No, don't ask me anything about being married. I know just as much about marriage now as I did when I walked down that aisle and that ain't much, but if you wanna ask me how I made my really awesome wedding invites, I'd be happy to share that info.
I got so many compliments and comments on my invites:
"Of course, you would have something crazy like this. Have you ever heard of a card & an envelope?"
"This is to beautiful to open, Just tell me where the wedding is."
"How the #*@< do you open this thing?"
"When are you coming to my house to vacuum up this sand?"
... and of course I wouldn't have it any other way.
So, here's what they looked like:
Here's how I did it.
I started out with these:
Glass Bottles complete with corks & shipping boxes
Legal sized off-white paper
Raffia (enough to stuff the boxes and tie the scrolls
Sand & tiny shells (I also added tiny silver wedding bands)
You'll also need:
printer & computer
spray starch & an iron
airbrush or a small spray bottle
brown & yellow water soluble paint
vodka (Don't get excited, it's for the project but if you plan on making more the 25 of these you might want to grab some orange juice too.)
one (or more if you have helpers) long thin straw (the green ones from Starbucks are perfect!)
Making the scroll:
1. Our theme was "Pirate Chic." No judgements. So I made the invitation itself look like an old pirate map by copying an old pirate map of Barbados and adding the wedding details in an elegant cursive font.
2. Print the invitation on 11 x 14 off white legal paper. Trim 1 1/2 - 2 inches off of each side.
3. To make it look like parchment paper, crumple the paper in tight ball. Spread it out. Spray the backside with spray starch & iron it flat. I know it sounds crazy but it works. Parchment paper is expensive and no one knew the difference.
4. Use the scissors to cut tiny little slits in each side. In a small spray bottle combine brown and yellow paint to make a golden brown hue then thin signifcantly with vodka. Spray the edges of the parchment to give it an aged look.
5. Turn the invitation upside down and use the straw to roll the scroll as tightly as possible and tie with a piece of raffia. Leave a long tail of the raffia so your invitees can remove the scroll with out breaking the bottle in a angry rage or just deciding to guess where you're wedding will be.
6. Fill the bottles with a small amount of sand & thrown in a couple of mini shells. Next slide the scroll into the bottle, being careful to leave the tail out. Shove a cork in it & you're done!
7. Stuff the box with raffia and include your rsvp & registry cards. Gently place your invitation inside. Seal, address & send!
You might want to consider hand delivering them. You get to see the look on their faces when they open them and they cost about $5 to ship.
So there you have it.
Please ask questions & leave comments below!
That's all for now.
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Until Next Time...
Keep Adding Bliss!