3 Pretty New Mehendi Decor Themes to DIY in Under 20K!
BY Sakshi Saxena | 01 Mar, 2017
What's more fun than a Mehendi done right? Ermm, not much and we totally get that you are having a small, homely affair and don;t want fancy decor and expenses. We know you loved the last time we posted 3 DIY themes for the Mehendi on a budget, and here are 3 more we've been loving off late!
Theme: Rustic Backyard
This is like the most in theme these days! And it looks just adorable! An intimate Mehendi in the backyard with some cute decor and props- what could be more fun! You could even make it like a backyard picnic which is also a great idea to spend some memorable time with close fam and friends.
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What you need:
- 1 big wooden backdrop – Your local carpenter can make this with ply for about Rs 1500
- Giant Jenga available online - Rs 2000
- A big bucket of black paint and brush- Approx Rs 500
- A box of coloured chalks- Rs 50
- Wooden frames- You can find really cheap ones at roadside wooden shops for Rs 200- 500 each
- 10 Cute cushion covers in different colours- About Rs 200 each online, so Rs 2000 (Beg and borrow cushions)
- Pastel coloured dupattas or cheap chiffon material (Pick multi coloured ones from Kapda Bazaar for 50-70 Rs a metre/ or just borrow them!)
- Pastel paper lanterns (Rs 50 each- about 10 of them- Rs 500)
- Picnic/ cane baskets and wooden crates (borrow, or buy approx 5-10 of them for Rs 3000)
- A wooden frame and curtains or fabric for the entrance (Rs 1000)
- Mason jars and bottles wrapped with twine (mason jars- Rs 100 each, twine- Rs 20 per roll- Approx Rs 500)
- Baby's breath and pastel roses/ oranges for the centerpiece (Rs 1000/500)
- A dresser and a mirror (get it from home)
- Framed photographs of you guys or hang them from strings
- Some carpets/rugs or gaddas (rent or borrow)
Do it yourself:
- Ask the carpenter to paint the wooden backdrop black, so you can write some happy stuff over it for a DIY chalkboard photobooth.
- Arrange the cut wooden blocks as they are to form a giant jenga!
- Use the wooden frame and put curtains with floral tiebacks at the entrance so that guests feel welcome :)
- Drape the pastel coloured dupattas behind the seating area for Mehendi (where the guests will sit)
- Put the carpets over the grass and place the cushions on it for comfy floor seating (which is very in these days)
- Use the cane baskets or the picnic baskets to serve snacks/ use as props.
- Place the dresser and the mirror right after the entrance for a cute corner display.
- Stick some photos to the strings/put the frames on the dresser to show off all the cute photos over the years!
- Take the pastel paper lanterns and hang them over trees.
- Use the twine to cover the mason jars or bottles, fill them with baby's breath and roses and voila! You have a cute centerpiece! Alternatively, you could even slice up some oranges and fill them up with some juice.
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- Serve some iced lemon tea in glasses with mint garnishing. You can pour this out of glass jugs which has lemon slices in them!
- Make sure the food is easy to eat finger food that you'd take along on a picnic.
- You can even put some garden umbrellas if it's super sunny!
A Boho theme is also awesome for a modern Mehendi, and it's so colourful and dreamy with some eye-catching props! Here are the decor ideas you can pull off for this theme with a decor budget of Rs 20K.
What you need:
- Feathers, yarn and wooden rings from an arts and crafts store (Rs 500)
- Big sequins in silver and gold (Rs 50) and some fabric glue (Rs 20)
- Pompoms (Rs 100)
- Colourful cushion covers and borrowed cushions (Rs 1000)
- Gaddas and rugs (rent them out)
- Some readymade pinwheels or paper for origami (Rs 100)
- Glass bottles (you can get alcohol ones for free), matte/glossy paint and brush (Rs 500)
- Discarded tyres (they're useless, so you might get them for free)
- Pretty floral print/ bright fabric or tablecloths (Rs 2000)
- Artificial flower balls and wires in different colours (readymade for Rs 200 each- so approx Rs 2000 for 10)
- Buntings (Rs 50 per string- so Rs 500)
Do it yourself:
- Make dreamcatchers using the ring, feathers and yarn and hang them around for a dreamy look!
- Stick the sequins on the cushions using fabric glue so they really stand out!
- You can also stick some big sequins and pompoms to strings or yarn and suspend them for a sequin or pompom curtain.
- Paint the bottles and stick one pinwheel or paper flowers in each for a cool centerpiece.
- Paint the tyres and suspend them from trees with the glass bottles for a cool corner photobooth!
- Hang the buntings around the food table- you can even write stuff on them!
- Hang the flower balls with wires at the entrance for a cool and colourful entrance decor idea!
- Put the gaddas on the ground over the rugs for floor seating- cheap and cool!
- Make your own dreamcatchers- tutorial here
- You can serve mocktails or cocktails in coconut shells out of a thela!
- Serve popsickles from a golawala- it's an awesome and colourful idea!
Theme: Rajasthani with a twist
Rajasthani done in a fusion way is also an extremely cool theme to pull off at your Mehendi! It's a great idea, especially if you still wanna stick to traditional, but with a twist!
What you need:
- A few traditional looking umbrellas made from fabric (Rs 500 each- so approx Rs 2500) cheaper alternative- kites!
- Pickle jars or barnis in different sizes (Rs 100- 500, so for about 5- Rs 2000)
- A rickshaw or an auto (pay the guy about Rs 1000 to rent it for the day)
- One large wooden frame (Rs 500-1000)
- Lots of genda phool (It's cheap, so about Rs 5 per string- Rs 2000-3000)
- Some moodas (borrow them, they're very common)
- Cushions (to make the moodas comfy), bolsters with ethnic tablecloth and gaddas (rent)
- Gota strings and kaleere (Rs 2000)
- Glass bangles (Rs 50 per dozen- So for approx Rs 1000)
- Bandhini dupattas (borrow, or buy fabric for about Rs 50 per metre)
Do it Yourself:
- Hang the umbrellas or kites around or from trees for some cool suspended props.
- Put some flowers in the pickle jars for some awesome fusion centerpieces that look really different!
- Decorate the rickshaw with the genda phool for an awesome photobooth!
- Wrap the genda phool around the wooden frame and hang it near the rickshaw as an additional photobooth.
- Keep the moodas around for seating options, you can even put some gaddas for low seating. Place the bolsters for an ethnic look.
- Hang some genda phool strings and tie them back for a cool entrance decor idea.
- Hang the gota strings and the kaleere around the venue for a ethnic yet awesome look.
- Hang the dupattas around to make a canopy or tent.
- Attach bangles together and wrap them with wire for a cool bangle chandelier!
- You can also keep some floating genda phool in utensils for a traditional feel.
- Get a chai guy to make and sell some masala chai- cheap and awesome!
- A traditional kulfiwala is also a superb idea for a Rajasthani themed Mehendi!
- Giveaways like bandhini dupattas and bangles (from a bangle maker) is something you can consider!
Not so hard to pull off a Mehendi on a budget, right?