- 7 years ago
So my wonderful wedding is over and thought to do a few posts to help people with some DIY projects I did for our wedding! I like DIY but I also want it to look not DIY and as if I bought it the store( thats my style anyways!)
So here are a few pictures my guests took! I am a professional photographer but the last thing I was thinking of in the crazy/hectic week leading up to our wedding was taking professional pictures of a few of our DIY projects, considering I was doing some of them the week of the wedding! So, I am excited ti get professional photos in the future.
Okay so the main tool you need for this project is the cricut machine(or the silouette cameo but I dont have any experience with it mysef). Trust me, you can get the older version for $160 US( canada unforutantely, i havent found any cheaper ones here!)
This is what saved me forf my amazing DIY projects and worked amazing!!
So first I bought a pack of pink paper (quantity of 50) for $3.00 on sale for 50% off at michaels and anotherf paper of 50 white paper for $3.00 and then used the 20% coupon for everything for a total of $5.40 canadian (Steal). You can also buy a pack of the glitz/pearl paper which was on sale for 50% for $10.00 to make it exactly like the pearl paper of the professional printers.
In my cricut, I picked a nice ornamental design and then duplicated it and stretched it out. I wanted to fit 2 per 8.5 by 11 paper so each was 5.35 by 8.35 just to give some room on the page in case of page bleeding.
So the pink was 5.35 by 8.35 and the white was just a little smaller, enough so that the pink showed an outer outline for the menu.
I then designed the inside of the menu using a font I purcahsed- I beleive the font was $99 but I used it for both my invitations, menu cards and a few others so it got a lot of use!
After designing the menu wording, I saved the image, got rid of the pink overlay behind, and flattneed it to send to the printer to print and cut. It printed on each white sheet and it had a little guideline around it for the cricut. Since I wanted to print 90( for extras in case), I printed 45. I then put each one by one in the cricut and they cut each menu card out perfectly.
Once they were done, I hid the menu wording and the white layer( there may be an easier way for this but it was easy enough for me to do it this way) and just used the cricut to cut out the pink backing 2 per sheet. At the end, I had 90 white menu cards with wording and 90 pink menu cards and I use 3-4 tape runner glues from the dollar store to glue on.
Overall this project with the pink backing nice layer( which i think adds a little extra touch but wouldnt be included from wedding paper divas etc.)
In total, this project took around 2.5 hours from start to finish with designing, printing, cutting, and gluing together.
It cost me around $14 with printing costs, glue, and paper! And on wedding paper divas, it would have been $245 US.
And in my mind, these looked pretty damn good!
Hopefully this will help a few people! Trust me, the money you save on buying these professionally, put that money towards a cricut! So many more awesome DIY projects to share and Ill just put a few more below that I will share in the future:):