For the Love Birds

We were recently at a wedding and my future-mewether-in-law lamented that the traditional farewell toss was not bestowed on the couple. I was glad to tell her that we had one planned for our exit from the church. While other brides before me have debated the nature and material of their tosses (two of my favorites being Mrs. Kitten’s lavender and Mrs. Caterpillar’s petal cones), I had one choice due to the contract with our church: bird seed. Amazingly, it fit perfectly with our wedding – traditional, yet fun.

At first, I was set on sewing glassine envelopes with our monogram (a la Mint, the design blog). After researching the costs of envelopes or being faced with the task of cutting sheets of vellum, I resorted to pre-cut tulle rounds. I still wanted to personalize them a bit and so I decided to print out hang tags. I unoriginally chose “For the Love Birds”. Despite the lack of creativity, I think they turned out just swell. Feel free to follow my little DIY to make your own birdseed toss packets.

Supplies:

  • Pre-cut Tulle Rounds (save your sanity and buy these for cheap at the dollar store – YES! At DOLLAR TREE!)
  • Extra Large Marvy Brand Tag Punch (any brand punch will do, but I got mine at Michaels with a 40% off coupon)
  • 8.5″x11″ Cardstock in your chosen tag color
  • Photoshop or similar (I used Corel Paint Shop Pro)
  • Printer
  • Skinny Ribbon (I pre-cut mine before starting the assembly)
  • Small hole punch
  • Small bird stamp (in a set of Martha Stewart Baby Shower Clear Stamps – *shrug* they were on clearance!)
  • Birdseed (I got a 5lb bag from Target that had mixed seeds in it and it was WAY too much)
  • Coffee scoop

Step 1: Using the dimensions of the tag punch, set a picture size in your photo editing software. In that space, add the text of your choice to fill the space. I can’t really tell you how to do this because I’m actually quite the amateur. Basically, I just kept trying different things. If you have a friend or relative with these kind of skills, now is the time to exploit their talent, bribe them with chocolate, ask them politely for their help. The image below was made with Kuntsler Script font in sizes 22 and 48. Remember to leave room at the bottom for your stamped image, or add a graphic right into the picture.

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Step 2: Arrange your picture into a word template and space it so that you have some wiggle room for the punch. And use scrap paper the first couple of times you print it out. Just speaking from experience here.

Download the Word template here.

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Step 3: Print out the pages on cardstock. If you run out of ink, pout and then buy some more and continue printing. It’s a hard job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Step 4: Do some hand strengthening exercises while you wait for the printer to finish all of your pages. You’ll need that strength for the massive punch project you have in your future.

Step 5: Realize that you wasted all your energy on hand strengthening exercises and struggle through painstakingly punching all 200 tags.

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Step 6: Hand stamp each tag with your acrylic stamp. Do them in two batches all spread out on your kitchen table, unless you have a dining room table and can spread them all out at once. Start in the upper left hand corner of the table and move outward and towards you. Trust me.

Step 7: Get sucked into whatever TV series you desire and mindlessly punch small holes into the tags.

Step 8: Luckily, Ewe Mother lives for weddings crafts, so I didn’t have to threaten her with torture or even bribe her with chocolate to help assemble the packets. This project is a lot of fun with a partner, but could be done by yourself if you have a couple seasons of whatever TV series you like. So you have a choice, get a helper or get ready for more TV.

Step 8a: Person 1/Lamb should put one coffee scoop of birdseed on the tulle round and then twist the top.

Step 8b: Person 2/Ewe Mother should tie the ribbon with one knot.

Step 8c: Person 1/Lamb should then slide the tag on.

Step 8d: Person 2/Ewe Mother should finish it with a ribbon (we found the tags lay the best using this method).

Step 9: Put the finished packets in a plastic covered box, or seal a regular box and put it high in your closet so as not to attract critters.

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Are you planning a birdseed toss? Were your toss material dictated by your venue?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Lamb

Location:
Norfolk
Wedding Date:
January 2010

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    rainbow 1525 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:34 am

    love this! so cute!

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    flipflopbride 1437 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:39 am

    Sounds painful, but worth it…they turned out adorable!

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    frenchfries 2168 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:42 am

    This is so cute!!! :) And, I might be living under a rock, but I didn’t know they made punches that big — good to know!

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    pudding 1183 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:19 am

    Those look so cute! Well done!

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    pretzel 670 posts, Busy bee @ 10:29 am

    Oh wow! Lamby Lamb those are awesome! I had no idea that they made punches in all sorts of useful shapes! I love that you’re doing a traditional toss.

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    moonbeam 1711 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:13 am

    Well done, I too love that punch.

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    KMSull 6442 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:13 am

    Wow! So much work, but they totally pay off! They look great! Where did you find your hang tag stamp? I looked for one about this size at Michael’s and didn’t see one!

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    kmattso2 1046 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:15 am

    Those are so cute!! I usually pass right by precut tulle circles in the store, but they look adorable here.

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 11:19 am

    Super cute and a nice tutorial! Good advice for the tags, I was wondering how to go about making those for another project I’m working on…

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    lamb 953 posts, Busy bee @ 11:24 am

    @KMSull: It was a small bird stamp in a set of stamps. The set was a Martha Stewart Baby Shower set – and had little elephants, rocking horses, etc. I looked high and low for the right looking bird at the right size. Depending on the look of bird that you’re going for, some Etsy sellers have really good options too!

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    scissors 7343 posts, Busy Beekeeper @ 1:54 pm

    Those are so awesome, and thanks for the tutorial!

    P.S. Your lamb-related puns always make me smile. :)

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    hamster 4047 posts, Honey bee @ 2:57 pm

    Great tutorial – the finished product came out great!

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    PennyRoulette 24 posts, Newbee @ 8:48 pm

    these turned out so cute! i wish my cathedral would allow us bird seed….great work!

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    taffy 3081 posts, Sugar bee @ 11:04 am

    They are beautiful!!!! :)

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    Mrs. Mouse 4708 posts, Honey bee @ 11:19 am

    They turned out great! I want one of those punchers now!

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