DIY Wedding Belt

I spent months looking for the right wedding belt.  I ended up making my own.

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I absolutely loved the back of my dress…the keyhole back…the button details…everything about it really.  When I was trying it on, I tried on a sparkly sash with it.  I really liked how the sash broke up all of the lace on my dress, but I didn’t like the idea of a giant bow covering up the back details.  I also didn’t like the $300 price tag on most of the sashes.  For months I looked for a small, sparkly belt that WAS NOT a sash and had diamond-looking stones all the way around it.  I couldn’t find anything.  Next I started hitting up my typical craft stores looking for trim to make my own belt.  I struck out there, too.  Finally I found shinetrim.com.  This website has many rhinestone bands for a fraction of the cost of the sashes.  I purchased a yard of rhinestone band (so I had extra in case I messed up) and a rhinestone clasp to go in front.  I simply cut the band to fit my waist and sewed it to the clasp.  It was super easy and gave the exact look that I wanted.

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Popping the Question

When I started posting wedding stuff, I should have started with this.  Immediately after getting engaged, I found this adorable pin and knew that I had to proposed to my bridesmaids.  This doesn’t even really count as a craft.  All you do is get a small box, fill it with tissue paper, a ring pop, and a note “popping” the question.  I only got to give one away in person.  I had to mail the boxes to my other two bridesmaids.

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Groom’s Survival Kit

While searching for wedding things on Pinterest, I found many groom’s survival kits.  Since I knit I really liked the idea of making socks for my groom, so he didn’t get cold feet.  I put my own spin on the rest of items.

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The typical groom’s kit list comes with a piece of paper that says something similar to the following:

Groom’s Day-Of Survival Kit

  • Socks to keep cold feet away
  • Lifesavers to keep you from drowning in emotion
  • Small bottle of alcohol to calm your nerves
  • Mints to ensure a fresh kiss
  • Ring pop in case you forget the essentials

Looking at the list, there were lots of things I didn’t like about it:

  • Socks–Loved the socks idea
  • Lifesavers–Neither one of us are emotional people.  I’ve been called a robot by several people, and he isn’t any better.  He got me a shirt for my birthday that says:  “Feelings are boring.  Kissing is awesome.”  Lifesavers were off the list.
  • Small bottle of alcohol–I wasn’t sure when I would give this to him, and we got fined if we got caught with outside alcohol at the ceremony site.  A small bottle of alcohol was off the list.
  • Mints–This implies that he NEEDS a mint.  I didn’t want to imply that he had bad breath.  That seemed in poor taste.
  • Ring pop–Apparently the essentials are that he buys my jewelry and/or candy?  I didn’t like this one either.

That left me with one item.  Socks.  I decided to replace the items with different items that matched our personalities better.  I wrote a note on a tag on each item.  If you click on the pictures above you can see them.  Otherwise, each note is listed below:

  • Socks–So you don’t get cold feet
  • Lip balm–For the perfect first kiss that tastes like me (I wear Burt’s Bees all the time.)
  • Flask–In case you need courage of the liquid variety (that won’t get us fined…he could fill it at the venue)
  • A bottle opener key chain that says:  “I’LL LOVE YOU UNTIL THE ZOMBIES GET YOU”–So you know exactly how long I’ll love you
  • 52 REASONS CRAIG IS AWESOME–So you remember where we began and why we are doing this

Each of the items (except the lip balm) was hand made, not necessarily by me:

  • Socks–I made the socks.  See my Don’t Get Cold Feet post.
  • Lip balm–I actually had an unopened lip balm laying around because I buy them in bulk.
  • Flask–The flask came from Scoutmob.com.  Scoutmob is a site that features products by independent makers.  It’s pretty cool.  Check it out.
  • Key Chain–The zombie key chain came from Etsy.  The maker, FleurDesigns, was great to work with.  I got the key chain crazy fast.
  • 52 Reasons Book–I made the book during our first Valentine’s together.  See my 52 Reasons Book post.

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Note:  While this does not appear to be a wedding related post, it will become relevant in a later post.

This was in fact the first pin I ever brought to life.  A couple of years ago I saw Pinterest start popping up all over Facebook.  I understood it to be a digital pin board where one can organize his or her ideas.  I don’t keep real notebooks or pin boards, and didn’t see the point of a digital one.  One day I was bored and decided to see what all the hype was about.  I was immediately hooked.  There were SO MANY craft and recipe ideas.

I started using Pinterest about a month before Valentine’s Day.  This would be my first Valentine’s Day spent with my now husband, Craig.  We hadn’t talked about Valentine’s Day gifts.  I wanted my gift to “match” his.  I didn’t know if he was getting me anything.  I found this adorable idea on Pinterest.  I decided to make him this and bake something.

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Materials:

Instructions:

  • Make a list of 52 reasons you love your man
  • Cut 54 pieces scrapbooking paper to an appropriate size (the amount of playing card you want behind the paper is totally up to you)
  • If you want the border look I used, cut 54 solid color pieces of scrapbooking paper slightly smaller than a patterned piece
  • Write one reason on each piece of solid paper
  • Write a title and an opening message on the remaining pieces of solid paper
  • Glue the solid pieces of paper onto the patterned pieces of paper
  • Choose the location for the binder rings and hole punch each card
  • Remove the two jokers from the deck (these will be your front cover and your message page)
  • Glue a message on each of the normal 52 cards
  • Glue the opening message on one of the jokers
  • Glue the title on the back of one of remaining joker
  • Put all of the cards on the binder rings

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  2 movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent

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XKCD pretty much described my dilemma.

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Wedding Rehearsal Ribbon Bouquet

I took a hiatus from my blog immediately prior to and following my wedding.  I got crazy busy, as I assume most brides can understand.  Now that all of the wedding craziness is over, I have so many things to post!  I made almost all of my wedding decorations and gifts.  I’m still waiting on my mom to send me my sister’s pictures (she was instructed to take pictures of everything I made for my blog), but there are a few things I can post in the mean time.  I plan to kind of go in chronological order as things were used during the wedding weekend.  Hopefully I don’t miss anything that way.

The first homemade item to make an appearance was my rehearsal bow-quet.  It’s been a long-standing tradition that a rehearsal bouquet be created from the ribbons from the wedding shower.  I made one.  I’m a little unhappy that this is going to be the first thing to go on the blog.  I ended up not having a ton of time to work on it and quickly threw it together the night before the rehearsal.  I do think the idea would be really cute if fully implemented.

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My goal was to make a whole bouquet of ribbon rosettes and wrap any leftover ribbons around the stems.  Since I was short on time, I only made three rosettes and wrapped the rest of the ribbons around.  The rosettes were overwhelmed by the other ribbons.

Materials:

Instructions:

  • Make the desired number of rosettes.  (I used the same technique to make the ribbon rosettes that was used to make the burlap rosettes in my Burlap Roses post.  The technique is described in Snug as a Bug Baby’s blog.  I honestly don’t think I can do a better job describing the technique than she does, and since I did it very last minute, I did not take the time to take pictures of every step.  For this project I used a needle and thread instead of hot glue.  The concept is the same, simply stitch each “petal” in place instead of gluing it.  The three rosettes turned out really cute.  I just wish that I had time to make more of them.)
  • Wrap the rosettes in any remaining ribbon

Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  10 minutes per rosette

Overall Experience:  Good.  I wish that I had time to make more rosettes

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Chalkboard Signs Work-in-Progress

This wedding season, chalkboard signs are all the rage.  However, they are quite expensive.  I decided to make my own.  I bought some 2’x4′ pieces of chalkboard for $10.25 per piece at Home Depot last weekend.  My almost father-in-law cut them for me on his table  saw.  I’ve been working at lettering them this week.  The larger signs will have frames around them eventually, but they are turning out too cute not to share!

 

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Materials:

Instructions:

  • Use PowerPoint to design your sign.  PowerPoint has tons of great fonts already.  There are a lot more available at dafont.com.  Erin has some great font suggestions on her blog, How to Nest for Less.  It’s easy to scale the signs to an appropriate size using the program.
  • Print your design and tape it to the board using masking tape.
  • Slide the tracing paper between the design and the chalkboard.
  • Trace the design using a normal ball point pen.  You don’t have to be super exact with the tracing.  I like the design to have some imperfections so it looks like it was handmade rather than printed.
  • Remove the tracing paper and design.  You should see your design faintly in white transferred to the chalkboard.  Using your chalk or paint marker, trace over the design again.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  30 minutes

Overall Experience:  Excellent

Crossroads Wall Art

For my boyfriend’s (now fiance’s) birthday in 2012, our friend Cassie had the idea to try to recreate a piece of wall art he had been admiring at Crate and Barrel that was no longer available for purchase.  She knew that I liked crafting, so she invited me over to help.  The original piece was made of welded steel.  Our idea was to recreate it using dowel rods.  The lighting in the picture isn’t great, but I loved the end product!

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Here is the inspiration piece:

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Materials:

  • About 20 1/4 inch dowel rods
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  • Saw, Dremel, etc. (Anything that can cut the dowel rods)
  • Spray paint

Instructions:

  • Leaving about eight of the dowel rods their original length, cut the others into pieces of varying sizes
  • Arrange half of the full-length rods horizontally parallel to one another.  These full-length rods will provide stability to your art.

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  • Arrange some of the shorter pieces parallel to the full-length pieces.

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  • Arrange the rest of the full-length pieces perpendicular to the horizontal pieces.  Make sure that the full-length pieces extend from the top to the bottom of your art.  These vertical pieces will provide stability to your art.

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  • Place the remaining pieces vertically parallel to the other vertical pieces.  Each individual rod should be supported perpendicularly in at least two places near that rod’s end.  Adjust placement as required.

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  • Hot glue each location where two rods cross one another.
  • Spray paint in the color of your choice.  We chose a dark gold-like color.

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Difficulty:  Easy

Time Required:  Two Movies

Overall Experience:  Excellent