Tales of a DIY DC Duo: Chapter 5 “The DIY Projects Begin”

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  • March 08, 2011

This is Chapter 5 of an ongoing series following the journey of a couple throwing an intimate, DIY wedding in Washington, DC. Be sure to check out the earlier chapters from this series!

OK, enough about the background, let’s get into our DIY projects!  That’s what everyone wants to see, right?  Well, the first thing we did was not even supposed to be for our wedding, it was just a craft project we started:  a Popsicle stick bird house.  It was so cheesy!!

We initially put it together with glue and what seems like bubblegum.  Not all of the pieces fit exactly and to make it worse, it was hyper color.  When we were done (8 months later) we looked at it and said “Great, now what should we do with it?”  It was obviously not going to withstand weather or pecking birds and it sure as heck wasn’t going to pass off as decorative.

It was a disaster!  Until…. da da da daaaaaa….. Spray paint!!!!  Yes Krylon is pure magic!  We got a satin espresso coat on it and voila… it looked so nice.  We decided to hot glue “blingy” rhinestones from Joanne’s to it and also some ribbon and silk flowers from Micheal’s.  What a transformation.

It was finally at least presentable, but still… being newly engaged… what function can it have at our wedding?

*Light bulb moment!*

It became our “Wishing Well” or guest book (but if you made one, it could also double as cash/card holder).

We paired it up with providing little wooden tags to everyone.  I printed directions to write us a good wish, sign the back and deposit it into the  wishing well.  I then wrote the words “Well Wishes” on the birdhouse in fabric paint.

Did we think this was cute? yes.  Did we think it was enough?  NOOOOOO!

We also bought twig-like colored pencils from amazon and glued a silk flower onto the unpointy end.  I have also seen directions on how to make these yourself from real branches in your back yard with a dremel and raw graphite, but it seemed a lot easier to just buy 6 of them for $2.

Boy, we really surprised ourselves on how we manage to turn an old ugly craft project into part of our concept!  What do you have lurking in your garage or basement that you are afraid to show the world?  Try some spray paint and hot glue …it could do wonders.

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