DIY Table Numbers

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In a previous post a while back, I posted a little DIY insight into what I was planning as part of my wedding decor. Here is a closer look. I recycled different wine bottles & made them into table numbers as pictured, as well as aisle & wishing well decorations. They are completely easy to make, but they do get a little messy & tideous.
Materials:
1.Old wine bottles. The more random, the better
2.Chalkboard paint/ spray
3.Your choice of ribbon- in this case I used something really cheap like twine.
4.Chalk (if you want a really rustic look) or Chalkboard Marker (if you want a “clean-around-the-edges” & more defined result, less mess)
5. Gold spray paint (optional)
6. Small roller for the chalkboard paint. Not needed if you are using chalkboard spray paint

Method:
1. Soak wine bottles in hot, soapy water for about 10 mins to dislodge label. Most labels peel off very easily & clean- some are just a bitch, so I had to use a metal spoon to scrape & scrub off the label. Let dry
2. Cut very carefully (I used small scissors), the metal seal around the neck of bottle
3. Spray (faster method) or use the roller to colour the bottle with the chalkboard paint & let dry.
4. Give it a second- or third coating, up to you.
5. Tie it with your choice of ribbon
6. Decorate with the chalk marker & voila~

Extra: If you want to the gold neck: I used white tape halfway down the neck to indicate where I’d like it to stop. Then I sprayed gold paint on it & let dry. After, I tied twine around the neck. Or in my case, I even spray-painted the aisle runners entirely in gold & added babys breath into it.

You can wash off the chalkboard pen & change the wording to whatever you like. I had variations at my wedding like “E & G”, “LOVE” etc… Can’t wait to re-use this again when I have a house warming/party in the future 🙂

Midas Touch

Ever since I saw the various posts of gold inspired Halloween decorations, I have been itching to emulate them on things other than skulls, pumpkins & acorns. Whilst I already voiced my concerns about DIY troubles here in my past blog, I still wanted to create something, but fuss free & fast. These cute Lucky Buddha beer bottles were begging for a makeover from their original emerald green colouring. I have always loved the idea of novelty bottles such as the infamous Crystal skull heads, so not only that I love drinking Lucky Buddha beer, using them for this project seemed nothing less than perfect. I would have loved to try gilding, but the process requires much time & a patient hand- which I lack. Solution? Gold spray paint!

Before:

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After:

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My Crazy Week

Phew! The past 2 weeks couldn’t go past sooner enough & boy am I glad it is finally over. It was definitely 2 weeks I struggled with this year. We had been preparing for the impending engagement party happening Sat, March 15. The groomsmen came over one Sunday afternoon armed with garden weapons & started attacking our Amazonian backyard. I think they got super excited over Andys new chainsaw that they just randomly went overboard started chopping trees & bushes. A super special thanks to: Ben & Alvin for braving the swarm of insects to do what you do & much love to Leong, Dao, Andy & Andrew for the hardwork!

I then spent Monday Labour Day tackling & wrestling cleaning up & weeding our front yard & driveway, which was plagued with these weeds that have those roots that connect to all the way to Never-ever-land. Thank the gods I have awesome sisters with Arnie arms because we literally went from 9am to 5pm just weeding & hoe-ing (haha hoeing) My bro- in- law suddenly became an expert tree killer- chopping down more random branches with his mini rechargeable saw & digging up tree stumps- G on the other hand, just wanted to wreck things. A super special thanks & respect to my warrior sisters: Mimi, Tammi & Delinda. Tammi for being an expert bush trimmer, Mimi for being the ‘snail whisperer’ & Delinda for just being a homie. For a moment we did become a tad delirious from all that weeding & sniffing manure… because we have never been more excited than to find satisfaction of pulling out a weed that lead to more weeds that lead to its weed/root family all the way the other end. Yep… we did go crazy for a bit.

I definitely have so much respect for the guys who do this sort of stuff for a living because by evening all of us had really sore ankles, arms & back.

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20140317-202307.jpgOn top of that, we all had our normal 9-5 day jobs & we recently had a new baby in the Tran household – Oscar the baby Dacshund, who had been crying & whimpering non-stop at odd hours of night & morning. At one point I was on the verge of a mental & physical breakdown from the stress I was coping. I had terrible mood swings & was easily annoyed over the smallest things 😦

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The few days before the forthcoming engagement, we decorated the sheltered part of our driveway/backyard with white lanterns that I bought from Ebay. We bought fairy lights from Bunnings & hung that up too. I sourced cute paper Doilies from Etsy & stuck that up on my window. I pulled out some decorations that I’ll be using at our wedding as well- I figured what a waste if it’s only used just once, so might as well make the most of it.

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[Little funny tags I made to name the after effects of drinking too much]

ID pictures 070Found an old IKEA mirror in the garage which I ended up using as a message board with a dry erase marker. Started painting that and then got the itch to paint more, so Delinda & I started painting the gate. Thanks Delinda- I’m sure the painting skills will definitely help you in your future nursing career- somehow haha.

ID pictures 068ID pictures 067“Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we are all family now, so no seating plan”

So the day arrived, we bought a cartload & more of goodies from Costco.

Had a simple game to make it fun. I got the guys to write an anonymous ‘advice’ for me & the girls to write one for G. During the afternoon, we had our speeches & then got each of the guys to read a message of advice for Graham- the ones written by the girls & vice versa. It turned out to be really funny & moral of the story is… The women are always RIGHT. So there.

We also had a dessert competition & everyone was super impressed with the turnout. Congrats to AC for winning hearts with her ‘Green Tea Crème Brule’ & David… I voted for those Smores… wish there was leftovers!

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[Key Lime Pie- this was my creation :)]ID pictures 071[The winner of the night- Green Tea Creme Brulee]

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[Choc-Coconut Bounty Shots]

We ended up giving out mini patron bottles to the boys & mini lavender candles for the girls as a little thank you gift 🙂

What a weekend.

The Engagement

For our engagement party, we opted instead for a small get together in our backyard with our family, bridal party, their partners & several close friends. We wanted a small & intimate gathering to reflect the overall theme of our upcoming wedding in December.

I didn’t want it to be the conventional type of ‘backyard BBQ’, instead I wanted to inject it with some elements of our wedding but without breaking the bank. Our backyard also looked very lacklustre (and jungle like before) so I really wanted to spice up the place a bit to make it look more elegant & aesthetically pleasing. I figured that even if it doesn’t turn out looking like something out of ‘Vogue Wedding’, at least something wedding-like rather than just a boring backyard.

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[Picture from Pinterest]

Simple Wedding DIY Ideas

By no means I am a DIY Master. Most of the things I usually make turn out looking like a kids arts & crafts assignment. And the thought of outsourcing bibs & bobs from various arts stores honestly gives me the cringes.

However, ever since the upcoming wedding, I have been channelling my ‘inner’ DIY goddess hehe. Being able to save a couple of hundreds here & there gives me a sense of accomplishment & pushes me forwards to look for more ideas & inspiration. It also gives me that fulfilment & an imaginary F finger to those wedding suppliers that rip people off.

Hopefully some of these very simple ideas could serve as a guide for you as well:

Wedding bouquets. 

For my sisters wedding back in Sept 2011, we ended up paying nearly a grand for 3 bouquets & 5 boutonnieres & 2 corsages. Keeping in mind my sister & brother in law only had 4 in their bridal party (which included me) And since G & I will be having 11 in our bridal party, that predicted cost is simply impossible to fork out (come on! 1K for flowers?!)

So instead, I will be outsourcing a bulk amount of one of my all time favourite flowers- Gypsophilas aka Baby’s Breath. Buying in bulk also means I could get it at wholesale prices. Gypsophilas are not only affordable, they are beautiful, dreamy like & extremely hardy & long lasting throughout the hot summer weather. (Our wedding will be in Dec- so in the summer for Melbourne)

I will be making my bridesmaids bouquets- a total of 6! All I need is a bunch cut into desired stem length, ribbon in your choice of colour, or for a more rustic theme, twine is also great & affordable! voila~

Below are some of  the pictures that inspired me. This method is not limited to just Baby’s Breath, you can have Roses or Lisianthus & there are many videos available on YouTube to help you.

One of the links that really helped me is this. Check it out! 🙂

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Wine Bottle Table Numbers: 

I don’t want to settle for the tacky default table numbers option that come with the venue. Instead, I have collected used wine bottles & reused them as ‘chalkboard’ table numbers! (If you are not a wine drinker, ask your friends to save you some empty bottles!)

On top of that, I have purchased the below just from an arts & craft store

1. Chalkboard paint

2. A rolley sponge brush & tray

3. Twine

All you have to do, is soak the wine bottles in hot water (give it about 20-30 mins), until you are able to peel off the labels easily. Once peeled off, wipe bottle clean of any glue residue using baby oil or vinegar & dry. Then give a couple of generous coats of Chalkboard paint (for mine I did 3 times, allowing some time to dry in between) & voila!

Just use Chalk or White permanent marker to draw cute designs for table numbers!

Some of pictures that inspired me from Pinterest.

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Alternatively you can stick printed table numbers on the filled wine bottles & give that away to a random guest on the table!

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Hope these help! 🙂