Glitter and gold: trendy and a sixth, in addition to these five ways, to make an inexpensive wedding look posh. Despite its often-luxe appearance, this type of glitz does not have to be expensive. There are many ways you can incorporate both aspects into your wedding with DIY projects. Here are five of my favorites.
DIY Heart Decoration Tutorial
This paper mache heart got a lot of attention when it debuted in a wedding on 100LayerCake. Later, the creator, Bramble Workshop, made a tutorial showing you how to make your own from surprisingly common materials. As a bonus, it looks to be very lightweight, so this décor could easily hang from a wall or ceiling.
DIY Gold Wedding Invitations Tutorial
Buying gold foil invitations can be spendy on a tight budget. There is, however, a workaround: add the gold yourself with a paint pen. Anna Skye shows you how in the tutorial here (If you click then buy any of Anna’s downloads, I get a commission.). The templates for these and other invitations are available on the site. If you prefer to print gold, instead of paint it by hand, check out her Pearls and Lace download here.
Glitter Table Numbers
Guest tables at the reception are prime spots to add bits of sparkle, and the table numbers are an ideal place to start. Cara Conradt created these for her wedding. Here are a few tips for working with glitter:
- Keep a lint roller handy to make clean-up easier.
- Apply the glitter onto a stable-drying adhesive, such as Hard Coat Mod Podge (ad).
- After you’ve applied two layers, letting each layer dry thoroughly, finish the project with a sealer such as Dishwasher Safe Mod Podge or more Hard Coat.
- See my glitter wine glasses tutorial for more.
Gold Painted Vases DIY
If you are going for multi-part centerpieces, but want to elevate the mix-and-match look to something a bit more elegant, this tutorial by Lou Baltruschat Hollis is for you. Begin with an assortment of random containers (bottles, thrift store vases, tea cups, etc.) and end with show-stopping gleam. Like the table numbers, you can stop after spraying on gold or continue with glitter.
DIY Glitter Bottles
These bottles are for the glitter fiends among us. If this is you, skip the gold paint and go straight to the good stuff. Here, Ivana and Fiona show you a technique to pile on the bling, then seal in most of the glitter. (Nothing stops the flecks from shedding a bit, but you can keep most of the sparkles in place.) These were for a bachelorette party, but you could use yours for a Champagne toast at the wedding. Or, use empty or different bottles for non-beverage decorations. Also, I like how they incorporated two hues, an easy way to add your theme colors into the project.