- Plan, plan, plan
- You need to know what it is you want to make. Really nail it down with pictures (Pinterest is so great for this!) and/or tutorials so that you have specific ideas.
- Gather materials. Depending on what you are making, craft supplies aren't too expensive. If you can though, always use a coupon for JoAnn's, Michael's, or Hobby Lobby because getting something 50% off just makes it even better.
- Give yourself plenty of time! Craft projects, at least in my experience, always take longer than I anticipate. Don't wait until two weeks before your wedding to make things. I had a deadline. My wedding was the 14th of July. I wanted all decor pieces done and ready to be set up by June 30th.
- Be patient. Especially if you are not crafty. Don't expect Pinterest Perfection on the first try. Have extra materials so that's it not a big deal if you make a mistake.
- Have fun!
|First sign finished!|
|The end result for Sign #1! It directed guests which way to get into the backyard at the venue.|
|I also made 4 more signs to go along the driveway for guests to read as they drove in. Below are close-ups of each one in the order they appeared.|
|Burlap sheds LOTS of little fibers. If you are doings lots of cutting with it, I recommend working outside and don't wear black.|
|The burlap needed to be ironed after being folded and getting creased. I placed a thin towel over it so that the iron wouldn't melt the burlap at all.|
|I also used burlap to make a couple signs. First I cut out lots of rectangles. Note: cutting lots of burlap will dull a rotary knife, so don't use your moms brand new one (which I didn't, not saying this was learned the hard way)|
|Each rectangle was going to have one letter painted onto it. I used stencils to do the painting. I taped them onto the pieces of burlap so that they wouldn't slide around.|
|I wanted to use a heart as the "space" between my words so I needed to make my own stencil. My mom's cookie cutter worked great to trace and cut.|
|Once the stencils were taped in place. I used a sponge brush to dab ( not paint) onto the burlap. Oh, and I had everything on top of seran wrap in case the paint seeped through the burlap a bit (which it did).|
|After letting it dry for a few minutes, then I took the stencils off and VOILA! Burlap letters!|
|My mom sewed the letters onto a piece of bias tape to make 2 banners. Here is the first one.|
|Here is the second one.|
|I love how it turned out with the twinkle lights.|
|I did not want to do programs, but I DID want the names of our wedding party somewhere so that guests would know. My dad gave me some big piece of wood and my fiance spray painted it with chalkboard paint. A friend did all the writing.|
|Close-up of the screen door. I used close pins to hang B&W engagement pictures on.|
|Ladder with watering can full of flowers. This was one of 3 frames that I got from Goodwill and painted the glass. This one I painted with chalkboard pain and my mom wrote on it .|
|I was at a church friend's house to look at possible pieces I could borrow and saw this vintage table in her kitchen. It was her grandmothers! Oh I loved it. I asked if I could use it for my guest book table and she said yes!|
Lots of decor pieces! Lots of work and lots of fun! Hopefully now you have lots of ideas! Let me know if you have any questions about how I did specific things. What did you make for your wedding?