The Lazy Bride's Guide to DIY: 8 Projects That Require Zero Effort
Everyone wants to personalize their wedding ceremony and reception, but not every couple has the time to customize all of those special and meaningful details on their own. In short: You want to DIY without the whole doing-it-yourself part. We get it, which is why we're spotlighting these super easy projects.
To help you put your own stamp on your day without having to devote countless days to DIY projects, we found eight incredibly easy projects that pack a major punch. Whether you want to amp up the style on your signature drinks, leave your mark on your invitations, or top your wedding cake with something extra special, there's a perfect (and easy!) project here for you. Ready to take on a DIY project without going crazy? Here, our favorite personalization projects anyone can handle. We promise, you won't even have to break out a glue gun.
You can pretty much personalize anything. Case in point: PDX Ice lets you customize ice cubes! Simply email them an image and they'll laser engrave it onto ice cubes. They pack the engraved space with shaved snow to create bright white lines. The two-inch cubes aren't just pretty—they'll also keep drinks cold longer. (They melt slower than regular cubes.) Personalize them with monograms, ampersands, or simple shapes like hearts and stars.
Stamp of Approval
Wms & Co. is a customizable stamp created by JP Williams and Allison Muench Williams, who've lent their typography and color expertise to brands like Jack Spade and West Elm. You can create a stamp using their type templates (which are awesome!) or upload your own image. Stampers range in size from a thumbprint to a serious copper self-inking stamp. The best part is that once you've bought the stamper, you can order additional rubber imprints to swap in if you move, change your name, or just change your mind. Use it to stamp your invites, thank-you notes or save-the-dates.
It's as simple as that. Scan love notes your grandpa sent your grandma, print them, and use them as an envelope liner. Or scan old photographs of loved ones, a pattern from a favorite dress, or snapshots from your wedding venue!
Could anything be simpler than unrolling gift wrap? Pick a favorite pattern and use it as a swank table runner for you reception. Stationers are creating giftwrap in every imaginable print and pattern these days. We love the floral wrap from clap clap, marble wrap from Ferme À Papier, and ombré from Rifle Paper.
If you read DIY as "DI-WHY," this hack is for you. To create welcome bags and guest takeaways, Bags & Bows by Deluxe takes plain boxes and sacks, and stamps them with quips, monograms, and logos, and you don't have to lift a finger (or paintbrush). Choose from their selection, or upload your own text or images and have them customize a design for you. Get as wordy—and worldly—as you like.
The Details: Whiteboard shopping bags, $93.50 for 100, and jewelry boxes, from $94.50 for 50, bagsandbowsonline.com. Grosche Zurich French press, $15, bedbathandbeyond.com. Stroopwafels, $27 for 40, amazon.com.
What we love most about our Epson handheld label maker: It takes everything from ribbon cartridges to iron-on strips to metallic tapes. Use it to stick a name, date, or phrase on just about anything, whether you're tying tags on favor boxes, slipping something blue inside your hem, or sealing a sweet takeaway.
The Details: Epson LabelWorks ribbon kit, $70, and ribbon and tape cartridges, from $19 each, epson.com/labelworks.
Celebrate your "happily ever after" with a cake topper customized to fit your wedding theme and scheme. Just plan your design online with craft company Cricut, feed the cardstock of your choice into one of their smart cutting machines, and voilà! Out will pop the perfect decoration for your confection. Follow the full tutorial here for a seriously-easy project.