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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Personalize your place settings on a budget with this easy patterned charger project. You can customize the pattern and colors to fit your wedding's theme super easily. And if it's not the right fit for your wedding, these DIY chargers would be a special touch for the groom's dinner or another wedding-related event as well. 

    Here's what you'll need to make your own patterned chargers on a budget...

    Materials:

    12 inch wood rounds (which can be found at most craft and hobby stores) Craft glue Sealer or Mod Podge Paint brush and/or foam brush Decorative paper or wallpaper Scissors 

    How-To:


    1. Start by cutting decorative paper or wallpaper into a square slightly larger than your wood round.


    2. Next, glue the square paper onto the wood round, with the design facing up. Smooth out any bumps in the paper and let the glue dry.


    3. Cut the excess paper off of the wood round, with a pair of scissors.


    4. Then, apply a coat of sealer or Mod Podge onto the paper to help with water resistance and food stains.


    5. Once the sealant is dry, your charger is ready to use. Just add a plate and silverware and you're ready to go.

    Bonus! Use scrap pieces of paper to create decorative name plate paper tents for guests to quickly find their seat.

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  • Project and Photos Brittni Mehlhoff

    Impress your guests with a quirky, fun wedding favor that doubles as a unique escort card. These DIY garden stakes, made of metal collar stays, are the perfect match for a pretty potted succulent. Here's how you can make your own.

    Materials:

    Small decorative pots (mine are from here and were painted lilac) Succulents Acrylic paint Paint brush Nameplate flags (make your own with paper and wood skewers) Collar Stays Tape

    Instructions:


    1. Start by taping off a section of each collar stay, being sure to leave enough room to write a table number on it later.


    2. Next, paint the top of each collar stay in a color that matches your wedding colors. Let the paint dry completely before adding a second coat and/or flipping over to paint the opposite side.


    3. Once dry, use a permanent marker to write the table numbers on each collar stay, as shown. You can write the table number out as a word or keep it simple.


    4. Now it's time to pot the succulents in the decorative containers.


    5. Then add the collar stay garden stakes, along with some longer nameplate flags with each guest name, to each potted plant. 

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    Posies are smaller bouquets that consist of 8-10 stems of florals. They are so cute and so dainty—perfect for your bridesmaids!

    Ingredients:

    A mix of spring flowers. I used, ranunculus, peonies, tulips, garden roses, astilbe, helleborus and pretty textured greenery.  Floral Tape Ribbon

    How To:

    Begin with the flower that you’ll using as your filler, think of it as the “background” to the posy. I used the astilbe for this bouquet. Next I added 1 peony, 1 garden rose and 3 ranunculus.

    Secure the stem with the floral tape and then cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length.

    Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon and there you have it!  

    How lovely are these pretty posies for your bridesmaids!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Looking for a super affordable escort card idea that can double as guest favors? Try this colorful (and easy) project idea.

    Materials:

    Colorful Paper Pen or Marker Rocks or Pebbles Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Scissors Air Plants

    Steps:


    1. Cut various shapes (2-3 inches wide) in different color papers, that match your wedding decor.


    2. Next, write the name of each guest toward the bottom of each shape. Set aside.


    3. Next, paint flat rocks with acrylic paint. You may need to add a second layer of paint, once the first is dry.


    4. Once the rocks are completely dry, write the table numbers for each guest on the rocks.


    5. Then, place the rocks on top of each paper shape, making sure each rock's number corresponds with the guest's proper table. Then, add an air plant (which will act as a fun favor for guests to take home) and you're all set. The rocks will keep the paper from floating away in the wind, if your wedding is outdoors and will add another color pop for these quirky, cool escort cards.

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    We love this fun, unique way to display flowers at your wedding reception!

    Ingredients: 

    Drawer (I chose a white one. It makes the colors of the flowers “pop”!) Potted Plants Flowers of your choice (I chose Ranunculus in pastel colors) Bud Vases (use different shapes and sizes and get creative)

    How To:  

    Cut the stems of the ranunculus or the flowers of your choice and place them in the water filled bud vases.

    Next place the potted plants in the drawer of the dresser. You don’t have to remove the plants of the pots. The dresser that I used only had a top drawer, but if you dresser has a second drawer, fill it with the potted as well. Note, I watered the potted plants the day before the project, so there wouldn’t be any water leakage from the pots.

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Want to invite friends into your wedding party in a unique way? Try this easy DIY ribbon message bouquet. It's a quick project that won't take much time to whip up. And each bouquet costs less than $10 to create, which makes this a budget-friendly option as well. How can you beat that?

    Materials:

    2 stems of Pink Hyacinth 2 stems of White Hyacinth 3-4 stems of Star of Bethlehem Ribbon Scissors or shears Sticky label (from label maker or computer print out)

    How To:


    1. Criss cross the stems of 4 Hyacinth bulbs, creating and X towards the bottom of the stems.


    2. Then add Star of Bethlehem stems into the bouquet, to fill any wholes in the bouquet.


    3. Cut the bottom of the stems off with scissors or shears, so the bottom of the bouquet has a uniform look.


    4. Pick up the stems and rearrange if needed, before securing with a rubber band.


    5. Add a ribbon to cover up the rubber band and add the sticky label 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' message to the end of the ribbon. Then tie in a bow and give to your bridesmaids as a way of popping the question.

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  • Photos by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Crafty spring brides - this one is for you! Here's how to arrange a perfectly lovely springtime bouquet. 

    Ingredients:

    Tulips Ranunculus Geranium Leaves Dusty Miller Ribbon

    How To:

    First make certain all the stems are clean and prepared to design. Start off by using the geranium leaves and dusty miller to make the “foundation” for the bouquet.
     

    Start with the tulips and criss-cross the stems while making certain you aren’t covering up the heads of the flowers.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the look of the bouquet.

    Secure the stems with floral tape.

    Tie the ribbon of choice to hide the floral tape and cut the stems to even them out and there you have it!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Add a personal touch to your wedding invites with this simple but elegant DIY idea for watercolor envelope liners.

    Materials:

    Envelopes Paper Pencil Glue dots Scissors Paint (plus water for thinning, if needed) Paintbrush

    How To: 

    1. First, choose the envelope you'd like to use and pick a paper for the liner. Open the envelope and lay it flat on the liner paper. Trace the envelope on the liner paper. This is the initial shape that will be used as a guide for the actual liner.

    2. Offset the envelope slightly below the initial tracing.  This should be about a 1/2-inch internal margin to the tracing of the top flap. Trace the top flap. Now, create 1/8-inch internal margins on the right and left sides of the liner. Trace the sides of the envelope. You should now have a drawn shape that is similar to the shape of the flat envelope, just smaller. 

    3. Cut the shape out using the internal margins. Insert the liner into the envelope to check the sizing. Make any necessary tweaks. You can use this first liner as a template to create as many additional liners as you need.

    4. After all the liners are cut out, you can paint them however you'd like. I diluted some acrylic paints and created an abstract watercolor effect for mine.

    5. When your liners are fully dry, insert the liners into the envelopes and fold the liner to match the envelope fold. Use glue dots to adhere the liner to the envelope.

    All set!

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  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    These cute, easy beverage accoutrements are perfect for cocktail hour at your wedding, bridal shower, dinner parties...the list goes on!

    Ingredients:

    Edible Pansies (I purchased these from Terrain) Plastic Food Tray (I purchased this one from Displays2Go) Mini Ice Tray 6 Flat-Bottom Plastic Cups Designer Rocks or coins to fill the cups Beverage/Cocktail

    How To: 

    The night before the event, fill the ice trays with water and place 2-3 pansies on top and place in the freezer.

    Next, place the plastic cups on the tray. I placed three on each side and place the rocks/coins in the cups to weigh them down. 

    Fill the tray with water until it’s about ½ inch deep. Note: if you are using water tap water, you should pre-boil it to keep the water from being cloudy. I used bottled water to avoid having to boil the water.

    Next, place the pansies in the water and space them out to your liking.

    Place in the freezer overnight. When ready to use the pansy tray, remove the tray from the freezer and remove the rock/coins from the plastic cups. Pour a little hot water in the cup to remove it from the tray. Next, place the prepared drinks with the pansy ice cubes on the tray and you are ready to serve. I added a few fresh pansies to the tray as well.

    There you have it! 

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Create custom favors for guests at your wedding with a gold embossed favor box idea, filled with your favorite treats. The embossed detailing will take inexpensive painted boxes to the next level. And you can even personalize the design by having a custom stamp made with your initials, wedding date, etc.

    Materials:

    small to medium kraft boxes rubber stamps acrylic paint paint brush clear ink pad embossing powder embossing heat gun

    How To:

    1. Remove the lid from each kraft box and paint the base and lid with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

    2. Next, gently tap the stamp over a clear ink pad, several times, making sure that the raised area of the stamp is completely covered in ink.

    3. Press the stamp evenly onto the top of the lid.

    4. Then, pour embossing powder over the stamped area.

    5. Remove the excess embossing powder and set the design with a heat gun.

    Add candy, cookies, or macarons and you have a unique wedding favor for guests to take home wit them.

    2
  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Personalize your place settings on a budget with this easy patterned charger project. You can customize the pattern and colors to fit your wedding's theme super easily. And if it's not the right fit for your wedding, these DIY chargers would be a special touch for the groom's dinner or another wedding-related event as well. 

    Here's what you'll need to make your own patterned chargers on a budget...

    Materials:

    12 inch wood rounds (which can be found at most craft and hobby stores) Craft glue Sealer or Mod Podge Paint brush and/or foam brush Decorative paper or wallpaper Scissors 

    How-To:


    1. Start by cutting decorative paper or wallpaper into a square slightly larger than your wood round.


    2. Next, glue the square paper onto the wood round, with the design facing up. Smooth out any bumps in the paper and let the glue dry.


    3. Cut the excess paper off of the wood round, with a pair of scissors.


    4. Then, apply a coat of sealer or Mod Podge onto the paper to help with water resistance and food stains.


    5. Once the sealant is dry, your charger is ready to use. Just add a plate and silverware and you're ready to go.

    Bonus! Use scrap pieces of paper to create decorative name plate paper tents for guests to quickly find their seat.

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  • Project and Photos Brittni Mehlhoff

    Impress your guests with a quirky, fun wedding favor that doubles as a unique escort card. These DIY garden stakes, made of metal collar stays, are the perfect match for a pretty potted succulent. Here's how you can make your own.

    Materials:

    Small decorative pots (mine are from here and were painted lilac) Succulents Acrylic paint Paint brush Nameplate flags (make your own with paper and wood skewers) Collar Stays Tape

    Instructions:


    1. Start by taping off a section of each collar stay, being sure to leave enough room to write a table number on it later.


    2. Next, paint the top of each collar stay in a color that matches your wedding colors. Let the paint dry completely before adding a second coat and/or flipping over to paint the opposite side.


    3. Once dry, use a permanent marker to write the table numbers on each collar stay, as shown. You can write the table number out as a word or keep it simple.


    4. Now it's time to pot the succulents in the decorative containers.


    5. Then add the collar stay garden stakes, along with some longer nameplate flags with each guest name, to each potted plant. 

    0
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    Posies are smaller bouquets that consist of 8-10 stems of florals. They are so cute and so dainty—perfect for your bridesmaids!

    Ingredients:

    A mix of spring flowers. I used, ranunculus, peonies, tulips, garden roses, astilbe, helleborus and pretty textured greenery.  Floral Tape Ribbon

    How To:

    Begin with the flower that you’ll using as your filler, think of it as the “background” to the posy. I used the astilbe for this bouquet. Next I added 1 peony, 1 garden rose and 3 ranunculus.

    Secure the stem with the floral tape and then cut the stems of the flowers to the desired length.

    Wrap the stems with your choice of ribbon and there you have it!  

    How lovely are these pretty posies for your bridesmaids!

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  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Looking for a super affordable escort card idea that can double as guest favors? Try this colorful (and easy) project idea.

    Materials:

    Colorful Paper Pen or Marker Rocks or Pebbles Acrylic Paint Paint Brush Scissors Air Plants

    Steps:


    1. Cut various shapes (2-3 inches wide) in different color papers, that match your wedding decor.


    2. Next, write the name of each guest toward the bottom of each shape. Set aside.


    3. Next, paint flat rocks with acrylic paint. You may need to add a second layer of paint, once the first is dry.


    4. Once the rocks are completely dry, write the table numbers for each guest on the rocks.


    5. Then, place the rocks on top of each paper shape, making sure each rock's number corresponds with the guest's proper table. Then, add an air plant (which will act as a fun favor for guests to take home) and you're all set. The rocks will keep the paper from floating away in the wind, if your wedding is outdoors and will add another color pop for these quirky, cool escort cards.

    1
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Love by Serena

    We love this fun, unique way to display flowers at your wedding reception!

    Ingredients: 

    Drawer (I chose a white one. It makes the colors of the flowers “pop”!) Potted Plants Flowers of your choice (I chose Ranunculus in pastel colors) Bud Vases (use different shapes and sizes and get creative)

    How To:  

    Cut the stems of the ranunculus or the flowers of your choice and place them in the water filled bud vases.

    Next place the potted plants in the drawer of the dresser. You don’t have to remove the plants of the pots. The dresser that I used only had a top drawer, but if you dresser has a second drawer, fill it with the potted as well. Note, I watered the potted plants the day before the project, so there wouldn’t be any water leakage from the pots.

    1
  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Want to invite friends into your wedding party in a unique way? Try this easy DIY ribbon message bouquet. It's a quick project that won't take much time to whip up. And each bouquet costs less than $10 to create, which makes this a budget-friendly option as well. How can you beat that?

    Materials:

    2 stems of Pink Hyacinth 2 stems of White Hyacinth 3-4 stems of Star of Bethlehem Ribbon Scissors or shears Sticky label (from label maker or computer print out)

    How To:


    1. Criss cross the stems of 4 Hyacinth bulbs, creating and X towards the bottom of the stems.


    2. Then add Star of Bethlehem stems into the bouquet, to fill any wholes in the bouquet.


    3. Cut the bottom of the stems off with scissors or shears, so the bottom of the bouquet has a uniform look.


    4. Pick up the stems and rearrange if needed, before securing with a rubber band.


    5. Add a ribbon to cover up the rubber band and add the sticky label 'Will You Be My Bridesmaid' message to the end of the ribbon. Then tie in a bow and give to your bridesmaids as a way of popping the question.

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  • Photos by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    Crafty spring brides - this one is for you! Here's how to arrange a perfectly lovely springtime bouquet. 

    Ingredients:

    Tulips Ranunculus Geranium Leaves Dusty Miller Ribbon

    How To:

    First make certain all the stems are clean and prepared to design. Start off by using the geranium leaves and dusty miller to make the “foundation” for the bouquet.
     

    Start with the tulips and criss-cross the stems while making certain you aren’t covering up the heads of the flowers.  Repeat this process until you are happy with the look of the bouquet.

    Secure the stems with floral tape.

    Tie the ribbon of choice to hide the floral tape and cut the stems to even them out and there you have it!

    0
  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff

    Add a personal touch to your wedding invites with this simple but elegant DIY idea for watercolor envelope liners.

    Materials:

    Envelopes Paper Pencil Glue dots Scissors Paint (plus water for thinning, if needed) Paintbrush

    How To: 

    1. First, choose the envelope you'd like to use and pick a paper for the liner. Open the envelope and lay it flat on the liner paper. Trace the envelope on the liner paper. This is the initial shape that will be used as a guide for the actual liner.

    2. Offset the envelope slightly below the initial tracing.  This should be about a 1/2-inch internal margin to the tracing of the top flap. Trace the top flap. Now, create 1/8-inch internal margins on the right and left sides of the liner. Trace the sides of the envelope. You should now have a drawn shape that is similar to the shape of the flat envelope, just smaller. 

    3. Cut the shape out using the internal margins. Insert the liner into the envelope to check the sizing. Make any necessary tweaks. You can use this first liner as a template to create as many additional liners as you need.

    4. After all the liners are cut out, you can paint them however you'd like. I diluted some acrylic paints and created an abstract watercolor effect for mine.

    5. When your liners are fully dry, insert the liners into the envelopes and fold the liner to match the envelope fold. Use glue dots to adhere the liner to the envelope.

    All set!

    0
  • Project by Janie Medley

    Photos by Alisandra Photography

    These cute, easy beverage accoutrements are perfect for cocktail hour at your wedding, bridal shower, dinner parties...the list goes on!

    Ingredients:

    Edible Pansies (I purchased these from Terrain) Plastic Food Tray (I purchased this one from Displays2Go) Mini Ice Tray 6 Flat-Bottom Plastic Cups Designer Rocks or coins to fill the cups Beverage/Cocktail

    How To: 

    The night before the event, fill the ice trays with water and place 2-3 pansies on top and place in the freezer.

    Next, place the plastic cups on the tray. I placed three on each side and place the rocks/coins in the cups to weigh them down. 

    Fill the tray with water until it’s about ½ inch deep. Note: if you are using water tap water, you should pre-boil it to keep the water from being cloudy. I used bottled water to avoid having to boil the water.

    Next, place the pansies in the water and space them out to your liking.

    Place in the freezer overnight. When ready to use the pansy tray, remove the tray from the freezer and remove the rock/coins from the plastic cups. Pour a little hot water in the cup to remove it from the tray. Next, place the prepared drinks with the pansy ice cubes on the tray and you are ready to serve. I added a few fresh pansies to the tray as well.

    There you have it! 

    1
  • Project and Photos by Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch

    Create custom favors for guests at your wedding with a gold embossed favor box idea, filled with your favorite treats. The embossed detailing will take inexpensive painted boxes to the next level. And you can even personalize the design by having a custom stamp made with your initials, wedding date, etc.

    Materials:

    small to medium kraft boxes rubber stamps acrylic paint paint brush clear ink pad embossing powder embossing heat gun

    How To:

    1. Remove the lid from each kraft box and paint the base and lid with acrylic paint. Allow the paint to dry completely before moving on to the next step.

    2. Next, gently tap the stamp over a clear ink pad, several times, making sure that the raised area of the stamp is completely covered in ink.

    3. Press the stamp evenly onto the top of the lid.

    4. Then, pour embossing powder over the stamped area.

    5. Remove the excess embossing powder and set the design with a heat gun.

    Add candy, cookies, or macarons and you have a unique wedding favor for guests to take home wit them.

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might be going a bit overboard, but Project Wedding has tons of DIY wedding ideas for you to implement for your big day.

Whether you can’t cut a straight line or you’re the next Martha Stewart, we have DIY wedding ideas for every type of bride. From DIY wedding favors to DIY wedding decorations to DIY wedding invitations, if you’re interested in doing it yourself, we can help! With so many unique images of wedding ideas we’ve found, plus all our great photos of real weddings, you’ll find the most DIY wedding ideas here.

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DIY weddings are a great way to put a personal touch on all of your wedding details. You can add your initials to your wedding favors, make a candy buffet that complements your wedding colors, or create a masterpiece that looks store bought but cost way less. Whatever your reason for wanting a Do it Yourself wedding, our articles will help make your dreams come to life.

With so many great DIY wedding ideas, all of your family, friends and honored wedding guests are guaranteed to remember how amazingly creative your wedding day was. Now go get crafty!