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Singing & Framing & Painting & Hanging

I know I’m a bit late with the chalkboard paint craze….  but that is mostly because I am supremely lazy.  I finally got the paint when I started making things for my wedding.  You see the ornately framed DIY chalkboards everywhere on Pinterest.    They are incredibly easy to make and so cost-effective!

We only had four months to plan our wedding, and only $6K.  We had saved up half, and my mom contributed the other half.  That meant cutting as many corners as possible!

Instead of paying for paper programs, I made a chalkboard!

Instead of printing a menu, I made a chalkboard!

I picked up a ton of frames from GoodWill for $4-$10 each.  Then I spray painted them black (our colors were black & white with a splash of teal)Image

Then I picked up some chalkboard paint.  I saw this tutorial on making your own paint, but I was in a bit of a time crunch and didn’t want to risk anything going awry…  I will probably try it out now that I’ve got free time again!  It looks much more affordable than the Martha Stewart brand I picked up.

Here are the materials I used:

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To save time I grabbed a chalk pen and I forgot to prime the chalkboards…..  They looked great for the wedding, though!

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Once we got back from the wedding, I repainted the chalkboard frames.  And properly primed them!  So now I can change them as often as I like.  My husband requested that we keep the drink menu as it was his favorite.

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I’m really happy with how they turned out 🙂

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Let me know what you think!

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Bottle, not throttle!

There are lots of opinions about weddings.  You could say, too many opinions.  I would never say that, of course.  But someone could.  What kept me sane during the madness of wedding planning were the projects.  I am a huge fan of the DIY.  I saw this idea on Pinterest and was inspired!  So when something goes awry I recommend you bottle, not throttle!

STEP 1: I started going to Goodwill and collecting all the tiny bottles I could find.  I considered having a variety of colors but in the end I went with clear.  I was a little worried about not having enough for all the guests so I picked up a set of min-jars with corks at Michael’s.  They don’t have them online, but Amazon does: http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Glass-Jars-Stoppers-10ml/dp/B007XV10HQ/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1366494233&sr=8-3&keywords=jar+cork One thing I advise you avoid is using those with twist lids.  The corks don’t look as good on a twist jar, in my humble opinion.  You can also buy a variety of corks at the craft store if you lose any!Image

STEP 2: The etching process!  My (now) Aunt Robin was an absolute LIFESAVER in this part of the bottling   I could not have done this without her!  My original plan was to cut out a stencil by hand and etch each bottle one by one.  This was a very foolish notion.  Robin has magical powers with which she can cut out intricate lettering onto contact paper in mere minutes!  She calls this magic “Cricket.”  Before I consulted with Magic Aunt Robin I bought etching creme.  Here’s the brand I used:

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A little pricey at about $30 for 10 oz, but I would need a lot (or so I thought).  Again, so foolish!  Magic Aunt Robin informed me that not only does it take very little etching creme, but it is re-usable.  With that in mind, if you are working on any etching projects I suggest you get the smallest bottle.  Here is what step two looked like:

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Once the etching cream finished its work it looked like this:

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My ever helpful relatives helped fill them with lemonade before the ceremony and I made a little sign to display with them.  Here’s what they looked like during the setup:

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You could even make little tags to attach to each bottle!  Have your initials and the date?  Any way you display the bottles, they are super cute!  Love Potion!  Make them!  Do it!  Bottle not throttle!

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An appropriate use of an inappropriate “novel.”

Paper Dahlias

Paper Dahlias

I love books.  A lot.  Most people who have met me know this.  I tend to get a lot of books as gifts, which is AWESOME.  Every once in a while someone passes along something wretched.  Something painful.  Something that leaves young female minds believing they should throw themselves off cliffs when their boyfriend leaves.   Something that…..  sparkles.

Before I discovered the glory of Pinterest I was at a loss as to what I should do with such gifts.   Should I have a bonfire?  I tried selling them to used bookstores, but no one would take them.   Now, however, I have the perfect outlet!

I just rolled each page into a cone and glued the edges down.  Then I glued them onto a circular piece of cardboard.  Super easy and super cute.  You can head to GoodWill and pick up a few paperbacks if you don’t have any less than desirable novels lying around.  They make great gifts!

This was one of the easiest pieces of artwork I have ever made.  And the simpler the task the more wine can be consumed.  Let me just tell you, I had a wine-tastic evening making the dahlias.

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