(Closed) Calling all DIY/Shabby Chic/Rustic brides

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Post # 3
808 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014


Post # 4
4676 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Omg, you had me at hello!

Here is what I did for my wedding: 

guest book-had quilt squares for people to sign

had my toy camera collection out for people to use

old pics of parents, grand parents & g grandparents weddings

lots of pretty chalkboard signs

dessert & s’mores bar (though no one really went of the s’mores 🙁 ) 

and a pretty awesome groom’s cake!  

Don’t have my pics back yet, but my photographer just posted a handful out if you want to check out some of my decor.  


all of my guests were amazed, a lot of work but so worth it!  

Post # 8
393 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Not so unique to the online world, but I’ve never been to any “rustic” type weddings.

Reception tables: real wood/rectangular tables, no tablecloths, wide burlap runner with maybe a lace trim. (I think the lace will make the burlap “pop” against the wood table.. yah?) Most weddings I’ve been to have white tablecloths.

I want to play off the runners and have lots of burlap bunting signs. So far I have a “MR. & MRS.” “CHEERS” “LOVE IS SWEET”.. I also want to make a “CARDS” & “THANK YOU” sign.

Our wedding is going to be an outdoor, late morning/afternoon event, so I plan on having lawn games and other activities to keep guests entertained. I plan on having a pinata!

I want to have the clothesline photo display!

Venue is private property that only allows family/friend events!

Heres my partially done DIY banners and (hopefully as cheap in April) centerpieces.



Post # 9
672 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@auggiefrog:  Congratulations! Thank you for sharing your photos.

Post # 10
306 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

We’re doing a photo clothesline, I’m making lots of chalkboard signs, burlap banners, mr & mrs signs. I’m trying to make ours really “us” too! I also bought some mason jars and am painting chalkboard squares on each one for guest to write their names! I’m super excited!

Post # 12
286 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Here are some of the things that I’m doing.

I’ll be starting a thread with all of my pictures of complete projects… soon.  But most things aren’t all the way finished (most things need a ribbon here or there lol).


For my centerpieces I’m doing a 1″ thick slice of a log with 3 different sized mason jars on top of it.  (I had a different centerpiece but wound up with a last minute venue change and ffil is making me the wood slices so I don’t have a finished picture, but here are the jars)

(crappy cell phone picture.  I’ll have a better bow obviously on the twine jar, lol I’m terrible at bows.  I’m getting a different (ivory) lace for the big jar too. The picture is double sided, in oil.)


Up next, I’m doing a cookie bar.

Here is my inpiration:

Here is one of my jars:


(Side note, thats not the sign that will be on it, just a prototype)


I’ve made some burlap bunting (I did square because it was much easier to cut the burlap into rectangles, then fold them over than to do triangles which were making me looney) 


So far I have ‘Just Married’ ‘Thank You’ ‘Love is sweet’ & ‘Milk N Cookies’ (probably won’t make more because this was very labor intensive imo, I wound up having to cut all the burlap squares, then having to use hem tape around them, including adhering them to the string so they don’t slide, then painting… it just took a lot of time)


I have made 27 of these:


All in different sizes, I’m hanging this behind the head table which is outdoors so I’m hoping the light catches nicely.  I’ll have pictures of mine up in a different thread later once I put on my ribbons.  They do spin a lot, so its a good thing they look good behind.  This DIY was very easy and I used one old lace cutain to get 27, and the hoops were around 1.70 each. 


Additionally we are going to have strings of lights even though its a day time reception, mostly because they are already up at the venue (old ranch in a small town). 

I purchased a bunch of old mirrors and photo frames from thrift stores and pulled them apart, painted the frames all with ivory spraypain and the glass all with chalkboard paint to make very nice chalboards to put up… everywhere.


I painted my own thumbprint tree


I’ve also wrapped twine around several jars/bottles that will be everywhere in the decor (old hotsauce bottles, wine bottles, etc.) 

I purchased some little ceramic birds I love that I’ll use.  Some old books here and there too (because I’m nerdy). 

I’m also going ot borrow FFIL’s wood ladder to make this for our welcome:



I have tons of ideas and keep in mind that I’m a very budgeted bride but I am making sure that my theme goes throughout the wedding, not just the center pieces.  My favors are burlap bags with coffee beans, I’ll have tons of babies breath everywhere, and I’m going to have a 3 inch thick piece of wood cut from a log for the cake stand.  I probably left stuff out, but hope this helps with your inspiration, an Sorry for the huge pics and general adhd-ness of this post!

Post # 13
2359 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We had a ton of DIY vintage/rustic stuff

*we made a burlap garland for the arbour with strips of burlap, lace, and vintage fabric.  we tied across it a burlap banner we made that said LOVE.  We strung that across the top and then down the poles at the side we tied lace curtains.  People loved it, i don’t have a pic yet

*We had a polaroid guestbook where guests would get their picture taken, then it would get hung up along twine with clothes pegs.  

*we tied our pens(guestbook table, signing table) with twine all the way and at the top we used ribbon in our colour to tie our initials on it.

*We made a popcorn bar.  I’m sure you’ve seen it online, if you google rustic popcorn bar, we used that idea, and we even ordered our labels from that woman.  we used the bushel baskets of different sizes and tied them with lace, ribbon in our colour, and fabric.  it was a HUGE hit.

*we made hanging mason jars for the aisle decorations.  We glued twine around the top and hung it from the chairs with hydrangeas and babys breathe.

*we made our own burlap table runners, which was super easy.

*we made all our own chalkboard signs

*we made our own seating chart out of two vintage window panes, and hinged them together so they could stand on the table.  we used vintage paper to write down the names and table numbers.


Post # 14
590 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

For the ceremony I made these two signs with vintage frames and burlap:

Also made the J & K banner with burlap and vintage lace that was moved to the reception and tied on our bride/groom chairs. I had blue ball jars for all vases with pink and white garden roses. Card box was a vintage tackle box. The vintage table and chair we had in our barn!

For the reception -Our love story on an old window frame, chalkboard tins scattered around, vintage doilies also.

LOVE banner on our cake table (and you can see the J&K in the back). Also had a burlap banner for the gift table.

And table details – paper doilies as place mats with thank you cards – there were three versions of this, one with a Mad Libs, one with a Crossword puzzle, and one with an I Spy card – I had custom pink golf pencils imprinted with our names and date as well for guests to use when filling them out. The head tables had chalkboard-mugs. Fun vintage straws for all guests.


Everything came together really well and I received lots of compliments. Our snack table also included pink popcorn with vintage popcorn bags and a pb&j station with heart cookie cutters. They went over really well! We had grandparent photos in frames also, and a photo ‘clothesline’ above the bar with photos printed to look vintage. Also turned out really neat.

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