Easy DIY Wedding Decoration Tips

Are you worried about how you're going to decorate that special venue on your big day?

Whether it's a rustic-themed wedding or a traditional wedding with a modern twist, wedding planning can be costly and time consuming. To save time and money try creating a D.I.Y. decoration project to add a personalised touch to the venue space and ensure your friends and family will remember your special day for years to come.

Bunnings National Garden Decor Buyer, Sharyn Petrzela, provides her advice on creating hanging lantern cans to bring the calming influence of candle light to your wedding area:

  • To add character to your wedding, use watering cans in various shades to add bursts of colour to the outdoor space.
  • Drill a series of holes in the sides of the watering can. Be creative and use star or heart shapes to provide plenty of space for light to shine through.
  • Drill a hole at the top of the watering can.
  • Prise a link in the jack chain open and insert through the hole.
  • Use pliers to secure the chain link and place a candle inside the can.
  • Hang the can lanterns at varying heights throughout the venue to showcase your beautiful wedding lighting.

Bunnings National Landscape Buyer, Trent Emmins, provides his advice on how to create a personalised wedding arch:

  • Plain wire or garden arches can be decorated to suit a particular wedding theme.  If unsure of which type of garden arch to use, head to your local Bunnings Warehouse and speak to an expert team member for advice.
  • If your wedding is an evening event, decorate the arch by intertwining fairy lights through the holes, to create a magical effect and bring your wedding to life.
  • For a more rustic-themed wedding, make arches out of organic materials such as palm leaves, branches and driftwood. This will give your wedding an environmental feel and will showcase the natural beauty of the outdoor space.
  • For a bohemian inspired wedding, decorate the arch with artificial or live flowers. Use seasonal flowers and mix up the look with different colours and varieties.

Bunnings National Paint Accessories Buyer, Barry Murphy, provides his advice on how to create a display board for guests to capture treasured moments from the big day.

  • Cut four lengths of pine timber in 700mm measurements to set the size of the frame. Place a small amount of liquid nails on the edge of each piece of timber to support the frame.
  •  Place corner sections together using a cordless drill. Use angle brace screws in each corner for additional support.
  •  Mark out equal distances on the inside of the frame and pre-drilled holes, inserting eye hooks within the holes.
  • Ensure the drill bit matches the size of the thread of the eye hook for a snug fit.
  •  Use an 80 grit sandpaper sheet, such as the Trojan 80 grit Jumbo Sanding Sponge (1210266), to lightly sand back the stain for a weathered or vintage look.
  • Tie a length of twine from one eye hook to the opposite side and repeat for each level. Staple a sheet of hessian to the back of the frame, ensuring to tighten and stretch as you make your way around the board.
  •  Hang your wedding photos and mementos on the twine with pegs, and encourage guests to take Polaroid images and pin them to the memento board during the event.

For more information on Bunnings' range of D.I.Y. and craft products, please visit www.bunnings.com.au, or head to your local store and speak to a Bunnings team member.

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