The point of doing it yourself (D.I.Y.) is to save money or create unique decor that can't be found in a store. But here’s the key, no one should be able to tell that you “did it yourself”. DIY projects should still look nice. Does it have to look like a professional did it? Of course not, but you don’t want it to look cheesy. Here are a few tips to help make your DIY projects look like their best.
Make sure you have enough time to DIY. Nothing makes a project looks worse than when it’s been rushed. If you plan on saving a little money with a DIY make sure you have enough time to practice and correct any mistakes you may make. Let’s face, if you’re making a chandelier or creating a kissing ball for the first time it may not be exactly right.
Shapes are the foundation of all DIY projects. So it's important to keep that circles and ovals are not the same thing. I know it seems minor, but make sure that you’re cutting out the right shapes. Attention to details are the difference between tasteful and tacky.
Keep It Simple
The rule of KISS (Keep It Simple Sweetie) applies to every aspect of your DIY event. From décor to goodie bags, the key is to work within your ability and experience. As with anything, you can build on your experience, but start slow. The birthday cake is a great example. If you really want to DIY cake, stick to something simple until you have more experience with fondant.
Use your computer or stencils when possible.
Your handwriting may be nice, but use your computer or stencils when making signs. You’d be surprised how many fonts are available online.
I know you can do it all alone, but trust me with a little help you can be in bed by 11 pm instead of 2:30 am. Ask a friend or family member to do the easy stuff, like stuffing goodie bags or tracing outlines of the things you’re going to cut. This way they’ll be more willing to say “yes” the next time you need “a little help”.
I know you may not want to hear this, but sometimes it’s actually cheaper to buy from the store or your local provider. When deciding whether or not to DIY make sure you get the estimate for all of your supplies before you buy. Including those little things like glue, ribbon, string, paper, etc. You may be surprised to find that sometimes buying the item from the store is cheaper than buying all the supplies.
The most important thing about a DIY event is to have fun and enjoy the process. Just think, everything you make is an extension of you. It’s one more way to express your love and appreciation for the guest of honor.