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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47. The Craft Queen was featured on The Knot’s blog!


When it comes to weddings, theknot.com is probably the biggest name on the internet.  And today, one of my wedding tutorials was featured on their blog!  I am giddy over it (if you couldn’t tell already).

You can read the post here.  It also highlights 5 additional tutorials for various wedding accessories, including cutesy-pie shoe clips and rhinestone hair clips.  It’s very well done.

I hope you all have just as great of a start to your weekend!


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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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39. DIY Wedding: Aisle Pomander Balls

Today I’ll be showing you the pretty pomander balls I used to line the aisles for our wedding ceremony.  This project is so simple, I almost feel guilty calling it a DIY.  Almost.

“DIY” Aisle Pomander Balls


premade pomander balls – I bought mine from afloral.com, but they no longer carry this item. 😦
peacock feathers
hot glue gun & glue sticks


Step 1: Cut ribbon to desired length.  It’s going to be doubled, so if you’d like a 12″ drop length, cut a piece about 24″ long.

Step 2: If your pomanders already have an ugly sheer ribbon (like mine), rip those bad boys out.

Step 3: Using your hot glue gun, fasten your new, much prettier ribbon to the pomander.  Make sure to hide it underneath the flowers so everything stays nice and tidy.

Step 4: Trim the eye of a peacock feather, and attach to the base of the ribbon with hot glue.

peacock feather pomanderStep 5: Hang on a chair and enjoy.

peacock feather pomander aisle decoration

See, I told you this DIY was ridiculously easy!

I still have a long list of projects to share with you, too.  Here are some DIY wedding projects to look forward to reading about:

bride’s/bridesmaids’ fascinators
peacock feather wrist corsages
peacock feather pins
peacock feather boutonnieres
table runners
escort card ribbon board
manzanita branch centerpieces
peacock feather wreaths w/ bride and groom initials
bar sign
bridesmaids’ earrings
card birdcage

Crazy, right?  Hey, it gives me lots of stuff to write about!


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26. DIY Wedding: Monogrammed Aisle Runner

I have a ton of projects “in the works” for our house, but none are completed.  I thought I’d take this opportunity to show you yet another project from our [almost] completely DIY wedding!  Today’s project: DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner.

Let me start off by saying that I did not dream up this project on my own.  I found fantastic instructions over at Road to the Aisle.  I followed her instructions almost exactly, so I’m not going to waste time rehashing them here.  However, I will give you a list of the materials I used and the cost breakdown!

DIY Monogrammed Aisle Runner


aisle runner (make use of that 50% off Joann coupon!)
large monogram printout (I used Photoshop to make ours)
acrylic paints

Total cost: $20.33

I really enjoyed this project.  It was fairly easy, and the final results were gorgeous.

Even though the project turned out great, we didn’t actually end up using it as an aisle runner.  Our venue had hardwood floors, and I was too worried about the wedding party (especially me!) slipping or tripping in the aisle.

I didn’t want to just not use it and waste a good $20 (that I could have put towards something else), so we had to find another use for it.

And then it came to me.  There is a large staircase leading up to the ballroom, why not just hang it over the railing as a banner?  So that’s what we did.



Didn’t that work out well?

We ended up keep the monogram portion after the wedding (we just chopped it off the end).  I’m still trying to figure out something unique to do with it, but for now it’s in a box with other wedding keepsakes.

I’ve had fun sharing this project with you.  I hope you enjoyed it!


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23. DIY Wedding: Bridal Sash

Yay, it’s time to show you another one of the projects from our [almost] completely DIY wedding!  Today’s tutorial will highlight my DIY bridal sash.

I can’t even tell you how much time I spent scouring the internet for wedding related paraphernalia.  Let’s just say if I got paid for that time, our wedding would probably have been paid for…yikes.  A small portion of that time involved perusing Etsy shops in the hopes of finding the perfect bridal sash.  When I saw the prices, I about lost it.


Jolie Crystal Bridal Sash, $275
Source: KirstenKuehnDesigns

$275? TWOHUNDREDSEVENTYFIVEDOLLARS?!  Listen, I get that it takes time to make these things, and that materials cost money.  I totally get that.  I have my own Etsy shop, I understand.  However, there comes a point where I think things just start to get outrageous.  This might seem like a mere pittance to some, but I only paid a little over $600 for my wedding gown…paying half that for a damn sash just seemed superfluous.

Obviously, I weaseled my way out of paying hundreds of dollars for a sash by just making one myself.  Here’s how you can make one, too!

DIY Bridal Sash

– rhinestone applique of your choice, i.e. blingbling
– 3 yards double face satin ribbon in desired width (mine was 1.5″ wide)
– E6000 glue
– small paintbrush
– paper plate
– scissors
– pencil

1. Start by folding the ribbon in half to find the center.  Make a small mark with the pencil; this will help with placement of your applique.  I bought my ribbon from Ribbons and Bows Oh My, 5 yards for only $2.

2. Squeeze a small amount of E6000 glue onto the paper plate.  Using the paintbrush, apply a thin layer of the glue to the back of your applique.  If part of the applique will hang over the edge of the ribbon, make sure to leave those areas alone!  Here is the applique I chose:


Brava Long Rhinestone Ornament, $59
Source: shinetrim.com

(Why yes, I do realize I picked on of the most expensive pieces that ShineTrim carries, but I really NEEDED this much bling.  I swear.)

3. CAREFULLY apply the applique to the ribbon, matching the center of the applique with the pencil mark indicating the center of the ribbon.  Allow glue to dry.

4. Cut the ends of the ribbon on an angle.

And that’s it, folks!  That’s how simple it is to make your own sash for your wedding day…or when you just want to be all fancy schmancy.

diy bridal sash belt

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow Photography

diy bridal sash belt

Me with some of my high school home girls…they traveled all the way from NJ to attend our wedding in Milwaukee! I can’t believe it’s been 10 years since we graduated. Also…did you see the awesome peacock colors going on in this photo?!

And of course, for pinning purposes:

diy bridal sash belt

Photo credit: Laura Zastrow Photography

It’s been over a year since we tied the knot, and I have quite a number of DIY projects I still need to show you.  I guess I better get going on those before they get too stale! 😉


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8. DIY Wedding: Monogram Cake Topper

I really wanted a simple yet elegant cake topper for our wedding, but I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on something we would use only once.  I was browsing the DIY forum on theknot.com and came across an email address that every bride should have: craftyeddy@gmail.com.  This guy is AWESOME.  He will cut anything out of wood that you could possibly imagine.  Send him an email describing what you are looking for, and he will give you a clear price list and a link to his portfolio.  I sent him a letter K in the same font that matched our invites and other stationary, and he sent me a beautiful cake topper.  Unfinished of course.  I had to paint and decorate that letter into blinged-out goodness, and here’s how I did it.



– wooden cake topper (you can also use wooden letters from Michael’s…just glue a few small dowel rods to the back to insert the topper into the cake)
– acrylic paint in the color of your choice
– small paint brush
– rhinestones in the color of your choice (I purchased mine from an eBay vendor)
– E6000 glue (this is an all-purpose glue sent to earth by the crafting gods)
– small paper plate
– toothpicks
– small tweezers


1. Paint your letter with acrylic paint.  It’s a good idea to paint the top portion of the stems that will be going into the cake (you want to make sure the wood doesn’t show).  You may have to do a few coats to get even coverage, depending on your paint and the type of wood.  Allow to dry completely.  (Hint: Wax paper is your friend; it doesn’t stick to your letter like newspaper.)
2. Squeeze out a SMALL amount of E6000 onto the paper plate.  Fight the urge to use a ton!  This stuff dries pretty quickly, and a little goes a long way.
3. Using a toothpick, spread a small amount of the glue over a SMALL area of the front of your letter.  AGAIN, THIS GLUE DRIES QUICKLY AND IT’S BEST TO WORK IN SMALL SECTIONS.
4. Using the tweezers, pick up the rhinestones and set them in the glue.  Try to adjust them quickly, but don’t worry about the glue bulging up…it dries clear. 😉
5. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you have covered your topper in enough bling to signal Batman.
6. Allow glue to completely dry before using the topper.  (You can spray your topper with an acrylic sealant if you wish, but it’s not necessary.)

I seriously LOVE how our topper turned out, and it looks so pretty in our wedding photos.


Yes, our cake was red velvet layered with cream cheese frosting.  Delishhhhhh.

Happy Friday!  Next week I’ll show you our initialed peacock feather wreaths!



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Edit (9/5/13): I made up a nice picture for pinning purposes, and thought I would share. 🙂


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7. Our wedding was blogged!

Jason and I were married on May 26th of this year.  It was the best day of my life!  I spent months crafting most of the decor and small details, and I’m so glad we had the wonderful Laura Zastrow to photograph everything.  I’m actually extra glad that we hired her, because our wedding was featured on A Northwoods Wedding.  They had such nice things to say about our day!

Here’s a list of EVERYTHING I made for our peacock wedding:

– bridal hairpiece
– bridesmaid hairpieces
– bridesmaid earrings
– bridal sash
– maid of honor sash
– table runners
– potted manzanita branch centerpieces with faux orchids and hanging crystals
– table numbers
– cake topper
– save-the-date postcards, invitations + RSVP postcards, wedding programs
– peacock feather wreaths with initials (“J” for Jason and “G” for Gabriella)
– aisle pomanders
– boutonnieres (Jason, groomsmen, and dads), wrist corsages (moms), and pins (grandmoms)
– luminaries
– hand-painted aisle runner (which we actually ended up using as a banner)

I think that is a complete list.  Crazy, huh?  I will be showcasing each of these projects in a separate blog post every Wednesday (until I run out), so stay tuned!

One of my favorites photos from our wedding. 🙂



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