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Welcome to the home of DIY weddings on The Artisan Life!

I worked for years at two popular destination wedding sites in Charleston, SC. I’d seen so many weddings I had a clear idea of what I did (and didn’t!) want for our wedding, so I decided to DIY everything. Well, everything but my dress, his suit, hair, makeup, and photography! Yep, everything else was me – even the cake and my veil.

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Even though we’ve been married since 2014, I’m still passionate about sharing DIY wedding projects. This section is devoted to DIY wedding resources – everything from self catering your wedding reception to smaller projects like making a beachy bridesmaid’s hanger. I hope you enjoy. =)

If you’re planning to use hot glue for your DIY wedding projects, please check out this post first! You’ll learn how to select the correct glue + gun for the job and use it safely (because who wants burned fingers?!)

hot glue gun tips

For tutorials and other inspiration, visit these blog posts:

Polymer Clay Pumpkin Photo Holders Tutorial

Polymer Clay Pumpkin Photo Holders – Fall Place Card Holders Tutorial

Like I wrote in last month's upcycled tin can pumpkin tutorial, I'm trying really, really hard to do some seasonal ...
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paper flower pomander tutorial

Paper Flower Kissing Ball Tutorial – DIY Wedding Paper Flower Pomander

Paper flower pomanders, or kissing balls, have had a special place in my heart ever since I made a bunch ...
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DIY lantern from a can

DIY Lantern from a Recycled Can – Beachy Upcycled DIY Lantern Tutorial

It's May, so that means we're leaving for West Virginia next month!! Getting ready to visit WV always makes me ...
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How to Make Super Simple Starfish Hairpins - Mermaid Hair Pin Tutorial

How to Make Super Simple Starfish Hairpins – Mermaid Hair Pin Tutorial

Starfish hairpins are such a beautiful, but simple, accessory. They can dress down for a casual, beachy, "mermaid hair" look, ...
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How to Make your Own Beach Wedding Table Numbers

How to Make your Own Beach Wedding Table Numbers

Beach weddings will always have a special place in my heart. I love how they can be casual or chic, ...
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Soothing Lavender Soap Recipe with Frankincense - DIY Wedding Favor Soaps

Soothing Lavender Soap Recipe with Frankincense – DIY Wedding Favor Soaps

There is something so luxurious about using an extra creamy, deliciously scented bar of soap. It can turn an everyday necessity ...
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DIY Spiced Cinnamon Honey Favors - Cinnamon Infused Honey Recipe

DIY Spiced Cinnamon Honey Favors – Cinnamon Infused Honey Recipe

When I was a kid, my mom and I would set up a special night to hand make Valentines. We'd ...
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Homemade Honey Almond Lip Sugar Scrub

Homemade Honey Almond Lip Sugar Scrub

Friday afternoon we had a beautiful opportunity to practice our lifestyle portrait photography. A friend of my husband's owns a ...
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DIY Printable Wedding Hand Fans Tutorial

DIY Printable Wedding Hand Fans Tutorial

I am surprised and humbled by the fact that a tutorial I wrote two years ago detailing how we made fabric ...
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Wedding Anniversary Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

Wedding Anniversary Small Batch Cupcake Recipe

It's our anniversary - hooray! Literally. Today is our actual second anniversary! It's kind of like our first, though, because ...
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DIY Beach Wedding Dress Hanger

DIY Beach Wedding Hanger – Starfish Hanger for Bridesmaids

You know how I like to share tutorials for products I make and sell? Well this was something I was ...
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DIY Washi Tape Stickers Tutorial (Great for planners, scrapbooking, and more!)

DIY Washi Tape Stickers Tutorial (Great for planners, scrapbooking, and more!)

Last week I asked if you wanted to see how to make 'washi tape stickers' and y'all responded "yes!" I'm ...
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DIY Wedding Floral Paper Napkin Rings Tutorial & Printable

DIY Wedding Floral Paper Napkin Rings Tutorial & Printable

If I could create a business around giving things away for free, I would. I'm convinced it's possible with the ...
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Free Printable Nautical Wedding Table Numbers!

Free Printable Nautical Wedding Table Numbers!

I feel like a slacker because I haven't posted many tutorials lately, but I don't regret not taking the time ...
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How to Make your Own Customized Hand Fans - Great for DIY Weddings!

How to Make your Own Customized Hand Fans – Great for DIY Weddings!

It's hard to believe that I came up with the idea to make my own wedding hand fans almost a ...
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How to Make a Braided Hawaiian Ribbon Lei

How to Make a Braided Hawaiian Ribbon Lei

In Hawaii, you don't need much of an excuse to give or wear a lei. People love to meet folks ...
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Self-Catering your Wedding - The Best Resources for Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

Self-Catering your Wedding – The Best Resources for Royal Icing Sugar Cookies

In my last self-catered wedding reception post on practicing your chosen dishes, I said my next post would be about ...
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How to Make your Own DIY Bamboo Wedding Arch

How to Make your Own DIY Bamboo Wedding Arch

Remember that pretty paper flower garland tutorial from a few weeks ago? Today I'm going to show you how to make ...
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Self Catering your DIY Wedding - Practice, Practice, Practice!

Self Catering your DIY Wedding – Practice, Practice, Practice!

Welcome to the "practice" installment of my self-catered wedding reception posts! This isn't a blogland perfect post - there are ...
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How to Make your Own Custom Paper Straws - Great for DIY Weddings and Holidays

How to Make your Own Custom Paper Straws – Great for DIY Weddings and Holidays

Decorative paper straws are too cute! Unfortunately, a lot of times they're literally too cute, plus they can be too ...
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Easy Buffet Risers for DIY Weddings and Holiday Parties

Easy Buffet Risers for DIY Weddings and Holiday Parties

There are some things in life that guys just don't get. Papi Chulo loves nice curtains and making the bed, ...
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How to Make a Paper Flower Pomander/Kissing Ball - DIY Wedding Tutorial

How to Make a Paper Flower Pomander/Kissing Ball – DIY Wedding Tutorial

I can't believe tomorrow is our two month anniversary! It really doesn't seem that long ago. (Especially because we had ...
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Planning your DIY, Self-Catered Wedding Reception

Planning your DIY, Self-Catered Wedding Reception

I grew up spoiled. No, I didn't wear designer clothes or get an expensive car on my 16th birthday - ...
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DIY Paper Flower Garland Lei Tutorial (with free printables and Silhouette Studio files!)

DIY Paper Flower Garland Lei Tutorial (with free printables and Silhouette Studio files!)

Why wouldn't you want a colorful flower garland? It's great for weddings, showers, parties, or even just home decor (wouldn't ...
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How to Make Cute Flatware Packets Quickly for DIY Wedding Receptions, Picnics

How to Make Cute Flatware Packets Quickly for DIY Wedding Receptions, Picnics

I used to work with a complete germaphobe. I mean, this guy would carry a bottle of hand sanitizer from ...
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Super Easy DIY Tablecloth Weights - DIY Wedding Tutorial

Super Easy DIY Tablecloth Weights – DIY Wedding Tutorial

I'm so excited to share my first tutorial in over a month!! It's also the first of many planned DIY ...
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Self-Catering your own DIY Wedding Reception

Self-Catering your own DIY Wedding Reception

I'm sure most newly-engaged women don't start wondering "Can I prepare my own reception?" before they've even picked out a ...
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hibiscus sand dollar cookies

It’s Time to Eat, Drink, and Be Married!

If you're looking at my blog right now, you're probably noticing the posts are pretty lean right now. At the ...
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DIY Wedding WIP #7

DIY Wedding WIP #7

We're getting married next week. Next week. Wow! I'm so excited for my parents and sister to be here, and looking ...
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DIY Wedding WIP #6

DIY Wedding WIP #6

Just over two weeks! It's very exciting, and I feel like things are actually under control (for a change). I ...
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DIY Wedding WIP #5

DIY Wedding WIP #5

I set a personal record this week, but not at the gym! I ordered a record number of items on ...
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DIY Wedding WIP 4

DIY Wedding WIP 4

Hello, everyone! Going by the date, our wedding is a month from today! Wow. I still have a lot to ...
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DIY Wedding WIP 3

DIY Wedding WIP 3

Happy Thursday, everyone! I've been having fun posting wedding WIP updates on Thursdays, so I thought I'd stick with it ...
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How to Tie a British Admiralty Pattern Monkey's Fist Knot - DIY Wedding Knot Idea

How to Tie a British Admiralty Pattern Monkey’s Fist Knot – DIY Wedding Knot Idea

There are, in fact, two different ways to tie the popular monkey's fist knot. Looking back, I believe the so-called British ...
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Easy DIY Bandeau Veil (for Wedding or Costume)

Easy DIY Bandeau Veil (for Wedding or Costume)

I honestly don't know how many outdoor weddings I've worked. After about five total years of working at a site ...
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DIY Paper Flower Guest Book Pen

DIY Paper Flower Guest Book Pen

I think it's the little things that can get you. When you're planning a wedding, you know you're going to ...
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DIY Origami Lantern Garland

DIY Origami Lantern Garland

I've been having fun with paper recently, and not in the way you might guess! No, I haven't suddenly found ...
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