DIY Wedding Wands

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When it comes to wedding planning, there are some details that every bride can choose immediately. Then there are other details that can take longer to figure out. These can be as big as the dress and location or as small of a detail as the bridesmaids shoes. I am a decisive person, so wedding planning went pretty smoothly for me. But there were a handful times where the planning came to a screeching halt because I wasn't sure which choice was the best. One of these times was definitely for a small detail. So small, it's almost laughable now; but as a bride, to me, this was a make it or break it. Ready? Drumroll please,….. What will our guest throw when we make out grand entrance our of the church? Life-changing choice, amiright?

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Rice? No, that's bad for birds. Bird seed? No, that's not attractive. Confetti? No, that just seems messy and difficult to organize. Bubbles? No, it's becoming a cliché. Nothing? No, that's just boring.

I wanted to do something different, but not odd. Friends starting giving me suggestions from weddings they have been to recently. One friend suggested flower petals. I liked the idea, but that was just going to raise my flower budget. Another friend said glitter, but that seemed messier than confetti. I was definitely putting too much thought into this, and I knew that in the moment.

Eventually, I stumbled upon photos from my cousins wedding a couple of years prior. They had distributed ribbon wands to their guests. When they exited the church, everyone waved the wands, twirling the ribbons around. It created a sea of swirling colors. It produced some of the most beautiful photos! I had finally made my decision. The downside? Every place online I found was charging so much for something I knew I could make myself. So I did.

This was the easiest DIY I have ever done. So grab a glass of wine, find a show you need to catch up on, (I chose Younger) and get to work!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Our Travel Board and What We Gave Our Bridal Party

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Our Travel Board

Several years ago, I began a travel board as a way to document our travels over the years. So far, we have traveled to 13 states. The majority of the photos documenting the first time we had been there together. I love the idea of watching ourselves get older as we explore more of the country and add photos to the board. Our goal, of course, is to hit all 50 states, including D.C.

It is definitely one of our favorite pieces we have in our home and it gets a lot of comments from family and friends. Below is the step by step process to make your own! Trust me, it's easier than you think!

The supplies you will need:

  • A Bulletin Board
  • A Map
  • Scissors
  • Paint
  • Brush
  • Rubber Cement
  • Pencil
  • Tissue Paper
  • Glue stick
  • Cardstock paper
  • Pushpins
  • Pictures!

Ed Note: Make sure to take opportunity to measure the states before you print photos. States like Texas and California are likely to require a larger photo printed.

1) Cut out the map.

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2) Paint the bulletin board. Let it dry. I chose black for a neutral background.

3) Use the rubber cement to glue the cut out map to the board.

4) Use the tissue paper to trace out the state. Cut it out.

5) Glue the picture to the cardstock paper to make it thicker. Once dry, cut out the picture.

Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down. Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

  6) Position the tissue paper state cutout on the photo. Tape it down.   Cut around the tissue paper. This will ensure your photo is the same size as the state.

7) Glue push pins to the back of the state. {We also like to write down where we were exactly in the state and the date.)

8) Push the pins into the map and you're done!

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I hope you take the time to try out this DIY! It's an ongoing project that inspires Steve and I to travel and explore!

As always, thank you for reading, XO-

P.S. If you liked this, than you will also like Not Your Typical Headboard and International Shadow Boxes.

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Not Your Typical Headboard

Today, I am inviting you into my guest bedroom/office/sewing room/storage room; aka the room every else goes into. It was the last room to get set up after the move, mostly because I deemed it all storage until last week. But my in-laws were coming into town, so I hunkered down in that room and organized. I managed to fit everything, much to my surprise! But once I was done, something still was missing. The walls were bare, the room lacked color, and the bed had no headboard. I wasn't planning on buying a headboard for this bed until we moved into a house. I stood by this thought, but that didn't mean I couldn't add something. I had this DIY project in mind for some time now, so I decided to give it a try! The best part, it would solved all my problems. It would cover one wall, add color, and give the bed a headboard. All for about $50 and a little time.

Below is a step by step guide and pictures of my process. Alternative HeadboardDIY_Headboard_5DIY_Headboard_6DIY_Headboard_7DIY_Headboard_8DIY_Headboard_3

You're done! Congratulations!

If you have any questions about the process, or need clarifications please leave a comment down below. And if you give this DIY a try, I'd love to see! Post a picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KSDIY.

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My dog, Dakota, seems to approve!

As always, thank you for reading, Helen

International Shadow Boxes

If you have seen my posts from the last few weeks, you'll know that Steve and I recently ventured to Grand Forks, ND and Winnipeg, Canada. Neither of us had ever been to either location, so we came home with plenty of photos and little souvenirs. Steve and I already have a tradition to mark a trip to a new state, and we recently started a new one for international travels. It is an International Shadow Box. Shadow_Box_7

In these shadow boxes, you'll find the location, spelled out with photos from the trip, maps and brochures, ticket stubs, beer labels, money, shells, and menus. This is a wonderful and easy way to save little souvenirs and display them, along with photos from the trip!

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You're done! Congratulations!

If you have any questions about he process, or need clarifications please leave a comment down below. And if you give this DIY a try, I'd love to see! Post a picture on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag #KSDIY.

As always, thank you for reading, Helen