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If you’re the type of person who looks at a piece of home decor and says, pssht — I could make that, you’ve come to the right place. Even though it might seem like your biggest do-it-yourself project to date, tackling your wedding DIY-style doesn’t have to be a stress-laden experience. If you start early and pick your projects wisely, you can successfully piece together the wedding of your dreams — and hopefully do so without any blood, sweat, or tears.
To help you brainstorm potential wedding DIY projects, we’ve pulled together a few of our favorite (and easy-to-do) decor ideas that will make your wedding look even more aesthetically pleasing. Plus, doing these projects yourself can ultimately save you some coin at the end of the day. And, let’s be honest, every DIY-er loves to save themselves some coin.
Keep an open mind and find a way to apply any of the below projects to your big day. Don’t be afraid to ask your bridesmaids/groomsmen for help along the way because as the old saying goes, “many hands make light work.”
Macrame wall decor.
Macrame has come back into fashion in a big way — like, a big way. We’re seeing it in fashion and accessories, and home decor. For couples who are leaning toward a vintage, boho wedding vibe, DIY-ing a macrame wall hanging to string up behind the altar, draw attention to the head table, or to just add interest to a space, can highlight your hippie style and make any venue feel homey.
Perhaps the best part about this project is that there are so many instructional videos online that you can follow. This beginners video by Chelsea Sadler will set you up for knot-tying success:
And, hello! This project is cheap to accomplish, too. All you need is a bunch of yarn or inexpensive cording and a stick from your backyard. We can hear all the budget brides cheering.
Canopied wedding pavilion.
The romantic, billowing, sheer canopied wedding arch or pavilion is such a good look. And guys, it’s also such an easy project. If you or your handyman/woman honey have a grasp on some basic carpentry skills, throwing together your own pavillion or chuppah is a no-brainer.
TheSorryGirls on YouTube show how to put one together in a single afternoon.
And save yourself a few bucks by heading to the thrift store to check out the cotton sheet selection and/or second-hand curtains to use as your canopy. You can also use found wood, driftwood, or branches to decorate, or even build, the pavillion. Think outside the box and get crafty with this project.
Floral kissing balls are an incredibly versatile decor item that can be incorporated into any wedding theme, scheme, and venue. They can be placed on tables, hung from barn rafters, turned into bridal party bouquets — honestly, the sky’s the limit with these things. And, obviously, they’re easy AF to make.
You can use several different methods to DIY your own kissing balls. Some crafters, like ClaCali on YouTube, opt to use foam spheres from the craft store, whereas others like Meaghan Mountford from the site Crafts By Amanda used wiffle balls as the base of her kissing balls. It really comes down to using whatever spherical object fits the size of kissing ball you wish to create.
Besides the sphere base, all you need is faux or real flowers, hot glue, and some ribbon. That’s literally all there is to it.
Jazz up you rental chairs.
Even though mismatched chairs are in, renting uniform chairs in bulk for your ceremony and/or reception is usually more cost-effective and can eliminate a lot of stress. But you don’t have to settle for using the rental chairs as they are.
Use strips of fabric, ribbon, flowers, and pendants to customize your wedding chairs. Again, hit the thrift store to find large quantities of fabric for cheap. You can then dye, bleach, or stencil your thrift finds to get your desired look.
Weave the fabrics between the chair’s spindles, tie it up with beautiful satin ribbon, or simply drape the fabric to make the space look effortless.
If you can imagine it, you can DIY it. Buckle down, turn your crafter brain on and see your perfect wedding blossom in front of your eyes.
Written by: Olivia Harvey