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Time for a Budget Celebration: 15 DIY Wedding Decorations

If you’ve ever been or known a crafty bride, then we’re sure you’re already familiar with the strange sense of calm and satisfaction that comes from making one’s own wedding decorations. Besides keeping excited hands busy, making the decor yourself gives you almost total creative control of the details! We’ve had plenty of friends and loved ones getting married lately, so we’re always on the lookout for simple but lovely DIY wedding decorations that might add a personal touch to their big day.

Just in case you love the idea of creating simple homemade wedding decor just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the very best tutorials we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration!

1. Terrarium escort cards


If you ask us, adding craftiness right down to the seemingly smallest details is really what ties a wedding together for your friends, guests, and loved ones. That’s why we think the concept of making creative DIY escort cards is so cute! For a spring wedding with some greenery, we’d suggest taking a look at how 100 Layer Cake made these lovely little name-clad terrariums that will make nice work desk decor after the event.

2. DIY hanging aisle decor


Perhaps you’ve been looking at the decor plans for the venue and thinking about how the aisle itself could use a little something extra to give it some personality? Well, if a floral scheme is up your alley, especially in the spring or summer, then perhaps you’d appreciate the way Bridal Musings made these lovely flower, lace, and glass jar aisle hangings in just a few simple steps!

3. DIY lilac arch


Is the wedding you’re currently prepping for actually going to be a stunning outdoor affair, or at least in a spacious venue that could use a more clear floral element? In that case, we think you might consider this absolutely beautiful lilac flower arch, especially if you’re looking to make a statement or making something that’s slightly more challenging! See how it’s done on Once Wed.

4. Seashell ring bearer pillows


Are you actually preparing for a summertime wedding that’s a little more whimsically seaside inspired? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Something Turquoise made these beautiful seashell ring bearer pillows made from actual shells! We love the idea of including ribbons that will keep the rings in place but also free them easily at the end of the aisle.

5. DIY gold and glitter vases


Perhaps you’re just in need of some simple centrepieces that you can make quite quickly but that won’t break the bank or take a lot of effort you can’t spare pre-wedding? Then we think Confetti Daydreams might have just the suggestion for you! Check out how they created gold paint dipped and all-over glitter flower vases from simple mason jars.

6. Glitter dipped vases


Were you actually quite intrigued by the idea we just showed you above but you can’t help but feel like the idea would fit with the current decor pieces you’ve already got a little better if there were even more glitter involved? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how My Kitchen Escapades dipped their mason jar vases in actual loose glitter rather than just using sparkly paint.

7. Mercury glass centrepiece


Perhaps you’re enjoying the idea of making a glass vase centrepiece for each table but the wedding itself has a much more vintage inspired aesthetic than glitter and gold paint provide? Then we think perhaps you’ll get along a little better with something like these lovely mercury glass vases instead! See how the effect is added in more detail on Wedding Party.

8. Wedding monogram


Perhaps you’re almost all decorated and prepared but you’ve taken a last look around and found one spot that looks a little too empty, so you need something fast and simple but pretty to fill it? Then a monogram could just about save the day! Check out how Most Delighted Way made these easy but lovely jumbo floral letters for some side table decor.

9. Giant paper wall flowers


Just in case you’re going for a theme that’s a little more kitschy but still floral, here’s an easy wall decor idea that’s a little bigger and more affordable than just ordering even more real flowers than you already undoubtedly have to be delivered. Take a better look at Rustic Wedding Chic to see how these wonderfully layered and colourful giant paper flowers were made!

10. Standing paper dresses


Perhaps you’ve got the room decor down in all of your wedding venues but you’ve looked at the cake and realized that it (or one of your side or guest cakes) could use a topper rather than staying plain and white, as nice as that is? Then here’s another simple way that paper might save the day! Lia Griffith walks you step by step through the process of making lovely standing paper dresses.

11. DIY wire orbs


Whether you want to hang them in the air from fishing wire like they’re floating or put them on tables with succulents inside like you see here, these lovely wire orbs featured on Ruffled Blog are a fantastic final touch! We love the idea of making them in both gold and silver for a delicate metallic finish that will play well off of other decor pieces in the room and make things feel cohesive.

12. Paper fan garland


Just in case you haven’t noticed yet, we’re huge fans of the way something as simple as paper can really come through to save a day when it comes to DIY decor, even for something as fancy and important as a wedding! Rustic Wedding Chic shows you step by step how to create lovely paper fans that can be leaned, affixed to walls, or strung like garlands in any kind of paper you think will suit your aesthetic and decor scheme best.

13. DIY wedding birdcage veil


Maybe you’re actually thinking beyond just room decor and you’ve actually started considering providing some cute, DIY accessories so your wedding guests can decorate themselves when they arrive as well! We love the way Chica and Jo made these lovely homemade hair comb veils that will turn any outfit into one fit for a vintage inspired wedding so that everyone looks the part.

14. Broken jewelry wedding centrepiece


We’ve shown you a few centrepiece options for adding a bit of glitz and glam to your side and guest tables so far, but you can’t help thinking that you’d actually like to take the idea even further? In that case, start gathering and hoarding your broken jewelry and asking your friends for theirs so you can make these lovely, sparkling centrepieces from Petalisbless!

15. Decorative wedding cake tutorial


When you thought of the idea of having a DIY wedding, were you actually quite intent on making the whole thing as DIY as possible? Well, if you’re planning on doing everything right down to the cake yourself, here’s a useful tutorial that will help guide you through some of the details of decorating it, just to help you feel confident while you’re at it! Get more details on Sweet Somethings.