our favorite wedding DIY ideas

I thought I'd share a few of my favorite wedding DIY project ideas with you. These are things I've seen over the past couple of months online that have caught my eye for a few reasons.

As we head into the weekend, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite wedding DIY project ideas with you. These are things I've seen over the past couple of months online that have caught my eye for a few reasons: First, each of these projects offers a great way for you to express your personalities on your wedding day. Change up a few details here or there to suit your style and you have an end result that's all you.

Second, they're all pretty quick and easy. I hate to see brides and grooms stressed out over DIY projects as they head into the homestretch of wedding prep, and none of these are long-term projects or last-minute things that should leave you in a time crunch right before your big day.

Third, none of these are crucial pieces of your wedding ceremony or reception. It makes me nervous when couples want to DIY something big, like the flowers or the cake. Each of the projects I'm sharing are minor pieces that will add tons of charm if they're successful, but won't break the wedding day if they're not.

So, without further ado, here are my latest faves for sweet wedding DIY projects to keep your hands occupied and make your celebration uniquely yours:

lighted paper pennant garland
lighted paper pennant garland

lighted paper pennant garland

This sweet garland, featured on oncewed, will bring color and style to your reception whether the party's indoors or al fresco. It's a neat play on the fabric triangle pennant garlands that are so popular right now, but with the added (and very cool) touch of lighting. You can tackle this project anytime, then stash it away until the big day.

custom wedding hangers
custom wedding hangers

custom wedding hangers

Custom wedding hangers are super-popular right now, and for good reason: They make for great wedding dress photos, plus they're a fun keepsake gift for your bridesmaids. They're really not that expensive to buy professionally made, but they're also a fun way to get your DIY fix. This little weekend project, featured on Offbeat Bride, will net you enough hangers for your entire wedding party, and you can style them any way you like.

marquee letter
marquee letter

marquee letter

I fell in love with giant marquee letters when I saw this amazing wedding, shot by Las Vegas photographer Dana Grant, and I just had to hunt down the how-to. This is the biggest project I'm sharing today -- I'd probably block out a couple of weekends for it, just to be on the safe side -- but wow, what an impact! Bonus points for being able to use these later, because I think they'd make fabulous accent lighting/wall art in your home after the big day. Thanks go to Design Sponge for breaking this out into a well-detailed step-by-step.

giant paper rose
giant paper rose

giant paper rose

My love of giant faux flowers goes way back to 2008, when the Cusp store at our mall had monstrous felt flowers accenting their window display. I love the whimsy of the unexpected scale, and what a great way to bring your wedding colors into your decor! I might not use these in lieu of a traditional wedding bouquet, but they'd be such a fun way to accent a chuppah, cake table, or escort card display. You could even scale them down a little bit and put them down the center of banquet tables in place of a traditional runner. This project was featured an the always excellent Green Wedding Shoes.

banner garland
banner garland

banner garland

This garland, featured on Emmaline Bride, is reminiscent of traditional Mexican papel picado banners but easy enough for anyone with a stack of tissue paper and a pair of scissors to create on a Saturday afternoon. Use your wedding colors, or go with a rainbow of colors or even all white. You can quickly whip up enough of these to drape across your entire reception space for an instantly festive feel.

See anything here you'd like to incorporate into your own celebration? Or do any of these spark an inspiration for a totally unique project?

Let us know if you decide to undertake any of these. We'd love to see pictures!