With a lifelong knack for thinking outside the box, Jaime McKee is our go-to for creative ways to repurpose our belongings. Her blog Building a Sustainable Life is filled with great ideas to stretch the dollar and life of home decor accessories.
In the modern Pinterest era, DIY ideas for weddings abound. But as we all know, it can be far too easy to get caught up in the excitement of the big day, and when our wishlists outperform our budgets (or our spare time to work on projects!) it’s easy to become overwhelmed with ideas, spoiled for choice, or simply unsure of where to start. By asking some of our DIY projects to do double duty—serving as wedding décor that can later be repurposed into home décor—we can save a bit of money and create meaningful, useful items to fill our homes and remind us of that special day for years to come.
There is a plethora of photo backdrop DIYS using entire swaths or strips of fabric; after the wedding’s over, why not transform that fabric into a custom headboard for your bed? You can find gorgeous boho backdrops on Etsy, but just as easily you could make your own. Repurpose the fabric into a custom fabric headboard, Design with Altitude has a great tutorial. You could use something vintage, or simply a piece that fits in with your wedding theme; either way, it will serve as a beautiful and practical memento for years to come.
The guestbook plate is an idea that’s been around for some time, but what about taking it a step further? Plate walls have a certain retro charm and can be a brilliant way to liven up an empty wall. Try incorporating a few from your wedding filled with warm wishes from guests, natch.
The traditional canopy under which a Jewish couple stands during their wedding ceremony, a chuppah’s fabric can be quilted or even crocheted to be personal to the couple’s tastes, and many couples are choosing to incorporate them into their homes, as beautiful and meaningful blankets or throws. Some families even use them as tablecloths!
Of course, one of the highest price tags many couples see at their weddings is the florist’s bill, and one of the easiest places to cut this cost is with the table centerpieces. There are many DIY options here that are lovely but not necessarily useful for your home. At my own wedding, we filled giant IKEA vases with green apples, which made for some yummy Centerpiece Pie but weren’t exactly enduring. Why not go for potted plants, even herbs, that you can fill your home or patio with once the wedding’s over? Use ribbon to dress up the pots a bit for their big day, and then continue to enjoy them for years to come. Practical, beautiful, and sustainable. An added bonus: the fragrance may even help transport you back to your wedding day.