Sep 19, 2009
The addirondacks became a total inspiration for my wedding spending summers there as a kid. When I found the chalkboard for the card box I wanted to carry that theme in. So, I took the birch off of some logs we bought and applied it to the chalboard with spray adhesive.
I have recently taken on and completed a few more DIY projects with the help of some very willing and amazing family memebers. Living in NYC, I don't have access to a lot of the great craft stores. Luckily some of my family lives within 3 hours of the city so I decided to take a trip up for the weekend and here is what we were able to accomplish.
DIY Moss Letters: I can't believe how easy these were to do. We actually found pre-formed paper mache letters from Jo Ann's. We bought some spray adhesive and the kind of moss I wanted. I wanted moss that looked more like fall. So there is a lot of green and some yellow and some bark as well as pinecones. The color doesn't show up that well in the pictures but I like it in person a whole lot better.
The process = SUPER EASY: (This is my lovely aunt helping me)
DIY Reception Signs: These signs were also very easy and I'm so very glad that we did them. I wanted an antique look to go with my card box and chalkboard and I think we achieved that. Jo Ann's actually sells small cut pieces of plywood which we used. Next we bought a base coat, crackle paint, and a top coat. Then we used stencils, a stensil brush and the paint for the letters. We did both of these projects in one day. I should add that a hair dryer significantly speeds up the process. I included the picture of me blowing them dry though.
Simple piece of light plywood
applying and drying the base coat
Blowing it dry does not speed up the process
Its hard to see but a finished piece of crackled board
All Done! I freehanded the arrows and hearts with a stencil brush.
Here is the DIY version we completed:
Cake Toppers by Nicole Clark: