(Closed) Do you think I can…

posted 6 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Can they be DIY'd to save money?
    Yes : (25 votes)
    74 %
    No : (9 votes)
    26 %
  • Post # 3
    1235 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    Im not doing programs to save money but I def think that they can be DIY for much cheaper! If you have the creative skill then definately go for it!

    Post # 4
    6893 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I’m sure they can, though I imagine you won’t save TOO much. It’ll become a time vs money thing I think.

    You’ll have to buy a lot of paper, probably ink, and whatever those metal things are called (they aren’t called brads are they?)…. They are really cute though.

    Post # 7
    2815 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    You absolutely can do them, but they are VERY time consuming unless you buy the precut paper (which is expensive).  There is a template out there somewhere if you google “petal fan program”.  

    Post # 9
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I made these for our wedding, and then promptly forgot to bring them…grrr…

    They were a PITA, and it took me a lot of tries to find paper that was heavy enough not to just be a floppy mess, but still punchable with the brad.  Super annoying task. 

    But, I have a template if you want to try!

    Post # 10
    7904 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

    I don’t think you’ll be able to do it for enough of a savings to make it worth it.

    Post # 11
    1798 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    Like PPs said, this look very difficult to make well. While you may end up saving some money, I’d imagine that it wouldn’t be enough to justify the amount of time spend making them

    Post # 12
    2009 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I don’t think it’s worth it once you’ve spent the time designing, tweaking, printing, paying for paper, assembly etc.


    But, they are cute.

    Post # 13
    5985 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I DIY our programs and they were fantastic 😀 You can so do it for much cheaper. I paid $9 for all of our programs!!! I found program paper at Michaels on clearance!! From $50 to $9!! And it took probably 5 hours to do (by myself):

    Post # 15
    1 posts
    • Wedding: September 2012

    graphic designer here and yes you can do for way cheaper. I would recommend skipping the shape of them and doing something like 1/3 of the paper. So have your fiance lay out the design into 1/3’s (like in InDesign) and you will get the most bang for your buck…1 piece of paper makes 3 peices of your program 🙂 hope that helps!! Oh and also…see if he can have them printed at his school, they will normally charge cost which is way better than at home printing costs. 

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