DIY Wedding Ideas: Simple Hanging Displays & Decor
Whether your wedding is a laid-back bohemian affair, a rustic forest gathering, or a glamorous ballroom banquet, a hanging display adds a sense of celebration and decadence to the occasion. The following decor ideas can be done with a bit of spare time and basic materials – it’s surprising what a bit of paper and twine can accomplish!
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Hanging Flower Vases
Suspended at various heights, this simple project is great for those who want to mix and match. Save up your spaghetti sauce and jam jars, and use a strong twine or fishing line to suspend simple glass vases from a tree.
Hanging Window Backdrop
Great for rustic, shabby chic, forest, and other outdoor wedding themes, this display requires a few 2x4s, eyelet screws, twine, and whatever old junk you’ve got lying around. For an eco-conscious couple look to be Earth-friendly on their wedding day, this is a perfect design element to feature.
Origami on Strings
The elegance and sophistication of these delicate origami cranes can’t be denied – the ultimate minimalist project, this decor requires little more than paper and patience. Results can range from an eclectic colorful display like this one to a modern minimalist theme in all white.
It’s amazing what you can accomplish with a few dozen stems and a ladder. A garden wedding sets the perfect stage for a few suspended floral “chandeliers”; alternatively, an indoor wedding will get a breath of fresh air from the festive flowers hanging in the air.
Perhaps the simplest of all DIY decor solutions, a ribbon curtain takes little time and resources to construct, is lightweight and unbreakable, can be easily adapted to any colour scheme, and can be easily adjusted to any length or size.
Paper Cone Curtain
Travel back to your second grade days – roll several hundred paper cones (you can use recycled brown paper bags for an eco-friendly approach) and thread a needle and string through their centers. This display is a lovely choice for urban lofts, warehouses, art galleries, and other indoor venues where a little rain outside won’t damage the display.
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Surging into popularity in recent years, these paper flag banners are easy to purchase in many different colours and themes – but you can also make them yourself if you choose. This example shows how the addition of these triangular decorations bring a modern, festive element to this antique barn.
Whimsical and dreamy, a dreamcatcher adds a sense of spirituality and connection to the Mother Earth – perfect for weddings taking place in a backyard, forest, beach, or other place of natural beauty. As many people have a dream catcher in their home, it could be that you can borrow one from a friend or family member.
Many professional florists are able to construct elaborate flower garland designs. If you want to DIY, coloured carnations are a good choice – they’re relatively inexpensive and quite durable with large, voluminous blossoms, making it easy to work with as you thread the string through each flower.
Cut up old clothes or sheets to make fringe fabric tassles. This recycled hanging display makes a lovely flowing background for the ceremony or as a backdrop for your gift table, cake table, etc. This can also be used as a playful partition wall to help define the separate spaces at your event.
Wreath with Ribbons
Wreathes are easy to find in most thrift stores, craft stores, and floral shops – or you can make one yourself using cut branches from a tree. Customize your wreath with seasonal flowers or by hanging coloured ribbons from the ring. These will look especially lovely as seasonal decor at a winter wedding.
Tissue Paper Tassles
Another easy solution, this design requires a few packages of tissue paper, along with twine and scissors. Playful and festive, these tissue paper tassles add a lighthearted air to your event – but they’ll work best inside, as tissue paper and rain don’t mix.
It’s simple enough – fill your ceiling with balloons (you should rent a helium pump – don’t try to do these all yourself)! Small children will especially appreciate this playful decor – you can consider creating a children’s area filled with balloons if you don’t want your whole ceiling full of them.
Suspended Flower Wall
While a solid wall of flowers takes time, skill, and cash flow, a few hanging flowers are much easier to DIY. Attach the strings to the stems beforehand, and leave the flowers in water as long as possible up until the event to streamline things on the day of.
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