- 8 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
I am so not a DIY person, but when I saw this cute idea for escort cards, I knew I had to do it for our book-themed wedding!
Here’s the inspiration pic:
And here’s the result. I bought vintage library card catalog drawers and dividers on Etsy. The drawers still function with rod and all! Each escort card is printed on the back of a vintage library card (also from Etsy). The redacted box above our wedding date is three capital letters representing our new last name and designed to look like part of a call number. The table names are some of our favorite Newbery Award-winning books.
Great job ladies….lots of amazing DIY’s in here! I’ve done quite a few as well: shoes, menues, placecards, runners, pomanders:
The mock up design
Production line printing.
On the left my DIY menu, on the right the invites I paid for. Mine looks so much better!
I have more DIY things on the go too.
Okay, here goes – still not done, but here’s what I’ve got so far. Most of my stuff is semi-DIY.
We made a prize basket for our Anniversary Dance – in addition to giving us advise the longest married couple wins this movie night baset – 3 dvd’s, 4 concession candies, a bottle of popcorn kernels plus popping/butter flavored oil and some powdered popcorn flavoring, a little movie trivia card game, some popcorn holder things, and 2 movie theater tickets.
I made put together these thank you gifts for my BMs for my bridal shower – sort of a “relax and pamper yourself” kind of thing since they’re doing so much for me and not enough for themselves. A chocolate bar, a candle, and personalized robe, each gift themed in their favorite colors.
Favors – popcorn in mini gold boxes. Boxes from oriental trading co, popcorn from Target, ribbon from my craft closet. Each box will be placed on a small business card w/ a movie reel and popcorn printed on it, w/ a thank you note and popping instructions.
Chalkboards that we had from our E-Pic shoot and used in our save-the-dates – I just painted them gold to wedding them up a bit – these are for people to use in our flipbook studio.
Bought the white Tolsby frames from IKEA and painted them gold for our table names – we’re doing movies instead of numbers. Printed all the movie posters and assembled.
This is sort of a mock-up of our centerpieces – film reel, table name, hydrangea, and then gold and burgundy candles surrounding that, plus a menu on each table (shown below)
This might not even count as a DIY lol – for our guestbook I did a shutterfly book, but I didn’t use a template, I chose every single picture and where to put it, how to layout each page etc. Then I took extra cardstock and added pages to the front and back of the book so there would be enough room to sign.
Started out as a plain black cup and I painted it gold and added the ribbon – holds the pens for our guestbook.
The film reels I bought started out black (gold was out of stock everywhere) so I painted them gold and champagne, they will be on alternating tables.
Ring box – started as a plain wood box from Michael’s, I painted it gold and found the film strip online and added the words (quote from Love, Actually which is kind of an underlying secondary theme to our existing Italian Film Festival theme) then mod-podged it to the top. I also added some of that fluffy stuff to the inside of the box so the rings don’t just slide around.
Table signage – Again, found several different photos of film online and then edited the coloring on them a bit to match our colors better, added the script to all of them – there’s the buffet menu (one on each table), the appetizer menu (to be set out during cocktail hour), a bar sign, and one for gifts, cards, and guestbook.
Sorry for the overload guys, think that’s it for now!
I’m EXASPERATED with projects. I am also doing my own flowers and still have to make all the signs. My life has been crazy, up until 2 weekends ago I was working 7 days a week and now with fall Soccer (daughter) and my sister/Bridesmaid going through breast cancer…these past few weeks have been INSANE! But, I’m checking things off the list. Just REALLY tired. I can’t wait to SLEEP on my honeymoon! 🙂
Wow amazing DIYs girls!
Favors – popcorn kernels. I bought the boxes from OTC and folded them, put the popcorn in and curled approximately 1 million ribbon pieces haha. Only a semi-DIY.
Card box. Started out as a plain wooden box. It’s hard to capture the coor of the paint, but it’s a champagne metallic paint.
For our sweetheart table – these things started out neon green and yellow lol. 10 coats of paint later =P
And our caketopper. I couldn’t find anything cute with crabs that didn’t cost $60 so i just decided to make it myself. You can’t really tell here, but the base of it is sparkly because I painted over the white with a clear glitter.
Show us your pic? Pic below
What is it? Wedding Photography Prop Signs and Chalkboard Trays
What are you using them for? During our photography and during our reception, respectively
How long did it take to make? The signs took around an hour, and the chalkboard trays about 6 hours due to drying time between layers of chalkboard paint
What supplies did you need to make it?
We did two other signs, both in German and Italian for “My Wife,” in addition to the “Thank You” signs. I had seen a picture with the wedding party holding signs that said “Some chicks marry chicks, get over it!” on Pinterest. I liked the idea, except that it felt kind of rude to me the way it was worded. Soooo, I came up with “Mia Moglie” (Italian) and “Meine Frau” (German) for us to hold instead as we’re proud of our Italian and German heritages. It gets the point across without that “in your face, eff you” feeling, I think. We’re a two bride wedding, but you could do this with your husband too! For example, Mi Esposa/Marito, etc.
Anyhow, on to the crafts. These are super easy even for the new to DIY bride. Any colored manila folder will work, in your wedding color (ours are blue and brown, so I did a blue folder and brown ink in the printer.) These can be found easily for $.10 at Staples or what have you. Cut the larger side of the manila folder off and set aside. Get some glue sticks like kids use for school – liquid glue makes the paper wrinkle and spread it on the back of your printed paper or cardstock, all over. I mean seriously, all over…to the edges. Lay it gently onto the cut piece of folder and smooth down firmly when you have placed it where you want. Trim edges evenly with a straight edge or craft scissor (fun edging anyone?) I decorated ours with some ribbon we had leftover from crafting other things for the wedding. Total cost? About $.50 a sign.
The chalkboard signs are easy, too. Tape off the part of the tray you don’t want to paint, paint a layer…and walk away. An hour later, repeat. We did three coats, and craft glued pretty ribbons and some left over silk floral.
Did you have help? My maid of honor!
The Photog Prop Signs!
The chalkboard trays.
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