DIY projects can be fun and satisfying. They can allow you to create beautiful things on a budget while putting your own personal touches on pieces that will become part of someone’s special event. Sometimes these projects turn out great, and there’s no better feeling!
And other times...well, other times things don’t go exactly as planned.
At OTR, we pride ourselves on being creative and resourceful, and are frequently asked where we find things, and how we do it. Years of saying "sure" to things we have never had any clue how to do, has gotten us to a place where DIY failures just don’t happen.
From making ceremony arbors, to being food stylists, expert signage makers, designing collage walls, filling in prop installations, and spray painting a lot of stuff, we've done it all! We love getting our hands dirty for our clients, and making the impossible possible.
Part of our successful relationship with DIY projects has to do with our dedication to research and a little bit of pre-event trial and error. We love devoting part of our week to scanning Apartment Therapy , Brit + Co, and Design Sponge. These sites always get our creative juices flowing. One of our favorite things to create are backdrops for photos, wedding ceremonies, etc. We love to scroll through Buzzfeed's DIY backdrop page for inspiration.
If we could write a love letter to one DIY supply, it would be spray paint. From tinting white flowers the exact color a client is looking for to creating an incredible, one-of-a kind pieces of art, there isn’t much you can’t do without some of this magical stuff. Some of our favorite online suppliers are: Koyal and Acme Party.
Learning the basics of floral design can also be a great DIY to save the day! We usually turn to wedding sites and blogs when we advise clients to look at floral inspiration, as most creative brides find this to be an area to cut costs..but wedding or not, these tips come in handy for any function. Style Me Pretty has the best floral bouquet breakdown in our opinion. Learning what flowers are in season can help guide you to things that are easily found, and more cost effective. This guide by The Knot nails it!
This wheatgrass in a ramekin centerpiece was the perfect touch for a green sales kickoff in 2015. Knowing your audience will help make your DIY a win on multiple levels. For example, you’d probably want to skip over a room full of Hydrangeas and pink roses for an event thrown by a company whose branding is on the masculine side.
And of course, you can't complete your DIY toolkit without a go-to flea market. If you are in the Bay Area, Urban Ore, Alameda Flea Market, or Big Daddy Antiques are our go tos for salvage yard or second hand finds. These vases and this wooden block were all $1.00 total at a salvage yard. With some creativity, these "junk yard" finds can have their second coming, and save lots of money on the bottom line, if you have time time, but not the budget.
When in doubt Pinterest, Etsy and Amazon always come through somehow. So click happy, friends, get your hands dirty, and create something special your clients will never forget!