(Closed) Most time consuming/crazy DIY you've done

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Commenting to follow. Always wanted to DIY as much as possible but, on top of full time work and study, this might just change my mind! 

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

My favors. I had almond, i wrapped up in white tule and pink fabric. I had to cut the pink fabric first. Then i had a traditional cake, who also had to wrappers and a bow. Then i put them together in a clear sphere on top of each other. Tied it up with ribbon, some rings and flowers. Turned up gorgeous, everybody liked them, they were diffrent. I had 60 and 20 for kids filled with candy.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

I’m in the middle of a brooch bouquet, and it’s pretty time-consuming and stressful, but it will (hopefully) be worth it!

For those of you commenting to follow, may I recommend making DIY wire name hangers for at least yourself, if you want them.  THey’re super cheap and easy to make, it only took me about 15 minutes per hanger I’ve made so far, and they’re great for photo ops!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

My table settings. Each setting had a log slice plate charger and coaster that we sliced, sanded, and coated with lacquer, and the coasters were branded with our last name with a handmade iron brand. Each table had a tree trunk vase that we hand cut and hollowed out with a drill press (??? don’t remember the tool actually). Also, each napkin was folded and tied with twine, baby pinecones, and dried lavender. And the burlap table runners? I hemmed them on all sides so there were no frayed edges.

Looking back on all this … I have no idea how I did any of it!!! Seems like so much effort now, but I truly had a blast with DIY wedding stuff.

Oh also my signs – we had so many and they were all boards that I got for free (someone dismantled a treehouse and left all the wood for scrap) but I had to wash, scrub, and stain every single piece on all sides … Then assemble them by length and make them hang-able and such. All that before I could paint!

I can’t take credit for this one, but my dad spent a lot of time creating our backdrop.

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Bumble bee

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FutureBride625:  I would love to diy them! Did you use/make a tutorial you could point us toward?

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Carmen\'s Lakeview

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Birchcanoe:  My invitations. I made (AND edge punched) bellybands and glued bows (that I had to tie) on 100 invitations. It took me a SO LONG to get them finished.

But I think they were worth it:

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Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2015

So far my pomander balls for the church have been very time consuming. I couldn’t find any flowers in the right shade of purple, so I decided to make them out of fabric. 

 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

My centrepieces!! I couldn’t have candles or homemade-flowers because my reception was in the museum.

First problem was getting willow branches which were already dried, in my desperation I mentioned my plight at morning tea at work and a lady at work found some from her friend. But my aunt searched all over southland for some in the meantime!

Next issue – I thought I could spraypaint all the branches in silver in a day. Well spraypainting twisted willow is terrible and most of the paint missed the branches so after 5 cans of paint it was getting expensive! So my DH and I got out paint brushes and painted several hours for several days with silver acrylic!

After that mission we got ruthless and used a tonne of wire and cat litter stones to hold the branches upright. It took a bit of convincing my Fiance that the cheapest and tidiest option was getting cat litter (the white rock kind) as a base in the vases (FYI we couldn’t use sand from the beach because of the bugs issue at the museum – also the reason why the branches had to be painted).

Then my dad and his partner spent a day when they arrived hot glueing all the butterflies on – must have been the easy bit I reckon! Because when all was put together, it took 5 or so trips to the reception venue to take the centrepieces there without getting tangled and twisted and broken!

BUT – they looked incredible! And everyone loved them, my little cousin asked to keep one for her bedroom and I kept one for myself – they are beautiful and will last forever!<br /><br />I have a whole list of crazy DIY – I did a LOT of it! My mum was my florist (she used to be a professional), made my bridesmaid dresses and my wedding dress, I made my own invites and STDs, I made all the tablecards, I made pew decorations, I made my own blackboards (used old frames, MDF and blackboard paint) for signs, I made table runners…. I wanted to make my own cake but my mum her foot down and said no at that!! If anyone needs ideas to make these things, please just ask!

 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Italian Villa

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Birchcanoe:  I sewed all the lace on my dress! (By hand, because that’s really the only way to do it on an already completed gown). My mom and I figured out I worked on it about 250 hours. (4 8-hour days per month, for about 9 months)

I think it turned out really well! 

Eta: I was having fun at first, but about halfway through I started getting stressed about finishing on time and I just wanted to be done! 

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Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I did my own programs, seating chart, decor, centerpieces, and flowers- cutting and dethorning and arranging 400 long white roses was…interesting lol. And I even learned how to make fabric flowers as part of my decor which took forever lol.  I think it was all difficult because everything was one behind the other!

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I am sure this won’t be the most time-consuming thing I do but I just spent 8 hours this weekend making burlap runners. Between cutting all edges evenly, ironing, and hemming, I only got 4 done in 8 hours. I still have 16 more to go!

Also our wood slice STD magnets took a good 20 hours of total labor (including design as we created our own graphic for the custom stamp).

 

Oh DIY Wedding, how I love and loathe you at the same time.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

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208bride:  your tablescape is beyond amazing! LOVE IT ALL!

 

I’m working on sewing 150 of my own napkins!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015 - Museum

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Birchcanoe:  pictures, please! I’m doing something with burlap and twine for my invitations, starting some time next week! Lol

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FutureBride625:  did you follow a tutorial for your hangers? How thick were your wires?

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