For all those shabby chic brides-to-be out there we have some fantastic DIY projects you can use to spruce up your wedding. Do you need some rustic-looking finishing touches for your big day? Look no further; we have great projects that can be easily made to give your wedding the whimsical look you have been looking for. We understand how easy it is to dish out too much money on decorations and finishing touches, so we found some unique, budget-friendly ideas for you!

Shabby Chic Chalkboards


Check out these adorable shabby chic chalkboards from Unveiled. They are perfect for directing guests on where to go, labeling tables or chairs, listing menus on tables, props in photos, and many more things! They are extremely easy to make and can be reused many times. They are the best of both worlds as they are pretty and practical!

What you’ll need:

  • Plain wooden frame (feel free to recycle one you already have)

  • Chalkboard paint

  • Green wood paint

  • Creamy-white wood paint

  • Fine grain sand paper

  • Wood Finish Stain (preferably a dark walnut shade)

  • Rag

  • Ribbon (optional)

How to make:

  • Remove the glass from the frame and thoroughly spray it with chalkboard paint.

  • Let it dry for 24 hours.

  • While the chalkboard dries, paint the frame using the green base paint.

  • After the green coat has dried, paint over it with the creamy-white paint.

  • Once the topcoat has dried, use the sand paper to rub off some of the white paint.  This allows the green paint to show through and gives the frame a rustic feel.

  • Once you have achieved the distressed look you want, rub the stain all over the frame. Be sure to get it in all the cracks and crevices and feel free to repeat more than once.

  • Once the stain has dried, reassemble the frame back together. Be gentle and make sure not to scratch off any of the chalk paint.

  • Optional: Attach ribbon to the back of the frame and hang it on the backs of chairs, on tree branches, or anywhere else you

Love the idea, but don’t have time to make it? No worries, Etsy has plenty of great options to choose from!

Antique Doorknob Table Numbers


These unique, vintage-looking doorknob table numbers from The Wedding Chicks instantly spruce up any wedding and give your event the whimsical touch it has been needing. Don’t just settle for using paper and ink to mark tables, go above an beyond and make these rustic antique doorknob table numbers that are sure to have your guests talking.  Easily make these one-of-a-kind table numbers by following the simple steps below!

What you’ll need:

  • Distressed wood board (about 12 in. x 5 in.)

  • Address numbers (easily found at home depot or your local hardwood store)

  • Vintage key plate

  • Doorknob

  • Screw and 2 small nails (typically come with address number)

  • Frame stands (easily found at craft or fabric stores)

  • Hammer

How to make:

  • Using the hammer, nail the address number to the wood board.

  • Place the screw inside of the knob and twist to tighten.

  • Using the screw in the knob, attach the key plate onto the wood board.

  • Repeat using a different number on each board.

Do you want antique table numbers, but don’t have time to make them? Checkout the vintage standing table numbers at the Recycled Bride for similar options at a reasonable price!

Teacup Candles


These delicate teacup candles from The Blushing Bride add the perfect touch to a shabby chic wedding or even a bridal shower. They can be easily repurposed into gifts for the guests to take home and enjoy as well. Don’t be afraid to get creative and mix colors and pour the wax into other fun containers like mason jars!

What you’ll need:

  • Candle thermometer

  • Wax flakes

  • Wick and sustainer

  • Wooden skewers

  • Candle color blocks

  • Teacup

How to make:

  • Place wax flakes and candle thermometer into a double broiler and heat until the wax is 150 degrees. (Amount of wax depends on amount desired).

  • Add the candle color block to the melted wax, and continue adding until you achieve the hue you desire. Feel free to mix color blocks to get different colors.

  • Place the wick and sustainer into the teacup so the wick is centered.

  • Set the wooden skewers on each side of the wick to keep it supported.

  • Slowly pour the heated, colored wax into the teacup.

  • Once the wax has completely cooled, trim the wick to about ½ in.

Like the idea, but don’t have time to make them? No worries, Roses and Teacups has a great selection of previously made, ready-to-go teacup candles!

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