Wedding DIYs That Are Actually Worth It
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By Natasha Burton
Do-it-yourself wedding decor may be popular right now, but those "big day" craft projects can eat up hours (even days) of your planning time. As a bride-to-be who's doing a fair share of DIY, I've found 12 projects that are actually worth the effort. While I don't recommend tackling all of them, choosing a couple crafts that speak to you can help personalize your wedding day and trim your budget.
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Enhance the atmosphere of your reception with a whimsical, custom fixture like this feather chandelier, from sisters Jolie and Amie Sikes. (Check out the duo's latest season of Great American Country's Junk Gypsies, premiering Thurs., June 12, for this and more DIY ideas.) To create your own luxe-looking lampshade, spray paint the tips of feathers, sprinkling them with gold glitter while still wet. Use fishing line to tie them onto an old lampshade frame, and a lamp cord to light it from within.
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An easy and stylish alternative to spending money on slipcovers? "Take strips of fabric and simply tie them around the backs of chairs," say the Sikes sisters. They did just that for Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton's wedding, adorning the fabric with vintage western belt buckles. If belt buckles aren't your thing, they suggest using vintage jewelry for a romantic feel.
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If you'd rather not dedicate a big chunk of your budget to stationary, find an instant download on Etsy like these rustic invites from SimplyFetchingPaper. For $20—plus the cost of printing them yourself or at your local copier—you can get professional designs without sacrificing other wedding elements that are more important to you.
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Renting mercury glass votives and candles costs around $2 apiece, but you can make them for less—plus, you can resell them to another bride later or use them in your home to remind you of your special day. This tutorial by NatureComposed uses silver leaf to create an antique look, but you can use mercury glass spray paint to create more budget-friendly bespoke candleholders.
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This easy project for escort card displays by Nicole Denton of ThePlungeProject requires nothing more than a picture frame, fabric and a little elbow grease. Added bonus: You can turn the display into a message board and continue using your creation long after the wedding day.
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Displaying your new initials—decked out in anything from glitter to moss—is a popular wedding trend right now. This easy-to-make DIY floral letter from TheMrsandMommaBird also plays to the romantic vibe many receptions are trying to capture these days. Use silk flowers and you can hang your letter in your bathroom or boudoir post-nuptials.
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Lavender shortbread cookies, organic honey, mason jars filled with homemade jam—edible favors are the new "it" gift for guests. For a sweet send-off, consider s'mores, as seen here on the Evermine blog. They're perfect for a summer wedding, plus the ingredients are affordable.
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Linens can get pricey quickly, with cotton rental napkins costing anywhere from $2 to $5 (each!). Instead, buy white tea towels from a restaurant supply store (under $1 apiece), then dip-dye them to match your colors using this tutorial on ABeautifulMess. You can use them after the wedding to adorn your dinner table—or even wrap presents with them. (After washing, of course!)
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Since vintage accents are so popular for weddings now, rental companies often charge a premium for milk glass centerpiece containers. Save your money and follow this DIY (from P.S.- I Made This...) to get a similar look—for way less—by spray-painting empty food jars and containers. Ask friends and family to save theirs and lend them to your cause.
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Rather than decorate your ceremony with flowers and a rented arch—which can run you upwards of $1,300—use a wall as your canvas, as ABeautifulMess did, and adorn it with colorful crepe paper flowers. Making the flowers is a fun project for you and your wedding party and the display doubles as a photobooth backdrop during the reception. Win-win.
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String lights help create a whimsical, romantic setting, but buying as many as you'll need to fill an entire venue can get expensive. Supplement your strands with these Papel Picado Flags from GreenWeddingShoes, which add a bit of flair and are a cinch to make.
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You don't have to have much experience with a needle and thread to create your own garter, thanks to this tutorial from BridalMusings. Making this wearable item is a fun way to infuse your personal touch into your big day—plus, you may just create an heirloom to pass down in the process.
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