It's no secret that we here at Hunker love IKEA. As our regular readers are already well aware, we've spilled a lot of ink waxing poetic about the Swedish home retailer's knack for stocking its shelves with well-designed furnishings at jaw-droppingly low price points. And although the brand's Scandinavian wares are already cart-worthy off the shelf, their simplicity, versatility, and affordability also make them prime for customization. Which, as you've probably surmised, we also love.
Though we typically bring you home decor-centric IKEA hacks, seeing as we're in the midst of peak wedding season, we thought we'd take this opportunity to share some of the nuptial-appropriate transformations that have captured our attention as of late. Spanning a pretty wedding arbor made from the brand's Ditte fabric to ethereal chandeliers comprised of their Soling nets, simply put, these are IKEA wedding hacks worth bookmarking. Scroll on to see the stunning results and shop the looks.
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1. Turn Ditte Fabric Into a Boho Wedding Arbor
Create a pretty backdrop for the ceremony by cutting IKEA's affordable Ditte fabric into strips and artfully draping them from an arbor. (Bonus points for trying your hand at macrame.) Complete the look with ribbon and eucalyptus twigs.
Get the Look: IKEA Ditte $2.99 per yard
2. Upgrade Storhet Champagne Coupes With Flowers
Turn IKEA's simple Storhet Champagne coupes into festive vessels that double as table decor by simply tying delicate sprigs of baby's breath to the glass' stems with twine. Now all that's left to do is pop the bubbly.
Get the Look: IKEA Storhet, $2.99
3. Use a Bryggja Chest as a Self-Serve Dessert Bar
IKEA's nine-drawer Bryggja dresser makes the ideal base for a self-serve dessert bar. Top the chest with tiered platters layered with sweets and fill its drawers with bowls, plates, and utensils so guests can help themselves.
Get the Look: IKEA Bryggja, $279
4. Decorate Plain Chairs With Aina Linen Fabric
Transform plain rental chairs using IKEA's budget-friendly Aina fabric and a few pretty flowers. Cut the linen into strips and then loop each strip around itself before tying it to the chair. Finish the casually elegant look with a flower or two.
Get the Look: IKEA Aina, $8.99 per yard
5. Elevate a Pendant Light With Smycka
Cull through IKEA's offering of faux flowers to transform a pendant light into a statement piece. Merely wrap the flowers around a pendant lampshade secured to a cord set for a fixture that also acts as a centerpiece.
Get the Look: IKEA Smycka, $2.99
6. Make an Artificial Flower Garland With Smycka
Or, use IKEA's faux flowers to create a decorative garland. First, create mini bouquets of snowball hydrangea, ranunculi, and orchids, then wrap the bouquets tightly with yarn and finally string them up using drawing pins and a length of yarn.
Get the Look: IKEA Smycka, $2.99
7. Illuminate Regolit Paper Lanterns With String Lights
Fill Regolit lanterns with battery-powered string lights to cast an ambient glow over your reception. Though they look particularly elegant cascading down a decorative staircase, they'd look equally lovely lining an aisle or illuminating the dance floor.
Get the Look: IKEA Regolit, $4.99
8. Transform Solig Nets Into Ethereal Chandeliers
Turn IKEA's Solig nets into ethereal chandeliers by tying and trimming the ends, then hanging them with draped string lighting. Put the leftover fabric to good use by tying it to the backs of guests' chairs.
Get the Look: IKEA Solig, $24.99
9. Create a Photo Booth With Lill Lace Curtains
Use IKEA's Lill lace curtains to create a picturesque photo opp. Drape the curtains over a wooden dowel and cut them into strips for a whimsical look, then complete the scene with faux florals — and frames to use as props, of course.
Get the Look: IKEA Lill, $4.99