If you're mad about metallic and willing to DIY, you may be looking for the perfect big-day project. Prepare yourself for the crafts that will answer your prayers, because we've got two great ideas to try. Golds, silvers, and other shimmering hues can easily amp-up your wedding-day items. Here, we offer two different ways to slap something shiny on whatever you choose—be it your photo album, stationery, or bridal party gifts. Not only are these projects easy, but they're chic and customizable, too.
Try a Transfer
Go for the gold (or silver)! Foil metallic appliqués can turn any notebook or journal into a chic, personalized photo album, thank-you gift, or guest book. This project is as simple as choosing a finish you like online, then uploading your design—which might be your wedding date, your monogram, or a simple message. You'll receive rub-on transfer sheets in the mail. For a smooth application, use a dull, flat object (like a Popsicle stick or bone folder) to apply the design to the desired surface.
The Details: ReproGraphX custom transfer sheet, from $20, customrubontransfers.com. From top: Sketchbook (similar to shown), $7, jacksonsart.com. Sketchbook (similar to shown), $25, kunst-papier.com. "Volant" pocket plain notebook, $12 for 2, moleskine.com.
If you'd rather create designs by hand, you can apply metallic doodles, dashes, dots—or whatever strikes your fancy— using a "Heatwave" pen ($30, wermemorykeepers.com). This kit comes with ready-to-apply sheets of foil in various shiny tones. Place the sheets on a matte surface, then use the pen to transfer the metallic color for a tiny detail or an allover pattern. Here we added a touch of gold to jewelry boxes (in Teal Matte and Pink Matte, $63 for 100, theboxdepot.com). Our tip for an even transfer: Hold the pen with a slant-free grip, and apply steady pressure as you write.