Hello there crafty friends! I hope your 2020 has been treating you well so far. Today’s blog will be the first part of a multiple part blog series devoted to working on my wedding table centerpieces. As I mentioned in my last blog post, this year will be heavy on wedding crafts!
We had a very warm day here in NH about a week ago so I took the opportunity to do some spray painting and got started on my table numbers. For a while now, I have had an idea in my head of what I have wanted the table numbers to look like and now am finally getting started on them! As some of you may know, I am a huge Harry Potter nerd and have converted my fiancé into a pretty large fan as well. We want to have a few little Harry Potter touches throughout the wedding without it being an aggressively themed wedding. I also want to preface this blog post by saying that all of the ideas for wedding crafts are supported by my fiance as well! I am not just going rogue without input from him as well!
So for the table numbers, each table will have a frame with a title page from the first Harry Potter novel inside of it. Table 1 will have the book page of chapter 1 in it and so on; there will also be a larger decorative number on each frame to make it clear from farther away which table is which. The first big step with this process was to purchase everything needed! I got spray paint, acrylic craft paint and gold shimmer paint at Michaels, as well as 12 mismatched 4 by 6 frames at both the Dollar Tree and at Goodwill. I already had some chipboard numbers and decorations so did not need to buy anything else there.
Our wedding colors are navy blue and burgundy so I decided that I would spray paint 6 of the frames navy blue and the other 6 burgundy, with the chipboard numbers on each frame being painted in the alternating color. That sentence may not make sense yet, but it will later on! I gave all of the frames about 2 coats of spray paint. I will need to go back and give the frames another 1-2 coats of spray paint, but will need to wait for some warmer weather because I will not be going outside to spray paint when it is 20 degrees outside.
As I mentioned above, I also painted 6 numbers burgundy and 6 navy blue to put on the frame of the alternating color. We will have small gold accents throughout our wedding decorations as well, so I used the gold paint to add a bit of gold shimmer to the numbers. I also painted some little chipboard decorations completely gold to add to the frames in addition to the numbers.
I have an extra copy of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (because I'm crazy) so I cut out the title pages from that book to use in the frames. My creative consultant, also know as my mother, and I thought that the pages needed to be antiqued up a bit so I used some watered down brown acrylic paint to age the pages slighty.
Putting watery paint on the pages made them crumple up slightly as they dried, so I took out the iron and ironed each book page under a piece of parchment paper. This flattened out the pages, but ensured that the iron did not burn the paper.
And that is what I have right now! We have frames that need another coat of paint, numbers fully painted and book pages ready to be put inside the frames. I feel like this blog seemed a little scatterbrained, but everything will make sense once we get to the finished centerpiece. I swear. Bear with me.
What crafts are you all working on in the new year?
Hello everyone! Happy 2020!
I hope that you all had wonderful holiday seasons and enjoyed whatever you celebrate. We are easing back into the New Year with a shorter post about what you can be expecting from me this year.
In November of this year, I will be getting married so you can be expecting quite a few wedding related crafts coming your way. If that is not your thing, I totally get it, but just be warned. Some bigger projects I know I will be doing blog posts on is wedding favors and centerpieces, and I may also be doing a post about bouquets as I am making mine (with the help of my crafty mother) out of fake flowers. Other projects may pop up that I decide to do posts on as well, but these are the bigger ones that you can be expecting.
I also am going to make an effort to try and do more videos this year. I know I said that last year and it never really came to fruition, but I am going to make an effort to come out of my comfort zone a little more and make the PPP a little more interactive.
I also wanted to share some of the goals that I personally have this year for my craftiness. I have come to realize that I am not a big person for huge New Year’s resolutions as I find them daunting and more stressful than helpful, but I do have some smaller things I want to work on in my crafty life this year.
1. Keep my craft area clean. I was much better about this in the latter part of 2019 and would love to continue this into 2020.
2. Use my craft space more. This ties in with Number 1. I have a nice craft space that I am actively working to keep cleaner and more organized so I need to utilize it better and more often.
3. Have crafty days with some friends. I have a few friends from work that enjoy crafting like I do and we have been wanting to get together for a craft day so I want to make that happen several times over in the New Year.
Thank you all for checking in every other week and reading the blog and I hope that you are excited for what I have coming in this year!
What crafty plans does everyone else have for the upcoming year? Leave it in the comments below!
I am a 23-year-old crafter and baker from New Hampshire!