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5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

Hello, loves! Happy Friday! If you are planning DIY wedding projects for your big day, there are a few secrets to help it go off without a hitch. Today, we’ve compiled five of our favorite DIY weddings secrets that every bride should know to save you a headache down the road. DIY wedding projects can be fun, but they can also be overwhelming, too. And, since holiday break may be an excellent time to get crafting, we are also sharing some of our favorite DIY wedding kits to inspire you. Reveal what you need to know after the jump!

5 diy wedding secrets

5 DIY Wedding Secrets Every Bride Should Know

1. Know when to DIY – and when to buy.

What’s your DIY skill level? Are you skilled at painting or more sewing inclined? Find your strong suit and complete a project that ties into it. One example of a painting project you may want to undertake could be a DIY wedding cake topper, like this kit by Goose Grease. It comes with paints and wooden dolls so you can give it a go:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

However, if your painting skills aren’t up to par – and you have a specific look in mind – it may be better to have a custom topper made. (This one is also by Goose Grease.)

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #1 Know when to DIY and when to buy - via Emmaline Bride (image: goosegrease) #handmade #wedding

2. Know WHERE to buy (+ how to save money).

It’s also important to know where to buy your DIY wedding supplies. Yesterday, we talked about mason jar mistakes to avoid and how buying in bulk can save you money. This also applies to any supply item you can think of, as long as you’re sure it’s the item you want (or you’ll have a headache trying to return and find the right item). One place you can order online is Amazon, which offers any craft item you can think of (and many in bulk). I’ve purchased these muslin spice bags in a pack of 100 and stamped them to make my own favors. I’ve also ordered mason jars in bulk to save money – and avoid the hassle of lugging 50+ mason jars home. You can also check Hobby Lobby online (their online store is amazing) to place an order or see what’s in store; then, print the 40% off coupon and bring it with you to buy. Look for coupons from Michaels and JoAnn to save you money, too, and make an effort to buy items only when you have a coupon.

If you’re looking for handmade details, check out The Marketplace to snag tags, envelope seals, blank place cards, and more. For instance, round scalloped paper tags from The Kraft Room can be an excellent canvas onto which you can print guests’ names, attach to twine with clothespins, and use as an escort card display at your wedding.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room) #handmade #wedding

Or, add a custom detail to your favors with kraft bunting stickers (also from The Kraft Room):

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the kraft room)

Some artisans are willing to share their craft with you in a DIY wedding kit. One example is The Crimson Poppy who makes a DIY paper flower kit you can make at home.

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

And, here’s the result:

5 DIY Wedding Secrets - #2 Know Where to Buy. - via Emmaline Bride (image: the crimson poppy)

3. Pace yourself.

It goes without saying that even if you want to DIY every aspect of your wedding, you need to pace yourself. Give yourself plenty of time to buy supplies, create your crafting space, and complete projects before moving onto the next one. Few things would be more stressful than waiting until a few days before the wedding to complete a dozen crafts. And, the crafts should be fun – not stressful!

4. Call in your crew to help.

Don’t go at it alone! Your crew – you know, fiance, MOH, bridesmaids, mom – are there to support and help you. Just ask! I’m sure if they’re special enough to be in your wedding, they’re nice enough to lend a hand. But, they can’t help if you don’t ask – so, ask, ask away! (And reward them with plenty of food, drinks, and make it fun.)

5. If you don’t like it, scrap it.

Last but not least, if you work on a DIY wedding craft and it’s not going as planned (which will undoubtedly happen), scrap it. Start over. Or, move onto something else. If you don’t like how something looks, don’t settle because you spent time on it; move on and craft something you’ll love and of which you’ll be proud.

For more handmade ideas and DIY wedding inspiration, check out The Handcrafted Wedding. I’ve even included step-by-step DIY wedding ideas that you can do at any skill level!

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8 Simple Rules to Avoid DIY Disasters
(+ Wedding DIYs to Try!)

Hello, hello! Happy Friday! If you’re planning to tackle DIY projects for your wedding, home, or just because, don’t miss this list! Even the most professional crafter will tell you that any project can be a hit or a miss and it’s common to dabble in a few DIY disasters along the way. Today we’re sharing a list to help you avoid common DIY disasters in the hopes that your project goes off without a hitch, guests are WOWed, and the project turns out even better than you imagined. (Wouldn’t that be nice!) With a long four-day weekend upon us, now is a great time to roll up your sleeves and tackle a few projects… read on to find out more PLUS check out 10 hand-picked DIY projects to try!

how to avoid diy disasters

How to Avoid DIY Disasters

1. Start with a plan.

Most DIY disasters occur because there’s no plan in place (or instructions aren’t followed). Print your instructions and supply list and make sure you have the patience to tackle said project. If you are crafting an original idea, make a rough draft of instructions and supplies to get you started. (Your instruction list will likely change as you work – and re-work – your project, but at least you’ll have a general idea of how to make it happen.)

2. Allow plenty of time.

Don’t rush! The only way to stay sane when completing a wedding DIY is to allow yourself plenty of time. A rushed project never seems to come out right… and usually isn’t much fun, either. ALSO, if you’re crafting DIYs for your wedding, tackle them as early as possible and keep it simple. Don’t try to DIY every single detail… a tired bride is not a happy one.

3. Create a defined workspace.

Create a well-defined workspace to (temporarily) call your own such as a spare bedroom, clean basement area, or sectioned off portion of a room. Whenever I work on a project, my rule of thumb is to keep at it until ready for a break. No sane person can continue crafting after reaching that point of irritation or lack of interest. Have a space where you can put your work down, shut the door, and come back to work some more later. If you can’t shut a door, buy those giant Tupperware bins with lids so you can store your supplies and completed projects. This is particularly helpful if you have two nosy, incredibly adorable cats (like I do) who like to steal craft supplies and drag them throughout the house. This idea of a defined workspace also helps with the whole ‘out of sight, out of mind’ idea and, heck, sometimes you just need a break!

4. Ask Questions.

Craft stores are a terrific place to go if you’re looking to be inspired and ask questions. If you have a DIY idea in mind but you’re not sure where to start, visit a craft store. Get an idea for the materials you have to work with, check prices to ensure it fits into your budget, and ask questions. The staff at most craft stores are knowledgeable of which materials are best for particular jobs – don’t be afraid to ask! Selecting the proper glue, for instance, can make the world of a difference (and keep you from having the entire project literally fall apart in your hands).

5. Design a sample first.

Once you’re ready to shop, buy enough supplies to make just a few prototypes. Then, move on to step six…

6. Practice ’til it’s perfect.

Practice! In fifth grade, my teacher had a poster in her room that read, “Good, better, best, never let it rest, until your good is better and your better is best.” I recall this every time I tackle a project. Lately I’ve been working on home projects and I can’t tell you how many times I’ll do something and then think, hmm, could I have done it better this way? And, my new answer is YES, and I tell myself that any project worth doing is worth doing right. Time consuming, maybe, but if you’re following rule #2 (above) you’ve already allowed for such things. ;) Practice the project until you love it… then, get ready to buy.

7. Buy in Bulk.

Once you’re ready to buy your supplies, buy them in bulk whenever possible either from a store (many stores offer a bulk discount) or online. Buying in bulk means you save money AND you’ll have enough supplies to complete your project, without running the risk of leaving supplies up to chance. (If you’ve planned a bridal shower or bachelorette party in the past, you may or may not have run through Michaels with eighteen items, driven to the next location and picked up eighteen more, hoping someone else isn’t eying up the same project idea.) Also, if buying online, look for discount or promo codes first – like free shipping. Hey, even the smallest discount can make a dent in your bottom line.

8. Enlist help!

Last but not least, ask for help if you need it! Trying to tackle a huge DIY endeavor is always more doable (+ fun!) with a little assistance.

*Rule of Thumb:

As a general rule of thumb… don’t be afraid to fail. DIY disasters are bound to happen and sometimes projects just don’t work out! Throw an idea that doesn’t work out the window and wait for new inspiration to strike; there’s likely a better idea on the horizon anyway.

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10 DIYs to Try!

As promised, here’s a list of a few hot DIYs to try: which inspires you most?

12 DIY Mason Jar Ideas

DIY Wedding Handkerchief

DIY Jeweled Heels

DIY Chalkboard Flower Pots

How to Paint a Mason Jar

How to Make DIY Seed Favors

DIY Brooch Bouquet

DIY Mason Jar Centerpieces: Floating Candles

DIY Succulent Centerpieces

DIY Jeweled Heels

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Happy Planning!

-E.

10 Killer Wedding DIYs to Obsess Over

Happy Monday! We hope you had an amazing weekend! We’re kicking off a brand new week of handmade wedding goodness with a collection of 10 killer wedding DIYs we think you’ll love. This list contains some of our favorite wedding DIYs ever… and we think you’ll agree! Feel free to follow each tutorial to a T or mix it up with a variation of your own. And, if you tackle a craft below, please let us know so we can see your beautiful work (+ share it in an upcoming post!) So, ready to get crafty? Read on to see which DIYs made the list… after the jump!

homemade perfume via design sponge

10 Killer Wedding DIYs

1. DIY Perfume

Become a frangrance mixologist in an evening! This custom homemade eau de perfume by Design Sponge makes a great gift for bridesmaids. I plan to make one myself!

homemade perfume

2. DIY Paper Peony (+ FREE Printable Template)

Pretty up your place cards with DIY paper peony flowers thanks to a FREE printable template + tutorial from Ellinee.

diy paper flower

3. DIY Sharpie Mug

Decorate mugs for your coffee or tea loving bridesmaids or create a custom ‘His’ + ‘Hers’ mug set thanks to this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. This DIY is super easy to do with cheap white mugs (try Ikea), Sharpie markers, and your oven! Get the full how-to here.

diy sharpie mug

4. DIY Coasters

Make your own (affordable) favors with this tutorial via FellowFellow: it’s fun and easy.

diy coasters

5. DIY Cement Votive Holders

Deck out your outdoor reception tables (or patio) with DIY cement votive holders. These are easier than they look and can be reused for years after the big day! Read the tutorial at Say Yes to Hoboken.

diy cement votive holders

6. DIY Wedding Program

Make your ceremony programs with this tutorial via Intimate Weddings using burlap and vintage patterned paper. Pretty!

diy wedding program

7. DIY Homemade Lip Gloss

Homemade lip gloss makes a great gift for bridesmaids. Customize the labels to make it your own. I’ve always wanted to learn how to make these… Cheeky Kitchen shows you how it’s done!

how to make homemade lip gloss

8. DIY Bow Sash

Last but not least, you can add a pop of color and a girly detail to your dress (or bridesmaid dresses) with this tutorial by Momtastic.

diy bow sash

9. DIY State Art

Personalize your reception space with DIY state art to show where your love resides. This fun idea – called Heart in Ohio – comes from The Harpster Home. Decorate your reception + display in your love nest after the big day.

diy state art

10. DIY Wrap Bracelet

It’s a wrap! We finish up this round-up with a funky twist on traditional wedding jewelry: wrap bracelets! Visit Honestly WTF for the full tutorial.

diy wrap bracelet

Psst. Did you know you could print on burlap? It’s true… imagine menus, place cards, escort cards, programs… so many possibilities. Just thought we’d share! :)

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Happy Crafting!


-E.

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