- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
My 1st Shared DYI ! Our Save The Dates were made on real, live preserved maple leaves. Our overall wedding theme is tree’s ( my fiancé loves tree’s) and animals ( I love animals ) , all with a vintage color theme. So what better to represent this then by making our Save The Dates on a maple leaf. See Below For Steps!
Step #1. The leaves were placed in 1 part pure vegetable glycerin to 1 part warm water. They were left in the mixture for a week. The entire leaf must be submerged in the mixture. The mixture will probably turn a green-ish / brown-ish color. This leaves the maple leafs soft, pliable and keeps the color. Once the leafs are preserved they can hold up to almost anything but direct sunlight and extreme hot temperatures. This can be done to preserve almost any leave and branches as well. Some flowers can be preserved this way, but they lose their color and you will need to stray paint them.
Step #2. I got a custom made stamp from etsy. This person makes great custom make stamps: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lovetocreatestamps
Step #3. For the stamp ink be sure to get the quick dry stamp ink. The kind that works on vinyl.
Step #4. Placed a Swarovski Crystal at the top. (p.s. You can get these at JoAnn Fabrics. At JoAnn Fabric store you can use as many 50% off coupons as you can gather, even from competator’s, all at the sametime just as long they have different bar codes. This way you won’t have to take 100 different trips. )
Step #5. When attaching the string to hang the Save The Date I backed up the back to make it stronger with clear hole re-enforcers.
Step #6. I also attached a cute note that told my guests they could visit our wedding webpage for more information. This was because I ran out of room on my leafs for this info.
Step#7. Mailing was the tricky part. I hand delivered them to everyone who was local. The people that I had to mail them out to I placed the leaf between two 8X11 card stock pieces of paper. ( See Below for more photos)
Hope everyone likes it!