DIY Wedding Guestbook Tutorial With Free Printable

asouthernmother
May 19, 2016
Kentucky wedding guestbook tutorial

It’s hard to believe that Jeremy and I will have been married two weeks this upcoming Saturday. Our wedding day passed by in a blink, and I regret that I didn’t get to really enjoy our day. I’m just happy to finally be married to the man that I love dearly, and we can enjoy our lives together; isn’t that what your wedding is supposed to be about? I did lots of DIY projects for our wedding including our wedding guestbook to save money. I was inspired a bit for my projects by what I saw online from other weddings as well as photographs from the wedding photographers is known for. The biggest factor in making as many wedding DIY projects as we could was definitely because I wanted our day to be really personal to us. If I can give you one piece of advice about a guestbook, make sure it is located somewhere that everyone has to pass by. I tried to space out our reception area, and in an attempt to do-so, I managed to put our guestbook and favors in a place where very few people actually seen them. Sadly, I’ve sent our guestbook with Jeremy on more than one occasion to have people we know were there to sign it. Jeremy and I got married on Kentucky Derby Day, so everything about our wedding had a Kentucky theme, right down to his Pappy Van Winkle Bourbon Barrel Groom’s Cake and homemade Bourbon Ball favors with recipe cards (I’ll be sharing that tutorial in a later post). Jeremy and I both travel fairly often, but no matter where we go, Kentucky will always be our home. I decided to make a Kentucky themed wedding guestbook using my Cricut, vinyl, and paint. You could also recreate this without a Cricut, but that would require a little more artistic skill. If you’re planning on a lot of do-it-yourself projects for your wedding, I highly recommend investing in a Cricut. This project took roughly 30 minutes to complete. There are other vinyl cutting machines out there too if you don’t want a circuit! Once you have a cutting machine, you will use it all the time to create nifty projects. Kentucky wedding guestbook tutorial

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Create your own DIY Clean Clothes Laundry Sign

asouthernmother
March 16, 2016
diy clean clothes laundry sign

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I’m not sure how three people dirty up so many clothes; there are copious amounts of laundry in our house. Between Gabe’s sports clothes and Jeremy’s farm clothes, dirty laundry piles up quickly. These aren’t your regular dirty clothes either, they’re littered with mud, dust, grass stains, chicken poop, and occasionally cow manure. I’m forever calling Pat’s Appliance Repair to come and take a look at the washing machine because it regularly gives up the ghost after being overused. I’ve yet to find a machine that can withstand the workload for more than a few weeks at a time. At least there are plenty of washers under $500 on the market in case mine finally gives up for good. This is exactly why it is so important to have a home warranty plan that covers your major appliances in case of breakdown. Companies like First American can provide an Arizona home warranty plan should you need it, as well as covering many other states. This would be a good idea if you have many appliances that cost you a lot of money.

Laundry isn’t my favorite household chore. When I’m doing laundry, sometimes I need a little amusement. Every stain tells a story, and that why created this DIY Clean Clothes Laundry Sign.

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No Tricks Just Treats DIY Halloween Bag

asouthernmother
September 30, 2015

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Have you found the perfect bag for Halloween yet? I wasn’t able to find anything that I liked enough to purchase, so I decide to make one. I created this No Tricks Just Treats DIY Halloween Bag that could be used as a book bag, to carry party supplies, and trick-or-treating. We weren’t waiting until Halloween to fill our treat bags; I found some great variety candy bags with an assortment of our favorite Hershey’s products in each.

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Disney’s Inside Out Wall Art Tutorial

asouthernmother
June 25, 2015

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Last year, I received a weekly report from Gabe’s preschool teacher; one of the items they were assessed on was their ability to control their emotions appropriately. I’ll be honest, I hadn’t put much thought into assessing or acknowledging appropriate emotional responses in my preschooler. He expressed emotions such as sadness, joy, and anger, but I wasn’t sure if his response was always appropriate? I struggled with figuring out how to talk with and an explain emotional responses, which are vital to a child’s development. Disney’s latest cartoon Inside Out discusses many of the main emotions that a child (and adult) feels. We went to the drive-in last weekend to watch the movie and he was mesmerized by the characters. It wasn’t until we were browsing at our local Walmart last week and he spotted the Disney’s Inside Out merchandise that I realized how much he had absorbed from the movie. Today, I’m sharing a tutorial for making wall art/plush holder using merchandise from the Disney’s Inside Out toy line.

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Monogram Apple Canvas for Teacher Appreciation Week

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week if you didn’t realize. And I think this is the perfect time to truly show your teacher how much they mean to you. You can easily check out something like these gift ideas for college professors if you are planning on getting them something, or you could create something for them (obviously depending on what they would prefer).

I posted a photo to Instagram of a monogram apple canvas that Gabe and I made for Teacher Appreciation Week, and I received some messages and emails asking how I created it. I decided to make a quick tutorial for those of you that are interested in making one for a teacher, or maybe for your own classroom. I was very pleased with how it turned out, and Gabe’s teacher now has it hanging in her classroom. It was an inexpensive way to show our appreciation for her hard work wrangling preschoolers this year.

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Sweet Dreams DIY Lampshade

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Gabe loves to read books before bedtime. We have a rotating selection of books that are usually cluttering up my nightstand. Our bedtime routine might help him fall asleep but it doesn’t help me. If you’ve read any of my previous posts, I’m not a sound sleeper and I don’t fall asleep easily. I’ve struggled maintaining natural sleep cycles, and sought ways to promote natural melatonin production. One sleep tip that I read recurrently is to declutter your sleep space and try to make it a soothing environment. So, I took to the internet to find tips and ideas that could help me to declutter my sleep area. One page I came across talked about beautifying your space and having a lamp that promoted calm and peaceful sleep. I did some more searching and found a site that had custom made photo moon lamps, or Lampe de lune photo personnalisée as the website said. From this, I decided that I would start by working to clear up my nightstand and beautifying my sleep space with my own Sweet Dreams DIY lampshade project.

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“Deerly” Beloved DIY Cake Topper with Cricut Explore

asouthernmother
September 22, 2014
This post is sponsored by Cricut and is part of Design Space Star
 
cake topper
 
Unique cake toppers can be hard to find, and they can also be expensive. I am currently planning my own wedding and bridal shower, and it has been challenging to find pieces that I fall in love with. My teammates for Cricut’s Design Space Star chose a “woodlands” party theme. I decided that would be a great opportunity to design a few potential pieces for my own wedding and bridal parties. I created a cake topper suitable for several occasions. It was inexpensive, quick, and different.  This isn’t your typical “cookie cutter” cake topper.
Image files needed:
  • Stag
  • Doe
  • Heart
  • Banner
  • Laurel
Supplies:
  • Assorted heavy cardstock dependent on theme and color scheme
  • Wooden dowels
  • Glue
  • Cricut Explore
  • Cricut Design Space installed on your computer

 

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Load the image files onto Cricut Design Space and cut them out on desired cardstock.
The length of your support dowel rods will be dependent on the thickness of your cake. I cut the dowel rods for my project 5 1/2 inches long. I began by gluing the stag and doe on the banner, taking care to center them as much as possible. I glued the laurel to the back of the banner, doe, and stag. I cut a small rectangular backing strip to fit across the back of the topper to cover the dowels. I glued the dowel to the back of the cake topper, and glued the rectangular backing over the dowels. I centered the heart and glued it to the front of the banner. I used a small book as a weight while the project dried.
Here are a few extra ideas and tips:
  • You could use a single stag or doe silhouette for a baby shower.
  • Metallic cardstock is beautiful in person but does not photograph well.
I have also created matching cupcake wrappers and thank you bags, and I will show you those in a later post.
Do you have any great DIY wedding or party ideas? I would love to know what you’re making.