Today, Jen of Something Turquoise is taking over the blog to share her favorite DIY wedding projects. Something Turquoise is a wedding focused blog that’s full of DIY projects, inspiration and resources for the crafty bride. She even knows her way around bath and beauty projects; check out her adorable tutorials for DIY Stenciled Wedding Soap Favors, Baked Bath Salt Favors and a cute Nail Polish Bar. Thanks so much for the inspiration Jen, take it away! -A.M.
Hi there soapy mavens! My name is Jen and I write a wedding blog called Something Turquoise, the only wedding blog that truly embraces the DIY bride. That is why I have the pleasure of being here on Soap Queen during DIY wedding week!
I would personally call myself a hardcore DIY-er, but I completely understand if you are not. So let’s say you are a creative bride who wants to make a few special things to give that unique touch to your wedding day, but without burning your fingers on a hot glue gun or breaking the bank on crafting tools you might not use again. Well you are in luck, because today I’m breaking down the 5 easiest projects to DIY for your wedding!
In discussing these 5 projects, I want you to keep in mind that I’m not telling you to arrange your own flowers, make your own invitations or sew your own dress, because those details are large scale projects that will take specialized expertise and lots of time. The ideas below are easy because they are not only quick, but you also don’t have to make a ton of them (like favors). Many brides think making favors is easy – and although the favor itself might be easy to create, you’ll still have to make anywhere from 100-200 of them. The details I’m showcasing pack a special punch and will make your day ultra personal without making you go DIY crazy. How detailed you get with these items is up to you and your skill level, but any type of crafty bride will be able to execute these ideas with ease!
1. WILL YOU BE MY BRIDESMAID GIFTS
This is an absolute must now a days, so you might as well get creative with it! Take a little extra time to handcraft something special for your besties because you know they’ll truly appreciate it. Whether assembling a large gift box packed full of fun items or just a special handmade card, your love will shine through this project. You can easily search Pinterest or Google for great ideas that will fit your theme and style. Many sites, like mine, even offer free printable designs!
2. MR. & MRS. RECEPTION CHAIR SIGNS
This is such a sweet new trend! Making your own “Mr. & Mrs.” or “Bride + Groom” or “His and Hers” reception chair signs can be SO easy! They could be made of anything from recycled wood to craft paper and ribbon. It’s easy to take ideas that you find online and morph them into something that will perfectly match your theme and the chairs they will be hanging on. I love this project because it’s a quick one since you only have to make two and it will make for the most darling pictures!
3. YOUR “SOMETHING BLUE”
The “Something old, new, borrowed and blue” tradition is my favorite; hence my blog name “something turquoise“. This is a little detail that you can really have some fun with! Again, super simple because it’s just one little thing – and super sweet for pictures. From blue embroidery, blue nails, a blue heart sewn inside your dress, a sweet DIY keepsake charm, or maybe even painting the bottom of your shoes blue (my fav!!!) – craft something special for your something blue that speaks to you and your personality.
4. GUEST BOOK!
Yes – the guest book! No longer do we need to have the old-school book that our parents did, where their guests just wrote their names on the first few pages which is now in a box in the attic somewhere with cobwebs. No offense to them. 🙂 Your guest book is the perfect opportunity to create a super special, unique keepsake. Again, you only have to create one – and because all your guests will see and touch it – it’s the perfect item to DIY. Get creative and brainstorm with your groom about what interactive idea best represents you as a couple and what item you will actually enjoy after your wedding!
5. TABLE NUMBERS
To me, this is the best project to DIY hands down. In thinking of items that will make an impact on your guests – table numbers are a big one! Table numbers after all are how your guests find their seat for the night. There are loads of amazing options out there for creative table numbers but you have to look at your wedding theme, personality and relationship to see what will work best. This last idea happens to be the largest project on the list (but is so totally doable) since you will be making 10-20ish numbers. Send your guests to their seats in crafty DIY bride style!
About: Jen Carreiro is the turquoise crazed, master crafter and editor behind SomethingTurquoise.com, a creative wedding blog that truly embraces the DIY bride. Known for her detailed wedding DIY tutorials, Jen is hoping to rid the wedding crafting world of the term ‘craft fail’, and hopes to share techniques that will ensure ‘craft wins’ for you every single time. Follow her and her trail of turquoise into wedding crafting heaven. You can find her on Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.