(Closed) Collection of DIY advice

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

– 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
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

-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
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

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
267 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@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
2305 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

-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
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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.

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