I got mildly crafty for our wedding with a couple of DIY projects. The first of which was the heart ring bearer “pillow” that I crocheted. While we had a cocktail wedding reception, we still had two tables reserved for our immediate family. I wanted to do something to designate just who these tables were for and I thought it would be funny and a little cheesy to include photos of our family, rather than just the standard name cards. At Christmas I took photos of family members against a light coloured wall. I didn’t tell them why I was doing it but just to smile. I also assured them that the images would not be printed too large. (Everyone hates their photo being taken, I swear!) Anyone that I missed during the holidays, I asked to email me a photo of themselves. In Photoshop, I then cropped the portraits to 2 1/2 inches square. I printed these out on double-sided heavy weight matte paper (well that’s what Epson used to call it). For the back side of the paper, I used the design that Jim created for out invitations. I loved reusing the design to keep things consistent throughout the wedding.
Then the fun began! I cut out each portrait square and then cut around the edges of the portrait so that they began looking almost like stars. I had been saving wine corks for a while and I decided that this craft would be perfect for them. I bought bamboo skewers from the dollar store. I snipped them so that they were shorter (and all the same size – we wouldn’t want any family member thinking that they were more important than another!). With an X-acto knife, I carefully sliced a slit into the top of the skewer. I say carefully because when Jim showed me how he thought I should do it, he also mentioned that I should probably wear heavy gloves when I was doing it. I went home that night, not following his advice, and promptly sliced my thumb on the first skewer that I tried to cut. A couple of days later, I got my glove and did a proper job of them. I then put the skewers into the wine corks. To weight them better so that they will stand properly, I hot glued a washer on the bottom of the cork. I love the end results. They’re definitely a little cheesy but also a lot of fun. (As I was making them, I was also imagining that the little girls at our wedding would love to play with them and I was right!)