How To Make Wedding Decorations Yourself And Save A Lot Of Money On Your Reception

diy-wedding-decorations-by-silver-marquis.jpgWedding decorations can be one of the most expensive parts of your wedding.

That is, unless you make them yourself!

Some of the most beautiful wedding decorations I’ve ever seen were made by brides and bridesmaids.  

Even if you aren’t a particularly crafty person, you can still make your wedding decorations yourself using these simple tips…

 

 How To Make Wedding Garland

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This beautiful garland can be used again and again for various occasions, including weddings, birthdays, or even baby showers, so it’s multi-purpose and a great green idea for your wedding! 

  • Pick some fabric scraps in the appropriate colors and patterns (it’s best to pick different patterns) to complement your wedding colors and theme.
  • Then, cut the fabric into fun shapes, and sew the edges together.
  • Finally, sew all the shapes together into a long garland strand.  

Other ideas for DIY wedding garland:

Hand-Dyed Wedding Pom Poms Made From Coffee Filters

DIY Garlands & Streamers

Making Baby’s Breath Garland

Paper Pennant Flags As Wedding Garland

How To Make Flower Garland For Your Wedding

DIY Sewn Heart Garland

A Fun Fabric Garland Idea

Wedding Garland Made Using Greenery & Baby’s Breath

DIY Printed Paper Garland For A Wedding

 

 

 

 How To Make Your Own Wedding Flowers

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Instead of ordering expensive flowers from a florist, make your own paper tissue flowers to put in colorful vases. You can find very pretty and colorful vases at most dollar stores. (Hint: glass vases are more ecofriendly than plastic ones since they can be washed and used over and over.) For each flower, all you need are 4 sheets of tissue paper in 2 different colors and some green pipe cleaners. You can make whole bouquets to be put in vases rather quickly this way:

  • Put all 4 pieces of tissue paper together.
  • Then, fold the tissue papers in an accordion fold.
  • Next, take a green pipe cleaner and wrap one end several times tightly around the middle of the accordion-folded tissue paper.
  • Finally, carefully begin to pull each layer up to create a single tissue paper flower.

Other ideas for DIY wedding flowers:

DIY Ideas Using Fresh Flowers

How To Make Fabric & Paper Flowers

Homemade Wedding Bouquets: The Basics

DIY Coffee Filter Roses

How To Wrap Your Wedding Flower Bouquets

Floral Design Instruction 101

How To Make Your Own Wedding Flowers

 

 

 

 How To Make Wedding Napkin Rings

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You can make your own wedding napkin rings with no sewing required. All you need are some cardboard rolls from paper towels or toilet paper, cloth in your wedding colors, scissors and a glue gun. Oh, and some cloth napkins.

  • Cut the cardboard rolls into 3/4" rounds.
  • Then, cut your cloth into lengths and widths that will cover the rounds.
  • Wrap the cloth around the rounds, a little bit at a time, gluing the cloth to the round as you go.
  • Be sure to do the gluing ins
    ide
    the round. Also, let it dry for a bit after each time you glue part of the cloth to the round.

Other ideas for DIY wedding napkins & napkin rings:

DIY Napkins For Your Wedding

Wedding Napkins & Table Decoration Ideas

How To Make Cheap Napkin Rings

DIY Wedding Menu & Napkins

Super Simple Printable Napkin Rings

 

 

 

 How To Make Fruit Centerpieces & Accents

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Small baskets of fruit that match your wedding colors make an entire centerpiece or just accent pieces. Just about any fruit basket will work and you can put a piece of cloth beneath the fruit so it is just peeking out from underneath. These work great to accent other wedding decorations that you already have.

  • Find a basket that you would like to use (the size and style are completely up to you), and get enough to place one at each table. Line each basket with a cloth napkin or other piece of fabric in your wedding colors, and add fresh fruit.
  • Or, fill small glass jars with water and a couple of lemons or limes, along with a floating candle. Tie a ribbon in your wedding colors to the edge of the jar.
  • You could also make tiny individual baskets filled with fruit — one for each wedding guest. And write the name of one wedding guest on each one. That way, they’ll know where they’re supposed to sit.

Other ideas for DIY wedding centerpieces & accents:

Simple DIY Wedding Centerpieces

How To Get More For Your Money With Centerpieces

7 Unexpected Wedding Centerpieces

Fun Ideas For Small Clay Flower Pots

How To Add Color & Light To Your Centerpieces

Glamour On A Dime: Centerpieces

 

 

 

 How To Make Wall Decor That Doesn’t Require Nails 

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If you’re having your wedding in a place where you can’t use nails on the walls, here’s an idea:

  • Purchase some wood garden trellis pieces from your local gardening store — the taller the better (ideally, you’ll be able to find 6-foot sections).
  • Simply lean the trellis up against the wall.
  • Weave fresh or artificial flowers and any other decorative accents you want through the holes. You can also spray paint them in your wedding colors if you want to. 

Other ideas for DIY hanging wall decor:

How To Make A Wall Of Photos

Right On The Walls: Removable Wedding Decor 

Wall And Ceiling Wedding Decor

How To Decorate Walls For A Wedding Reception

Wedding Wall Decals

 

 

 

 How To Make Wedding Placemats

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One really simple idea that you can have a lot of fun with is to simply use 12×12" sheets of scrapbook paper as individual placemats:

  • Buy 12×12" scrapbook paper in coordinating colors and designs. Or, you may want all of the placemats to be of the same color and design.
  • Place one for each seat at your wedding reception.
  • Finally, Make a pop-up nameplate so each guest knows where to sit!

Other ideas for DIY wedding placemats:

Weird & Wacky Wedding Placemats

Fun Newlywed Placemats

Design Your Own Placemats On A Computer

Make Personalized Photo Placemats

Pop-Up Paper Placemats

Hand-Cut Lace Sections & Burlap Placemats

Fun Photo Placemats For Your Wedding

 

 

 

 How To Make Wedding Table Runners

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There are lots of fun ways to make table runners for your wedding reception. My favorite one is to use wedding wrapping paper:

  • Buy enough rolls of wrapping paper to cover the number of tables at your reception. They could be all matching, or different patterns that complement one another and match your wedding theme.
  • Using a rotary cutter, you can cut long straight lines through paper — including wrapping paper and fabric!
  • Make sure to leave 18 inches on each end of the table runner, so it will drape over the table’s edges.

Other ideas for DIY wedding table runners:

How To Use Wallpaper As A Table Runner

Don’t Buy Table Skirts, Make Them Instead

How To Make Your Own Table Runner

Fabric Yardage For Wedding Table Runners & Napkins

How To Make Table Runners Out Of Lace Ribbon

DIY Kraft Paper Table Runner

How To Make A Table Runner For Your Wedding Reception

How To Sew A Table Runner

 

 

 

Using DIY instructions like the ones found here, it should be relatively easy to make all (or most) of your own wedding decorations yourself!

In addition to saving a bunch of money, another advantage to making the wedding decorations yourself is that when the wedding is over, you can:

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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