Aisle Runner

According to The Knot, “In the days when roads were unpaved, wedding guests would arrive at the church and track in dirt or mud from the streets. It didn’t seem right for the bride to drag the hem of her dress in the mud, so the aisle runner was first used to protect her gown.”

We are going to have an aisle runner, not necessarily to protect my dress from mud, but because I adore them. Today, I spent a few tedious hours painting a monogram onto our aisle runner.

Below you will find a tutorial on how I made my aisle runner.

Supplies needed:

  • Aisle runner (Mr. Spring Roll’s aunt purchased ours from Oriental Trading for $24.95)
  • Acrylic paint (on sale 2/$1 at Jo-Ann)
  • Paint brushes
  • Waxed paper
  • Photoshop, or a similar editing program
  • Scotch tape

Steps:

1. Using Photoshop or a similar editing program, design your monogram logo.

2. Increase the photo size to approximately 30 inches wide. (Our aisle runner is three feet wide, giving three inches of slack on each side).

3. Save and copy the file to disc. Bring the file to Kinko’s to be printed in full size; Mr. Spring Roll paid around $5 to do this. (You could print from your home printer; the design will print on several pages, then you can tape the pages together).

4. On a smooth surface, lay out the monogram paper and tape it down.

5. Tape waxed paper over the monogram paper. (This is so that the painted aisle runner will not stick to the paper).

6. Place the aisle runner over the waxed paper, and tape it down to secure it in place. (You should be able to see the monogram design through the aisle runner).

7. Using acrylic paint, slowly paint your design onto the aisle runner. (Don’t sweat over small errors. No one will notice.)

8. Let the painted monogram dry, and slowly remove it from the waxed paper. Safely store your aisle runner until your wedding day.

Will you customize your aisle runner?  What will your design look like?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Spring Roll

Location:
Tampa
Wedding Date:
March 2009

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    JLS, Guest @ 2:10 pm

    I love it! The colors are great. I would love to have an aisle runner, but our church’s aisle is literally three pews’ long. Tiny church. :-)

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    meatball 624 posts, Busy bee @ 2:12 pm

    Clever and easy! I love that. Its really cute, good job :)

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    Sophie, Guest @ 2:17 pm

    I used directions from Roadtotheaisle.blogspot.com. My runner looked nice! Yours colors are nice!!!

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    pineapple 682 posts, Busy bee @ 2:31 pm

    wax paper! that is how i can keep the paint from going through! brilliant and lovely!

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    Shasha, Guest @ 2:35 pm

    Wow, I’m loving that. Seems fairly easy to do too…buuut I won’t be having an isle runner.

    Our ceremony is outdoors and the walkway is really pretty brick pavers. I’m just gonna have them line it walkway with petals.

    Just wanted to compliment you on such a BEE-utiful job.

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    nada122 151 posts, Blushing bee @ 3:16 pm

    aw that’s so cute. i love that font — used it on our invitations!

    question: do you think you can do the same thing for table linens? I wanted a monogram “banner” type thing for our sweetheart table or head table.

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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 3:41 pm

    @nada122: I’m sure the same concept could be used as a banner :)

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    springroll 716 posts, Busy bee @ 3:42 pm

    @Mrs. Pineapple: I actually thought of wax paper last minute and am so grateful that I did.

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    mlindsey 348 posts, Helper bee @ 7:23 pm

    I’m sick. I paid $150 for my runner, and I don’t even know what happened to it post-wedding. God I wish I would have known how to do this 6 months ago!

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    dumpling 750 posts, Busy bee @ 12:08 am

    Bowing down to the creative master…….Im so jealous of your skillz!

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    shay_shay_817 29 posts, Newbee @ 2:04 am

    This is friggin AWESOME!!! OMGosh Im so glad I found this! I don’t think we’ll be having an aisle runner but Im sure I can think of something else to use this on!

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    Mrs. Dodson to Be 10 posts, Newbee @ 11:59 am

    this is soooo pretty! i love it! will be trying this out this weekend :) TY !

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