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Last minute DIY projects

There is a point when you have to tell yourself it’s too late to start a new project.  At one week out, I think I’m at that point.  Nevertheless, we were still able to squeeze a few DIY projects in at the last minute.  My date banner was my most procrastinated project by far, but I LOVE how it turned out!  Except to see that banner at the entrance to the reception — I think it will be a great added detail!

The welcome bags for out of town guests was a my sister, Katie’s, project this summer.  She stamped each paper bag with an adorable rose stamp in a sepia tone.  It made for a subtle, vintage effect, which I just can’t get enough of!

My moss letters were a budget saving attempt at accomplishing a look I really wanted to capture.  I loved the idea of hanging our initials over the stacked stone fireplace at our venue, but when I saw the moss initials on Etsy were $200+ for the set I immediately reverted to my DIY mode.  With some foam board ($4) and some live moss from my florist ($20), I was able to create the same look (at a larger scale, might I add) for a fraction of the price!  I’m proud of my penny pinching creation, and I hope it makes a dramatic statement a the wedding!

The award for the most tedious project this wedding season goes to the programs and fans!  Both of these projects began as simple concepts and evolved into multi-step processes.  Chase’s mom, Sheila, was wonderful enough to use her Cricut to make adorable tags for each of the fans that will be at the ceremony.  I can’t wait for you all to see them!  I’m not including a picture so they can be a surprise 🙂

The programs were a labor of love as well.  The multi-page booklet, fastened with Kraft and Japanese Papers and wrapped raphia was a last minute project idea (thanks to my inspiring trip to PaperSource one afternoon).  The project started in my hands — designing and printing, moved on to my mom and her friends — folding paper and unraveling raphia, then ended up back with my mom, Katie, Sheila, and me as we punched holes and assembled.  Whew!  I love how they turned out so, in my opinion, it was well worth it!  I’m hoping to have pictures to post of these soon.

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