ($825), BCBG via Nordstrom ($338), ASOS ($56.53), Bloomingdales ($575)

And if you’re considering renting your dress – such a fantastic way to save money on your big day! – check out a few of our faves from Rent The Runway

rent the runway for your wedding

clockwise from top left: Badgley Mischka – Rhodes Harbor Gown ($100), Reem Acra – Florence Gown ($400), Erin Fetherston – Metallic Drizzle Gown ($115), Catherine Deane – Laverne Gown ($300)

Which of these lovely dresses is your fave?! So hard to pick, right? :)

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Bohemian Barn Wedding: Grace + Andrew

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Grace + Andrew live in West Virginia, but met and got engaged in New Zealand (where Andrew is from). Since they knew that no matter where their wedding took place – many of their guests would have to travel half-way around the globe to be there – they decided on a beautiful, bohemian barn wedding, along the banks of New River Gorge, in West Virginia. It was important to them to really maximize and enjoy this special time when their American + New Zealand sides would be meeting for the first time, so they decided their wedding would be a fun, three day event where everyone could relax and get to know each other. I love all of the boho textiles and whimsical objects incorporated into the design and Grace’s gorgeous Grace Loves Lace wedding dress, which she found and brought over from Australia. Here’s more from the newlyweds about their inspiration for the day:

Our vision for the actual wedding came from a mixture of things we love and we kept the rustic, wooded setting in mind when making design choices – keeping the colors soft and natural. Our goal was to have our guests experience an amazing family time and a bit of West Virginia in a cozy, relaxed setting. I think our random, casual, eclectic, fun, outdoor, adventure and travel loving personalities shined through and it was a reflection of us.

Huge thanks to Love is a Big Deal for sharing these gorgeous images with us today and congrats to Grace + Andrew!

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whimsical red bouquet

gem necklace

leather belted dress


The bridesmaids each wore the dress of their choice from Free People and were gifted raw crystal necklaces from Grace to wear on the wedding day.

mixed bridesmaids

patterned button down shirt

fabric strip backdrop

hanging feathers

Processional: Child – Edward Sharpe + The Magnetic Zeros

Recessional: Follow the Sun – Xavier Rudd

First Dance: Just a Boy – Angus + Julia Stone

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virginia wedding

virginia wedding

virginia wedding

virginia wedding

virginia wedding

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bride and groom


The lush, West Virginia riverbanks provided such an incredible backdrop for portraits. Love these sweet, post-ceremony shots of Grace + Andrew…

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bride and groom

mixed wood


From Grace, I love Moroccan, Indian and gypsy style elements, so I incorporated some of that feel in the table settings and garlands. My sisters and I had a lot of fun collecting cool, old bottles from antique shops in Virginia. My brother made us an antler chandelier to dance beneath, and I was able to use some items from my home where I grew up that had a lot of sentimental significance…

vintage lantern

vintage lantern decor

mixed vases


Grace + Andrew worked with Jessica Sloane who provided them with remote styling assistance – such a great idea for couples who are getting married in an off-the-beaten-path setting or can’t afford to hire a stylist to help with design on the day-of the wedding.

wood place cards

antler chandelier

mixed vases

star lamp

cakes

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bride and groom

bride twirls

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Exchanging our vows was the most special. Seeing the emotion in Andrew's eyes was beyond words, and knowing I was incredibly blessed on that day to be marrying my best and closest friend. The minutes of quiet stillness we had alone when our photographer had us close our eyes and hold hands, feeling everything about the moment was pretty awesome too.

BUT... if we had to pick one thing (it's tricky!)... the fun and good times with our friends and family that had come from far and near, all together dancing barefoot on the straw floor in the barn to the local bluegrass band playing playing mean Americana music - that made the night something we will never forget!

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Do what is true to you and what will make you happiest when you look back. This day can be whatever you want it to be! Keep perspective on what really matters and know that at least a few things are bound to go awry.

photography: Love is a Big Deal // venue: The Confluence Resort, Hico, West Virginia // remote styling: Jessica Sloane // rentals: Salvaged to Sassy // floral design: Bessie’s Floral Designs // wedding dress: Grace Loves Lace // jewelry: Callisto Jewelry // shoes: Walkaholics // bridesmaid dresses: each chose their own from Free People // hair + makeup: DIY // groom suit: Zanerobe // paper goods: DIY // catering + cake: Gourmet on the Gorge // music: The Wild Rumpus, awesome band local to Fayettville, WV

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