3 fab DIY projects for you to try at home

Handmade weddings have never been more popular. Not only will you save money on your wedding budget but you’ll also end up with fab finishing touches that are completely personal to you and your big day. We’ve found three fabulous DIY projects that we think you’d love to try. None of them are complicated or expensive but they all look wonderful.

DIY white wedding flowers

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The first DIY guide comes from Lou at Whimsical Wonderland Weddings. She brings us some fab ideas for choosing and arranging white wedding flowers. She says that the flowers in this arrangement cost her about £15 from a local florist and the three mini-milk bottles were £16 from eBay. To stay in budget, go with seasonal flowers and if white isn’t your thing, talk to your florist, as many of these varieties come in different shades.

What you’ll need…

  • Stocks
  • Dahlia
  • Delphinium
  • Gypsophila
  • Phlox
  • Rose Avalanche
  • Mini Milk Bottles

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Lou’s top tips…

When using a small vessel, cut the stems fairly short so the flower is low against the top of the vase – this supports the flower and gives the arrangement an attractive shape.

Give the flowers a good soak first and use some flower food, so they’ll last longer. Cut the stems at an angle but not too much at once; keep popping them into your vase and cut more if necessary.

Work in odd numbers – it looks much nicer.

DIY paper confetti cones

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This is a simple but effective idea we discovered from the Style Me Pretty blog.  We love these pretty paper confetti cones that you can hand out to your guests at the ceremony, so they can shower you in rose petals!

What you’ll need…

  • 100gsm paper (that will go through your printer)
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • A scalpel or paper cutter
  • An ink jet printer

Step by step…

  • Print a pattern on both sides of a sheet of A4 paper. Alternatively, you could use any two-sided patterned paper. These are usually found in craft shops with the scrapbooking supplies.
  • Cut the paper into six-inch squares.
  • Roll the paper into a cone shape.
  • Create your labels with whatever words you like – on plain paper.
  • Cut the labels out and then stick them onto the cones with double sided tape.
  • Fill with confetti or dried petals and leave in baskets for people to pick up at the ceremony.

DIY giant paper flowers

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We love these quirky paper flowers from the Green Wedding Shoes blog. Use them for a fab twist on a traditional bridesmaid bouquet.

What you’ll need…

  • One roll of floral tape
  • Six 18-guage floral stem wire
  • Four sheets of crepe paper for petals
  • One sheet crepe paper in green
  • One round pencil
  • Craft glue
  • Crepe paper templates (download from Martha Stewart)
  • Three copies of teardrop template
  • Eight copies of heartshape template
  • Two copies of leaf template
  • One copy of the calyx template

Step by step…

  • Print the templates and use them to trace and cut five tear-drop shaped petals and 15 heart-shaped petals from double-sided crepe paper.
  • Shape the petals by cupping with your fingers in the centre. Curl the left and right top edges around a pencil

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  • Make a green stem by wrapping three paper covered wires together with floral tape
  • Create the flowers by placing the teardrop petals around the stem and sticking with floral tape. Put the heart petals around the ‘bud’ you create and secure with floral tape again

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  • Trace and cut the calyx shape from the green crepe paper and wrap around the bottom of the rose, gluing in place
  • Trace and cut out three leaf shapes from the green crepe paper. Put a bead of glue in the centre of each leaf, put a paper-covered wire down and pinch the crepe paper over the wire to hide it

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  • Attach the leaves to the stem by wrapping in floral tape
  • Wrap stem with strips of green crepe paper to cover all floral tape and glue in place.

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Love these DIY ideas? If you’re still feeling crafty, why not check out our amazing Confetti Bath Bomb step-by-step and create fabulous favours for your guests!

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About Rachel Morgan

Editor Rachel is Wedding Ideas' big cheese, which is appropriate as she absolutely adores the stuff. When asked what was her favourite, she simply drifted off into a haze of cheddary thoughts. Now that's true love.