Craft your way to a gorgeous and personalised wedding with these four simple DIY wedding projects. Words: Alice Rimes-Bowen
Glitter letters or numbers
If you still haven’t decided how to number your tables, or you want to add a bit of personalisation to your wedding theme then look no further than this fun and super easy glitterific DIY project.
What you’ll need:
- Cardboard shapes (either letters or numbers)
- Strong all-purpose glue
- Paint brush
- Glitter colour of your choice
- Newspaper for your table (it’s messy)
- Take your cardboard shape and begin to paint on the glue (we used UHU because it dries clear) but PVA or Copydex will work just fine. Tip: Only put your glue on one side at a time otherwise you’ll have no dry side to hold on to.
- Sprinkle the glitter on to your gluey surface; you can be really liberal with the glitter to make sure there are no gaps or bald spots, then leave to dry.
- Repeat glue-ing and glittering until all the sides are covered.
- Once your shape is covered in glitter shake off any excess then leave it to dry overnight.
- The next day give your glitter number or letter a really good spray with hairspray as this prevents the glitter from falling off and leaving glitter everywhere. You’re done!
Move over sweetie tables; dessert bars and cake ‘stations’ are going to be huge for weddings in 2017. You can use them in place of favours or to serve alongside the wedding cake as part of the evening buffet.
Here we’ve suggested a delicious shortbread recipe which we’ve wrapped up in a paper bag for guests to take home as a favour, but they’d be just as wonderful in a pretty bowl for guests to help themselves to throughout the day. For the added cute factor why not use a heart shaped cookie cutter, or even a cookie cutter of your initials?
What you’ll need (recipe makes 12 biscuits):
- 175g of plain flour
- 50g of caster sugar
- 110g of soft butter
- A pinch of salt
- Caster sugar for dusting
- Cookie cutter of your choice
- Preheat oven to 180°C / 350°F / gas mark 4
- Sift flour and salt together into a bowl, then stir in the sugar
- Cut the butter into small cubes, and gently rub into the flour mixture until a dough forms. (Add a little milk if too dry).
- Cool dough in the fridge for 30 minutes (or while you do the washing up!)
- Roll dough out onto a floured surface and then cut out biscuits using your chosen cookie cutter.
- Place biscuits on to a greased, non stick baking tray and bake on the middle shelf of your oven for about 15 – 20 minutes. The biscuits should be a pale buttery colour.
- Remove from the oven and sprinkle with caster sugar while still warm, then transfer to a cooling rack.
- If kept in an airtight container the biscuits will stay fresh for four weeks, alternatively they can be frozen for up to four months.
Chalkboard signs are so simple but they look amazing and have so many wedding uses. They can be made into ‘order of the day’ signs, as instructions for guests or simply for writing your names and wedding date on. This would make a lovely keepsake to put up in your home for long after the wedding too.
What you’ll need:
- A regular glass fronted photo frame of your choice
- Chalkboard paint
- Paintbrush or mini roller
- Chalk or chalkboard pen
- Take your photo frame apart, keeping hold of all the parts, apart from the paper instructions.
- Paint the cardboard backing from the photo frame with several coats of chalkboard paint. We did three coats with 20 minutes of drying time between each layer.
- Write your message on your ‘chalkboard’ and then reassemble the frame. Simple!
Bunting is one of those beautiful wedding decoration ideas that is showing no signs of going anywhere fast; probably because it’s a low-cost and simple way to add colour and texture to any room. It can also be themed to suit your colour scheme and design ideas to enable you to create your dream wedding day. This paper bunting project can be hung from the ceiling, made in to chair backs or even to spell out your names.
What you’ll need:
- Coloured or patterned paper
- String or twine
- Scissors or a paper guillotine
- Fold your piece of paper in half and use the handle of your scissors to get a nice crease. Once the paper is folded – measure and find the middle of the paper.
- Cut your paper sheet in half along the middle line, giving you two squares
- Using your ruler again, find the middle of one of the squares and on the open end (not the folded edge) make a mark.
- From the mark, take your scissors and cut upwards, on a diagonal towards the top of the paper. Repeat on the other side. You should now have a triangle.
- Continue this process until you have as many triangle ‘flags’ as you’d like to use for your bunting.
- Now take your string or ribbon and lay it out flat. Make sure you leave enough string either end so you can hang your bunting. Open your triangle flags up and put the string in the middle, tight up against the crease of the paper.
- Glue the string in place, and then put another small amount of glue at the bottom point of your triangle flags to close them up.
- Repeat for all the triangles, leaving a small gap of string between each one so it hangs nicely. Decorate however you like, easy!
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