Nail and String Art Tree

This piece of DIY decor is inspired by a wedding escort display highlighted on greenweddingshoes.com, which I noticed on Pinterest, of course. I was quite taken with the opportunity to create a large scale piece with texture and a feature color at minimal cost.

I loosely followed Green Wedding Shoe’s DIY String Heart instructions:

  • Fetched a piece of plywood from the basement and stained it
  • Drew a tree on paper, cut it out and taped it to the wood
  • Hammered nails along the outline of the tree
  • Strung teal colored string around the nails in no particular pattern

Hammering the nails became a several-day project, to allow my hand to recover in between hammering sessions. Easily the worst part of this project – everything else was easy.

Total Cost: $15 (for stain, 2 boxes of nails and a ball of string)

This baby now has a prominent home above my mantel. And… a newly discovered bonus role as a Christmas Card holder!

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Hand-Lettered Chalkboard Signage

Creating your own signage is a great way to spice up any party for minimal cost. Several years ago, I created a giant chalkboard by purchasing a whiteboard and painting it with chalkboard paint (I couldn’t find a nice large chalkboard at the time). I knew I could use all of that space to my advantage for signage at our wedding reception.

There are two tricks to a good hand-written chalkboard: (1) a chalk marker and (2) planning sketches. Regular chalk is messy and hard to control. A chalk marker is easy to use and will allow you to create precise clean lines. And, the marker erases almost as easily as as regular chalk.

My Plan of Attack:chalkboard-sketch-E

  • Searched “chalkboard lettering” on Pinterest and found several signs and lettering examples for inspiration.
  • Narrowed down inspiration to examples I felt I could somewhat replicate.
  • Sketched out my design in pencil on paper, adjusting until I was happy.
  • Sketched out my design and the letters VERY faintly with regular chalk onto the board.
  • Went over the sketch with the chalk marker, erasing the regular chalk marks along the way.

Final Results:

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A Blog Like All the Others

I like crafts. I find myself getting antsy when weeks lapse without a new project. It was the DIY decor part of wedding planning/making that I loved the most (screw logistics!). Once the big day came and went, I started itching for something to work on. Luckily, my matron of honor is expecting, and her registry has inspired me to DIY a couple of nursery accessories, which I hope to share with you later this year (if they aren’t total disasters). In the meantime, I have a few wedding-related crafts to kick off this new blogging venture.

What venture? Well, like gazillions of other women out there, I spend a good amount of time on Pinterest. Occasionally I find an idea worth exploring… and sometimes I even get around to making something. My process usually involves:

  • Trying to substitute materials I already have, instead of buying new supplies
  • Deciphering the original instructions, often by relying on additional info sources
  • Simplifying the steps
  • Solving problems caused by all of the above

And now I’m going to try blogging about it. Like plenty of other blogs before mine, this might be a passing phase that starts semi-strong and fades quickly or loses focus entirely. I’m going to try to develop it through the lens of what I would want to see if I were the reader searching for a decor, home or party-related craft. If I keep it simple, it might add some value to our overly saturated world of content, but no promises.