I never thought of myself as becoming a DIY pro, and believe me, I am still far from it. But I can safely say that doing all these DIYs has certainly brought out a craftier side to me…and made me a better photographer! If you’re looking to improve on either of these two things, a good dose of weekly DIYing may be the trick.
Anyways, my DIY this week was inspired by The Wedding Chicks’ crafty straw flag place card idea. This is a cute idea for place holders at a bridal shower or a small wedding. And it’s so easy! Basically, you whip up a yummy treat (The Wedding Chicks used macaroon parfaits, pictured below – I used a blueberry parfait), stick the flag place card in it, and voila! An instant adorable and delectable way to let your guests know where to sit.
For the DIY, you will need:
-Kabob skewers (you can also use paper straws – they’re cute, but hard to find)
-A glue stick (not pictured… oops)
1. Begin by cutting strips of paper from the cardstock to use as the flags. I just measured for about a 1/2 in of height for each flag, and then cut straight across the width of the cardstock.
2. Fold each strip in half. Then using your scissors, cut a tiny triangle out from the non-folded end of your cardstock strips.
3. Open up the cardstock strips, and apply glue thoroughly to the inside part of the flag.
4. Taking the kabob skewer, place it where your cardstock flag folds over and then press the flag firmly so that it glues itself together around the skewer.
5. Great job! You’re halfway there!
6. Cut small pieces of yarn, no more than about 5 inches in length, to tie around the top of your flag, where the paper folds over the skewer. This was a bit tricky – I ended up making at figure 8 shape around this part of the skewer, and then tying a double-knot.
6. Great, you’re almost done! You should now have your flags completely glued, yarn-ed, and ready to be written on!
7. Using a pen of your choice, write your guests’ names on each flag. I had a fancy gold calligraphy pen that I wanted to use, but it can really be anything that looks neat.
Stick that baby in the treat of your choice! I whipped together an impromptu blueberry, yogurt and graham cracker-crumble parfait for the purposes of the picture above, but there are a zillion ways you can put together a yummy parfait-like treat for these placeholders. And I think that mason jars (or any kind of jar) adds a cute rustic touch, and adds to the DIY charm, although the long glasses that are used in The Wedding Chicks’ picture at the beginning looks pretty good too.
This DIY is seriously easy, and was by far the most fun one I have done so far! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to add a fun, unique detail to an upcoming party. C’est parfait!
Overall DIY Grade: A+
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