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

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We wrapped our pens for the signing, and guest book table in twine and attached our initials on ribbon in our colour.

we made our own chalkboard signs

Our DIY backdrop – we made the burlap banner, and although you can’t tell in this picture, it’s got burlap, and different laces tied to twine as well as vintage fabrics…. you can’t see all of it in this pic though. then we draped curtains and we made the forever sign too which we used in our engagement photos

Post # 18
73 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Had to comment so I can come back! Everything looks so good!

Post # 19
639 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Haven’t gotten married yet so I don’t have any pro pics, but here are some of my DIY projects:

(We made a drink stand for vintage glasses I’ve been collecting, here’s the inspiration pic:


DIY table number stakes (these will be sticking out of the vases in our centerpieces):

Escort cards: small tags tied around bottled Coca Cola:

DIY tote bags for out-of-town bags, with a map of Texas/Houston:

Made lots of DIY chalkboards using chalkboard paint and old frames, here’s one:


Tissue paper tassel garlands, to hang between trees (sorry, the photo sucks!!)


Stamped muslin bags with “Throw me” and filled them with lavender buds for our guests to toss at us during the recessional:

Tea in test tubes for favors (FI is a chemical engineer, and his family is Persian and they drink a lot of tea in their culture):


Banner  for our getaway car (i.e. my FI’s Kia 🙂

Burlap banner for the cake table:


Hope that helps give you some inspiration!


Post # 20
581 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We had a place card/guestbook quilt display made out of “faux” barnwood! I received so many compliments on it! DH’s aunt is almost finished putting the quilt together – I can’t wait to see how it looks!


Post # 21
1 posts
  • Wedding: September 2013

I LOVE the look of your escort board!! I don’t suppose you could give me some fire information? Like maybe an attached photo of the tag and a photo of the ones at the bottom. It looks just gorgeous!!


Post # 22
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

cute projects!

Post # 23
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Not sure I’m unique (I did a lot of what I saw and loved on Pinterest) but my wedding will be rustic-ish

My wood fans I spray painted. I have a pile of crates I’m going to stain a grey color to display the ceremony favors (fans and wand streamers)

My ribbon garland back drop (I’ll have at least 3 for the outdoor ceremony)

My ribbon wand streamers (this is a pic of when I first started, I actually finished last night but may need to make a few extra after RSVPs come on in)

For centerpieces we’ll be using the thicker birch slab on the right with that setup of jars. Orange Gerber Daisies will be in the two larger jars an a floating candle will be in each of the smaller ones 

The wine rack that will be at the bar to display the 3 wine options. And I have 3 of those rustic-ish looking bulletin boards. I have an orange damask pattern cloth I’m going to put over the corkbaord and a linen card stock I’m going to print on the information I want on there. Writing neatly is difficult for me so this is a great option for me. This (smallest board) one will be at the bar and have drinks listed on it. The larger ones will have the ceremony program on one and the other will have the escort cards/mason jar stickers that each person can put on their maso far mug. 

I’m almost done with my DIY magnetic save the dates. I’ll do a post on those within a week. 

Post # 24
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@lovelyduckie:  Cute stuff! Where did you get your backdrop stuff?

Post # 25
5622 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There are some great ideas in here!

Post # 26
237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

These are such amazing ideas!

Post # 27
6835 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@lovelyduckie:  Looks awesome!  Did you dye those Ball jars, or did you find a bunch of vintage blue ones?  If you did dye em, can you share your wisdom on the best way to do it?

Post # 28
523 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@lolot:  I looked into dyeing them but in the end decided to buy them off eBay and re-sell them after the big day. Those jars and the wood slabs are definitely a bit of a splurge for my decor budget. Supposedly a lot of the dyeing methods stop us from being able to put water in them, but I thought I read somewhere that there is a way to dye it and have water in them. They actually go for about $5 a pop (sometimes more) but I set my personal price at spending no more than $5 a piece. Those blue mason jars REALLY sell, so I’m fairly confident I’ll get back the full amount I paid (minus shipping). It was tough winning enough for my tables and ceremony, I saved a search in eBay with key words and it e-mailed me once a day with new listings. 

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@blessings: I bought the ribbon in bulk from Ribbons Unlimited. They’ll send you free samples of the ribbon if you ask and I DEFINTELY recommend doing that. A lot of the colors look a lot different from their pictures. I looked into dyeing my own, but it would have ironically cost me more. They’re wrapped arounf a PVC pip that I’m debating spray painting, we’ll see. 

Those colors are Tornado Blue, Tangerine, and Shell Grey and it’s the Chinese double sided satin. 

Buying ribbon this was was significantly cheaper than buying from my local craft store.


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