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DIY Personalized Chalkboard Cork Coasters

What you will need:

Directions:

Paint one side with of the coaster with black chalkboard paint - let dry.

Paint the other side of the coaster with an accent color - let dry.

Personalize with names using a chalk pen. Note: you can write names with regular chalk but I prefer a chalk pen for a crisper neater appearance. 

That’s it! Instant charm for your next party!

*** A very special thank you to Lia Griffith for sharing this fun tutorial with us

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DIY: Watercolor Wash Place Cards

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These beautiful place cards will make a statement on any table. Each card has a unique watercolor wash background flecked with contrasting acrylic paint, and the possible color combinations of watercolor and calligraphy are endless. This project can be made over and over again and adapted to any occasion, whether it’s a wedding reception, holiday dinner, or birthday party.

Yield: 75 place cards
Time: 8 hours (including drying time)
Budget: $65.00

Supplies:
• 90 3.5×6-inch pieces pieces of heavy watercolor paper cut
• Pan of assorted watercolors
• 1 tbsp acrylic paint in an accent color for splattering
• 2 tbsp table salt
• Ink, watercolor or gouache of your choice for the calligraphy
• 1-inch-wide artist tape
• Wide paint brush
• Small paint brush for watercoloring
• Dish of water
• Paper towels
• Bone folder
• Calligraphy nib and holder
• Old toothbrush

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1. Apply a strip of artist tape across the full width of each watercolor paper card, starting 1 inch up from the bottom short edge. Press the tape down firmly, especially along the edges, so that no watercolor will be able to seep underneath. There should now be 1 inch of paper exposed below the tape and 4 inches exposed above it.

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2. Using the large paint brush, brush both the front and back of each card with water, then pat dry with a paper towel. (This prevents the paper fibers from expanding unevenly and warping.) Since there are so many cards, I recommend painting about twelve at a time so your workspace doesn’t get too cluttered.

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3. Using the smaller paint brush, paint the cards with an abstract watercolor design in the colors of your choice. (I normally combine two to four watercolor shades per card, but play around with what you like best.) Don’t let this step scare you! This should be liberating because there is no wrong way to do it. You can fill up the entire paper with paint or leave portions of it unpainted. You can overlap the colors or keep them from touching. You can paint uneven blobs or perfect pinstripes or streaks fanning out in circles like fireworks. You can use light, similar shades for an elegant, understated look, or bright, contrasting ones for a bold, festive effect. Each card can be different – if you use the same colors, they will tie together in a series.

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4. If your paper is soaking wet, blot off excess watercolor with a folded paper towel. Then sprinkle the cards with a pinch of table salt. The salt crystals create a unique pattern by absorbing the wet color they land on, producing slightly lighter spots when you brush off the salt later (see step 6).

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5. With the old toothbrush, splatter acrylic paint randomly over the card. Choose a color that will really stand out from the background colors you chose. I really like using gold to add some sparkle. Lay flat and let dry.

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6. Brush off the salt and carefully peel off the tape. If the cards aren’t flat (which can happen in humid weather), press them between a stack of books overnight.

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7. Fold the cards in half and make a sharp crease with a bone folder.

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8. Use ink, watercolor, or gouache to calligraph the guests’ names in the blank strip on each card. If you’re nervous about messing up, just practice each name on scrap paper a few times until you’re comfortable. Let dry completely.

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*** Thanks so much to to Green Wedding  Shoes and Molly Suber Thorpe for sharing this lovely DIY with us today. For those interested in learning more about calligraphy, pick up Molly’s latest book Modern Calligraphy.

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DIY: Mercury Glass

This is a simple method of turning any glass vase into a faux antique mercury glass piece.

You will need:

  • Glass vase (local thrift store)
  • Can of Krylon “Looking Glass” spray paint
  • Vinegar

Step 1.  Clean glass well. 

Step 2.  Spray paint, using several light coats, being careful not to overspray to avoid runs. The paint is slightly cloudy when sprayed, but dries VERY quickly to a mirror-like finish.  For the larger piece, I sprayed the inside, for the narrower piece, I sprayed the outside, with identical results.

Step 3.  After about 3 light coats, mix a 50/50 mix of vinegar and water in a spray bottle and mist the painted surface enough to create beads.

Step 4.  Let sit about a minute, then dampen a paper towel with the vinegar/water mixture and firmly “pat” the beaded moisture that sits on the paint. You can actually rub a little in places, removing some of the paint as you go. Keep dabbing/wiping until you create the antique/worn look you desire.

Step 5. After the piece completely dries, spray one very light coat of the looking glass paint over the already painted surface. This fills in the wiped away spots, adding dimension. You can repeat steps 3-5 until you get the look you want, although I only did it once.

NOTE: If you do not like your results, you can completely remove the paint with vinegar.


*** Photo Credits: Leslie D

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DIY: Chalkboard Escort Cards

Creating charming escort cards for your wedding doesn’t have to take a lot of time or resources. Simply gather a few basic, inexpensive supplies to produce this budget-savvy, casual-chic concept. 

 
 
Supplies:
  • Manilla shipping tags
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Foam paintbrush
 
Step One
Arrange your tags on a large work surface
 

 
Step Two
Dip the foam paintbrush into the chalkboard paint and apply one brushstroke to each tag.
 
 
Step Three
Allow the paint to dry completely, then write guests names and seating information on the tags with chalk.
 

 
Step Four
Display the tags using a fabric backdrop, coordinating yarn or string and wooden clothespins.
 


{Tutorial & Photos by: Danyelle Matthews}

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DIY: ACRYLIC MENUS - SIMPLE & REUSABLE!

If you’re looking for instant hostess with the mostest status, these super simple, super adorable (reusable) DIY menus  are fair game. They add a little something something to a simple dinner party, elevating it to the utmost degree with little to no effort at all!

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MATERIALS

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:   You can either use the sheets to make full size menus (8×10”), or you can cut them down to a smaller size like we did (5×7”). To cut them down, just measure the size and mark on the acrylic with the paint marker. Then score the sheet along those lines with the glass cutter. After several passes, you should be able to snap the sheet to make a clean cut. Remove any markings with glass cleaner.

Step 2:   Spray paint one side of the acrylic sheet with two light coats of spray paint. Let dry completely, about 1 hour.

Step 3:   On the clear unpainted side, handwrite your menu for the evening in paint marker. If you’d like to do a fancy script, you can print out your menu in a font of your choice, place the printout behind the menu, and trace the script in marker. *This would be easier with a lighter spray paint color or a more hazy coat of paint. Hold the menu & printout up to the window to get maximum backlighting while tracing.

Step 4:   Worried about messing up? Don’t be! Glass cleaner & paper towel let you quickly start over, and for small mistakes, a Qtip and glass cleaner have you covered. When the dinner’s over, wipe off the menu with glass cleaner and set aside to reuse at your next dinner party!

*** Thank You to Jacquelyn Clark from Style Me Pretty Living for sharing this great tutorial with us. 

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DIY CRAFTY WEDDING IDEAS

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Triangles have become SUPER popular lately. These frames would be fun to display wedding signs or table numbers

                                     Triangle Frame Tutorial

DIY: Create Honeymoon Memories

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While on your honeymoon, send yourself a postcard every day from wherever you are with what you did that day…then bind them when you return to have a journal of your trip — complete with photos, stamps, and a run-down of each day’s events.

DIY Ring Pillow Satchel

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This cute satchel would be adorable for a ring pillow. After the wedding you will have a sweet keepsake to remember your special day. 

                           Heart Satchel Instruction Here

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                                Sugar ‘n Cream Scents Yarn 

DIY: Upcycled Glitter Tape Vase

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image                                             Glitter Tape From Blitsy

Add a bit of glitz and glamour to your bridal shower with tin can glitter vases.  

DIY Lanyard Chain Bracelet

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These lanyard bracelets would be fun for your bridesmaid and flower girls.                              
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                                        BRACELET TUTORIAL

DIY Folkart Clay Owl

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This do-it-yourself project comes with step by step instructions and pictures to help you get through the process.

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 You can paint the owl with Folk Art Acrylic Paint and add a little string onto the back for an instant handmade ornament!

                            FOLK ART CLAY OWL TUTORIAL

**** A special Thank You to Blitsy Crafts for allowing us to use their photos.

You can view the entire Blitsy Craft line here

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DIY: Love Notes Box

What You’ll Need:

  • An unfinished wood box (got ours at Michael’s)
  • Metal handle 
  • Spray paint (we used Krylon Blue Ocean Breeze about $3.50)
  • The following free downloads…

  Download Lovenotes
  Download Lovenotescards
  Download Lovenotestags

  • Ribbon
  • 3” circle punch (or you could trace the top of a cup)
  • 3 3/4 ” white scalloped circle (cut with the Cricut or Punch)

STEP ONE:   Gather all of your supplies and print off all the downloads. Cut or punch out the 3” tag and back with the scalloped circle.

STEP TWO:Spray a few coats of paint on the box.
STEP THREE:  Once dry, attach the handle to the top of the box. (We used E6000 glue)

STEP FOUR:  Attach the 3” round tag to the front of the box. (We used glue dots) 

STEP FIVE:  Tie the instructions tag onto the handle with ribbon.

STEP SIX:   Fill the box with blank love notes cards.

STEP SEVEN:  Make one for yourself. Your  will have so much fun leaving each other random love notes.


*** Project and Photo credits: Eighteen25 (Thank You!)

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DIY: Pretty Painted Glass Centerpieces

Spring weddings should be easy to enjoy with pretty flowers taking center stage. These painted glass vases will give your tables a subtle design edge with even just a few floral stems.
 
 
Collect many different glass vases from thrift stores, left over bottles, etc. Purchase a couple of water-based paints in the colors of your choosing. (hint* you can even bring an item or fabric into the hardware store for them to match a color for you).
 
In a large basin, mix 4 cups paint with 1 cup water, stir well.
 
                      

 
                      
 
Begin taping off your vases to the level you would like the paint to reach. Vary the levels on your vases for a pretty aesthetic.
 

 
Dip the vases into the paint and swoosh to cover the entire bottom portion.
 
Turn the vases over on a drop cloth, and allow at least 24 hours dry time.
 
                    

 
Peel off all tape and using a damp paper towel, remove any residue paint (since your paint was mixed with water it will come right off).
 
 
Leave your edge straight for a clean look or you can make a jagged edge for added effect.
 

 
Set your vases somewhere dry and let the paint set for another 48 hours before using.
 
 
The possibilities are endless for color combinations!
 
                     

 
Fill with a few stems and group for very pretty table arrangements.
 
 

 
Enjoy!

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DIY: Gold Envelope Edge

This easy DIY paint project will transform regular envelopes into something extraordinarily fancy!

You will need:

- Metallic spray paint

- Double stick tape

- Envelopes, of course

STEP 1

Grab an envelope to use as the mask, and just put a small piece of tape at the point and at each side of the envelope underneath. Just enough to secure the mask so when sprayed, the edge stays put. You can make the edge as wide or short as you want.

Step 2

In a well-ventilated area (like outside), spray a light coating over the edge.  Let it dry for just 20 seconds or so.

Step 3

Then carefully peel the mask envelope off and voila! A perfect glowing, gold edge!

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DIY: Doily Stencil Painted Glasses & Dessert Plates

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This is a fast and easy, fun party project which would be perfect for your bridal shower or next family get together.

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You may have seen some other projects we’ve using this same Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreen. I just love it!! It’s called Antique Lace, and you get 4 difference patterns in the package, I used the narrow lace one for this project.

Supply List:

1) Martha Stewart Glass Silkscreen, Antique Lace

2) Foam Pouncer

3) Martha Stewart Satin Paint, Camellia Pink

4) Glassware 

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 I picked up two very inexpensive Champagne Flute Glasses at a local thrift store, I think they were around 50 cents a piece. You can’t beat that! 

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 Step 1: Apply the silkscreen to clean Glassware.

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 Step 2: Using the Foam Pouncer apply the paint to the Glass.

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Step 3: Immediately peel off the Silkscreen and allow the glass to dry. 

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That’s it! Just let it air cure for 21 days, or if you’re in hurry you can bake it in your oven, according to the instructions HERE.

Dessert Plates

You can also make cute Doily Painted Dessert Plates using the same technique. 

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Supplies:

1) Blank Glass 8″ Plates (Reasonably priced at Walmart)

2) Martha Stewart Adhesive Silkscreen - Floral Doily

3) Foam Pouncer

4) Martha Stewart Gloss Glass Paint – Opaque

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Perfect for your dessert table. : )

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How To Tint Glass Jars

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Tinted or painted jars and bottles are a fun way to add a pop of color to any home or party decor.  Here are some of the most common ways to paint or tint glass:

1. Mod Podge + Food Coloring – Simply add food coloring to mod podge until you achieve the color you want. Using a good quality brush paint the inside or outside of the jar.

Work quickly as mod podge will dry quickly. To add some extra dry time, add a couple of drops of water to thin it out a little.

2. Watered Down Enamel Paint – Add water to enamel paint to thin it down. With a foam brush, paint the container using even strokes. You may need to add a few layers to achieve the color you want.

To create a fun finish you can paint each layer with different colors. Let each layer dry completely before adding the next layer. Be careful not to have the brush to wet or the colors can start to bleed.

3. White Glue & Food Coloring – This is similar to the Mod Podge technique. Mix the glue and the food coloring until you achieve the color you want. A foam brush or paint brush should work fine. 

There are lots of ways to paint or tint your bottles and jars, most of them are variations of these formulas.

(Source: zazzle.com)

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DIY: Marbled Paper Goods

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You can use your marbled paper for so many things! I choose to make some cute little name cards as well as some little stir sticks.

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Supplies

  • Cardstock
  • 4 Colors of Acrylic Paints
  • Wooden Dowels
  • Mini Clothespins
  • String
  • Water
  • Liquid Starch (you can buy it right near the spray starch at the store)
  • Alum (found in the spice aisle, used in pickling)
  • Dishsoap

Step 1: The preparations

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ONE mix together 2 cups of liquid starch with 1 teaspoon of alum and pour in the bottom of a cake pan.

TWO water down a little paint so that the paint is just slightly thinner.  Add a tiny drop of dish soap to it, this helps the paint to float on the starch. mix well.

THREE construct a ‘comb’ with wooden dowels cut to 2 inches, or with toothpicks.

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FOUR using a paint brush, shake drops and splatters of paint onto your starch. Do this with all colors you’d like to include.

FIVE using your comb, comb the entire pan in one direction. 

SIX Then repeat in the perpendicular direction.

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Carefully place your cardstock onto the top of the paper.  Lay it down starting at one corner instead of straight down so that air bubbles don’t get trapped underneath. Once the paper has made full contact, lift by one of the corners and remove from the paint/starch mixture.

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Dunk the swirled paper into another pan of clean cool water (don’t worry!  The paint will stay on). Then hang on a string with clothespins over newsprint to dry.

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* Photo & Design Credit: House of  Earnest

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DIY: Gold Foil Tumblers

Guest Blog: Erin Souder

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It’s no secret that I love gold, and you know I could use a good cocktail on a Friday. I made these little gold confetti tumblers after seeing so many similar versions in the market. These aren’t too intense, but are pretty easy and are oh-so-cute!

Fill them up with a little pomegranate juice, some Zonin prosecco, and basil and you’ve got yourself a perfect treat.

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Directions:

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ONE tape off the bottom of a glass with blue painters tape and stick some dots onto the bottom, more concentrated at the top and less concentrated toward the bottom.

TWO cover the top of the glass with a sandwich bag and tape it down on the same tapeline as before.

THREE spray paint the bottom of the glass with a bright gold spray paint.

FOUR using a gold leaf pen, carry the dot motif up onto the top of the glass.  More concentrated at the bottom and sparse toward the top.

I think they’re so fun and sure do look festive for spring, right?  Grab just a few ingredients, have a cocktail and Happy Friday!

So, as a disclaimer, I am using spray paint on food and beverage item which isn’t recommended for food contact.  I felt like being on the outside of the glass I was comfortable with that, but if you’re not, please use your discretion. 

* Photos & Design by House of Ernest

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DIY: Four Leaf Clover Favor Bags

Lucky little four leaf clover bags make an adorable accessory for any event that needs a little extra green.

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You will need:

  • 3×4 inch muslin bags
  •  freezer paper
  •  clover craft punch
  •  acrylic craft paint (most supplies can be found at craft stores, like Michael’s Craft)

Directions:

Punch a clover out of a piece of freezer paper. With a clothes iron, iron the freezer paper square, wax side down, onto your muslin bag. Place a scrap piece of paper inside your muslin bag to prevent the paint from soaking onto the back. Paint over the clover punch. Peel off the freezer paper and allow your bag to dry.

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You can make as many clover prints on your bag as you want, just repeat the instructions above and allow the paint to dry in between each clover. This same idea can be repeated on a bigger tote, shirt, scarf or basically anything you might want to wear on St. Patrick’s Day!

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*Photography,  and styling by Sara Schmutz.

(Source: zazzle.com)

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DIY: Bride + Groom Coffee Mugs

Guest Blog: Jen

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SUPPLIES:

  • Cute coffee mugs in your choice of color
  • Pebeo porcelain paint pens

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Start by cleaning your mugs and wiping them with rubbing alcohol to prep the surface. Then write GROOM or MR or whatever your heart desires…

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Then of course, the BRIDE or MRS or whatever you would like…

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After the first writing has dried, write your special message to your fiancé on the other side of the mug.

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…and have your fiancé write a message on your mug as well!

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After the paint has dried for 24 hours, place your mugs on a cookie sheet and in a cold oven. Turn the oven on to 300 degrees F and bake for a total of 35 minutes. Turn the oven off and let the mugs cool down inside. After oven cured these mugs will be dishwasher safe. *Note: these are the instructions for these exact porcelain paint pens – if you purchase another brand please refer to those directions!

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Super cute and just darling to drink out of on the morning of your wedding!

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Perfect for photo ops as well! You could also could make these for all of your bridesmaids!!!

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* DIY CREDITS // Photography: Studio 11 // DIY tutorial by: Jen | Something Turquoise // Cute black and white coffee mugs: Pier-One Imports // Pebeo Porcelaine Paint pens in white and black: Amazon

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