Some Copycat DIYs

I’ve credited the hive for some of my ideas before, so it’s no surprise that I found myself again inspired on a few wedding projects. People around these parts are really creative and crafty!

For myself, I splurged a bit on a custom wire hanger from blackscrapcat on Etsy—Saraswati on the boards first introduced me to her work.

I’m obsessed with it, but I couldn’t justify the cost when multiplied by eight bridesmaids and four flower girls. So, inspired by Mrs. Hyena, and Miss Dragon, I decided to hit up Ikea and Michaels for the supplies for some DIY hangers. I dusted off my sorority-girl paint-pen skills, printed some initial templates, and an episode of Chopped later, had some good-looking hangers for my girls to hang their dresses on! I’ve got wide gray satin ribbon that will make some pretty little bows to top them off, too!

Like Mrs. Woodpecker and Mrs. Eagle, I came across the something turquoise tutorial on glitter champagne glasses. I used some letter stickers to mask out initials, but three coats of glitter later, they were tough to peel off. I used a Xacto knife to kind of scratch and peel and got them off though, and I think they’re pretty cute.

And for a guestbook, I totally ripped off Mrs. Bacon. I realized that we were lacking a card box for our quickly(!!!) approaching wedding, so I did a Weddingbee search. I showed a few different ideas to Mr. Archer, and he chose his favorite—done and done. I ordered a cheap gray mailbox on Amazon and a yellow vinyl decal of our last name from an Etsy artisan, so I’m hoping it comes together and is adorable!

mailbox via amazon

Where did you find inspiration for your DIY projects? Did your find yourself in a crafting frenzy as your wedding date approached?


Mrs. Archer

Los Angeles/New Orleans
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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  1. sunhat Member
    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:24 am

    You are knocking out projects left and right! I especially love the hangers – super sweet and a great keepsake for your ladies.

  2. genie Member
    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 9:33 am

    You’ve been a busy bee, Miss Archer! I love how you personalized the glasses and the hangers. I’m pretty sure I got all of my projects, except for the Scrabble coasters from the Hive.

  3. msfairy Member
    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 10:00 am

    The hangers and the champagne flutes turned out great, and I can’t wait to see how the card mail box turns out :)

  4. honey Member
    honey 1684 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:28 am

    I found the hive to be my biggest source of inspiration as well…there’s no place quite like it :) I did the mailbox too, and I became oddly obsessed with it, can’t wait to see yours!

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    ddavila2001 611 posts, Busy bee @ 10:58 am

    SO many great places for inspiration- HERE, Pinterest, Etsy, Martha Stewart Weddings. It’s great that we have all these resources together to pick and choose from AND organize (pinterest). I’ve really enjoyed the whole wedding process and LOVE the DIY aspects of my wedding. It’s been a fun ride!

  6. mspony Member
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 11:54 am

    So many cute projects, they look great! And, yes, the hive is the best place for projects, so many creative people and ideas here 😀

  7. coyote Member
    coyote 1930 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:08 pm

    The champagne glasses came out great!! I deff stole many ideas from the bees… And they introduced me to Etsy!! (Which of course is both a very good and a very bad thing.) 😀

  8. hyena Member
    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 2:09 pm

    Aw, thanks for the shoutout! The hangers look really cute – love the yellow-on-white!

  9. msdragon Member
    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 3:59 pm

    Love me some hangers! :)

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    Miss ABC 208 posts, Helper bee @ 4:25 pm

    Wow, you’re really crafty! Great job!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 2:01 pm

    Love the personalized hangers and glasses! I may copy you. 😉

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:05 pm

    I love the glasses! I have been inspired by you to give it a go!

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    mononymous 23 posts, Newbee @ 7:22 pm

    I wish I had come across these hangers before I started carving metal for my friend’s wedding! Much easier!

    Luckily, though, it turns out that I have a knack for forming the wire, so I guess it all turned out okay in the end. 😀

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    kokosandy 81 posts, Worker bee @ 3:48 pm

    nice ..

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    kokosandy 81 posts, Worker bee @ 4:25 pm


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