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DIY Wedding Bouquet

Another big project from our wedding to-do list was the bouquets for myself and my bridesmaids.  Right off the bat, I decided this would be an anti-flower wedding- we were on a budget and flowers add up quickly.  The centerpieces have no flowers, we’re decorating the pews at the church with tulle ribbon and starfish, and then we have these- my DIY wedding bouquets made with, get this– silk flowers!

I scoured Michaels for coral flowers to make my bouquets with, but, I guess I was too late in the season (mid-July) as the fall flowers were already out.  After digging though the sale bin of what was left of the summer flowers, I came up with a few bunches of flowers in coral, and one bunch that was white with coral tips (perfect for my bouquet, which I wanted to keep subtle).

Here they are all ready to go.  The vases that they’re sitting in were left over from my bridal shower- I added the raffia and starfish to give it a beach vibe.  These vases will hold the bouquets at the reception.

Each bouquet has hidden starfish glued into them.  For more information about this, click here to read how I added starfish to my wedding décor!1DSC_7045
Each bouquet was wrapped with floral tape and then covered with this beautiful gradient green satin ribbon.1DSC_7046
My bouquet is mainly white hydrangeas with some green hydrangeas and the coral tipped flowers mixed in.   1DSC_7052
The bridesmaids bouquets have the coral flowers combined with white carnations (that I found at the dollar store!) and a few of the coral tipped flowers to match mine.

As if the bouquets weren’t enough, I made this bouquet for the altar at our church– most of the flowers in it were from the dollar store (who knew the dollar store had decent flowers? Not me!)

All in all, for one bridal bouquet, 3 bridesmaids bouquets and one altar bouquet, I spent less than $75- easily the price of just one of those bouquets if it were real!


What do you think? Would you have silk flowers at your wedding to save some money? Do you agree with me when I say they look realistic?  One bridesmaid even brought up a good point- these bouquets are extremely light, which she said was a plus because usually her arms begin to hurt while carrying around a heavy bouquet for the day– sounds like a plus to me!

Faux Chalkboard Menu

I am all over that new chalkboard trend (complete with trying to learn how to do the hand-lettering typography!) A few months ago, I made a few chalkboard signs out of trays to use at our wedding. Now with less than two weeks to go, I realized that I didn’t make enough chalkboards (I want to use one at the guest book table, one on the bar to announce our signature drink, one on the escort card table announcing our Instagram hashtag and one for the buffet that lists the menu). Since I’m short a chalkboard (and short on time to make another one), I created a faux chalkboard menu in Photoshop and I just had to share it with you!
If there’s enough interest, I may do another post on my favorite fonts for creating these chalkboard printables because they are so much fun to create and I’m addicted to them!

I can’t wait to pick up a frame to put this baby in!
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Click the freebies tab above to see my other chalkboard art and to find out where I got my awesome background from!

Getting married and want one of these for your own? Feel free to contact me via Etsy or here and I’d be happy to work with you to create a custom listing!


Wedding Invitations

A big ole check for our wedding checklist– our wedding invitations went out this weekend! I am DIY-ing as much as our wedding as I can, not only to save a little money, but because it’s in my blood! People who know me know that I have to have my personal touch on everything that goes into our wedding. So far, I’ve blogged about the handmade bridesmaids clutches I made, the chalkboard trays we’re going to use to write the buffet menu on, and the ‘Sweating For the Wedding” t-shirts I made for my sister and myself.
But– nothing has taken up more time than these invitations! I had no idea that such a simple task would be so time consuming.
For those that don’t know our background, a quick rundown- my fiancé is in the Air Force and is stationed on the opposite end of the country, so unfortunately, he hasn’t had much of a hand in planning the wedding. However, he was visiting me a few months ago, and I sat him down to help with the wedding favors and invitations. Making the invitations themselves took almost an entire day! Before we even got to the designing step, we had to think of the wording, proof read it (at least 5 times!), and then I designed the layout in Photoshop, and finally we printed them. We had to feed the paper into the printer only a few at a time to prevent jamming. Then, they all had to be slid into their little vellum sleeve, which was not an easy task (but he was a trooper and helped out!).
Afterward, we had to plan out the response cards. I wanted to go with something fun, he did not. So we compromised and made two different kinds. More on that below.
Onto the pictures for now- here’s an overview of the whole shebang.

Aren’t these envelopes gorgeous?  My mom hand-calligraphied (Is that a word?) all 100+ envelopes. She has always done calligraphy, but a few months ago, she and I took a class in copperplate, which is a fancier, more scroll-ish version of calligraphy.  She estimates that the envelopes alone took her nearly 30 hours to complete.

(And yes, we did invite Mickey and Minnie Mouse to our wedding  – more about that here. Click the link to find a whole list of celebrities you can invite to your wedding in hopes of getting back some autographed pictures or signed congratulatory letters!)

Our invites– it features a small ribbon at the top and then it slides into the little vellum sleeve.  It took me forever to pick that font that I used too (I’m a font snob!).  I ended up using “Jenna Sue” – it’s a free download on a number of sites.

My favorite part- our RSVP cards!  The one in the back is the plain one that we sent to some people, and the one in the front is the “fun” one that went mainly to our friends and anyone else we felt had a good sense of humor.  It is mad-libs style and I cannot wait to see what people fill in!

If you can’t read it, this is what it says: (the words in parenthesis are what they are supposed to fill in)

On July 28th, when Dana and Michael (verb) down the aisle, (your names) (will/will not) be there to (verb) them.  We were so (adjective) to receive the invite!  We promise to dance if you play (your favorite song).  We are (adjective) for them and wish them many years of happiness and (nouns).

And last, a picture of everything lined up.  The card in the bottom right hand corner is just a postcard I ordered from Staples.  The front lists the address and phone number of the two hotels we blocked out rooms for the guests to stay at and has a map on the back for out of town guests.


So there’s everything!  Between designing, printing, stuffing, attaching ribbons, writing addreses, stamping, licking (the envelopes), etc, I’m guessing we put in close to 50 hours.  Now I see why people just go out and order them!  Whew!  I told myself I deserve a big bowl of ice cream to take away the envelope taste so my only question now is…. vanilla or chocolate?


Handmade Bridesmaids Clutches

In a quest to DIY as much as my wedding as possible, I made my bridesmaids not-quite-matching clutches.  I knew I wanted part of their bridesmaid gift to be a clutch filled with “wedding day essentials”, so I started to look around for some ideas.  The problem is, I found too many ideas!  I decided that I have 3 different bridesmaids, so I should have 3 different clutches (plus, one for myself!).  Here’s all four clutches (in our wedding colors- navy and coral)


I had so much fun filling them with items I think they’d need on the big day! I got nail files, Tic Tac mints, hand cream, small mirror, a comb, some clear band aids, Chapstick, some bobby pins that I attached to a piece of card stock, and my favorite part– little hand sanitizers from Bath and Body Works that have a diamond ring on them and say “I love bling!”.  How perfect are they for a wedding?

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Each clutch measures 9in x 5in and have a small strap to hang from their wrist. They are all made out of satin which was strengthened with fusible interfacing.  They are all lined with a silk cotton lining.  Below, I have a picture of each clutch and a link to where I found the tutorial on how to make it.  Note* I did not follow the directions for each tutorial exactly– I modified them to fit my needs, but the basic directions are there.

I used this blog for the instructions on how to make the Bow Clutch.


For this clutch, I just made it up as I went along, but it was based loosely on the clutch featured here — the top is a single band, the middle has four little pleats in it, and the bottom is a single band.  The flowers were made by me, and a tutorial on how to make them can be found here.  The same flowers will also be adorning the bridesmaids dresses.


This clutch I made up as I went along– It is just a basic rectangle with a little ruffle sewn on.  I made the ruffle by making a tube out of the fabric,  basting a running stitch down the middle, gathering it, and then sewing it down onto the front piece of the clutch before sewing everything together.


For this clutch, I used the tutorial found here. That blog also had a fabulous tutorial on how to insert the zipper. I used her tutorial for that on all four clutches, and let me say that they came out so professional looking!


Can you think of anything else I should include in the clutches?

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Make a Chalkboard from a Tray

Lately, most of my crafts have been for my upcoming wedding.  One thing I wanted to do was to take some trays and paint them with chalkboard paint.  At the reception, these trays would serve various purposes; listing our “specialty drink” at the bar, having a menu at the beginning of the dinner buffet, and letting our guests know of a hashtag I’m going to ask them to use if they Instagram anything from our wedding.


First, gather your supplies– Originally, I wanted to do this with a thrifted tray, but I couldn’t find any in my price range (nor did I want to ruin an antique!), but surprisingly, I picked up these at the dollar store.  Yes! The dollar store! (Dollar Tree to be exact– I’m pretty sure they’re across the country).  I was told this is something that they stock regularly, and they came in a variety of sizes.

You’ll need:
-A tray (or two… or three!)
-fine sandpaper
-blue painters tape
-primer (I went with Krylon )
-chalkboard paint (again- Krylon )


The first thing you’re going to want to do is use the blue painters tape to mask off the edges of the tray (or whatever parts you don’t want to get chalkboard paint on).  If you want the entire tray to be covered in chalkboard paint, then skip this step!

Next, (not pictured), take your sandpaper and lightly sand the area to be painted.  This roughs up the surface so that the paint will adhere better.


After your tray is prepped, find yourself a ventilated area and lay out some newspapers to catch the overspray.  Take my word on this– lay out way more newspaper than you think you’ll need, the overspray can really travel!

Start with one coat of the primer.  Follow the primer’s directions as to how long to let it dry. Each primer may have its own specific instructions.


After your primer has dried according to the directions, apply at least two coats of chalkboard paint.  Once again, follow the instructions as to how long to wait between coats.


Once the paint has dried thoroughly, “prime” your board according to the directions.  Most chalkboard paint brands suggest wiping chalk across the entire surface and wiping it clean before use.   After that, a soft cloth with a little bit of water will suffice for cleaning your chalkboard.

I have to admit, I’m having fun writing little sayings and quotes on these trays and using them for decoration!  I can also see using them as a prop in a photo shoot, or as a little make-shift to do list hung in my kitchen.

What would you use your tray for?

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