Article by Amy

There’s nothing like placing your homemade wedding invitation into an envelope and sealing it shut, with, we’ll admit, just a hint (or maybe a heap) of creative satisfaction. It’s not just your invites you can get a kick, or compliments, from. Here’s our pick of Top 5 DIY Shabby Chic ideas.


DIY Shabby Chic wedding ideas
Shabby chic timber wedding invitation


While it may involve a little bit of SEDIY (Someone Else’s Do It Yourself), Poppiseed’s wooden wedding invitations are too good to pass up. You can request the words that you want printed on the thinly sliced mahogany wood that would look rustictastic with a decorative strip of lace attached. We can assure you this is one invitation your guests won’t throw out.



Shabby flowers
Shabby chic flowers

Table flower arrangements:

How can you not arrange your own wedding flower table decorations?! The colours, scents and succulents are too gorgeous to pass up! For a shabby chic-style wedding, visit Vinnies for some second hand ceramic or glass vases. Don’t have the time? You can always buy a metal vase online and wrap it in twine for a truly pastoral feel. The shade of bloom of course reflects on your colour scheme, but bouncy Hydrangeas and crisp green Dianthuses look ah-mazing together.


DIY Shabby Chic Wedding Ideas
DIY Shabby Chic Wedding Ideas


You can’t go past softly glowing candles. Place them inside old coffee jars (just like in the ad) or second hand oil lanterns for a seriously romantic feel. Is there going to be a small heard of ankle biters running around? If so, then place your wax works inside paper lanterns suspended from the ceiling, or just forgo the candle light for fairy lights.


DIY Shabby Chic Wedding Ideas
Lemonade Mason Jar

Refreshments & glasses:

There’s nothing quite as adorable as a mason jar filled with homemade lemonade or apple juice with a candy cane-coloured stair resting gently to the side. Combine one cup sugar, one cup soda water, one cup of lemon juice and three to four cups of water for some ‘nanna couldn’t have done better’ lemonade before pouring them into glass jars that you can purchase here.



Burlap Boutonniere
Burlap Boutonniere


Hey ladies, what about that other special someone? Create a burlap boutonniere for the groom’s breast pocket using some cardboard, buttons, pin packs, a hot glue gun and some ribbon. You’ll find a step-by-step instructions here.

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