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Weekly Round-up: Buttons

Button Round Up

Have you raided your grandma’s button jar yet?! Our three button projects this week were: 1) boutonnieres and hairpins for your bridal party, 2) adorable escort cards and 3) cupcake toppers. These crafts were very easy to execute (thank you hot glue) and really look upscale on the cheap.

WHERE TO BUY:
Buttons can be bought in bulk online, and vintage buttons are often found at flea markets and garage sales. We suggest staying in the same color family with your buttons so they look harmonious. Happy button hunting and good luck with your crafts!

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Weekly Round-up: Tissue Paper

So do we all agree that tissue paper is wonderful!? Our three tissue paper projects this week were: 1) confetti to toss at the newlyweds, 2) tissue paper banners and 3) a color blocking candle treatment. These are three really great and impactful decor ideas for those on a really tight budget. Several sheets of tissue come in a pack and it goes a long way.

WHERE TO BUY:

Tissue paper is so easy to find. It can be purchased in almost any drug store, craft store or gift/paper store. Happy hunting and good luck with your tissue paper crafts!

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Weekly Round-up: Yarn

So who else has gotten excited for fall now? We embraced the new season this week with yarn and showed you how to 1) create a woven wedding invitation design, 2) make an eye-catching table runner and 3) package delicious favors for your guests. There are so many varieties in color and types of yarn out there that you can do these projects and create virtually any look and feel your heart desires.

WHERE TO BUY:

Literally ANYWHERE! You can pick up yarn any craft store whether it be Michael’s or JoAnn Fabrics or your neighborhood Ma + Pop craft store, even WalMart. If you’re looking for more novelty type yarns I would suggest visiting a knitting store where you might find a wider selection. Kelly and I picked ours up at our local discount store for a $1 each! Don’t be afraid to be thrifty, it makes crafting all the more enjoyable!

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Weekly Round-up: Clothespin Bags

We hope you guys enjoyed the clothespin bags as much as we did. I just love these little white canvas bags; so much can be done with them. The three projects we did with clothespin bags this week were: 1) DIY photo booth backdrop, 2) bride and groom chairs with marriage advice and 3) and flowers for the church that travel easily to your reception site. These great little bags were meant to hang on a clothesline/rope (we obviously took it beyond that) but brainstorm some places at your reception or event where you would be able to drape some rope – these add so much style.

WHERE TO BUY:

I was surprised at how easily obtainable these bags are. Living in southern California I was just unaware. Kelly and I stumbled upon them in a discount store but here are three online sources:

http://www.roomandstored.com/DRY_01313_Hanging_Cotton_Clothespin_Bag_p/dry-01313.htm

http://www.organizeit.com/clothespin-bag.asp?cmpid=gbase

http://www.holdnstorage.com/itemdetail.asp?mod=WH-7155-201&utm_source=GoogleProducts&utm_medium=Free&utm_campaign=ShoppingSites&zmam=53021449&zmas=1&zmac=

2&zmap=WH-7155-201

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Weekly Round-up: Stencils

This week should really have been called stencils AND spray paint. We had fun styling a destination wedding in Palm Springs, California and showed you 1) stenciled drink koozies to give as wedding favors, 2) a stenciled canvas tote filled with local goods to welcome out-of-town guests and 3) a unique stenciled poster that acts as your guest book. Stenciling can be really fun but we should warn you that it can also be a bit time consuming as you need to mask off everything that isn’t covered by the stencil itself if you don’t want any overspray. We used spray paint for all three projects which we purchased at our nearest Home Depot.

WHERE TO BUY:

Stencils are really easy to find, especially this time of year with all of the school supplies readily available in most stores. Made in a variety of styles and fonts, shop around and find the stencil that you feel fits the feel of your event and have fun with it. Your finished product is not going to turn out perfect but embrace that and find the beauty in the imperfection; that is what I actually really love about stenciling. The stencils we used on the tote bag are Martha Stewart brand and while I don’t see them featured on her website you can purchase them here. For the koozies and the guest poster the stencils we used came from Staples. We’re pretty sure if you take a look around you can find a bunch of stuff to stencil and have fun with. Good luck!

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Weekly Round-up: Garden Rocks

I’m not sure why but the short weeks always seem the longest. Why is that? Well, this week’s round-up is going to be a bit short because of just that. We hope you guys all enjoyed the rocks as much as we did. Each project this week was the source of a lot of fun for Kelly and I, and, like I said at the beginning of the week: SO inexpensive!

WHERE TO BUY:

Kelly and I sourced our garden rocks at Home Depot. According to their website it looks like the rocks can be purchased in-store but that most (if not all) locations carry them. Any garden filler rock or gravel will do or these projects so if you don’t have a local Home Depot, be resourceful! Happy Friday and best of luck for productive weekend crafting!

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Weekly Round-up: Fabric Dye

I’m sure you can see from our posts why I said we had a love/hate relationship with fabric dye – it makes everything look GORGEOUS! It can be a little finicky but overall we found it works best when the water you use to mix the dye is very hot. The material you are dipping tends to take the dye better with hot water. This week you saw 1) dip-dyed fabric napkins, 2) a dyed robe to give as a bridesmaid gift and 3) dyed tissue paper pom poms. The moral of this week is that fabric dye is not just for fabric. Use your imagination and start dyeing to your heart’s content.

WHERE TO BUY:

Fabric dye can be purchased at pretty much any craft store. Jo Ann Craft Stores sells it, as does Michael’s. The robe came from Target (see specific post for the link to purchase) and tissue paper can be found literally anywhere. We picked ours up at Rite Aid but you can definitely do some one-stop shopping and get yours at Target while you’re there for the robes. Kelly and I found the napkins online and they were very inexpensive; remember to get cotton ones! Good luck and happy crafting. Feel free to share your dyeing triumphs (and woes) with us.

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More Dye!

Last week while Kelly and I were organizing our 3 posts for fabric dye I came across this very timely post over at Design*Sponge. I just absolutely love the look of these dyed feathers and it made me think what a statement these would make as a backdrop. Simply dye white feathers to your desired color palette and hang from fishing line at various heights. The more feathers the bigger the impact. I’m pretty sure if I saw this my first thought would be “breathtaking!” You could also make the pens just as they suggest in the post and put them in jars near the guest book with a little note for guests to leave you a message and then take a pen – what a wonderful wedding favor!

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Weekly Round-up: Sawn Lumber

Kelly will be the first one to tell you that I am pretty much obsessed with anything made from wood. It’s really hard for me to branch out and buy furniture made from anything else. It’s natural beauty just blows me away which is why I was especially excited about this week’s three posts. This week we used pieces of cut cedar to 1) create an eye-catching cakestand, 2) put together rustic centerpieces and 3) make bases for event signage. There are so many different things that can be done with wood rounds and the styles that can center around it go on and on.

WHERE TO BUY:

We recommend tracking down your own wood to use, mainly because it’s free, and well, we love anything that is free. If you aren’t lucky enough to know people in the Texas Hill Country I would suggest contacting landscaping companies or tree cutting services to see if you can take their remnants. You might be doing them a favor too! You can also check out your local Craigslist; people give away all kinds of things. As far as cutting the wood goes, we used a chainsaw but if you aren’t comfortable with this HAVE A PROFESSIONAL DO THIS. Your centerpiece is not worth a missing finger. :) Happy (and safe) crafting, friends.

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Weekly Round-up: Chalkboard Paint

This week we covered the almighty chalkboard paint and showed you how to 1) turn an old globe into a fun message board, 2) create customizable wine labels and 3) make reusable place cards/miniature signs. The possibilities really are endless and you might even see us re-visit chalkboard paint with three new ideas in the future.

WHERE TO BUY:

The chalkboard paint (we used Rust-Oleum) was from Home Depot and can be ordered online here or found at your local hardware store in the spray paint section. Check your local Goodwill or thrift store for a globe. Flea markets, Craigslist and eBay are also good places to look (just remember with eBay you’ll have to pay for shipping so be sure to check that out before you start bidding). Kelly and I purchased our wood signs at our local craft haven, Fabric Barn (you are going to see us mention this place A LOT) but I have seen them at Michael’s and other craft supply stores; I’ll let you know if I find a decent place on the interweb to get them. Tip: unless you want a chalkboard driveway or table, be sure to put a drop cloth down before you start painting. Sounds like a no brainer but it never hurts to mention it!

Happy crafting!

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