Winter days often demand indoor projects, which makes this time of year perfectly suited to crafting up some DIY projects for your wedding. If you're a regular reader of our blog, then you know that we counsel our couples to be careful about how much DIY they take on (read more about that here). In general, we like DIY projects that can be completed in advance, showcase talents you already know you have, and won't break your budget. We don't like DIY projects that must be completed at the last minute, require you to learn a whole new skill, and wind up costing you a lot of money. Probably the same criteria you have, right?
Each of these projects meets our criteria for Good Wedding DIY, and maybe one of them will strike your fancy!
This cheery garland, featured on Hello Lucky, is made from cupcake liners, so there's no cutting paper into circles for you and the pleated texture comes ready-made. Don't let the prefab raw materials fool you, though; this is still a pretty time-intensive project. The good news is that it's not a project that'll require a ton of concentration. It's more the kind of thing that'll keep your hands busy while you're watching TV. Plus, of course, it looks like a million bucks when it's done. Looking for fun cupcake papers to use? Amazon.com has a ton, as does Sur La Table.
I'll have to confess: I'm not a big fan of all the painted-jar-and-bottle images that have been flying around on Pinterest lately. To me, they look like... well... leftover bottles that someone painted. These yarn-wrapped versions, though? Yum! There's not actually a tutorial for these at weddingchicks.com, but I think the process is pretty self-explanatory from the images. (Plus, the wedding in which these were featured is gorgeous! You should head over there for the eye candy alone.) Anyway, buy yarn in your wedding colors, use a dab of hot glue to attach the beginning of the yarn to the bottle, then wrap like crazy! You'll probably want another dab of hot glue to secure the other end of the yarn so the whole thing doesn't unexpectedly unwind on you. Yarn crafts always take more yarn than I'm expecting, so don't be surprised if you wind up using a lot. But you can use the cheap stuff for this, so it shouldn't be a big deal.
I actually really like matches as wedding favors. They're cute, they're useful, you can be pretty sure they'll be taken home and used up and people will probably even think of you when they strike them. The custom-printed matchboxes though? Meh. Not so exciting. I do love these little jars, featured on My Chic Life, though! And this project is so easy: Buy the number of jars you need, cut out and glue a circle of sandpaper to each jar lid (to use for striking the matches), decorate the jars as desired, and fill with matches. You'll find sources for all the materials in the tutorial at My Chic Life.
These hand-stencilled napkins, featured on Intimate Weddings, will add personality to your reception tables while cleverly directing guests to their assigned seats. You can customize the font to fit your event's style, of course, so your tables can look as elegant or edgy as you want! This is a project that will take a bit of time for each napkin, so we recommend getting started on these as soon as you can to avoid a time crunch: Stencil each guest's napkin as soon as you know that he or she will be attending the wedding. Also, since you'll be substituting these for napkins provided by your caterer, you'll need to provide a detailed seating chart to your caterer in advance of the wedding day. You'll still want to rent matching or coordinating napkins for your caterer to have on hand (or buy plenty of extras to leave blank), as it's common for guests to require a replacement sometime during the celebration.
I adore this glittery chair banner, featured on ellinée.com. I think it's a perfect bridge between the rustic wedding style that's been so popular for the past couple of years (and continues to be popular), and the more glitzy and glamourous events that are coming into fashion now. Plus, it still manages to be a bit whimsical, and fun things are always appropriate at fun parties, in my opinion. This project is easily completed in a day, and of course you can change up the colors to work with your wedding palette. The tutorial even includes a printable template so you can use exactly the font featured in the image above, although you could also easily print your own to match your wedding stationery suite, or to say "mr. & mr." or "mrs. & mrs." if you're a same-sex couple. The only change I'd make is in placing the banner at the wedding reception: This obviously is meant to hang from the newlyweds' chairs, but there's so much getting up and sitting back down when you're the focus of the party that I think it would be a little annoying to have my chair tied to someone else's -- even if that someone else were my beloved new spouse. Besides, this is so pretty that you'll want it placed where everyone can see it! So I think it would be even more special hung on the front of the sweetheart table.
So, do you see anything here that looks just right for whiling away a chilly winter's afternoon? I'm thinking I might have to make some yarn-wrapped vases just to use as a centerpiece on our breakfast table.
Which projects are your faves?