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Newlywed’s Front Door Surprise DIY

So, one of your best friends just got married! How exciting! Now you just can’t wait til she gets back from her honeymoon so you can talk about what a beautiful wedding it was. You know the exact date she’ll be returning to her home, so why not surprise the newlyweds with a beautifully decorated ‘just married’ front door.
Materials needed: scalloped paper ovals (I used Paper Source’s scalloped oval cards in curry), 2-inch vinyl press-on letters (available at most office supply stores), yarn or string, assorted ribbons and streamers, a hole-punch, and expandable tissue paper wedding bells in different sizes (I found these at my local dollar store).
Step 1: Peel off your letters and center them on the paper cards. Punch two holes on the top of the oval. Thread the yarn or ribbon through the holes to create your garland. Be sure to thread the yarn from the back side of the card each time for consistency.
Step 2: Gather all your materials to take with you to your friend’s door. Also bring a scissors to cut the ribbons and streamers, and tacks to hang the garland and streamers. I also added some mini juice cans I had spray painted white, as a reference to the days when people tied beer cans to the newlywed’s car (do people still do that?!)

Step 3: Hang your garlands, bells, ribbons, cans and streamers.  For a cute touch, I also hung a little mason jar full of flowers from the doorknob, with a little note letting them know just who left their surprise.

Step 4: Run away! Oh yes, and hope it doesn’t rain!
  1. Audrey - This Little Street

    April 12, 2012

    Great idea – would definitely be the cherry on top of the cake for the newlyweds!

  2. Kathryn

    April 12, 2012

    What a nice thing to come home to!

  3. KateM

    April 12, 2012

    AHH! I love it! I am getting married next month and what fun it would be to come home to. I also have friends getting married and I am going to do it for them. How fun!

  4. Judy

    April 12, 2012

    This is really nicely done. Just love how it seems like it naturally fell into place that way. Thanks!

  5. jillian

    April 12, 2012

    this is a great idea, i once saw a newly wed couple who hung fruit outside their new home to absorb ‘bad energy’ – the more the fruit dried the more energy captured! a bit kooky but it was beautiful!


  6. Quiqui

    April 12, 2012

    That is so sweet!!! Love the decoration!

  7. aimee @ smilingmama

    April 12, 2012

    How fun! I made a (much less elaborate!) congratulations door decoration for a friend once and she LOVED it!

  8. Robync

    April 12, 2012

    I wish I would have done this a few weeks ago when my sister got married I love it!

  9. Ellie

    April 12, 2012

    Wonderful! How lovely to come home to this lovely surprise at your front door.

  10. Melissa @ Best Friends For Frosting

    April 12, 2012

    Such a cute idea. I wish someone had surprised me with this after my reception! =)

  11. Lindsay

    April 12, 2012

    This is THE cutest idea, Jordan! What a treat it would be to return home to this!

  12. Luna

    April 12, 2012


  13. Kim

    April 12, 2012

    Oh my goodness, so cute! This will be a fun idea for all the weddings ahead!

  14. look see

    April 12, 2012

    Very sweet!

  15. Stephanie

    April 12, 2012


    I want one of my friends to get married, just so I can do this!!

  16. What a sweet and gracious idea! Would be wonderful for welcoming home a new baby, too!

  17. Sally

    April 13, 2012

    What a fantastic and thoughtful idea. It’s just beautiful and would make such a warm welcome home.

  18. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    April 13, 2012

    This is such a sweet idea! How lovely to come home to.

  19. Fun Fun

    April 13, 2012

    I love it and it looks like something I might even be able to pull off:)

  20. Mrs Average Bride

    April 13, 2012

    How cute! Lovely idea.

  21. Elizabeth

    April 13, 2012

    How adorable and special! What a sweet little sentiment.

    Cheers, Elizabeth

  22. Vanessa

    April 13, 2012

    What an adorable idea! I’d love to pull something like that off. Unfortunately I don’t have any friends getting married anytime soon. Pity!

  23. Lily

    April 14, 2012

    This is such a cute idea for a friend who is getting married!
    Thanks for sharing it

  24. Marie

    April 16, 2012

    This is such a cute idea! What a cool surprise! 🙂

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