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{My DIY Wedding Series – Post 3}

Another friend was getting married in May also, and mentioned to me that she was making chalkboard signs. I liked the idea so much I wanted to make some too! One Saturday I raided Aaron’s wood scrap pile, finding smallish size pieces of wood. Some that were bigger he cut into smaller squares for me. I rinsed them all off, and scrubbed some that had been sitting out and were dirty.

IMG_0846I wasn’t too particular with how nice the scraps were. Some had holes or were bumpy. Ours was a rustic wedding, and I thought the roughness of the wood would fit right in. I picked up a can of chalk board paint from our hardware store, really inexpensive. Covering my worktable with newspaper, I got to painting.

IMG_0856Since I was using scrap pieces of wood, each took up the paint differently. For sure though, one coat wasn’t going to be enough.

IMG_0858I used our clothes drying racks to hold the signs as they dried. After waiting the suggested amount of time (four hours? I can’t remember), I went back and painted on a second coat. By the second coat, the chalk board paint was a nice thick even color.

IMG_1284At first I thought I was done there. But the boards looked rough around the edges, unfinished. I was chatting with my dad one evening, and he suggested putting trim around the edges, giving it a framed look. But then we realized how much trim would be needed, so we opted for paint instead. Laying out newspaper, I painted the edges and the sides with a brown paint. The other option would have been to have painted the chalkboard green along the edges too, but I kind of like how the brown frame gave them a unique look.

IMG_0728When we started setting up for the wedding, the signs were super easy to use. Whenever we had to put a sign somewhere, we grabbed chalk, wrote what we wanted to say there, and presto, we had a sign!

IMG_0738We put signs on stakes, we hung signs on trees, we leaned signs on tables . . . They went everywhere.

IMG_1034They are also super re-usable! They’ve already been used at another wedding, and have been washed and are waiting to be used at another! The chalk rinses right off, and the signs are ready to go.

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{My DIY Wedding Series – Post 2}

Do you know what bunting is? I didn’t. And now do.

As I entered the world of wedding planning and wedding decorating, I (of course) started a Pinterest Board to collect the DIY wedding ideas I was attracted to. One image that I came across and loved is this outdoor wedding site, with bunting flagging strung from tree to tree.

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My wedding was also going to be outdoors, in an open valley surrounded by forest. I knew I didn’t need a lot in terms of decoration, as the verdant green valley and forest were going to be decoration in themselves. I kept being drawn back to the flagging though, and knew this might be a crafty project I could sink my teeth into.

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I had been already thinking about wanting burlap table runners down the middle of each table, and had been chatting with Margaret about where to get burlap. She was traveling down south and offered to pick me up some. What a great friend – not only did she pick me up some, but it was on sale, and she got me a whole bolt – as a wedding present!

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Now I knew I wanted some of the bunting to be burlap, but I also wanted some to be colorful too. Margaret in her infinite awesomeness, had also given me two sheets, a white sheet and a light green sheet. And thus my wedding colors were decided on. One Saturday Kim came over for a sew day, and while she was at her machine quilting a baby shower gift, I made a cardboard template, and cut out a few practice triangles.

IMG_0776I sewed a test strip about ten feet long, and hung it on our back fence to try it out. I liked the size of the triangles, and the spacing between the triangles, but I decided to make the string skinnier.

IMG_0769With my triangle size decided on, I began cutting. And cutting. And cutting. I think I ended up with almost 100 each of burlap, light green, and white triangles.

IMG_0768I took another sheet I purchased at the thrift store, and tore it into skinny strips.

IMG_0786And then I sewed. Just a simple zig-zag stitch, sewing the triangles to the string. I used whatever color thread I had in large quantities. It was a good way to use up a lot of thread that I was worried was too old! Like my invitations, I sewed a little here and there, in the evenings and on the weekends. I kept piles of triangles by the machine, and sat down whenever I had a moment. It went quickly, as I alternated between the three different colors.

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The bunting was great fun to hang a few days before the wedding. I still wasn’t sure how much I had made or if it would be enough. Turns out I made plenty. I had yards and yards of flagging. There was enough to go all around the valley, up at the ceremony site, and more.

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It gave the site such a festive look. I’d highly recommend it to anyone planning decorations. For a small amount of effort, it packs a big punch.

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{My DIY Wedding Series – Post 1}

When I started looking at wedding invitation options online, I found a lot a beautiful designs that were very very expensive. After showing Aaron a couple of options, he said, can’t you use your crafty skills to make us our own? All of a sudden, the wheels in my brain started turning, and I was off and away on a fun adventure. Of course! Silly me. And instantly I had an idea. From there, it all fell into place.

I wanted to incorporate my love of sewing, locally source the print job, and reflect the natural history of the property I grew up on and where we were going to get married. I found a sketch of two oak leaves and acorns online, and traced them onto fusible webbing. For 65 invites, I needed to trace 130 oak leaves and 130 acorn seeds and caps.

IMG_4839I cut out these fusible webbing shapes and ironed them onto scraps of fabric that were from my hand dyed fabric stash. I chose various greens for the leaves (each card received a light and dark colored oak leaf), and various dark and light browns for the acorns.

IMG_4842At this point, my hand and arm were started to cramp and be sore from all the trimming, so I called in reinforcements. Kim and Lesley joined me for a Sunday morning of cutting.

IMG_4844I designed a card with what text we wanted, and took it to our local print shop to get printed. After all the fabric shapes were cut out, I peeled off the paper backing of the fusible webbing, arranged the leaves and acorns on the paper card, and ironed the shapes down. I was pleased to discover that the fusible webbing works as well on paper as it does on fabric.

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As well, I am indebted to Margaret for sharing with me the tip of taking a pin, and drawing a small cut line on the fusible webbing paper, aiding in the process of peeling the paper off of the fabric shapes. Saved me hours of frustrating peeling!

IMG_4849Each leaf and flower was then quilted down. I took pleasure in the slowness of the process, imagining inviting my friends and family to the wedding, looking forward to the day of. I’d do a few minutes in the evening, an hour on the weekend, and slowly, slowly, my pile of finished invites grew, until they were all complete.

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Hand crafted, made with love, invites were then sent out to our friends and family.

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