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DIY Wedding Paper Crafts


One of the nicest ways to personalize your wedding is to handcraft some of the items which you use. There can be nothing more meaningful than something beautiful made by the hands of the bride. Take a look at some of these charming DIY wedding paper crafts which are fun and easy to make.

The wedding stationery is always a good place to start when you want to add some handmade touches to your event. These days, it is possible to make wedding invitations which are every bit as attractive as those which you would buy in a store (of course, if you have your heart set on engraving or letterpress, you will need to go through a professional stationer). With a good quality printer, you can print your own invites on high quality paper…and that is only the beginning. The really fun part comes in deciding how to personalize your invitations; add a ribbon, layer on a die cut motif, do a bit of handbeading, use a custom rubber stamp – the sky is the limit!

Another terrific wedding craft is packaging. You can make cones out of pretty paper with embedded flowers to hold petals or birdseed for tossing at the ceremony. Or create special little boxes from heavy stock to present the bridesmaid gifts. Not only will the containers be the perfect shape and size for the bridesmaid gifts you select, but the box itself will be a gift from the heart.

There are some fantastic DIY paper projects for wedding decorations. Paper flowers and pom poms are among the most eye-catching. Small paper flowers can be made for boutonierres or as decoration for the little tables at the cocktail hour. Or go wild with oversized paper poms in your wedding colors. They look amazing suspended from the ceiling of the reception tent or even from the top of an arbor for the marriage ceremony. Although they are time consuming to make in quantity, paper flowers and pom poms are definitely doable for the bride who enjoys crafting.

Escort cards are something else which make a great DIY project. The fun thing is that these days, escort cards can be almost anything that you like. For a simple and modern look, take heavy square cards in your favorite color and glue a piece of ribbon in a contrasting color down one side of the paper about ¼ way in from the edge. Wedge the cards into a clear plexiglass box filled with rice or seaglass. Or get a little fancier and layer two patterned papers with a ribbon bow across the top. This idea would be especially sweet if the paper was cut into the shape of a bird and the cards were hung from a tree.

You can be really creative with escort cards when you make them yourself. What about handmade paper pinwheels with the name of the guest written on one blade? So fun for a summer wedding. Speaking of summer weddings, fans are always appreciated by guests on a hot afternoon. A practical and pretty idea is to make your wedding programs in the shape of paddle fans. Your guests will get to read about your wedding and cool themselves at the same time – perfect!

There are endless ways in which a creative bride can enhance her wedding with handmade paper items. From guest books to menus, decorations to favors, the possibilities are limitless. Best of all, your special touches will really make your wedding unique and original.

bridget mora writes for silverland jewelry with tips on how to plan a wedding that is personal and unique. for charming bridesmaid gifts, be sure to visit http://silverlandjewelry.com/, where all jewelry orders over $99 ship at no charge.

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