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DIY Save the Date BannerDecember 16, 2011

Happy Friday, guys! Today I’m skipping my usual Friday Wrap Up because Style Me Pretty (thank you, ladies!) featured this sweet engagement session I had the pleasure of working on with Jenna in September. One of the things our bride to be, Grace wanted to incorporate into the shoot was some sort of banner with their wedding date. Since they’ll be using the photos for their Save the Dates it made sense to include the wedding date into the photos, and this easy-to-make wood banner was just perfect. It’s a fairly simple craft that requires a ton of hot glue but here’s the step by step photos and instructions just in case!

{Step 1} Decide what you want to spell out and find all of your characters. I was pretty picky about the wood letters I wanted to use. I checked out Michaels, Hobby Lobby and then Joanne’s Fabrics before I found the font style I liked best. I think the letters and numbers individually were $2.99 each. Oh and if you’re looking for the number zero and can’t find it, trying grabbing a letter “O”. I’m pretty sure I searched the entire unfinished wood section for about 10 minutes looking for the zeros before an employee suggested using a letter “O”. Oops. Silly me! Spread out all of your characters on a covered surface.

{Step 2} Remove all of the price tags and stickers on the wood pieces and paint away! I used a soft gray acrylic paint and the same old paint brush I used over here for this project. I used two little bottles of the paint for all of the letters and numbers and that seemed to be more than enough paint to get me through the project. I only painted the sides and fronts of the characters and once the pieces dried, I went back and added a second coat to areas where the wood seemed to peak through.

{Step 3} Flip over and lay down all of your dried characters in the order that they will sit/hang on your banner (be careful that your numbers aren’t backwards!) Find the middle character (ours was the ‘9’) and measure out your ribbon or lace or whatever you will be using to hang the banner from that point out. We started with just one skinny piece of ribbon fastened to the ‘9’ but quickly found that because of the weight of the wood characters we would need a little more of something for the sign to hang in a photographic way. So we quadrupeled up on ribbon strands because we’re serious like that.

{Step 4} I found it easiest to put a ton of hot glue on the top back of each letter then to place the ribbon over top. Then I repeated this process over and over with each piece of precut ribbon, making sure to go back and put little dabs of hot glue in between where the ribbon may have not been adhered to the wood. It really looks like we used a ton of ribbon but you’d be surprised how heavy all of those letters were! We used two spare pieces of ribbon to anchor down the ribbon on the back of the ‘9’ too. This was helpful!

{Step 5} For the ends of all of the pieces of ribbon, I clamped them together with a clothespeg and then tied, knotted and made a bow around all of the pieces to fasten them together. I wanted to make sure Grace and Ryan had a place on the banner to hold the sign by and the little bows seemed like a good marker. However, and this is important, do not tie your ends together until you have glued all of your characters to your ribbon and lace! I did this and ended up having to untie the ends because the ribbon had big bunches in it and wasn’t sitting properly on the characters. Tying your ends together should be the last step you make before cutting off the edges to make both ends equal!

Et voila! A pretty little DIY Save the Date Banner!

And here she is in action during Grace and Ryan’s Love Story shoot! To see more from the session head over to Style Me Pretty today and leave Jenna and I some love. I’ll be sharing more with you all on Monday too. Enjoy your day, bloggies xoxo



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