Spring is fast approaching and I am certain will bring with it many weddings and or wedding planning. With weddings on the horizon I thought I’d share some trials and tribulations I experienced during the last wedding season.
The bride and groom were looking for a creative way to showcase the table assignments and a few tables at the reception. They wanted something that could bring the décor together and be very functional. After searching the internet and getting feedback from them on what they desired the decision was made to make giant framed chalk boards. Here is where the ‘fun’ begins….
DIY Wedding Style
I started with a trip (okay MANY, MANY trips) to Hobby Lobby and was able to snag VERY large frames on clearance and a couple smaller ones as well. I also picked up small wooden squares and dowels. I found ribbons that matched the wedding colors at the Dollar Store. (I was totally surprised). I had to go to a number of Menard’s before finding the chalk paint I needed and also got flat black spray paint. After trying a few different places I found thin pieces of wood for the back of the frames.
I think I found the twine at Michael’s and wood glue as well. The hardest item to find was the chalk markers which I ended up getting at JoAnn’s Fabrics.
1-Painted all of the frames with the flat black spray paint including the dowels
2-Painted all of the flat pieces of wood with the chalk paint
3-Drilled holes in the small wooden squares
4-Painted the small wooden squares with the chalk paint
5-With the help of my Father-in-law I got the wood cut to attach to the frames
6-Using the pneumatic nail gun I stapled the backs to the frames…
7-Measured, cut and glued the dowels in place to divide the large frames into 9 sections each. (one section per table)…
8-Used a few of the chalk markers to write on the boards (they require water and a rag to erase and don’t wipe off like chalk does while still giving the look of chalk)…
9-Strung the letters with the twine & wrote on them…
10-Dressed up the frames with the ribbons as well as some pine cones collected from nature…
Tips to pass along…
- Everything I read said not to try this as it takes too much time and money. I agree. It’s way more time than anyone would want to put in. I am not kidding when I say it took all summer to complete for a fall wedding. You had better be well paid for this kind of work or really love the people you are making it for. If you are the bride I do NOT recommend taking this on!!!
- Chalk markers are great but don’t wipe clean from chalk paint. Apparently only actual chalk boards.
- Chalk paint is not cheap
- Large frames are expensive
- Last but not least-Hand written items take a long time
- Changes happen….spelling, guest list, etc.
If you are tackling a wedding DIY-Good Luck 🙂