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Matching Card and Pen Boxes

Hi hive, I’m here with a short post this Monday about a quick DIY project I did recently!

I actually missed the boat on taking photos of this particular project but it’s so easy it doesn’t even need a tutorial.

One day while browsing JoAnn’s (I’m there on a weekly basis) I found these boxes on sale for half off!  I was drawn to this set because of the quotes on it and because of the black and ivory color scheme.  Sold!

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I was looking for two boxes of different sizes because I wanted something to hold possible cards from guests and a spot to keep the writing utensils for our guestbook.  Since they’ll be at the same table I wanted them to match in some way, and I’d also hoped to find something that fit our theme.  Since all of our guests’ tables are named with words, and I’m putting up framed quotes around the reception, I knew these boxes would fit right in.

While I was there I also picked up some black ribbon, small wooden letters, black paint, and a small paint brush.

Here’s the finished product:

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I added the ribbon (by way of super glue) to each corner on each side to keep the covers from falling down.  And then I painted the letters black and glued them onto the inside cover of the box.

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I realize the tape wrapped around the top of the ribbon to keep it from coming apart is very obvious, but I couldn’t care less at this point.  I did this project all by myself in about an hour and a half, and I was so happy to cross it off the list!  No one will notice the tape anyway.

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Easiest Destroy-It-Yourself ever!

(all photos personal)

Did you spruce up any boxes to use in your decor?  How are you housing your cards and/or pens for the guestbooks?


Tartan Washer Necklace DIYT (Don’t Invest Your Time)

It’s time for a “How To” on the necklaces MOH Big Eyes and I made for the women in the bridal party.  I say this with the utmost sincerity, please do not try this at home.  In fact, don’t ever attempt to make jewelry out of wool.  It’s just a bad idea.  Wool is not a good medium for creating pretty, dainty things.  But DO make the necklace, just use different fabric.

THAT SAID, we did the best with what we had.  And I think our necklaces turned out absolutely gorgeous, thanks to Sister Big Eyes and her ingenuity.

There were a lot of ideas thrown around over the past few months regarding bracelets and necklaces and the tartan fabric.  The question was how could we gift the bridal party a piece of our family tartan?  (The men will get to keep their bouts even though they’ll never have another reason to wear them.  They’ll probably just hold on to them for sentiment’s sake, HA!)  Ladies of the Sword bridal party feel free to read on about all the frustration love that went into your jewelry!  🙂

Let’s start with the inspiration for this necklace.

image via Pinterest

image via Pinterest

If you click on the link to Pinterest you’ll find lots of ideas and versions of this beautiful necklace.  Most fabrics will move a lot easier than wool.  Two things to note about working with tartan fabric, 1) It is very stiff and doesn’t bend well, 2) It frays badly immediately after being cut.

Great, now that you’re excited, here is the step-by-step version of how we made our very own washer necklaces with our tartan fabric.

STEP ONE:  BUY YOUR SUPPLIES.  You’ll need enough washers for each necklace and Sister Big Eyes says odd numbers look best, so we figured about 7 per necklace plus quite a few extras.  We also decided we wanted to paint the washers, so picked up ivory and forest green spray paint.

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Then we visited JoAnn’s to buy ribbon to add to the necklaces so they can be tied around the neck, and interfacing to put on the back of the fabric to prevent it from fraying as much.

STEP TWO: SPRAY THE WASHERS.  Optimal conditions would be in Bismarck, ND when the temperature is below zero so your hands want to fall off and directly before it starts snowing so your first batch is completely ruined.  OH WAIT, those were our conditions but maybe you live some place warmer than the tundra.  In that case, just spray them on a piece of cardboard or a paper bag.

We tried using both the ivory and the green washers with the tartan but in the end we felt the darker green color looked better than the lighter ivory color.

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STEP THREE: LAY OUT INTERFACING ON TARTAN FABRIC, CUT TO FIT.  Sister Big Eyes looks like she knows what she’s doing in this picture but truthfully none of us had ever used interfacing before.  What is interfacing you ask?  To quote Wikipedia, it’s “a textile used on the unseen or “wrong” side of fabrics to make an area of a garment more rigid.” (Thank you Boss Lady for the giving me the idea.)

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STEP FOUR: GET SILLY IRON INTERFACING ONTO FABRIC.  While Sister Big Eyes was working hard, cousin and BM Jo and I were having our own fun.

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Tartan headband anyone?  5 dollars please.

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Even Fibonacci wanted to help out!  Hehe.  BM Jo sent him downstairs wearing this:

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STEP FIVE A:  LAMENT ABOUT HOW MUCH EASIER THIS PROJECT WOULD BE IF YOU USED RIBBON INSTEAD.  Celebrate Christmas with your family and take a break from the necklaces until you’re back in Minnesota.

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STEP FIVE B (aka the real STEP FIVE): CUT THE TARTAN INTO STRIPS. I don’t know exactly how long we made ours because it took some trial and error and it depends on how low you want your necklace to hang.  No matter what fabric you use don’t forget to factor in extra fabric for looping it through each washer.

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STEP SIX: ADD ANTI-FRAYING GOOP TO EDGES.  While the interfacing did help, the tartan still began to fray and separate immediately after it was cut so we decided to do both.  This was my job.  That and taking photos of every step of the process!

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STEP SEVEN: SEW RIBBON ON TO EACH END OF YOUR STRIPS.  Sister Big Eyes did this part as well (shocking I know) and she did a great job.  The length of ribbon doesn’t matter too much because if you have too much you can just make a bigger bow at the back of your neck.

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It’s best if the ribbon is the same width of your cut strips of fabric.

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STEP EIGHT: LOOP TARTAN THROUGH EACH WASHER.  Honestly, I have no idea how to explain this because I didn’t do it (worst tutorial writer ever!), but I think you thread it through the first washer, then the second washer and then back again through the first washer so they lay close to each other.

I know I mentioned earlier that we were going for seven washers per necklace but in the end it was more important to make the washers centered in the middle which meant some of them have one extra or one less washer.

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STEP NINE:  WEAR IT.  For some reason we don’t have anyone wearing the finished product necklace.  In the below picture MOH Big Eyes is wearing her bridesmaid dress and a necklace that has the original (unpainted) washers, and after that is BM Jo wearing a prototype necklace that does not have ribbon or interfacing.

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Overall I’m really pleased with how they turned out!  And I can’t wait to see all the bridesmaids and honor attendants wearing them with their dresses!  I’m so happy that each girl will get to take home a piece of the Sword family tartan as well.  Based on the photo above I’m thinking the girls will be able to wear them again with regular clothing.  Win win!

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I also want to take this opportunity to thank the world’s best Maid of Honor, my little sister.  Without her I don’t know where I’d be, and I’m so grateful for all of the work she has done to make our Highland Fairy Tale a dream come true.

And I truly hope I can help her waste her time on an equally stressful craft for her wedding in the near future.  Much love Sis.

(all photos personal)

Do you like the tartan necklaces?  Would you ever make a necklace with washers?  What wedding craft did you spend way too much time working on?

Once Upon a Time: The Little Details

My last post revealed our beautiful invitations so in this post I want to show you what we added to make them even more personal!

I was really psyched about how nice the invites looked, but for those receiving them in Minnesota (without a rehearsal dinner invite) I knew they would be opening their envelope to just one item.  And it looked a bit bare.  I wasn’t sure what they needed, but after viewing so many cute additions from other Bee’s invites, I knew they needed a little something extra.

Miss Lyre added lace, Mrs. Treasure added envelope liners of our fair city, Mrs. Candy Apple added twine and a little Moo Card, and these are just a few of the awesome additions out there!

One day, while browsing JoAnn’s I found these stickers for ONE dollar per pack!  Jackpot right?  They highlight my obsession with quotes, and compliment our word-named tables at the wedding.

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My next step was to find ribbon to make a sort of belly band around the invitation.  I took Mr. Sword with me this time and we bought a lot of ribbon!

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Testing out the options!

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We ultimately decided to use two different ribbons to make the invitations even more unique (and because one of them was a little brat to work with).  First we cut the ribbons to fit around the paper, and then we used double-sided to tape to adhere them.  Well first Mr. Sword cut a bunch of ribbon pieces a bit too short- oops!

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The best stickers to use were the longer words and I also tried to pick ones that complimented the colors of the invitation.

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Moving back a step to the Moo cards (as they were attached before the ribbon and sticker), we chose the one e-pic where you can barely see us Mr. Sword’s favorite photo for the front of it and had only text printed on the back.  We thought it matched nicely without being too matchy-matchy.

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These were attached directly to the front of the invitation covering all of the lower text with a piece of double-sided tape.  This was the easy, fast part of assembly.

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Soon they were ready to be inserted in the envelopes!  Another plus to Minted was the thin sheets of vellum paper that were to be inserted on top of the invites to prevent anything from bleeding on to the paper.

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Finally, this is my favorite detail of the whole invitation!  The original suite comes with a skinny wrap that says “A Love Story” but we were able to personalize it to “A Highland Fairy Tale!”  How cool is that?!?

The skinny wrap was made to go around the top of an envelope with your return address on the front and the cute text on the back.  Having our address on the skinny wrap made that one less thing for us to worry about since we were printing the addresses ourselves!

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The process to put them on was a bit tricky but once Mr. Sword came up with a system we were able to breeze right through them!  Here is the step by step process in case you find yourself adhering skinny wraps onto envelopes in the near or far off future.  🙂

Step one: Pull the skinny wrap sticker up as far as the address and line up your envelope right under the leftover line of color from the last skinny wrap.  Remember to face the envelope front-side down, we each made that mistake one time!

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Step two: Press the longer/colored portion of the wrap down slowly.

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Step three: As you lift up the invite, the rest of the sticker will peel off.  Turn it over and slowly press down the address part onto the front of the envelope.

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And voila!  It’s completed!  I seem to have forgotten to take a picture of the final product, sorry about that but this post is long enough as it is.

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Did you add anything extra to your invitations?  What is your favorite detail?