Sunday, March 13, 2011

Love Is Sweet


Hello long-lost friends! How are all of you? I apologize for having been MIA this week! I had something to do well into every evening after work, which means no blog posts for this girl : ( But the upcoming weeks will be much better, I think, and I'll be showing you lots of wedding projects along the way.

The first of the projects is a Love Is Sweet banner to go across our cupcake table. This photo was my inspiration:


We will also have three apothecary jars filled with white candies, a small cutting cake, plus a cupcake tree for all our cupcakes, so it will be fairly similar to the above picture.

Here's my version:

Ok so it's hanging a little wonky but you get the idea : )



I love it! I think it turned out so great! It will add just the right touch of vintage whimsy to our wedding.

Want to make your own or something similar? It's super easy, I promise!

Love Is Sweet Banner Tutorial

Supplies:
paper doilies (I used 10 inch from the Dollar Tree), scrapbook paper in your desired color, cardstock, glue stick, elmer's glue, ribbon or twine, compass, scissors


1. Measure the diameter of the inner circle of your doily.

2. Using your compass, trace circles onto the scrapbook paper to fit inside the doilies.


My circles needed to be 6.5 inches in diameter, so I set the compass to 3.25 inches and went to town. I got two circles per 12x12 sheet of scrapbook paper.

3. Choose your words and lettering. I used Romantiques font from dafont.com, which is my favorite free font site.

4. Create your letters on the computer, using a design program like InDesign (for you fellow graphic designers out there) or even Word. My letters were size 300 font, which made them around 4-5 inches tall. I printed each letter in gray (my main wedding color) on an individual sheet of cardstock.

5. Cut each letter precisely at its edges. I like the Romantiques font because its lines are thick and it's easy to read at a distance.

6. Once all your elements are ready, assemble each doily one at a time. I used a glue stick to glue on the circles/letters because I didn't want the edges to stick up.




5. Once your doilies are dry, lay them flat and in order just like you want them to hang. Run your ribbon or twine underneath them to get a feel for how things should lay. This part is more important than I thought it would be as I accidentally started gluing them backwards before I figured out I needed to lay the whole thing out. (Be smarter than the craft, Courtney!)

6. Place elmer's glue on the ribbon and press the back of the doily into it at the desired spot. I left a bit of ribbon on each end for hanging or to hang down from the banner.

7. Display! I used straight pens to hang mine, since at home and at the wedding it will be attached to fabric.


See, I told you that was easy! Best of all, it's big impact for extremely low cost. I bet the whole thing didn't cost more than $3 or $4 in paper and doilies. It took me maybe a couple hours to put together, done over several days. What do you think? Would you think it was neat if you saw it at a wedding? I sure hope my guests will too!

More wedding projects to come soon!

{live beautifully}
Courtney

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5 comments:

  1. It looks awesome, Courtney! Your wedding is going to be so beautiful!

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  2. Courtney! I did a very similar banner for my little girl's birthday party:

    http://littlevintageme.blogspot.com/2011/02/sweet-peas-tea.html

    Your's sure is cute! Looks like a beautiful wedding in the making!

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  3. So sweet and lovely! Can't wait to see more wedding "stuff!"

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  4. Fabulous work, my love!!!! These are beautiful!!

    PS- just bought you the most amazing, so totally "you" wedding surpise!!! Dying to five it to you once it comes in, perhaps on bball/bday/browning-evans day?? ;)

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  5. This is beautiful.

    Cheers,
    Lisa x

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