4 DIY Projects that Will Save Your Prom Budget

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You might not think that prom and DIY necessarily go together, but there are actually several things that are doable with the right tools and some patience. Proms are expensive events, sometimes with hidden costs that are out of reach for families or teens on limited budgets. Finding ways to DIY without sacrificing your experience seems tough, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are 5 ways you can DIY prom and potentially save some major bucks:

Boutonnieres and Corsages

Most people won’t experiment with creating their own boutonnieres and corsages for prom, but this is one area where a little practice, and a lot of YouTube viewing can come in quite handy. In order to avoid a Pinterest-fail, make sure you have the right materials, practice in advance, and have a backup plan. A simple rose corsage requires a corsage wristlet (available in multipacks online – have a corsage making party, share your extras, or ask a local florist to sell you on of theirs), green floral tape, some ribbon, a glue gun and real or silk flowers. You might also need a few flower picks to reinforce stems. Your local craft store should have everything you need.

Once you have the materials you need, find a tutorial or two online and go to town! If you share the experience with friends, you’ll save even more money and have a ton of fun in the process.


Beauty services for prom are some of the biggest hidden expenses that sometimes take teens and their families off guard. While a skilled makeup artist can perform magic, prom makeup isn’t one of the mysteries of life that can’t be attempted by an amateur. As with many things, YouTube is your friend. Look for videos that help you choose a makeup style for you, explain the materials you’ll need and demonstrate how you should use them. Then practice the tips on yourself. It may take time to perfect the look you want, so start early.


Again, salon services can be crazy expensive, and if you’re really unfamiliar with any hair styling methods, can save you the heartache and agony of an experiment gone wrong. However, if you choose the right style, up or down, and practice your techniques in advance, you can definitely give yourself your own prom perfect hairdo. Don’t give up the first time you try it. Even professional stylists tweak their final results until they are happy. Keep trying! The money you can save on this item is definitely worth the time you invest.


With a glue gun, a few materials and some imagination, you can make your own stunning accessories for prom. Put together some pearl or gemstone hair pins or an elaborate hairpiece to accompany your perfect prom dress. Make your own earrings, necklace and bracelet from materials available at your local craft store. If you’re super-crafty, you can even create your own prom clutch or purse.

Just doing these 4 prom DIY projects could save you hundreds of dollars. Consider what you might DIY for prom and share your ideas below!

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