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Trendspotting: Paper Pinwheels

August 9, 2011

Paper pinwheels are still an awesome trend for anyone into DIY projects! We started seeing this trend last year (take a look here and here) and we’re thrilled to see that it’s still going strong!

Different patterned papers can add so much character to any space. Hang them from the ceiling, use them as centerpieces or even make your own cake toppers! The possibilities are endless… and how fun would it be to go paper shopping?!

– candice

Photo Credits:
row 1: DIY Wedding via Design*Sponge | Table decorations via Once Wed
row 2: Kitchen fans via Pinterest
row 3: Cabin 7 via Once Wed | Cake toppers via LaBelle Bride

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DIY Download: “Chalkboard” Table Numbers

May 26, 2010

I mentioned last week that I was going to keep the freebies coming. Well, I’m a woman of my word so here’s a bit of mid-week crafty goodness!

I love the chalkboard trend that continues to be popular in weddings but instead of creating the typical classroom chalkboard look, we decided to do something a bit prettier. Here’s our spin on the chalkboard trend: faux chalkboard table number cards.

DIY project: "Chalkboard" Table Number Cards

Cute, right? Here’s how:

step 1: Using your color printer, print the free template on white cardstock (click on the link at the bottom of this post to download the template). Once printed, trim the backer card along the cropmarks using a ruler and x-acto knife. Be sure to use a cutting mat – it cushions the x-acto blade and saves your surfaces from nicks and scratches.

step 2: Cut a piece of colored paper to 3.5″ x 4.5″ – this will be your “chalkboard” surface. Of course, darker colors are better since you will be writing the numbers in white chalk.

step 3 (optional): You can use a corner punch to give the “chalkboard” rounded corners. You could even use a more decorative corner punch to make it a bit more fancy if you’d like.

step 4: Next, write the table number on the colored paper with chalk.

step 5: Adhere your “chalkboard” surface to the backer card, using the lines on the template as a guide for the correct positioning. I always prefer to use a roll-on double-stick adhesive rather than double-sided tape or glue… it’s easier and less messy.

step 6 (optional): For a finishing touch, use a corner punch to round the corners of the backer card.

That’s it! Really easy.

Wedding DIY - Table Numbers

As usual, I like to give you options. The downloadable template includes not one, but three color combinations to choose from: Sage, Plum and Paprika. In the photos above, you’ll notice how leaving the corners square or using a decorative corner punch can change the look. If you prefer not to use chalk, you can also find a font with fancy numbers, print the numbers on a lighter colored paper and use that instead. Feel free to get creative!

To get started, click on the link below to download the 4-page PDF template. Happy crafting!

Download Chalkboard Table Numbers

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DIY Download: Pre-Wedding Fiesta Invite

May 19, 2010

We already had a fabulous giveaway last week and it was such fun, I’ve decided to keep the freebies coming!

Cyd over at The Sweetest Occasion asked me to write a guest post on her blog this week and I pulled together a fun, Cinco-de-Mayo-inspired board for a Pre-Wedding Fiesta. In case you’re inspired to whip up your own fancy fiesta, I’ve created a FREE downloadable invitation template (with matching address labels) just for you!

The invitation design takes its cues from the inspiration board – a fun, fresh color palette of seafoam, emerald and a touch of a tangy yellow, along with design details inspired by papel picado and traditional Mexican motifs.

For a more spicy option, there’s also a second version of the invitation included in the download which was inspired by this recent color palette.

The template is super simple to use – all you need is Adobe Acrobat Reader (which you can get for free here if you don’t have it already).

For the invitation:
Type your wording in the template, print on cardstock and trim using the cropmarks as a guide.

For the address labels:
Type your return address in the template, then print on Avery labels #5164 (3 1/3″ x 4″, 6 labels per sheet).

Click below to download… and have fun!! If you decide to have your own pre-wedding fiesta, I’d love to see photos! :)

Download Pre-Wedding Fiesta Invitation

Tips and Tidbits

DIY Download: Cello Bag Labels

June 29, 2009

A few weeks ago we asked you to vote on which inspiration board you think should inspire our next DIY download. Well, this board received the most votes so we’ve created this adorable DIY project with the same vintage homespun feel…

These labels are perfect for a sweet & simple at-home wedding, rehearsal dinner or bridal tea. Filling the bags with homemade treats would make them even more charming! Like our last DIY download, this project is really easy and affordable. Here’s how…

Tools: Shown above: (A) Cellophane food bags (FDA Approved). We used a 3.5″ x 2″ x 7.5″ gusset bag which you can get here – $8.00 for 25 bags.  (B) Ruler  (C) bone folder (D) x-acto knife (E) Ribbon – 1/4″ width works best  (F) 1/8″ Fiskars Hole Punch  (G) Martha Stewart decorative edge punch (not sure of the name of this particular design but they’re sold at Michaels).

Step 1: Using your color printer, print the free template on white cardstock (click on the link at the bottom of this post to download the template). Use the bone folder and ruler to score along the dotted “fold” line on the template.

Step 2: Trim out the labels using your ruler and x-acto knife. Be sure to use a cutting mat – it cushions the x-acto blade and saves your surfaces from nicks and scratches. Fold the label along the score mark you created with the bone folder. Pre-folding the label makes it much easier to apply later.

Step 3: Use the decorative edge punch to create the eyelet cutout on the front of the label.

Step 4: Cut a 12″ length of ribbon. Fill the cellophane bag with treats of your choice then fold down the top of the bag. You may need one or two folds, depending on the contents of the bag.

Step 5: Place the label on the bag – the folded top of the cello bag should be sandwiched between the font and back of the label. If the bag has a seam on one side, make sure it faces the back (same side as the yellow floral pattern on the label).

Step 6: Holding the label in place on the top of the bag, use your hole punch to punch two holes (use the small circles marked on the label as a guide). Make sure to punch all the way through both sides of the label and the bag.

Step 7: Thread the ribbon through the holes and tie so that the knot (or bow) is at the front of the label.

Step 8: After tying the ribbon, cut the ends of the ribbon at an angle for a finished look.

Display and enjoy!

In addition to the yellow, we’ve also included a bonus palette in the download based on this color combination which we think would also work well with the charming vintage theme.

We would love to see how our little creations are doing out there in the real world. Be sure to leave us a comment letting us know how you plan to use the labels, what you plan to put in the bags, how you’re going to display them…whatever…we want to know! If you’d like to share photos, feel free to email us at blog {at} betsywhite {dot} com…we’d love to hear from you!

Download Cello Bag Favor Labels