The Do-It-Yourself Itch

Guys, I’m feeling crafty. I feel like starting a DIY project (or two) so that I can cross some decor items off our wedding to-do list. Let me share a few things I’d like to make.

I saw this styled photo shoot on Green Wedding Shoes recently and I fell in love with the ombré dyed fabric chandelier. The theme for this inspiration shoot was “underwater garden,” and I love the watercolor-like softness created by the whimsical strands of dyed fabric. A few years ago I made a costume that required the use of ombré-dyed fabric, so I think I have an idea of how to recreate this look. Actually, I think there are two different methods. I guess I will just have to see which is the easiest and most successful!


Image via: Green Wedding Shoes / Photography by: Dallas Curow / Event design by: Elyse Cragg

And what would I do with an ombré-dyed fabric chandelier, you might ask? Actually, I’d like to tie the fabric strips onto a rope to use for our ceremony. Afterward we could use it as decoration behind the dessert table. I’m not quite sure yet. But I do know that it would look fabulous in our engagement photos! I’m thinking something like the last photo from the inspiration shoot above. If that’s not enough to tickle your fancy, here is some more inspiration for you. Imagine the possibilities!


Image via: Green Wedding Shoes / Photography by: Bryan N. Miller Photography

My next DIY project involves wooden letters. I found this image on Pinterest (imagine that), and I love that instead of being painted, the letters appear to be covered with vintage-inspired scrapbook paper. The colors and the damask patterns on these letters would be perfect for our Marie Antoinette inspired wedding. I can’t wait to try it out!


Image via: Style Me Pretty / Photography by: Adria Peaden

Keep in mind that I live in an apartment building, and while I have access to a wooded and grassy outdoor area, I don’t have access to a covered garage. That certainly hinders our crafting possibilities—well, that and a lack of power tools and woodworking equipment—but I hope that I can show you that, even in a small apartment with minimal special equipment, DIY weddings are possible! I will report back soon with my DIY-attempt findings!

What are some projects on your DIY to-do list?


Mrs. Camel

Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013
Gallery of the Day
Invitation DIY: Constructing the Shell
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  1. castle Bee
    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:53 am

    Love this idea and can’t wait to see how it turns out! I feel you on the small apartment crafting limitations. It can be a real challenge, but totally doable!

  2. mswallaby Bee
    mswallaby 2070 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:55 am

    Aw I love those! Can’t wait to see what you create!

  3. msdragon Bee
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 9:58 am

    I made ribbon chandeliers and they looked awesome! I’m excited to see how your projects turn out.

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    farinw 38 posts, Newbee @ 10:03 am

    Or worse yet, doing your crafting and accepting all of your ebay packages at work. They’re fine with it, but I’m having trouble storing it all until I take them home bit by bit 🙂

  5. buffalo Bee
    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:12 am

    AWW That second wedding is a friend of a friend! I saw her wedding on SMP and was in LOVE with it! They did an awesome job!

    And I was the same way with DIY! Our tiny apartment was FULL of crafting stuff! I think I drove Mr. B CRAZY!

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    RapunzelRapunzel 812 posts, Busy bee @ 11:41 am

    I can’t wait to see your projects! I’m doing a lot with ribbon, so they’re similar to a lot of the projects you have above 🙂

  7. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 12:54 pm

    These are so pretty, I can’t wait to see your creations!

  8. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:58 pm

    I really like those letters, the pattern and colors are very cute.

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 6:38 pm

    I’m glad you are doing all of this in your apartment! I live in an apartment myself and still push myself to do projects that sometimes are a bit tricky. I can’t wait to see your crafty successes!

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