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!
Welcome to week two of our Digital Download Day series, National Weddings Month edition! Today's free seamless designs come to you from 2015 Fabric8 Finalist Lucie Duclos of Snowflower. These designs would be perfect for sewing up custom silk ties or pocket squares for groomsmen, small zipper pouches for bridesmaid gifts, or simply for wrapping around your bouquet on the big day!
Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download the high-res version of all three of these designs. Once you've downloaded, you can edit the designs using the graphics software of your choice, then upload them right to your Spoonflower account to purchase on fabric, wallpaper or gift wrap. Alter them to match your wedding colors, add the name of the bride and groom, whatever your heart desires! These designs are meant for personal use only, please. Enjoy!
Welcome to February! It's the sweetest month of the year and guess what? It just happens to be National Wedding Month! To celebrate, all month long we are going to be featuring designs, tips, resources and giveaways on the blog to inspire a custom-printed wedding. Starting with today's digital freebies courtesy of Spoonflower designer and Fabric8 Finalist Ceri Staziker (Cerigwen).
So it's your first Digital Download day, huh? Here's how it works: Just click on the hyperlinked text below to download either the high-res raster version of these images, or the Adobe Illustrator vector versions. Then, play around with them, change the colors, and add text to suit your project, then upload them to your Spoonflower account to see them come to life on fabric, wallpaper and gift wrap. These designs are for personal use only, please!
Up next in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower crew member Caitlin shares two simple tutorials using decals to add a special touch to your wedding day.
There are lots of ways to add a personal touch to your wedding. For my own wedding almost four years ago, I made many of the day's decorative elements, including fabric bunting which I turned into a quilt, and boutonnières made from ribbon and buttons. With Spoonflower decals, there are lots of fun and simple projects that you can create — using a custom design of your own or one from the Marketplace — to add a personal touch to your important day. Below are two simple tutorials to make table numbers (something I didn't DIY for my own wedding, but wish I had!) and cupcake toppers with decals.
- Spoonflower decals, printed with your own design or something from the Spoonflower Marketplace. I chose an awesome vintage floral by Melody Miller for my projects.
- Numbers printed out from a home printer.
- 6 ½" x 8 ½" chalkboards, available online and in craft stores.
- Scissors and pencil.
1. Choose a font and print out the necessary numbers for your tables. For my numbers, I used a font I downloaded from dafont.com, and sized the numbers to about 5 ½” tall, to fit comfortably onto the chalkboards.
2. Cut out each number and trace it onto the decal’s paper backing. Since you’ll be using numbers, be sure to reverse them when tracing so that when they’re cut out, they’re facing in the right direction.
3. Cut out each of the numbers and apply to your chalkboards. One of the great things about Spoonflower’s decal is that it’s repositionable, so you can move your numbers around and re-stick them until you have them in the spot you want.
1. Cut your decal into ½” strips. Cut each strip into a 3 ½” piece.
2. Wrap each strip around one end of a toothpick.
3. Trim the end of the decal. You could trim it at an angle or to a point, or cut a triangle out from the end.
4. Stick into your cupcakes (or slices of pie or donuts!).
Will you be using (or have you used) decals for any of your wedding projects? If so, please share your ideas in the comments below—I’d love to hear about them!
About Our Guest Blogger
When she’s not working behind the
scenes at Spoonflower, sourcing fabric, Caitlin can be found
quilting in her home studio or blogging over at Salty
The most recent post in our DIY Weddings series was a brief tutorial about creating custom-printed pocket squares out of cotton silk for the groom and groomsmen. So this week's giveaway is for three yards of custom-printed cotton silk from Spoonflower. If you've never tried our cotton silk before, it's a lovely fabric: 55% cotton / 45% silk, with a soft sheen on the printed side. It has a beautiful hand and drape. The winner need not use the silk for the pocket square project, of course, and can choose to select someone else's design from the marketplace if that is her or his preference.To enter the giveaway, fill out our entry form via the link below sometime between now and Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013. We'll announce a winner on Wednesday. And congratulations to Gigi Larkin, the winner of last week's giveaway of $150 gift certificate from our friends at The Green Kangaroo.
As part of our DIY Weddings April, this week we're giving away a $150 gift credit for The Green Kangaroo, a fellow North Carolina business that sells unique wedding invitations and stationery, including DIY wedding invitations. Fill out our entry form, via the link below, any time between now and Tuesday, April 16th and we'll announce a winner on Wednesday the 17th. Good luck! And congratulations to last week's winner of the DIY Wedding Book Bundle, Kathy Hanley!
Next up in our DIY weddings series, Spoonflower staffer Laurie shares an easy technique for creating unique, handmade wedding invitations using both Spoonflower decals and fabric.
In this DIY wedding tutorial, I'm going to show you have to make beautiful handmade wedding invitations using Spoonflower decals and fabrics.
- 1 sheet of 30×30” Spoonflower decal with your own custom invitation design
- 1-2 yards of Spoonflower printed fabric (upload your own design or choose a pattern from our marketplace)
- Coordinating ribbon and thread
- 20 Blank 5"x7” greeting cards (cut in half at the fold to make 40 5"x7” cards)
- Scissors and a sewing machine
Yields 40 invitations
Next, we need to design our decal. The decal is where all the wedding information is going to go. The design of your invitation is up to you, but I am giving you measurements to use that will ensure that your final invitation sizes right.
Next, we need to repeat the design to print on a 30" x 30" decal. So, with your flattened file still open, go to Image > Canvas Size then change your canvas size to 3.75" x 5.75", make sure white is your border color, then click OK. This border will make it easy to cut out the decals.
About Our Guest Blogger
In addition to being a fabric-obsessed Spoonflower employee by night, Laurie Shipley is a freelance graphic designer, surface pattern designer and illustrator, a mom, writer, crafter and cook. Her work is not limited to a medium or genre, although her current focus is a meticulous juxtaposition of simplistic and intricate pattern illustration for textiles, wallpapers and package design. She dwells in Durham, North Carolina, in a continuous creative environment with her son and two cats. Follow her on Twitter and check out her work.
To kick off our DIY Wedding theme this month, this week we're giving away three books highlighting inspiring handmade projects to help you plan your own wedding or to help a friend plan hers! Anyone who has tried to plan a DIY wedding will tell you that deciding what handmade projects to tackle, and how best to execute them, can be exhausting. Hours can be spent browsing wedding blogs and days can be lost in the depths of Pinterest. We hope these three books will inspire and guide you to create your perfect wedding day! Fill out our entry form any time between now and Tuesday, April 9th and we'll announce a winner on Wednesday the 10th. Good luck!
The three titles in our handmade wedding book bundle are:
- The DIY Wedding: Celebrate Your Day Your Way. Goodbye, caterers. So long, wedding coordinators. Here is the bride's guide to thinking outside that robin's egg blue wedding-industry box. You'll find everything you need to pull off a personalized celebration.
- Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day. Handcrafted details are at the heart of a beautiful wedding, adding charm, meaning, and style. In this delightful book, Eunice and Sabrina Moyle, the founders of Hello! Lucky, join forces with stylist Shana Faust to bring you over 50 gorgeous projects. Whether you favor a modern, classic look or a retro, homespun flavor, you'll find plenty of crafts and inspiration suited to your taste, from vintage-key save-the-dates to delicate paper wreaths to silhouette bride and groom signs.
- Vintage Wedding Style: More than 25 Simple Projects and Endless Inspiration for Designing Your Big Day. For every bride who dreams of making her special day exactly that—hers—this gorgeous book shows how to mix personal touches with vintage style for a truly meaningful celebration. From flea market chic to Great Gatsby grandeur, each chapter from wedding stylist Elizabeth Demos features photographs from real weddings and easy-to-follow instructions for achieving the look.
To kick off our monthlong series dedicated to DIY weddings, we wanted to share some lovely handmade wedding projects to inspire you in creating your own. Check out our Pinterest Board for unique ways to add a little something special & handmade to your wedding day!
People get married anytime of year of course, but it sure seems like I can hardly visit my favorite crafting and design sites lately without reading a new wedding project idea or wedding photo slideshow from someone's lovely nuptials. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. My wedding day came and went some time ago but pretty projects and dresses are pretty projects and dresses, and I'm happy to take my inspiration wherever it comes.
If your blissful union is officially nigh — or if you're like me and also just like pretty projects to ogle — you can win a copy of Handmade Weddings: More Than 50 Crafts to Personalize Your Big Day. With projects organized by aesthetic style ("Happy Graphic," "Organic Minimal," "Girly Romantic," etc), this book offers instruction on creating unique invitations, party favors, veils, accessories, party decorations, and more. Even a DIY wedding can be expensive, so we'll also throw in $50 worth of Spoondollar credit to use on some Spoonflower yardage. Ties and invitations, printed fabric menus, handkerchief party favors, there are a ton of ways to use custom fabric on your wedding day. (Check out our Wedding and Party Ideas board for even more options.)
If you'd like to be entered into this drawing, please just leave your comment below or on the corresponding Facebook post, and please do include your Spoonflower screen name or other means of tracking you down easily. Entries close next Tuesday, 5/22 at 7pm EST, and we'll announce a winner on 5/23. Good luck to you all!
Last week's winner of her choice of one of Oliver + S's new patterns plus three yards of Spoonflower fabric was Pippa Gore. Congratulations, Pippa!