72. DIY Wedding: Table Runners

So, I haven’t done one of these posts in a LONG time.  We’ll be married three years this May, and I still have a few of these left up my sleeve.  I got an email the other day asking about our table runners and whether I had written up a tutorial for them…and I haven’t.  I decided to write up some easy instructions in case anyone else was interested!

DIY Fabric Table Runners

First, I picked out some fabric.  I decided to go with cotton, mostly because the print I happened to like was on cotton fabric, but also because it’s the easiest to iron and sew.  I purchased my fabric from fabric.com.


I ended up making about a dozen table runners, each measuring 13″ x 72″ (please note: these are the final measurements AFTER the sewing was finished).  You can make yours narrower or wider, but this worked out well for me because the fabric I chose was 42″ wide and fit three runners across perfectly.

I cut out long rectangles measuring 14″ x 73″.  Next, I ironed a 1/2″ hem down each of the longer sides and sewed a seam down each side.  Then, I repeated this process on each of the shorter sides.  Finally, I ironed the table runners and rolled them up until we were ready to use them.  THAT’S IT.  Easy peasy.


If you have basic sewing machine skills, and you know your way around a tape measure and scissors, this project should be a piece of cake.  It just takes up a chunk of your time!

Thanks for reading, I’ll try to post the last of my wedding projects over the next few weeks!


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40. DIY Wedding: Monogram Peacock Feather Wreaths

Huh? What is that, you say?  Two wedding posts in a row?!  Heck, yeah!  High fives all around.

Our wedding venue was a beautiful, 1920s historic building with double doors at the entrance.  They had some fake flower wreaths hanging on the doors when we first visited the venue.  There was no way they were staying for our wedding.

In order to nix the current wreaths, I had to come up with something to take their place.  I couldn’t just leave the doors naked!  Our wedding had a peacock theme, so whatever I came up with had to incorporate the feathers.

Here’s what I came up with, complete with instructions to make some for yourself.

DIY Monogram Peacock Feather Wreaths

diy monogram peacock feather wreaths


premade peacock feather wreaths (you could make them yourself, of course, by gluing a bunch of feathers to a wreath form)
papier-mâché letters, one for the bride’s first initial and one for the groom’s
acrylic paint in the color of your choice
paint brushes
paper plate
Sharpie paint pens
hot glue gun & glue sticks


Step 1: Let’s start out with the wreaths.  Our wedding was in May of 2012, but I started making things well in advance (due to how much of our wedding was DIY).  I was making my rounds at Michael’s (which went on WAY too frequently in that time period!), and stumbled upon these wreaths at Christmas time.  They didn’t scream “let’s celebrate Jesus’ birth!” to me, so I figured I could get away with using them for our wedding.  They were originally $25 each, but I had 50% coupons and got them both for $25.  Go me!

peacock feather wreath

Step 2: For the initials, use the acrylic paint to cover them in the color of your choice.  We chose turquoise since our wedding was peacock/art deco themed (our colors were gray, navy, chartreuse, and turquoise).  Allow the paint to dry completely before proceeding to the next step.

initial letters
Step 3: Using the Sharpie paint pens, draw peacock feathers on each letter.  This is, of course, optional, but I thought the letters looked too plain without them.

Step 4: Attach the letters to the center of the wreaths using ribbon and hot glue.  Add a loop of ribbon to the back of the wreath for a hanger.

Step 5: Admire the finished products!

peacock wreaths

I was so excited when we got to the venue and saw these beauties hanging on the front doors.  Didn’t they look frickin’ fabulous?

peacock wreaths

I hope you enjoyed today’s post, stay tuned for more DIY wedding projects!


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33. DIY Wedding: Framed Table Numbers

Today I’ll be showing you an easy project I did for our May 2012 wedding: DIY framed table numbers!

Here are the incredibly simple instructions.

DIY Framed Table Numbers


Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)


small picture frames
printer paper or card stock (your choice, I used card stock because I already had some lying around)
table number template


1. Pick a template and design your table numbers.  I used a free template from Wedding Chicks (find it here).  I like the templates from Wedding Chicks because you can type in whatever you want and play with different color combinations.  I typed in the number of the table inside the scrolled frame, and spelled out each number below.  I chose to do this because some of the numbers in the provided font were a little weird.  Well, at least to my eyes.  However, I really loved the “feel” of this font since our wedding had small touches of art deco (even our venue was built in the 1920s).

2. Save each table number as a separate file.  I believe all of mine were jpegs.

3. Print out the numbers.  I used card stock because the printer paper I had on hand was thin and somewhat transparent.  The card stock took up the ink really nicely.  Allow the pages to dry thoroughly before moving on to the next step.  You don’t want anything to smear of you’ll have to reprint!

4. Most frames comes with some sort of paper insert.  I removed the paper insert and used it as a template to trace around each number lightly with pencil.

5. Cut out the printed table numbers and insert them into the frames.

6. Enjoy your handiwork!

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)

Seriously such an easy project, and they’ll look sooooo good.

The only materials I had to buy for this project were the photo frames, which I found at Dollar Tree for (you guessed it) $1 each.  I already had the card stock and my printer had plenty of ink, so you’ll need to factor in those costs if you aren’t as prepared.

I initially made up 22 frames, but we ended up only needing 13.  I sold our numbers after the wedding and recouped the cost, so no biggie. 🙂  This is such a quick project I’m sure you could wait to put these together until you get in all of your RSVPs (that way you’ll know the exact number of tables).

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow (http://www.laurazastrow.com/)

I hope you enjoyed today’s post!  No worries, I still have a ton of wedding things to show you.  😉


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