Post # 1
I don’t even know if I can even call my project DIY, but it’s pretty much as DIY as it will get for me because i’m not the craftiest person in the world…
After searching forever on etsy and google for the perfect guestbook, I just didn’t see anything that I wanted to do. Mainly because a lot of the guestbooks out there were rustic and even though they are all so adorbs, just wouldn’t fit with my modern city rooftop wedding. I wanted to have a guestbook that’s never been done before, something completely unique to my wedding and fits my personality.
So I decided I wanted to use one of our engagement photos and photoshop in balloons and then have it printed on tempered glass and have guests sign each balloon. My FI said the idea was too complicated and couldn’t be done, would end up looking too “cartooney” and just plain hard to execute – so i set out to prove him wrong.
Here is the photo we are using with the balloons photoshopped in our wedding colors:
And here is the final product – the balloons came out way too light because of the way it was done on the photo. We can barely see them. It just looks like blurry smudges. It actually shows up way better in photos than it does in real life because we seeked out the perfect lighting. I’m sure at the wedding guests would be like huh? Where am I supposed to sign?
My options right now are to either use a pastel colored sharpie and make outlines of the balloons (not sure how this will look) or fix the balloons on the file and re-print which means more money. DIY Fail…I’ll give this one to FI. He won the bet.
Do any bees have any DIY ideas that didn’t pan out exactly how you imagined it would???
Post # 3
@bruinchick4: Suuuuuch a cute idea! I’m sorry it didn’t turn out exactly right, but I still love the idea!
Post # 4
Could you possibly add some sort of matting or backround behind the glass ?Maybe that would help it show better?
Post # 5
@abax: This was going to be my suggestion! Maybe just for the wedding have a backing that will make the balloons show better, then remove it after all the thumbprints are on it.
Post # 6
What is that printed on? Glass?
And I know I’ve had plenty of DIY fails. My last one was I bought vases that were too small, normal candles won’t fit in them! And I’m trying to make a floral headband for my flower girl… it’s being awful.
Post # 7
I really don’t think it looks bad.
To answer the “Will guests know where to sign?”, why don’t you put up a little sign or card that says something like:
“Sign your name on a balloon to wish the couple love from here to the moon”
“Love lifts us up where we belong, please leave your name on a balloon”
And maybe get a family or bridal party member to start it off so people know what to do?
Post # 8
@starsr: Those are great ideas! I’m totally going to use the “love lifts us up where we belong” one 🙂
Post # 9
Yes the backing would totally work but would not fit into the stand base along with the glass. But I guess I can put the frame with backing lying flat on the table for guests to sign and not use the stand 🙂
Post # 10
@bruinchick4: It’d probably be easier for the guests to sign it that way too:)
Post # 11
I don’t think it looks that bad–it’s really a cute idea!
I wanted unique flower girl baskets. I saw one on Etsy I liked and thought it would be easy to replicate. Moss covered with ribbons and dried flowers…I found really cheap baskets and every week bought a package of moss with my Michaels/JoAnn coupons, plus a glue gun.
They really weren’t turning out the way I wanted, but I was running out of time. I sent all my DIY to my mother (we live out of town). She really didn’t know what to make of them.
When I got into town the week before the wedding, I was all, “these are hideous”. I showed my mother the Etsy picture. She still didn’t like them. We threw them out and I bought generic satin baskets at Michaels. I did jazz them up with some ribbon and crystals…but they were exactly what I didn’t want:(
One day I will give that glue gun to someone who will actually use it…
Post # 12
Great idea! What are you using to have guests sign? Just sharpies? Will it stay on there well or smear? Thanks 🙂
Post # 13
@Georgia Bee: sorry your baskets didn’t turn out the way you wanted! It just sucks so much when you can visualize it so clearly in your head..but you can’t make your hands create what’s in your head lol. This has been the theme of my wedding.
@JMR2: Guests will sign with a regular sharpie. It will actually stay on there and not smudge. I tested it by writing on it and then instantly running my palm over it to see if guests are able to smudge it. Then I used alcohol to erase it. I think once it’s set and dry though, it will be even harder to get off.
Post # 14
I have a couple of fails:
Pomander blob (it’s not a ball because it’s not round, this is the best side)
Cake topper fail (my FI is 6’2″ and I’m 5’7″ in real life……this does not depict that well)
Both have long since been in the trash lol
Post # 15
@bruinchick4: I dont think it was a fail at all! It’s such a great idea!!
I agree with previous posts you should try using a background to make the colors in the balloons show more.
Did you order the printing on tempered glass online? May I ask where did you order it from? I kinda want one of those but not for guestbook purposes 🙂
Post # 16
I think it will be okay if you use matte and cute instructions like others have recommended.
As for me…DIY veil=fail.
DIY hairpiece=massive fail.