At the time I wrote this post, I was filling 143 photo frames with place names.
The end product is gorgeous.
Getting to the end product is another thing. My index finger and thumb have never been in this much pain in, like, well.
After practically whining at my parents to help (since my previous helper, Groom’s Homie Oddball, was still sleeping), Papa Bighorn suggested a screwdriver. I had my doubts. Previously, Mr. Big had suggested the same thing, but because the metallic flat bits (I’m so technical) that fasten the back of the frame lie completely flush against the frame, I didn’t believe a screwdriver would work.
However, Mama Bighorn decided to prove me wrong and grabbed the tiniest screwdriver in the world.
The screwdriver, relative to my mouse and a normal-sized pen.
She then proceeded to unfasten those metallic flat bits with precision and ease.
And now my index finger and thumb hate me.
Lesson to learn in this whole thing? Listen to suggestions, no matter how doubtful you seem. So a shout out to Mr. Big if he’s reading this—you rock, I love you, and I wish you could share in the laborious task of place card assemblage.
Now, on to the post at hand.
Last-minute DIY projects! As Mr. Big always says, and I think he got it from his own De Papa, “If it wasn’t for the last minute, nothing would ever get done!”
I’ve been hinting at a whole number of these projects from day one, and by the time this goes up, most of these will be done. This post is basically just going through the relatively easy ones.
First off, the Xbox Achievement sign.
You guys might remember this sign from this photo:
I’m still in love with this photo. Even despite the shoddy paint job! / Photography by StudioSomething
Now, back then, I had made a huge mistake with the chalk paint. The edges turned out jagged and, well, the chalk marker we used was cheap and craptacular. I decided to leave that project on the back burner for a while.
However, as the months ticked down to weeks, I knew I had to get cracking.
With that, I set about making the Xbox sign with a new plan in mind. First things first, I painted over the entire sign, sans the Xbox sign on the left.
This was taken after I had primed it, but you get the general idea.
I then primed it, which basically means grabbing some good ol’ chalk and scribbling all over it. Well, technically, Oddball primed it. She was excited to play with chalk.
All primed. You can still sort of see where the old shoddy paint job is from the engagement photo shoot.
After it was all primed, I left it for a little bit.
You see, originally, Mr. Big wanted to stencil on the words “Achievement unlocked, 100G,” but”¦that didn’t go as planned. The words were too thin and we couldn’t find suitable stencilling materials.
Also, I suck at stencilling.
And then I remembered hive member CakeyP giving me a link to a tutorial on how to write on chalkboard without the added difficulty of free-handing. Fellow bee, Mrs. Orchard, also wrote about this method in this post.
Determined to get this sh*t sorted, I printed out the words “Achievement,” “unlocked,” and “100 G -” and cut them into strips. I then haphazardly scribbled white chalk on the back of the words, slapped ‘em on the sign, and with a blunt lead pencil, traced over the words.
With that step done, I lifted the paper and was quite pleased with the results. I don’t have any pictures, because I was in the zone and my phone wasn’t with me at the time, but the words looked pretty much bang on.
With my white permanent marker, I then traced over the words and was left with this:
The final sign!
When I took this picture, I hadn’t fixed that dodgy looking “m” in “Achievement.” It’s now all fixed up and presentable! The words are a little high, but that means more room for people to write whatevs they want!
And here it is when I fixed the sign a tad bit:
The sign and my cheesy self. I sent this over to Mr. Big whilst he was in Melbourne on business.
Moving on now to the gratuitous wedding hangers.
Like many brides out there, I decided I needed a hanger.
Thing is, I’m cheap, and don’t live in America. The cheapest bridal hanger I could find was $25, and I am not paying $25 for a hanger I’ll only use once. The cheaper ones are all in America, and add to that the cost of shipping, and it ain’t cheap no more!
So what did I do then?
I grabbed a pack of 20 hangers for $10 at the local supermarket, a sharp lead pencil and eraser, a black Sharpie, some nice coloured ribbon, hairspray, and a small thing of sandpaper, and then I DIY’ed that sh*t!
I did a total of 14 hangers, 15 if you include my very dodgy test run (I basically just scribbled all over my first prototype to get a feel of how the Sharpie would work on the wood).
The result is this:
Mr. Big’s hanger—the boys just got their monograms on their hangers because it’s “manly”!
My hanger! The girls’ hangers are all basically like this, but with different coloured ribbon.
It was relatively simple to make these, and I’m super proud of ‘em!
Next up to the plate we have the bell jar.
Mr. Big and I bought a bell jar for 18 bucks, Mama Bighorn got a bouquet of roses, and we went about making a bell jar similar to the one from Beauty and the Beast.
From Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
First off, we got the base and we drilled a hole into it in order to keep the rose in the middle. I then grabbed two rose stems, one for placement and another for petals.
As a warning to those who want to try this one at home, be careful when disassembling the fake roses. I cut myself pretty darn badly on the wire at the base of the stem. Use pliers (like the ones pictured above) to ensure a clean cut.
Once the rose was placed in the centre, we then scattered petals on the base.
We’ll be displaying this on the gift table at the front. I’d like to add some tealights around the table to give it some ambiance! I’ve asked our event decorator what her suggestion would be, so we’ll see what she comes back with!
And that’s it!
I’d show you guys the place cards, but I stupidly packed ‘em all away in preparation for the wedding. Let me just tell you guys, stuffing 143 place cards into 143 photo frames is hard work, and I thank my stars that I have a wonderful mother and little sister for lending a hand!
Who else is doing or did last-minute projects?
(All images personal unless otherwise noted)
- Sydney, NSW, Australia
- Postgraduate Student & Aspiring Writer
- Wedding Date:
- February 2014
- The Hunter Valley Gardens & Tamburlaine Organic Wines