I keep getting all these ideas about things I want to do, and while MMM gives me the 'eye' (because it's not exactly like we don't have enough on our plates), I can't seem to help myself. Our wedding is now less than two months away - September 1st is speeding its way here! We're doing everything we can to avoid creating any debt, while still having a really sweet little wedding. That means DIY - or thrift. Of course, within reason, as you can see if you click over here and look at some of the other Saturday Sneak Peeks over the last few months.
This was a quick and simple project. I just cut up a piece of fiberboard (this is actually a kind of paper product that comes in boards rather than sheets, and it's mostly intended for shelving, etc.) using a power saw. It actually was just a piece of scrap, so it cost me nothing. I recently was in Billings, where, naturally, I spent a couple of hours in Hobby-Lobby. Most of you, I imagine, have a Hobby Lobby within an hour's drive. Billings is the site of the only Hob-Lob in Montana, and it's three and a half hours away. So when you go, you prepare to drop a dime or two, and you spend some real time.
I bought a spray can of chalkboard paint in black while I was there. It just took two quick coats of that paint to coat all but the back side of each of these boards. Then I just waited for them to dry. That fiberboard really soaked up the first coat, but I was satisfied with the appearance, after a second layer.
I measured side to side and divided by two to find the exact center of each of these boards - so they'd hang straight. Then I drilled a little starter hole to place the decorative screw hanger in. This fiberboard is really hard to just twist the screw into without a starting point drilled. (Not like I tried to do that or anything. I'm incredibly patient and ALWAYS plan things out. Just don't ask MMM about that. Please?)
I chose words that reflect the attributes that mark a successful marriage. We'll do our best to live out these every day. I wrote them using a liquid chalkboard marker, each in a different style, with a different border around each edge.
I intend to hang these with ribbon from the rail fence that surrounds the perimeter of my sister's yard, near where the guests will sit.
Here's just a few more of the collection, for you to peruse:
I intend to make a few more before the big day. I have some other words I'd like to include.