3 Ideas to DIY Your Way to a Fairy-Tale Wedding

Cost-conscious brides can plan a wedding fit for a queen — even on a shoestring budget. All it takes is a little creativity and know-how.

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Image courtesy of Jill Thomas

Courtesy of Rust-Oleum®

You've dreamed of this day your entire life, from the vows to the dress to the reception decor. But often, it can take a king's ransom to make the fairy-tale wedding of your dreams a reality.

Fortunately, cost-conscious brides know they can plan a wedding fit for a queen — even on a shoestring budget. All it takes is a little creativity and do-it-yourself projects.

"Many brides have discovered they can stretch their wedding budgets by taking on a few simple do-it-yourself projects," says Rust-Oleum Designer Angie Stinner. "These fun, easy-to-do projects can make any wedding special without busting the budget."

Shimmering Centerpieces: Painted Glass Containers

If you haven't paid a visit to local discount stores lately, you might be surprised at the variety of glass vases, jars and containers. Choose one or mix and match several for each reception table. Then explore the spray-paint aisle of a home center. Spray paints come in a variety of on-trend colors and finishes, and many are designed for glass or ceramic. Choose a color that coordinates with your wedding decor, or try something unexpected like Frosted Sea Glass spray paint. It replicates the look of sea glass for a fraction of the cost. Customize the design using a stencil or place rubber bands around the vase in a random pattern. Spray the entire surface. Once dry, fill the centerpieces with freshly cut flowers, feathers, branches or shells — the possibilities are limited only by your imagination.

A Personal Touch: Handcrafted Chalkboard Paint Signs

Personalization is all the rage in wedding planning today and handcrafted signs are a great way to display a wedding schedule or menu or to add a personal touch to your nuptials.

Craft or hobby stores carry wood plaques in a variety of shapes and sizes (some even come with predrilled holes for hanging). After you've selected the plaques, coat them with Rust-Oleum Chalkboard Paint. It comes in a variety of colors beyond traditional black and green, like Raspberry and Deep Teal. Once dry, tie ribbons through the holes for hanging and write names, messages, menus or schedules for a truly personalized touch.

"This is Your Life" Magnetic Photo Board

You've known most of your wedding guests your entire life, but what about those distant relatives you barely know or rarely see? Introduce yourselves with a photo timeline. All you need are some favorite pictures of you and your groom, an easel and a little creativity.

Coat the entire surface of a sheet of Masonite with Rust-Oleum Magnetic Paint. Add a burst of color with one of this season's hottest wedding colors like Winter Gray, Candy Pink or Sun Yellow with Painter's Touch Ultra Cover 2X spray paint. Hang the photos in chronological order with stylish magnets.

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