- 6 years ago
- Wedding: September 2013
So I bought a few dozen wooden fans for $4.99/dozen. I’m going to have them out in a crate that we’re going to stain a grey-ish color. We have 4 crates, the fans will sit in a crate (as pictured) but on top of another crate so that no one has to bend down. The wand streamers will be on two stacked crates. Afterward we plan on using the crates for planters for our morning glories. So I kind of wanted to talk about my favors and get feedback/inspiration on what I should do next.
I spray painted the fans, I did a primer layer followed by a layer of color paint. I used A LOT more cans of paint than I was expecting to. At the worst conditions (outside and it was a bit windy/colder) I used an entire can of paint on 2 dozen fans for just one side. For some reason I had to do a lot of spot touch ups that time. So I’m saving the rest of the touchups and fans for next spring when it’s warmer on a less windy day (we don’t have a garage I can spray paint in).
So guests are free to take the fans home but I was thinking over selling any extras that don’t get taken (just to get my money back on some material costs). So I didn’t want to personalize them, but they look so boring. I was going to tie a ribbon around the handle but wasn’t having much luck getting it to stay (I might have to glue it).
What do you guys think I should do to decorate my fans from here? I was also debating printing out our date on some fancy paper and just sticking on the face of the fan. Maybe even our names too? I’m not going to put a program on them, I have other program plans.
On some of the fans the paint bubbled up. What should I do? I was thinking I should sand paper those spots and re-spray the paint? Or am I overthinking this and the bubbles aren’t so bad?
So next up are the wand streamers, I made these based on a tutorial I found on Pinterest. The ribbon is 1/4″ double sided silk (the cheaper kind from China but still REALLY pretty), and the length of each piece is 3′ and they’re tied at the middle so 1.5′ hang on each side. It was under $7 for 100 yards from Ribbons Unlimited, so I recommend them over local craft stores if you’re buying a lot. The dowel rod is poplar (I forget the width, I think 3/8″), and the ribbon is tied around eye hooks. Originally I wanted to display them in a milk bottle carrier but fell in love with this grey metal basket from Christmas Tree and these vases. Overall I spent way more on the streamer holder than I meant to (~$31), each vase was $6.99 and the metal basket was $9.95. But I really liked the quality of these vases and plan to re-use them for home decor after.
So I’m torn on how to tie them, originally I just did a regular knot, but those started to come loose (see below). And THEN I looped them through, those also got a bit loose but seemed to hold up better than the regular knots. I plan on glueing whatever knot style I chose with some glue I found in the jewelry section of the craft store. Which tie method do you prefer? Looping it is nice because the ribbon all hangs the same way, but I also like how messy the regular knots look.
Also, started collecting Blue Mason Jars for my centerpieces and decided to use them in home decor in the meantime 🙂