Easy as pie DIY

13Jun09

My DIY skills are somewhat akin to the average six year old’s. I never excelled in arts & crafts, mainly because I have zero patience. While my sister drew and learned cross-stitch, my skills stopped with the latch-hook rug. I knew that any DIY project I attempted for the wedding would have to be quick and easy.

I have two such projects to share today. They are so easy you could give them to your flower girl to do.

The first is a bridal shower thank you card. I got my shower invite in the mail today (yay!) and I decided to make a thank you card for my MOH. I used Martha Steward note cards and a set of scrapbook embellishments to make the card. Nic, if you’re reading, skip this post!

There were several embellishments in the set, so I basically just stuck them on the front of the card as they were arranged in the set.
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I wrote a message on the back of the card, then sealed it with another embellishment, and used the left-overs on the front of the card.
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And voila, you have a personal card in less time that it would take you pick one out at Hallmark.

The next project is the Reserved signs. I wanted to make signs for our parents to make them feel a bit special at the ceremony. I’ve seen all manner of signs, some really fancy, some very simple. I chose to go with simple. I take this philosophy when it comes to weddings: your decorations will only be in use for a very short amount of time, so don’t spend hours and/or tons of money on them.

I used Blush paper from Paper Source for this project. I used our monogram and my favorite Learning Curve font to create the sign which I printed on regular copy paper. Sure, you could just print this right onto the pink paper, but in my experience, heavier paper just doesn’t print as well, especially using a laser printer. It tends to curl up.

The other supplies: tape, ribbon, a hole punch and a Martha Stewart glue pen. A note: our hole punch is 1/4 size, so I used ribbon about that size, but you can use whatever size you prefer.
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If you have a paper cutter, use it to trim the paper down so you’ll have a nice border all around. If you don’t have a paper cutter, use a small piece of tape to adhere the paper together and cut along two sides of the paper. This will help you cut a straight line.
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Center the paper, then glue the corners down. Lift the paper up and glue it down, I’m not coordinated enough to show that and take a photo at the same time.
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Next you’ll punch one hole in the top center of the sheet. Then you’ll want to string the ribbon through the top. Give yourself plenty of ribbon. I know what type of chairs we’ll be having at the ceremony, so I made sure that there would be enough ribbon to tie these on. There will not be that fug ugly bow at the top on our ceremony, but a small, neat bow as the top of our chairs are bigger than my dining room chair. Cut the ribbon once you have a good length and tie it on to the back of the chair. Depending on the type of chair you’ll be using, you can also punch a hole in the bottom of the sign to tie it there too. This process would also work for bride & groom or just married signs to put on the bride & groom’s chair at the reception.
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I love the small details at weddings, and I have a few more easy as pie DIY projects coming up as the wedding gets closer.

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