An Escort Card Display for the Fabric Addict

When I find a great fabric, I want to use it everywhere! I know I have good company…there’s a fabric called Chiang Mai Dragon by Schumacher that took the design blogging world by storm last year. People were finding ways to incorporate the design into everything. Someone even painted an entire wall to mimic the design.

I’m as crazy for the Robert Allen fabric called Vintage Plumes I’m using for wedding projects. Since I don’t think the kind folks at Pippin Hill Farm would be down with painting their space just for me, I’m looking for different ways to bring the pattern and its colors into our wedding. I already created table number frames using the fabric and I decided that our escort card board could showcase a big piece of it. I was inspired by a board I came across while trying to find a template for another project on the Martha Stewart website.

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From Martha Stewart Weddings

Without a die cutting machine, I went online to find paper I could run through my printer that had perforated tags on it. I found one website that had what I wanted after much searching and placed an order. About a month later, Avery came out with the same product and it’s probably at every office supply store in the country. Oh well. Next, I had to create the board.

Making the fabric escort card board was super easy. All I needed was a 24″ by 36″ bulletin board, enough fabric to cover it, a staple gun, glue gun, and something to use as trim. I added a layer of white felt on top of the cork because my fabric’s weave wasn’t super tight. The look of the fabric was brightened with the white base under it.

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Photos by Miss Mink

It wasn’t totally necessary, but I used a little seam sealer to step the edges from fraying. I love this fabric so much that I was bummed about losing even a few strands when I cut the length needed for the project.

I wrapped the board and used my staple gun to secure the fabric in place. So easy!

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Photos by Miss Mink

To finish the edges off, I debated using grosgrain ribbon or nailhead trim. The nailhead would be a nod to my interest in interior design, but I planned on using upholstery tacks to secure the escort cards in place and worried that there would be too much metal on the board. I also thought that nailhead on the sides might make the board less stable if we set it up on an easel.

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Photos by Miss Mink

I think the entire board would look better with the grosgrain ribbon a little more visible. I might add a second layer of grosgrain so it shows on the front of the board, but I have to measure out how much space the cards will take up before I do that.

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Photos by Miss Mink

I have to decide how we’ll prop this up at the wedding. Originally, I thought about buying a used, professional wood easel from an artist on Craigslist and refinishing it (then selling it after the wedding). I also thought that a table top easel would work well. I might have to revisit Pippin Hill to look at the space where the board will go before I make a final decision.

I think I’m on a DIY roll! Looking at my list, I still have quite a few projects left, but I think I’m in a good place with five months to go before our wedding.

Have you really enjoyed your DIY projects? What has been your easiest project? What has been your favorite?

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Mrs. Mink

Location:
Charlottesville, Virginia
Wedding Date:
June 2012

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    Coffee cup 2319 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:08 pm

    I really like that fabric, and I’m not a peakock person. I like how all your DIY project seem to link with eachother.

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    Steffany 23 posts, Newbee @ 2:12 pm

    This looks amazing! as a fellow lover of fabrics, i love everything you are doing with yours – you are definitely inspiring me!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:19 pm

    @Coffee cup: Oh my gosh, I didn’t even connect my fabric with all of those peacock themed weddings! Hee hee! Oops.

    @Steffany: I’m glad I’m not the only fabric nerd around here!

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    lisalew5472 736 posts, Busy bee @ 2:41 pm

    Oooo I too love a beautiful fabric. I love your idea!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:53 pm

    This is so pretty, and you’ll be able to display it in your home after the wedding! I’m loving all your DIY projects, Miss Mink!

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:05 pm

    @lisalew5472: Hooray for fabric!

    @Mrs. Pony: Aw, thank you so much, Mrs. Pony!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:03 pm

    Your board looks super nice. The tags are going to snazzy.

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    sweet_melissa81, Guest @ 6:34 pm

    How many guests will you have at your wedding? Also, have you considered framing the fabric board? That might be a nice touch.

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    mink 2178 posts, Buzzing bee @ 7:01 pm

    @Future Army Wife: Aw, thanks!

    @sweet_melissa81: We’ll probably have 75-80 people.

    I considered framing and even had a frame picked out, but I didn’t like it in the end. I’m still keeping an eye out for one I like, though. :)

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    MrsKeAloha 1044 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:50 pm

    I love your fabric board, and the tags.. oh.. I would love to look at that while finding my name – I mean, if you have that much effort into the escort cards… Yea!

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    peachplum09 732 posts, Busy bee @ 9:56 am

    Miss Mink, you are so on point! I want to make something similar for my escort cards and you’re putting me to shame with your drive, haha :)

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    turkey 654 posts, Busy bee @ 1:53 pm

    What a beautiful, ornate fabric!!

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    coyote 1562 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:07 pm

    Wow that looks great! You are way ahead of me in the DIY dept Miss Mink… I need to get on that!

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    sugarbox 226 posts, Helper bee @ 11:29 pm

    So beautiful ,i love this idea.

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    Ally, Guest @ 10:01 am

    Hello! I am very interested in creating cards similar to the ones used for the cork board in the image above. What company produces/manufactures cards like that?

    thank you!
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