Looking to throw a memorable party without breaking the bank? With these DIY party decorations, you can easily customize the decorations to suit any party theme or color scheme.
Hosting a party can be great, but decorating can sometimes feel overwhelming. There are so many decorations you can purchase and either they don’t have a ‘wow’ factor or they are way too expensive.
Fortunately, with a little creativity and some DIY skills, you can create unique and personalized party decorations that are perfect for any occasion. Whether you’re celebrating a birthday, graduation, holiday, or any other special event, there are tons of ways to customize your party décor to match your theme.
How to customize your DIY party decorations
You can add a personal touch to your get-together with these general DIY decor ideas:
Photo backdrops and wall decorations
With the popularity of sharing photos online, setting up a photo booth is a must-have for parties. Plus they are a great way to capture memories and add a special touch to your event.
Backdrops and decorations for the walls above food tables are often created using balloons, flowers, crepe paper, or paper cutouts. This leaves a lot of room for color and theme customization.
As a bonus, consider making your own photo props such as signs, masks, and hats to add a personalized touch to your photos. Oh, and don’t forget your customized hashtag that everyone can use on social media!
One of the easiest and most affordable party decorations to create are DIY garlands. Not only do they look good, but they are also versatile enough to fit any type of celebration. Garlands, bunting or banners can be made in different materials like tissue paper, fabric, yarn, and ribbon.
They are easy to set up and could be repurposed for future events. Plus, you can mix and match colors and shapes to fit your party’s color scheme or theme.
Balloons can be one of the most expensive party decorations! You can purchase plain balloons, mylar, various shapes, messages, and letters or numbers. But then you have to pay to fill them.
Instead, try starting with plain balloons and customizing them with a Sharpie, glitter, or vinyl. Or, you can group them together to make a balloon garland or a shape that goes with your theme.
Centerpieces and table decorations
When arranging your food tables, consider creating your own table centerpieces or adding some decorative items to liven things up. It is a good idea to make them beautiful and functional. Make your own napkin holder, DIY candle holders, cake toppers or a decorative tablecloth.
Hanging decorations and lights
At party stores you will find a ton of things to hang from the walls or ceiling for decoration. Of course, you can make your own paper flowers, pinatas, and hanging pom poms. This way you get the exact design and colors you need!
Experiment with your lighting to enhance the ambiance of your party. String lights and lanterns are popular choices for outdoor events, while candles and fairy lights are great for indoor parties. You can also use colored bulbs or covers to match your party’s color scheme.
Finally, party signs can not only be functional (list the menu, identify the flavor of the cake, etc) they can be great decorations! A DIY party sign can be made the same way you make any DIY sign. Use materials like paper, wood, acrylic ,or even a chalkboard! There are so many different options for design and colors.
No matter what occasion you’re celebrating, there are countless ways to personalize and create your own DIY party decor. You can make your party truly unique and unforgettable by just using your imagination and a bit of creativity.
Or, you can steal some of the ideas I’ve found for you below! This list has over 60 ideas you are going to love…
DIY Party Decor
Save money with this ultimate list of DIY party decor ideas! You can easily customize these decorations to suit your party theme or colors.
DIY Backdrops or Party Wall Decor
Washi Tape Wall
Want a party decoration that packs a visual punch? Try a washi tape mural. Perfect for a pop of color and it is easily removed!
This colorful photo backdrop was created with only strips of paper! Just tape them to the wall in a basketweave pattern.
Yarn wall hangings like this are usually smaller like my easy, budget-friendly wall art. However, they can be any size you like! If you make it larger like this one, you can use it as a beautiful party backdrop as well.
Dip-Dyed Coffee Filter Backdrop
Get the whole family involved with this project! Each person can dye some of the coffee filters to a certain level so they gradually get more color. Use this as a wall decoration behind a party table or as a photo backdrop.
Colorful Geometric Wall Art
Kara created this beautiful geometric display for above the party dessert table. The shapes are just painted pieces of Styrofoam!
Paper Chain Backdrop
Here is another colorful and easy paper strip party photo backdrop idea. Make paper chains to create the color pattern you want!
This multicolored fringe backdrop can be put together in less than 30 minutes! You just alternate sections of single color fringe in layers.
Watercolor Squares Backdrop
This watercolor backdrop reminds me of tile — can you image this as a backsplash? Anyway, this technique is so easy your kids could help. Just paint squares and attach them to the wall!
Ruffled Crepe Paper Backdrop
I would want to leave this ruffled backdrop up year-round! However, it is made to easily remove and store away for your next shindig.
Take a look at these fun ideas and then head over for more DIY garland and banners.
Pom Pom Garland
Learn how to make a pom pom garland in any size or color with this easy tutorial. This will be a perfect addition to any party — just change up the colors to go with your theme!
If you have denim scraps left over, it’s easy to turn them into a DIY bunting! Perfect for a party or for little girls’ room decor.
Washi Tape Paper Chain Garland
Learn how to make a washi tape paper chain garland in the style of old construction paper chains. They're great for parties and you have so many color choices!
Paper Ball Garland
Paper ball garland would look absolutely adorable at any party and any time of the year. This paper craft is addicting - you'll want to make paper balls all day!
I love the layered look of this simple yarn garland! Not only does it have varying colors, but textures as well (braided, twisted, etc.).
Felt Ball Garland
Don’t buy a felt ball garland when they are SO easy to make! Use felt balls and embroidery floss to add colorful and fun DIY garland to an unexpected spot at your party.
Make a party banner with clothespins using spray paint colors. Hang multiple banners to create a fun backdrop for a party food table!
Colorful Paper Garland
Are you looking for an easy, fun, and cheap way to decorate your home for parties? Then check out these DIY paper garlands. You can make them very quickly, and customize the colors!
Ruffled Fabric Garland
Old bed sheets get new life as party decor! Bonus? You don't need to be able to sew for this DIY. If you layer multiple ruffled garlands on a wall, you will have a nice backdrop as well.
DIY Party Balloons
This isn't really a working light, but it was made to resemble a glass blown chandelier from a restaurant. I think this version is much more fun!
Learn how to make confetti balloons the easy way - with Mod Podge! This is so simple, and can be customized to your party theme.
Fill the wall behind your food table with this super easy balloon idea. Again, this would make a great photo backdrop as well.
You won't believe how easy it is to make balloons with chalkboard writing on them! You just need liquid chalk and a stencil.
Combine your balloons and garland into one for an easy display that packs a big punch! This was for a shower, but you can adjust the colors and shape however you like.
Add tiny pom poms to helium inflated balloons for a bit of color. Just make sure not to add too many or the balloons will sink!
80’s Prom Balloon Pillars
Wow, this takes me back! I may or may not be in some photos that look like this. Find out the best way to make these balloon pillars.
This party balloon decoration can be made in any shape you like and would also make a great backdrop!
You can make these sparkly balloons with some adhesive and sequins. Very similar process to what is used for the confetti and pom pom balloons above.
This easy balloon tutorial works well for a dinner party. A super cheap centerpiece that can be made in any colors you like!
DIY Party Table Decor
Fresh Flower Centerpiece
Jessica turned a long candleholder into a fresh flower centerpiece by removing the candles and adding flowers to glasses of water. Change up flowers depending on the party theme/colors, or use faux flowers instead!
Nothing says party like confetti, right? So feature it on your table by making this tablecloth with iron-on vinyl shapes!
Hexagon Himmeli Candle Holder
See how easy it is to make geometric Himmeli party decor using gold straws! This candle holder was a paper straw DIY, so it would need to be used with an LED candle.
Turn a plain white tablecloth into a bright and cheerful party table cover! You won't believe how easy it is.
Glitter Candle Holders
These DIY gold glitter candle holders are guaranteed to make your table setting sparkle and would go with pretty much any party theme!
Add some visual interest to your food table without making it look too busy with this DIY scalloped tablecloth idea.
Coffee Filter Flowers
Make these cute flowers out of coffee filters using inexpensive supplies! Kids will love this project for spring or summer.
This pineapple centerpiece idea is SO easy and very unique! I bet you’ve never seen anything like it. Perfect for a summer party or a luau!
Great for any party, and just about as easy as it gets! Just change up the sprinkles for the type of party — heart sprinkles for Valentine's Day, green and red for Christmas, and so on.
Lights & Flowers Centerpiece
These DIY table centerpieces with lights and flowers were made for a wedding, but they could work as decorations for any celebration!
Pom Pom Tablecloth
Make your food or drink table stand out by attaching pom poms to a plain tablecloth using hot glue. Keep them all one color as shown or mix it up to match the pom pom balloons earlier on this list.
Makeover candles with napkins and Mod Podge from the dollar store! These decoupage candles can be customized for any occasion.
DIY Hanging Party Decorations
Learn how to make paper flowers the easiest way possible! Perfect for hanging from the ceiling or on the wall for a photo backdrop.
A hula hoop, streamers and a bit of ribbon go into making these hanging decorations. They remind me of the ones used in the tents at Oktoberfest!
Use ping pong balls to make string lights that look like snowballs! Purchase balls in whatever colors you like so your lights go with your theme.
Piñatas are great party decorations as well as an activity! Cover a large paper bag with sewn crepe paper. This one was made using a DSW shopping bag!
Create a 'chandelier' of varying sizes of glass ball ornaments. It looks great as-is, but you could use different colors, fill the balls with something first, or add designs to some of the balls!
Decorate the ceiling using a fabric canopy. It is really easy — just tear up sheets and drape them from the ceiling!
Pineapple String Lights
These colorful pineapples were made using resin and a mold. This means that if you can find a silicone mold in a shape you like you can make whatever theme you like for this DIY! Once made, the shapes are then glued to LED string lights.
You can find varying shapes of honeycomb party decorations in tons of colors. However, you can dress them up even further by painting them. I love the two-toned look!
Mobiles aren't just for nurseries anymore! Create these with large embroidery hoops and any shapes you like.
Newspaper Pom Poms
This newspaper craft is so easy and budget friendly – make poms that would be perfect for parties or in your home decorating!
Crepe Paper Flowers
Learn how to make crepe paper flowers in 5 minutes flat – so easy and so pretty! You don’t need any crafting experience, and they are perfect for parties or decor.
DIY Party Signs
Create any letters or words you like for this fun retro marquee sign. Here is a Halloween example of a skull shaped marquee I made look spookier with glitter tape!
If you love confetti crafts, try this easy monogram letter art! This technique can be used with a variety of letters, numbers, and shapes to create a sign for your party.
This DIY lightbox is an easy project that can be switched up for different parties. Just change the message!
Floating Yarn Sign
I love this idea! Decide what you want your sign to say and then individually wrap letters with yarn to spell it out. This also makes great wall art.
Tissue Paper Letters
Make these easy tissue paper wall letters to announce the birthday girl, a word for the holiday (like 'boo' for Halloween), or a number for the birthday age or year for New Year's Eve.
Learn how to Mod Podge cardboard letters for your party! This is an easy craft idea, perfect for an inexpensive sign and easily customized.
Sprinkle Letters or Numbers
This was created for a sprinkle themed party but would work for any party! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see how Courtney made these small letters and a large one for the front door.
No need for beautiful handwriting for this DIY sign — if you can trace, you can have a fun acrylic party sign!
3D Floating Letters
Using plexiglass makes this sign seem like it is floating. I'm sure you knew a cutting machine tutorial would be on this list of party signs! They make the process so easy.
Create a sign that really stands out using neon EL wire. This one is for over the candy table, but you can really have it say whatever you like!
Giant Foam Letters
These ginormous letters look so fun! They are made using 24″ tall foam and fabric – along with a combination of machine sewing and hand sewing. And you can even download a template to make them yourself.
Washi Tape Letter
One of the easiest washi tape crafts ever is decorating a letter! You can do it with one letter (an initial for a birthday), or multiple letters (like NOEL for Christmas)! Very simple party decor that you can create in minutes.
If you enjoyed these DIY party decorations, you’ll love these other celebration crafts:
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- DIY Cake Pop Stands that Will Dazzle on the Dessert Table
- DIY Birthday Cards: Homemade Cards that Will Impress