24 DIY Wedding Decor Ideas to Wow Your Guests

Keep your wedding budget in check with stunning DIY decor ideas that are so pretty, guests will never guess you made them yourself.

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June 16, 2015

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Lovely Leaf Menu

Greenery is totally on-trend in the world of weddings, so why not incorporate it in a creative way? Using a paint pen and your prettiest handwriting (or a calligrapher), display your menu on a large leaf.

Gold-Dipped Balloons

Liquid gold leaf can make just about anything look glamorous — including ordinary balloons. Let these gilded beauties float around your reception to add some sparkle to the atmosphere. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at the simplicity of this DIY.

Petal Toss Bar

Set up a small table where guests can collect a cone full of petals to toss on the newlyweds as they walk back down the aisle. The charming station will delight guests and add a pretty splash of color to your ceremony.

Nature-Inspired Napkins

Instead of renting fancy napkins for a hefty chunk of change, buy plain, white ones in bulk and add your own flair. For a rustic wedding, add natural accents with embroidery thread, pinecones, twigs and herbs. Incorporate jute rope and burlap, and personalize the linens with an initial. 

Celebratory Drink Flags

Let guests know their drinks are meant to be celebratory with these happy drink flags. To make them, simply wrap fringed metallic tissue paper around patterned straws.

Wire-Wrapped Signs

If you’re looking for a decor DIY that’s quick, easy and inexpensive, this one’s for you. Grab some copper wire, and start bending. These stylish signs provide an adorably effective way to save your seats all night. 

Glitzy Glasses

Make ordinary glasses feel snazzy by adding sparkly sugar rims. Pour corn syrup or piping gel in a shallow bowl and large-crystal sugar in another shallow bowl. Dip the rims of your glasses into the corn syrup and then into the sugar. Allow the sugar rims time to harden at room temperature.

Silk Flower Wreath

This project is ideal for the DIY bride because you can get started months before the chaotic wedding week arrives. The best part? The silk flowers look so real that guests won’t know they aren’t. Hang these gorgeous wreaths as a ceremony backdrop, or display them at the reception.

Stylish Marbled Votives

Simultaneously add color and light to your tablescape with these adorable marbled votives. Make them in bulk ahead of time with our quick, easy marbling technique, which uses nail polish for color. Get the step-by-step instructions

Custom Chalkboard Menu

Get your guests excited for your grub with an adorable, hand-lettered menu. All you need is a couple chalkboards, some colorful chalk and a little creativity. Find our tutorial here.

Floral Balloon Tails

Lend a little whimsy to your big day with floating florals. Greenery and baby’s breath attach to balloon strings to make these hanging garlands. For a sparkly touch, buy confetti-filled balloons.

Industrial-Chic Candelabra

Constructed from copper pipe and contact cement, this cool candelabra would be the perfect addition to an urban wedding. Feeling ultra-handy? Make a few of them, and scatter them throughout your reception on prominent tables. Get the full tutorial here.

Garland of Greens

If you love greenery, consider creating your own garland a day or two before your wedding. Ultra-versatile, the garlands can be hung at the ceremony or the reception; consider draping them over your wedding arch, chairs or tables. Make your garlands with any kind of hardy greenery. Get the step-by-step instructions.

Upcycled Card Holders

Sometimes the most unlikely materials make the most fabulous DIY projects. Here, florist frog pins serve as wedding place card holders. To make your own, simply spray paint the frog pins gold (or another metallic hue), and add a little glitter if you’d like. The upcycled beauties will hold cardstock names upright.

Pretty Hydrangea Globe

Subtle yet oh-so-so lovely, this floating floral sphere can be used many ways. It can be hung indoors or out — from a ceiling beam or a tree branch. You can even use it to form part of your ceremony backdrop or reception tablescapes. You’ll need real hydrangeas, a floral sphere and twine for the project.

Geometric Table Runner

If flowers aren’t your thing, go for a cool, modern tablescape that’s totally unexpected. This 3-D table runner will have guests gushing all night. You’ll be proud to say, “Actually, I made it myself!”

Cheery Tassel Garland

Make maximum impact on a minimal budget by filling empty space at your reception with these trendy tassel garlands. Choose tissue paper and mylar to match your wedding color scheme. Get step-by-step instructions.

Wine Cork Bar Sign

In the midst of wedding planning stress, you probably don’t need a reason to drink wine, but here’s a reason to save the corks. Trace out the word you want to spell on craft paper, and hot glue your corks together.

Outdoor Flower Stakes

Incorporate your favorite blooms at an outdoor wedding with these glass vase garden stakes. Just a few steps and materials make this project doable for even the non-crafty bride. Frosted glass paint lends a romantic vibe to the finished product.

Hand-Lettered Signage

Communicate with your guests by crafting personalized signs to spread throughout your reception. Not only will your hand-lettered signs pretty up the space, but they’ll also help the night flow smoothly. Find the tutorial here.

Wax Paper Backdrop

Soft and airy, this wedding backdrop definitely doesn’t look homemade. Lucky for you, it is, and you can recreate it with string, ribbon and wax paper. 

Colorful Paper Bunting

Add some floating color to your big day with these paper flag garlands. Download our template; print the flags onto colorful cardstock and cut them out. For an outdoor reception, assemble the garland and attach the ends to two stakes in the ground. Download the templates.

Sparkler Send-Off Kits

Prep for a grand exit with these adorable, heart-shaped sparkler kits. Make these packaged kits ahead of time to display on a table near the door.

Succulent Monogram

Transform your monogram into a garden-inspired work of art. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

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