How to Reuse Items from the Wedding in Your Home
It can be hard to know what to do with all your wedding decor after the big day is over. You can always try to sell things, but we like the idea of reusing your wedding supplies as fabulous and meaningful home decor! I think it is great to be able to not only budget-friendly to reuse your decor, but also it’s sweet to be able to keep pieces of your wedding out for everyday use for memory’s sake.
Here are some ideas for how to use popular wedding items in your home.
For the wedding: menu sign via Bride on a Budget
At home: entryway sign via Make Digital, shopping list via Blondie ‘N’ SC
2. Apothecary Jars
For the wedding: candy buffet via Amy Atlas
At home: containers for bath essentials via Pottery Barn, storage for noodles via Apartment Therapy
3. Mason Jars
For the wedding: vases via Elizabeth Anne Designs
At home: sewing kit via Martha Stewart, soap dispenser via Heather Bullard, gift jar via oh, hello friend
4. Vintage Keys
For the wedding: seating chart via Oh Lovely Day
At home: DIY framed keys via Mamie Jane’s, hanging wall art via Pottery Barn
5. Vintage China
For the wedding: place settings via Samantha Luck
At home: wall art via Entertaining with Style, clock via It’s a Jaime Thing
6. Bright and cheerful fabric
For the wedding: hanging as a photobooth backdrop
At home: table cloth and shower curtain via Anthropologie, DIY instructions for shower curtains here.
7. Polaroid Picture Ideas
For the wedding: Have guests take polaroid photos of themselves and pin them onto twine that you’ve strung up, along with notes for the couple.
In the home: Make a heart-shaped collage with the polaroids via Black Eiffel or cover an entire wall with them via Apartment Therapy.
8. Vintage Book Ideas
For the wedding: Stack vintage books on each table as part of your centerpieces, via Green Wedding Shoes
In the home: Bolt stacks of books together to make a stool, via Dezeen (the lamp base is also made out of book pages!), or if that seems too difficult, simply stack the books to make an end table, via Design Esquire.
9. Tea Tin Ideas
For the wedding: Tea tins make adorable vases, via Martha Stewart
In the home: Fill tea tins with wax to make candles via Country Living or turn one into a charming lamp base like this one by iamanie on Etsy
10. Empty Frame Ideas
For the wedding: Frames for photo booth via Kiss the Groom
In the home: Hang them on the wall via Vegreenism or use them to frame objects via Brooklyn Limestone
11. Birdcage Ideas
For the wedding: Hang birdcages above the head table for drama via Ruffled.
In the home: Group them on top of furniture via Apartment Therapy or turn them into charming planters via Just a Little Bit
For the wedding: Shutters make creative table runners, via Colleen Sherman
In the home: Use the shutters to make an entryway organizer via Martha Stewart or a fabulous shabby-chic headboard via Curbly.
13. Wine corks
For the wedding: Cut slits in wine corks and use them as place card holders, via Libellule Gifts
In the home: Turn the corks into a trivet via Craftynest or make a creative corkboard out of them, like this one from Bed Bath & Beyond.
For the wedding: Use pretty silverware in your place settings, via Love and Lavender.
In the home: You can still use silverware in place settings of course, but if you have some extra, try making a kitchen clock like this one from Seventh Avenue, or key racks like this one via Design*Sponge!
15. Cake Stands
For the wedding: Use footed cake stands to elevate cakes via Love and Lavender
In the home: Use the cake stands as condiment holders via New England Lifestyle, flower arrangements via Martha Stewart, or candle holders via Real Simple.
16. Wire Baskets
For the wedding: Use a wire basket to hold cards or programs, via Perched on a Whim.
For the home: Use them to light your yard via Brown Turtleneck Sweater, as a mail holder via My Sweet Savannah, or as a fruit basket via Stock Food.
17. Mini clothespins
For the wedding: Mini clothespins make cute and super easy place card holders, via Real Simple
In the home: String some yarn across an empty frame and use the clothespins to clip on pictures, ticket stubs, and cards via Unadventurous Adventures or glue little magnets to the back and use them to organize your fridge, via brionesandco.
18. Wood Slices
For the wedding: We’ve seen so many creative uses for wood slices in weddings. One of our favorite ideas is to use a custom stamp on them to make these adorable rustic save the dates, via Nonpareil!
In the home: use the other side of the wood slice to make a unique clock via Design*Sponge, or use it as a tray for serving food via Martha Stewart Weddings
19. Wood Crates
For the wedding: Use wooden crates to give some height to your dessert table, via Love & Lavender.
In the home: Use the crate as storage for books and magazines via Pottery Barn or stack multiples to make side tables, via Design*Sponge.
For the wedding: Use a box filled with yarn to display escort cards, via Forget.Me.Knot Weddings
In the home: Besides it’s obvious use (knitting), yarn can be used to make a gorgeous wreath via Etsy, or fabulous (and cheap!) giftwrap via Flickr
21. Drawer Knobs
For the wedding: Eclectic drawer knobs from Anthropologie make a unique bouquet, via 100 Layer Cake.
In the home:Make an old piece of furniture look cuter via Love and Photographs or use drawer knobs as finials for a curtain rod, via Design*Sponge!
Hope this inspires you to put your wedding decor to good use after the wedding is over!
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Despite her dreamy wedding blogger lifestyle, Meredith's day job is running ClassicVeils.com and a full-time mom to an active toddler. If she could, Meredith would spend her days taking cruises, helping animals in need, and watching Big Brother!
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LOVE this post! Great ideas to a dilemma many of us face after the wedding. I know I have a vintage birdcage, tons of blue mason jars, and 100 crystal punch cups (that were used as votive holders) that I don’t know what to do with but can’t bring myself to part with!
I absolutely love this site, the idea of reusing so many things is Great !!
Lovely ideas! Thanks for sharing! 🙂
I love the plates over the bed–other than ours being a dark iron, it’s the look I’m after for spring/summer. Excellent!!
I like the jar ideas, not that I have them from my wedding, I just love anything blue glass 🙂
What fabulous ideas. The plates are absolutely gorgeous.
Love this post! Definitely great ideas!
Oooh…gorgeous inspiration – thanks for the link love! I adore your blog, so happy I came across it today! Do you have a Twitter or Facebook so I can follow your updates? Please do let me know or find me on Twitter at:
Cheers & have a lovely day!
~ Jaime 🙂