It's safe to say that we've got weddings on the brain, and there are so many creative makers and bloggers out there doing them DIY style. Theresa from the Spoonflower team stops by the blog today to share some crafty wedding ideas she adores. Check them out and don't forget to share your DIY wedding craft ideas with us in the comments!
We just love weddings around here, and we're always excited to see the personalized touches that folks incorporate with a little custom printing! Have you used fabric or paper to personalize your big event, or do you just love to dream up wedding ideas for fun? If so, share your project ideas in the Wedding Contest over at Instructables! We're offering the best use of paper or fabric for a wedding idea $300 worth of Spoonflower goodness, plus a Spoonflower Welcome pack featuring our new Spoonflower Handbook! Let these lovely projects inspire you, and start planning your dream wedding DIY this weekend!
Photo via Brit + Co
Create a handkerchief map ("handkermap") of wedding events to include in invitations, like these by Kelli Anderson, for a fun (and informative!) twist!
Or add texture to traditional invitations with a custom fabric overlay like these by Harry Canary Co.
Create custom and oh so dapper ties with fabric that fits your theme like these featured on Green Wedding Shoes.
Print a large and lovely menu to give guests a taste of what's being served like Kate Bosworth did for her nuptials featured in Martha Stewart Weddings (shared via MountainSide Bride).
Tell us what you'd make for your dream wedding in the comments! Don't forget also to head over to Instructables for full contest details, and to submit your amazing project for the Wedding Contest. It's an amazing chance to win $300 worth of free Spoonflower fabric and paper!
In the last project in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower crew member Allie shares an easy tutorial for creating a custom bean bag toss game set for a fun, personalized touch to your wedding day!
For my oldest sister’s wedding last weekend, I knew using Spoonflower to personalize the day would come in handy. When she mentioned wanting a bean bag toss game for guests to play at her wedding on our family farm here in North Carolina, we decided to design custom decals to decorate the boards and matching fabric for the bean bags. It was a super simple project that everyone at the wedding enjoyed! I used a custom stamp with the bride's and groom's initials and the wedding date she created to decorate the invitations as my design element for the decals and designed a floral fabric in similar colors for the bean bags.
I began my project by scanning the stamped image created to adorn their custom invitation. I then used Adobe Illustrator to clean up the image a bit, sized to 20" at 150 dpi, and made the color even throughout the design. To help distinguish teams, I created a blue version, which fueled competion between the bride's team and groom's team.
Once I had cleaned up and sized my design, I uploaded the file to my Spoonflower account. Since I had a bit of extra space on the 30” x 30” decal, I filled that area with smaller versions of the logo, just in case we could just them elsewhere in the wedding.
Applying the decals was super easy – cut out the shape, peel, stick! Sometimes it’s helpful to have a friend when working with large decals, as they tend to stick to themselves. Since they are repostionable, it's is easy to move them around if you don't get them in the exact spot you'd like the first time.
I used the same blue and pink to create a floral design that I had printed on linen-cotton canvas to use for bean bags. Bean bag construction was super easy — just sew little squares, fill with beans, and close!
Our bean bag toss was perfect for my sister's wedding day festivities, complete with boards colored for both a groom's team and a bride's team, but you can create your own game set for family reunions, birthday parties, or other summertime celebrations!
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As part of our April DIY Weddings series on the Spoonflower blog, we're giving away a custom wedding print personalized for a happy couple in your life. One lucky winner will receive a geographic wedding print customized with your choice of cities, names, and date by Etsy artist Evivart. Enter any time between now and Wednesday, May 1st, 2013, for a chance to win. We'll announce the winner on the Spoonflower blog (blog.spoonflower.com) on May 1st. Good luck! The winner of last week's 3-yards-of-cotton-silk giveaway was Wendy Thornburg. Congrats, Wendy! We'll email you tomorrow.