DIY weddings: Aisle decorations

DIY weddings: Aisle decorations

Walking down the aisle is one of the most memorable moments of your life, so why not make it one of the prettiest too? This is a cheap and effective way of dressing your aisle and bringing another personal touch to your magical day. These decorations are striking on their own or you can add a flower arrangement for a stunning effect that complements the colours of your day.

Aisle Decorations

Difficulty: Easy / Time: 1 hour per item / Cost: £2 per item

What you’ll need:

  • Tin cans
  • Coloured Ribbon
  • Hessian material
  • Wooden buttons
  • Lace
  • Needle and thread
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Optional: drill and file


Using the clean tin can as a measurement guide, wrap 2m of each of the ribbon, hessian and lace around the middle. Hold together tightly against the can and secure with a pin.

Remove the ribbon, hessian and lace from the can and cut the materials to the length that you’d like hanging down. Cut on a diagonal to avoid too much fraying.

Using a needle and thread, sew vertically up the pin so that when you place the materials back onto the can, they fit snugly around it. To save time you can use a sewing machine to sew over the pin.

Sew the button onto the opposite side of your join – this will be the front. You can paint the buttons a different colour, or leave plain wood for a natural look.

Choose how you’d like to line your aisle with the cans. You could simply pop them on top of some logs or you could have them hanging off of the side of the chairs.

If you want to hang the cans then simply drill three holes, one either side and one at the back. File off any of the sharp edges and then thread a long length of the ribbon through all three holes and tie a knot in the end.

Tip: Think about your quantities – you could make a decorated can for every other chair to create the same effect, reducing the amount of cans you’ll have to make.

Wedding photos by Kerry Bartlett –


Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself,  you can contact Claire by emailing and she can make them for you!