10 DIY tutorials for creative event decoration

DIY projects not only save you money, but they’re fun to do and give you a greater sense of accomplishment than purchasing ready-made products. If you’re looking for some creative event decoration ideas, DIY tutorials are a great place to start (even if, like me, you only dream of being this crafty!)

1. Paper Garland


Use your event’s theme to inspire the colors and materials for this easy garland. Set it up over a doorway, behind a table or around a window to add some color to your venue.

2. Paper Bunting


Also called pennant flag banners, these event decorations are really easy to make. The tutorial includes templates that you can print, but you could easily design your own to match your event’s theme.

3. Hanging Jar Lanterns


If you saw our recent collection of lighting ideas for events you’ll know that we’re huge fans of creative event design. These hanging lanterns made from glass jars are a great example of a creative lighting idea that you can make yourself.

4. Cupcake stand

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If you’ve got a snacks table at your event or conference and need to jazz up the display, this is an easy way to do it. After all, event decorations that are useful and stylish are the best kid, right? If you have the time (or a few handy helpers), you could make a few!

5. Balloon backdrop

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Are you planning on taking photos during your event or conference? Or filming interviews? Balloons could be the perfect backdrop. These behind-the-scenes shots show how a balloon backdrop was made for this photo shoot.

6. Repurposed circular bunting


No doubt you’ve got a bunch of old CDs lying around that you’re not sure what to do with, so why not repurpose them? This cool bunting is made from just old CDs and paper or fabric. You can use your event’s color theme or mix and match like they’ve done here.


7. Graffiti Wall


Let your attendees in on the DIY fun with this interactive addition. This is perfect for outdoor events where you have plenty of room to keep the paint fumes safely away from the crowds.

8. Chicken wire installation


If you’re asking for feedback or audience voting, this is a fun way to collect thoughts from your attendees. Putting this one together won’t take you long, either.

9. LED Balloons


Everyone loves balloons. And adding LED lights is easier than you might think. This tutorial will run you through it step-by-step, and you’ll have a bunch of unique event decorations done before you know it.

10. Neon Balloons

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If you loved the floating water lanterns in our last event lighting post, this tutorial will show you how to make your own. You can even make them match your event’s color scheme, since they’re made with balloons!

Have you seen a DIY tutorial that should be on our list? Let us know in the comments.