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Pretty ribbons

March 8, 2011

I channeled my inner Martha Stewart Sunday and made some ribbon wands.

Yay!

They were super easy and it only took one episode of Jersey Shore to make 18 of them.

That’s 30 minutes, if you’re unfamiliar with The Situation, Snooki and the gang.

By my calculations, I’ll only have to sit through seven more episodes to finish all 125.

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No, really, I actually didn’t hate making them. Maybe I can be crafty after all. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here were my supplies:

  • 18 12-inch wooden dowels
  • 9 yards of pink, frilly ribbon
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Lighter
  • Hot glue gun

First I measured and cut two feet of ribbon:

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Then I “melted” one end of the ribbon to keep it from fraying. Sorry, no picture of this step. I’m dangerous enough with the lighter … No need to throw a camera into the mix. Ha!

I didn’t trust myself not to get glue all over the place, so I used two boxes as a makeshift table.

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After draping the ribbon over the box, I glued the wooden dowel to the “un-melted” end. I then rolled the ribbon over the dowel once, added more glue, and then rolled a second time.

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Viola!

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And here is my stash:

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I ordered more ribbon from Michael’s, but it won’t be here until April 1. As soon as it arrives, though, I plan on knocking these puppies out. I’ll just need to make tags for them … Probably with the saying:

As the bride and groom walk your way, wave your ribbon and shout hooray!

Or

As they walk your way after saying “I do,” wave your ribbon and shout woohoo!

Let me ask you, though. If you found a ribbon wand with one of those sayings on your ceremony chair, would you know you’re supposed to wave them as we recess down the aisle? If not, what would you suggest to make it clearer?

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Bubbles or Ribbon Wands?

July 20, 2010

Since our ceremony and reception are at the same location, I figured we’d have to sacrifice the traditional greeting of the newlyweds (rice, birdseed, bubbles, etc). At every wedding I’ve attended, the ceremony was indoors with the receiving line in the church entry way. The guests greeted the families as they left the church and then waited outside for the new Mr. & Mrs.

For the life of me, I could not figure out how something like that would work when we’d be transitioning outside to inside. Then the light bulb came on.

Why not do something like that as we’re walking down the aisle after the ceremony? ๐Ÿ˜€

Since I liken birdseed to sand (you’re still cleaning it up days later), I figured we’d just use bubbles. They’re fun, carefree and often remind me of summer days as a child. They also make pretty cool pictures:

 

My brother and sister-in-law

 

Random couple

They also happen to be budget friendly.

But then I found cute pictures of people waving ribbon wands:

How cute are those? They almost make me want to take up rhythmic gymnastics. Almost. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I’m not normally a DIYer, I’ve decided I to limit myself to two projects (and one for Randy :-P) outside the normal place cards, programs, signage, etc. I already have one (read about it later this week!), but these ribbons could be the second – especially afterย  finding this simple tutorial on Style Me Pretty. Even I can’t mess that up.

I like both ideas for different reasons. The bubbles because they’re easy, the ribbons because they’re different. But I can’t decide. So … I’m taking a poll:

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