Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tutorial: DIY Wedding Escort Cards

Apparently, there is a difference between an escort card and a place card! A place card is placed at the seat to show guests exactly where they will sit; an escort card simply tells guests which table to go to. Who knew!

When thinking of how to design the escort cards for my wedding, I thought back to the ones I made for my grandparents anniversary party. I wanted to do something similar, but not entirely the same.


I started by printing all of the names and table numbers on regular address labels. The little heart on the label wasn't just decorative - it alerted servers as to which entree each guest ordered!

I trimmed the edges off the labels and attached them to the cards. I tried to alternate colors, since there were three different shades of teal/turquoise. 

Like any mature adult, I did most of my work on the living room floor and made an absolute mess.

It took a little while, but I eventually attached all of the labels! Woohoo! I love the way the three colors look together.

The next step was to fill the bags with MnMs. Thankfully, my sister stopped by to help me out, as this was a very precise process! The MnMs were something we splurged on, so we wanted to make sure that we didn't run out. We had 74 bags to fill and 10 pounds of MnMs, so we determined that each bag needed approximately 2.1 ounces of candy in order to make sure everyone got the same amount.

After a while, we got pretty good at estimating 2.1 ounces on the first try! It was a little tedious weighing and re-weighing all of the bags to make sure they were precise, but it was worth it to make sure they were all equal.

We used a line of hot glue to secure the cards to the bags. We made sure none of the hot glue got into the candy (though this resulted in sticky fingers for the afternoon.) By putting a line down the middle, we ensured that the bags could be opened and closed properly.

They looked absolutely perfect with the rest of the decor!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

DIY Fabric-Wrapped Card Box

I've always heard that wedding planning is time consuming, but wow! Wedding planning was really time consuming! There are so many little details to take care of, and to maintain my sanity, I needed to strategically plan which items I wanted to DIY, and which I wanted to purchase.

One item that was fun, cheap, and easy to make was my card box! 

After my bridal shower, my house was suddenly filled with boxes. To create my card box, I picked a large box that had a removable lid. Using a box-cutter, I cut a slit in the top of the lid so people could easily slide cards in and out of it. I used a ruler to make sure that my box-cutter cuts would be even. I made sure to make the slit wide enough for larger envelopes (the slit in the picture is 7.5 inches.) 

I already had this teal chevron fabric left over from another project, and it matched perfectly with my teal, white, and silver color scheme. I measured how much fabric it would take to cover the lid first and cut accordingly. Before I glued anything, I made sure to iron the fabric to get out any wrinkles.

Hot glue gun time! I folded the fabric edges under the lid so they looked even from the outside. It didn't matter how the box looked on the inside, since the only one opening it would be me!

A few minor bumps, but otherwise much neater than I expected! Using scissors, I cut the fabric where the card slit would be. I then folded the fabric into the inside of the box and glued it down, to make it look cleaner. I folded the fabric on the edges the same way I would wrap a present, but if you don't like the way this looks, you could easily use scissors to help you fold the fabric underneath the box (which is what I did for the bottom of the box.)

Time for more gluing! Really, this was a VERY easy project. The most challenging part was making sure the fabric was flat so my chevron stripes weren't on a diagonal.

All done! I considered gluing silver letters on the lid to spell the word "CARDS," but I wanted to re-use the box after the wedding. Instead, we had the word "CARDS" printed in a silver frame in front of the box (which looked nice, since the font was the same font I used for everything else in the wedding.)