The Budget Savvy Bride » DIY PROJECTS http://thebudgetsavvybride.com Budget Wedding Blog : Beautiful Weddings Without Breaking the Bank Fri, 24 Oct 2014 15:30:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Elegant DIY Table Numbers + Seating Chart http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/elegant-diy-table-numbers-seating-chart/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/elegant-diy-table-numbers-seating-chart/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:00:21 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36459 Hello! Anna here from Download & Print and it’s that time of the month where I get to share a special little something that I’ve put together just for Budget Savvy Brides. Jessica sent me a note a few weeks ago telling me she gets a ton of mail about the elegant place cards that […]

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Printable seating chart and table numbers

Hello! Anna here from Download & Print and it’s that time of the month where I get to share a special little something that I’ve put together just for Budget Savvy Brides. Jessica sent me a note a few weeks ago telling me she gets a ton of mail about the elegant place cards that I shared back in June last year. You guys just swoon over these! So I wanted to put together a couple more pieces that you can add to this set. Today I’m sharing elegant DIY table numbers + seating chart templates. Add in the menu from June this year and you’ve got a complete tabletop set.

There’s nothing tricky about DIYing these pieces. A little bit of trimming is needed on the table numbers. The seating chart can handle up to 12 tables with 10 guests per table and prints on 11 x 17” paper. You’ll probably need to track down a large format printer for paper of this size, so just send or take the file to your local copy shop and have them make the prints.

Supplies:

  • Printable templates
  • MS Word or Mac Pages
  • Scissors
  • 8.5 x 11” card stock
  • 11 x 17” card stock

Step 1: Download & Print

DIY seating chart from the Budget Savvy Bride

Download the two free template files here. Open the files in MS Word or Mac Pages and add your table numbers and seating arrangements. The curved text at the top of the templates that says “seating chart” and “table” cannot be changed, so plan for this if you are theming your tables rather than using traditional numbers. I’ve used the fonts Edwardian Script and Garamond, which should both be loaded onto your computer already.

Print the table numbers on standard 8.5 x 11” paper. The seating chart prints on 11 x 17” paper, so you may have to make a run to Kinkos or your local copy shop to print this on a larger format printer.

Both files print in black and white, so change out the paper color to match your wedding. I’ve used cream paper.

print your own elegant table numbers

Step 2: Trim

elegant diy wedding table numbers

Hey presto. The seating chart is ready to be hung.

The table numbers need trimming along the outside cut line. The line is hard to see on your screen, but will become obvious after you print the numbers.

The Anna Skye recommended method is to do a rough cut around the edge of the cut line. Then go back with a smaller pair of scissors to cut out the detail. Use long sweeping strokes with your scissors, rotating the paper while keeping your hand steady.

elegant wedding table number printable

Step 3: Insert

Wedding table number template from The Budget Savvy Bride

Place the table numbers in the holder of your choice, then hand over the task of setting the table to your maids/caterer/family, as by the time the tables are set you will have far too much on your mind to worry about a few table numbers!

Here are some of my favorite DIY table number holders.

DIY table number ideas

  1. Natural wood, perfect for a rustic feel. Source
  2. A box of apples! Or a flower arrangement, or upcycled mason jars, or a crate with lavender… you get the idea. Anything that fits your wedding with a simple holder for the number. Source
  3. Candlesticks spray painted in your wedding colors. Source
  4. Corks and twine. You can also use a cork in a wine bottle for a tall table number. Source



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DIY Glass Etched Gifts http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-glass-etched-gifts/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-glass-etched-gifts/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 12:00:51 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=36146 Last fall I attended a craft fair where one of the vendors was selling custom etched pint glasses and growlers, just a few weeks later one of my friends announced their engagement and I knew that a diy glass etched gift would be perfect for her and her new fiancé! I’ve also seen these gifted as […]

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Last fall I attended a craft fair where one of the vendors was selling custom etched pint glasses and growlers, just a few weeks later one of my friends announced their engagement and I knew that a diy glass etched gift would be perfect for her and her new fiancé! I’ve also seen these gifted as groomsman gifts for crowds who love beer – like most people in Colorado.

For those who don’t know, growlers are the big bottles you can have refilled at breweries and are perfect for people who enjoy craft beer or live in a beer town like this couple.

Supplies for Glass Etching

Supplies

Glass Etching Creme
Glass Object [in this example a growler]
Sponges or Paint Brush
Rubber Gloves
Decal or Design for Etching – I ordered this custom one on Etsy but you could use scrap book stickers as well.

 

Step 1

Make sure the glass you wish to etch on is clean and dry. The etching creme will not work if there are any oils on the surface. If you want to make sure, use rubbing alcohol to wipe down the surface first.

 

Step 2

Affix the design you wish to etch. if you are using scrapbook letters and not a pre-created design use painters tape to mark off the edges of the background. Every where that the creme is touching will be etched.

 

Step 3

Put on your rubber gloves and dip the sponge into the etching creme. The creme is very caustic and will irritate your skin so make sure you wear gloves for this step if you don’t want a trip to urgent care. Cover all the areas of the glass you wish to etch with the creme.

Glass Etching Tutorial

Step 4

Allow the creme to sit for about 2 mins. You will see crystals begin to form. Use your sponge to move the creme around to prevent there from being any air bubbles in the design.

 

Step 5

After the creme has been sitting for about 5-7 mins wash it off with warm water. Make sure that you are not using a porcelain sink or you will damage your sink with the chemicals.

 

Step 6

Remove your decal from the glass and dry.

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*One thing to know when making a Growler is that breweries will not fill them if you do not include the Surgeons Generals Warning that is required on all alcohol sales. To solve this I printed the warning on a mailing label and stuck it on the backside of the glass. 

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Pretty Pink Wedding Inspiration + Invitations from Minted http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/pretty-pink-wedding-inspiration-invitations-minted/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/pretty-pink-wedding-inspiration-invitations-minted/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 15:30:36 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35917 So excited to share this post in our wedding inspiration series with our partners at Minted! To recap: each month we’ll be sharing some custom wedding inspiration along with some of our favorite wedding invitation options from Minted that coordinate with that month’s theme. The great thing about Minted is that their selection of invitation designs is fab AND available at a […]

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this is a sponsored postSo excited to share this post in our wedding inspiration series with our partners at Minted! To recap: each month we’ll be sharing some custom wedding inspiration along with some of our favorite wedding invitation options from Minted that coordinate with that month’s theme. The great thing about Minted is that their selection of invitation designs is fab AND available at a variety of price points. In these posts I’ll share even more ways to stretch your dollars to create a custom wedding invitation look for less. (You know I’m always looking out for ya!) Without further ado, here is the inspiration for our this month’s theme… check out this pretty pink wedding inspiration, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month:

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Photo credits: top left to bottom right:  

Just J Photography  //  Margarita Dussan Photography  //  Inkspot Photography  // Inkspot Photography // Just J Photography //  Patchwork Photography  //  Brittany Anderson Photography

 

I love pink pretty much all the time, but thought it was extra special to include it in this month’s inspiration board in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. It’s feminine and chic, much like these lovely invitation options from our friends at Minted!

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letterpress printed  –  $4.85 ea for 100 for a 1-color design

The letterpress wedding invitation is a lovely combination of playful and classic. The font styles are a twist on classic and quirky, but paired with the luxurious feel of letterpress it really makes a statement. If you want to splurge on these letterpress pretties – these are a favorite of ours. Pair with a pale pink envelope or consider a pink liner with a standard white envelope for a nice added touch!pagedividerlovelyfoil printed floral wedding invitations

metallic foil printed – $2.60 ea for 100

These floral canopy foil-pressed wedding invitations also work great with this pink on pink on pink look. The small gold foil detail on the hand-drawn lettering adds a touch of glam to the painted floral design! I love the texture and whimsical feel that this invitation encompasses – a definite favorite!pagedividerthe-look-for-lesshot pink wedding invitations

simple, flat printed design – $2.34 ea for 100

These french meringue wedding invitations bring in the same timeless style at a more affordable price point. If you save on the printing costs by choosing a simple design like this, you can spend a little extra to do some DIY upgrades! Here’s some ideas of what you could use with these designs to add a little flair:

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You can easily glam up or add extra personalization to each of these designs with the help of a little DIY! Create your own DIY envelope liners, wrap the pieces in a satin ribbon, choose colored outer envelopes, or even try some scrapbooking rhinestones to add a little extra glitz without breaking the bank!pagedividerminted-promoDon’t miss this exclusive discount just for Budget Savvy Bride readers!! Use code BSAVVY15 to get 15% off all wedding stationery. This code is valid for the next two weeks only so don’t miss out!
This post has been sponsored by Minted. All opinions are our own.

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Having done events for work I wanted to do everything I could to make things easy for the people helping set-up. As soon as all the decorations and supplies for the wedding arrived at our house we staged a pre-wedding test run and took photos at we could share with our decor helpers.

Mock Table

We labeled the boxes of the decoration supplies and attached the sample photos to each box. Each of our reception tables included a runner that my Aunts helped sew. My mom found the napkin rings at a restaurant supply store and my youngest sister lent a hand spray panting them each silver. The silver julep cups came from Save On Crafts and the votives were from Ikea.

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Our ceremony backdrop was made up of a photographers backdrop from Amazon, paper star lanterns from Just Artifacts and lace curtains found at a thrift store. We also ordered a bunch of lanterns for the reception ceiling so having a couple of extras let us tie the whole star look together.

We were really lucky to have such an amazing group of people helping us pull together our wedding day. Our ushers took on the responsibility of the backdrop at the ceremony and the reception had set-up included as a part of what we paid for.

In the time leading up to the wedding, decor and supplies pretty much took over our dining room and finishing this test run really allowed us to complete the whole look of the wedding together and feel like things were all organized. What things are you planning to do to make wedding decor easy for whomever is finishing the day of details?

 

 

 

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Free printable elegant lace wedding invitation

Hello BSB’s! I’m at the tail end of a cross country move, and the name of the game currently is to keep things simple. I had a month to pack up my life in Texas and arrive ready and raring to go in a new city and state. Complicated was not a word I wanted in my vocabulary. With this in mind I’m sharing an elegant lace wedding invitation and RSVP that’s as uncomplicated as invitations come. Wedding planning is also not a time where unnecessary complications are welcome and you’ll find creating this invitation is as simple as download, print, and trim.

I’ve had a sleeper hit over at Download & Print with a pretty lace design. It’s one of the top two designs downloaded, which I did not see coming. Lace is a timeless fabric, but versatile enough to tie in with current wedding trends, such as vintage and rustic. If any of this sounds interesting to you, you’ll love the free elegant lace printable wedding invitation I’m giving to BSB’s today. Just for being you. Download the template here while you can. Which is forever really, we’re just like that.

Supplies:

DIY elegant lace wedding invitation

• Printable template
• MS Word
• Scissors or paper cutter
• 8.5 x 11” card stock
• 6.5 x 6.5” envelopes, as seen here.

Step 1: Download and Print

Printable wedding invitation template with lace design

Download the template file and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wording. The fonts I used in the sample are Maridian and Garamond in caps. If you don’t have these fonts installed on your computer prior to opening the template your word processing program will substitute fonts, and this could make the formatting look a little funky. You can use any fonts that you like however, just tweak the layout to suit your words and font choices.

Print on your home color printer or send to a copy shop for printing.

TIP: Print endless copies with one template! It’s pretty much a magical template, one turns into thousands.

Free elegant wedding invitation template

Step 2: Trim

free lace wedding invitation template

Trim the invitation and RSVP card along the trim lines using scissors or a paper cutter. If using a paper cutter, stack a few sheets on top of each other to make the cutting go quicker.

After cutting out the pieces you will discard the logos and instructions on the paper.

printable elegant wedding invitation with lace

Step 3: Finish

free vintage lace wedding invitation template

Slip the invitation and RSVP into a 6.5 x 6.5” envelope. I chose a black envelope for a classic look, but you could use a kraft envelope for a rustic feel, or pick up on the color of your bridesmaids dresses for a coordinated look.

Putting these invitations together is that simple: Download, Print, and Trim.

Until next month. xxoo

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Moss Covered Card Box http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/moss-covered-card-box/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/moss-covered-card-box/#comments Thu, 18 Sep 2014 12:00:19 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35638 I wasn’t planning to make a card box. I kind of thought I would just use one of the gajillion storage boxes that I am currently using to store various unused items that are clearly very essential to my life, such as Tim’s old video games and a stack of blank CDs that I intend […]

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I wasn’t planning to make a card box. I kind of thought I would just use one of the gajillion storage boxes that I am currently using to store various unused items that are clearly very essential to my life, such as Tim’s old video games and a stack of blank CDs that I intend to smash up and make a sweet mosaic mirror out of. They’ve been sitting there for about 2 years now. Anywho. I emptied said boxes and realized that they weren’t going to work as a card box, since I’d either have to leave the lid off completely or cut a slot into one of them–and then where would my irreplaceable blank CDs go?

So I found myself adding yet another DIY project to the list, three weeks before the wedding. I sat down on the floor, put on the Steelers game, grabbed a beer, and got to work on my moss covered card box. I had already made a cardbox for a friend’s wedding last fall, so I decided to do something similar because I knew I could use what I already had on hand. To make a card box similar to what I did here, you’ll need:

  • Sturdy cardboard box of desired size (beer cases work well, as do boxes from small appliances–we used the one that our food processor came in)
  • Glue (modge podge or hot glue, depending on what you are gluing)
  • Fabric, decorative paper, sheets of moss, or other covering for the box
  • Xacto knife
  • Decorative bits and pieces (artificial flowers, ribbon, twigs–whatever fits your taste)

First, tape down the flaps of your box using packing tape, so that there are no loose edges. Next, cover your box in neutral colored paper, such as a paper grocery bag. This takes a few extra minutes, but it prevents any brightly colored words or images on the box from showing through.

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Mark an opening for a card slot on the top of the box in pencil, and then use the xacto knife or other sharp blade to cut it out. Make sure that it is large enough for even big, bulky greeting cards–I made mine about 7 inches long by 1 inch wide.

Now apply your wrapping material, whether you are using paper, fabric, or something else, one side a time. I used hot glue to to apply both the sheets of moss I used for mine, and the fabric I used for my friend’s. It worked very well and dries quickly, but if you are using paper you may want to use modge podge to avoid lumps.

Work with the largest pieces of material you can–if you wrap around corners and glue as you go rather than cutting a sheet for each side, it really makes the box look nicer.

 

 

Once your box is completely covered by your material of choice, it’s time to apply decorative bits and pieces. We added the pieces near the front and top, at offset corners, to make sure that the card slot is sort of centered between the embellishments.

For ours, we used twigs wrapped with pearls on wire, chiffon flowers (which I bought as shoe clips, but they didn’t match–yay for finding a use for them), and a little tag made out of cardstock.

You can use anything–artificial sunflowers and bits of straw for a fall wedding, or satin bows and flat jewels for a more traditional look. It’s easy, very inexpensive, and can be completely customized to fit your wedding.

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The wildflower trend really lends itself to DIY’ers! The loose, uneven wildflower shape makes the look pretty easy to arrange. Don’t force a perfected shape and voila! The secret here though, is the wholesale wildflower pack from BloomsByTheBox.com. There is an entire line of wildflower packs available in all different colors that make it super simple for you to achieve that outdoorsy, natural, field to bouquet look.

Step by step tutorial for a DIY wildflower bouquet.

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Step-1---Wildflower-Bouquet

Ordering wholesale flowers, receive your fresh cut flower 2 days before the wedding. On the day of arrival hydrate the flowers and prepare them for arrangements. The day before the wedding make bouquets, centerpieces, and arrangements. Make sure you make the arrangements at the location or have a plan for transportation to the venue.

First, to start arranging, select 2-5 flowers to make the center of the bouquet. Use the floral stem wrap to secure the stems together. Stem wrap is a special floral tape that sticks to itself when pulled tight, making it very easy to secure stems, just simply pull tight and wrap around the stems. Add just a couple flowers at a time to build on the center you started, once again, securing the new additions with floral tape.

 

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Once you are happy with the shape and size it’s time to use your final layer of stem wrap. Then cut all the flower stems to the same length.

 

Step-6---Pink-Bouquet-Tutorial

 

Grab your washi tap (so many different fun kinds out there), ribbon, or lace and start to wrap it around all the stems of the bouquet. You need to be careful with certain patterns of tape as some can be opaque. You will either need to wrap the tape around in multiple layers or choose a dark pattern.

 

Step-7---Wildflower-Bouquet-Wrap

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Now your bouquet is ready to hit the aisle. Make smaller versions for bridesmaids and put the remainder of flowers in bottle vases or mason jars to complete your wildflower look. What other ideas do you have for this combination of wholesale flowers?

 

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Quick DIY Love Bird Cake Toppers http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/quick-diy-love-bird-cake-toppers/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/quick-diy-love-bird-cake-toppers/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 12:00:20 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35711 With only six days left until my wedding, I thought I would show you all a quick, last-minute DIY. I came up with this when I couldn’t find a cake topper that I liked anywhere. These little guys didn’t take me more than ten minutes to make and I think they ended up being super […]

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With only six days left until my wedding, I thought I would show you all a quick, last-minute DIY. I came up with this when I couldn’t find a cake topper that I liked anywhere. These little guys didn’t take me more than ten minutes to make and I think they ended up being super cute!

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Materials:

  • Patterned paper
  • Poster board or card stock
  • Glue stick
  • Stencil
  • Scissors
  • Dowels
  • Hot glue

1. Pick your favorite paper. I used a pretty floral print.

2. If, like me, you use regular scrapbook paper, you’ll need to glue the paper to poster board or card stock so that the birds aren’t floppy.

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3. Using a pencil, trace out the desired shape.

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  • I got the bird stencil at Hobby Lobby for $1.99
  • Avoid the legs for ease of cutting
  • Make sure to flip the stencil for the second bird so that they’ll face each other

4. Cut your dowel if necessary or use pre-cut ones. I cut my dowel into about six inch pieces.

5. Glue the dowel to the center of the birds. I simply used hot glue.

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6. Admire your handiwork!

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Large Prints on a Budget http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/large-prints-budget/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/large-prints-budget/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 15:30:53 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35525 One of my favorite things about our wedding venue (The Soiled Dove) is that its usual life is one of Denver’s more intimate concert venues. There were a lot of pieces of this history that appealed to Drew & I and we wanted to bring to a bit of that concert venue feel to our […]

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Printing Large prints

One of my favorite things about our wedding venue (The Soiled Dove) is that its usual life is one of Denver’s more intimate concert venues. There were a lot of pieces of this history that appealed to Drew & I and we wanted to bring to a bit of that concert venue feel to our wedding day.  The entrance to the venue was down a narrow staircase where on a usual day posters from upcoming artists would be showcased and they told us that we could fill those poster cases however we wanted.

The frames could hold a photo that went up to 2′ x 3′ so we wanted to find a way to use our engagement photos in this space and not spend a ton on printing. Most photo printing places can do large prints for about $20 per image.

After a bit of research we found two options that would stay within our Budget Bride mindset. Here’s how we got our large prints on a budget:

 

Option 1: Drafting Prints

Drafting prints are intended for architects or engineers and come in a variety of large sizes. If you are printing in black and white this is definitely the way to go. Typically drafting prints cost between $2 – $5 and can be printed at your local office store.

 

Option 2: Short Run Posters

Posters are intended to be printed in a ‘large’ run of 50 or more prints. This is what helps keep the cost down. Finding a place that can do a ‘short-run’ is the perfect way to have a high quality, full-color print with out spending $20 per piece.

We ended up ordering the posters we used from ShortRunPosters.com and spending around $18 TOTAL for all three, including shipping. This was a huge savings in comparison to having the images printed locally by a photo shop.

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Tips for ordering large prints

  • Make sure you have high resolution files (between 6-10 mb in size or 150+DPI). Anything smaller will not bring the way you want it to.
  • Order the prints in advance. If you order them online its likely you will receive the posters in a tube and to make them useable you will need to give them time to lay flat (ShortRunPosters.com actually can ship flat, it just costs more).

I was really happy with how the posters turned out and how fast we received them and would definitely order from this company again – As a matter of fact we will likely order wedding photos from there as well.

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DIY Cornhole Set: Part 2 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-cornhole-set-part-2/ http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/diy-cornhole-set-part-2/#comments Thu, 11 Sep 2014 12:00:41 +0000 http://thebudgetsavvybride.com/?p=35494 In our DIY Cornhole Set Tutorial Part 1, Tim detailed how to construct your own cornhole set at a minimal cost. In Part 2, we’ll talk about the remaining two pieces: making the beanbags and painting the cornhole sets. For the beanbags, you’ll need: Duckcloth (heavy duty canvas), cut into 7” by 7” squares Feed […]

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In our DIY Cornhole Set Tutorial Part 1, Tim detailed how to construct your own cornhole set at a minimal cost. In Part 2, we’ll talk about the remaining two pieces: making the beanbags and painting the cornhole sets. For the beanbags, you’ll need:

  • Duckcloth (heavy duty canvas), cut into 7” by 7” squares
  • Feed corn (this is super cheap, and can be bought by the bag or in bulk at Agway)
  • Heavy duty thread
  • Liquid stitch (comes in a tube, available at craft stores)
  • Sewing machine (if you have one…it makes this much, much easier)

How to do it: Pair two 7×7 squares, and use your sewing machine and heavy duty thread to stitch three out of four sides together, making the seams approximately ½” inch from the edge.

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Double stitch each corner. Apply liquid stitch between the cloth, against the seams, and allow to dry.

Applying liquid stitch to strengthen and seal the seams

Applying liquid stitch to strengthen and seal the seams

Turn inside out, fill with approximately 16 ounces of corn, and pin closed. Tucking the edges of the fabric inside the beanbag, sew the final seam, double stitching the corners again. If you want to decorate the beanbags, paint pens work really well. Metallic colors look especially great–make sure to choose one that contrasts sharply with your beanbag color.

For painting your cornhole boards, you’ll need:

  • Painter’s tape, 1”
  • X-acto knife
  • White latex primer
  • Paint in colors of your choice (latex, semi-gloss)
  • Paint roller and paint brush

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How to do it: Paint the entire cornhole board with the white primer and let it dry. Tape off the four edges of the cornhole board with the 1” painter’s tape to leave a nice white border. If you want a dark silhouette on a light background, paint the exposed playing surface starting with your lighter color (we used light yellow because we already had it–free!).

Allow your paint to dry completely before applying any tape. Once it is dry, tape over the area where you want the silhouette and about 3” more on each side to allow room for mistakes with the roller, making sure that there is no exposed paint in between the strips of tape. Print out the silhouette that you want to use and trace an outline of it onto your block of painter’s tape. Mark your outline clearly in pen. Use the X-acto knife to cut out your silhouette shape and gently pull away the painter’s tape from the part you plan on painting. Use your darker paint color to fill in your silhouette, smoothing with the roller as you go. It’s an easy way to make a really clean, attractive design.

Pulling away the tape

Pulling away the tape

Note:  If you want a light silhouette on a dark background, you should still start with the lighter color after priming the entire surface and taping the border.  Instead of taping the area around the silhouette, paint the area with your light color.  Then follow the masking process but leave the silhouette covered in painter’s tape and peel the tape around it.  With the border and light-colored silhouette still covered, you’re free to paint the rest of the surface with the darker color. If you have any questions or tips from your own crafting, leave them in the comments!

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