Wedding Guestbook Map

YAY, wedding crafts!

We honestly have had to do a lot less crafting than I had been anticipating, but a WHOLE LOT of “diy.” Which, in my opinion, are totally different things.

Guestbooks are one of those things that you look at on Pinterest wedding boards even before you liked weddings, and thought, ‘hmm, that’s a cool idea.’ So obviously, there’s a LOT of pressure to pick something that fits your wedding and your life appropriately. I knew I wanted someone non-traditional (not a little white book with lines), but wasn’t sure if we likes space to write notes, or just names. Those two things alone can limit your options.

For example:
Unique Wedding Guestbooks | TheSparkleSistersAlthough adorable, the thumbprint tree doesn’t allow for much writing besides names, if at all.

There were also things like an old mailbox and vintage postcards. But then, it’s like, what do I do with all the loose postcards? You can’t ever mount them or you’ll lose the backs of them.
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Then more than that, there’s the cost. I adored instant photographs that are immediately added into a book. But it got a bit pricey, and I was concerned not many people would participate.

We liked the idea of people sharing where they were from, so we considered an individual cut-out of each state represented, but some were so unbalanced…and then what do we do with 10 foamboard states?

So this is what we came up with!

I wish I would have taken more pictures…Sorry!

Materials:
Foamboard of your color choice. We found a granite colored one at Hobby Lobby.
Paint of your choice
Paintbrush
Paint Pen
Sharpie
Projector
Pencil
A good looking guy that can do the hard things for you and reassure you when you break down.

1. Project a map of your choice (we got ours from that handy Google image search thing…) onto the foamboard. For whatever reason, my bonus dad owns a baby projector like this:

It’s not this one, but it is about this size.

So that was easier than we expected. DON’T FORGET TO TRACE THE STATES YOU WANT!

2. After tracing it, we primed it white a few coats before painting yellow, because…yellow.

3. Paint the top coat. We painted probaby 3 or 4, but didn’t use more than one little acrylic paint bottle.

4. Paint the states the other color!

5. Outline the border with paint pen. We had originally bought regular paint, but realized this would work much better. And I already had the paint pen on hand. #sororityproblems. Then add the event at the bottom…this is when i had a meltdown because the pen wasn’t cooperating. It’s fine.
I also DO have a picture of Justin doing this!:
Unique Wedding Guestbook | TheSparkleSisters

6. I used a red Sharpie for the hearts and lines. I just free handed them to complete it!
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So now everyone can sign essentially wherever they want, and we will have a nice art piece for our baby apartment, and all that for under $10!

 

Have you ever made a cheaper alternative that turned out better than you could have hoped?

Sparkle On,
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Chalkboard Picture Frames

We are currently in the throes of wedding planning. Catherine is my MOH, so she is always ever so helpful. My groom-to-be is also super helpful as well. He really did most of this craft, so props to him!

With plans to use chalkboards as a lowlight to our wedding, we wanted to make a few to be used for drink menus and other various instructions that command fun! Luckily for me, my house already had everything we needed but frames (we probably have those too, but who the heck knows where to find them.)

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Materials:

Chalkboard Paint
Paintbrush
Something to paint (cardboard, showerboard, etc)
Frames (I got mine at Goodwill)
Coarse sandpaper
Paint

1. First you sand off the finishes of the frames. We also primed them with white. I recommend this highly, especially with darker wood and if you plan on using light colored paint.
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2. Paint your frames the desired colors. Let dry. I have 3 different greens and two different yellows.

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3. Paint whatever you are placing in the frames to write on in chalkboard paint. J applied two or 3 coats for solidarity. And our backing of choice was thin cardboard. We taped it to the workspace so they wouldn’t curl when they got wet.
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4. Place chalkboards into frames and enjoy!
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Enjoy having fun with your new little toys! We also bought a chalk pen that I am anxious to try out!

Love,
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Crocheted Bow Earwarmer

I have a confession: I love gray. But this time I included a little sparkle for the sparkle princess hiding somewhere inside me.

I am also a suuuuper amateur crocheter. Anything that is some variation of a square is possible, for me…Blankets. scarves, etc. I also made this in the car…so pictures are a no-go until the end.

Materials:
Yarn – Lion Brand Wool Ease Thick-n-Quick (or something)
K needle
Scissors

1. I just double crocheted for five rows.

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2. Then I made a 4-stich wide bow center, and attached it off-centered.
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3. Add a button to the back and tee hee,  you’re done!

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Sparkle On!Love,
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Wreaths on Wreaths on Wreaths on Wednesday

Heeeey Sisters!

On Sunday, sweet Hillary shared the ornament wreath she made for her sorority house. It’s absolutely darling- go check it out if you haven’t already!

Today, I’m sharing the wreath(s) that I made for my family, and they are a smidge more traditional, but hopefully you’ll like them!

I purchased all of my materials from Michaels

You’ll need…

plain ol' wreath (for now!)

a plain ol’ wreath (for now!)

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flower details! big…

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…and small!

decorative berries 'cause why not

decorative berries ’cause why not

also scissors and a hot glue gun!

I’ll be honest… It’s difficult to really do a tutorial… I pretty much stuck the stuff in and glued it down so that it would stay. I started with the berries, fanned them out and curved them to fit the shape of the wreath..

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hey-o,aren’t my gold moccasins the cutest?

I cut the long stem off the poinsettia (but I kept enough to stick it in) and then glued the base and some of the petals.

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Those little flowers actually had twist ties at the bottom, so I just tied them to branches!

so handy!

so handy! excuse my un-manicured fingers, #baristaprobs

Annnnd ta-da!

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I love it so much, I made two!

Actually, I had always been planning to make two because they are going above the mantle on either side of a Little Town of Bethlehem portrait that Mama Bear had. I’ll show you the Pinspiration once I get the whole mantle done. Until then, comment! What kind of wreath(s) are you doing? Something more traditional or something more unique? Share with us!

Happy crafting!

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Sparkle Sunday: Ornament Wreath

Man, I love it when my Photo Stream uploads immediately. That nearly never happens…But it did today and was super exciting and nice.

Sparkle Sunday today is being linked with Nifty Thrifty Sundays, so check it out!!

This is a little late on the uptake, but it finally got hung tonight so I had to add a few final touches and now it’s ready for the blog!

IMG_1793I’m in Delta Delta Delta, and our colors are silver, gold and blue. I love that, and it also helps that my university’s colors are also blue and gold. After this project, I might be bleeding silver gold and blue glitter for all of eternity. My shoes still haven’t recovered from stage one.

I had to do this in stages, for many reasons.

1. I bought the ornaments in Denver. and didn’t have time to work on it over break because: twig vases.

2. I bought the wreath and ribbon in OKC, but decided I wanted to wrap the wreath after I started, and ran out of ribbon. So…I ended looking like this:
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3. Then I finished in Tulsa, but added a bow and hanger today, so here I am, finally done.

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Assorted sized ornaments (I bought mine form Dollar Tree and Wal Mart)
Foam wreath
Ribbon
Hot glue
Hanging device

1. I pulled off all the tops to the ornaments just for convenience.

2. Wrap the wreath with the ribbon

3. Start gluing… and keep gluing.

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4. I just made up a way to make a bow…so have fun with that.

5. Last, I attached a hanger to the back end. Mine was makeshift, but worked really well. I straightened out a paper clip into a flat C-shape, and poked them into the foam. Then I covered it in glue and shoved it back in. Ta da, hanger.

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Have so much fun, and glitter on!

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Twig Vases for the Holiday!

Hi y’all.

I should be writing a paper tonight, but I have something to do in 20 minutes. Clearly I can’t effectively get in “the zone” and write anything useful for that in 20 minutes, so here I am cranking out a blog! It’s the only writing I really want to do anyways…!

During Thanksgiving break, I was anxious to bring some Christmas cheer into my home.

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The left picture I found on Pinterest via I Can’t Stop Crafting. I put Sparkle Sister spin on this treat and made something so fun!

Materials: (Makes 1 vase)
Twigs
White paint
Paintbrush you don’t care about
Vase
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon

1. Collect twigs and cut to appropriate size.

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2. Paint sticks white! I used acrylic paint and watered it down. A light coat keeps it looking rustic! Justin also helped me with branch cutters even out the ends.
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3. Start gluing your sticks to the vase! It will be easiest to start with bigger, straighter, ones and fill in the gaps later with thinner twigs. A vase with straight sides will also work best.
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4. Tie a ribbon to complete!
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5. We filled them with fake poinsettias and gold branches. Glitter everywhere, y’all. So worth it.

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Sparkle on, Sisters!

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Today we’re linking up for More the Merrier Monday!

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Angels We Have Heard on High

Hey y’all!

I just finished my first holiday craft of the season- a shadow box featuring some sweet angels and a patterned background!

Here’s the tutorial of what I did and what I used (all images personal)

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  • 11×14 shadow box from Homegoods
  • Metal angel bells from Homegoods
  • Mini wrapping paper from Michaels

To start out, I measured out the wrapping paper to use as a backdrop in the shadow box. I had to trim it but that was no biggie

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The shadow box came with some short pins, so I pinned the corners of the wrapping paper to the burlap background. Then, it was time to pin in the angels. Their ribbons were too long for them to hang at the angle I wanted, so I shortened those and pinned them in. I wanted the box to feature the lyrics to one of my favorite Christmas songs (you guessed it- “Angels We Have Heard on High” !) so I took a dry erase marker and wrote “Gloria in excelsis Deo” straight onto the glass. The great thing about dry erase- if I want to use the shadow box again, it’ll come right off!

Here’s the final product:

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So sweet, huh? I might add a gold star to that upper right hand corner. What do you think? Do you have any angel crafts planned for this Christmas?

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