Rustic & Barn Weddings DIY Wedding Decor

Barn weddings. (sigh.) Bet you’re swooning just thinking about it, right? Rustic & barn weddings are romantic, fun, down to earth, memorable, and lend themselves perfectly to DIY wedding decor! So whether you are planning your barn wedding for the future, you are dreaming for someone you love, or even if you have a different event coming up that you need ideas for, you will love these DIY wedding decor ideas!



Rustic & Barn Weddings DIY Wedding Decor


Barn Wedding DIY Wedding Decor

Barn Wedding Ideas

First off, if you are planning a barn wedding, you need a checklist! (Isn’t that what wedding planning is all about? Lists? :)) From ‘Here Comes the Guide‘, start your rustic wedding adventure by checking out their barn wedding checklist!


Not all barn weddings are rustic! This modern barn wedding is light and bright, but still has those vintage elements that are so heartwarming. The wood crates, wood teepee and greenery and the dessert table could all be DIY wedding ideas that anyone could use. Gorgeous, but not fussy! From ‘100 Layer Cake‘. Photos by ‘Jenn Kavanaugh’.


Looking for a more traditional rustic barn vibe? You can do the same exact thing as the last idea, with a little more “patina”. This rustic wedding idea from ‘100 Layer Cake‘ uses antique furniture to display dessert. Photo by ‘Jamie Mercurio’.


From ‘Style Me Pretty‘, this barn wedding reminds us that the barn is only part of the equation. You don’t have to have the entire wedding inside! We love how they accentuated the iconic barn door with these easy drapes. Add some simple globe lights and nature does the rest! Photo by ‘Anna Delores Photography’.


From ‘Lauren Fair Photography‘, here is another idea for using vintage furniture and some fresh florals to create a simple, rustic, and absolutely charming dessert table!


DIY Wedding Flowers

Flowers are everything in a rustic or barn wedding. Not only is nature the perfect partner to a wedding that celebrates the simple life, flowers bring the space alive. Hang floral swags over doorways, create floral chandeliers to visually bring down the height of the ceiling, and make your own hand tied bouquet fitting to the occasion with these DIY projects.

This floral chandelier DIY from ‘The Merry Thought‘ is beyond stunning. Easy as a trip to the craft store! Make one for every table, or just to hang over the dessert table!


If you don’t want to have to worry about floral arrangements and having to get them done at the last minute, try making this DIY floral chandelier with artificial flowers. This looks amazingly real, but none of your guests are gonna climb up to the ceiling to check them out anyway! Might as well take some of the pressure off! Tutorial from ‘AFloral‘.


Make those beautiful barn doors the focal point, both from the inside and the outside with this DIY floral doorway arch from ‘100 Layer Cake‘.


Make your own hand tied floral bouquet with this easy to follow tutorial from ‘BLoved‘.


Boutonnieres are easily made from leftover flowers with a little floral tape and ribbon, with this tutorial from ‘HGTV‘.


Use Washi tape and flowers to create this fabulous floral wall from ‘Green Wedding Shoes‘. Use it as a backdrop to anything! This is a great place to save money by utilizing the flowers that weren’t quite perfect enough to make it into the centerpieces.


More DIY Wedding Decorations

If you need a little prettiness to accent that gorgeous barn wedding venue of yours, we have DIY wedding decor ideas!

This welcome wedding sign from Jaime Costiglio via ‘Ryobi‘ is the only way you want to welcome your guests to your wedding or event! BTW, the plans have a tutorial for the stand, too.


These rustic Mr. & Mrs. signs from ‘Hill City Bride‘ are a DIY anyone can do. This is great activity you and your attendants can do together. Maybe at a morning brunch? Between sips of champagne? You could also make table numbers with this same how to.


From ‘Domestically Blissful‘, make a “Here Comes The Bride” sign for the little ones to carry! This project is easy to personalize too.


If you are looking for an easy, low cost way to display photos of the bride and groom, try this trick. Keep in mind that what makes this cool is that they are all B&W photos, alluding to that vintage feel. And we could NOT leave out this adorable ring bearer in the wagon! From ‘Julie Blanner‘. Photos by ‘Miles Witt Boyer’.


These DIY wedding favors can double as table decor. Whimsical and fun, this wedding decoration idea from ‘Something Turquoise‘ comes with a free printable for these mini alcohol bottle tags.


DIY Wedding Centerpieces, Runners & Table Numbers

From ‘Wedding Chicks‘, this centerpiece could be easily DIY’ed. The wood stands are simply 4×4’s, cut and stained. And the simple succulent planters keep this rustic wedding from being too cutesy. A can of copper spray paint and some thrift store containers make this a budget project too! Photo by ‘Yantes Photography’.


These DIY table numbers from ‘Ruffled Blog‘ are the easiest DIY, and they are so modern vintage cute! Love the subtle eucalyptus.


Another trend with rustic weddings is to let nature do most of the work. Greenery and subtle florals are a touch more modern in a rustic space. Learn how to make a table runner from fresh greenery from one of our fav bloggers ‘ Lia Griffith‘.


Make these DIY wedding centerpieces for an easy way to add gorgeous, romantic light at every table! These DIY wood lanterns are perfectly rustic, and sophisticated at the same time. Tutorial from ‘Jaime Costiglio‘. She has a video to follow along with too.


This DIY farmhouse style centerpiece from ‘The Turquoise Home‘ is made from simple 1×6 boards and some stain. And the flowers are set into the box within mason jars, so they can be popped into the boxes last minute.


These wooden block centerpieces from ‘Something Turquoise‘ are made from simple 4×4 posts. She even gives you here step by step recipe for this exact floral arrangement, complete with arranging tips!


DIY Photo Backdrops

All your guests need a place to mark the occasion in photos! These photo backdrops are stunners, and you can make them yourself. You could also use one of these as a ceremony backdrop.

This floral photo backdrop wall is awesome. Yep, this is really a DIY! From ‘Wedding Chicks’, build this perfect addition to your barn wedding!


From ‘Brides UK‘, this photo backdrop is made with canvas and wood letters.

We hope you got tons of great DIY wedding decor ideas from our post on rustic & barn weddings! We think you will also love our posts on A Beautiful & Intimate Maui Wedding (Ours!) and Starry Starry String Lights – Decor for Year Round! Also check out How to Make a Balloon Arch!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

1 Comment

  1. Marcin
    April 3, 2019 / 9:42 am

    Those wooden lanterns are amazing!

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