String Art

This is another one that’s become increasingly popular since Pinterest. 

I had a babyshower to go to for Marks brothers girlfriend this weekend.  She likes elephants so naturally most gifts she received were elephant related. 

I decided to do a string art hanger of an elephant for the nursery. 
Here’s how it turned out 

 
Again, easy! Well at least I thought so. I’ve talked to two people who attempted the same thing but don’t seem to have the same opinion so maybe this will help. 

What you need

  • Wooden board of some sort. I found this one at Hobby Lobby 
  • Stencil of elephant or whatever you prefer
  • String
  • Paint if you want the board to be a different color 
  • Scissors 
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Cardstock – I had 3 different colors to add dimension
  • Adhesive Vinyl

How it’s done 

  1. First I painted the board silver. 
  2. Lay your stencil on the board where you what it and trace lightly with a pencil. 
  3. Nail nails onto the shape. I left about ⅓ an inch in between each nail but it’s up to you.
  4. Tie string around one nail and begin threading the string around the nails. I ended up doing this about 3-4 times before I was satisfied with how full it turned out. 
  5. Cut butterfly’s of different sizes out on each color of card stock.
  6. Cut initials or monogram out of vinyl with the silhouette.  You could also probably just use stickers if you wanted to save time. 
  7. Place letters where you want them. 
  8. I wanted the elephant to look as if he was blowing butterflies out of the trunk so I placed them in that order and glued them down with tacky glue. 

I think in all I maybe spent 1 -1.5 hours on it. His is a fun project with many options so play around with it before you settle on an idea. 

Step by step pics. 

After I painted the board. I used a silver sparkle paint from target so that it still looked like wood. 

 
I used my silhouette to cut out the elephant stencil from cardstock. 

 

After I traced it I began hammering nails. You can see a few crooked ones but I was able to straighten them out. This is definitely the hardest part and prob easier for people with smaller fingers. 

All wrapped up in string. I just switched directions back and forth as I did it. It’s really a personal preference. 

The butterflies I cut using my silhouette.  All done 🙂 

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Shadow boxes

Wow it’s been awhile. I haven’t been on here but I’ve certainly been busy. 

A lot of my current wedding projects are surprises so here is a project I did over the weekend for my fiancès grandma. I’ve made one more before this so t was only my second attempt

Shadow boxes have become increasingly popular over the past year. I used my silhouette machine to cut out the paper roses and roll them but you can always just draw a spiral on a sheet of paper, cut it, roll it and it will look like a rose. 

We bought a pack of paper with 6 shades of red and I was nervous that it wouldn’t flow together because there was a huge variation between the dark and lightest shades but it ended up working.
What you need: 

Card stock – the amount is depending how big of a shadow box you have 

Shadow box

Vinyl 

The process: 

  1. Cut your roses. I used a file purchased from the silhouette store for paper roses but as I mentioned above you can do this by just drawing and cutting yourself as well. 
  2.  Roll your roses. Some people like to use a quilling tool but I find that a pencil or skewer work just as well. – I like to roll my roses very very tight and then let them sit out on the table to expand for a bit. 
  3. Place roses in a line. You can have some fun with this and have them fade from dark to light or go diagonal. – I spent a LOT of time trying to make sure it was straight. After doing so I want to tell you to not waste your time doing so. The more flowers you put in the better. They will lay as needed.
  4. Line the back of the roses with a similar colored paper ( to avoid holes or empty spaces from showing) and place the back onto the shado box. 
  5. Place vinyl on the front. –  I did put it on the inside of the glass in my original design but I think I prefer it on the outside. 

This is an easy one and a gift that everyone will love! 

Or if you’re not up to the task, feel free to reach out if you are interested in purchasing one yourself! 

Here are some detail pictures of the process. 

Paper Flowers 

 
 I can’t show you *what* I’m doing with these yet but I wanted to do a post on how to make them. 

I’ll be sure to link to that post once I post the project and vice versa. 

You can use construction paper, printer paper, cardstock, whatever you want. Just remember that the thicker the paper the easier it will stay up. 

You don’t need a silhouette machine however it does make it easier. 

I made two types of petals and then made each one small, medium and large. You can have some fun with the shapes if you want. 

  
If you aren’t using a silhouette you’ll need to cut a “template” for each size petal and then trace it enough times to fill the page so that you are getting the maximum amount from each page. 

Once you’ve cut all of your petals you can start layering them or mixing and matching to create a flower you like. I did some with alternating petals, some with 3 color petals and even a few that are all one color. They all look great!! 

 These were the first ones I tried. I used cardstock and a glue stick. They seem to be holding up well. 

You will need about 5-6 petals (minimum) to complete each flower. 

Once you’ve chosen your pattern and have your petals laid out you will want to fold them each long ways so they are slightly bent and you have more definition. 

Now you just need to staple each petal at the bottom to the petal that it is next to and your done! 

It really is that easy and they can be used in many ways. Like I said I can’t tell you what I’m doing with them yet but they could be used for a photobooth back drop, wall decor, party decorations, etc. 

Holy Signage!

Have you ever seen all the wedding signs on Pinterest? Cute right? 

Once we got into planning I realized just how many signs we will need. I’ve gotten a few done but still have a long way to go. 

The  signs you will need of course depend on venue, activities, etc. 

I’ve got the following on my list but I’m sure there will be more. 

  • Welcome 
  • Ceremony
  • Menu
  • Games/activities
  • Directional 
  • Social media
  • Ring bearer 
  • Our story 

I’ve also got bridal party intro and memorial on my list but I’m not so sure those will qualify as signs. 

So like I said there are signs all over Pinterest but once again if you have a silhouette machine, you’re golden.  It also ended up being cheaper because the ones online go for about $45 a piece! 

I picked up a few chalkboards and wooden poles from Hobby Lobby to put them in the ground but I also happen to have some really thick black cardstock laying around so I’ve been using that too(hello free!).  

I used US Cutter to order the vinyl. They have some pretty good deals. I ended up with 6 rolls,  15 ft each of adhesive vinyl and 2 rolls of iron on for almost $100. 

Now you can make your signage as simple or intracite as you want but remember you will have to weed your design and sometimes smaller designs are harder. 

Again, I made this project more complicated by having some of the words be multiple colors. You really don’t have to do that to make them look good. 

How did I do it?

I started by creating a file through Adobe Illustrator but you can use the silhouette software too. 

Type in your text, have the machine cut the design and get to weeding!

After you’ve weeded (removed what you don’t need) you just place the design on transfer paper and then put on the board  

Now my fiancé will tell you I’m not the neatest person when it comes to anything so I didn’t measure or try to make sure it was straight but you probably should take the time to do so 😜 I wasn’t as concerned just because I know people will walk past them and likely not look back. 

The wedding party sign is actually my favorite but I won’t post that until I finish the border and blur out the names to protect those whose names are on it.  

In the meantime check out our yummy menu! I got this chalk board on sale for $8 at hobby lobby! 

   

  

 

Photobooth Props. 

One of my goals this year was to blog once a week and I unfortunately missed one.  – So I’m here to catch up. I’ve found its kind of a hard task because I’ve been working on projects for my bridesmaids and I want to keep them a secret so I can’t put them up yet. 

One thing I can share is my photobooth. 

Photobooths have become a huge hit for all events over the years. I actually lived in an apartment complex in college that provided free beer by the pool every Thursday and they even had a photobooth there. 

Here’s a throwback to then:

 
I’ve been exploring options for the wedding and decided to do a DIY photo booth. I’m using the “dumpster couch” I posted about previously but havent figured out much else beyond that so I’ll do a full write up once that’s figured out. 

For now I’ll share the props. 

I received a silhouette cameo for Christmas and a ton of books of cardstock so I figured I would make some props for the photo booth.  You can always buy templates from the silhouette store or elsewhere online but I decided to go the free route and make my own. ( I did have a free credit to the store so I bought the “photo bomb” prop.)

I used Silhouette Studio to make the majority of them but there were a few that required more detail so I used Adobe Illustrator. 

All you need to do this is:

Silhouette Cameo

Cardstock

Glue gun 

Skewers 

I had a wine and fondue party awhile ago so luckily I had a ton of skewers at home. 

So like I said, this is super easy. You make up your designs on whatever software. Send it to the silhouette to cut, weed it and glue the cardstock to the skewer. 

Easy and free! One of my favorite projects so far. 

I also found this awesome suitcase to store the props in for a few bucks at a thrift store. 

  
 You will see that I used multiple colors for some. There’s so many options which is what makes this a fun project.

Here are some of the props I made:

   
  

Have any of you made your own photobooth or props? Any unique props  you recommend? 

   

Dumpster Couch

Okay, so the title isn’t appealing but check out these couches (below) we happened to find in the dumpster while moving out of our apartment.  

   

Prior to finding the couches,  I saw a pin on Pinterest where someone painted their couch opposed to reupholstering it so I knew what I was doing as soon as I found these.  

I looked through several different blogs and found multiple methods so I decided to give it a try.

To do this you need paint ( I used paint for the interior of a home) and a fabric medium. 

We went to Lowes and got our paint. I think it was called “Caribbean Breeze” or something along those lines.  Then off to Hobby Lobby for the fabric medium. 

Now I’m not sure if this was just a popular craft at the time or what but Hobby Lobby was completely out. Then I went to Jo Ann’s and they only had two bottles in stock.  So I got the two bottles and decided to order the rest on Amazon. 

I used this Martha Stewart  Fabric Medium.  

I should also mention this is a time consuming process. Unless you have a big empty room this is a warm/nice weather project. 

How to paint a couch: 

  1. Make sure the fabric on the couch is clean. 
  2. Use a spray bottle or hose to dampen the fabric of the couch. 
  3. Mix your paint medium and paint. I did a 3:4 ratio using a cup to measure. – 3 cups of medium for 4 cups of paint. 
  4. Now paint the fabric. Use as little paint as possible and try to go with the grain of the fabric. 
  5. Our couches took 3 coats of paint before I was happy with the color.Make sure you let each coat dry completely before you start the next. 

And you’re done! As I said, it takes a long time. That’s because you have to wait so long for it to dry. 

I worked on them about a week total, maybe a little longer. 

Here are a few pics from the process. 

   
 
I still need to make the trim black but check out this before and after. 

  

We’re going to use the small one as the seat for our photobooth at our wedding and the larger for a lounge area. 

Yay for free wedding finds 👍🏼 They also happen to work perfectly in our living room too. 

A lot of people ask me if the couch is hard from the paint. The answer is yes but don’t let that stop you.  It’s not super hard to where it’s uncomfortable , it just feels stiff. Within less than a month they softened up a ton so the more you use them the more comfy, just like every other couch 😉