We all know that the expenses that come along with a wedding can add up very quickly, so it’s no surprise to see so many couples going the DIY route. It’s not only a bit easier on the pocket book, but it allows you to customize and add a more personal touch to your ceremony and reception.
Now I’m not going to pretend like going the DIY path is a stress-free one because it’s not! Your projects could become more difficult than you envisioned or you could have high Pinter-expectations. You know when you see that amazing craft or recipe on Pinterest and think, “I can totally do that!” only to have your hopes shattered when your resulting project looks like a preschooler did it?! Well I’m here to stumble along and make the mistakes so YOU don’t have to!
I originally thought I would be able to hand paint the lettering, but it turns out my skills in penmanship peaked in the second grade and I was left with a sloppy looking sign. I instead chose to hand it over to our printer for a more precise look. I’ve included a free printable for my sign as well as instructions on how to create your own from scratch!
Bubble glass or shadowbox picture frame (8×10” or smaller works best)
Acrylic paint or spray paint*
Printer + printer paper
Cupcake buttons, optional (found at most craft stores)
Embroidery thread in a complementary color, optional
Hot glue gun + hot glue sticks
You could also add dried flowers or other small keepsakes
*If you’re having a tough time finding paint that matches up with your wedding colors, head to a paint store and have them mix up a sample in just the right shade. I was able to snag a quart of this minty green color for just $6!
If you’re painting your picture frame, remove backing and glass. For shadowboxes you can just use painter’s tape to block off the glass. In a well-ventilated area, apply 1-2 coats of paint, allowing paint to fully dry in between applications.
And don’t forget to remove your engagement ring! Painting accidents happen!
While waiting on your frame to dry you can start on your sign.
You can use the Free Printable or if you prefer a different phrase, font, or color you can create your own. If your computer doesn’t come preloaded with the fonts you like, you can download fonts from a free online source and then put it together in a Word document, Photoshop, or other photo program. Adjust the size, color, or arrangement and then print!
Hold the sign under your frame to make sure it’s a good fit. Adjust the size, reprint, or trim any excess paper off the edges, if needed, to fit the frame better. To prevent the sign from slipping at all in the frame, use small pieces of tape around the back edges and adhere it to one of the cardboard inserts or backing to the frame.
If you’re adding buttons to your sign, snip off a few pieces of thread about 2 inches long. Run the thread through the holes of the button and tie in a double-knot in the back. This will give it the illusion that it’s sewn right on. Add a small dab of hot glue to the back of the button (or other items) and place them on your sign.
Give the glue about a minute to dry and then place your sign back into the picture frame.
And you’re done! Now if only the rest of the planning process was as easy as this sign!