Ah, your mom's wedding gown. You know – that 1980's polyester monstrosity with poofy shoulders so large they'd darned near swallow your whole face that's lurking in your folks' basement? Yeah, that one.
Well, kiddo, she kept that for you to wear on your big day. That's right. Just for you! While the thought of a full-on Dynasty-themed wedding, complete with appearance by Joan Collins in her glorious Nolan Miller-d glory, makes you giddy for a split second, we all know there's no way your beloved is gonna go for it.
Or maybe mom's gown isn't so bad. You actually love it but it's too small or too short and can't be altered to fit you. Maybe it wasn't properly preserved and it's now damaged and irreparable. Don't fret. There are creative ways you can use mom's gown in your wedding. While these suggestions mean cutting up her gown, you will be creating new heirloom pieces that can (hopefully) be used for generations to come.
- Hello, ring pillow. Wedding gown fabrics make fabulous ring pillows. Ring pillows are also terrific beginner DIY projects. Check out the ring bearer pillow from vintage lace tutorial at CraftStylish.
- Hankies and pocket squares. Depending on the fabric of your mom's gown, hankies and pocket squares for the wedding party are easy, elegant ways to repurpose the dress. Cotton is best for hankies; silk for pocket squares. Consider adding a bit of embroidery, beading, or ribbon trim to add a bit o' pizazz.
- Bouquet wraps. Strips of fabric from a beaded bodice look stunning rapped around the stems of your bouquet.
- Harvest the lace and incorporate it into your own gown or veil.
- Make a garter. Download our easy garter instructions here.
- Hair accessories! Cover inexpensive plastic or wire headbands with the fabric, lace, and embellishments. Use buttons and embellishments to create one-of-a-kind hair pins (see my new book, The Crafty Countdown, for hair pin instructions).
- Make fabric flowers. Perfect for headbands, bouquets, corsages. Tutorial coming up soon!
- Cover the front of an album, guest book, scrapbook or book of faith.
- How about a purse? Check out Better Homes and Garden's instructions here.
- Incorporate pieces into a chuppah.
- How about something for the flower girl(s)? Line or cover the petal basket. If there's enough fabric, how about an entire dress or skirt for your girls? See my new book, The Crafty Countdown, for a fabric flower girl basket project.
- Cover vases or votive holders with fabric and lace for stunning centerpieces. Check out Martha's version here.
- Make a sash for your gown.
- Bib necklaces are super hot right now. If your mom's gown has embellishments grab them and create your own, a la Vera Wang, and save $800.
- Cover boxes for use as card holders. Project Wedding has a fab tutorial here.
This content originally appeared in DIY Bride.