After another successful Crab Bake with Giant Jenga, I was thinking about other classic games that would translate well into a “giant” version. Then of course I was at Target this week and came across 6 wooden blocks designed for home arts & crafts projects. An idea was born!
What you need:
5 square wooden blocks (4″ cubes or larger if possible)
Acrylic paint in multiple colors
A quarter or something else circular to use as a stencil for the dots
Mod podge or other sealant
Chalk board paint or pre-fab chalk board
Step 1: Paint the base of your blocks
Solids are great, but you can also make each block a mini work of art. Just remember you’ll have to apply dots as well, which might cover up some of your artwork.
Step 2: Stencil your dots
Use a quarter, glass or other round object to trace the dots onto your blocks.
Step 3: Fill in your dots
I used paint pens for ease, but you can certainly paint in your circles with a paintbrush, or make it simple and apply stickers or paper with Mod Podge.
Step 4: Seal your surface
I like Mod Podge with a gloss finish. It’s great if you used paper or just paint to create your design. Paint on multiple layers for a good seal as you’ll be rolling these dice in the grass and will want to be able to clean the surface.
Step 5: Create your scorecard
You can find easy, printable score sheets online, or you can keep everything large scale and create a “giant” scorecard on a chalkboard. And, don’t forget to print the rules for Yahtzee! if your family likes to argue about technicalities.
Pricey invitations got you down? Like most people, the hardest part of planning our wedding was making the most out of the budget we had. I had received some great advice to make a list of the Top 3 elements you care most about, and the 3 you care least about. That way you can shift money away from low priority items and towards what you really want.
Dead last on our list was wedding cake, but just ahead of that were the invitations. We wanted something cheap that didn’t look cheap. Solution: Take a simple but elegant invite and fancy it up with specialty paper, silver leaf or other accents.
1. Pick a classic canvas
Simple is great and can give you a quality canvas for the base of your invite. Target, Michael’s and other online retailers sell great print-your-own invitation sets that you can format to your home printer specs. I really like the Gartner Studios collection at Target. The plain invites also have the benefit of being cheaper, and there’s typically more quantity in stock.
2. Find accents to match your colors
You can buy fine papers in any pattern you can think of online or at art & craft stores. Think about the tone you want to set for your big event – you invites will set the stage. Don’t be afraid to go bold. The other benefit of a simple, classy canvas is room to really show your creative side.
PaperSource.com has some great options, or check out Rossi1931.com for a breathtaking collection of fine Italian papers guaranteed to impress.
3. Accessorize you invites
Adding a 3D element to your invites can really raise them to a new level. Whether it’s a satin bow, wax seal, or a chrome paper clip, it’s the details that really make it your unique creation.
Just Google “invitation accessories” and get ready to explore endless possibilities. If you have good self control, consider breaking out your Bedazzler! Also, don’t be afraid to decorate your envelopes. Just make sure you check with the USPS regarding any increased costs or anticipated damage to your masterpiece. Depending on the postage option you choose, invites may be hand or machine sorted, so it pays to ask.
4. Find that one thing to tie it all together
Your wedding correspondence is a great way to set the stage for your event. Nothing says it has to be matchy-matchy, but before you get to work on production, try to identify at least one element to tie together your Save-the-Dates, Rehearsal Dinner Invites and Wedding Invites. It could be as simple as using the same font, or repeating a central color throughout. In our case we repeated our colors, and changed the design big time from event to event.
5. Time to produce your masterpiece
I highly recommend recruiting friends & family to help with this step. Create an assembly-line structure to ensure uniformity in each step and to keep things swift and fun. Having multiple bottles of Prosecco on hand does’t hurt either.
Please feel free to comment with any questions or ideas that you’ve tried! Special thanks to my mother, Kaye Krebs, and mother-in-law, Julia Louka, for creating all 240 of our invitations by hand.