Kissing Bell

I’m still trying to locate some photos of many of the things we made for the wedding.  We were so busy that day, and the days leading up to it, we didn’t get a chance to take pictures.  Unfortunately, I’m starting to think some of it will have to live on in our memories and I won’t be able to share it all here.  While I wait it out a little longer, I thought I’d tell you about a fun thing we did that was a hit with the not-quite-tall-enough-for-a-rollercoaster crowd.

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At a wedding, guests will often tap their glass with their fork to make that clinking noise as a signal the bride and groom should share a kiss.  At the last wedding we attended before my daughter’s the newlyweds were driven a bit bonkers with glass-clinking.  But because we were using mason jars and those silver-looking plastic forks, that wasn’t going to be an option.  I wasn’t about to let them off the hook though.

I considering putting a small bell at each guests’ spot.  I also thought about just putting one larger bell in the center of each table.  As I mentioned last week, we had lots of kids in attendance, so I was afraid every parent there would hate me by the end of the night.  Instead, we decided to go with one bell, and it worked out perfectly!

I made this sign using my vinyl cutting machine and some of the leftover grey vinyl from the glasses.

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After a little searching, I found this bell on Amazon.  I was surprised at how good the quality was, especially for the price, and I’m pretty sure you can hear this thing ringing for miles.

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We hung it just above adult eye level to make it a little tougher for the kids to overuse it.  It was adorable to watch two little brothers we know try to help each other reach it.  We also added the “2 rings per customer please” to the sign to help with the ones who were a little older.  Believe it or not, it worked, and I’m pretty sure everyone who wanted a shot at ringing it found a way.

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We liked the bell so much, we hung it on one of the cedar posts by our front door after the wedding.  Without the kissing sign, of course.

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As if these two needed any encouragement.

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Personalized Drinking Jar Wedding Favors

Welcome to my first Wedding Wednesday!  I made a list of all the different things I want to tell you about, and if I actually find photos and address one per week, we should be done somewhere around Easter.  I’ll try to condense a little.

I want to start with one of my favorite and most lengthy projects – the wedding favors.  My daughter wanted to feature mason jars, so we decided early on that we’d use them as drinking glasses.  From there it morphed into painting them with a little chalkboard paint so guests could write their names on them, to painting the names on with glass paint, to cutting the names from permanent vinyl and adding a lid with a grommet and straw and making them the take-home wedding favors.  With about 225 invited guests and extra jars for surprises, it was an ambitious undertaking but one I was happy to take on.

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Last winter, my husband decided I needed a Silhouette Cameo.  I didn’t think I really did.  I figured it would be fun to play with once in a while, but would mostly just take up space.  Let me tell you, much of what I made for that wedding couldn’t have happened without it.  This post is in no way sponsored or endorsed by Silhouette, I’m just here to tell you that I’m a huge fan now.  I found the software easy to use, the prices and selection for art very reasonable and the learning curve to get started with the machine wasn’t nearly as bad as I expected.  Commercial over, back to our regularly scheduled programming.

I set up a template page for the names and just returned to it each time I needed to start a new one.  There were many, many pages.  I bought grey permanent vinyl on Amazon, which by happy accident ended up looking a little like the glasses were etched.

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I used cheap, clear vinyl over the top as a transfer medium, then cut all of the names apart.  All that was left once that was done was to wipe the jars down with rubbing alcohol and apply the names.

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While I was working on the glass, my husband was crafting the lids.  After doing a couple by hand, he did a little shopping and found this contraption.

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It was $65 on Ebay and came with some grommets.  When you’re looking at making nearly 20 dozen of these, that cost is so worth it.  To start, he drilled holes in the center of the lids with a 7/16” drill bit.  He ultimately used his drill press because he ended up with smoother holes and it took less time, but a regular drill can work too.

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He inserted the larger side of a #2 size (a tiny bit shy of 1/2”) grommet into the hole and slipped the smaller side onto the back.

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A quick punch with the grommet-squisher…

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And we had lids that straws fit into perfectly.

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Of course, since the wedding colors were yellow and grey, we searched the world for yellow straws.

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I couldn’t be happier with the way these turned out.  They worked well for holding the tea and lemonade we served, and the lid kept out the pesky bugs.

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We wanted to make sure guests understood that they could take these home, so I again used my Cameo to make a sign.  We just used 1/8” hickory plywood that my husband cut to size, added the lettering, and I found that cute mason jar (with the word Love on it already) in the Silhouette store.  I improvised the yellow vinyl straw.

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These were a huge hit with our guests and a great way to help them find their seats.  In fact, we only had one jar left behind at the end of the night!

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Clear Shelf Liner to Transfer Vinyl

Since January has been a sprint for me, I haven’t even had a chance to tell you about my amazing Christmas present.  It doesn’t even have a home in my craft room yet, but you better believe I’ve already taken it for a spin or two.

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My husband has watched me struggle with projects that would have been much easier with a vinyl cutter, so he’s had an eagle eye on the price of these for a while.  When they dipped under $200 on Black Friday weekend, he actually came in and woke me up to see if I wanted to order one.  The next morning I had to ask if that actually happened or I dreamt it.  It happened.  Not to mention, there were all kinds of fun accessories in my Christmas stocking, including a fabric blade. 

The software and cutting process was pretty easy to figure out, but I was a little stumped on how to transfer the design onto my project.  Thanks to the internet, I found a great idea.  Many people commented on how the name brand transfer paper didn’t work all that well, but they’d had good luck with ordinary clear shelf liner. 

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When I say ordinary, I mean cheapo. 

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Clearly, I am no expert in this process, but I can tell you what worked for me.  I cut the shelf liner to fit my design.

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I peeled the backing off the liner and stuck it to the front of the vinyl.

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I used a popsicle stick to rub the liner onto the vinyl so I knew it was sticking well.

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I peeled the backing paper off the design on positioned it on my recipe box.  I stuck it down lightly.

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The design got another good popsicle stick rub, only on the vinyl.

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The next step was to peel back the liner.  I was concerned it would peel some of the fresh paint off the box, but that wasn’t an issue. 

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The only problem I did have was when I stopped peeling, it left residue.  As long as I pulled the liner off evenly and in one motion everything was fine.  Here you can see the two spots where I stopped.

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Fortunately, I was covering the box with glossy Mod Podge, so you can no longer see those lines.

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Using the same technique, I was even able to salvage the cut-outs of the knife, fork and spoon for the inside of the lid.

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The design on the top was one I purchased already cut (before I had the Silhouette) and the only difference I found was that it didn’t curl like the ones I cut myself.  “Try everything once” was our food rule for the kids growing up, so my daughter thought this was funny.  That rule caused my husband and I to taste a few things we would have rather not, but it caused my kids to be more adventurous eaters.  The sacrifices we make for our children…

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As you might imagine, we have a very long list of wedding projects that will benefit from this baby.  And now that I know how to transfer the design, they’ll be a piece of cake! Smile

Silhouette Software Giveaway

Remember those Glass Block Bookends I made a couple of weeks ago?  That project would have been much less stressful with one of those electronic cutting tools from Silhouette.  I don’t own one, but you can bet it’s on my wish list.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve clicked on a photo of a cute project and found out it was made using one of those handy machines.


The nice people at Silhouette contacted me recently to see if I’d be interested in sharing their Black Friday sale details with you.  I’m always up for a good sale, so of course I agreed.  I promised I wouldn’t release the details until Friday, but if you’re eyeing these like I am, you’ll want to come back!


They also wanted to know if I thought you all would like to participate in a giveaway.    Of course!  They’re offering a copy of their Silhouette Studio Designer Edition software upgrade (a $50 value) to one of you!


All you need to do to enter is follow Silhouette on Pinterest, then leave a comment here about what you would make with a Silhouette.  You have until midnight on Wednesday, November 21, 2012 to enter.  The winner will be announced on Friday morning, along with the details of the Black Friday Sale.

Stay tuned…I’ll be sharing more giveaways and sales this week!