Wedding Stationery Inspiration: DIY Table Runners

Linens are a simple standard that make their way into almost every wedding. And while they can add a little color, it’s probably not the place you want a lot of pattern or fine detail. Instead, try adding some texture and color to your table with a fun, DIY table runner. I rounded up a few of my favorites that use paper as the main material in crafting up these lengthy pieces. The best part is you can easily switch out the colors here and mix in your own color palette for instant decor! Not to mention, these paper pieces will barely put a dent in your wedding day budget. – Lauren

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left image: photo by Kathryn McCrary via Style Me Pretty // right image: Evite

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Green Wedding Shoes

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left image: photo by Laure Joliet for Oh Joy  // right image: photo by Erin J .Saldana via 100 Layer Cakelet

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left image: photo by Frost Photography via Style Me Pretty // right image: Love That Party

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DIY Tutorial: Copper and Gold Gilded Wedding Invitations

Gold has been a very popular accent in wedding stationery for some time now (and we couldn’t be happier about it!). In today’s DIY tutorial, we created a high end wedding invitation suite that incorporates mixed metallics and a gilding technique that you can absolutely do yourself! When you use multiple metallic shades, you are able to get a wonderful textural dimension that using only one tone just cannot give. We hope these copper and gold gilded wedding invitations inspire you to incorporate some shine into your own invitations! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Materials

Modern Type Invitation Stamp

Modern Type Reply Card Stamp

Art Deco Return Address Stamp

Seal Initial Monogram Stamp

A9 Cards (we used Papaya)

6×9 String tie envelopes (we used Milkweed)

4bar Cards (we used Old Lace)

4bar envelopes (we used Paper Bag)

Small Paper Tags (we found ours locally – but these kraft paper tags are similar)

Embossing Stamp Pad

Embossing Heat Tool

Embossing Powder in Gold

Glue Stick or PVA glue

Copper Sheets

Soft brush for gilding

Finetec metallic watercolor set

Fine pointed brush

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step One: First, you’ll want to rubber stamp and emboss all of your cards. We used our Modern Type Invitation Stamp and Modern Type Reply Card Stamp for this design. On the cute little tag, we embossed our Seal Monogram Stamp. All of the pieces were embossed with our favorite gold embossing powder which gives lovely, fine results. Simply stamp your designs on each card (either in matching ink or with Versamark glue ink, as pictured), dust the powder over it, tap off the excess, and heat set the print. For more information about how to emboss using stamps, please watch this instructional video.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Step Two: Now for the fun part…gilding! We used copper (yes COPPER!) sheets to gild the top of our invitation design to lend an organic, worn, metallic look. With a glue stick smear the adhesive at the top of the invitation and quickly, very quickly put the copper sheet face down on top of the adhesive. Rub the paper backing on the copper sheet with your fingers to make sure that it sticks. Peel off the backing and rub the foil gently with your fingers to smooth any edges.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Three: Lightly brush off excess with your soft brush. Repeat steps 2 and 3 with more adhesive if needed.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Four: Emboss your return address using the same technique as used in step one. We used our Art Deco Return Address Stamp for this design on both our reply envelope and outer envelope.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful PaperStep Five: Address your invitations! We used a beautiful finetec metallic paint palette with a pointed brush for this design. Experiment with styles until something feels natural to you! There’s a bit of a learning curve when lettering with a brush, just be patient with yourself and remember to have a light touch.

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step Six: Now all that’s left is to put the suite together! We tied ours together with golden thread (wrapped around 4-5 times) and tied it with our tag. Add your postage and send your metallic creations to your lovely guests!

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Gold and Copper Gilded Wedding Invitations by Antiquaria via Oh So Beautiful Paper

Photography by Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Engagement Cocktail Party Invitation

It’s clear by the details that go into wedding and event invitations that the goal is to get guests excited for what’s to come. And I can’t think of anything that will get them more excited than receiving a small gift with – or even within – the invitation. This DIY balloon party invitation is a gift in and of itself as a mini cocktail kit. I love this idea for an engagement cocktail party! – Lauren

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Party Invitation and Mini Cocktail Kit by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Supplies

Clear plastic cocktail shaker

Small cocktail glass

Mini bottle of your favorite liquor (I used Hendricks)

Fresh herbs that will mix well with the liquor (I chose thyme to go with the gin)

Balloon

Cocktail stirrer

Permanent Pen (I used a gold Sharpie)

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Party Invitation and Mini Cocktail Kit by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 1. Start by designing the main part of the package, the invitation! Blow up the balloon and secure (temporarily), I used a clothespin.

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Step 2. Letter your invitation text straight onto the balloon with your permanent pen and let dry.

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Party Invitation and Mini Cocktail Kit by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 3. Once they have dried, deflate the balloons.

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Party Invitation and Mini Cocktail Kit by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 4. Pack all of the pieces inside of the clear cocktail shaker. You can even write the directions for making your cocktail on the outside of the shaker.

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Party Invitation and Mini Cocktail Kit by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Step 5. Deliver and let your guests enjoy!

DIY Tutorial: Balloon Party Invitation and Mini Cocktail Kit by A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

What ingredients would you include in a pre-party cocktail kit?

Photo Credits: A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Post-it Brand World of Color Collections Cocktail Party Menu

Last week I shared a fun idea that I put together using the new Post-it Brand World of Color collections – a cocktail party menu! I love the pop of color this menu brings to any party, and it’s so easy to create using Post-it® Notes from the new World of Color collections. I’m back to share the full instructions for this project so you can create your own for your next gathering!

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Materials

Post-it Brand A World of Color Notes 3″ x 3″ (I used the Bora Bora collection)

Black Pen

Black markers of varying thicknesses

Step 1: Assign each cocktail a note color from the chosen collection. The Bora Bora collection comes in five colors of tropical blues and greens, so we used five cocktail recipes: The Caipirinha, The Mai Pen Rai, Spice Islands Punch, The Mojito, and The Daiquiri.

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Step 2: Write out the recipe of each cocktail on the corresponding Post-it® Note, starting with the ingredients and followed by the instructions. A fine ball point or roller ball pen will work best for smaller text. If needed, draw very light pencil lines on each Post-it® Note with a ruler to help guide and center your text – then erase the pencil lines once your ink is fully dry. You’ll want to create at least one Post-it® Note of each cocktail for every guest at the party. If you’re worried that your guests won’t be able to read your handwriting, try writing in all caps – that’s my go-to method when I need to be sure that someone can read my writing. Don’t forget the title of the drink so your friends know how to recreate it at home later!

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Step 3: I used this DIY tutorial to create the acrylic menu sign in a vibrant teal – it’s so easy and one of my favorite tutorials that we’ve ever done on Oh So Beautiful Paper.

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Step 4: Begin laying out your cocktail Post-it® Notes! I found it easiest to place the top row of notes first using a ruler. I lined the first Post-it® Note up with the left edge of my menu sign, then placed each note roughly 1 1/4″ apart for nice neat rows.

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Step 5: Continue each row of cocktail Post-it® Notes down the wall. The amount of space between each note will be determined by the number of guests at your party, so you can space them out or layer them according to your needs. Don’t worry about being totally perfect with the alignment or spacing on the way down, it’s meant to look fun and playful – not fussy.

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Optional: If you’re going for the layered look with lots of Post-it® Notes for a larger gathering, start from the bottom and work your way to the top, staggering the notes as you go. I placed my Post-it® Notes in columns of roughly two notes per color, with plenty of overlap along the way. The Post-it Brand A World of Color collections includes an array of bright and beautiful tones, so you can easily use more colors for larger gatherings!

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Step 6: Create the “please take one” notes. Write one word per Post-it® Note in large script or capital letters using black markers. I used a bright yellow 3″ x 3″ Post-it® Note from the New York City collection. For a whimsical hand lettered look, use markers with different thicknesses for different portions of the lettering. I used a thin marker to write out each word, then went over some sections with a thicker marker for contrast. You can also try mixing script letters, lowercase letters, and capital letters! Place the Post-it® Notes on the wall, with the right edge of your top note aligned with the right edge of the cocktail menu sign.

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Step 7: Style your bar and enjoy the party!

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How will you use the Post-it Brand World of Color collections?

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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Post-it Brand A World of Color Collections Cocktail Party Menu

I was thrilled when Post-it Brand reached out to me regarding their new collections of notes – Post-it Brand A World of Color collections – featuring an array of beautiful colors inspired by nine cities around the world. The new collections combine two of my favorite things: world travel and lots of color! I’m convinced that bright colors make me happier, especially during these dark winter months. I wanted to do something that reflected the global vibe of the new collections, so I created a fun cocktail party menu out of Post-it® Notes – featuring five cocktail recipes with rum and lime juice from around the world!

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I was immediately drawn to the blues and greens of the A World of Color Bora Bora collection, with their promise of sandy beaches and warm tropical weather. Our menu includes five tropical rum sours from around the world – from Brazil to Southeast Asia – with each color note representing a different recipe! And this menu is incredibly versatile: create streamlined rows for a smaller, intimate gathering, or layer dozens of notes for an explosion of color. But the best part is that your guests can take their favorite recipe with them at the end of the evening to recreate their favorite recipe (or recipes) at home!

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Other cities in the Post-it Brand A World of Color collections include Marrakesh, Rio de Janeiro, Jaipur, Cape Town, Bali, Marseille, Helsinki, and New York. The notes come in the 3″ x 3″ size that I used to create this menu, along with lined and unlined Notes in the 4” x 4” and 4” x 6” sizes. I love the colors of the Cape Town 4″ x 6″ Notes – especially that wonderful light minty blue above – for making to do lists!

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What is your favorite collection from the Post-it Brand A World of Color collections?

Check back next week for the full instructions for this project!

Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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