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I made my own “Save the Dates” (and Derek helped) and I am SO thrilled with how they turned out!  I am also thrilled with how much they didn’t cost us! (Besides the hours of intensive labor) the 150+ cards we made cost close to $50. That’s all! And more then likely I will re-use all the left-overs from the project.

Making these took a while, and this post may take a while, but if you are looking for an idea to make your own Save the Dates, it will be worth it (I hope)!

I started with my inspiration piece from Martha Stewart

But it was lacking. I needed to have pictures and more color and more “us” so I came up with my own design. I printed out a template on each side of a standard card. That way I got two Save the Dates from one card (which in turn saved money!)

Then I had to make the tin envelopes to hold the actual date. I inlisted the help of my crafting secret weapon… my Cricut!

(see how exciting folding paper can be?! haha)

I even stored them all in my pretty Pyrex!

I have to take a minute to give a big shout out to my future husband for helping me. During this whole process he realized he’s a “cutting guy” because he enjoyed that part the most.

I then used the Cricut to cut out all the numbers for the date

And I gathered up some paper flowers I had on hand

And I used twine and a needle to string them all together

Ladies (and gentlemen) THIS is the most time consuming part. I suggest putting in some seasons of your favorite show, finding a comfy spot and just keep your head down and keep going.

Then it was time to add the magnets (sorry I don’t have a picture) and put them all together!

We loaded them all into their envelopes…

And now these pretties are hanging on the refrigerators of our friends and family members!

What route are you taking with Save the Dates? Are you making things easier on yourself by ordering them or are you tackling the DIY?

 

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  • http://www.digitalroom.com/flyer-printing.html flyer printing

    Those were really pretty! I love doing stuff too scrapbooks, photo album, picture frames, personalize bracelet, etc., but I've never thought of this. Thanks for the share!

  • http://www.patandlbmckew.blogspot.com Laura Beth McKew

    Taylor! These are amazing and Super Cute!! Makes me want to get married again – just to do fun stuff like this!
    Great job my friend!
    AOT, LB

  • http://www.aweddingcakeblog.com christen

    Those are great! We made our Save the Dates ourselves as well…and we almost have the same wedding date as you..only five years earlier! We were 10-7-06..it was a great time of year to get married!

  • http://www.pricewisefavors.com/blog/ pat @ wedding favors

    This is what I really love everytime I check out posts in The Budget Savvy Bride! :) These save-the-dates are so nice and very creative! Making this DIY project with your groom makes all the tiring days you've spent on working on this save-the-date cuties is all worth it. :)

  • v.n.

    Taylor, is the Cricut worth purchasing? I saw your idea and I love the idea of a machine cutting out letters! but now i'm surfing the net, finding different kinds…like the expression, which is much more expensive, versus the cricut person. any suggestions?!?

    • http://taylormadenews.typepad.com taylor

      buy the cricut! I promise I have used mine for projects I never would have thought of before. I bought the personal size on Black Friday. I have seen big sales on them too in stores since then. I would not advise paying more then $90 for it because they DO go on sale. Keep in mind you have to buy cartridges too, but again, don't pay fll price.

  • http://taylormadenews.typepad.com taylor

    You guys just made me blush! I am so glad you like them and I feel so honored that my idea is loved by others! I have had a lot of the Save the Date recipients tell me these are proudly hanging on their fridge (one guest even said her cat loved the dangling numbers and attacked it. haha)
    Thank you 1,000 times for the kind words!

  • http://everylastdetailblog.com Lauren @ ELD

    These are awesome!

  • Gina

    can you post the template you used for the save the dates? they look amazing!

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