(Closed) Lets see your DIY Projects!

posted 4 years ago in Decor
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

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naivemelody :  LOVE that you made your own cake!!! That is my plan as well. We aren’t doing cake until some time this coming summer. We will be having a celebratory dinner with the rest of our family when everyone is home (cousins across the country for college will be back for summer break) and we will be doing a cake cutting then. I love to bake and am excited for the challenge! Looks like you did an incredible job!!

Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

Our venue/catering ended up taking a big chunk of our budget (food and alcohol were our main priorities), so I made most of the decor. I don’t have pro pics back yet, but here’s what I made: 

– Ceremony/”selfie station” backdrop
– All signage/table numbers
– Centerpieces
– Place cards
– Ring box for ceremony
– Iron-on vinyl totes and wood-burned hangers for bridesmaids
– Card box
– Possibly some other stuff I’m forgetting about

Here’s what I have pictures of (backdrop and centerpieces – for centerpieces, I alternated big and small lanterns and used a variety of different gold frames for table numbers) 

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Post # 18
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

Still have a few things to do (like putting together our centerpieces, also doing signs – that’s what the easels below are for – and probably a few other things I’m forgetting right now)

The easels (these: https://www.schoolsin.com/MAS-FLX04201MV.html)  painted them gold!:

 

The table numbers (not sure I actually saved any money doing these; I’m afraid to check! =D )

(They still have the plastic covering on them to keep them from getting scratched; then the scan thing/price tag will come off)

Spray painted the egde of my invites gold:

 

And been sewing together gauzy white curtains for something like this (my inspo pic):

 

Also, we used vistaprint for our invitations/stationary and I used this site for our logo (highly recommend it!): http://templatetrove.com/mobile/monogram-maker/ We’re having these (but with our info obviously) engraved on the Dollar Tree beer mugs! (got the samples: they look so good!)

 

Post # 19
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

 Ok, I’ll bite! I’ve really been enjoying the opportunity for creative and crafty projects.

Here’s my DIY hairpiece — probably the DIY i’m most proud of.  I fell in love with a hairpiece that would have set me back $475 before tax and international shipping, so I attempted my own with about $80 worth of high quality craft supplies (like real pearls and swarovskis). I’m kind of in love with the result. 

Four of these hair vines/halos for the flower girls (used cheap faux pearls for these!):

80 yards of bunting:

Hand-dyed cheesecloth for table runners. This is actually one continuous length of 60 yards; I’m not yet sure how long our long harvest-style tables will be, so this will be cut to length at the venue as it gets installed (seen here in a trial run in my kitchen). 

I’ve also made my own veil.  My partner did all the design work on our save the dates and invitations which we printed through vistaprint, and also built our website from scratch (like, not using a wedding website template service).  I’m still planning to build a photo display frame out of copper pipe, sew pocket squares for the groomsmen and make my own cake too! I’ve already done a trial run of the cake so think that should go ok. Glad I followed other brides’ advice to start the DIYs early. Wedding’s in June!

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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hungrymeow :  These shoes are amazing! well done.  Is the colour all from the crystals or are the shoes coloured underneath?

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - -

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denkyem :  All the iridescence is from the crystals, but the shoe is a dark purple suede underneath that was pretty badly scuffed up. It was recommended by TPF’ers that when you strass with Volcano crystals, you want a dark purple base, so I looked for a secondhand shoe like that. You can also paint the shoes, but suede was also a recommended material for strassing that doesn’t need paint to hold crystals well. ^_^

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017 - the garden house, seattle

 i want to stress that we knew our audience (which was mostly geeks and acquired family). only people who have known and loved us for years were invited. it was awesome being surrounded by that much love, and everyone got what we were doing.

i had two diy projects, both a bit odd to most people (but not our guests). one was the invitations, which i designed in an online editor using clip art and text. my husband and i both work in the software industry, which is where the theme comes from. they were a big hit; a few people even posted pictures of them on facebook.

the other project was making the favors. we made wish kits: little boxes with a knitted heart i made, a vial of dandelion seeds, a box of matches, a tiny beeswax candle, and a card explaining the whole thing. they were little art pieces and went over very well: most people took one and a dew posted pictures, so i’m pretty happy with how they came out. 

Post # 23
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I DIY-ed a ton of other things but couldn’t find pics on my phone. Also made:

ring box

flower girl crown (floral wreath thing for her head) and basket

bar menu

card box

garland

floral arrangements for the tables (had a florist make our bouquets)

Belts for the bridesmaids 

Post # 24
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

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denkyem :  Awww,  I’m doing DIY bunting too! And a DIY photo backdrop.  It’s 2 sheets of. 33width plywood thats 4×8, painted mint to match the wedding colors with our names,  a few quotes,  and the dates stenciled on in navy blue.  And we’re making white paper flowers to attach as well.  Right now I’m trying to decide when to attach the flowers. The painting and stenciling isn’t that hard,  but transporting 4×8 pieces of wood with 3d flowers already attached will be more difficult (I drive a minivan so the wood fits in the back with the seats folded into the floor). I’d worry about the flowers being crumpled.

We can drop off all our stuff for the Saturday reception on Thursday night.  So I’m thinking I may leave it unfinished and glue the flowers to the backdrop Thursday night.  We are also running the lights,  bunting,  and gauze across the ceiling Thursday night and dropping off all the decor items so they are already there and ready to set up on Saturday morning before the reception.   

Post # 25
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

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anabolina :  You’re so lucky to have advance access to the space! We don’t have that, so I’m stressing about how to transport things safely, and how much my wonderful day-of co-ordinator can reasonably be expected to set up with one assistant in just a few hours.  I think I’m going to need to clip all my photos to my photo display frame in advance, as it would be too much for the DOC to have to do it all herself, so I’m trying to come up with a way of wrapping up the display in cardboard and plastic so the photos are protected from weather and don’t get bent out of shape or knocked down in transit. 

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