Wednesday, March 13, 2013

How it Was Made!

In early January, we revealed to y'all our bridal party. (You can read the original post here!) We said we'd provide you the steps on how they were made, and here you have it!

Items Used:
  • X-acto knife
  • Tape
  • Paint brush
  • Bells
  • Ornament 
  • Scribble paint
  • Ribbon
  • Glitter foam sheet
  • Card stock paper
  • Glass plates
  • Mod Podge
  • Photo
  • Cookies
  • Icing

The project was actually very simple, but just very time-consuming.

Below is a picture of the finished ornament. As you can see, all you essentially need is cardstock, ribbon, bells, and scribble paint.

These blank ornaments were found at Joanne's Fabrics for about $0.76. Super easy to decorate since they were flat:

Just cut some cardstock into circles and Modpodge those babies onto the each side of the ornament. (We decided to use a glittery foam paper for the front to give it a more Christmas-y look) Initials were drawn on using scribble paint. And a fine-tip sharpie was used to pop the question "Will you be my..."

Ribbon was used to hang the ornaments. To add some frill, leave some ribbon for slack.

Add some jingley bells. Just string them on some ribbon and tie 'em on to make a bow.

How easy was that? Now onto the plates...

We used an X-acto knife to cut out the words BRIDESMAID and MAID OF HONOR, but if you want to save a couple hours, you can just buy some letters at the craft store.

Once you got your letters taken care of, get your patterned cardstock you want for the background of the glass plate. Grab a pencil and trace your cardstock into a circle. You'll actually need to trace your cardstock with something slightly bigger than the plate - maybe half an inch bigger. We used a popcorn bowl.

Next step is to grab a photo of you and the bridesmaid/maid-of-honor and figure out where you'd like it placed on the plate. We decided to have the words Bridesmaid/Maid of Honor on top and photo on bottom. Once you have your photo in place, you can go ahead and Modpodge the crap out of your glass plate using a paintbrush. TIP: Make sure to place the photo before you Modpodge or else the photo will be slightly warped.

After this, you can add your letters. Start from the outside-in. (Meaning to stick the first letter and last letter on first, to make sure all the letters fit on the plate - ie: B and D for bridesmaid, then R and I, etc.) Then, stick on your patterned cardstock.

It'll take a few hours for it to stick on there. As it's hardening, you'll notice some areas aren't sticking to the plate so you will need to add more Modgepodge. The Modgepodge dries clear so don't worry about any excess showing up when it's wet. Let it dry overnight. The next day, slap more of that podge onto the bottom of the cardstock. This will need a couple layers and another night to dry.

Finally, the plate will be ready to hold some cookies. The last step is to buy a dozen cookies and some icing. We drew question marks using the icing, and it took a few hours to dry. The last step is to cover the plate with the cookies, making sure to cover up the words bridesmaid/maid-of-honor.

TIP: When presenting the girls with their ornament and plate, make sure to package the ornament in gift wrap with a note that asks them to open it first. That way, the girls will read "Will you be my..." first before revealing the words bridesmaid/maid-of-honor underneath the cookies.