A Sand Dollar’s Bachelorette – The Craftapalooza

This weekend I was blessed with the presence of six lovely ladies for good food, great conversation, and a huge amount of wedding crafts! We tackled pretty much everything on my to-do list, from programs to buckets. Here’s a quick rundown of what I was able to snap a few pictures of:


Over 100 cans were painted. I finally decided just to nix the whole “hole” concept, and paint the cans so we can just plop in a tea light.

We’ll try to mix up the ones with holes throughout all the tables so it’s not super obvious that we crapped out. Here’s my paint crew hard at work:


We also threw some Quikrete into our buckets. The two orange ones with wooden poles are now our ceremony backdrop (we bailed on the chuppah and decided to just have the poles hold up our decorations, since I couldn’t decide on a top, which will be way easier to pull off), and the red ones will be set up in two lines of six buckets to delineate a dance floor with string lights at the reception.


We’ll paint the PVC pipes red to match the buckets, and pop in some fake moss or hay on top so you can’t see the hideous gray concrete. After all this hard work, it was time for a quick refuel…


We ran out of soda, so dear Bridesmaid N took the Mettie off to the gas station for a supply run.


Always wear a helmet! We had a little help from these cuties, too.


Once we were done with the wedding stuff, the girls decided they wanted to help contribute to the Sand Dollar household. Leaving a legacy was pretty important to them, and it’s great to have a piece of each one in such a tangible way. So, what did we all do? Well, we started out by busting out the power tools.




I raided my lumber pile, and we decided to build another Rustic Bench for the foot of our Farmhouse Bed. We all had a hand in building it, and if you have a group of crafty ladies, I’d totally recommend this as a fun project! It took about 2 hours and $15 of supplies. It was such a small investment for a great experience that gives me something beautiful and useful to remind me of my ladies every day! Plus, I hadn’t had a chance (or the funds) to buy chairs for the dining table we built, so this bench pulled double duty as a little extra seating for the evening’s festivities. Check out all our handiwork!


Hooray! You can see its buddy in the background. We’re all going to sign the underside of the bench when we all reconvene the party for the wedding weekend. Then I’ll sand, stain, and put it in its permanent home in my bedroom.

That’s one long Saturday, isn’t it? We accomplished so much! But the fun wasn’t over! Next up, it’s party time!


Did your bachelorette weekend double up as a crafting weekend as well?


Mrs. Sand Dollar

Wedding Date:
September 2010
Just Mauied: Honeymooning in Maui
Oh-So Wrong but Oh-So Right


  1. locket Member
    locket 2821 posts, Sugar bee @ 4:40 pm

    Jealous! I would love to kill all those projects with my girls! It’s too bad everyone lives so far away and that if people came up for a weekend I would feel guilty asking for help.

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    TheFutureMcBride 4485 posts, Honey bee @ 4:53 pm

    I can’t wait to see pictures of your DIY wedding! I’m so proud of mine and people keep telling us the wedding was “so us.” It’s worth some of the stress, but not all of it :)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 5:35 pm

    Wow! You and your friends are very handy!

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    SandraMarie_1986 1363 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:35 pm

    Wow, you and your friends are amazing when it comes to DIY! I mean, beyond fantastic. I’m just in awe. I can’t wait for your party blog! :)

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    jordynrose 6351 posts, Bee Keeper @ 9:15 pm

    Love that bench!

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    glasses 2749 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:31 am

    Wow! Everythig is starting to look way awesome! Nice cans wink wink nudge nudge. I sure hope I can rope some of my girlfriends into crafting with me!

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    periwinkle, Guest @ 10:13 pm

    You girls are crafty! I love the bench.

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