As mentioned, I fell down the Pinterest hole regarding cute wedding things I absolutely do not need. Most of the things I was able to talk myself out of. I did try to DIY a few things, many of which disastrously failed and were not worth the time, effort, or money. For example, I tried to spray paint plastic buckets to look like metal with mottled metallic silver spray paint. After 2 coats, it still looked weird, but decent, so I stacked them together and walked away for a few days. When I returned, the buckets were all stuck together and the paint pulled apart when I tried to separate them. I threw them in the trash and bought real ones for less than $2 apiece.
One of my more successful DIY was props for my ring bearers. We are using his 2 nephews and my 1 nephew as our ring bearers. They are a little older - ages 5 to 9 years, and weren't really enamored with the idea until I mentioned that I needed "ring security". Then they all totally jumped on board.
I was showing my fiance's oldest nephew the Pinterest options and he decided he wanted the Etsy option below. He has VERY specific and expensive taste.
I decided we would need to DIY these items to save some money.
First I bought black centerpiece suitcases for $10 from www.orientaltrading.com. Others have used plastic briefcases like the one below the suitcase as well, but I needed to be as authentic as possible to please the nephews.
Next, I bought some sticker letters from Michael's and applied them to the suitcase. The letters below are just an example. You will want to measure the letters to make sure they will fit across the suitcase.
I also bought some sunglasses from Dollar Store and some smaller silver letters.
I used a straight edge to line everything up on the suitcase. On the sunglasses, I placed everything as close to the curve at the bottom of the sides of the glasses and it turned out ok.
Here is the finished product. Of note, I also added their names at the bottom of the suitcase.
I'll let you know what the nephews think!