DIY Tutorial: Industrial Lightbox Typography Sign

Industrial signs always catch my eye. Especially ones that light up. And since it’s become “a thing” to have similar (neon!) signs in your home, for your wedding, or in your office, i’ve had the urge to make something with a simple industrial feel that contrasts against the pretty things we’d display around it. I love the versatility of the one I made… you can paint it, change out the quotes and words, prop it up or hang it, and move it around from room to room. I decided to do something fun for our bedroom but would love to make another for the entry way and change quotes with the seasons! Read on to see how to make your own! – Lauren

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Materials

lightbox

balsa wood (found at craft stores, it’s VERY light and thin)

glue gun

vinyl to cut or letter stickers

razor blade/scissors/x-acto knife

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Step One: Start by measuring pieces of your wood that will cover the sides of the lightbox. Since most will have a slight tilt on the face, make sure you follow the highest measurement all the way across the length of your wood panel. When you glue them down, you want to create an even box so that the face will be flat when you display. Cut all four pieces out. Remember to cut around the switch and plug as seen below.

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Step Two: Use your glue gun to attach the pieces to the sides first. Make sure to lay the lightbox face down when glue the pieces on so that the lighted part of the box is flat on the front.

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Step Three: Cut two pieces to cover any part of the light box that is not the frosted plastic piece, this will create the “frame” on the front of the box.

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Step Four: Cut out your letters or use some pre-made letter stickers to add a word or quote you like.

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If you want to hang, you will have to drill holes through the top of the wood AND through the plastic top of your box (the wood and glue will not hold the weight). To secure the string, I tied the ends to some washers bigger than the hole I drilled on the inside of the box.

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Find a place to hang and style!

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I love that with the stickers it will be really easy for us to change out our quote whenever we’d like!

What would you guys use your new lightbox sign for?

Styling + Photos by Lauren Saylor of A Fabulous Fete for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Floral Save the Date Tags

For couples getting married in the first half of 2015, it’s time to send out save the dates! For this tutorial we wanted to create a design that’s easy to make (for those of you in a time crunch) but also highly customizable. Using a simple tag form and patterned card stock we elevated this simple stamped design into something really special: floral save the date tags. The best part is, you can simply change the pattern and completely transform the look of it! – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Floral Calligraphy Save the Date Stamp
Antique Monogram Stamp
Annabelle Floral Patterned Paper
Watercolor Stripe Patterned Paper
A2 Kraft Envelopes
Self healing mat, craft knife and metal ruler
Stamp Pad in Eggplant
Washi Tape
Ribbon
Envelope Liner Templates
Scissors
Hole Punch

Floral Tag STD Step1 DIY Tutorial: Floral Save the Date Tags

Step One: First, we’ll need to cut the cards that we’ll be using to make our tags. You could make these any size you’d like but for this tutorial we’ll be cutting them to fit inside an A2 envelope. Select 8.5″ x 11″ patterned card stock (we used our Annabelle Floral patterned paper) and cut it into cards measuring 4″ x 5.25.” You should get four cards per 8.5″ x 11″ sheet.

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Step Two: To notch the corners of your tag, find the 45 degree mark on a self healing mat. Line your card corner into the square (as shown above) and your ruler along the angle line. With a craft knife, cut the paper cleanly across the corner.

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Step Three: Next, you’ll just want to flip the card over and repeat Step 2 on the other side of the card. Now your tag shape is complete!

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Step Four: We decided to use gold patterned washi tape to add an extra layer of interest. Tear a piece of washi tape to ~1.5 inches and center it in the top center of your tag (above left). Then, bend the tape over the top and adhere it to the back of your tag as well (above center). Lastly, you want to punch a hole through the card and the washi tape in the center about a quarter of an inch down (above right).

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Step Five: Now that the tags are completed, we’ll get to stamping! Stamp your save the date design (we used our Floral Calligraphy Save the Date stamp) on the back of the tag in eggplant ink. To add further customization, we added a monogram (our Antique Monogram stamp) also in eggplant on the front of the tag, over our pattern. If you decided to use a darker patterned paper for the tag, you might want to consider embossing your monogram in a light or metallic color so that it will be sure to show up! If you choose to, you’ll also want to stamp (or print) your return address on your A2 Kraft envelope as well before moving on to Step 6.

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Step Six: Next, we added a striped envelope liner (our Watercolor Stripe Coral patterned text weight paper) to coordinate with (but not match) our floral tag. Lining envelopes is really, really easy. Simply trace the liner template (A2 size for this design) and cut it out. To install the liner, you use stick glue or double sided tape along the pointed part to adhere to the envelope.

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Step Seven: The only thing left now are the finishing touches! Thread your ribbon through the hole on the tag and loop the ends through. Cut the edges so that the ribbons are even. Then just address the envelopes and add postage!

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Photography: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Paper Flowers with Craftsy!

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By now, you probably already know that I love paper flowers: I used some in the décor for this year’s Paper Party and in the bar sign for our frozen cocktail party last month, along with a few other occasions. But here’s a secret: I’ve always either used a pre-made kit or relied on the craftiness of others to create the flowers! So when Craftsy reached out to see if I’d be interested in taking some of their classes – and sharing the results with all of you – I jumped at the chance to really learn how to make paper flowers myself through Paper Arts with Alton DuLaney!

I’m sharing some inspiration from the class below, and Craftsy is offering a very generous discount exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers (for a limited time only!) who might also be interested in taking the class! This is the first post in a four part series with Craftsy – I’m so excited to share more ideas in future posts!

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If you aren’t already familiar with Craftsy, they offer a wide range of interactive online classes that you can take from the comfort and convenience of the your own home. The thing that I like about Craftsy is that you can go at your own speed and even focus on different sections of the class when you want to. So if you have a party coming up you can focus on the entertaining components first, then go back to the art of letter writing section if you’re having trouble figuring out what to say in your thank you notes. The class is yours to keep forever – so you can revisit previously viewed course materials at any time (and multiple times), and if you’re not satisfied you can return your class for a full refund. Such great features!

The Paper Arts class contains a lot of really useful information and techniques – everything from how to make paper flowers and paper entertaining ideas to the art of letter writing. Since that’s a pretty wide range of topics, today I thought we’d focus in specifically on the paper flower component of the class. Here’s a little bit of what you can expect to learn:

  • methods for creating two types of flowers from tissue paper (carnation and spider mum)
  • methods for creating two types of flowers from heavier card stock (daffodil and rose)
  • how to layer colors together to achieve your desired floral design
  • templates for the petal and leaf shapes
  • instructions on building the flowers with floral tape and a hot glue gun

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With fall on the horizon and the holidays in the not-too-distant future, my first thought was to use the paper flowers to create a beautiful table runner centerpiece for fall entertaining! I chose to keep my paper flowers fairly simple and small so that they would both lay flat and could be grouped together for the centerpiece, but in Alton’s class you’ll learn how to make flowers big and small.

You can click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – and take advantage of the wonderful discount! You’ll learn the specific techniques in Alton’s class, but you can continue reading below to learn more about the materials and techniques that I decided to use for my project.

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Materials

Crepe paper (I used hot pink, light pink, and brown)

Text weight kraft paper sheets

Scissors (I like to use precision scissors with smaller blades for more control)

Hot glue gun

Sparkly pom poms (optional)

White craft paint + paint pen (optional)

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I used a mix of crepe paper and text weight kraft paper for my flowers. I love the stretchiness of crepe paper, and the kraft paper tends to run on the heavier side anyway so it was the perfect weight for this project. I started by cutting the paper down into small rectangles: because my flowers were on the smaller side each petal ended up being between 2″ – 4″ tall and 1″-2″ wide. You’ll find petal templates in the materials section of the class, but I chose to freehand most of my petals with a soft ruffly top edge for a more whimsical look.

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Once you have 5-6 small rectangles, you can usually stack them and cut out several petals at the same time. The most important thing is to remember to cut the crepe paper so that the grain runs vertically along each petal and to make the base of each petal fairly narrow – which helps when assembling and layering the flowers. Each final flower had between five and ten petals. I used either small balled up pieces of crepe paper or sparkly little pom poms as the flower centers. Both were really cute! Finally, for a bit of added texture I splattered some white acrylic craft paint on some of the petals and used a white paint pen to draw lines on some of the other petals. But you can absolutely skip this part if that’s not your style!

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Click here to take the Craftsy Paper Arts class – with a big discount for Oh So Beautiful Paper readers! This discount is only available for a week – so sign up soon!

Styling + Photos by Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

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DIY Tutorial: Black and White Striped Napkin Rings

I think some of the best and most economical ways to style a table involve napkins and napkin rings, which are also great ways to break out some DIY skills. I’m a sucker for black and white stripes, so today, I’m making my own set of napkin rings donning my favorite pattern offset with some turquoise beads. They’re an affordable, low-skill project, and I’m seriously loving the combination! – Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Materials
Wooden napkin rings
Black and white embroidery floss
Needle
Small beads
Washi tape

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Step One: Begin by tying the ends of both colors onto a napkin ring – with the knots on the inside.

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Step Two: Wrap the thread around the ring, alternating between the two colors. I alternated between six white wraps and three black wraps.  As you wrap one color simply wrap it around the other, unused color on the back side. Stop once you’ve covered about an inch of the ring and set aside.

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Step Three: Use a needle to thread several beads onto a separate piece of embroidery floss.

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Step Four: Center the beads over the section of the ring that you’ve already wrapped, and secure on each side of the wrapped thread with a small piece of washi tape.

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Step Five: Tie the beaded string around the ring on the back, and trim the ends.

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Step Six: Now finish wrapping until you’ve covered the entire ring. Finish off by tying the strings on the inside.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Black and white is always classic. It seems like no matter what design you choose you can’t go wrong with this simple, sophisticated palette. We typically gravitate towards bright pops of color, soft pastels, or neutrals – but for this tutorial we wanted to explore the modern, less traditional, side of good old black and white.  We added hand painted floral elements to bring in our signature style and make each invitation unique. With the days getting shorter and autumn knocking on the door, this wedding invitation suite feels just right to us. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Materials

Modern Type Invitation Stamp and Reply Card Stamp
Art Deco Return Address Stamp
Watercolor Paper – we used 22″ x 30″ Smooth Hot Press Arches Watercolor Paper
Pencil and ruler
Sumi Ink
Paint Brushes
Stamp Pads in Black and Frost White
Craft knife and cutting mat
6×9 String Tie Envelopes
4bar Envelopes

Modern Floral Step1 DIY Tutorial: Modern Hand Painted Floral Wedding Invitations

Step One: Since we will be hand painting with a bleed (a design that continues off the side or page) for this invitation tutorial, we will start by drawing our frames on hot press watercolor paper. For this design, we marked up two 5 ½” x 8 ½” rectangles spaced about an inch apart from one another. We used artist paper, which instead of coming in a pad, comes in large sheets, usually around 22″ x 30.” To make them workable, we tear that size down into four sections, resulting in sheets that are 11″ x 15.” You can also purchase watercolor paper in pads or blocks. Use what you like best!

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Step Two: Next, stamp your invitation (we used our Modern Type Invitation) in the center of each penciled rectangle. Press firmly but moderately when printing on a flat surface, using your hands to make sure that the entire stamp has been printed. Let dry.

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This sheet is stamped and awaiting floral painted details. Before you start painting, make sure that the stamped ink is totally dry.

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Step Three: It’s always a good idea to warm up and practice before painting, especially on something as important as your wedding invitations! Get a scrap piece of watercolor paper (preferably the exact same paper as your invitations) and get creative! Grab some flowers and foliage from your yard and start working out a design that you like. We used Sumi Ink instead of paint for this design, but any type of gouache (opaque watercolor) or watercolors will work too! Experimentation is the key to getting a result that you’re happy with.

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Step Four: Get to work painting your invitations once you feel warmed up and know what you want to paint. We started by painting clusters of flowers and foliage along the top of each invitation, as shown above. You could also do something as simple as a single flower at the top or as ornate as a wreath around the entire invitation. The nice part is that it’s totally up to you! It can also help to pencil in a rough design prior to painting on your invitation if you’re not 100% confident going freeform on the design.

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Step Five: We decided to add a very small floral accent right below the location on our design, so after the top was dry, we added one to each invitation. Let your finished design dry completely.

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Once all of your paintings are complete, all that’s left to do on the invitation is cut it out! Use a craft knife and metal ruler (or very precise paper cutter) to cut along your pencil lines…et voila! An invitation with a full bleed!

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Step Six: Stamp your reply card (we used our Modern Type Reply) on a 4bar size card made of the same watercolor paper used on the invitation or a card of a similar color (soft white). We used the same black stamp pad as on the invitation design.

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Step Seven: Stamp your return address in black (we used our Art Deco Return Address) on the back of a 6″ x 9″ envelope and reply address in white on the front of a black 4bar envelope. We’re in love with these gorgeous string tie envelopes and love how the milkweed color softens the look of what is otherwise a 100% black and white design.

Now all that’s left is to address them to your loved ones, add postage, and send them on their way! We guarantee that your guests will be floored by the beauty of your hand crafted work of art!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

Designs and artwork copyright Antiquaria, with DIY tutorials created exclusively for Oh So Beautiful Paper. All artwork and DIY tutorials are for personal use only. Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!