Post # 1
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Having done a few diy projects, I have some random advice for other brides doing similar projects, but would like to compile a big thread of advice from everyone rather than have just a few one-offs from me! So please contribute with the things you’ve learned from diying!! Doesn’t matter if it seems like a no brainer or if it’s “trade secret” level. I’ll start of course…
For spray painting:
I purchased Krylon and Liquitex brands and found Liquitex to be way superior; dried super fast and evenly, much more so than Krylon. Michael’s keeps it in a locked cabinet so you know it’s gotta be good (for spraypainting or maybe getting high)!!
For glueing stuff:
Glue dots were super helpful, way easier than getting a bottle and dabbing glue. I tried both the kind that comes in sheets and the kind that comes in a dispenser and the dispenser was WAY easier/less time consuming to use.
For designing paper stuff:
Set your image settings to 300 dpi, otherwise if you just set to the size specs (ie 8.5 x 11″) your resolution will still be too poor to print. This one took me a while to realize! >.<
Post # 3
– DO NOT GO CRAZY buying supplies for a project. Buy enough to do ONE, do that one, and then decide if the cost/time/work will be worth it.
– A tarp makes a great base for spray painting, rather than newspaper.
Post # 4
-BE PATIENT! It takes time to cut paper, glue/paint to dry, etc.
-Don’t expect everything to be perfect the first time around! Plan out your project and do a rough build. If its not perfect, ask yourself how can i make it better? Dont ever thing you failed.
Post # 5
Just be aware that all that stuff needs to be transported on the day before or day of wedding. We had three cars full of stuff. Then we had to pick it up after. I definetely would not do so much again. And honestly, I’m not sure we saved that much money to make it worth it.
I think Volparette makes a good point. One project at a time and try to buy exactly what you need.
There was just too much stuff but I must admit almost everything looked really nice.
Post # 6
@elysion: i used krylon in white for a project that i had to cover dark colored lettering. it took 3 coats to get it covered and i went through so much paint. i thought i’d need 4 cans to do the whole project and that really only got me 1/5 of the way through it. i stopped in home depot to buy more spraypaint and they didn’t have the same brand so i bought rustoleums painter’s touch 2x coverage. it was a miracle! i finished the rest of the project with two cans. needless to say, i calculated the number of cans i bought from home depot based on the coverage i got from krylon. i had a lot of cans to return! LOL
Post # 7
-Coupon hunt. Plan your trips to Michaels/Hobby Lobby/Joannes/Where ever in advance, with a specific outline of what you need. Look online for coupons, most stores always have 20 percent off available online or on their Iphone apps.
-Keep receipts. My sister’s center pieces were bird cages that she bought from Michaels. She thought she needed 16, but once she got her RSVPS in, she only needed 12, and she returned the extras.
-Don’t just do things off the top of your head, espeically in the stores. While doing my sister’s wedding, she sat down and wrote down her ideas for all the decorations she wanted- centerpieces, cake table decorations, aisle decor, wall/ceiling decor and favours. Then she made a list of what she needed for each, and tried to over lap her ceremony/reception decoration as much as possible. It made me easy for her to go to Hobby Lobby and get specificially 10 of this, 4 of these, ect, then to just wonder around looking for ideas.
Post # 8
Don’t buy Modge Podge. A mix of white school glue & water will give the same results. It makes a great sealer over paper & glitter (so they glitter won’t get everywhere). You can color it by mixing in acrylic (water based) paint.
DIY goes easier with the proper tools. Borrow all you can to reduce costs. Maybe your work will let you take home that industrial strength paper cutter for the weekend?
When a cardboard box comes into your home, save it. Besides free storage for all your projects, they are a free card box, candy bar bags holder, under the tablecloth risers for your table scapes, etc.
Buy lots of sticks for your glue gun!
Paint the background of your signs so if they get messed up, you can paint over the mistake/sploprint if you are painting them, that is).
Try to stick with projects you enjoy. Don’t make yourself miserable.
For me, I like having a few projects going at a time so I can choose what I want to work on. However, limit yourself to only a few & don’t start a new one untl one is done.