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Posted on November 26, 2008 at 4:56 pm
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Posted on November 26, 2008 at 5:03 pm
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Uhh I paid $120 for my 100ft aisle runner 

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 4:56 am
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Posted on November 27, 2008 at 5:31 am
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custom colored fabric aisle runners  http://eventbelladesigns.com/id44.html


custom colored fabric aisle photo 144328-1


 

Posted on November 27, 2008 at 5:35 am
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That could definately be a DIY project, cheap isle runner + stencil + paint!

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 2:44 am
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SMWifey--->   article from Heather Drive:


DIY Aisle Runner



I am a true DIY (do-it-yourself!) bride! I just completed my first project today. I decided to do a monogrammed aisle runner for the church.

I went to Joann Fabrics last week and bought my runner with a 40% off coupon (so it was only $19!). Then I went to Michael's on Thursday and picked up a bottle of aqua acrylic paint, a bottle of black acrylic paint, and a pack of all sizes and shapes of paint brushes (total $4--I used a 40% off coupon for the pack of brushes).

I designed our monogram in Microsoft Publisher. I was able to enlarge it to be three feet wide by about two feet tall. I then printed it using my regular home inkjet printer and then taped all of the sheets together. The monogram looked a little bit pixelated (blurry) from being blown up so much, but it was still usable since all I was doing was tracing it.



Here are step by step instructions, with photos (thanks to Michael!):

1. Figure out where on the aisle runner you want to paint the monogram. Our aisle runner is 100 ft, with a 100-ft. aisle. We decided to put the monogram about 10-12 feet from the end of the runner so that it will be situated at the back of the church.

2. Lay out the enlarged monogram on a table or floor, and tape down so it will not move. Lay the aisle runner over the monogram and line it up until you like its position. Tape the aisle runner down to the table/floor so it also doesn't move.

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-1This is me lining up the runner with the edge of the paper.



3. Then, trace the design with a mechanical pencil. I went back and forth over it a couple of times so that it would be dark enough to see really well when I was painting. However, if you're using lighter color paints, I suggest doing it as lightly as possible (while still being able to see it, of course!) because the lighter colors won't cover the pencil marks as well.

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-2

Tracing away!



4. After you finish tracing, remove the tape from everything. You're now done with your print-out of the monogram.



5. Now, tape wax paper to the table/floor before repositioning your aisle runner to paint it. This will prevent paint from bleeding through onto your surface. I've heard some people have made the mistake of putting paper underneath--paint soaks through and gets the paper wet, and it ends up sticking to the back of the runner! Definitely use the wax paper.

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-3
Making good use of the wax paper and taping it down to the table.




6. Reposition the aisle runner over the wax paper and tape it down again so it doesn't move on you.

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-4
It's difficult to see in the photo, but this is my runner with my pencil tracings done, and wax paper underneath.


7. Start painting! I would suggest working on the lighter colors first, and also suggest working from the middle to the outside. I started in the middle of my "K" and worked my way out toward the edges. I used a variety of different brushes that had different sizes. And I was just patient--I took my time. If you smudge a little outside of the lines, it's OK--you can modify the letter a little bit by "smoothing it out" and making it look like the letter is supposed to do that! But there's really no room for errors like dropping wet paint brushes or smearing the paint with your hands!

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-5

Painting the "K" with our aqua color.




8. Allow your first color to dry before moving on to the next. I let the aqua K dry for a good 3-4 hours before beginning work on the black lettering.

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-6

The finished "K"!


9. Paint in the rest of your lettering, again working inside out.

SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-7Putting the finishing touches on our date!




10. Allow the whole thing to dry, and you're finished! Then roll it back up onto the roll and store in a garbage bag or somewhere else for safe keeping until the wedding.


SMWifey article from Heather photo 144536-8


Our finished monogram aisle runner.


I think it turned out great, and it's a cheap "decoration" for the church. One of those little details that guests will notice.


Posted on November 28, 2008 at 3:49 am
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Wow I love how hers turned out!

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 9:49 am
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OMg that is beautiful!

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 11:55 am
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OMG - that looks amazing!! 

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm
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Well done!!! I love your DIY aisle runner.  What font did you use?  Great idea to purchase your runner from the fabric store.

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 12:44 pm
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Saving this thread!!


I just bought my aisle runner from Joann's with a 50% coupon....final price $15!! Woohoo!

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 3:33 pm
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sheladm001--> the bride who did this was named Heather Drive; it was on her blog

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 7:02 pm
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I can not decide if I want to purchas and aisle runner and then monogram it or if I want to purchase the muslin fabric to make my own aisle runner and then monogram it.  How many of you have purchased the fabric?  I want to do some banners as well.

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 12:58 pm
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I've been thinking the same question brittyboo...


I'm just thinking buying one would be easier and for only $15 or so with a coupon, it might be worth it!

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 1:01 pm
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HAHA!! I have been thinking the same thing.  They have one on Oriental Trading that I really like and when i looked at it online it was on sale for $15 and some change.  Lord knows I need things that will be saving me time lol.

Posted on November 29, 2008 at 1:06 pm

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